Isanti County Radio Club (ICRC) welcomes all licensed and unlicensed individuals who are interested in ham radio to attend our meetings. We are an innovative ham club and welcome discussion at all levels. We are also eager to help those thinking about getting their license answer any questions and to help grow the ham community.
Club callsign: W0ICR
2 Meter Isanti Repeater: 146.640 – pl tone 146.2 2 Meter Crown Repeater: 145.210 – pl tone 114.8 70 CM Isanti Repeater: 443.975 + pl tone 114.8 2 Meter Simplex: 146.420 Mhz
DMR – Brandmeister 3197173 “W0ICR”
The monthly gathering will be at the Whistle Stop Bar and Grill inside Junction Bowl in Isanti. We meet the first Wednesday of each month. 123 Cajima St NE, Isanti, MN 55040 We meet at about 5:30pm and order food/beverages. We finish up around 8:00pm to be home in time for the net to start.
The weekly net occurs every Wednesday beginning at 8:30pm on the Isanti 2 meter repeater at 146.640 MHz (–) pl tone 146.2 for a round of check-ins followed by a chance to reflect on the week’s goings on. Following the repeater portion, we switch to simplex on 146.420 MHz.
We welcome all hams at any level and you do not need to be a member to call in.
Mesh vest with large front and back reflector panels. Pocket with ARES logo and mike clip on front and imprinted with “AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS” on the back side.
Note: ARES Standardized Apparel
ARES members, while activated, deployed, in community service activities or otherwise on duty shall wear over their normal apparel, at minimum, a florescent green ANSI Class 2 reflective, 100% polyester vest.
The vest shall be decorated in the following manner:
On the Back:
In minimum 2″ lettering, Arial Black font, black in color, imprinted above the horizontal reflective tape:
Those in a leadership position may add their title (SEC, DIRECTOR, EC, PIO, etc) below the words “Emergency Communications” in not less than 3″ tall font, black. (Under the lower reflective stripe).
Local jurisdictions may elect to add their organization name above the words “Amateur Radio” with no larger than 1″ Arial Black lettering, color black.
On the Front: On the Left Chest, the ARES logo, minimum 3.5-inch diameter, black in color, negative background. The Right Chest shall remain blank so as to allow wearer to affix their ARES or ARRL name badge.
Vests may have zip or Velcro type front closures. Members may choose vests with or without pockets, at their own discretion. Other apparel, such as short and long sleeve tee shirts, jackets and coats are approved for member use as long as the garments meet the same color, ANSI Class 2, lettering and decoration standard. A waiver of this standard may be given by an SEC for specific purposes with good cause.
We know that many people already have some form of special clothing they purchased. As these are worn out they should be replaced with clothing meeting the new standards.
The Isanti County Radio Club will be there with radios set up showing:
making long-distance contacts
communicating with digital modes
explaining emergency communications
other cool topics
Come learn about Amateur Radio and just hang out and have fun with us!
The ICRC Field Day begins at 10 am on Saturday and runs through the night until 12 pm Sunday. Participants camp overnight in their personal campers, tents, or vans and provide their own meals, and beverages There is no power grid electricity at the location. Part of the emergency preparedness aspects demonstrated is using temporary lodging, emergency power to operate HAM radio equipment, making radio contacts locally and outside of the area, and preparing meals outdoors without electrical grid power. The park does have restrooms.
ARRL Field day includes a DX fun contest for making contacts.
Authorization to start using the park for setup on Friday June 23 at 6pm has been approved. Also, a clarification was made that all vehicles, campers, screen tents, etc must remain on the asphalt. No sleeping in tents – hard-sided RVs only. (Yes, It would be a good question) (bears?)
Cell phone users will find signal availability at the park spotty and may need to relocate to get a signal.
Participants should have contingencies in mind to deal with high winds for antennas, canopies, etc.
Severe weather may require cancelation or termination of the event. This will be decided by the SkyWarn team or Project captain on the ground at the time or before the event.
It is a small parking lot. Keep in mind that residents use the park for walking and recreation and will require adequate parking spaces near the building. Field Day participants should set up on the West end of the parking lot.
Any tripping hazards ie guy wires or antennas should be marked with ribbons or cones.
Consider bringing fishing equipment, bicycles, kites, skateboards, or other playthings for children.
Mosquitos, bugs, and wood ticks can be a problem. Be prepared.
There is little natural shade. Be prepared to create your own.
Another Birkie-Kortie year under the belt! This year was just as fun, or more, than last year! There were three of us from ICRC: me (KF0DEK), Shane (KD9NJJ), and Rick (KF0RIK). Rick was the new guy, and was set to work with me at the
Gravel Pit checkpoint but, due to a last-minute staffing issue, manned the Hatchery Creek (or “fish farm” or “hatchery river”, depending on the moment) checkpoint himself. He did great, though!
Fortunately, because of the recent snowstorm, course conditions were excellent, and the weather was gorgeous. Pretty cold in the morning, but rapidly warmed up to the lower 20s by the afternoon. Add to that, since Beargrease, I’m a bit better prepared, equipment-wise, and was able to spend the entire two days comfortably outside.
For the uninitiated, the Birkie-Kortie is two days of cross-country ski races. For amateur-radio purposes, our responsibility is to call in drop-outs to race headquarters, as well as other communication backup tasks.
I highly recommend doing this event. Aside from the obvious fun-factor, it builds radio experience (both operational, and coming up with solutions to communication issues).
This February, I was fortunate enough to participate with a few Ham operators providing communication support for the Kortie/Birkie ski races. More specifically, as it was my first time, I opted to only go up on Friday and help out. I was up there with Shane (KD9NJJ), who originally notified our group of the event, but we were in two different checkpoints.
There were reportedly 3000 skiers for this, the first race of the two. Apparently, skiers come from all over the world to participate in this set of races (probably favoring the one Saturday, which is twice as long). This one is 26km. There are 3 stops (mine was the first) separating the race into 6km segments (with one segment being 8km). At each stop, racers could grab a water (or energy drink) from a volunteer holding out cups, or they could stop and get a snack (fruit, cookies), do equipment maintenance, and/or just take a break.
Some racers would decide that 6km was the extent of what they wanted to race, and quit at that point. That’s where the amateur operators would come in: We would write down the racer’s “bib” number, and the reason they were calling it a day (fatigue, medical, or equipment). We would radio back to “net control” these reports, usually in batches, so that the race officials back at the finish line had a good idea of who was no longer going to be coming across the finish.
This was an excellent “first-timer” event to learn and practice radio skills in an applicable environment. It was a lot of fun, the weather was perfect (10° and clear). I’m planning to go for both Friday and Saturday races next year.