A club brochure, developed by Skip Jackson, KSØJ, is the basis for this Club Information section.
St. Paul Radio Club
The St. Paul Radio Club is a
general interest amateur radio club where the primary focus is educational and
social. It brings together like-minded folks in order to achieve in a group that
which cannot be accomplished by the individual. Visitors, new members and new
hams are always welcome. The membership meetings are held on the first Friday of
each month, except for the months of June, July, and August. The club now meets
at the University of St. Thomas, Murray-Herrick Campus Center at 7:30
The St. Paul Radio Club is the oldest existing amateur radio club in the Twin Cities. It was founded in 1931 and it affiliated with the ARRL, the national association for amateur radio, in December of that year. "ARRL" stands for "American Radio Relay League." To access the ARRL website, click on the ARRL logo in the upper right-hand corner of each page of this website.
In addition to affiliation with the national American Radio Relay League, the St. Paul Radio Club is affiliated with the University of St. Thomas Amateur Radio Club.
Monthly Member Meetings
The club holds member meetings the first Friday of each month except June, July and August. This meeting schedule may change if there are conflicts with room scheduling or the calendar. Meetings are in the Murray-Herrick Campus Center on the University of St. Thomas Campus. Signs with directions are posted for each meeting, which is usually on the first floor in Room number 155. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm with a 30 minute social time before the meeting. See the website at Meetings or call or email a Board member for specifics. Contact information is on Officers page. The meetings typically include a short member meeting and a program. The programs are usually either educational or entertaining and last about one hour. There are introductions, free refreshments are served and there is a door prize drawing. All in all, the club has some of the best meetings of all the local radio clubs. Call on the repeater, 145.310 MHz, for talk-in help. All are welcome.
There is a breakfast each month of the year on the third Saturday of the month at 9:00 am . It is held at the Perkins in the Midway, corner of University and Snelling, in St. Paul .
The St. Paul Radio Club has published the "Ground Wave" newsletter for many years. Although we now restrict US Mail delivery to only those that specifically require it, it is sent by email to all paid members each month. It is also available on the club website on the Ground Wave page.
Monthly VEC (ARRL) Testing Amateur Radio is required to administer FCC amateur license tests, as the agency no longer does direct testing. The SPRC is affiliated with the ARRL testing program and holds these test sessions monthly at the Roseville City Hall at the corner of Ramsey County Road "C" and Lexington. The VE sessions begin at 9:00 am on the first Saturday of each month. A reservation is suggested; contact the Coordinator, David Buending, AD2B, at 952-486-0836 or Email Dave.
Classes for Amateur Radio
The club holds classes whenever there is enough interest to form a class. Usually, a Technician License class is held in the fall and a General License class is held in the spring. An Extra License class will be scheduled if requested. In addition, there is a Skywarn class in the spring and ARRL Emcomm classes are scheduled when there is enough demand. Click on Classes for more information.
Member Assistance Programs
The club has help available for members who require assistance with technical problems or help with projects outside their personal skills. The club also supports the effort of The Handi-Hams Programs at Courage Center .
Repeater & Club Station at St. Thomas
There is a club station available and the 2 meter repeater is located in the University of St. Thomas Science Building. The repeater operates on 145.310 MHz with a negative offset and no PL tone. Click on Repeater/Nets for more information.
The 2 meter net is on the club repeater at 7:00 pm on Wednesdays and the 10 meter net is at 7:45 pm , also on Wednesdays. The 10 meter frequency is 28.310 MHz (USB) and we call it the "Friendly Net". Click on Repeater/Nets for more information.
Annual Field Day
The annual field day is held every year on the last full weekend of June.
Field day is an emergency simulation exercise held for 24 hours. The club usually holds this event in cooperation with The Mining Amateur Radio Club at the 3M employee recreation area known as "Tartan Park " Click on Field Day for more information.
The SPRC is not a strongly active contest club but does occasionally participate in a contest from the University of St. Thomas Amateur Radio Club station. If members show more interest in contests, this participation will increase.
Emergency Service Liaison & Public Service Events
The club does support Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and other public service events. We have Emergency Service Liaisons listed in the Officers page.
The club has a Circuit Builder’s Forum to provide member assistance for building projects. In addition, we have a school project in the Washington Middle Magnet School in St. Paul where we teach students about radio science. Special demonstration events are done on request such as transmitter hunts and APRS. There is an annual auction in January. For more information, click on the Circuit Builders, Special Project, and Auction. St. Paul Radio Club Website
Please explore this website for more details about the club, a calendar of events, a photo album and how to join.
Club Contact Information Contact any person on the Officers page for assistance or information. For mail inquiries, send to:
St. Paul Radio Club
P.O. Box 9375
North St. Paul , MN 55109-0375