September 2017 Newsletter & Minutes

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August 2017 Newsletter & Minutes

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June 2017 Newsletter & Minutes

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Ham Radio Giveaway

The Hidden Valleys Amateur Radio Club wants to hear more new ham radio operators on the air!  To promote this, HVARC is pleased to announce a giveaway of ham radios to any member who has recently gotten their amateur radio license.  All ages are welcome.  The radio is a BaoFeng UV5R, a club favorite, and will come ready to use pre-programmed with local repeater frequencies.

Rules:

  • Get your FCC license (http://www.arrl.org/getting-licensed)
  • Join club with paid dues ($20 individual or $5 students)
  • Receive radio at a regular club meeting (2nd Tuesday of the month)

Need help or have questions about the Ham Radio giveaway?  Please send an e-mail to dustinwestaby+hvarc@gmail.com

February 2017 Newsletter & Minutes

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Note from the Secretary

February is upon us, our next meeting is on valentine’s day, February 14th.  Bring your significant other to see what radio club is all about, wink.

First of all, welcome to our new director! Dave Nix W9FAA.  Dave has been a valuable member to our club.  I can always count on him to have a few pictures from our club events.

Next, I would like to take a moment to talk about the Free Radio Promotion we ran from August 2015 to August 2016. The idea being that the best way to get new HAMs on the air is to give them a radio pre-programmed with local frequencies.   As a club, we were unsure when we started how giving away radios would work and if people would abuse our generosity.  I did some searching around online and could not find any similar giveaway from other radio clubs. So I wrote some legalese and set an end date, so we could have an out if things went wrong.

I am relieved to say that the Free Radio Promotion was a complete success! By my records, we had three newly licensed members in 2016. Other local clubs are following suit and making their own versions of giving radios to new hams.

During last month’s meeting, we voted to extend the Free Radio Promotion indefinitely and drop the legalese.  Simplifying the rules into:

  • Get your FCC license
  • Join club with paid dues
  • Receive radio at a club monthly meeting

As of the upcoming meeting, we will be giving away the last of the radios from last year’s donation from John Webb K0OT.  We are accepting “like new” condition or better donations from anyone with spare handhelds (Uv-5R or equivalent).  Failing a call for donations, our club has agreed to purchase radios on a “as needed” basis.  I purchase the radios online, program them, and receive reimbursement from the club.

The Free Radio Promotion was spawned during a 2015 meeting after a round table question was asked “What do you think we should be doing as a club?”.  That question was asked again in January, and we got some great feedback.  One of the most interesting ideas was having a “Check in Day” once a month.  Often times during our weekly Net, it is hard for some to call in and break through the check in rhythm.  By extending the net to having a mic manned all day, the congestion could disappear.

 

Reminder: Yearly club membership dues will be collected.  Please have your checks or cash available and give to our new Treasurer, Scott Onson.  You can also mail them in to our new PO box.
Hidden Valleys ARC, PO Box 620, Platteville, WI 53818

 

Dustin Westaby KC9JKV
HVARC Secretary

January 2017 Newsletter & Minutes

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Note from the Secretary

Howdy HVARC members, Dustin Westaby KC9JKV here.  The new year is upon us. Welcome to 2017! Many would say good riddance to 2016, but I would not be so fast to throw it out yet. 2016 had it’s moments for the club. We have had many new HAMs this year, new members. The upgrades to our club tower are ongoing and improving all the time. The echolink internet connection is a big plus. We have had presentations given to club members by a wide variety of local experts, celebrities, and even one by remote telepresence. To name a few of the topics; we toured the Hospital’s antenna setup, learned about Contesting, got exposed to HVARC’s glorious history, and were even treated to advanced weather spotting techniques. Our yearly events of field day, summer picnic, and holiday dinner were as popular as ever.

We are now in 2017, meaning that yearly club membership dues will be collected. Please have your checks or cash available and give to our new Treasurer, Scott Onson. You can also mail them in to our new PO box.

Hidden Valleys ARC, PO Box 620, Platteville, WI 53818

As always, you can find us on the air on one of our club repeaters. See you at our next meeting on January 10th.

KC9KQ 444.325+(131.8) Platteville, WI
N0WLU/KC9MCC 146.895-(114.8) Beetown, WI
N9QIP 146.655-(123.0) Hollandale, WI, maintained by Len Kreyer

Officers for 2017

Please congratulate the following who have been elected as the new officers for HVARC in 2017 at the November membership meeting.

  • President – Alvin Bontreger KC9MCC
  • Vice President – Joe Feyen KD9HAE*
  • Secretary – Dustin Westaby KC9KJV
  • Treasurer – Scott Onson KD9GBJ
  • Director – Kent Scheuerell K9ZMU
  • Director – Hap Daus KC9BGA

*At meeting time the Vice President position had not been filled; however, Joe had stepped up post-meeting to fill the position. This has yet to be approved.

One director position remains open. If you are interested in filling this position, please contact Kent K9ZMU or Alvin KC9MCC

New Website URL and Host

Welcome to our new home at kc9kq.net

Some links may become broken from the transition. If you find one, please notify the web admin. In addition, you can correct the url yourself by replacing kc9kq.ssoworld.org with kc9kq.net in the URL bar.
Admin Contact: Dustin Westaby KC9JKV

October 2016 Newsletter & Minutes

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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 KD9GBJ for the server space on which this web site is hosted.