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Getting Carlos N9GIM Back On The Air
W9WS standing next to a temporary antenna for N9GIM
Photos: Greg N9CHA
August 30, 2015 - Long time PCARA club member, Carlos N9GIM has been suffering poor health for the past few years. Much of it due to his heart. Just a few weeks ago, he underwent heart surgery where the VA surgeons replaced one of the valves in his heart. He's now looking great! Currently he's recovering at the Good Samaritan Society Home in St. Croix Falls. Located adjacent to the Fair Grounds, the home has good elevation. However, Carlos' location is a bit shadowed to our repeater.
N9GIM temporary antenna using magnets.
August 30, 2015 - To the rescue... Rick W9WS installed a mag mount antenna on top of a air conditioner unit just outside Carlos' room. However, the building blocked most of the signal. Greg N9CHA and Rick came up with another plan, to mount a short 8' mast to the side of air conditioner using magnets. A dual-band vertical antenna was then mounted to the mast and coax run down through a window. We all hope to hear the familiar "hello radio!" from N9GIM soon.
One-Tube Transmitter - How It Works
W9DKB one-tube transmitter using a 6L6.
Photos: Rick W9WS
August 8, 2015 - Dale W9DKB holds up his one-tube transmitter during the August PCARA club meeting. The tube used is a 6L6 and is designed as a 25-watt transmitter (input). A crystal is used along with an output coil to determine the frequency. The variable capacitor tunes the output circuit allowing plate current to flow.
August 8, 2015 - Using a bench-top power supply, Dale W9DKB applied voltage to the filament and high voltage to the tube. An 80 meter crystal and end-coupled coil combined to create a CW signal which was heard across the room on a receiver. The demonstration showed how a simple one-tube transmitter could be constructed. High voltage was increased to about 400 volts, resulting in an output of about 5 watts as measured on the watt-meter.
August 8, 2015 - Need more power? Dale W9DKB brought along this power amplifier, also of the one-tube design built on a bread board. The tuned circuit consisting of the variable capacitor and coil define the band of operation.
August 8, 2015 - Another example of a one-tube transmitter. This model uses a pi-network consisting of two variable capacitors and a coil. The light bulb in the foreground is used to limit the voltage going to the crystal. As the bulb heats up, the resistance rises, lowering the voltage in the crystal circuit. All of these designs were common in ARRL handbooks and other publications in the first several decades of the 1900's. The transmitters are still being built and used on the air today by a group in the Midwest called the Glow Worms.
Field Day 2015 - N9XH 2A Fun!
Joanna KD2CTA at the controls with Bill K9WEN looking on.
Photos: Rick W9WS & Dan KB9OBF
June 27, 2015 - Joanna KD2CTA at the controls during Field Day 2015 searches for a contact. Bill K9WEN is looking on as she spins the VFO. There were 8 operators and 5 guests this year at the PCARA FD event. Most of the N9XH 2A contacts were made on 20 and 40 meters. Participants and visitors were; Bill K9WEN, Dan KB9OBF, Rick W9WS, Jon KC9PJG, Mark WM9E, Chris KC9NVV, Joanna KD2CTA, Tom AC9LG, Duana KC9UVK, Missy WAØCUK, Rick W9RGS, John NØTCN, Denise Sanford and Chris Genesis.
The N9XH Field Day site this year incorporated campers and a pop-up canopy.
June 27, 2015 - The club's Field Day site this year was hosted at John NØTCN and his wife Denise's home near Centuria. Their wide-open spread easily accommodated a couple of campers and a pop-up awning. Above are Jon KC9PJG, John NØTCN and Bill K9WEN taking a break.
40 Meter operations were conducted in Dan KB9OBF's camper.
June 27, 2015 - The 40 meter operations were conducted in Dan KB9OBF's camper. A little rain covered the area during the night. Dan reports a couple of small leaks were discovered and patched. However, mosquitos were everywhere making sleeping a bit miserable. The bands were fairly active through the event. A local noise source (battery charger) was discovered causing some QRM, but after that had been disconnected, the conditions at the site were great.
Dan KB9OBF searching for a station on 40 meters.
June 27, 2015 - At the controls of the 40 meter station, Dan KB9OBF searched for a station to call. His Icom IC-706 and auto tuner was connected to a dipole strung between trees. Dan operated as long as he could before taking a short nap during the night. N3FJP logging software was used by both stations.
John NØTCN and Jon KC9PJG look over a radio.
June 27, 2015 - John NØTCN looks over a radio with Jon KC9PJG observing. There were plenty of trees to hang antennas. Several club members pitched in to help get things going by the time the event started at 1300 local on Saturday.
Bill K9WEN pulled his camper into position for use during FD. His multi-band verticle can be seen attached to the hitch of his truck.
June 27, 2015 - Bill K9WEN pulled his camper into a nice spot and set up 20 meter operations. A multi-band vertical can be seen attached to the hitch on his truck. A generator supplied power for both stations.
A dipole was hung using an air-launcher provided by Mark W9GWG.
June 27, 2015 - A dipole antenna was strung up by using an air-launcher and tennis ball provided by Mark W9GWG.
June 27, 2015 - Mark WM9E and Rick W9RGS get a chance to discuss the days events. Trees on the property also provided nice shade for the busy hams.
Duana KC9UVK takes a turn at the radio with Dan KB9OBF coaching.
June 27, 2015 - Duana KC9UVK is at the controls of the transceiver as Dan KB9OBF provides some coaching. Learning how to make contacts is a big part of FD and our club members are always available to provide help when needed.
Bill K9WEN prepares some sausages for the hungry hams.
June 27, 2015 - Bill K9WEN prepares some sausages for the hungry hams. Eating together during FD is one of the best parts of the annual event.
Pancakes were available for breakfast. Dan KB9OBF mixes up some batter.
June 28, 2015 - Pancakes! Dan KB9OBF stirs up some batter and helps to feed the morning crew. Operating through the night and into the next day takes lots of energy.
Jon KC9PJG takes his turn at the controls during the N9XH Field Day 2015 event.
June 28, 2015 - Taking his turn at the microphone is Jon KC9PJG.
N9XH bio relief station.
June 28, 2015 - While this "station" is not counted for points, it sure comes in handy.
Ben KC9ROI operating FD from a scout camp south of Osceola.
Photo: Steve NØXC
June 27, 2015 - Ben KC9ROI and his father Steve NØXC also participated during this year's Field Day event. They set up their portable station in a wooded area south of Osceola.
Amateur Radio Week - June 22nd - 28th
Amateur Radio Week June 22nd - 28th

