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.

Reference:
ARRL National Parks on the Air
NPOTA 2016 – ARRL
Lewis & Clark Nat’l Historic Trail

73 and good DX – Rich, K0PIR

PARC Monthly Meeting Reminder

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This is just a friendly reminder that the PARC monthly meeting will be held tonight at fire station #4 in Pierre.

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.

Pierre Amateur Radio Club Thursday November 12, 2015

Pierre Amateur Radio Club – WØPIR

Agenda

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 (KD0S@KD0S.com) or Tam (tgatje@aol.com) 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

Adjourn.

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 http://www.wkdxa.com/mainsite/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=45:wkdxa&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=63
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
10/19/2015
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

SDLINK Gear

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

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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 www.sdlink.org or on the SDARC Yahoo site under files or can be gotten from W0SD as an e-mail attachment.

Get more information: http://sdlink.org/sdlink-gear/

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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Pierre Amateur Radio Club – WØPIR Agenda Thursday October 8, 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 have an appointment with hospital personnel and will report on the results.

 

Simulated Emergency Test: The 2015 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) was held on Saturday, October 3. Jim, KD0S, the Section Emergency Coordinator for South Dakota kicked off the SET by initiating several messages. Messages were passed on HF and VHF. The VHF messages were both simplex and using SDLINK to cover much of South Dakota.  Pierre members participating were: KDØS, Jim; NØNPO, Greg; WBØRJH, Greg; AAØLY, Tam. If I missed anyone, please let me know.

 

New Business

Year End Items: We will discuss the meeting items for the final two months of 2015. To be decided is the agenda for the November and December meetings. Do members wish to have a meal for the end of the year or just a business meeting? Come with your ideas and comments. This needs to be decided this month.

 

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. Email Tam to tell him which you would like to do.

 

Appoint Nominations Committee: If you want to be on – or don’t, – be at the meeting to get your view considered.

 

Other New Business

 

 

Adjourn.

Pierre Amateur Radio Club – WØPIR Agenda Thursday 9 July 2015, 7 p. m.

Pierre Amateur Radio Club – WØPIR

Agenda

Thursday 9 July 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).

 

Field Day: This year’s field day was held June 27 – 28.  It was held at Capitol Heights Baptist Church, 1720 E. Highway 14 & 83 in Pierre. A testing session was held at Field Day. Fred Stenner, KD0SJI upgraded to General and Paula Witt received her Technician license.  Congratulations to both of them.

Special thanks to Bob Bogart and the Capitol Heights Baptist Church for providing a place for Field Day with both a large parking lot to handle the outside activities and access to the church for other necessary activities! We have been there several years and it has worked well for the club.

 

 

New Business

 

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. Email Tam to tell him which you would like to do.

 

WV0H to Visit: Myron Schaffer, WV0H, former member of the Pierre Amateur Radio Club, will be visiting Pierre on his way back home from vacation. Myron was first licensed in 1988 and is familiar to Pierre hams from then until he moved to Colorado for career purposes. We invite anyone who knows Myron to come to the ham meeting and stay for some fellowship. Come even if you don’t know him. His wife Sara, KC0TRJ, may also be in attendance.

 

Other New Business

 

Adjourn.


Announcements:

 

  • PARC 2015 dues are due. They are STILL only $24 per year. Perhaps you’ve been wondering how to pay your dues. Well, either at the PARC meeting or you may mail them to:

Greg Bond, Treasurer

2829 Buhl Avenue

Pierre, SD 57501

·         07/11/2015 | MAGIC TAILGATER

Location: Roseville, MN
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: MAGIC Repeater Group
Website: http://www.magicrepeater.net/

  • June 13 – 15, June VHF Contest

The second full weekend in June. Begins 1800 UTC Saturday, runs through 0259 UTC Monday (June 13-15, 2015).

For amateurs in the US and Canada (and their possessions) to work as many amateur stations in as many different 2 degrees x 1 degree Maidenhead grid squares as possible using authorized frequencies above 50 MHz. Stations outside the US & Canada (and their possessions) may only work stations in the US (and its possessions) and Canada.

Stations in KH0-9, KL7 & KP1-KP5, CY9 and CY0 count as W/VE stations and can be worked by DX stations for contest credit.

See http://www.arrl.org/june-vhf for details.

·         09/26/2015 | North Dakota State Convention (RRRA Hamfest)

Location: West Fargo, ND
Type: ARRL Convention pending Executive Committee approval
Sponsor: Red River Radio Amateurs
Website: http://www.rrra.org

Agenda Thursday 11 June 2015, 7 p. m. Pierre Fire Station 4

Pierre Amateur Radio Club – WØPIR

Agenda

Thursday 11 June 2015, 7 p. m.

