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PVR Meeting December 15, 2020

Pine Valley Repeater 

Richland County ARES/RACES

Monthly Meeting 12-15-2020

Virtually via Zoom

Members present:  kc9cmd Chris Vice President, KB9LBO Ralph Treasurer, W1MOZ David, KC9GPD Glen, Ralph Ray, KC9MRW Neil, KA9USV Les, KC9MLE Matt

Meeting called to order about 7:15pm by KC9CMD Chris Vice President

Treasurer Report: WCCU Checking Account: $1,789.91

$10.00 Check was written to Brent W9CFV as he paid the club incorporation fee to the state.

January Net control: KC9LBO Ralph

December 31st New Years Eve:  9pm net: KC9CMD  12:00 Midnight: KC9CMD

2021 Events:  Ideas can be submitted but will be on hold till the spring and see what or how every thing is doing with the virus.

ARES/RACES ID’s are do to expire:  Chris & Adam will be sending out a form for ARES/RACES compliant operators to fill out and return along with a shoulder up (head shot) for the new IDS. If you’re not sure you are ARES/RACES Compliant get ahold of Chris KC9CMD or Adam KC9MRV.

Fundraisers:  Culver’s share night was discussed along with the possibility of getting a grant.   Any other Ideas are always welcome.

Club Dues. Dues are due by the end of January and can be sent to the PVR Treasure Ralph KC9LBO @ S6509 County Road J Viroqua Wi. 54665

D Star Repeater project:  Mike WB9SLI gave a short presentation on the D Star project how it came about and were it is at, at this point, and how it is set to proceed.

Next meeting will be on Tuesday January 19 7:00pm on Zoom with the Zoom Room opening around 6:00 pm for testing equipment and or socializing.

Meeting was adjourned about 7:58pm Les made motion Ralph Seconded motion carried. Submitted by: Chris KC9CMD VP

PVR Meeting April 21, 2020

Pine Valley Amateur Radio Club
Meeting Minutes March 21, 2020

Call to Order: at 7:05 pm on the 146.910 repeater
Sign In: Members:
Chris kanable KC9CMD, Dick Neumann W9JR, Ralph Hendrickson KC9LBO,
Neil KC9MRW, Daina KC9KOQ, Glen KC9GPD (via Echolink)

Meeting Exercise: We held a drill simulating the current Pandemic.
we used our 146.910 repeater with members simulating being activated and sent to the following locations

Emergency Operations center: Chris KC9CMD Net contole
Richland Hospital: Ralph KC9LBO
Richland Center High School (Shelter#1): Neil KC9MRW
Rover: Glen KC9GPD
HF Radio: Dick W9JR

The exercise lasted about 45 minutes and we passed a few messages using the ICS Incident Command System 213 Message form.
Most everyone had to either send a message or to reply to a message using the ICS 213 format.
Over all the drill went as planed. We did however learn a few things that we needed to brush up on or even practice using more. One Item was tactical call signs. Another was being sure you have all the tools needed for being a net control, as you never know when you may need to be one and not have access to the EOC Communications room or to your regular net papers and forms. It was also talked about doing another drill in another few months.
Thanks to all who participated in the Exercise. It was a good time to bush up on our communication skills.

The meeting exercise raped up about 7:45pm.

Meeting Minutes:
Submitted by Chris kanable KC9CMD

PVR 1 Day Technician Class

The Pine Valley Repeater ARC. will be hosting a 1 day technician class.
Saturday June 6th, from 8:45a.m.-5:00p.m. in Richland Center
at the Courthouse lower level conference room.
For more information & to registrar please contact

Ralph Hendrickson KC9LBO @
Kc9lbo@yahoo.com
608-632-5200

Please Register as soon as possible so materials can be ordered for pre class studying

Click here to see 1 Day Technician Class Poster

See what Amateur Radio is all about with this short video

February 18, 2020 PVR Meeting Minutes

Pine Valley Amateur Radio Club
Meeting Minutes February 18, 2020

Call to Order: at 7:05 pm in the Richland County Court House COM Room.
Sign In: Members:
Chris kanable KC9CMD, Dick Neumann W9JR, Phil Wallace KC9QQQ

Meeting Minutes: Dick moved to accept, second by Phil, passed.

Treasurer Report: Ralph KC9LBO was absent

Pine Valley Repeater ARC – Quick Recap:
President Report: Currently an open position. Chris will continue as Vice President to fill his role.
One Day Technician Class: A date of Sunday April 26 has been set. The class will be held here in RC at the Court House. General Exams will also be available upon request. The lunch will be from Subway.
Election of Officers: Up for Election President & Secretary with Nominations in April & Elections in May.

