All posts by Rich Donahue (K0PIR)

Weather Balloon Launch

A class at the Pierre Indian learning Center will be launching a weather balloon today at 9:00 AM CDT in Pierre, SD. Our Ham club will be assisting and tracking the balloon. The callsign of the balloon is W0PIR-11 and anyone can track it at just enter the callsign. The flight should take a couple of hours and we expect the balloon to touch down somewhere near Winner, SD.

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Hughes/Stanley County Severe Weather Awareness Training

On Thursday, March 31st, 2016, Hughes/Stanley County Emergency Management, in conjunction with the National Weather Service will be holding severe weather awareness training.  Training will begin at 7:00 pm and last for approximately two hours.



Citizens throughout our area rely on a sound weather program that can provide the earliest possible warning in the event of severe weather.  To achieve our very best, we are providing a training class that will give our spotters the knowledge and tools to perform their tasks and stay safe while protecting our residents.  We invite and encourage the public to attend.  No charge.


Hughes/Stanley County
Weather Training March 31st, 2016
River Cities Transit Meeting Room
(7:00pm –9:00pm)

What to look for when severe weather is developing.

How to understand cloud formations.

How weather spotters help support the public.

Reading Radar.

How to contact the weather coordinator.

PARC Meeting – APRS

cropped-Trailer-Graphics-Idea-2.pngThis is just a friendly reminder that the PARC monthly meeting will be held this thursday night, March 10th, at fire station #4 in Pierre.

We will have some guests who are interested in weather ballooning and would like to hear more about ham radio and APRS.

PARC Club Meetings: The Pierre Amateur Radio Club meets every month. The regular PARC monthly business meeting will be held at 7:00 PM, the 2nd Thursday of every month at fire station #4 unless posted otherwise. Anyone is welcome to attend.

TR09 Lewis & Clark Nat’l Historic Trail Activated Near Pierre For NPOTA

I just wanted to get my feet wet and try this National Parks On The Air (NPOTA) event. After reading alot about it and participating, I understand it a little better now. I had trouble with LOTW and getting the park designation to appear, but after updating the TQSL program everything went smooth.

In TQSL when a new station location is created, it’ll have a field and dropdown list of parks. Select the park you want. This is only done if you are an activator.

20160118_153114I went up to the Oahe Visitor Center on Monday the 18th around 20:00 UTC to work 20 Meters. This location is shown on the Lewis & Clark Nat’l Historic Trail, so I operated from the parking lot.

I used a new antenna, the Alpha MOTO, mounted on the roof of my vehicle. I tested it around town and it worked pretty well.

It was cold, but I left the engine running for the 90 minutes or so that I was there.

20160118_153040With my laptop, HRD logbook and Icom IC 7000 I logged 155 contacts.


It was a lot of fun and all of the contacts were glad to hear me on, no one got impatient and I got many, many thanks for the activation. This is why I enjoy ham radio and I’ll be doing another activation soon. Thanks to all who contacted me, it was extremely enjoyable.

ARRL National Parks on the Air
Lewis & Clark Nat’l Historic Trail

73 and good DX – Rich, K0PIR

Pierre Amateur Radio Club Thursday November 12, 2015

Pierre Amateur Radio Club – WØPIR


Thursday November 12, 2015, 7 p. m.

Pierre Fire Station 4

Call to Order – President Tam

Moment of Silence for Departed Hams

Introduction of members – each member

Secretary’s Report – Secretary John

Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Greg

Old Business
Report: Storage Trailer on Tower Road (Randy).

Hospital Radio: We will continue discussion of having a “radio room” at the hospital, what we are willing to commit to for time, equipment and personnel. I did meet with hospital staff but have not gotten a reply. I will check for updates.

New Business

Year End Items: Last month we discussed the upcoming November and December meetings. It was decided that we would have the “end of year” elections in November and reserve the December meeting for a Christmas Party celebration.

Jim, KD0S, Shari, N0VFS and Karen, KC0OCH, along with any helpers they might recruit, have generously agreed to be the chief cooks for this shindig. The Club will pay for the main dish and each club member is requested to bring a side dish or other item to pass in potluck fashion. Perhaps a salad or dessert or whatever your specialty is it would probably work. I’m sure they will all be delicious. The festivities will begin at 6:30 pm at Fire Station 4, our usual location. All Central South Dakota hams are invited to attend. In the interest of having sufficient food for all (very important), please email either Jim ( or Tam ( with the number of guests you will have coming, including yourself, of course. Let us know the numbers as soon as possible but not later than Saturday, December 5 so we have time to purchase the food items.

Future Presentations: Who would like to do a presentation for next month or later this year? Possible topics: Antennas (on any band), propagation and what it means; Solar Activity and what it means to amateur radio; contesting how and why; anything else ham related that you are interested in supporting. Perhaps some entertainment at the Christmas meeting. Email Tam to tell him which you would like to do.

Other New Business


Announcements of Ham Happenings:

Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions and Events
• November 14 — HamJam Convention, Alpharetta, Georgia
• November 14-15 — Indiana State Convention, Fort Wayne, Indiana
• November 14 – 15 – Kentucky QSO Party – Rules at
Upcoming ARRL Contests

• November 21 – 23 – ARRL November Sweepstakes, Phone
• December 4 – 6 – 160 Meter Contest
• December 12 – 13 10 Meter Contest
• December 20 – Rookie Roundup – CW

Florida Radio Amateurs Support Bicycle Festival
Lake County, Florida, ARES and the Lake Amateur Radio Association (LARA) this month again supported radio communication for the Mount Dora Bicycle Festival — something they’ve been doing for almost 25 years. During the October 9-11 event, ham radio volunteers provided communication from each rest area as well as from mobile radio units patrolling the various bicycle routes. The Mount Dora Bicycle Festival is sponsored each year by the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce and attracts cyclists from all over the country.
“Despite a little early morning fog, good weather prevailed for the 3 day event,” said Ted Luebbers, K1AYZ. “Temperatures were moderate with some humidity. For many of the riders this has become an event they look forward to enjoying each year.” Luebbers explained that the festival is not a competitive race but a series of 12 separate bicycle tours of Florida’s scenic Lake County countryside.
“Lake County is blessed with 1400 named lakes and is considered to be Florida’s hill Country,” Luebbers said. “Some of these hills offer a unique challenge for even the most experienced bicycle riders. The longest ride is 100 miles and the shortest is 12 miles. Riders choose which rides they want to take each day.”
This year saw 1325 festival participants. The radio-equipped mobile vehicles the hams provided transported 30 riders and their bicycles back to the starting area over the 3 days, due to mechanical breakdowns, medical issues, or fatigue. The most serious injury was a broken collarbone. Twenty-five Amateur Radio volunteers took part. — Thanks to Ted Luebbers, K1AYZ


SDARC APPAREL (tee shirts, sweat shirts, hooded sweat shirts, coats, jackets and caps)


The South Dakota Amateur Radio Council has SDARC apparel in stock as gifts for donations to SDARC for the SD-Link. Donation gift selection sheets are available at or on the SDARC Yahoo site under files or can be gotten from W0SD as an e-mail attachment.

Get more information:

South Dakota QSO Party This Weekend!

From the KB0WSW website:

October 17th 1800Z to October 18th 1800Z

OBJECT: Stations outside South Dakota work as many South Dakota stations and counties as possible. Stations inside
South Dakota work everyone.

EXCHANGE: Stations outside South Dakota send signal report and state, province or DXCC country. So
uth Dakota stations send signal report and county.

Get more information here!

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