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91 Repeater Update

Good Evening Folks –

I wanted to update you all where we are at with the 91 repeater. A couple weeks ago a new notch filter was installed on the receive line of the repeater and this did knock the interference back, but unfortunately we are still seeing it with stations further out. We’ve believe we have a solution that should knock the interference down even more, but it will take a little time to get that installed yet.

Last week we were also extremely happy to finally get our controller working with the new repeater! This was a big accomplishment in itself and now that it is working we can proceed with other items on our punch list. As many of you may have noticed, the ID’s and the curtesy tone were quite loud on the repeater once we got the controller working, this has since been adjusted and now sounds beautiful!

So in the end, we are definitely making progress, but as always there is still more to do. In the mean time I need all operators to monitor the repeater as you normally would and if you notice any issues to please report them to me ASAP with as much info as possible to aid in resolving them. Feel free to call or email me at


Josh //KC9WWH

Assistance Needed for PI-TRY Challenge Triathlon!

Pi-Tri-Challenge-1024x746The PI-TRY Challenge Triathlon is coming up on Saturday, July 2nd and we need at least 8 operators to help make this a successful event!

We will need to be at the EOC by 6:30 am to deploy to the starting points.

The kayaking Starts at Bowens Mill then heads down the Pine River to Krouskop Park and they end by the tennis courts.

Attached you will find two maps one is of the bike routes; the challenge route from the park out 8th street past the cemetery then past the fairgrounds then splits off and goes up fiddlers green over to County N to Haseltine Street, then to Church Street then 8th Street and back to the park. The novice route goes from the park out 8th street then past the cemetery then the fairgrounds and out SR North to HWY 80 the riders then turn around and follow the route back in to 8th Street then to Krouskop Park.

The routes will always cross under HWY 14 never across HWY 14!

Please sign-up by visiting


mini-Fox Hunt

After our October meeting with making the 2m Tape Measure Yagi Antennas we decided to put them to work in our November meeting with a mini-Fox Hunt! For most of us it was our first time ever participating in one, but was still very successful! …all be it, a little cold.

The hounds holding the sad fox.
The home-brew fox made by KC9WWH.
The home-brew fox just consisted of an old cell phone with a pre-recorded tone and ID that played every 5 minutes out the headphone jack and into the mic plug on a standard HT with VOX enabled.


Field Day 2015

Come join us for a fun filled day just east of Richland Center next to the old Koch Tractor building. The Pine Valley Repeater ARC has some of the finest operators in the world with expertise in everything from how to properly classify and send storm reports to providing backup communications in the event of a major disaster and even providing communications around the world!

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Download the PVR Field Day Poster HERE!

PVR ARC Invites You to 10GHz QSO’s w/ KA9VVQ & W9FZ

Good Evening Everyone!

I am writing this email to invite you all to a very special event that the Pine Valley Repeater ARC will be hosting on April 16th at 7PM at Richland Hospital (address below). PVR has invited KA9VVQ (Janice) and W9FZ (Bruce) down to Richland Center to give a presentation and hopefully (weather permitting) a demonstration on 10GHz QSO’s!

You may have seen the QST article from a couple months ago? Yup, that was these two! And since they live up in the Twin Cities area, we’ve put together a special evening and are inviting all area Amateur Radio operators to come on out to Richland Center and check out this exciting presentation.

The presentation will be held at Richland Hospital (333 E Second St., Richland Center WI, 53581) in Conference Room #1. Everyone is asked to wear their club and/or ARES/RACES ID if you have one to help facilitate security in the Hospital, but we will have folks at the main entrance as well to help direct you to the conference room. The presentation will begin at 7pm CT and will run approx 30-45 minutes with time for Q&A and then of course (weather permitting) we will head out into two groups to demonstrate what goes into completing a 10GHz QSO!

Please forward this out to other clubs and HAM’s in the area. We are hoping to have a great turn-out!

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with myself.

73, Happy Easter and Go Badgers!

Joshua Roskos, KC9WWH
Emergency Coordinator // Grant County ARES/RACES
President // Pine Valley Repeater, LTD-W9PVR
h (608) 485-1570

ARRL General Bulletin ARLB014 (2015)

ARLB014 Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress

ARRL Bulletin 14 ARLB014
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT March 9, 2015
To all radio amateurs

ARLB014 Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress

“The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015” – H.R.1301 – has been
introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would
direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable
accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use
restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill March
4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle – seven
Republicans and five Democrats. Kinzinger also sponsored “The
Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014, which died at the end of the 113th
Congress. H.R. 1301 is an essentially identical piece of

“The introduction of H.R. 1301 with so many original co-sponsors, so
early in this session of Congress, is very encouraging,” said ARRL
President Kay Craigie, N3KN. “Several additional members of Congress
already have agreed to be co-sponsors. This bill has momentum, but
introduction is only the first step. Many of the next steps will be
taken as ARRL members contact their US Representatives urging
co-sponsorship and thanking them as they sign on to the bill.”

If Congress approves the legislation, and it is signed by the
president, H.R. 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97
Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1
federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners’ association
regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants,
conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only
applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has
been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such
private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.