2020 Event Ideas / presentations / Trainings: Be thinking of Ideas and bring them to any meeting or email to the Officers. Activating or reactivating an island was brought up by Dick. Ralph suggested Saint Faryal Island in Prairie du Chien. They will look into this and other related ideas for the next meeting.

ARES/RACES Net Control:
March: Chris unless other member or members would like to be net control. Let me know It was also decided that the net will continue as is till we review it at May’s meeting as to weather we go to 2 nets a month or what course of action will be taken.

ARES/RACES Quick Recap
EC Report:. No activations for January. All quiet.
Skywarn Storm Spotter Class: the class is to be held on Monday April 6th 6:30 pm here in RC at the UW Plattville – Richland Campus Copper-Top Theater. Come early as the Road Runner Cafeteria is open and has awesome food for a good price. PVR ARES/RACES will have a display table, anyone wishing to help with the display please let Chris KC9CMD know.
Please help spread the word.

Adjournment: moved by Phil second by Dick, adjourned at 8:40 pm
Submitted by Chris kanable KC9CMD

PVR Meeting 1/21/ 2020

Pine Valley Amateur Radio Club
Meeting Minutes January 21, 2020

Call to Order: at 7:05 pm in the Richland County Court House COM Room.
Sign In: Members:
Chris kanable KC9CMD, Dick Neumann W9JR, Ralph Hendrickson KC9LBO,
Phil Wallace KC9QQQ. Gaye Hillman KC9ZZX, Kathy Donvig KD9WW

Meeting Minutes: Dick moved to accept, second by Phil, passed.

Treasurer Report: Ralph reported for November & December Depositing of members Dues $70.00, November Interest $.11, Speding $10.00 for our Wi. DFI Incorporation, December intrest $.12 Our current balance is $1,382.53

Pine Valley Repeater ARC – Quick Recap

President Report: Currently an open position. Chris will continue as Vice President to fill his role.
PVR 146.910 Repeater Possible Problem: Chris has talked to Len N9QIP He has offered to help us track down the problem when he comes down to do a maintenance check up on the Interstate network system in either late February or March.
One Day Technician Class: A tentative date of Sunday April 26 is being set Ralph will confirm this and let people know. The class will be held here in RC at the Court House. General Exams will also be available upon request.
Election of Officers: Up for Election President & Secretary with Nominations in April & Elections in May.
2020 Event Ideas / presentations / Trainings: Be thinking of Ideas and bring them to any meeting or email to the Officers. Activating or reactivating an island was brought up by Dick. Ralph suggested Saint Faryal Island in Prairie du Chien. They will look into this and other related ideas for the next meeting.

ARES/RACES Net Control
February: Chris unless other member or members would like to be net control. Let me know

ARES/RACES Quick Recap

EC Report: No activation for November and December. All quiet.
Skywarn Storm Spotter Class: The class is to be held on Monday April 6th 6:30 pm here in RC at the UW Plattville – Richland Campus Copper-Top Theater. Come early as the Road Runner Cafeteria is open and has awesome food for a good price. PVR ARES/RACES will have a display table, anyone wishing to help with the display please let Chris KC9CMD know.
Please help spread the word.

link to area Skywarn Weather spotter classes in the NWS La Crosse area

Adjournment: moved by Phil second by Dick, adjourned at 8:35 pm
Submitted by Chris kanable KC9CMD

PVR at the 2019 Richland County Fair

The Pine Valley Repeaters ARC Richland County ARES/RACES were one again in attendance at the Richland County Fair. We set up our trailer and were on hand to introduce fair goers all about Amateur Radio. We also were watching the weather encase any storm arose. Along with that we were a contact point for fair goers needing help with anything like directions to event or what time events started. We also helped the EMTs out by being a contact point for people needing any type of medical assistance. Another area we helped in was with the Richland County Sheriffs Department with their booth and talking about public safety. All and all the fair was a good time. Here are some photos from the fair.


Richland County Fair Fairest of the fair runner up Page Carter learning about Amateur Radio.

KC9CMD Chris Kanable working at the PVR booth

Retreat Wisconsin’s 100th Worlds Fair

Click Here For QSL Information

The W9PVR Amateur Radio Club will be helping Retreat, WI celebrate their
100th Retreat “World’s Fair” on Saturday September 28, 2019.
Retreat is a small community (population–50?) in southwestern Wisconsin. Retreat used to boast a general store, cheese factory, and feed store. Today, Retreat is best known for the Retreat Sportsman’s Club and Prairie View Elementary School. The school is part of the DeSoto Area Schools and has been recognized as one of the best elementary schools in Wisconsin. The “World’s Fair” includes a truck and tractor pull, horse show, chicken-q,dance, and the famous two-way parade. The parade goes through the community, turns around and comes back a second time.