Pierre Fire Station 4

 

Call to Order – President Tam

 

Moment of Silence for Departed Hams

KCØWVF, Jim Ward, May 9, 2015

Introduction of members – each member

 

Secretary’s Report – Secretary John

 

Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Greg

 

Old Business

Report: Storage Trailer on Tower Road (Randy).

 

Boy Scout Weather Event: This was held on May 26, 2015. PARC held a special meeting at Fire Station 4 at 6:30 p.m. This event allowed Pierre area Boy Scouts to see the weather watch activities of the Club. Participating were: N0NPO, Greg Bond; AA0LY, Tam Gatje; WB0RJH, Greg Hall; KC0OCH, Karen Richart; KD0S, Jim Zahradnicek; and N0PIZ, John Opp. A mock tornado event was held with Greg B, Greg H, Karen and Tam dispatched to different areas of town with a couple of scouts each to show them what happens when hams are dispatched to watch locations. Jim Z maintained watch at Station 4, also with observing scouts. The “storm” tracking began when the storm was about 15 miles west of Ft. Pierre and was designated as a line of storms that could produce tornadoes. All the participants thought the exercise was fun and interesting and helped show the scouts some of the aspects of storm watching and reporting. Thank you to all that participated.

 

New Business

Field Day: This year’s field day will be June 27 – 28. Pierre Field Day Notes: Field Day is always the fourth full weekend in June, this year on June 27 – 28.  It will be held at Capitol Heights Baptist Church, 1720 E. Highway 14 & 83 in Pierre. There will also be a testing session at Field Day so plan to upgrade your license if possible. We will do some planning on field day at this meeting.

 

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. Email Tam to tell him which you would like to do.

 

Other New Business

 

 

 

 

Adjourn.


Announcements:

 

  • PARC 2015 dues are due. They are STILL only $24 per year. Perhaps you’ve been wondering how to pay your dues. Well, either at the PARC meeting or you may mail them to:

Greg Bond, Treasurer

2829 Buhl Avenue

Pierre, SD 57501

  • June 27 – 28, 2015 ARRL Field Day.

·         07/10/2015 | 52nd International Peace Garden Hamfest

Location: Dunseith, ND
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: ND ARRL Section Manager – W0ND
Website: http://www.mts.net/~holderr/ihf.htm

·         07/11/2015 | MAGIC TAILGATER

Location: Roseville, MN
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: MAGIC Repeater Group
Website: http://www.magicrepeater.net/

  • June 13 – 15, June VHF Contest

The second full weekend in June. Begins 1800 UTC Saturday, runs through 0259 UTC Monday (June 13-15, 2015).

For amateurs in the US and Canada (and their possessions) to work as many amateur stations in as many different 2 degrees x 1 degree Maidenhead grid squares as possible using authorized frequencies above 50 MHz. Stations outside the US & Canada (and their possessions) may only work stations in the US (and its possessions) and Canada.

Stations in KH0-9, KL7 & KP1-KP5, CY9 and CY0 count as W/VE stations and can be worked by DX stations for contest credit.

See http://www.arrl.org/june-vhf for details.

·         09/26/2015 | North Dakota State Convention (RRRA Hamfest)

Location: West Fargo, ND
Type: ARRL Convention pending Executive Committee approval
Sponsor: Red River Radio Amateurs
Website: http://www.rrra.org


Ham Related News:

 

ARES Operators: Do NOT Miss Field Day

ARRL Field Day is the flagship emergency/disaster/public event training exercise. Miss it at great expense to your annual training regimen. It is held annually on the fourth weekend of June – this year, June 27-28.

ARRL Field Day is the most popular (and in my opinion, the most fun) on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. More than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations, ideally outdoors in a true field.

The experience and training gained from transporting your radios and antennas to the field, setting them up, using them as you would in an emergency/disaster/public event, troubleshooting problems, deriving efficiencies and effectiveness, and learning lessons and fixes to be applied for the next time, are more valuable than any other training exercise, class or manual.

Activate for June’s Field Day and make yourself a better public service field operator for yourself, your ARES member-team mates, and the public safety agencies and public event organizers and managers we work with during the rest of the year. See the June issue of QST for more information on this year’s Field Day, including the rules and scoring. And lastly, have a ball! – K1CE [From ARRL ARES E-Letter for March 18, 2015]

 

PARC – Pierre Amateur Radio Club