PCARA
POLK COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION
PCARA
N9XH REPEATERS
POLK COUNTY
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PCARA Gets Emergency Personnel Visit
Emergency group
September 13, 2014 - Club members who attended the monthly meeting today had a chance to meet with several personnel who serve in emergency preparedness and response positions. Front row left to right, Kathy Poirier - Director Polk County Emergency Management, Barb Winget KC9LNY - American Red Cross, Kay Confer - Program Manager Polk County Human Services. Back row left to right, Chuck Braun WD9GWG - Polk County ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator, Jason Winget N9XYX - American Red Cross. The group discussed communication requirements and how each plays a roll during a local disaster. The informative meeting was in preparation for next months Simulated Emergency Test (SET).
 
Station & Antenna at 110+ Feet!
de Steve NØXC, Ben KC9ROI Excellent Adventure
Ben KC9ROI and his father Steve N0XC with KX3
Photos: Steve NØXC
August 9th, 2014 - Ben KC9ROI and his father Steve NØXC climbed the 110+ foot watch tower near Tomahawk Scout Reservation in order to take in a little PSK31 fun! Ben is holding their rig, an Elecraft KX3. High above the treetops in the 1930's era tower, Ben and his Dad lugged up a laptop, rig and antenna.
9:1 UNUN
August 9th, 2014 - The father/son team built a 9:1 UNUN to transform the impedances of the half-wave end-fed 20 meter antenna. In the photo you can see the antenna wire connected to the right and fed through one of the windows. The coax connector and counterpoise wire are hooked up on the left. Dale W9DKB inspired the duo to build the antenna after a recent presentation on impedance matching during a club meeting.
KX3 and Toughbook on 20 meter PSK31
August 9, 2014 - A Panasonic CF-19 Toughbook was interfaced to the KX3 transceiver, running fldigi on the Linux operating system. Both units have built-in battery power sources. The 5 watt transmitter at 100 feet worked great. Any station they could copy they could work. What fun!
 
Routine Maintenance N9XH Link
K9WEN performs maintenance to the repeater link in Taylors Falls.
August 1, 2014 - Bill K9WEN (pictured above) and Greg N9CHA performed a maintenance check-up of the Taylors Falls repeater link. Last year a bunch of ants had gotten into the cabinet and left their mark. After a complete cleaning, and now a year later, all seems clean and free of infestation. Bill added expanding foam material into the electrical conduit which has eliminated the pests.
 
CLUB
EVENTS
September
1st - 9pm Net
W9GWG
8th - 9pm Net
W9WS
13th - Meeting
Balsam Lake
15th - 9pm Net
WM9E
22nd - 9pm Net
KD6TWC
29th - 9pm Net
K9WEN

CLUB
OFFICERS
President
Rick W9WS
Vice President
Mark W9GWG
Secretary
Greg N9CHA
Treasurer
Chris KC9NVV
N9XH - Polk County Amateur Radio Association - 1732 Forest Circle - Balsam Lake - WI - 54810 - Info@N9XH.org