NPOTA – W0PIR Activating Minuteman Missile Nat’l Historic Monument (NS53)

logoThe Pierre Amateur Radio Club will be activating the Minuteman Missile National Historic  Monument (NS53) in South Dakota this weekend.

APPROVED: Pierre Amateur Radio Club has asked permission to activate this site in June. We will be using a couple of rigs and operating 6, 17, 20 and 40 meter bands, conditions allowing, SSB and PSK31. Please look for us on the cluster. It’s going to be 101F so we may end early Saturday.

TIMES: 14:30 to 20:30 UTC Saturday, June 11, 2016.

GRID: DN93bu

COUNTY: Jackson

Hidden in Plain Sight

During the Cold War, a vast arsenal of nuclear missiles were placed in the Great Plains. Hidden in plain sight, for thirty years 1,000 missiles were kept on constant alert; hundreds remain today. The Minuteman Missile remains an iconic weapon in the American nuclear arsenal. It holds the power to destroy civilization, but is meant as a nuclear deterrent to maintain peace and prevent war. – National Park Service.

PARC Meeting Thursday

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

We will be discussing the NPOTA event this weekend! (Still haven’t received approval yet)

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.

 

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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 http://aprs.fi 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.

 

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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.

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.

PARC – Pierre Amateur Radio Club