Help needed for the MS-Walk

Amateur Radio communication support is needed for the Wausau MS-Walk on Saturday April 26, 2014. Check-in begins at 9:00am and the walk starts at 10:00am. This year’s event starts and ends at the Patriot Center at Cedar Creek in Rothschild.

MS-walk-2013-walkersFrom the MS Walk Wisconsin website:

Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other – a day to come together, to celebrate the progress we’ve made and to show the power of our connections.

When you participate in Walk MS, the funds you raise give hope to the more than 10,000 children, women and men in Wisconsin living with multiple sclerosis. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. Every connection counts.

Al, KB9ZOF and Bob, W9BVX, running net control at this year's MS-Walk,

Al, KB9ZOF and Bob, W9BVX, running net control at the 2013 MS-Walk,

Amateur radio volunteers will provide communication support during the walk event. You will need a handheld radio and be dressed for the conditions. Sometimes the weather is beautiful and sometimes chilly. This year’s route starts at the Patriot Center at Cedar Creek in Rothschild and runs along the streets and Wisconsin River Trail in Rothschild. All communications will be on the 147.135 Mhz W9SM repeater (146.865 Mhz Mosinee Hill multicast transmitter). Backup will be on the 145.370 Mhz repeater. The event usually finishes up no later than 1:00pm.

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Dan Sharpee at


Post expires at 8:37am on Sunday April 27th, 2014

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



WVRA December 2013 Meeting

The December, 2013 meeting of the Wisconsin Valley Radio Association is on Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00pm. Location is the Cafeteria at the Marshfield Clinic Wausau Center, 2727 Plaza Dr. Talk in on the 147.135 MHz repeater.


Find out how an Arduino processor was used to build these interactive audio displays

Items for this meeting include: Mosinee Holiday Parade participation on Saturday December 7th.

Speaker will be Marshall Schultz. He is a student at the EGL Academy charter school in Wausau and will be talking about the Arduino processor. He’ll talk about how he used Arduinos to built custom interactive audio exhibits for the Marathon County Historical Society. If you’ve ever heard about the Arduino and wondered what kind of applications you could do with it, you’ll want to attend this meeting.

Post expires at 6:00am on Wednesday December 4th, 2013

Log Periodic Antennas for Sale

dennis-tower-dissembly-log-periodicFrom the estate of Dennis, W9PBB are two Tennadyne Log Periodic Antennas for sale. Tennadyne T-10, (in the picture seen being removed) is a HF antenna with 13-33 MHz coverage. 24 foot boom and longest element is 38 feet.

The other log periodic is a Tennadyne T-28 (seen on the tower) is a VHF/UHF antenna with 50 MHz to 1.3 GHz coverage. 12 foot boom and longest element is 10 feet.

Tennadyne still supports these antennas and accessories are available from the manufacturer. Please see their website for full specs.

Antennas are 10 years old, and are in excellent condition with no bends, kinks, or corrosion. Antennas have been removed from the tower and are available for local pickup only in the Wausau, WI area. The T-10 has been disassembled and the T-28 is still assembled.

Please make inquiries to Michael, KB9VBR (


Active WVRA Instructors needed

Instructor students

With Dennis’s passing last October we have not only lost a good friend but a very active member of the WVRA’s instructor team.  Last fall’s classes we very difficult without him both due to the heavy heart that his not being there caused, as well as the lack of manpower.  The students suffered due to that.  Pretty much the entire first day of the class the students listened to me only.  There was no variety, no one to help answer asked questions when my explanations and where not working which I felt very bad about because while I knew the answer to their question, I may not have had the best way to explain the answer.  Our students deserve better than that, a better welcome into our hobby.

Anyone is welcome to become an instructor.  There are 10 sections in each license class and anyone who wishes to become an instructor is welcome to only teach that which they are interested in, or most comfortable with.  All I ask for is help.  Lets rebuild our instructor team.  If you don’t like using the power points for your section that’s fine, I am willing to accommodate just about anything.  I can bring a VCR, speakers, whatever you feel you will need to teach your section.  If you want to modify the power points that’s fine as well, I really am flexible and believe that multiple teaching styles that address various learning styles of our students will be a benefit to everyone.

Again please, I ask you to consider joining or rejoining the instructor team.  I am good with just about any changes so long as we get an active team again.

73 and thank you,

Travis W9HDG