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 www.GrantCoARES.org 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 kc9wwh@grantcoares.org.


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

h (608) 485-1570
e kc9wwh@grantcoares.org

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


Hamfests – February 2015

Click here for Upcoming Hamfests

February 14

Brookfield, WI  ・  MRAC & MAARS Mid Winter Interclub Swapfest.  Location: MPTV Auction Site,12560 West Townsend Street, Brookfield, WI.  Sponsor: Milwaukee Radio Amateurs’ Club & Milwaukee Area Amateur Radio Society.  Talk-In: 145.390 & 145.130 (PL 127.3).  Public Contact: David Schank , KA9WXN, 5943 West Edgerton Avenue Greenfield, WI 53220;Phone: 414-459-9741; Email: ka9wxn@gmail.com; Website: http://www.w9rh.org.

President’s Comments – February 2015

I am happy to report that I have been able to set up some fine programs for the upcoming months. This month Dustin Westaby KC9JKV will be speaking and demonstrating Arduino boards and Raspberry Pi. If you are interested in building electronic devices be sure not to miss this meeting. The hospital has been very cooperative and is going to provide us with a computer projector and screen.

The following programs have been arranged:

  • March 10: Josh Roskos KC9WWH the Grant County Emergency Coordinator will make a presentation on Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES).
  • 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

I have heard from representatives of the WI QSO Party and the president of WECOM which runs the repeater in Dodgeville. Both of them will try to see if they can come to a fall meeting. We will also pursue getting someone to speak on Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). If you have an idea for a program please let me know.
Some items on the agenda are:

  • Should ARES be a part of our club or a separate entity?
  • We need to establish monetary values of our various assets for grant forms and to consider getting replacement insurance on them.

In the March newsletter we will publish the names and call letters of paid up members. So please get your dues to Randy by the February meeting.
I also know someone who would like a general coverage receiver for under $100. If you have something for sale be sure to send the information to Dustin dustin.westaby@gmail.com.
Someone mentioned to me that they had some pictures of Jack Izzard for the club scrapbook. Please bring them. We should also have a picture of John Holzer KC9KQ if anyone has one. I would like to have a QSL card and picture of each of our members in the scrapbook.

Hope to see all of you at the February meeting,
Kent K9ZMU

January 2015 Newsletter posted

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

File Link: Newsletter – January 2015

November 2014 Meeting Minutes posted

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

File Link: Meeting Minutes – November 2014

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.