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]

 

Pierre Amateur Radio Club Demonstrating Ham Radio

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In the Pierre area, the Pierre Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating  Amateur Radio at Capitol Heights Baptist Church on Hwy. 14 N. of Pierre, June 28-29. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how  to get their own FCC radio license. Contact info: Richard Donahue 605-220-1179 or K0PIR at sdhams.com.

Ham radio: Old technology gets new respect | Fox News

ARES

Seeking reliable backup communication in a crisis, emergency managers are finding new solutions in an old technology: ham radio.

“It’s just another avenue, another opportunity for us to be able to communicate,” said Herb Schraufnagel, public safety captain with Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Emory HealthCare is among a growing number of hospital systems to adopt ham radio. Hospital administrators and government officials took a lesson from Hurricane Katrina, which left some Gulf Coast medical centers isolated from the outside world, as landlines and cell towers failed.

Read more at: Ham radio: Old technology gets new respect | Fox News.

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