September 2014 Meeting Minutes posted

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

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Ann & Leo Stoll Jr. Charitable Trust Prepares Ham Radio Repeater for Emergencies

The Hidden Valleys Amateur Radio Club of Southwest Wisconsin has a repeater in Beetown similar to those used by county and municipal law enforcement and highway departments. Amateur radio operators from their mobile vehicles and handheld radios can transmit low power FM signals thru repeaters using higher elevation antennas and increased power to greatly improve communications.

These amateur radio operators, also known as “Hams,” are often used for backup communications by various government agencies. Because of the very hilly terrain of Grant, Iowa, and LaFayette Counties reliable communications can be difficult. The Hidden Valleys Amateur Radio Club is happy to announce that as a result of a generous grant from the Ann & Leo Stoll Jr. Charitable Trust, and over 50 donated hours from club members, improved backup emergency communication has resulted. Communications now between area hospitals, police, and other agencies could be maintained using their repeater throughout the tri-county area and beyond.

Because of the grant, the antennas were raised to from 90 to 150 feet. Power output was also improved with the addition of new hard line coaxial cable. Another benefit accomplished is better communication from low lying areas for US Weather Service Storm Spotters, and direct communication with the LaCrosse National Weather Service office is now possible. Other local events can use the repeater also. The Hidden Valleys repeater was successfully used to help with Ragbrai in Guttenberg, Iowa this past summer.

Antennas on top

On Tower

Raising sections

Antenna assembly on ground

More photos can be found on Facebook

Repeater Range !

Our repeater upgrades have given us approx an 80 mile range. As you can see in the picture, this reaches as far as Madison and La Crosse !


The repeater is located northwest of Beetown, WI near the Beetown Cemetery.

August 2014 Meeting Minutes posted

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

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June 2014 Meeting Minutes posted

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

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ARLB012 FCC Okays Changes to Amateur Radio Exam Credit, Test Administration, Emission Type Rules

In a wide-ranging Report and Order (R&O) released June 9 that takes various proceedings into consideration, the FCC has revised the Amateur Service Part 97 rules to grant credit for written examination elements 3 (General) and 4 (Amateur Extra) to holders of “expired licenses that required passage of those elements.” The FCC will require former licensees – those falling outside the 2-year grace period – to pass Element 2 (Technician) in order to be relicensed, however. The Commission declined to give examination credit to the holder of an expired Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) or to extend its validity to the holder’s lifetime.

The Report and Order may be found on the web in PDF format at,

“Our decision to grant credit for written examination Elements 3 and 4 for expired licenses that required passage [of those elements] will provide some relief for former General, Advanced, and Amateur Extra class licensees,” the FCC said, “and is consistent with how we treat expired pre-1987 Technician class licensees who want to reenter the Amateur Service.” Pre-1987 Techs can get Element 3 credit, since the Technician and General class written examinations in that era were identical. The Commission said current rules and procedures that apply to expired pre-1987 Technician licenses “are sufficient to verify that an individual is a former licensee under our new rules.”

The Commission said that requiring applicants holding expired licenses to pass Element 2 in order to relicense “will address commenters’ concerns about lost proficiency and knowledge, because a
former licensee will have to demonstrate that he or she has retained knowledge of technical and regulatory matters.” The FCC said the Element 2 requirement also would deter any attempts by someone with the same name as a former licensee to obtain a ham ticket without examination.

In 1997 the FCC, in the face of opposition, dropped a proposal that would have generally allowed examination element credit for expired amateur operator licenses. In the past, the FCC has maintained that its procedures “provide ample notification and opportunity for license renewal” and that retesting did not impose an unreasonable burden. The issue arose again in 2011, with a request from the Anchorage Volunteer Examiner Coordinator.

The FCC pulled back from its own proposal to reduce from three to two the minimum number of volunteer examiners required to proctor an Amateur Radio examination session. The ARRL, the W5YI-VEC and “a clear majority of commenters” opposed the change, the FCC said. The FCC said it found commenters’ arguments persuasive that that the use of three VEs “results in higher accuracy and lower fraud that would be the case with two VEs.” In a related matter, though, the Commission embraced the use of remote testing methods.

“Allowing VEs and VECs the option of administering examinations at locations remote from the VEs is warranted,” the FCC said. The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) in 2002 endorsed experimental use of videoconferencing technology to conduct Amateur Radio testing in remote areas of Alaska. The Anchorage VEC has long pushed for the change, citing the expense to provide Amateur Radio test sessions to Alaska residents living in remote areas.

The FCC declined to address “the mechanics” of remote testing, which, it said, “will vary from location to location and session to session.” The Commission said specific rules spelling out how to administer exam sessions remotely “could limit the flexibility of VEs and VECs.” The FCC stressed the obligation on the part of VECs and VEs “to administer examinations responsibly” applies “in full” to remote testing.

The FCC amended the rules to provide that VEs administering examinations remotely be required to grade such examinations “at the earliest practical opportunity,” rather than “immediately,” as the rule for conventional exam sessions requires.

