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SKYWARN Drill April 16 and SKYWARN Training April 22

Severe Weather Awareness Week

The National Weather Service is observing Severe Weather Awareness Week April 13 – 17 in Wisconsin. As part of this event, there will be a statewide tornado drill on Thursday April 16 starting at 1:00pm.

Marathon County ARES will hold a SKYWARN drill on the SKYWARN backup repeater of 145.370 Mhz (PL 114.8) on Thursday April 16 starting at 1:30pm and ending at approximately 2:00pm. This is a check-in only net and you don’t have to stay for the entire net if you have to work during the day.

Here is the schedule for the event:

1:00 p.m. –  A test Tornado Watch is issued for all of Wisconsin by the NWS Storm Prediction Center

1:45 p.m. –  NWS offices in Wisconsin issue test Tornado Warnings using actual Tornado Warning code (broadcast will state this is a test)

2 p.m. – Drill ends with the issuance of test Severe Weather Statements

Note: The test Tornado Warning will NOT be broadcast to cell phones as a wireless emergency alert (WEA).

SHOULD SEVERE WEATHER BE PRESENT ANYWHERE IN WISCONSIN ON THE DAY OF THE DRILL, THE TEST WATCH AND WARNING WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL FRIDAY, APRIL 17, USING THE SAME SCHEDULE. IF SEVERE WEATHER IS FORECAST FOR FRIDAY, THE DRILL WILL BE CANCELED.

http://www.weather.gov/grb/taw_week

Storm Spotter Training

The NWS Green Bay office has spotter training scheduled in Wausau on Wednesday April 22 at 6:00pm. Location is the Assembly Room in the Marathon County Courthouse, downtown Wausau. Please watch the spotter training page for updates.  There is no cost for the training and registration is not required.

You need the NWS spotter training at least once every two years to keep your credentials current. If you can’t make the live training, the NWS does offer online training that can be taken at any time. There are also a few other training opportunities in Stevens Point and Rhinelander, but this will be the closest training to the Wausau area.

 

Post expires at 9:46am on Friday April 24th, 2015

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Jack Klein, N9LIA recipient of 2014 Ham of the Year Award

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Klein, N9LIA (left) accepts the Ham of the Year award from club president Michael Martens, KB9VBR.

Jack Klein, N9LIA was recognized as Ham of the Year at the Wisconsin Valley Radio Association’s annual banquet on Saturday March 21, 2015. The Ham of the Year Award recognizes fellow club members that have provided service to the club and amateur radio community in the past year. Klein was nominated by fellow club members for his participation in various club events including the Badger State Games, Wausau Marathon, Halloween Patrol, Field Day, and license instruction classes.

The HOTY award is open to all WVRA members and may be granted on an annual basis. The EAR is a lifetime acheivement award, open to any eligible amateur radio operator.

Excellence in Amateur Radio Winners

WVRA-EAR-Award-20142002 – Reno Goetsch W9NA
2003 – Lewis Sheerar, K9JPS
2004 – Herb Bloedel W9GAA
2006 – Michael Wild KB9DED
2007 – Rich Maier KC9NW
2008 – Len Kreyer N9QIP
2009 – Gerald Graebel W9GLG
2010 – Dennis Shawl W9PBB
2011 – Robert Slane W9BVX
2013 – Don Michalski, W9IXG

Ham of the Year Winners

WVRA-HOTY-Award-20142005 – Dennis Shawl W9PBB
2006 – Mark Rasmussen N9MEA
2007 – Matt Baumann N9NMH
2008 – Gerald Graebel W9GLG
2009 – Travis Augustine W9HDG
2010 – Dan Sharpee KB9RXA
2011 – Kim Baumann KC9LFH
2012 – Roger Branton K9RGB
2013 – Michael Martens, KB9VBR
2014 – Jack Klein, N9LIA

 

 

Field Day 2014 Recap

WVRA-Field-Day-2014-1Despite a bit of adversity, the WVRA’s Field Day adventure was a success. This year’s event, held at Kennedy Park in Weston, had quite a few notable achievements, including:

  • All logging computers were networked using the hamnet-broadband mesh network
  • A educational activity on mesh networking technology
  • Media attention by WAOW TV 9, and WXCO 1230 am radio
  • Countless visitors that strolled into the site to check things out
  • VE exam Session that netted three new technicians and one new extra licensee
  • Two CW operators that managed to give us more than double the number of CW contacts verses voice contacts

As for adversity, we also experienced a late night thunderstorm that produced a rogue wind gust that flipped our tent, drenching equipment and operators as they secured stations and took cover.

