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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.

 

Roadside Cleanup 2012

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.

After collecting 6 full bags of trash, and 2 full bags of cans, we are at the end of a long day!
After collecting 6 full bags of trash, and 2 full bags of cans, we are at the end of a long day!
Justin, a young ham "wannabe", assisted with the cleanup.
Justin, a young ham “wannabe”, assisted with the cleanup.

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)

st. feriole island 4

Field Day 2009

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!

Following are some photos of the ’09 Field Day:

 Assembling the beam antenna
Assembling the beam antenna
 Many hands make work easy
Many hands make work easy
 The gang doing a good job
The gang doing a good job
 Shawn attaching the beam
Shawn attaching the beam
 Won't be long now
Won’t be long now
 We'll soon be ready
We’ll soon be ready
 Tough jobs need a supervisor
Tough jobs need a supervisor
 Starting the tough part
Starting the tough part
 That tower is heavy!
That tower is heavy!
 Everybody pulls their weight
Everybody pulls their weight
 Nearly there
Nearly there
 Old Glory flying high
Old Glory flying high
 Our sign
Our sign
 We're finally communicating!
We’re finally communicating!
 Santana logs while Ralph sends CW
Santana logs while Ralph sends CW
 Mike logs while Kevin communicates phone(SSB)
Mike logs while Kevin communicates phone(SSB)
 Neil and John at one of the stations
Neil and John at one of the stations
SanRalphBrad
Brad working on computer network
 Dick communicating via PSK31
Dick communicating via PSK31
 Our youngster, Russ, learning PSK31
Our youngster, Russ, learning PSK31
 Our PVR "Welcome to Field Day" sign
Our PVR “Welcome to Field Day” sign
 End of FD -- potluck
End of FD — potluck
 Shawn is an expert at grilling brats
Shawn is an expert at grilling brats
 Potluck is a family affair
Potluck is a family affair

The Flood of June 2008

On Sunday, June 8, it began to rain … and it rained … and it rained until at last it stopped with northern Iowa and central and southwest Wisconsin completely flooded.

The communities of Viola, LaFarge, Avoca, Lone Rock, and Spring Green experienced floods the likes of which they had never seen before.

In Sauk County, flood waters washed a new channel between Lake Delton and the Wisconsin River resulting in the lake being completely drained.

Here are some photos showing the flood waters.

 Taking a Chance -- or what?
Taking a Chance — or what?
 Cars are victims, too.
Cars are victims, too.
 People are not the only Victims.
People are not the only Victims.
 This Farm is in Trouble!
This Farm is in Trouble!
 ROAD CLOSED!
ROAD CLOSED!
 No traffic today!
No traffic today!
 Where are the Shoppers?
Where are the Shoppers?
 A Favorite Downtown Viola Business.
A Favorite Downtown Viola Business.
 Water, Water Everywhere.
Water, Water Everywhere.
 La Farge is nearly surrounded.
La Farge is nearly surrounded.
 Viola-A Community in Trouble.
Viola-A Community in Trouble.
 A river out of its banks.
A river out of its banks.