Polk County Amateur Radio Association

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Next Meeting:
Jul 14th

Nets - 9PM

Field Day 2018

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Club Officers

Chris KC9NVV
Vice President:
Bill K9WEN
Russ WQ0N
Jack W9JET


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May 12, 2018 - Greg N9CHA led a very interesting discussion of Digital Modes, focusing on RTTY and the history of the mode in his family.
Mar 10, 2018 - Steve KD9FSQ and Jack W9JET. Steve KD9FSQ, Jack W9JET and Russ WQ0N were in the PCARA ham shack using the club radio gear and call sign during the Wisconsin QSO party today. While we only participated for three hours we had a great time. Steve made 24 contacts on 40 and 80 m for 828 points, while Jack and Russ logged and served as additional ears.
Mar 10, 2018 - Russ WQ0N and Jack W9JET
Mar 10, 2018 - Steve KD9FSQ, Russ WQ0N (in back) and Jack W9JET
February 24, 2018 - Hayward, WI - Amateur radio operators provided vital communications support for the 44th Annual American Birkebeiner ski event. Over 9000 participants skied in the "skate" and "classic" race on Saturday, from the start near Cable to the finish in Hayward. Ham radio operators were located along the course providing logistic and operational communications. Greg N9CHA and Wally N9VAO operated the net control station with technical support from John N9UPC. On the course were Dwight AG9G, Ron W9JRW, Tom AC9LG, Duana KC9UVK, Paul KB9TYC, Dawn KD9CAW, Steve WA0OAT, Steven KB9VUJ, and Chris KC9NVV. On Friday, Russ WQ0N helped the hams support the Kortelopet event.
Sept 9, 2017 - John, K0JJD, gave a presentation on improving your amateur radio audio. Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS
Sept 9, 2017 - John, K0JJD, gave a presentation on improving your amateur radio audio. Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS
Sept 9, 2017 - John, K0JJD, gave a presentation on improving your amateur radio audio. Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS
June 24, 2017 - Field Day 2017 - Field day at N9CHA's with W9DKB Dale and KC9NVV Chris
June 24, 2017 - Field Day 2017 - Dan KB9OBF Doing Field Day from home this year. I am all set up and waiting for the 1300 start.
June 24, 2017 - Field Day 2017 - Dan KB9OBF Doing Field Day from home this year. I am all set up and waiting for the 1300 start.
June 11, 2017 - Heavy thunderstorms containing damaging winds and hail rolled through Polk County on Sunday, June 11th. Chris KC9NVV, Greg N9CHA, Bill K9WEN, Rick N9RB, Don W9LRQ, Steve KC9WKY, Ed KB9KJE, Gail WD9HFT and Dale W9DKB participated in an informal Skywarn net on the N9XH repeater system. Surrounding counties activated their nets as the severe weather impacted Northwestern Wisconsin.
June 1, 2017 - The N9XH UHF 443.725 Fusion repeater is now linked to the WI-LINK project defined for our club by John N9UPC during the May 13th meeting. Several Wisconsin hams, including those in nearby counties, have adopted the linking project in order to test the capabilities of Fusion as well as other modalities. The SharkRF openSPOT supports various digital modes. When you use Fusion on the UHF repeater, you are automatically linked. If you use FM, you are not linked and the repeater reverts to local use only.
Photo: SharkRF openSPOT lent to the PCARA by John N9UPC
May 25, 2017 - Becky Stark, of the Hidden Oaks Middle School, recovered the payload near Stanley, WI just after 6PM. The balloon was launched from The Hidden Oaks Middle School near Prior Lake, MN, as an 8th Grade science project, at approximately 11:22AM. Greg Braun N9CHA was asked to help, and provided his callsign for the radios owned by the school. Several club members tracked the balloon as it took a path of more than 125 miles across MN and WI, bursting at nearly 80,000 feet and returning to earth.
May 25, 2017 - The path of the balloon
April 8, 2017 - Chris KC9NVV gave a Skywarn refresher class after the regular meeting.
Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS
22 February 2017 "NA1SS this is K0JDD, do you copy, over?" as John speaks clearly into the microphone in front of students, teachers, parents the media and local officials. "It was 55 years and 2 days ago today that John H. Glenn, Jr. made his historic flight aboard Friendship 7. Today, students from the Middle School named in his honor stand by, ready to reach into space themselves." Commander of the ISS, astronaut Shane Kimbrough acknowledged the comment by saying, "Yes that was an historic moment you just mentioned, and an honor to be talking to John Glenn Middle School today."

Members of the PCARA stepped up and assisted John Dean K0JDD and Noel Petit WB0VGI with the technical setup and operation of a portable earth station. With a directional array on the roof along with an omni, Russ WQ0N, Chris KC9NVV, Rick W9WS and Greg N9CHA supported the ground operations making it possible for the students voices to be heard aboard the ISS. The operations went as planned, a northerly pass lasting about 9 1/2 minutes.

Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS
22 February 2017 - Schools from around the globe apply for the honor of having their students ask questions of an orbiting crew member. In their application, it was noted, "An astronaut on the International Space Station looks back at Earth and sees the beauty and diversity of life. They imagine humans of all colors and creeds finding common ground and getting ready for tomorrow. Our school mirrors that ideal in microcosm." Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS
22 February 2017 - "14 students had 16 questions ready to go. They were rehearsed and anxious to be the next at the microphone to talk to astronaut Kimbrough. "How important is teamwork to the mission of the ISS crew?" asked a 6th grader. "Teamwork is extremely important. I would say it’s paramount to what we do up here. We have a team and a crew of six people up here on the space station right now. We have a team of thousands of people on the ground that we are a part of as well. So all the Mission Control centers around the world are a part of our team as well and we are honored to be a part of it, and all of the people that trained us for this mission. So it’s extremely important for us to be able to execute our mission by having a great team and the support behind us," replied Commander Kimbrough. Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS
22 February 2017 - Principal, Jill Miklausich lead off the event with an introduction of the many people who made this contact possible. "Our school embraces the fearless sense of adventure made famous by our namesake, Colonel John Glenn. When we make the call to the International Space Station please know that our hearts and minds are filled with excitement and infinite possibilities." Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS
22 February 2017 - The ham radio operators worked closely with Molly Stillings, a teacher at the school who was responsible for coordinating the event between the ARISS team technical mentor John Kludt K4SQC and the staff at the Middle School. The students practiced using the microphone a few times over the past week to get used to idea that their voices would have to carry several hundred miles as the ISS passed overhead. Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS
Feburary 11, 2017 - APRS Presentation . Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS
Feburary 11, 2017 - Portable APRS station for events. Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS