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Press Release | Field Day June 22-23 in Pierre, SD

PageLines- arrl-c_png.png“Who ya’ gonna call? Pierre Radio Hams!”

Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 22-23 Pierre / Ft. Pierre,  SD June 22-23 – Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. Pierre / Ft. Pierre “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend.

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. On the weekend of June 22-23, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Pierre / Ft. Pierre ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.

This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event. “The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. “From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available.

“We need nothing between us but air.”

In the Pierre / Ft. Pierre area, the Pierre Amateur Radio Club (PARC) will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at Capitol Heights Baptist Church on Hwy. 14 N. of Pierre, June 22-23. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.

Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.

To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org. The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air.

If you’re interested in helping out this weekend or finding out more about Amateur Radio, please leave your comments below and someone will get back to you.

Thank you!

BHARC Swap Fest

activitiesThis just sent to me via e-mail concerning the BHARC swap fest:

BHARC Swap Fest July, 13, 2013

The Black Hills Amateur Radio Club will be hosting its annual tail gate swap and equipment auction on July 13,2013 at the Club House located on Plymouth Drive, just off Radar Hill Road. The gate to the site should be open by 9:00 AM and we plan on being done by around noon. Bring any items you would like sell / swap and set up your display area (trunk, tail gate, your own table or on the ground). The following equipment is from the estate of Rick Guth (KC0RMQ) and will be offered for sale. The IC7800 will be sold by email auction which will begin a few weeks before the sale, details to provided shortly.

Item

Ham Transcievers

IC7000

IC706 MK2G

IC7800 XCVR

IC910 UHF/VHF multi-mode Transciever

Yeasu VX7R Transciever

Ham Transmitters

Hallicrafters HT-32A SSB xmitter

Hallicrafters HT-37 SSB transmitter

Communicatons Receivers

Drake R8B

Hallicrafters S-107

Hallicrafters S-108

Hallicrafters S-38C

Hallicrafters S-38D

Hallicrafters S-40A

Hallicrafters S-40B

Hallicrafters S-53A Rcvr

Hallicrafters S-85

Hallicrafters SX-101A

Hallicrafters SX-43

National NC-121

Realistic DX-302

Station Accessories

AH-4 tuner pieces

Diamond SX100 swr meter

Diamond SX400 SWR meter

Heathkit SB-604 Speaker

Heil ICM mic

Heil PR780 Mic

Icom HM 12 mic

Icom SM20 desk mic

Icom SM20 desk mic

Icom SP7 Speaker

Johnson Speedex bug

MFJ 554 code practice osc

MFJ 945E Mobile Tuner

Palstar AT1500DT

RS speaker pair & fuse block

Speaker in metal cabinet

Vectronics DL650M dry dummy load

Vibroplex &Vibrokey paddles

Power Supplies

Astron SS-30M 12v PS

Radio Shack 12v 10A PS

Radio Shack 22510 12vdc 25A ps

Scanners

AOR AR8000

RS Pro 2042

RS Pro 2042

RS Pro 2042

RS Pro 2052

RS Pro 26

RS Pro 37

RS Pro 39

RS Pro 43

RS Pro 64

RS Pro 92

RS Trunking Pro-96

Uniden BC235xlt

Uniden BC95xlt

Antenna

Cushcraft A50-6S 6 element 6m beam

Cushcraft D3W 12,17,30m rotatable dipole

Cushcraft D4 40,20,15,10 rotatable dipole

Cushcraft X7 7el 10,15,20 new beam in 2 boxes

Delta-4 Coax Switch

Diamond MX72N VHF – UHF Diplexer

DYMEK active marine whip ant

lots of scanner antennas

PD8040 80,40,15, wire dipole

R8 40-6m Vertical

RS 15-853 am loop

Yeasu G800DXA rotator and controller

Rohn 25 50ft / concrete base

coax – many various lengths

Misc

several boxes of misc items

various CQ magazines

various Monitoring Times magazines

various scanner oriented magazines

W5YI code course

Marine & CB

ALN200 Loran Navigator

Cobra CB

Cybernet marine cassette stereo

Hercules CB Marine

Lowrance depth finder

Marine direction finder

radar detector

Ray Jefferson Hailer

Enjoy the fun. 73 – Rich K0PIR

AA9PW Amateur Radio Exam Practice

ve patchIn the spotlight today is an excellent website for taking amateur radio practice exams.  The AA9PW amateur exam practice website is built and maintained by Simon Twigger, aka AA9PW.

