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PARC Field Day 2017

In the Pierre area, the Pierre Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at Capitol Heights Baptist Church on Hwy. 14 north of Pierre, June 24-25. 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.

ve patchTesting will be available Saturday at 4:00 PM, please contact us ahead of time if you are interested in taking an exam.

There are 750,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s ARES program, ham volunteers provide emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies, 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!

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

Pierre Amateur Radio Club Thursday November 12, 2015

Pierre Amateur Radio Club – WØPIR


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


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
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

Ham radio: Old technology gets new respect | Fox News


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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant – Special Event Station

Here’s a special event you might be interested in. I just got this in an e-mail this morning:

Just wanted to send you a note about our ‘Special Event’ this weekend. If you have the time, please try to get in touch with us for the: ‘Little Town on the Prairie’  radio event.  I will be out ON the Laura Ingalls Farm with the Huron Amateur Radio Assoc. Group, ‘tending’ a station!

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant – Special Event Station at De Smet, South Dakota  — June 29 & 30, 2013. W0NOZ –  June 29, 2013 Start at 1600 utc and run until June 30, 2013 2359 utc.  Operating frequencies- 14.265 Mhz and 7.265 Mhz and 18.155 Mhz.

We will provide you with mailing envelope, mailing label, postage, certificate and Qsl  when you send $2.00 to: Huron ARA,Inc., PO Box 205, Huron, SD 57350.

Website:  http://www.huronarc.info/

AMSAT-LU Ham Radio High-Altitude Balloon to fly FM Repeater and SSTV | AMSAT-UK

AMSAT Argentina is pleased to announce that on Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 1400 GMT, weather permitting, it is planned to launch an amateur radio high altitude balloon FM repeater ‘Betty II’ from Victorica, La Pampa, 665 km. west of Buenos Aires, it is expected to travel east. – LU7AA, AMSAT-LU

Read more: AMSAT-LU Ham Radio High-Altitude Balloon to fly FM Repeater and SSTV | AMSAT-UK.

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

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

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

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