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Wisconsin ARES/RACES 16th Annual Conference & ARRL Convention
WI ARES-RACES leadership
Photos: Greg N9CHA
October 18, 2014 - The Wisconsin ARES/RACES 16th Annual Conference was held in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, October 18th at the McMillan Memorial Library. Pictured above are (l to r), Section Traffic Manager, Denny K9LGU; Section Manager, Gary W9ULK; Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator Training and NW DEC, Chris KC9NVV; and Section Emergency Coordinator, Mark N9MEA. Over 80 hams attended this years conference and represented several of Wisconsin's 72 Counties. PCARA members Chris KC9NVV and Greg N9CHA attended.
WI ARES-RACES Registration table
October 18, 2014 - ARES/RACES Conference and ARRL Convention goers were expected to pre-register, however walk-ins were also encouraged. Each member received an agenda of the days activities, a pass for lunch if they had pre-purchased it, and a raffle ticket.
WI ARES/RACES Conference Organizer Kathy KB9UAZ
October 18, 2014 - Kathy KB9UAZ, WI ARES/RACES Conference Chairperson kicked off the 2014 meeting with opening remarks and a summary of the days activities. Included were remarks from WI Section Manager Gary W9ULK, Introductions by WI Section Emergency Coordinator Mark N9MEA, presentation by WECOMM President Bill KB9ENO, presentation by the Red Cross and a training seminar featuring E-Sponder and Winlink.
WI ARES-RACES Conference WECOMM President Bill KB9ENO
October 18, 2014 - WECOMM President, Bill KB9ENO provided an update of the new enhancements to the statewide VHF repeater system. For the past decade, Bill and other dedicated hams throughout the State have contributed their time and efforts to make the system a reality. The system is open to all amateurs with the primary focus on ARES/RACES activities.
WI ARES-RACES Lunch time
October 18, 2014 - Adjoining the conference room was this large multi-purpose area set for lunch. Conference attendees were able to pre-purchase a bag lunch provided by a local church group. A nice sandwich, pickle, bag of chips, soda or water and a cookie rounded out the provisions.
WI ARES-RACES conference. Chris KC9NVV was a lucky raffle winner.
October 18, 2014 - Chris KC9NVV, PCARA member, DEC for the Northwest District and Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator, Training was a lucky raffle winner. After lunch, each of the participants had the chance to win one of several prizes donated by AES, ARRL, DX Engineering, Mark Rasmussen, MFJ, WECOMM Ltd and WEM. It looks like Chris may have a new antenna for one of his hand-talkies.
WI ARES-RACES Conference parking help
October 18, 2014 - Members of the Wood County ARES/RACES group assisted with parking at the McMillan Memorial Library. With over 80 attendees, the parking lot got quite full. With the assistance of the hams, parking went smoothly and efficiently.
W9WS Update - Improved Grounding
W9WS grounding box
October 11, 2014 - A peek inside Rick W9WS's grounding box shows a very professional installation. It includes the DX Engineering box with copper ground buss, a Polyphaser lightening suppressor and heavy ground leads.
W9WS grounding box
October 11, 2014 - Once completed, the weather tight box is ready for our Wisconsin winters and spring storms.
Show and Tell is Back! Steve NØXC's KX3
Steve N0XC shows off his new KX3 by Elecraft.
October 11, 2014 - Steve NØXC showed off his new Elecraft KX3 at the monthly meeting. He is having a lot of fun with it. He and his son Ben KC9ROI took it with them in early August to a Boy Scout camping trip. The radio has rechargeable batteries, a built in antenna tuner and fantastic receive specifications. It puts out 12 watts. Steve built a 9:1 Unun which he uses with an end fed wire, often strung in a handy tree.
SET2014 Completed - Communications Exercise
SET2014 Chuck WD9GWG, Dale W9DKB, Ben KC9ROI
October 4, 2014 - Polk County ARES/RACES EC Chuck WD9GWG, Dale W9DKB and Ben KC9ROI operate during the 2014 Simulated Emergency Test. Chuck's hamshack was the operations center during the net, monitoring communications and directing the exercise. Dale operated CW and monitored the N9XH repeater while Ben monitored email and WECOMM traffic. The shack was running on emergency power (generator). Net control operations were handled in the club's hamshack in Balsam Lake.
Kathy Poirier - Director Polk County Emergency Management
October 4, 2014 - Kathy Poirier - Director Polk County Emergency Management worked at her desk in support of the SET2014. She directed communication requests during the drill by requesting various agencies participation. From her desk she was able to email the ARES/RACES EC. A ham radio operator, Greg N9CHA also helped out during the drill by setting up a portable station in the EOC. The drill was activated at 9am and was concluded by 11am.
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).
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Rick W9WS
Vice President
Mark W9GWG
Greg N9CHA
Chris KC9NVV
N9XH - Polk County Amateur Radio Association - 1732 Forest Circle - Balsam Lake - WI - 54810 - Info@N9XH.org