KQ’s Korner – May 2014

Next month is Field Day already.  So make you plans to participate for the
weekend. There will be something to do for everybody.  Set up is on Friday
PM and FD operation starts at noon on Saturday.  If you would like to
operate, let Paul, K9OT, or Larry KC9CSQ, know and they will schedule
you in.  We especially need nighttime operators, so if you are a night owl
this is your chance.  I am going to try to bring my camper again this year.
It depends on how my and Evies health holds out.  I sure would like to be
there this year though.

Severe weather season is here.  Almost every day the weatherman is
forecasting storms so be ready..  They can come up very fast sometimes.
Some of the southern states have already suffered quite a bit of storm
damage this year.  So keep on your toes.

The propagation Gods have been good to radio operators lately.  The
solar flux was 148 this morning (5/10/14) and has been high for quite
some time.  I would suspect that the peak of this solar cycle has passed,
but there still are good conditions left.  When we get into the pits of
the cycle we can look back and remember how the good time were.

73 & CUL
Art, N9KQ

HAMFESTS – May 2014

June 1

PRINCETON, IL – Starved Rock Radio Club’s (W9MKS) 2014 Hamfest. Sponsor: Starved Rock Radio Club. Location: Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 West Peru Street, Princeton, IL. Talk-In: 146.955- (PL 103.5). Contact: Matthew Weaver , KB9VZH, 319 Desoto Street Ottawa, IL 61350; Phone: 815-313-5924; Email: kb9vzh@mchsi.com; Website: http://www.w9mks.org

June 15
WHEATON, IL ?Six Meter Club of Chicago’s 57th Annual Hamfest . Location: Du Page County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton, IL. Sponsor: Six Meter Club of Chicago. Talk-In: 146.97 (PL 107.2); 146.52 Simplex. Contact: Mike Huedepohl , WD9GJK, 3532 Raymond Avenue Brookfield, IL 60513. Phone: 708-485-5481 (after 6 PM); Email: wd9gjk@arrl.net; Website: http://k9ona.com

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: hamfest@frrl.org; Website: http://frrl.org

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: wb9tik@sbcglobal.net; Website: http://www.qsl.net/wa9txe

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: swapmeet2014@w0mg.net; Website: http://www.w0mg.net/presentations/SwapMeet2014.pdf

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: hamfest@frrl.org; Website: http://frrl.org

More Hamfests


HAMFESTS – April 2014

April 12

STOUGHTON, WI – Madison Hamfest.   Location: Mandt Community Center,  400 Mandt Parkway,  Stoughton, WI,   Sponsor: Madison Area Repeater Association.  Talk-In: 147.150 +600 (PL 123.0).  Contact: Paul Toussaint , N9VWH,  3835 County Road A Stoughton, WI 53589;  Phone: 608-205-1994; Email: w9hsy@execpc.com; Website: http://www.qsl.net/mara/swapfest.html

April 19

DES MOINES, IA – DMRAA Hamfest.   Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds – Elwell Family Center,  East 30th Street and East University Avenue,  Des Moines, IA.   Sponsor: Des Moines Radio Amateurs Association.  Talk-In: 146.940 (PL 114.8).  Contact: Kevin Sanders , K0KDS,  PO Box #88 Des Moines, IA 50301; Phone: 515-999-0426 (999-0-HAM); Email: info@dmraa.com; Website: http://www.dmraa.com/hamfest

More Hamfests


President’s Comments – April 2014

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 8th at our normal meeting location in the hospital.  Last month, I presented on the topic of Podcasts.  Watching/listening while on the move is a good way to stay up to date with the latest topics that interest you, and is deceptively easy to setup.

No presentation is scheduled for April’s meeting, please bring your ideas for future presentations. Round table question for April is “What are your radio projects as the weather gets nice?”

KQ’s Korner – April 2014

Spring is just about here so get ready for the upcoming severe weather.  
And don’t forget to start unhooking the antennas when you leave the 

We need more input for the club newsletter.  With all of the retired 
university professors and school teachers in the club, there must be 
someone who can write up some articles for the NL.  The articles do 
not have to be super technical, just of general interest to the club 
members.  And the articles do not have to be long either.  Two or 
three paragraphs would be sufficient.  If a dumb old retired truck 
driver can do it, so can you.

On a personal note, my health problems have been improving, and I 
hope to attend the April meeting.  I hope to see all of you there.

73 & CUL
Art, N9KQ

W5KUB.COM live webcast of Gigaparts’ Ham Radio Day!!

Forward from Tom:

Please join W5KUB.com for our live, online webcast of the Gigaparts Ham Radio Day on Saturday, March 29th in Huntsville, Alabama. Great in-store prizes and online prizes will be awarded. To join the broadcast go to http://W5KUB.com where the fun begins! W5KUB will interview various vendors regarding their latest products, special guests, and attendees.

