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Retreat Wisconsin’s 100th Worlds Fair

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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”>,/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.

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.

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

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

Where the Ham Radio Hobby Began for Many…

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:

USNTC Bainbridge, MD Radio School
USNTC Bainbridge, MD Radio School
The USS Siboney, CVE-112
The USS Siboney, CVE-112

By Dick Neumann, W9JR