Rochester Amateur Radio Association, Inc.
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Rochester Hamfest



2023 RaRa Field Kit Program

Expanding Our Education and Operating Opportunities

As a club, we have discussed increasing operating events and providing more education with actual hands-on participation. Getting a chance to play with equipment in a real-world situation is truly invaluable to learning how things work. Many folks learn by watching and doing, and hands-on events also offer the ability to experience equipment a ham may purchase in the future.

We are fortunate to have a little nest egg of funds to help us in this endeavor and others. Your board is moving forward with one initiative (and considering a second program for public service VHF equipment). We are asking for members to donate member points to help offset the overall cost of the program.

Our current equipment is a Yaesu FT-450D with some supporting items such as a power supply, antennas, etc.

The FT-450D is a fine radio but lacks many of the features available today in several midrange transceivers and higher end products.

Field Kit Program and Expansion

Your board has approved an investment of up to $3,000 for a rig such as the Icom IC-7300 or the Yaesu FT-710 and supporting goodies.

While each of these rigs retails for under $1,100, all the extras and supporting stuff adds up.

Accessories will include a protective case, another antenna (possibly a vertical), power supply, battery power, and other supporting items. Through the donation of member points, we already have a pair of 20m/40m filters which work well.

The setup would augment our FT-450D with its supporting equipment and allow for two club HF stations to be set up at events.

Your donation of points does two things:

a) it helps all of us participate in the functioning and growth of the club while

b) reducing points liability.

We hope to collect up to 3,000 member points which will make up half of the overall expense.

We plan to have the new gear set up with the FT-450D as a second operating position for operating events this spring.

Won’t you please chip in and donate some of your unused points toward this project?

Click here to view and donate points.



If you have issues donating, please contact Tim at

Last revised: 02/01/23 12:00 PM

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