During the live broadcast, online viewers will have the opportunity to meet and chat with other ham radio operators from around the world or chat directly with us at the event and ask questions. You may see some of your friends on the broadcast.

Make sure to register at Gigaparts.com for the Icom IC-7100 HF radio. This Gigaparts sweepstakes prize will be announced on our webcast at 2:00 PM CT on Saturday, March 29th. You will instantly know if you are the winner.

You could also win one of many online prizes awarded during the webcast if your name is called from the registered users in the W5KUB chatroom. As always, you must claim your prize within the specified time frame. In the past year over $10,000 in prizes have been awarded! Of course, no purchase is necessary to win an online prize as W5KUB does not sell any products or services. All prizes are donated from vendors or manufacturers.

Broadcast schedule (all times are subject to change):
· Friday, March 28th 1300 UTC (8:00 AM – 1200 PM CT) Live broadcast of our drive from Collierville, TN to Huntsville, AL.
· Saturday, March 29th 1400 UTC to 2100 UTC (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT), Gigaparts Ham Radio Day
· Sunday, March 30th: 1400 UTC to 1900 UTC (9:00 AM – 2:00 PM CT), Live broadcast of our drive from Huntsville, AL to Collierville, Tennessee.

Join our group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/w5kub/ to keep up with us year-round. Also, please help spread the word by posting this announcement in Facebook and forwarding this message to your ham radio friends that may not have received this message! We’ll ‘see’ you at Gigaparts!

Tom Medlin, W5KUB

KQ’s Korner – March 2014

This will be a short column this month.  I am having some health problems and probably will not attend the upcoming meeting. Nothing that I am going to die from, just wish that I would.

The snow is melting and the days are growing longer and daylight savings time starts Sunday.  All are signs of spring.  Have hope, winter will really end.  It just seems endless.  So get your weather watch gear all greased and ready to go.

73 & CUL

Art, N9KQ

HAMFESTS – March 2014

March 2014

March 16

JEFFERSON, WI  — HAMFEST 2014.   Location: Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Center,  503 North Jackson Avenue,  Jefferson, WI.  Sponsor: Tri-County ARC (W9MQB).  Talk-In: 145.49 (PL 123).  Contact: Stan Lichtenberg , W9FIB,  W3290 US Hwy 18 Helenville, WI 53137;  Phone: 920-390-9068; Email: hamfest@w9mqb.org; Website: http://www.w9mqb.org.

April 5
MILWAUKEE, WI – AES Superfest 2014.   Location: Amateur Electronic Supply,  5710 West Good Hope Road,  Milwaukee, WI.   Sponsor: Amateur Electronic Supply.   Talk-In: 145.130/144.530 (PL 127.3), 442.46875+ D-STAR.   Tom Pachner , W9TJP,  5710 West Good Hope Road Milwaukee, WI 53223;  Phone: 414-358-0333; Email: k9aes@aesham.com;  Website: http://www.aesham.com.

Additional Hamfests: http://kc9kq.ssoworld.org/info/hamfests/

WI QSO Party (Updated)


Just a reminder that this coming Sunday is the WI QSO PARTY. Our club has done well in recent years. Pete Beedlow NN9K and others have put a lot of effort into this contest. (See link for details)

It can be a lot of fun when you find others wanting to talk to you because you are in rare counties like Iowa, Grant and Lafayette.

It is suppose to warm up so our signals should not freeze as they leave our antennas, ha, ha.

So jump into the fun and give it a try. There is even a special category for rookies who are first timers.



Kent K9ZMU

UPDATE from Pete NN9K:

The Green River Valley ARS call K9WM will not be active from Wisconsin this year. Instead Tony, N9YPN and I will head north and take up residence in the Fenmore Hills motel to activate Grant County. Tony will operate Phone using his call and I will operate CW (two separate stations).

As you know contest rules can be found at:  http://www.warac.org/wqp/wqp.htm.

Spots can be found on this web page: http://ch.w6rk.com/. Or if you prefer to link your contest or general logging program to a cluster that only contains county spots Telnet to ch.w6rk.com port 7300.

Please spot Tony and me whenever you hear us, even if we have already worked. Spots are very helpful!

Since the WIQP now has an award for the highest single operator QRP score I’m going to attempt to win the category with my mighty 5 watts. And as in past year my score will be added to the HVARC aggregate score.

Wish us luck!

Pete, NN9K

Spotlight Podcasts: AmateurLogic

AmateurLogic.TV is the first and longest running Internet television program dedicated to Amateur Radio and Technology.

You can access & subscribe to their podcast in multiple formats here:

Their latest episode is below, titled “All About Radio”

Episode Description
Tommy and George visit the Jackson Amateur Radio Club’s 2014 Capital City Hamfest and bring back some unique stories. A special appearance by the guys from Ham Dynasty. Peter talks All About Radio. Tommy shows us simple tips to Secure Your Pi. And George brings us some Soldering Tip Tips.

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.