20 Year Anniversary
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FM/System Fusion

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Ben KC9ROI "Smart Cartography - Dynamic Mapping" Project
Ben KC9ROI Boy Scout Project
Photo: Michelle Jacobs (Ben's Mom)
May 7, 2015 - Ben KC9ROI, member of the PCARA has been applying his technological skills to a special Boy Scout project using GPS tracking data and Google Maps. Working along with Steve Rassler, president of Standing Cedars Community Land Conservancy, Ben developed a smartphone app and programming to define the various public access trails through the wooded environment along the St. Croix River, south of Osceola. The project includes special points of interest which can be accessed using the app. Ben asked his fellow Scouts to assist him by walking the trails and collecting GPS data which he later used to develop the project. Completed in March about the time of his 17th birthday, Ben's "community service" project is part of his Eagle Scout application. The Osceola Sun newspaper May 6th edition features Ben's project on its front page.
Chuck Braun WD9GWG - SK
Chuck WD9GWG died April 22, 2015. He was one of the founders of the PCARA.
Chuck Braun WD9GWG SK- November 5, 1930 - April 22, 2015
April 22, 2015 - Chuck Braun WD9GWG died April 22, 2015. He was 84 years old. First licensed in 1977, he and his son Dale W9DKB wrote their ham tickets together at a small radio store in Minneapolis. Chuck was born in Beaver Dam, WI, and after high school enlisted in the US Navy where he served as a radioman from 1948-1958. He reached the rank of Chief Petty Officer and served on the Admirals Flag Ship in the Atlantic theater.
He is the father of three hams, Greg N9CHA, Dale W9DKB, and Glen KE7FZX. For many years Chuck worked for RCA Service Company where he serviced teletype machines for UPI, then became an electron microscope technician. He worked until the age of 78, owning and operating his own company who specialized in electron microscopes. In 1995, Chuck was instrumental in starting the PCARA ham club. He was able to work with Polk County Emergency Management to adopt a county drafted recognition of the club.
Chuck loved ham radio, operating the local repeaters, IRLP, PSK31, CW and phone. He had a special love of packet radio and kept encouraging the mode to his fellow club members. Chuck held many positions with the club including president and most recently, emergency coordinator.
Skywarn Classes - Milltown
Skywarn training in Milltown. Charlie, Steve, Ben and Chris.
Photo: Greg N9CHA
April 9, 2015 - Skywarn Training Classes were offered in our area again this year by the National Weather Service. Charlie, Steve NØXC, Ben KC9ROI and Chris KC9NVV attended. The program was hosted by the Milltown Community Center. The audience was largely Boy Scouts from the local troup. The club was represented by Steve and his two sons who are also very active in Boy Scouts. Chris, our clubs Skywarn net control operator also helped represent the PCARA.
Fusion Breakfast Part Deux
Fusion Breakfast - Chuck KØORK
Photo: Greg N9CHA
March 22, 2015 - The Fusion Breakfast is an informal group of hams who install and maintain repeaters, or those interested in the new Yaesu System Fusion line of ham equipment. Chuck KØORK is the person who organizes the group and introduces the topics and hams who attend. This was the 2nd of such meetings held at Matthew's Family Restaurant in Circle Pines, MN.
Fusion Breakfast K9EQ
March 22, 2015 - Using the Rigol DSA-815 Spectrum Analyzer is Chris K9EQ as he fine-tunes a set of UHF pass/reject filters. Many who attend the Fusion Breakfast get a chance to have their technical questions asked and answered. Chris is the trustee of the WØMDT 444.525+ repeater which is also a test site for System Fusion.
Fusion Breakfast N9CHA W9GWG W9WS
Photo: Chris KC9NVV
March 22, 2015 - Four members of the PCARA attended the breakfast. Greg N9CHA, Mark W9GWG, Rick W9WS and Chris KC9NVV (taking the photo). At this point, the PCARA is the only Wisconsin group represented. However, the informal meeting is open to all regional hams and more are expected to attend. During the summer months, the group holds a monthly "Hams In The Park" gathering. More information can be found at the HamOperator web site.
N9XH VHF System Fusion Repeater ON!
March 12, 2015 - The club's System Fusion repeater is on the air. At 11:45am, Thursday March 12th, 2015 the repeater was put on the air. The first digital C4FM QSO was at 11:50am between Chuck WD9GWG in Osceola, and Mark W9GWG near the tower shack in Balsam Lake. Pictured above are Mark W9GWG and Chris KC9NVV turning the repeater on.
March 12, 2015 - The repeater shack layout includes the rack for the Yaesu DR-1X, CAT-250 Controller and link transceivers. Battery backup is included for all equipment including the packet radio and APRS, as well as the N9XH UHF IRLP repeater.
4th Net - 9pm
9th - Meeting
Balsam Lake
11th Net - 9pm
18th Net - 9pm
25th 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