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Mark Wien WM9E - SK
Mark WM9E - January 12, 1956 - November 15, 2015
November 16, 2015 - Mark Wien WM9E (sk) died at Region's Hospital in St. Paul on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the age of 59. Visitation will be at the Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery on Wednesday, November 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at New Life Community Church in Amery. Burial will be at the Amery Cemetery.
Annual Wisconsin ARES-RACES Conference - 2015
Mark N9MEA Wisconsin Section Emergency Coordinator presents during the annual ARES-RACES conference.
October 17th, 2015 - The 17th Annual ARES/RACES State Conference was held in Wisconsin Rapids and hosted by Wisconsin Section Emergency Coordinator, Mark N9MEA. This year's conference featured presentations by Jefferson County EC Dan KC9IKI, a demonstration of NBEMS and an introduction to MESH. Also an explanation and examples of Go Kits was presented. Six hams from the PCARA attended: DEC Chris KC9NVV, EC Greg N9CHA, Jack W9JET, Tom AC9LG, Kevin KC9EMJ and William KD9DIV.
KC9EMJ and KD9DIV look over the logo wear presented at the ARES/RACES conference.
October 17, 2015 - On display this year was ARES/RACES logo wear. Winnebago County EC, Kyle KC9SDK had several jackets, shirts and carry bags displayed. Kevin KC9EMJ and his son William KD9DIV review the various products.
Bill KB9ENO, President of WECOMM presented an overview of the amateur radio network.
October 17, 2015 - Bill KB9ENO, President of WeComm, Ltd. presented an updated overview of the WeComm voice network which has been developed over the past 10+ years. Additional repeaters continue to come on-line throughout the State. Two more systems, one located near Coloma and another near Irma will be installed soon, helping to fill in coverage gaps along the Wisconsin River in the center of the State.
Go Kit developed by Greg N9CHA and Chris KC9NVV.
October 17, 2015 - One of the featured attractions at the ARES/RACES conference were Go Kits. Several different kits were on display. Greg N9CHA and Chris KC9NVV brought a Kit that featured a Fusion Repeater set up as a Remote Base, a Fusion FTM-400DR transceiver, a Fusion FT1DR HT with camera microphone, an Icom IC-2820 capable of FM and D-Star and the Icom IC-7000 HF/VHF/UHF all-mode transceiver. A Penninger Radio tire-mount tipper complete with mast and dual-band antenna were also a part of the display. Working examples of how a Fusion digial photo can be taken and transmitted was demonstrated.
Jamboree on the Air - William KD9DIV
William KD9DIV JOTA 2015
October 16, 2015 - William KD9DIV at the controls of the N9XH ham station participated in the 58th Annual Jamboree on the Air event. William is a Boy Scout and achieved his ham radio license this year. Club President, Rick W9WS supported the operation and activated the club station. William reported, "I had a great time operating JOTA and made several contacts on 20 meters, especially to the east coast."
Eagle Scout - Ben Jacobs KC9ROI
KC9ROI Ben Jacobs Eagle Scout
October 11, 2015 - Ben Jacobs KC9ROI celebrated his achievement of Eagle Scout with fellow scouts, leadership, family and friends during a ceremony held in his honor. Ben and his father Steve NØXC are members of the PCARA and enjoy ham radio and building various projects. Ben's Eagle Scout project utilizing GPS data and a specially developed app helps the public enjoy the Standing Cedars Community Land Conservancy property along the St. Croix River near Osceola.
Club Meeting Fun: Tape Measure Yagi Build & Fox Hunt
Members of the PCARA build tape measure yagi antennas during the October 2015 club meeting.
Photos: Rick W9WS & Greg N9CHA
October 10, 2015 - Club members enjoyed a construction project during their October meeting. The 2 meter tape measure Yagi antenna, generally used for fox hunting, was the scheduled event, followed by a walking fox hunt in a local park.
Rick W9RGS, the newest member of the PCARA looks over the plans as he uses a soldering gun.
October 10, 2015 - With soldering gun in hand, Rick W9RGS, PCARA's most recent member, looks to tin the leads on the coax cable which will be attached to the driven element.
Nolan KD9DIN and Dennis KD9DIO work together on the tape measure Yagi project.
October 10, 2015 - Nolan KD9DIN (seated) and Dennis KD9DIO work together to mark the mounting position of the driven element.
John NØTCN smiles for the camera duirng the October club meeting building project.
October 10, 2015 - Smile John! NØTCN, Tom AC9LG, Thomas KD9DIW and William KD9DIV work to put together their two meter yagi projects.
John NØTCN trying to find the elusive hidden transmitter.
October 10, 2015 - With his completed antenna in hand, John NØTCN tries to find the elusive hidden transmitter. The club members walked around Pine Park in Balsam Lake on a wonderful October day. Sunshine and 65 degrees.
Tom AC9LG out hunting the hidden transmitter.
October 10, 2015 - Where is that fox? Tom AC9LG is out hunting with his new directional antenna. Using triangulation and introducing as much attenuation as possible, Tom narrows his search to a weather proof box which the "fox" was using as his home.
The hidden transmitter or "fox" was hiding in a "little library" enclosure.
October 10, 2015 - Hiding in a "Little Library" structure at Pine Park, the "fox" curled up with a good book and was going to spend the winter in cozy surroundings. Well, that is until the PCARA club members came along and disturbed him.
The hidden transmitter or "fox" inside the little library.
October 10, 2015 - Nestled in between books, and hiding inside a "peanut butter" container, the "fox" was found by everyone who went looking. The exercise is proof that a directional antenna is useful for several applications including DF'ing a transmitter.
Simulated Emergency Test 2015 - Thank You!
PCARA Simulated Emergency Test 2015
October 3, 2015 - Polk County Emergency Management Coordinator, Kathy Poirer and Polk County ARES/RACES EC, Greg Braun N9CHA work together during the Simulated Emergency Test conducted Saturday, October 3rd. A very special thank you to all the hams who helped out this year: Rick W9WS, Chris KC9NVV, Tom AC9LG, Kirk KD9AKU, Duana KC9UVK, Mike KK9MC, Kevin KC9EMJ, William KD9DIV, Nolan KD9DIN, John NØTCN, Steve KC9WKY, Bill WY9E, Mark W9GWG, Paul KB9TYC, Rick W9RGS and Nick WBØPTO/N9PHS. 73! de Greg N9CHA
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Rick W9WS
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Bill WY9E
Greg N9CHA
Chris KC9NVV
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