QSL Card Checking (SMARTSFEST 2016)

QSL Card Checking

QSL Card Checking

It’s Field Day 2016

The SMARTS Radio Club will be participating in the 2016 Radio Field Day activities on June 24, 25 and 26 from the Zumbra 2 Group Camp Site in the Carver Park Reserve.

If you haven’t made plans to join us for Field Day, check out the additional information link provided below. It includes our schedule of events, directions to the site and a list of items that might be useful.

If you plan to join us, please use the RSVP form below to help us ensure that everyone has a good time.

Additional Info: Field Day 2016 Details



Get ready for Field Day 2016

Field Day 2016K

The SMARTS Radio Club will be participating in the 2016 Radio Field Day activities on June 24, 25 and 26 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.

Check the full schedule of events, think about how you may want to participate and use the RSVP form below to help us ensure that everyone has a good time.

Schedule: Field Day 2016 Schedule


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.

New HAMs

SMARTS Class of 2016

Congratulations go out to Aaron Katzner, Christopher Kadlec, James Stromberg and Jon Schuelke for becoming the newest HAMs in the area.

Great job everyone, can’t wait to meet you on the air.


SMARTSFEST 2016 (Save the Date)

Save the Date

SMARTS Radio Club & Sibley Emergency Radio Team
Proudly present
Saturday Sept. 24th

Technician Class

Not sure how to get started in Amateur Radio?

We have a Technician Class starting on 1/13/2016.

Get the details here


CVARC Hamfest 2015

CVARC Hamfest 2015

Sunday : August 2nd, 2015 From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hosted by the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club (or CVARC)

Teamsters Hall
5000 J Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA

Tickets at door $7.00. Parking is free.

More info at http://cvarc.rf.org/

Radio Service/Repair Information

Repair Service Gary Grivna K0GX

Electronix Servicing
Amateur Radio Repair all Brands
6028 Candlewood Drive
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443-2019

Contact: Gary Grivna K0GX
Phone: 763-561-2836
Email: grivn001@umn.edu

Upcoming events 2015

SUN – JULY 19th – ANNANDALE HOLT TRIATHLON – Bicycle Course Support – 07:30 AM STAGING/MEET – OPERATIONS 08:00 – 11:00 AM.  Operating around Lake Clearwater on county blacktops.   If you help out – Please seek Lee Lorentz/WB0TRA – Email:  WB0TRA@Gmail.com
SAT – JULY 25th – CHASKA RIVER CITY DAYS – 5K RUN – 07:30 AM STAGING/MEET – OPERATION from 08:00 AM thru 10:30 AM.   KC0QNA will be running lead on this — If you can help out – Email:  kc0qna@yahoo.com  or call:  612-578-7561.

SUN – AUG 23rd  – WASECA TRIATHLON – 1/3 IRON SPRINT – 07:00 AM STAGING in City Park, then OPERATIONS from 08:00 AM til 12-NOON.  Staffing looking 15 – 20 Operators, if you are free to help, please reach out to Jon – WB0ZFH via email:   WB0ZFH@hotmail.com .
SAT – AUG 8th – GAYLORD Eggstravaganza – GAYLORD WEEKEND Festival –
5K Race – 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Need 10 Operators
PARADE – 1:00 – 2:30 – 100+ Floats – Staging 12:00-NOON til 1 PM  – Needing 20+ Operators

FIRWORKS – PARK SECURITY for PD and Fireworks Staging area – 10 PM LAUNCH – Patrol from 7/8 PM til 11 PM and some parking relief for the PD.  Need 10 – 20 Operators here.   We will have the COUNTY EOC Trailer for BREAKS and Cool Down periods and I encourage operators to think of bringing their family as there will be a lot of fun things to do.   If you can FOCUS on our 3 events while their there on the grounds of the park.   If you can help – Please reach out to me – DON BURGESS – Email:  kc0qna@yahoo.com or Call me:  612-578-7561.

SUN – OCT 4th – TWIN CITIES MARATHON – MPLS Side – Setup 06:30 – 07:30 AM – OPERATIONS from 08:00 AM TIL 12-Noon.  If you are interested in Helping — Please e-mail:  Mike-K0BUD at:  N0OEL@aol.com   or Daveej@gmail.com

SUN – OCT 10th – Belle Plaine, MN – SCENIC BYWAY HALF MARATHON -Staging 07:00 AM – RACE 08:00 AM til 11:30 AM.   If you are interested, please reach out to DON-KC0QNA at:  kc0qna@yahoo.com or call:  612-578-7561.   MN ARES Repeater will be used again for this special event this year.
SUN – OCT 18th – MANKATO MARATHON – Staging 07:00 AM – RACE BEGINS at 08:00 AM.  If you can help the Mankato Amateur Radio Club, please contact:  Paul-KD0KRX at:  Prospivy@yahoo.com

5K RUN Race 1:00 PM  & PARADE 5:30 PM


If you are interested in supporting this special event, Please reach out to Don-KC0QNA at:  kc0qna@yahoo.com   or call:  612-578-7561.

Pavek Museum of Broadcasting

Here are a few pictures from our tour of the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting. There’s so much to see (and do) that the pictures alone are not enough to show it all.