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Area Swapfests / Peoria Superfest 09/16 - 09/17/2017
« Last post by KC9ONY on July 23, 2017, 07:20:19 PM »
9/16-9/17/2017 Saturday & Sunday

This is a bit of a trek!   Approximately 240 miles, and 4 hours from

Peoria Superfest 2017
Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club
Exposition Gardens
1601 West Northmoor Road
Peoria, IL 61601

Talk-In: 147.075+ (PL 103.5)
Public Contact: Deb Suhs , KA4DEB
25857 Longview Road Hopedale, IL 61747
Phone: 309-453-9331

more information:

ORC Fall Swapfest / 2017 Fall Swapfest Saturday 09/23/2017
« Last post by KC9ONY on July 23, 2017, 07:11:52 PM »
Saturday 09/23/2017
ORC Regional Fall Swapfest 2017
12th Annual

Setup 6:00 am - noon
Firemen's Park
W65N796 Washington Avenue
Cedarburg, WI 53012

Gate entrance just south of the intersection of Fair St. and Washington Avenue.
Same place where Maxwell Street Days is put on.

Admission:  $5.00 for both buyers and sellers
                   Park and sell your stuff or browse other seller's
                   Inside tables $10.00 as available (5 tables for $40.00)
                   Commercial vendors typically inside including Tower Electronics

GPS coordinates:  (43°18.28' N, 87°59.50' W) or (43.304667, -87.991667)
Map links:  Google:

Club website:


Public contact: Tom Ruhlmann , W9IPR
465 Beechwood Drive Cedarburg, WI 53012
Phone: 262-377-6945

Talk-in: 146.97 MHz, PL 127.3
Area Events / Wheeling for Healing bicycle event Saturday 08/12/2017
« Last post by KC9ONY on July 23, 2017, 07:04:09 PM »
8/12/2017 Saturday

Wheeling for Healing - 20th Annual

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.

Area Events / Total Solar Eclipse over North America Monday 8/21/2017
« Last post by KC9ONY on June 28, 2017, 08:09:20 AM »
"On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun."

General information:

Who,what, where, when, and how?:

Maps, fact sheet:

Amateur Radio related:

There are some amateur radio folks that are going to be measuring the noise using
SDR software.    I have no connection with this group, but thought I would pass it along.
It might be interesting to play or observe.   I believe the software is free, but you would need
to tap off of your radio IF and/or buy one of their kits.   
Again, I have no connection with this group.
I just heard about it from another Yahoo group.

" The Solar Eclipse multi site Measurement using RF-Seismograph

Participants needed! Be part of the big solar eclipse Measurement using your station.

The setup that is planned for the solar eclipse measurement is a multi site noise measurement using the RF_Seismograph. All the participants are using LIF units that connected their shortwave radio to the sound card of their computers. CAT is used to control the frequency of the transceiver.

The RF-Seismograph will be set up to scan JT-65 frequencies on 80m (3576kHz), 40m (7076kHz), 30m (10138kHz), 20m (14076kHz), 15m (21076kHz) and 10m (28076kHz).

All the participating stations are ask to run the MDSR software including the RF-Seismograph with the exact frequencies for the scanner. The FTP site for uploading images containing the graphics display and later the csv data is located in Vancouver, Canada; near the MDSR test station which is located 10 miles north east in Lynn Valley from it.

The RF-Seismograph is set to upload the measurement graphics to the FTP server. This almost gives a real time display of the solar event on Aug 21. Because all the images containing the measurement will be updated every 10 min you will be able to follow it on the web on our website.

All the best;

The MDSR Team
Area Events / 2nd Annual VIPER ride Sunday 8/20/2017
« Last post by KC9ONY on June 26, 2017, 09:45:15 AM »
2nd Annual VIPER ride
Visually Impaired Patriots Experiencing the Road, Inc.

more information:

Some hams are working on setting up an amateur radio setup.
Some will also be running APRS on the route.
More details to come.
Area Events / International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend 08/18 - 08/20/2017
« Last post by KC9ONY on June 26, 2017, 09:40:14 AM »
8/18 - 8/20/2017  Friday - Sunday

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend

Friday afternoon/evening, August 18th, 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 18th      1pm - 5pm? (until tower is set up)
                Saturday, August 19th  7:30 am - 5 pm operating
                Sunday, August 20th    8:30 am - noon operating
                Sunday, August 20th    noon - 5pm break down equipment

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 / Circus City 21st Annual Swapfest Saturday 8/26/2017
« Last post by KC9ONY on June 26, 2017, 09:32:33 AM »

A bit of a drive, and  north of Madison.    Approximately 140 miles, 2 hours and 15 minutes by I-94.
If taking Hwy 60 over, it's about 109 miles, 2 hours and 22 minutes
(according to Google maps).

Circus City Swapfest
21st annual

Yellow Thunder Amateur Radio Club
8:00 am - noon
(setup starts at 6:00 am)

Badger Steam & Gas Engine Property
E3347 Sand Road
Baraboo, WI 53913

Public contact: Tom N9PQJ

more information:
Area Swapfests / Racine Megacycle Club Free Fest 2017
« Last post by KC9ONY on June 26, 2017, 09:23:40 AM »
8/12/2017 Saturday

Yet another relatively close hamfest in Racine.
Approximately 50 miles and 55 minutes from Cedarburg.

10th Annual Racine Megacycle Freefest 2017
Racine Megacycle Club
6:00 am - 1:00 pm

*** NEW Venue LOCATION for 2017 ***

Greater Racine Kennel Club
6320 6 Mile Road
Racine, WI 53402
GPS: N 42-48-52, W 87-51-24


ARRL approved ham fest

Inside and Outside vendors FREE
bring your own tables and chairs !!
free parking

more information:
Contact: Dan Miller
Corn Roast / Corn Roast 2017 -- CANCELLED --
« Last post by KC9ONY on June 26, 2017, 09:09:36 AM »
Sadly, due to lack of participation, the ORC Board voted to cancel the event for this year.
Let's hope that next year will happen.


I believe the ORC Board has picked this date, but will need to confirm.

Mark your calendars now!

Ozaukee Radio Club Corn Roast 2017
Saturday August 12, 2017
11 am - ?

Pleasant Valley Nature Park

This is the same place that the ORC operated the ARRL Field Day 2017.

Town of Cedarburg puts the address as:
5100 Pleasant Valley Road

Google maps puts the address as:
4301 Pleasant Valley Road
Grafton, WI 53024

Bing maps puts the address as:
5100 Pleasant Valley Road
Grafton, WI 53024

Hope to see you there!
Area Swapfests / Hamfester's 83rd annual hamfest Sunday 8/06/2017
« Last post by KC9ONY on June 26, 2017, 08:44:26 AM »
8/06/2017 Sunday

Hamfester's 83rd annual hamfest

Approximately 2.5 to 3 hours south of Cedarburg, WI.

Will County Fairgrounds
710 South West Street
Peotone, IL 60468

Sponsor: Hamfesters Radio Club (W9AA)
Talk-In: 146.52
Public Contact: Kurt Pawlikowski , WB9FMC
PO Box 992 Orland Park, IL 60462
Phone: 773-284-9500

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