Fall GOTA Event of 10-28-17 –UPDATED!

As indicated in the original post of Nov. 5th, 2017, we (Richfield Amateur Radio Club) enjoyed use of a small, but warm building on a cold rainy day, for our Get on the Air (GOTA) Event. A few radios and a couple of home-brew wire antennas made the day a success. This update simply includes some photos of the event, which for some unknown reason, I could not upload previously. WordPress supplied a new ‘theme update’ since then, perhaps resolving the previous difficulty.


RARC GOTA Event 10-17

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


We initially set up two antennas outside – 1) an off-center-fed (10-40 meter) dipole, and a  (10-40 meter) fan dipole -both homebrew projects thrown up in the trees. What could be easier? Propagation was poor in late morning, but got better in the afternoon, with most activity in the 20 and 15 meter bands. We began with a couple of hf radios and some hand-helds in the morning. A third hf radio showed up in the afternoon. We had 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.


Radios and 'Go box.'

A ‘GO box’ with battery power, antenna, transmission & power connections, plus radios.


OCF dipole antenna



Fan-dipole antenna




A radio operator and a guest interested in a new hobby!



Another club member gets On-the-Air!




All in attendance had the opportunity to check out the various radios, antennas and transmission lines, batteries and power connections – And get on the air, talking with other operators around the country. Folks had the chance to meet new people, old acquaintances -and check out new and old equipment. A good time was had by all, and I think everyone learned something new in the process -which was the goal!

Addendum – Good news! I finally got my multi-band (10-40m) Alpha Delta-DXEE antenna installed in my attic. More on that in a future post.

In addition, the snow and cold have arrived and my snowshoes and hiking poles are in the back of my vehicle. It won’t be long now!!!

73, 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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2 Responses to Fall GOTA Event of 10-28-17 –UPDATED!

  1. Sounds like a fun day Mike. I like the eye catching poster.
    Hope you get out in the snow soon! I was out a couple of times last week and enjoyed some almost fresh tracks and beautiful sunshine.

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