Fall GOTA Event, 10-28-17

RARC GOTA Event 10-17

Richfield Amateur Radio Club (RARC), Fall GOTA Event (Get-On-The-Air)


The forecast was for rain, possibly snow, for Saturday’s ‘Get-On-The-Air’ event our radio club sponsored on Saturday, October 28th this year. The Richfield Historical Society (a suburb of Minneapolis) was letting us use a small shed out back to set up our radios, and we could run our transmission lines out a window, to the nearby trees just outside the building. It’s a small building we’ve used before; it’s tough to set up a few radios and get a dozen people inside, but it works -especially in bad weather. We plugged in a small space heater, and kept our jackets on. It sure beat the alternative -standing/sitting under a tarp in the cold rain. We were out of the weather, warm, and had commercial power readily available, or batteries. Many thanks to the Richfield Historical Society for hosting us!

We got no snow on that Saturday morning, just a light rain. Life was good! We initially set up two antennas outside – 1) an off-center-fed (10-40 meter) dipole, and a home-brew (10-40 meter) fan dipole. Propagation was poor in late morning, but got better in the afternoon, with most activity in the 20 and 15 meter bands. A second radio showed up in the afternoon and there were about 25 people present at one time or another between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. There were a few new faces along with some familiar ones -as usual, at such events.

For some unknown reason, I can’t get photos to upload. I’ve never had this problem before! I’ll add them in a future post. My apologies.

73 de Mike, KEØGZT



About Mike Hohmann

I did lots of camping/hiking as a kid in the Scouts, and I still strive to 'be prepared.' After high school, I got bored with more school and enlisted in the Army Corps. of Engineers, doing two tours in Vietnam. Post military, I completed BS and MBA degrees and spent several decades with Corporate America, working mostly in the areas of conventional and renewable energy. I also spent over a decade as a self-employed small business consultant in marketing and finance. As a young family man with a wife and two kids, we spent many vacations camping and hiking in northern Minnesota. I spent additional long weekends fishing the rivers and camping/hiking along the North Shore of Lake Superior. I retired early and hit the trails hard-- in the lower-48, Alaska, and western Canada. These days I backpack, car-camp and day-hike, go snowshoeing, and try to get the grand-kids out to teach them the ways of the trail. Other interests include American Revolutionary War and Civil War history, 19th and 20th century firearms, Native American history; business and macroeconomics. I'm a recently-licensed amateur (Ham) radio operator, and I look forward to many radio-related adventures in coming months. Life is good! Member, Superior Hiking Trail Association; Member, Appalachian Mountain Club; Member, REI; Member, ARRL- Amateur Radio Relay League, the National Assoc. for Amateur Radio; Twin Cities Metro Skywarn Spotter; Twin City FM Club; Richfield Amateur Radio Club; QRP ARCI, Low-Power Amateur Radio Club International; Honorary Member, Toronto QRP Society; Life Member, National Rifle Association
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3 Responses to Fall GOTA Event, 10-28-17

  1. ve3ips says:

    This is an awesome club event and an e cellent way to get newcomers into the hobby

    • Mike Hohmann says:

      Thanks, John. These kinds of events are always great. Antennas and radios are always interesting to get set up -lots of various equipment and methods. Usually a few of the same members show up and plan the event, then a few other members who visit as they can and then a few new folks that have an interest in amateur radio but don’t yet have a license or even a radio. Something for everyone!

    • Mike Hohmann says:

      Agreed, it was a great event!

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