Finally, the FCC has adopted an ARRL proposal to authorize certain Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) emissions in the Amateur Service. The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau in 2013 granted an ARRL request for a temporary blanket waiver to permit radio amateurs to transmit emissions with designators FXD, FXE, and F7E, pending resolution of the rulemaking petition.

“Commenters strongly support amendment of the rules to permit these additional emission types,” the FCC noted. “The commenters assert that the proposed rule change ‘is consistent with the basis and purpose of the Amateur Service,’” and will allow repurposing surplus mobile relay equipment from other radio services in the Amateur Service, the Commission added.

The FCC said it also will make “certain minor, non-substantive amendments to the Amateur Service rules.” It is amending Part 97 “to reflect that the Commission amended its rules to eliminate the requirement that certain Amateur Radio Service licensees pass a Morse code examination,” the FCC said in the R&O. It also said it was correcting “certain typographical or other errors” in Part 97.

The new rules become effective 30 days after their publication in The Federal Register, which is expected to happen this week.

HAMFESTS – July 2014

July 2014

July 12

OAK CREEK, WI – SWAPFEST ’14. Location: American Legion Post #434, 9327 South Shepard Avenue, Oak Creek, WI. Sponsor: South Milwaukee ARC. Contact: Robert Kastelic , WB9TIK, 7410 South Clement Avenue Oak Creek, WI 53154; Phone: 414-764-3871; Email:; Website:

CEDAR FALLS, IA – W0MG SWAP MEET 2014. Location: Island Park Shelter #1, 500 Center Street, Cedar Falls, IA. Sponsor: Northeast Iowa Radio Amateur Association (W0MG). Talk-In: 146.94 -600 (PL 136.5). Contact: Richard Nelson, W0HHF, 6908 Wagner Road Cedar Falls, IA 50613; Email:; Website:

July 13

AURORA, IL – Fox River Radio League Hamfest & Electronics Market. Location: Aurora Central Catholic High School, 1255 North Edgelawn Drive, Aurora, IL. Sponsor: Fox River Radio League. Talk-In: 147.210 +600 (PL 103.5). Contact: Dawn Williams , KC9LQS, PO Box 673 Batavia, IL 60510; Phone: 630-531-1670; Email:; Website:

July 19

CHIPPEWA fALLS, WI – Chippewa Valley ARC Tailgate Swap Fest. Location: Eagle’s Club, 2588 Highway 53, Chippewa Falls, WI. Sponsor: Chippewa Valley Amateur Radio Club. Talk-In: 147.375 (PL 110.9). Contact: Jim Linstedt , W9ZUC, 4321 South Pointe Court Eau Claire, WI 54701; Phone: 715-456-4814; Email:; Website:

August 3

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar Valley ARC Hamfest. Sponsor: Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club. Location: Teamsters Hall, 5000 J Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA. Talk-In: 146.745 & 146.52 simplex. Contact: David Wilson , KB0DW, 3200 Silverthorne Road NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402; Phone: 319-393-3776; Email:; Website:

PEOTONE, IL – Hamfesters Radio Club’s 80th Hamfest. Location: Will County Fairgrounds, 701 South West Street, Peotone, IL. Sponsor: Hamfesters Radio Club. Talk-In: 146.52 . Contact: Kerry Nelson , AA9SB, 3404 Hazel Lane Hazel Crest, IL 60429. Phone: 708-335-4574; Email:; Website:

August 9

ONALASKA, WI – Riverland ARC Great Swap Meet. Location: Omni Center, 255 Riders Club Road, Onalaska, WI. Sponsor: Riverland Amateur Radio Club. Talk-In: 146.97 (PL 131.8). Contact: Greg Miller , KA9FOZ, W7755 A Johnson Road Holmen, WI 54636; Phone: 608-792-7841; Email:; Website:

August 23

BARABOO, WI – Circus City Swapfest. Location: Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club Property, E3347 Sand Road, Baraboo, WI. Sponsor: Yellow Thunder Amateur Radio Club. Talk-In: 147.315 (PL 123.0). Contact: Thomas Harrison , N9PQJ, E7983 East Lake Virginia Road Reedsburg, WI 53959. Phone: 608-963-0762; Email:; Website:

September 13

BELVIDERE, IL – Radio Expo 2014. Location: Boone County Fairgrounds, 8791 IL Route 76, Belvidere, IL. Sponsor: Chicago FM Club. Talk-In: 146.76- (PL 107.2); 147.255+ (PL 114.8); 444.725+ (PL 107.2); Echolink to 146.76-. Contact: Steve Bosnyak , K9VO, 6778 West Ardmore Avenue Chicago, IL 60631; Phone: 773-817-2744; Email:; Website:

September 20

PEORIA, IL – Peoria Superfest 2013. Sponsor: Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club. Location: Exposition Gardens, 1601 West Northmoor Road, Peoria, IL Talk-In: 147.075+ (PL 103.5). Contact: John Coker , N9FAM, 133 Vonachen Court East Peoria, IL 61611; Phone: 309-369-7428; Email:; Website:

