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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2013 Long Island (west), also in the Wisconsin River near Lone Rock, has been qualified by the same two ham radio clubs. Long Island (West) now has the designation WI051R. It is interesting to note that Ralph, KC9LBO, made a contact in Cuba and Cayman Island for our 2 countries requirement. Operators on Long Island were: Les Hyland – KA9USV; Bob Naegele – W9MZ; Dick Neumann – W9JR; Phil Wallace – KC9QQQ; Josh Roskos – KC9WWH; Ralph Hendrickson – KC9LBO; and Tahmara Hendrickson – KC9UJM.
There is another island in the Wisconsin River, Long Island (east) near Spring Green that will be qualified on September 27, 2014. Currently, the island has the number WI050. As soon as it is qualified, an R will be added indicating it is an island in a river.
It was a great weekend for the annual Richland County fair. The Pine Valley Repeater ARC set up our EMCOMM trailer and equipment in a prime location for people to visit our site and to learn more about Amateur Radio.
Many people stopped to chat with PVR members who were on hand to meet and greet them, and to give answers to many very interesting questions.
PVR will be sponsoring an entry level Technician license class in October, and several visitors expressed an interest in becoming a member of the class which will be taught by Bob Naegele, W9MZ. We hope they will follow through on their interest.
Following are a few photos of our setup at the Fair:
It is now August, 2013, and the PVR “Walk with GRACE” team is gearing up for this year’s annual event which will be held in Krouskop Park in Richland Center. The PVR team raised a total of $3,711.49 for GRACE. It looks like it will be another bountiful year for cancer patients in the Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination service area. Come join us!.
It was, indeed, a bountiful year for GRACE. $254,322.52 was raised to be used by cancer patients and for cancer research. That’s more than a QUARTER OF A MILLION dollars! That amount of money raised in one year is absolutely mind-boggling; and in our 10 years of existence, GRACE has raised more than $2,000,000.00!
In 2012, the Rotary Club of Richland Center introduced a new program that will indicate to citizens and those passing through our city, that the community does have the Christmas spirit.
Known as “Rotary Lights in the Park,” many of the “big trees” in the Park will be aglow with strings of LED lights as well as many 7′ decorated Christmas trees that are sponsored by groups, clubs, churches, schools, etc. The night after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, the 2nd annual lighting event took place.
PVR will be represented and recognized by a decorated Christmas tree in that section of the Park devoted to sponsored trees. This new program was a welcome addition to the many events that annually take place in Richland Center … and, it’s sure to become a tradition in our community.
“Rotary Lights in the Park” will be on display from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.
Following are some photos of PVR Club members decorating our tree …