H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce
Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel’s
Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the
measure. The League had worked with Walden on the 2014 bill during
the 113th Congress.

Among H.R. 1301 initial co-sponsors is Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT), who
attended the ARRL National Centennial Convention last summer to
speak with League officials and those attending the event about the
earlier bill.

Craigie encouraged ARRL members to urge their US House members to
sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor. The ARRL has an H.R. 1301
resources page on its website at, . If
the House member is already a co-sponsor, call the member’s local
office or send an e-mail via the member’s official website to
express their thanks. She called on League members to encourage
other hams to do the same, and to be sure to refer to the bill by
its number, H.R. 1301.

“Remember what those pile-ups on the W1AW portable stations sounded
like last year?” Craigie said. “Let’s be that avid in calling for
even greater support in Congress for this essential legislation.”

ARRL General Bulletin ARLB008 (2015)

ARLB008 ARRL Warns Experimental Licensee to Avoid Interference to HF
Ham Activity

ARRL Bulletin 8 ARLB008
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT February 17, 2015
To all radio amateurs

ARLB008 ARRL Warns Experimental Licensee to Avoid Interference to HF
Ham Activity

The ARRL has asked a Massachusetts company that plans to conduct
experimental transmissions over wide portions of the HF spectrum
either to avoid Amateur Radio allocations or to announce the times
and frequencies of their transmissions in advance. The FCC last fall
granted MITRE Corporation of Bedford, Massachusetts, a 2-year Part 5
Experimental License, WH2XCI, to operate 21 transmitters at 10 fixed
New York and Massachusetts sites. MITRE plans to test wideband HF
communication techniques on a variety of bands between 2.5 MHz and
16 MHz.

t will not be possible for MITRE to operate these transmitters
within the Amateur Radio Service allocations…without causing
harmful interference to a large number of Amateur Radio operators on
an ongoing basis,” ARRL Chief Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said in a
February 12 letter to MITRE.

Imlay said that if MITRE does not agree to avoid ham radio bands or
to announce times and frequencies of transmissions ahead of time, it
will ask the FCC to rescind the company’s Experimental License or to
impose a prior notification requirement “in real time for each and
every use of the transmitters authorized at each site.”

The WH2XCI Experimental License authorizes maximum bandwidths of 5
kHz, 500 kHz, and 1 MHz at effective radiated power levels of 6 W,
24 W, or 122 W. MITRE has indicated that most bandwidths would be
between 100 and 300 kHz.

“At these power levels with the operating parameters proposed, it
will be impossible to conduct your tests at any time within the
Amateur Radio allocations and, at the same time, avoid harmful
interference,” Imlay said. He noted that MITRE already conceded this
point in a technical exhibit submitted to the FCC with respect to
its 1 MHz bandwidth mode.

Imlay said that when interference from MITRE’s wide-bandwidth
transmitters “inevitably occurs in the narrow-bandwidth, sensitive
receivers” hams use, amateur licensees will have no way to determine
the source of the interference or know to whom they might complain.
“Thus, your assurance of operation on a ‘non-interference basis’ is
meaningless under the circumstances, and yet that is both a special
condition of operation” of the WH2XCI license and under FCC Part 5
regulations, Imlay told MITRE.

“It is ARRL’s intention to ensure that this experimental
authorization, improvidently granted to the extent that it includes
heavily used Amateur Radio allocations, is not permitted to cause
interference to ongoing Amateur Radio HF communications,” Imlay

MITRE obtained the Experimental License to investigate high data
rate wideband HF communication systems that exploit polarization
diversity multiple input, multiple output concepts to expand the
bandwidth of the communication channel.

Hams Encouraged to Hit the Water for New US Islands Awards “One-Day Getaway”

Fans of portable ham radio are encouraged to grab their equipment and head for the water as part of the new “One-Day Getaway,” sponsored by the US Islands Awards Program. The annual event will debut on Saturday, May 9, from 0000 UTC through 2359 UTC (Friday evening to Saturday evening in the continental US). Founded in 1994, US Islands promotes portable ham radio operation from islands in all bodies of water — lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and coastal islands in US territorial waters.

“US Islands is a great way to go on a mini-DXpedition without spending a lot of money,” said US Islands Awards Manager Jay Chamberlain, NS4J. “Discovering islands in your own backyard and setting up a station outdoors is always a good time. If hams have only operated outdoors during Field Day, we offer another route to get outside and enjoy portable ham radio in a different way.”

The One-Day Getaway is an on-air activity, not a contest. No scores are tallied, and no prizes are awarded. Participation from all radio amateurs, regardless of experience level, is encouraged. Contacts may be made with any station. US Islands offers achievement awards for both island activators and island chasers, including a certificate for your first US Islands activation.

While there are some 2800 islands on the US Islands list, there are more than 17000 islands within the US. Participants can use Google Earth to locate new islands and be the first to operate ham radio from that location.

Complete information on the US Islands Program, a how-to guide for One-Day Getaway participants and a list of currently qualified islands is available on the group’s website.

Courtesy of the ARRL