July 2015 Newsletter

The newsletter for July is now available. You can find it on the Newsletters and Minutes page.


  • Picnic Details (June 14th)
  • Field Day 2015 Recap and Photos
  • President’s Comments
  • June Meeting Minutes
  • Hamfest / Computerfests

Direct Link: Newsletter – July 2015

KQ’s Korner – July 2015

The monthly meeting of our club will be a little different this month.  We are having our annual picnic this time.  As usual it is held on the Jamison Museum grounds, with the entrance on Virgin St.  Hope to see everybody there.  Bring a dish to pass and the club will have hamburgers and hot dogs.  And there is shade there.

Not much going on right now.  Happily, the weather has been pretty good in the area.  Plenty of rain and not a lot of wind damage.  Mostly trees.  We sure lost some really pretty trees this summer.

Dustin needs more articles for the newsletter.  If you have an interest is some facet of ham radio, write up a short piece and send it to him.  I am sure he would be happy for some input from the members.


73 & CUL
Art,  N9KQ

June 2015 Newsletter

The newsletter for June is now available. You can find them on the Newsletters and Minutes page.


  • President’s Comments
  • May Meeting Minutes
  • Hamfest / Computerfests

Direct Link: Meeting Minutes – June 2015

May 2015 Newsletter

The newsletter for May is now available. You can find them on the Newsletters and Minutes page.


  • President’s Comments
  • KQ’s Korner
  • April Meeting Minutes
  • Hamfest / Computerfests

Direct Link: Meeting Minutes – May 2015

KQ’s Korner – April 2015

With the weather events of the past few days, I think we are all aware that severe weather season is here.  We were lucky in missing the really bad stuff which went mostly south of us.  There was one fatality in northern Illinois, in the Rochelle area.  The worst in this area was hail and hard rains.

Now that you are all aware of the possibilities, keep an eye on the sky and have your radios ready.  And don’t forget to disconnect your antennas when you leave the radio.

The second peak of this sunspot cycle is apparently on the downhill side now.  And that means that the lower HF frequencies will be the workhorses in the near future.  If you don’t have an antenna for 80 meters, this is a good time to get one in the air.  And if you have room for a 160 antenna, put one up for that band also.  Not everyone has room for a 160 antenna but just about everyone can get something up for 80 meters.  If you need help is erecting an antenna, let someone know and I am sure that someone will give you a hand.

73 & CUL


Hamfests – April 2015

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April 18

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: Bruce Brumm , KC0ZMT,PO Box #88 Des Moines, IA 50301;  Phone: 515-999-0426 (999-0-HAM); Email: info@dmraa.com; Website: http://dmraa.com/alerts/dmraa-hamfest-april-18th-2015

April 19

GALVA, IL・  AAROFest 2015.  Location: Galva American Legion,  45 Wallace Street, Galva, IL.   Sponsor: Area Amateur Radio Operators.  Talk-In: 145.490.   Contact: William Anderson , WA9BA, 30 Wallace Street Galva, IL 61434; Phone: 309-525-0061; Email: wa9ba@arrl.net; Website: http://qsl.net/aa9ro

March 2015Meeting Minutes posted

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

File Link: Meeting Minutes – March 2015

March 2015 Newsletter Posted

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

File Link: Newsletter – March 2015

President’s Comments – March 2015

The March meeting is here.  Hope to see all of you there on Tuesday, March 10.  I sent out earlier information about the passing of John Holzer’s son.  John was a good friend and I knew his whole family well.

Matt MLE has arranged for us to have Grant County Deputy Ric Hottenstein and K-9 Diego at our July picnic.  It might be a good time to bring the whole family including grandchildren.  I like to brag that I had Ric and his son Garrett in my sixth grade classes.  Hopefully Ric has found memories of me and doesn’t release Diego for a true life demonstration, ha, ha.

The March program will be put on Josh Roskos KC9WWH the Grant County Emergency Coordinator.  He will make a presentation on Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and what we can do as a club to help him fulfill his duties as county EC.

Also a reminder that Storm Spotter Training will be offered by the National Weather Service in Fennimore March 23, and Platteville March 30.   Both are at the fire stations and both begin at 6:30 PM.  Todd Shea is the presenter.

I want to remind our membership that the Wisconsin QSO Party is Sunday, March 15.  Our club has been very active in this contest.  If you have any question please contact K9OT Paul DeWitte at k9ot@arrl.net.  It is like being a rare DX station when they are looking for Grant, Iowa, or Lafayette counties.  It is the only time I have caused a pile up.  I enjoy the experience and so will you.

Our club directors are WD9DTU David Cook, KC9CSQ Larry Pink and N0WLU Mark Krolick.  Thanks fellows for volunteering for these positions.

I still want to encourage our membership to give me a QSL card and picture of themselves (preferably at their rigs) for our club scrapbook.  If you don’t have both then give me a card or a picture.

We do not have an education committee chairman. If someone is interested please let me know.  Also if you have an idea for a program I am always searching for them.

The repeater committee has been hard at work.  Thanks Dustin for nice view of our repeater range.  Be sure to check out our club on facebook and on the webb.  Scott Onson and Matt MLE have been hard at work.

The following programs have been arranged for 2015:

  • 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 and a presentation by Officer Ric Hottenstein and K-9 Diego.

I hope to see all of you at Tuesday’s meeting.

Kent K9ZMU

Hamfests – March 2015

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March 8

Sterling, IL� Sterling Rock Falls Hamfest.  Location: Challand Middle School, 1700 6th Avenue, Sterling, IL.  Sponsor: Sterling Rock Falls Amateur Radio Society.  Talk-In: 146.850 (PL 114.8).  Public Contact: Paula Portner , KC9FQK, 1302 West 2nd Street Dixon, IL 61021; Phone: 815-284-5650; Email: pportner@comcast.net; Website: http://w9mep.org.

March 15

Jefferson, WI�HAMFEST/CONVENTION.  Location: Jefferson County Fairgrounds – Activity Center, 503 North Jackson Avenue, Jefferson, WI.  Sponsor: Tri-County Amateur Radio Club �W9MQB.  Talk-In: 145.49 (PL 123).  Public Contact: Stan Lichtenberg , W9FIB; PO Box 411 Johnson Creek, WI 53038; Phone: 920-390-9068; Email: hamfest@w9mqb.org; Website: http://w9mqb.org.


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.