As we begin the new year, Don’t forget to renew your membership. Membership is due the first of the year, the cost remains the same at $25. Dues can be paid at any meeting, by mail* or online, using PayPal. We ask that you include your call and email address when you renew online (PayPal) so we can make sure we have your current information.
Your dues help support the club, and our various activities during the year. We can’t thank you enough for every ones support!
If paying by mail, please make note of our address change:
SMARTS Radio Club
535 Concord Cir.
Chaska, MN 55318
You are invited to join us at Pizza Ranch in Shakopee for our annual meeting.
Dinner starts at 6pm with meeting at 6:30p.
We would like to thank everyone that joined us for Smartsfest this year. There were a lot of Ham Radio related activities happening on Saturday and we’re sincerely grateful that you chose to join us. Please feel free to share you comments, thoughts and suggestions so that we can continue to make Smartsfest the best we can.
We would also like to give another round of thanks to our sponsors, the VE team and the Northern Lights Radio Society for their donation of products and time to help make Smartsfest a great event.
The SMARTS Radio Club will be participating in the 2019 Radio Field Day activities on June 21, 22 and 23 from Lions Park in Carver Minnesota. Please make plans to join us for the fun and festivities as we log contacts and practice emergency preparedness. The weekend camping crew will be on-site by 3:00 pm on Friday. We look forward to seeing you there.
Lions Park is located at 700 Mount Hope Road in Carver, MN.
Directions from Hwy 212:
- Go North on Jonathan Carver Parkway
- Right on County Road 61
- Right on Mt. Hope Road
Frequencies in use
- Talk-in: 147.165 WB0RMK Repeater
- Setup & Support: 146.550 Simplex
- Station coordination: 446.350 Simplex
*Assistance is available to help with programming your radios
Things to remember
- Flashlight (extra batteries)
- Mosquito Repellent
- Drinking Water/Beverages
- Rain Gear
- Change of Clothing
- Spare Shoes
- Stories to share
A little more about Field Day
The Field Day event is designed as an emergency preparedness exercise as well as a public demonstration, but more than anything, it is a fun way to get on the air. Each operator is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission and trained in the art and science of radio communication and basic electronics theory. Events such as Field Day help the Amateur Radio community learn how to best utilize our personal equipment to assist national and local service agencies such as FEMA and the Red Cross by providing reliable communications when the normal infrastructure is offline. This public service capability is often extended to local communities during non-emergency civic events such as parades, marathons and street festivals. Field Day is a great opportunity for us to share the science, service and skill that comes from our hobby in radio.
Visit the ARRL website for more information about Field Day
How about an early Thank You our great sponsors that have stepped up early in support of SMARTSFEST for 2019.
The list of great prizes is growing.
Be sure to mark you calendar for 9/28/2019 so you don’t miss your chance at some of the cool merchandise and other swag.
Main Trading Company
For more information visit SMARTSFEST 2019
I have finished the latest edition of the newsletter, the Zero Beat.
It is available as a PDF, check it out! https://smartsonline.org/about/newsletter
Looking for a good book to read. Our donation of the ARRL Library Book Set has been completed and the books are available from the Chaska Library. Stop in and take one home for some quality reading.
Save the Date!
Saturday Sept. 28 2019
SMARTSFEST is returning to the Cologne Community Center in 2019.
We’re planning another great year and hope that you’ll mark your calendars and join us for some of the fun.
Watch the SMARTSFEST 2019 website for more details.
We look forward to seeing you again.
We would like to say thanks in advance to our first round of sponsors that have already signed up to support SMARTSFEST 2018.
RF Adapter Guy
Mark your calendars for September 22nd so you don’t miss out on the growing list of door prizes.
The SMARTS September club meeting will be held at the Cologne Community Center on 9/20 at 7pm. This is a week later than usual and will be a joint meeting with the SERT group to review for SMARTSFEST.