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

Chippewa Valley Amateur Radio Club Tailgate Swap Fest

Field Day 2017

The SMARTS Radio Club will be participating in the 2017 Radio Field Day activities on June 23, 24 and 25 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 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.

Field Day 2017

Mark your calendars and make plans to join the SMARTS Radio Club for the 2017 Radio Field Day activities on June 24th and 25th. Check back for more details.

More on Field Day

Amateur Radio Technician Class

We’re looking for individuals that are interested in participating in an Amateur Radio class.  Whether it’s to learn the material to get your Technician License (“your ticket”) or to supplement the knowledge that you already have.  Take a look at the Class overview and use the links to register for the next available class.  We’ll schedule the class once we have enough participants or setup a one-on-one session to help with the learning process.

SMARTSFEST 2016 – Road Construction Update

The bridge on MN-19 coming into Henderson from US-169 is currently closed.  If you’re coming in on US-169, be prepared to exit onto MN-93 from the South or at Belle Plaine from the North.
Talk-In on WB0ERN Repeater 146.610- PL 136.5