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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

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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