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.
The Pine Valley Repeater ARC is involved with many community projects. PVR has been assigned a 1.5 mile section of Highway 80 north of Richland Center as its segment for Roadside Cleanup. Twice a year, spring and fall, members of the Club clean up the clutter that is thrown from passing vehicles. Bags of aluminum cans that have been picked up is also a means of adding to the PVR treasury.
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)
What a glorious weekend the Pine Valley Repeater radio operators had while participating in the nationwide ARRL sponsored Field Day. The weather was perfect for this event.
Early on Saturday morning, June 27, several members of the PVR Club gathered at the Field Day site to begin setting up the antennas, communicating stations, and a multitude of other activities in preparation for 24 hours of making as many radio contacts as possible.
By noon, four (4) communicating stations were ready to go, complete with radio operators and loggers. We utilized 4 communicating modes — SSB phone, CW, PSK31, and VHF/UHF. All the stations were busy into the late evening hours … and again beginning early on Sunday morning. Hundreds of contacts were made with other FD participants from all over the U.S. , including Alaska and Hawaii, and even ham operators in Canada. It was a great event!
We used our Club call — W9SSC — as a Special Event Station commemorating the annual Star Spangled Celebration country/western concert. SSC attracts many of the popular country/western stars as well as thousands and thousands of country/western fans.
The 2009 Field Day ended with a delicious potluck dinner. Hmmmmm Hmmmmm Good!