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.
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.
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 …
On Saturday, October 20, 2012, PVR and Viroqua ham radio operators activated and qualified Coumbe Island in the Wisconsin River near Blue River to be added to the U.S. ISLANDS list. Coumbe Island now has the U.S. Islands qualification number WI049R.
PVR members who served as operators during the qualifying of Coumbe Island were: Les Hyland, KA9USV; Chris Kanable, KC9CMD; Bob Naegele, W9MZ; Mike Houle, KC9WAN; and Dick Neumann, W9JR. From the Viroqua ARC were: Ralph Hendrickson, KC9LBO; Tahmara Hendrickson, KC9UJM; and Chris Palm, KC9JTL. Operations began at 0900 and the requirements of making 25 contacts plus contacts with 2 countries were met by 1500. It was a very rewarding and fun ham radio activity. It must be noted that Tahmara is a 9-year old ham operator who made 3 PSK31 contacts.
In August, 2012 , the PVR ARC entered a team in the annual “Walk with Grace” fund raising project. The team raised over $3,000.00. The final grand total of money raised for G.R.A.C.E. (Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination) during the 2012 fund raising year is a whopping $245,292.67 — and this money stays right in the Greater Richland Area to be used by individual cancer patients and for research. That’s nearly a quarter of a million dollars! Unbelievable … especially when considered that this area is a mostly rural area of Wisconsin.
In October, 2011, in conjunction with the Viroqua ARC, PVR assisted in activating an island for the U.S. Islands program. St. Feriole Island in the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien was given the official U.S. Islands program number WI048R. WI (Wisconsin), 048 (the 48th Wisconsin island to be activated), and R (in a river — the Mississippi).
The Activation Crew
Back: Bob Naegele (W9MZ); Adam Rastall (KC9MRV); Laura Rockland (KC9KOO); Shawn Rockland (KC9KOP); John Thompson (KB9TPG); Nicole Hendrickson (KC9NHQ); Ralph Hendrickson (KC9LBO). Front: Dick Neumann (W9JR); Tahmara Hendrickson (KC9UJM)