September 27

CEDARBURG, WI – ORC Fall Swapfest. Location: Fireman’s Park, 796 Washington Avenue Cedarburg, WI. Sponsor: Ozaukee Radio Club. Talk-In: 146.97 PL127.3. Contact: Tom Ruhlmann , W9IPR, 465 Beechwood Drive Cedarburg, WI 53012; Phone: 262-377-6945; Email:; Website:

October 5

WEST LIBERTY, IA – Iowa Section Convention (Southeast Iowa Hamfest). Sponsor: Muscatine & Washington Area Amateur Radio Clubs. Location: Muscatine County Fairgrounds, 101 North Clay Street, West Liberty, IA. Talk-In: 146.760 -. Contact: Tom Brehmer, N0LOH, 1114 East 10th Street Muscatine, IA 52761; Phone: 563-263-3097; Email:; Website:

October 10

HUBERTUS WI – SEWFARS SWAPFEST. Location: Sterling Chalet (formerly Richfield Chalet), 1271 Highway 175, Hubertus, WI. Sponsor: Southeastern Wisconsin FM Amateur Repeater Society. Talk-In: 146.820 (PL 127.3). Contact: Darrell Welch , K9ABC, 4006 Monches Road Colgate, WI 53017; Phone: 262-628-1700; Email:; Website:

November 2

DAVENPORT, IA – 43rd Annual Davenport RAC Hamfest. Location: Clarion Hotel, 5202 North Brady Street, Davenport, IA. Sponsor: Davenport Radio Amateur Club (WリBXR). Talk-In: 146.28/.88 (PL 77.0). Contact: Kelly Lovely, W1HAM, 1261 Woodlawn Avenue Clinton, IA 52732; Phone: 563-321-7559; Email:; Website:

January 10, 2015

WAUKESHA, WI – 43rd Annual Midwinter Swapfest. Location: Waukesha County Expo Center Forum, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI. Sponsor: West Allis Radio Amateur Club. Talk-In: None. Contact: Phillip Gural , W9NAW, S67W12944 Larkspur Road Muskego, WI 53150; Phone: 414-425-3649; Email:; Website:

KQ’s Korner — July 2014

Field Day has come and gone for another year. I think we has a good Field Day. I don’t know how we did but everyone had a good time. A big tip of the hat to Alvin, KC9MCC for the eats again this year. Nothing like good FD eats. I think that is an important part of the FD experience. It sure is to me anyway. About all I did during FD was to get sunburned but I enjoyed the weekend.

Lots of severe weather in the area again. Keep on you toes and be ready for Skywarn to be activated. It may be needed at any time.

The meeting this month is our annual Club picnic. I hope to be there and will enjoy visiting with the club members.

73 & CUL

Art, N9KQ

Field Day 2014 Location


Because of the tornado damage to UW-P campus our Field Daysite has been moved to another site on the UW-P campus.  We will be setting up in the parking lot west of Morrow Hall.  This is where we used to set up.  It is next to the softball diamonds on Greenwood Ave.  I,-90.497214,208m/

If you go to where we were last year and take Longhorn Drive north you will run into Greenwood Ave.  If you come down West Main Street and turn left (south) at College Drive you will run into Greenwood Ave (cemetery located here).  Turn right and look for Morrow Hall and softball fields on your right after you pass Glenview Commons on your left.

Remember that we are setting up on Friday around 1:00 PM. Group will meet at noon at Pizza Hut.

If you need more help finding the site give a call on our repeater 146.895 MHz (tone 114.8), or call me at 608-726-0279.

5:00 PM Saturday Club Supper:
Be sure not to miss Alvin’s cooking.  KC9MCC is well known for his Field Day Delights.  He will furnish the main course and you just bring a dish to pass.  The club will furnish the drinks, plates, forks, knives, spoons, and FUN!.

You don’t have to be a licensed ham to help.  You can help with logging, setting up, etc.  It is a fun time.  We talk as much as we work while setting up, making contacts, or eating chow.

Larry KC9CSQ and Paul K9OT are chairpersons and are working hard to make Field Day a success.  If you’ve never been to one you don’t know what you’re missing.  I’ve been going since I was 12 years old.  For me its like the big ball game, or that long awaited fishing trip. I grew up with a family of hams, and It was a family affair. I have very found memories ofField Day.

See you there this weekend,

Kent K9ZMU

KQ’s Korner – June 2014

Field Day is this month. So reserve some time on the weekend of June 28th to spend some time operating FD. There should be opportunities for everyone who wishes to spend some time contcacting all of the others who make FD the premier amateur radion event. Contact Paul, K9OT, or Larry, KC9CSQ, and they will give you an operating slot. If you want to operate FD with the HVARC you will have an opportunity. The only reason you would not get a chance to make some contacts is if you don’t want to.

We will finalize the FD plans at the upcoming HVARC meeting Tuesday night. If you have any suggestions or ideas, speak up and let the FD chairmen know.

We are in the peak of the severe weather season now. Keep aware of the weather and if you can be a spotter or net control on a severe weather net, don’t hold back. Jump in and do what ou can do to help. We never have too many people is severe weather situations.

I hope to see all of you at Field Day.

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.