Chris KC9NVV - Gives a Skywarn refresher class

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April 8, 2017 - Chris KC9NVV gave a Skywarn refresher class after the regular meeting.

Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS

PCARA Helps Support ARISS Contact – NA1SS de KØJDD

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22 February 2017 – “NA1SS this is KØJDD, 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 KØJDD and Noel Petit WBØVGI with the technical setup and operation of a portable earth station. With a directional array on the roof along with an omni, Russ WQØN, 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
Feburary - John Glenn Middle School
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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
Feburary - John Glenn Middle School
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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
Feburary - John Glenn Middle School
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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
Feburary - John Glenn Middle School
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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 Meeting - APRS Presentation
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Feburary 11, 2017 – John, K0JDD, gave a demonstration and led a discussion on APRS Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS
Feburary Meeting - APRS Presentation
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Feburary 11, 2017 – APRS Map. Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS
Feburary Meeting - APRS Presentation
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Feburary 11, 2017 – Pportable APRS station for events. Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS
Feburary Meeting - APRS Presentation
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Feburary 11, 2017 – Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS
High winds cause damage to club antenna
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Janurary 8, 2017 – We had an antenna failure in the high winds early last week. We’ll be doing an assessment after the meeting Sat. Photo Courtesy: Rick W9WS
December Meeting - 2 Meter J-Pole Project
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December 10, 2016 – This month's project at the meeting was to contruct a 2 meter J-pole antenna, using twin lead cable. Here Jack W9JET is working on his antenna.
December Meeting - 2 Meter J-Pole Project
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December 10, 2016 – Don W9LRQ working on his antenna.
December Meeting - 2 Meter J-Pole Project
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December 10, 2016 – L to R: Kelly N9HBN, Ryan, and Bo (aspiring hams to be). Photos courtesy of Rick W9WS.
New "softkey" for Mark's W9GWG SB200
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October 29, 2016 – Rick W9WS assembled a new softkey board to install in Mark's W9GWG SB 200 Amplifier to make it compatible with newer model transceivers.
SET 2016 Ham Shack
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October 1, 2016 – Steve KD9FSQ takes a turn as net control during the exercise, along with Rick W9WS
SET 2016 EOC Ops
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October 1, 2016 – “Exceptional performance!” Greg N9CHA, EC for Polk County expressed his sincere thanks and congratulations to Polk County ARES/RACES members and PCARA members after the Simulated Emergency Test conducted on Saturday, October 1st. “There were several 1st time accomplishments of note, including a new member, Steve KD9FSQ stepping up and helping with net control, and all three area hospitals communicated via ham radio during the training event,” said Braun in a post-action report.
SET 2016 Amery Hospital manned by Dan KB9OBF
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October 1, 2016 – The SET2016 scenario was developed by PCARA Treasurer, Chris KC9NVV. Chris also holds the title of the NW DEC, as well as the ASEC for Training. This year each County was to simulate a 72 hour electrical black-out. The test was to determine how or if communications could be performed under emergency power conditions. Polk County net control, Rick W9WS, using the club call N9XH, handled local traffic on the club repeater, VHF simplex, and HF traffic to the State EOC.
SET 2016 Amery Hospital manned by Dan KB9OBF
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October 1, 2016 – The number of participants during the SET2016 included, Greg N9CHA Polk EC, Chris KC9NVV NW DEC, Rick W9WS Net Control, Steve KD9FSQ Net Control, Bill K9WEN Osceola Hospital, Dan KB9OBF Amery Hospital, Mark W9GWG St. Croix Falls Hospital, John N9UPC EC St. Croix County, Don W9LRQ, Rick N9RB, Mike KK9MC, Bruce N9BLU, Steve KC9WKY, John NØTCN, and William N9DIW.
SET 2016 EOC Ops manned by Greg N9CHA
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October 1, 2016 –
SET 2016 St. Croix Hospital manned by Mark W9GWG
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October 1, 2016 – Emergency communications plays a very vital role in our local communities. During the SET2016, for the first time ever recorded, the three area hospitals were staffed with ham radio operators. At each location, an external antenna was implemented. At both Osceola and Amery, roof top mounted antennas dedicated to ham radio were put to use. At St. Croix Falls, Mark W9GWG deployed a “tipper” mast and antenna simulating a permanent installation.

SET 2016 St. Croix Hospital Mark's W9GWG Tipper 2 Meter Antenna
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October 1, 2016 – “Would ham radio be used during a local, state or national emergency? You bet!” Greg N9CHA EC for Polk County reported after the Simulated Emergency Test held Saturday, October 1st. “Working together with our county hospitals and Polk County Emergency Manager, Kathy Poirier, ham radio would significantly help with communications.” Floods, fires, severe weather and power outages are just a sample of the types of conditions which affect the population. Amateur radio in Polk County is very popular and the local club, the PCARA comprises a dedicated membership supporting ARES/RACES activities. “I’m very proud of our local ham population,” said Braun. “It’s a testament to our abilities as ham radio operators to put together the necessary equipment and training to respond to an incident should it become necessary to help our local communities.”

Tom N0HWY Remote Base Setup
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Sept 10, 2016 - Tom NØHWY. Remote Base Rig. Photo: Rick W9WS
Tom N0HWY Remote Base Setup
September 10 2016
Sept 10, 2016 - Tom NØHWY. Remote Base - How to set up your ham shack as a remote operation. The presentation included a PowerPoint presentation and a live demonstration. Tom talked to his friend Joe K1IKE in Connecticut on 75 meter phone. Photo: Rick W9WS
Sept 14, 2016 - Photo taken of the second set of guy connections on the tower to check for evidence of corrosion. Photo: Rick N9RB
Bill's (K9WEN) new tower.
September 10 2016
Sept 10, 2016 - The tower's almost ready to go up... Photo: Rick W9WS
Bill's (K9WEN) new tower.
September 10 2016
Sept 10, 2016 - Working feverishly to get the beam ready... Photo: Rick W9WS
Bill's (K9WEN) new tower.
September 10 2016
Sept 10, 2016 - The foremen. Photo: Rick W9WS
Bill's (K9WEN) new tower.
September 10 2016
Sept 10, 2016 - Several members of the PCARA showed up after the meeting to help Bill (K9WEN) raise his new tower.  It looks great!!