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

Pierre Amateur Radio Club – WØPIR


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





  • 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

Press Release | Field Day June 22-23 in Pierre, SD

PageLines- arrl-c_png.png“Who ya’ gonna call? Pierre Radio Hams!”

Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 22-23 Pierre / Ft. Pierre,  SD June 22-23 – Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. Pierre / Ft. Pierre “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend.

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. On the weekend of June 22-23, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Pierre / Ft. Pierre ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.

This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event. “The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. “From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available.

“We need nothing between us but air.”

In the Pierre / Ft. Pierre area, the Pierre Amateur Radio Club (PARC) will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at Capitol Heights Baptist Church on Hwy. 14 N. of Pierre, June 22-23. 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.

Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, 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.

If you’re interested in helping out this weekend or finding out more about Amateur Radio, please leave your comments below and someone will get back to you.

Thank you!