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The purpose of the Rochester Amateur Radio Club, Inc. (RARC) is to advance general interest and welfare of amateur radio, to promote radio knowledge and scientific experimentation, to promote cooperation and exchange of information between members, to conduct club programs, and to provide public service support for community activities.

Operation of the corporation is governed by the RARC bylaws.

Mail Address

The mail address for the Rochester Amateur Radio Club is Post Office Box 1, Rochester, MN 55903-0001.


RARC membership is open to all licensed radio amateurs and those actively engaged in a class leading to an amateur radio license. Associate membership is open to all other persons who are interested in supporting and promoting the purposes and activities of the club.

To join the RARC club as a new member, please fill out and submit the Membership Application. You can also print out the form and mail completed form to RARC, P.O. Box 1, Rochester, MN 55903-0001, along with your dues payments.  If there are any questions on joining the club, please contact our Membership Committee.

For a list of current RARC members, see the Members page.


RARC club meetings are held each month on the second Tuesday of the month. The club meetings are held at time and location announced on the Home Page.  Visitors are welcome to attend the meetings.


The Rochester Amateur Radio Club is a federal 501(c)(3) tax exempt and Minnesota nonprofit corporation with operating funds obtained entirely from members's dues and donations from organizations and individuals.

The dues schedule can be found at page Operational Documents / Dues Schedule.


The following amateur radio facilities are owned and/or supported by RARC.

  • 146.820(-)  Mhz T100.0 repeater WØMXW/R
  • 146.625(-) Mhz T100.0 repeater WØMXW/R  (See Echolink page for  that feature)
  • 443.850 Mhz  D-Star repeater WØMXW/R
  • 144.390 MHz APRS digipeaters WØMXW-#

Detailed information on RARC and other  Rochester local repeaters are at the Repeaters page.


Members of RARC participate in the following activities during each year: (Click on the activity title for additional information on each activity.)

ARRL Field Day

RARC participates in the ARRL Field Day event held in late June. Gasoline generators are used for electrical power for the weekend event. A picnic supper is typically held on Saturday evening at the field day site for RARC club members, families and friends.

Amateur Radio License Classes

The Rochester Amateur Radio Club conducts classes for individuals interested in obtaining an amateur radio license. Classes for the Novice and Technician class licenses are typically held in the fall and are administered through the Rochester Community Education organization.

VEC Exams

Examinations for amateur radio licenses are given four times a year by RARC VEC volunteers.

Public Service Events

RARC club members provide communication support to a number of area public service events during the year. The supported events include walkathons, bicycle races, marathons, RochesterFest parade, etc.

Emergency Services Support

RARC club members are active in local and area amateur radio emergency service (ARES) activities. The emergency service activities include supporting Olmsted County Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.

Last update: Jan 30,2014