If you live in or around the Pierre area, once you feel you’re ready then please contact us to take the actual exam for your ham radio license. PARC usually holds testing during the Amateur Radio field day event in June. More on that to come.

Here is an excerpt from AA9PW’s website:

Using this site you can take a full practice test by using the form on the top left of this page – pick an exam to try and click ‘Take Exam‘. Alternatively, you can visit the TechnicianGeneral or Extra license pages where you can pick and choose the topics to practice so you can build up to a complete exam.

Read more at AA9PW FCC Exam Practice » Amateur Radio Exam Practice.

Ham radio: the original social network

Here’s an interesting article from the Lowell Sun Online. The Lowell Sun is in Lowell, MA. Yes, Ham Radio is a social network!

CHELMSFORD — Andy Stewart and his friends could be considered revolutionary.social media

“The jokes that I hear are that ham radio was the original social network,” he said.

Stewart, 50, a ham radio enthusiast, belongs to the Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford, which is open to residents of surrounding towns.

“I’ve been in the club for a little over five years now. I was teaching a computer Linux class with Chelmsford Community Education mid- to late 2006 and I met a couple of gentlemen in class that were amateur experts,” he said. “They suggested I would be a good fit for this hobby.”

Like people who text, the ham radio community uses certain abbreviations and shortcuts, so even people who don’t speak English can communicate with one another. Stewart, who got his first license in January 2007, says he communicates for pleasure, speaking with people in other countries. – Read more By Marie Donovan, Sun Correspondent by clicking on the link below.

Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/lifestyles/ci_23034582/ham-radio-original-social-network#ixzz2QihZ61LE

2013 Dayton Hamvention

The Dayton Hamvention ® — the largest gathering of radio amateurs in the US — is just around the corner, May 17-19. Held annually at the Hara Arena Conference and Exhibition Center in the Dayton suburb of Trotwood, Ohio, Hamvention is sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA).

This year’s “ARRL Dayton Team” includes more than 100 people — volunteers, officials and Headquarters staff. The centerpiece of the ARRL’s participation isARRL EXPO 2013, a large exhibit area in Hara’s Ballarena Hall. First introduced in 2005, ARRL EXPO has become a popular mainstay at the event. “ARRL EXPO is a show-within-a-show, and the area will be filled with membership program representatives and exhibits that cover a variety of Amateur Radio topics and interest areas,” explained ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, who also serves as the ARRL EXPO Coordinator. “The ARRL has put together dozens of exhibits, programs and activities to help represent the very best of our programs, services and information. There will be something for every ham at ARRL EXPO.” – Read more from the ARRL website, see below.

via Get Ready for the 2013 ARRL EXPO at the Dayton Hamvention®.

Radio Amateurs Provide Communication Support in Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston Marathon

I was reading  a discussion post on the Internet the other day and was wondering just how Hams helped out at the Boston Marathon. Here’s the answer:

As has happened many times in years past, over 200 Amateur Radio operators participated in communications for the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. Unlike prior challenging situations such as very warm weather for the runners or other weather-related challenges, this year’s marathon will be remembered for the bombings that took place at the finish line. Despite this heinous act, professional first responders, medical volunteers from the American Red Cross that staffed the route, and Amateur Radio operators performed magnificently in the face of adversity.