We the club continued undaunted, and had two stations back on the air Sunday morning for a few more hours on operation before Field Day was finished for another year.

Thank you to everyone that helped with the setup and teardown, VE exam session, operations, and guest reception. We wouldn’t have been able to do this event if it weren’t for all the help everyone provided.

Here’s a gallery of images from this year’s Field Day Event


WAOW – Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

Wausau is on the air with its first mesh node

Mesh-parabolic-antenna-resavoir-parkBroadband-Hamnet is a relatively new operating mode that uses off the shelf wireless network routers, along with a proprietary firmware, to build out an amateur radio high speed data network. This network, using 802.11.b/g technology can run just about any service or application that uses Internet Protocol (IP).

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The left-most antenna is the 16db 2.4 GHz omni

Recently WVRA club members, Mark N9MEA, Michael KB9VBR, and Travis W9HDG, installed the city’s first permament mesh network node. This node, located at the State Patrol HQ in Wausau consists of a Linksys WRT54GL router and a 16Dbm omnidirectional antenna mounted at about 30 feet in the air. The WI9WEM node gives us an opportunity to test mesh network performance from various locations and a starting point in building a full scale city-wide mesh network.

Continue reading to learn more about Broadband-hamnet, mesh networking and how to get started.

2014 MS Walk Recap

MS-Walk-SignsThank you to everyone that helped out with this year’s MS-Walk. The day was a little chilly and breezy, but at least the sun was shining. For the most part, this year’s event was uneventful- we followed a mostly flat route along the streets near the Patriot Center in Rothschild. Special thanks goes out to: Mike, KB9DED; Brent, K9MIX; Al, KB9ZOF; Jack, N9LIA; Tom, N9TTA; and Michael, KB9VBR. A very special thank you also goes to Dan, KB9RXA for all his hard work in organizing this year’s event.

Click to see more images from this year’s event

WVRA to provide communications for Badger State Games

Badger-State-Games-Nordic-SkiOn February 1st, 2014 the WVRA will again be providing health and welfare communications for the Nordic Skiing part of the Badger State Games. WE are in need of additional volunteers. The more we get, the better it is to provide support.

We will meet at 8:00am at the Nine Mile Forest Chalet to receive assignments and additional informaiton. The first race starts at 9:00am, and we should be finish about 3:00pm or earlier.

To volunteer and for further information, contact Dan KB9RXA  or by calling 715-848-2658. You will probably get my answering machine. Just leave a message, with your name and phone number. I will get back to you. Or you can come out to the Nine Mile Recreation area, off of county Hwy N in Rib Mountain.

Here’s more information on how to dress properly for cold weather events.

 

WVRA Ham of the Year and Excellence in Amateur Radio Awards

It’s time, once again, for the Wisconsin Valley Radio Association members to nominate individuals for the annual Ham of the Year (HOTY) and lifetime Excellence in Amateur Radio (EAR) awards. The HOTY award is open to all WVRA members and may be granted on an annual basis. The EAR is a lifetime acheivement award, open to any eligible amateur radio operator.

The nomination period runs from December 3rd, 2013 – January 7th, 2013. Nomination forms and instruction sheets are available on the WVRA Awards Info Page.

After the nomination process, the awards committee will vett the nominations and prepare a ballot. Club members will vote on the candidates and the winners will be announced at the annual club banquet in March.

Excellence in Amateur Radio Winners

WVRA-EAR-Plaque2002 – Reno Goetsch W9NA
2003 – Lewis Sheerar, K9JPS
2004 – Herb Bloedel W9GAA
2006 – Michael Wild KB9DED
2007 – Rich Maier KC9NW
2008 – Len Kreyer N9QIP
2009 – Gerald Graebel W9GLG
2010 – Dennis Shawl W9PBB
2011 – Robert Slane W9BVX

Ham of the Year Winners

WVRA-HOTY-Plaque2005 – Dennis Shawl W9PBB
2006 – Mark Rasmussen N9MEA
2007 – Matt Baumann N9NMH
2008 – Gerald Graebel W9GLG
2009 – Travis Augustine W9HDG
2010 – Dan Sharpee KB9RXA
2011 – Kim Baumann KC9LFH
2012 – Roger Branton K9RGB