Actvties 2010
Club Events and Activities
Field Day 2010
June 27, 2010 - The Polk County Amateur Radio Association held it's annual Field Day operations on June 26th and 27th near Balsam Lake. Some of the crew are pictured above. (L to R) FD Chair, Dan KB9OBF; Mike KC9JIK; Kathy Poirier, Polk County OEM; Fred AB9LV, Mark KC9PJJ and John KC9PJG.
Photo: Rick W9WS
June 27, 2010 - Taking care of the long grass and weeds at the Field Day site! Thanks to Marv KC9IRT for bringing out his heavy duty mower. It was a lot easier for the crew to walk around the grounds to set up antennas once Marv went through with his mower. Photo: Rick W9WS
June 27, 2010 - Assembling the tri-band beam for installation are Mike KC9JIK (left) and John KC9PJG (right). This antenna operates on 20, 15 and 10 meters and was installed on top of the communications vehicle. Photo: Rick W9WS
June 27, 2010 - The tri-band beam being installed by (l to r) John KC9PJG, Chris KC9NVV and Mike KC9JIK. A rotor is mounted on top of an extension mast so the beam antenna can be pointed in different directions depending on where signals are most prevalent. Photo: Rick W9WS
June 27, 2010 - One of the highlights of operating Field Day is the food. Dan KB9OBF is shown above making his famous Sunday Morning Pancakes for the crew. Operating radios is tough work... so Dan keeps everyone well fed. He also served as the clubs Chairperson for FD. Photo: Rick W9WS

Score summary
Our total score is 1324 compared to 1516 last year.

Contact Points:
051 40 Meter Phone
047 20 Meter Phone
006 15 Meter Phone
021 10 Meter Phone
003 40 Meter Digital (6 pts)
028 20 Meter Digital (56 pts)
187 Total Contact Points
x2 for power multiplier
374 Contact Points

Bonus Points:
300 for 3 Transmitters on Emergency Power
100 for media
100 for public location
100 for public info table
100 for site visit by elected official
100 for Served Agency Visitation
50 for web submission
950 Bonus Points

1324 Total 2010 Points

Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning
February 13, 2010 - Rick KØBR is shown above displaying the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association payload dubbed "SARA POD II" during the PCARA February meeting. Rick provided his personal anecdotes, pictures and insights about Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning (ARHAB). SARA POD II incorporates an APRS tracker and transmitter, a digital still camera, and an audible alarm for recovery. Rick's program can be downloaded by clicking HERE. Photo: Rick W9WS
February 13, 2010 - A detail view inside the SARA POD II payload as built by the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association (SARA). Lessons learned include: using a twin-lead J-pole antenna, lithium batteries to combat the extreme low temperatures, robust (yet light) construction to survive the "post-burst chaos" G-forces, bright paint for recovery, dark paint for thermal heating, and special payload string with the correct breaking strength. Photo: Rick W9WS
February 13, 2010 - A close up view of the "BalloonSat" flight computer with temperature sensors. This device fly's as a part of the payload to record temperatures during flight. The data is synchronized manually with the APRS data and is compiled into an Excel spreadsheet. Photo: Rick W9WS
February 13, 2010 - Several members of the PCARA (14 in all) attended the February meeting where Rick KØBR presented his Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning program. The group was encouraged to ask questions and inspect the payload equipment. The SARA project is in cooperation with the University of Minnesota Space Grant Consortium. Photo: Rick W9WS
Digital Workshop - Introduction and Hands-On Fun!
February 6, 2010 - A Digital Workshop held at the Polk County Government Center in Balsam Lake presented sound card modes, packet, amateur television and D-Star. Above is Fred AB9LV (left) showing his ATV transmitter to Ed W9ABA and Brian KDØHKR. The unit transmits on UHF and uses standard analog video/audio signals from a camera or other device. Fred brought a cable-ready flat screen television and used it as the receiver. Photo: Rick W9WS
February 6, 2010 - a 4 element UHF Yagi was used as the transmit antenna for the ATV demonstration. Fred AB9LV brought a wooden tripod stand which included a wooden mast which held the antenna in place. Video from a DVD player was used to feed the transmitter.
Photo: Rick W9WS
February 6, 2010 - The ATV demonstration by Fred AB9LV (seated) was well received by members of the PCARA. Shown above are Mark KC9GHQ (left) and Greg N9CHA (center) inspecting the UHF ATV transmitter that Fred brought to the Workshop. Photo: Rick W9WS
February 6, 2010 - Soundcard modes including PSK31, RTTY, MFSK16 and SSTV were on display and being demonstrated during the Digital Workshop. John KC9PJG (left) looks over Greg N9CHA's shoulder to a projected image of Hamscope. Chuck WD9GWG was set up in the clubs hamshack with a laptop also running Hamscope. The members split into to groups, some stayed in the lunchroom with Greg while others gathered with Chuck. A Buddi-Pole antenna tuned to 15 meters and an IC-7000 transceiver was used along with a Vista laptop in the lunchroom. The hamshack was equipped with a Win98 laptop and a TS-2000 transceiver loaded into the clubs tower-mounted tri-band antenna. For the demonstration, only 5 watts of power was used between the two demo sites. Photo: Rick W9WS
February 6, 2010 - An introduction to many of the digital modes, including packet and APRS was presented by Greg N9CHA. Attending the Workshop: Chuck WD9GWG, Rick W9WS, Mark KC9GHQ, Fred AB9LV, John KC9PJG, Ed W9ABA and Brian KDØHKR. Equipment included: TS-2000, IC-7000, TH-D7, IC-91AD, ID-800, and packet radio equipment. The Workshop started at 9am and concluded just after 12pm. Photo: Rick W9WS
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