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General Discussion / NRA 147th Birthday Special Event Station Saturday 11/17/2018
« Last post by KC9ONY on October 21, 2018, 07:29:10 PM »

NRA 147th Birthday Special Event station  K7NRA

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Information taken from:


NRA Birthday Special Event November 17, 2018

The Yavapai Amateur Radio Club (YARC) of Prescott, AZ, is planning to
operate a special event station November 17, 2018, in celebration of the NRA’s 147th birthday. 
The special event station will operate from Gunsite Academy’s 2,000-acre campus
 in Paulden, AZ, north of Prescott.
The special event call sign will be K7NRA.
Operations will be conducted on the following frequencies:
7.040, 7.250,
14.040, 14.250,
21.040, 21.335 MHz.

The hours of operation will be from 1500 to 2400 UTC.
KL7R will again be operating a satellite station.

Due to logistics and equipment availability issues, the CW operation
will take place between 1800 and 2400 UTC.

All amateur stations, especially those operated by NRA members and Gunsite alumni,
are urged to participate. A special certificate will be awarded to those stations making
contact during the event.

QSL with a 9 x 12 SASE to:

P.O. Box 11994
Prescott, AZ 86304


To receive a PDF certificate that you can print yourself, you can send
an email to the address below that contains your call sign, time of
contact (UTC, not local), and the frequency. A certificate with your
call sign will be created and and you will receive instructions on how
to download it.

NOTE: We do not issue mode- or band-specific certificates.
We will issue one certificate regardless of number of contacts.

For more information, contact:

John Broughton, WB9VGJ
Home: 928-775-2259
Cell: 928-830-5997
Area Swapfests / Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club Swapfest Sunday 11/04/2018
« Last post by KC9ONY on October 20, 2018, 06:33:33 PM »
11/04/2018 Sunday
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, and 89 miles from Cedarburg.

FCARC Swapfest 2018
Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club
(Vendor Setup starts at 6:00 am)
General admission 8:00 am - ?

Monarch Gardens
2311 W. Spencer Street
Appleton, WI 54911
Just off of Hwy. 41 & near the Fox River Mall
Talk-in: 146.76 MHz PL 100 Hz

Public Contact: Anthony Mach , AB9IO
773 Yorkshire Road Neenah, WI 54956
Phone: 920-858-6300

more information:


Grand Prize
LDG AT-600 Pro II Autotuner

Second Prize
AnyTone AT-D868UV Dual Band DMR Handheld
with Nagoya NA-701 Antenna

Third Prize
Comet GP-15 Tri-Band VHF/UHF Base Vertical Antenna

Fourth Prize
Wolf River Coils Antenna

Plus ARRL Gift Certificates and More!
Area Swapfests / Milwaukee Repeater Club Swapfest Saturday 11/03/2018
« Last post by KC9ONY on October 20, 2018, 06:22:32 PM »
11/03/2018 Saturday

Milwaukee Repeater Club
34th annual swapfest

Amateur Radio Fest 2018
sometimes called "Friendlyfest"

Vendor setup 6:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Elks Lodge #46 (across from HRO)
5555 West Good Hope Road
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Talk-In: 146.910 minus offset (PL 127.3)

Public Contact: Karen Burris , KC9WQJ
414 East Juneau Avenue, #102 Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-578-0492

more information:
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 - DC power solutions
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!

Kenwood has donated a TS-890 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!   
Now there are three grand prizes, Yaesu, Icom, and Kenwood!!   Wow.


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
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