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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 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.

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.

National Weather Servic2016 NWS La Crosse SKYWARN Amateur Radio Recognition Event

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.

Here is a summary:

  • Total contacts made: 200
  • Total U.S. States contacted: 39
  • Total NWS offices contacted: 33
  • Total International countries contacted: 3
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Making local contacts on NWS service area local repeaters
Making local contacts on NWS service area local repeaters
Camaraderie abounded
Camaraderie abounded

 

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Myself (KC9CMD) working with ECHO Link & IRLP
Myself (KC9CMD) working with ECHO Link & IRLP

 

Map of Contacts made
Map of Contacts made in Yellow
May Amateurs working hard but having fun making contacts
May Amateurs working hard but having fun making contacts

 

Long Island West Activation

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.

Long Island
Long Island
 Bob and Les are discussing where to put our operating stations.
Bob and Les are discussing where to put our operating stations.
 Brent is checking out the trailer while Ralph is communicating from his station.
Brent is checking out the trailer while Ralph is communicating from his station.
 Brent watching Josh while making a PSK31 contact.
Brent watching Josh while making a PSK31 contact.
 Josh is working both SSB and PSK31 from inside our Communications Trailer
Josh is working both SSB and PSK31 from inside our Communications Trailer
 Our Communications Trailer has all the necessary equipment for this kind of project.
Our Communications Trailer has all the necessary equipment for this kind of project.
 Phil, Les,and Brent are discussing the pros and cons of the project so far.
Phil, Les,and Brent are discussing the pros and cons of the project so far.
 Tahmara and her dad, Ralph, made many contacts from their station.
Tahmara and her dad, Ralph, made many contacts from their station.
 A vew of our setup on Long Island in the Wisconsin River.
A vew of our setup on Long Island in the Wisconsin River.
 Another view of the Long Island setup.
Another view of the Long Island setup.
 It was a beautiful fall day to be communicating from Long Island
It was a beautiful fall day to be communicating from Long Island

Richland County Fair 2013

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:

 We invite Fairgoers to visit our ham radio site.
We invite Fairgoers to visit our ham radio site.
 Les, KA9USV, is on duty to chat with interested people.
Les, KA9USV, is on duty to chat with interested people.
 We have much material for those showing an interest in ham radio.
We have much material for those showing an interest in ham radio.
 When storm spotters are out, APRS will show where they are located.
When storm spotters are out, APRS will show where they are located.
 The ham radio video ran throughout the fair.
The ham radio video ran throughout the fair.
 There were many questions about the equipment in our trailer.
There were many questions about the equipment in our trailer.

Walk with GRACE 2013

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!

A team site representing children with cancer
A team site representing children with cancer
Luminaries honoring or remembering cancer patients
Luminaries honoring or remembering cancer patients
Volunteers set more than 1700 luminaries
Volunteers set more than 1700 luminaries

Rotary Lights in the Park – 2012

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 …

 Opening night was awesome.
Opening night was awesome.
 We're ready and waiting.
We’re ready and waiting.
 "Rotary Lights in the Park" opening night.
“Rotary Lights in the Park” opening night.
 Our tree ready for opening night.
Our tree ready for opening night.
 Phil and I say -- "Kudos to the Rotary Club of R.C."
Phil and I say — “Kudos to the Rotary Club of R.C.”
 People are going to be impressed.
People are going to be impressed.
 A look down "CHRISTMAS TREE" row.
A look down “CHRISTMAS TREE” row.
 Another well decorated tree.
Another well decorated tree.
 Preparing the "big tree" lights and the animated Snowmen was done at the Shopping News.
Preparing the “big tree” lights and the animated Snowmen was done at the Shopping News.
 Phil examines other trees in the park.
Phil examines other trees in the park.
 Dick says, "Well done, Phil.
Dick says, “Well done, Phil.
 Phil is putting lights on our "Elf".
Phil is putting lights on our “Elf”.
 Our tree is nearing completion.
Our tree is nearing completion.
 Our tree is beginning to look good.
Our tree is beginning to look good.
 Our tree with Adam, Les, Phil and Meredith.
Our tree with Adam, Les, Phil and Meredith.
 PVR sponsored a tree.
PVR sponsored a tree.

 

 

Coumbe Island Activation

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.

This is the island in the Wisconsin River that we qualified for the U.S. Islands Program
This is the island in the Wisconsin River that we qualified for the U.S. Islands Program
Our Coumbe Island QSL card after the qualification
Our Coumbe Island QSL card after the qualification
This group had a great time qualifying Coumbe Island
This group had a great time qualifying Coumbe Island
Bob and Les contemplating our set up
Bob and Les contemplating our set up
Bob and Chris Palm setting up an antenna for PSK31
Bob and Chris Palm setting up an antenna for PSK31
Mike is getting his station ready
Mike is getting his station ready
Mike made 3 contacts in Germany on 12 meters
Mike made 3 contacts in Germany on 12 meters
Les used the hood of his truck as a station
Les used the hood of his truck as a station
Ralph and his daughter, Tahmara getting things ready
Ralph and his daughter, Tahmara getting things ready
Ralph oversees Tahmara making a SSB contact
Ralph oversees Tahmara making a SSB contact
Chris Palm is trying his luck at making a PSK31 contact
Chris Palm is trying his luck at making a PSK31 contact
Chris and Tahmara working PSK31 inside our Communications Trailer
Chris and Tahmara working PSK31 inside our Communications Trailer
Tahmara is a 9-year old ham operator who gained much experience this day
Tahmara is a 9-year old ham operator who gained much experience this day
This was a necessary piece of equipment on Coumbe Island
This was a necessary piece of equipment on Coumbe Island

Walk with Grace 2012

 

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.

The GRACE logo, the butterfly, represents cancer "leaving" the body.
The GRACE logo, the butterfly, represents cancer “leaving” the body.

 

St. Feriole Island Activation

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).

st. feriole island 3The 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)

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