SKYWARN Amateur Radio Recognition Day 2016 was held on Saturday, December 3rd – a day set aside to celebrate and recognize the contributions amateur radio operators provide to the National Weather Service (NWS). SKYWARN Recognition Day began in 1999 as a ‘Y2K’ exercise but has continued since.
A total of 26 people visited our office on a cool, cloudy day with snow flurries around. Several operators made contacts with people around the U.S. (and World!), sharing contact and current weather information. There were three (3) radios and antennas operating for much of the day.
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!
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
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.
I thought I would add a photo of where my radio experience began. I attended the U.S. Navy Radio School in Bainbridge, MD for 6 months in 1953. It was an awesome school. I then served in the Communications Department (Radioman) onboard the USS Siboney, CVE-112, part of an Anti-Submarine Warfare Task Group (Hunter/Killer) during the Korean War. I communicated via radio ship-to-ship, ship-to-airplane, and ship-to-shore. It was a great experience. USNTC Bainbridge is no longer in existence, but here is the photo of our Radio School: