HAMFESTS – June 2014

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

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New Event: Field Day 2014

https://www.facebook.com/events/1414237338853331/

Event is open to the public (rsvp on facebook for updates). Bring your friends, bring your kids, and introduce them to the fun of amature radio! Come meet licensed FCC ham operators and talk on their radios to make contacts!

More than 100,000 U.S. hams will observe annual Field Day on Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29. HVARC is participating and will set up stations in the parking lot across from the new engineering building on the UW–Platteville campus on the corner of Southwest Road and Longhorn Drive.

Meeting Minutes – April 2014

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

Meeting Minutes – April 2014

W5KUB Live Event

It’s time for the 2014 Dayton Hamvention webcast!!

Please join us during our live, online broadcast of the Dayton Hamvention this week. To join the webcast go to http://W5KUB.com where the fun begins!

Expanded show for 2014:  We will be inside Hara at Booth SA302 again this year but will also provide video from both inside and outside Hara arena.

During the Hamvention W5KUB will interview vendors regarding their latest products.  We will have many special guests such as Bob Heil (K9EID) of Heil Sound; Martin F. Jue (K5FLU) founder of MFJ Enterprises; John Amodeo (NN6JA) producer of ABC TV’s hit show, “Last Man Standing”; and a special guest and co-host. Joining us this year is NASA Astronaut Col. Douglas Wheelock.  Doug will be with us all day Friday May 16th and Saturday morning May 17th.  Doug made thousands of contacts from the International Space Station.  Online viewers can directly communicate and ask questions through our chat room.

During the live broadcast, you will also have the opportunity to meet and chat with other ham radio operators from all over the world.  During the 2013 Dayton Hamvention we had nearly 50,000 viewers that followed us for the 5 day broadcast!

You could win one of 52 prizes which will be awarded during the webcast!  The prizes include dual band HTs, Comet Antenna Analyzer, Heil microphone, antennas, weather station, computer to radio interface, spool LMR-400, auto antenna tuners, and much more.  These prizes are made possible because of our relationship with partners; such as, GigaParts, Ten-Tec, NCG Company, Kantronics, Heil Sound, ARRL, MFJ, and many more.  In the past year over $10,000 in prizes have been awarded!  Of course, no purchase is necessary to win a prize.  W5KUB is not affiliated with any products or companies and does not sell any products or services.

Dayton Hamvention webcast schedule (all times are subject to change):

  • Wednesday, May 14: 1300 UTC (8:00 AM CT) drive from Memphis to Dayton, Ohio (10 hours).  Yes, this will be a live broadcast!
  • Thursday, May 15:  1300 UTC – 2030 UTC (9:00 AM – 4:30 PM ET), set up at Hara Arena and visit with vendors
  • Friday, May 16:  1200 UTC – 2100 UTC (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET), Dayton Hamvention
  • Saturday, May 17:  1200 UTC – 2100 UTC (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET), Dayton Hamvention
  • Sunday, May 18:  1200 UTC – 1600 UTC (8:00 AM – noon ET), Dayton Hamvention
  • Sunday, May 18:  1700 UTC (1:00 PM ET) drive from Dayton to Memphis (10 hours).  Yes, this will be a live broadcast!

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!  Join our group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/w5kub/ to keep up with us year-round.

We’ll ‘see’ you at Hamvention!

73,
Tom Medlin, W5KUB
http://w5kub.com

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

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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

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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 
shack.

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!

73,
Tom Medlin, W5KUB
http://w5kub.com

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.