“Within minutes, cell phone systems became overloaded and making phone calls and text messages was difficult. Amateur Radio operators performed communication duties under duress and performed admirably. No Amateur Radio volunteers were injured on the course in this terrible act,” said Steve Schwarm, W3EVE, who is the Amateur Radio Course Communication Coordinator and associated with a consortium of clubs and groups known as Marathon Amateur Radio Communications (MARC). – Read more from the ARRL website by clicking the link below.

via Radio Amateurs Provide Communication Support in Boston Marathon Bombings.

WB5TKA Amateur Radio Station

I ran across this website on one of my searches. It was listed in a Google alert that I have set up. Most of the time I don’t get anything of use from those alerts, but on this occasion it was different. Dan W. Dooley, WB5TKA,  has a very interesting website and I found it fun to read. Below is an except from his home page:

WB5TKA-at-the-controlsWelcome to the WB5TKA Amateur Radio Web site. I hope that you find your visit informative and interesting. Well at the least, it may be amusing!

Since you are here, it’s most likely because you are a amateur (ham) radio operator or, you are at least interested in the hobby.

Hobby? I think that it is that and more. Stay with me now. Somewhere on these pages I hope to make a better distinction between a mere hobby and a passion.

If ham radio is a major passion for you as it is for me, I hope that something here will be interest to you – technical or otherwise. Share your ideas and experiences with me.

If you are unfamiliar with the ham radio, or if you have preconceived ideas about it and about those who enjoy it, stay with me. Perhaps I can share some of the excitement those who enjoy it experience. Perhaps I can also dispel some of the negative stereotypes. I’ll have a go at it, at least.

-Dan W. Dooley, WB5TKA

Read more at WB5TKA Amateur Radio Station.

South Dakota, North Dakota And Nebraska QSO Parties

qso party
Courtesy of www.dtdxcc.org

Spread the news around…

This year North Dakota and Nebraska will be holding their QSO Parties on the same date as the South Dakota QSO Party, so it should be a very fun time!

Don’t worry about duplicating counties as others schedules may change.

Working Counties

Here is a spreadsheet of those who have so far committed to working counties.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlKA9cGslUe5dFNrcG5lZWdmRVAwbFprWlQxaS0yOHc&usp=sharing 

Please feel free to edit and add your planned counties. It will help if you can add the approximate time you plan to be in a county so those looking for you can have a guide…

Its only a guess how long we will be in a particular county as we all tend to stay longer if the bands are favorable.

You can find the rules at the Dakota Territory DX and Contest Club Website.

www.dtdxcc.org

The SDQP takes kind of a light-hearted approach and we don’t mind making fun of ourselves a little to draw attention to this event…

We change certificates every year to hopefully keep others outside SD interested in working us..

Hope to hear you on the air!

-Jim KD0S

Resource:

Article copy via Jim KD0S

image via DAKOTA TERRITORY DX & CONTEST CLUB

 

2013 World Amateur Radio Day — April 18 — Celebrates 100 Years of Disaster Communications

This year marks the 88th anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). To mark this occasion, the IARU and its more than 160 Member Societies will celebrate World Amateur Radio Day on April 18. For many years, the IARU Administrative Council has declared a theme for each World Amateur Radio Day. The theme for 2013 is Amateur Radio: Entering Its Second Century of Disaster Communications.

via 2013 World Amateur Radio Day — April 18 — Celebrates 100 Years of Disaster Communications.

RepeaterBook.com announces a new Repeater Directory app for the iPhone

The World’s Free Repeater Apps now available for iPhone and Android. The Free Repeater Directory App for USA, Canada, and Mexico.

RepeaterBook enables you to easily find repeaters across the USA, Canada, and Mexico for free, and without a network connection.

RepeaterBook mobile apps are powered by the popular community database of RepeaterBook.com and software of ZBM2.com.

Just search for RepeaterBook in the Apple App Store or Google Play

via RepeaterBook.com announces a new Repeater Directory app for the iPhone.