June 19, 2015 - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a Proclamation to all residents of the State of Wisconsin that June 22nd through the 28th is Amateur Radio Week.

The Proclamation highlights the continued dedication hams have demonstrated during times of need, including Skywarn reporting.

This week is an especially active time for Wisconsin hams as Field Day is June 27th & 28th. Thanks to WI NW DEC Chris KC9NVV for sharing this announcement. Click on the Proclamation or click HERE for your own copy.

Field Day 2015 - June 27th & 28th
Field Day June 27th & 28th.

Field Day 2015:

2054 200th Ave., Centuria, WI 54824
June 27th & 28th
1:00pm Saturday to 1:00pm Sunday

Click HERE for map & more information.

June 13, 2015 - Field Day 2015, the annual operating event which PCARA club members enjoy by gathering up their rigs, antennas, cables and lots of food and get on the air. This year, Bill K9WEN and Dan KB9OBF will be setting up operations. For more information, please click on this link.
PCARA Net Manager - Bill K9WEN

June 13, 2015 - Bill K9WEN is now our clubs new Net Manager. Bill is an outstanding member of the PCARA and has volunteered for many work details and taken on several projects. He takes over the Net Manager responsibilities effective today. President Rick W9WS congratulated Bill on his new appointment during the June club meeting. Special thanks go to Mike KC9JIK for his efforts over the past many months as the clubs former Net Manager. Mike and his wife are soon to have their first child thus he had to relinquish his duties to make more time for family life.

Bill K9WEN announced he is looking for additional net control operators for the Monday Night Net. He also set the net times: During Central Daylight Time, the net will be at 9:00pm. During Central Standard Time, the net will roll back to a 7:00pm start. For more information, please check the NETS page.

7th Net - 9pm
12th - Meeting
Balsam Lake
14th Net - 9pm
21st Net - 9pm
28th Net - 9PM

Rick W9WS
Vice President
Bill WY9E
Greg N9CHA
Chris KC9NVV
N9XH - Polk County Amateur Radio Association - 1732 Forest Circle - Balsam Lake - WI - 54810 - Info@N9XH.org