March 2015Meeting Minutes posted

The meeting minutes for March’s meeting is up. You can find them on the Newsletters and Minutes page.

File Link: Meeting Minutes - March 2015

March 2015 Newsletter Posted

The newsletter for March is up. You can find it on the Newsletters and Minutes page.

File Link: Newsletter – March 2015

President’s Comments – March 2015

The March meeting is here.  Hope to see all of you there on Tuesday, March 10.  I sent out earlier information about the passing of John Holzer’s son.  John was a good friend and I knew his whole family well.

Matt MLE has arranged for us to have Grant County Deputy Ric Hottenstein and K-9 Diego at our July picnic.  It might be a good time to bring the whole family including grandchildren.  I like to brag that I had Ric and his son Garrett in my sixth grade classes.  Hopefully Ric has found memories of me and doesn’t release Diego for a true life demonstration, ha, ha.

The March program will be put on Josh Roskos KC9WWH the Grant County Emergency Coordinator.  He will make a presentation on Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and what we can do as a club to help him fulfill his duties as county EC.

Also a reminder that Storm Spotter Training will be offered by the National Weather Service in Fennimore March 23, and Platteville March 30.   Both are at the fire stations and both begin at 6:30 PM.  Todd Shea is the presenter.

I want to remind our membership that the Wisconsin QSO Party is Sunday, March 15.  Our club has been very active in this contest.  If you have any question please contact K9OT Paul DeWitte at  It is like being a rare DX station when they are looking for Grant, Iowa, or Lafayette counties.  It is the only time I have caused a pile up.  I enjoy the experience and so will you.

Our club directors are WD9DTU David Cook, KC9CSQ Larry Pink and N0WLU Mark Krolick.  Thanks fellows for volunteering for these positions.

I still want to encourage our membership to give me a QSL card and picture of themselves (preferably at their rigs) for our club scrapbook.  If you don’t have both then give me a card or a picture.

We do not have an education committee chairman. If someone is interested please let me know.  Also if you have an idea for a program I am always searching for them.

The repeater committee has been hard at work.  Thanks Dustin for nice view of our repeater range.  Be sure to check out our club on facebook and on the webb.  Scott Onson and Matt MLE have been hard at work.

The following programs have been arranged for 2015:

  • April 14: Chris Goodney KC9CST talking on how to protect your amateur radio station through centralizing your grounding system.
  • May 12: Dave Nix W9FAA will speak on radio controlled airplanes.  He will also bring a drone.
  • June 9: Field Day preparation
  • July 14: Club Picnic and a presentation by Officer Ric Hottenstein and K-9 Diego.

I hope to see all of you at Tuesday’s meeting.

Kent K9ZMU

Hamfests – March 2015

Click here for more Upcoming Hamfests

March 8

Sterling, IL� Sterling Rock Falls Hamfest.  Location: Challand Middle School, 1700 6th Avenue, Sterling, IL.  Sponsor: Sterling Rock Falls Amateur Radio Society.  Talk-In: 146.850 (PL 114.8).  Public Contact: Paula Portner , KC9FQK, 1302 West 2nd Street Dixon, IL 61021; Phone: 815-284-5650; Email:; Website:

March 15

Jefferson, WI�HAMFEST/CONVENTION.  Location: Jefferson County Fairgrounds – Activity Center, 503 North Jackson Avenue, Jefferson, WI.  Sponsor: Tri-County Amateur Radio Club �W9MQB.  Talk-In: 145.49 (PL 123).  Public Contact: Stan Lichtenberg , W9FIB; PO Box 411 Johnson Creek, WI 53038; Phone: 920-390-9068; Email:; Website:

KQ’s Korner – March 2015

March is here and The Wisconsin QSO Party is coming up on March 15th. Our club usually makes a good showing in the WQP, due to the efforts of our members. I miss being active in the contest, but I have no choice. Mick, WK9O, and I used to activate the southwestern counties of the state. But Mick is now in a nursing home and I am not able to put the time in to make much of an effort even at home.

March is also SkyWarn meeting month. SkyWarn meetings will be held at the Fennimore Fire Station on March 23, at 6:30 pm and at the Platteville Fire Station on March 30th at 6:30 pm. Try to attend one of the meetings. You always learn something new every time you attend a SkyWarn meeting. And they usually have some interesting handouts.

73 & CUL

Art, N9KQ

Repeater Range

Dustin performed an analysis of our repeater tower. The image below is a high res, zoomable, slideshow of our coverage.

Just mouse over the map and click Play.

Meet your new EC for Grant County

Hello everyone! I wanted to take tPichis opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Joshua Roskos, KC9WWH and I am your Emergency Coordinator for Grant County.  I may be relatively new to HAM Radio with only being licensed for a little over 2 years now, but I’ve also been involved in Public Safety since 2005 being involved with Fire, EMS, Technical Rescue and HAZMAT.  For the past two years I’ve been an active member of the Richland County ARES/RACES group leading the redesign of our EMCOMM trailer and taking on the position as president of the PVR Club.  I’ve been actively involved in every community I’ve lived in and already had a good relationship with many agencies in Grant County including Emergency Management and look forward to getting the Grant County ARES/RACES group back up and operational and ready to assist the county and surrounding areas when needed.

ares_racesAs we are starting the group back up, we are in need of members. If you are interested in helping to make a difference in your community and wish to join Grant County ARES/RACES, please visit our website at and click on Become a Member! There you can get more details on what it means to be an ARES/RACES member as well as find an application to join our group.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at


Joshua Roskos, KC9WWH
Emergency Coordinator // Grant County ARES/RACES

h (608) 485-1570

2015 Storm Spotter Training schedule

Updates for this season include:

  • Graphical severe weather outlook updates
  • More detailed review on squall line tornadoes
  • New local focus and case studies

Please help us spread the word about upcoming training via your weekly nets and club meetings. We really appreciate the involvement of amateur radio operators as a key group in our warning operations.

February 2015 Newsletter Posted

The newsletter for January is up. You can find it on the Newsletters and Minutes page.

File Link: Newsletter – February 2015

KQ’s Korner – February 2015

It is difficult to think of spring while I am looking at a foot of snow in my yard, but happily spring is on the way.  Soon there will be SkyWarn sessions and the severe weather season starts about the middle of March.  A  few years ago there was a tornado in the Cascade, IA area in the middle of March.  So be prepared early.

The hamfest season is in full swing with several in the area in the next few months.  I enjoy visiting with the people that I talk to on the radio but seldom see in person.  It is fun to put voices and faces together.  And I usually find something that I simply cannot live without when I walk around the tables and look at all of the stuff.  One man’s junk is another man’s treasure I guess.

73 & CUL
Art, N9KQ


Greetings Everyone!

All amateurs and those interested in amateur radio are welcome at club meetings and events.

The Hidden Valleys Amateur Radio Club is a small friendly club located in the hills and valleys of Southwestern Wisconsin. Our members participate in Field Day, Wisconsin QSO parties, local community service activities, and also offer ham licensing classes. Many of us are trained storm spotters, some have CPR, and a few have multiple Red Cross certifications.

Our club meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM in the lower level of the Southwest Health Center in Platteville Wisconsin. We have a weekly Sunday night net meeting at 7:30 PM on the N0WLU repeater on 146.895Mhz 114.8 pl. All check-ins are welcome.

We wish to thank Scott Onson for the server space on which this web site is hosted.