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Area Events / HRO Superfest 2018 09/28 - 09/29/2018
« Last post by KC9ONY on September 17, 2018, 07:18:29 PM »
Ham Radio Outlet Superfest 2018

from their website:

Superfest 2018 - Ham Radio Outlet Milwaukee, WI.

September 28th and 29th, 2018
Friday: 12PM to 5PM
Saturday 9AM to 4PM
VE Testing on Saturday: 8:30AM to 11AM

Event Parking - Elks Lodge @ 5555 W Good Hope Rd.
Please park in the back of the lodge. Free Shuttle Service to and from the lodge and HRO.

Come to Ham Radio Outlet Milwaukee and be a part of our Amateur Radio 'Superfest'.  It's going to be a great event.

Confirmed Vendors: ABR Cable, ATL Technology, Amertitron, ARRL, Bioenno Battery, Cable Xperts, Comet Antenna, COMPACtenna, Daiwa, Ham Radio Deluxe, Heil Sound, Hy-Gain, Hytera, ICOM, Kenwood, Lido, MFJ, NCG, Radiowavz, SDRplay, Timewave, Times Microwave, Unified Microsystems, Vectronics, West Mountain Radio, Yaesu, and many others.

License testing will also be available Saturday 8:30am to 11:00am;  if interested in testing just come by the store as we should have plenty of room. Multiple prize drawings will be held during each day.  Winners will need to be present to win goodies from many of our suppliers who have donated some really great stuff!

SDRplay - Operating the SDR radio
ARRL - What the league has been doing lately. Follow by town hall Q&A.
Bob Heil - Improve your Receive Audio with Parametric Receive System
Bioenno Battery - Using batteries with ham radio
West Mountain Radio - TBA
Yaesu - System Fusion
COMPACtenna - Jack Nilsson


Yaesu has donated an FT-991A as a grand prize!

Icom has donated an IC-7300 as a grand prize!

Embroidery by Gold Medal Ideas - Food sold by Boy Scouts

Come join us for a fun-filled Friday and Saturday of ham radio; make it your goal to leave having learned at least one new thing and/or shared your own knowledge with at least one new ham.

There will also be local ham clubs present, according to their Milwaukee Facebook page:

I have no affiliation with HRO, but will be there as a member of the Ozaukee Radio Club, Inc., and LeFrog ARC.
Some of the forums sound interesting, too!


Area Events / WIPOTA Wisconsin Parks on the Air 2nd Annual 09/21/2019
« Last post by KC9ONY on September 17, 2018, 07:04:40 PM »
Saturday 09/21/2019

If all goes as planned, the second annual Wisconsin Parks on the Air WIPOTA will occur.
See the website:

Hope to get more Wisconsin hams out to the parks as well.
The third Saturday in September.

Here is a video that talks about WIPOTA, put out prior to the 1st annual event:

Area Events / Re: WIPOTA Wisconsin Parks on the Air 1st Annual 09/15/2018
« Last post by KC9ONY on September 17, 2018, 07:01:12 PM »
Posted after the fact, sorry.

The LeFrog club participated in this event using their club call W9FRG.
We activated Kettle Moraine - Lapham Peak State Forest  (LPSF).
Had lots of fun....a few mosquitoes.
Plan to do it next year, and probably make some changes to our setup and antennas.
Wasn't able to contact as many WI parks as we would have liked.

Area Events / WIPOTA Wisconsin Parks on the Air 1st Annual 09/15/2018
« Last post by KC9ONY on September 17, 2018, 06:55:01 PM »
Saturday 09/15/2018

First annual Wisconsin Parks on the Air WIPOTA

11 am - 6 pm

From their website:

"The purpose of  the Wisconsin Parks on the Air (WIPOTA) operating contest
is designed to promote public awareness of ham radio within Wisconsin’s
beautiful state park system.
The objective of  WIPOTA  is to have competing stations operate from as many
Wisconsin parks as possible and work hams in other WI parks, as well as hams
not located in a park in any state, province or country."

Will be the third Saturday in September.   

Next year is Saturday, September 21, 2019.
Area Events / The Viper Ride Plus+ Sunday 09/30/2018
« Last post by KC9ONY on July 01, 2018, 04:58:56 PM »
3rd Annual VIPER ride
Visually Impaired Patriots Experiencing the Road, Inc.

OUR MISSION - To engage with Blind, Visually Impaired and Physically Disabled Veterans to provide a day of motorcycling, socializing, food, and entertainment.

more information:

Unsure how amateur radio is involved this year.    More details to come.
Area Events / EAA AirVenture and ARRL special event station 07/23 - 07/29/2018
« Last post by KC9ONY on July 01, 2018, 04:42:43 PM »
07/23 - 07/29/2018   Monday through Sunday

ARRL to Show Off Ham Radio at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018

Working with the Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club for a special event station.
Sign up for the station closed May 14, 2018.
Word is that they will be in Hangar B, but that needs to be verified.

Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club:

EAA AirVenture:

Area Events / Tour de Cure 2018 Saturday 07/14/2018
« Last post by KC9ONY on July 01, 2018, 04:27:42 PM »
07/14/2018  Saturday
Milwaukee Tour de Cure  (no longer in Grafton, WI)

Unsure of who is organizing the amateur radio operators if needed for communications.

The Landing at
Hoyt Park
1800 N. Swan Blvd
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Milwaukee Tour de Cure

63 Mile, 30 Mile, 12 Mile, 2.5 Mile Run/Walk
Registration fee: $35.00
Fundraising Minimum: $200.00
Susan Hjelsand
414-778-5500 X6529
Mail checks to:
American Diabetes Association
ATTN: Tour de Cure
375 Bishops Way
Suite 220
Brookfield, WI 53005
Area Events / Wheeling for Healing Saturday 08/11/2018
« Last post by KC9ONY on July 01, 2018, 12:14:52 PM »
8/11/2018 Saturday

Wheeling for Healing - 21st Annual
Family Bike Ride & Walk

7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Community Memorial Hospital Campus
W180 N8085 Town Hall Road,
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Another bicycle ride that hams help with communications.
The Wisconsin Amateur Radio Club (WiARC) is one of the sponsors.
This event is with Froedtert and Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, WI.

New this year:
2 mile walk

Fundraising incentives:

Area Events / International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend 08/17 - 08/19/2018
« Last post by KC9ONY on July 01, 2018, 11:59:51 AM »
8/17 - 8/19/2018  Friday - Sunday
International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend
Friday afternoon/evening, August 17th, members of LeFrog and the Ozaukee Radio Club
will be setting up a 30' Tower and a Tri-Band Beam on the property adjacent to the
1860 Light Station & Museum on top of the hill in Port Washington (near St. Mary's Church).   
This is in preparation for the annual International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend event.   
Amateur radio clubs and amateurs around the globe will be doing the same type of thing
as we attempt to contact other lighthouses.
This is to bring awareness and recognition of the importance of lighthouses.
We are registered as US0114 and will be using the W9CQO call sign.
See for more information about the weekend event.
The ORC will be setting up one 10' X 10' Tent, Club Banner and Operating
Table next to the Lighthouse and LeFrog will be doing the same. We will be
operating, basically on 20m depending on band conditions.
LeFrog will supply the Icom IC-9100.    We'll also have D-Star
running along with a dedicated computer for logging.     
If you're interested in helping out (setting up and/or operating) we are
asking that you contact Loren N9ENR or myself Tom KC9ONY so we
have an idea of who will be joining us.   
You're all welcome to join us at the 1860 Light Station & Museum.
Bring your own little cooler with drinks of your choice to the Light Station
and even a sandwich for lunch, although there are plenty of restaurants in
the Port Washington area.
If you are like me and do not own HF equipment nor have any experience
with HF, don't let that stop you from coming out.    We will get you on the
radio to try it out.    It's all about having fun and learning.   If you need
directions or talk-in, someone will be monitoring the ORC 2m repeater,
146.970 MHz,  (- offset), PL 127.3
This is a non-pressure, non-contest event, so be prepared to just have fun!
WHO: Ozaukee Radio Club and LeFrog
WHAT: International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend special event station
WHERE:    1860 Light Station & Museum
                 311 Johnson Street
                 Port Washington, WI
WHEN:     Friday, August 17th    1pm - 5pm? (until tower is set up)
                Saturday, August 18th  9:00 am - 5 pm operating
                Sunday, August 19th    9:00 am - noon operating
                Sunday, August 19th    noon - 5pm break down equipment
If band conditions are good, we might continue operating past those times.
If you do come out, please do NOT park in front of the 1860 Light Station Museum,
as that is where visitors to the museum park.   We want to maintain a good relationship
with the folks at the Historical Society.
Area Swapfests / South Milwaukee ARC Inc. Swapfest '18 Saturday 07/07/2018
« Last post by KC9ONY on July 01, 2018, 11:51:12 AM »
7/07/2018 Saturday

Approximately 34 miles S, 43 minutes from Cedarburg, WI.

South Milwaukee ARC Inc.
Swapfest '18
53rd Annual
6:30 am - ??

American Legion Post #434
9327 South Shepard Avenue
Oak Creek, WI 53154

Talk-in Freq: 146.91 MRC Repeater

more information:
For More Info e-mail:   
Or Call: 1-414-578-0492 Ask for Karen

Grand prize: $100 @ noon
Food and beverages available after 6:30 am

"This is an outdoor event - Come prepared for ANY weather"
If the weather is nice, it can be a pretty good hamfest.
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