SMARTSFEST 2018 Update

We would like to say thanks in advance to our first round of sponsors that have already signed up to support SMARTSFEST 2018.

Radio City
Buckmaster International/
DX Engineering
Bionno Power
Comet Antenna
BridgeCom Systems
BaoFeng Tech
RF Adapter Guy
ABR Industries

Mark your calendars for September 22nd so you don’t miss out on the growing list of door prizes.

September Meeting Reminder

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.


We’re only 2 months away from SMARTSFEST for 2018 and can’t wait to see everyone there. Remember to put the finishing touches on your entry into the Project Showcase. We will have VE Testing, QSL card checking and presentations by the Minnesota DMR group, so study for the license upgrade, pack up your QSL cards and sort out your DMR questions. And don’t forget to share with your friends and neighbors so they don’t miss out on the excitement.

Visit the event website at for more information.

Field Day 2018

The SMARTS Radio Club will be participating in the 2018 Radio Field Day activities on June 22, 23 and 24 from the Zumbra 2 Group Camp Site in the Carver Park Reserve. 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 have all three of the group sites reserved this year so there will be plenty of room for us to operate from. We look forward to seeing you there.


Field Day Site

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

  • HT
  • Flashlight (extra batteries)
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Hat
  • Fan
  • Drinking Water/Beverages
  • Snacks
  • 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


Save the Date!

Saturday Sept. 22 2018


SMARTSFEST is returning to the Cologne Community Center in 2018.

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 2018 website for more details.

We look forward to seeing you again.

Thank You!

The SMARTS and SERT Clubs would like to thank you for joining us for SMARTSFEST this year.

We’ve started planning for next year and would appreciate any feedback that you would like to share. Please let us know what worked for you or if there were any areas that we can improve for next year.

We look forward to seeing you again next year.



If you need a hand finding us at the Cologne Community Center, check out the directions at


SMARTS Radio Club & Sibley Emergency Radio Team
Proudly present
Saturday Sept. 23rd

The SMARTS Radio Club along with the Sibley Emergency Radio Team will be holding SMARTSFEST 2017 on Saturday September 23rd in Cologne, MN at the Cologne Community Center located at 1211 Village Parkway, Cologne, MN 55322.

Talk In will be on the WB0RMK repeater on a frequency of 147.165+ (open).

Doors Open at 8:00 AM
VE Testing Available – Walk-Ins are welcome
QSL Card Checking for ARRL Awards

General Admission – $10 Adults – Children 16-Under Free
Visit our event website at for more details.


We would like to say thanks in advance to all of the sponsors that have already signed up to support SMARTSFEST 2017.

BaoFeng Tech
Buckmaster International
Heil Sound
DX Engineering

Mark your calendars for September 23rd so you don’t miss out on the growing list of door prizes.


Bob Heil (K9EID), founder and CEO of Heil Sound, co-host of HamNation will join us via Skype at 10:00 am on Saturday September 23, 2017 for a 1 hour workshop on “Audio Reinforcement for your Station”.


Click here for more updates on SMARTSFEST 2017