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

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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.