PVR will be hold a special event station under the call W9R.
We will be on 20 and 40 meters. with voice, CW, PSK31, & FT8.

To receive QSL card, please send SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) to
Ralph Hendrickson, S6509 Cty Rd J, Viroqua, WI 54665.
To receive pdf certificate by email, please send
QSO information to kc9lbo@yahoo.com.”>,/i>

The day started out cool, but warmed up some as the sun came up.
KC9CMD Chris kanable, KC9LBO Ralph Hendrickson, & W9JR Dick Neumann were all present for the special event. Dick worked CW but band conditions weren’t the best. Ralph and I both worked SSB on 40 & 20 meters with little luck as band conditions weren’t the best there either. We also worked FT8 on 20 and 40 meters, with somewhat better luck. We had a few visitors to our stations. The view of other events wasn’t bad either, with us being positioned not to far from the end of the twin pulling tracks.

Photos from Retreat

our post for tying off the 20 & 40 Meter long wire antennas

Flying the USA Flag high while tying off the other end of the long wire antennas.

Another Antenna mast off of the back of Ralph’s camper

Ralph’s 40 meter low to the ground antenna. that’s vary portable

Our set up outside of Ralph’s camper with the FT8 Station on the right & the SSB Station on the left, with Ralph working a contact on FT8.

Dick working CW from the PVR Communications Trailer

Ralph Checking in with Dick on how CW is going.

June 30 2018 Storm in Richland County

Saturday June 30 2018 started out as a hot and humid day.  Excessive heat warnings were in effect.  Richland Center was hosting Thunder Fest Richland Center’s 4th of July Celebration in Krouskop park with Music food and activities for all ages.

Churning Dirt Nationals was in full swing at the Richland County Fair Grounds.

Many people were out and about at both events.  Around 4:00pm we began to watch the weather radar and spotters were put on alert as storms were starting to develop to our west.  4:30pm a I Chris kanable KC9CMD placed a call to LaCrosse National Weather to get an update on the incoming weather.  After the call the information was relayed to Chief Deputy Chad Kanable as he was in contact with both events threw the Sheriff’s office Dispatch Center.

As the storm approached both events took action and got people to safety.

With the storms passing it brought with it some rain, but mostly wind.

Winds were estimated at 40 – 45 MPH fairly constant for about 3 -5 minutes, with some gust to around 60 – 65 MPH.  Trees were down along with power and other lines around the city.

The city electric utility estimated that power would be out till probably 10:00am on Sunday July 1.

With the help of the City Electric,City Street department, City Parks and Grounds,  Richland Electric Co-op, Reedsburg Electric Utility, the Richland Center Fire Department, City and County Emergency Management and the Salvation Army  Everyone made it threw the night.

The City’s Fireworks were rescheduled for Sunday July 1st and they went off with out a hitch the weather couldn’t of been better.

Following are Photos from the storm.

Krouskop after the storm

Tents that were blown down during the storm

Patio furniture blown around at the parks public pool

Large tree blown down Roots and all East side of the parks Pool on Jefferson street. Taking down major power lines

The big tree on the east side of the pool on Jefferson Street
Photo by Pil Wallace KC9QQQ

A close up shot of the downed tree east side of the parks pool

A power pole snapped by the big tree east side of the pool

Many tree branches were snapped off all over the city

City Electric Utility Superintendent – Dale Bender Working on a support cable for a power pole

More damage from around the city

Field Day 2018

A new venue for the 2018 PVR Field Day. We were located at Victora Riverside Park/Campground in Muscoda.  This venue had lots of trees and space for us to set up, and yes we were able to use the trees for antennas.

to see were we were located just click this link PVR Field Day Site

PVR Trailer Ready to rock an role with lots of contacts.

The trailer operating station with HF, CW, 2METERS & 440

Brent W9CFV Working 40 METERS HF

Chris KC9CMD Working a few stations on 40 METERS as well

Ralph KC9LBO & Keith KC9ZZW Discussing What band to work next.

Ralph KC9LBO Working at his Camper Station on 20 Meters.

Raph’s Camper and antenna were many contacts were made

Brent W9CFV & Ralph KC9LBO discussing what bands were open and what weren’t

Thanks to all who participated. It was a great weekend with fun and excitement.

All ready looking forward to the next great PVR event.