Black Hills Amateur Radio Club

Event Reports

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Black Hills Back 40 Race

The race this year went smoothly, despite the venue being up in the air for months.  The club set up three locations - the base in Johnson Siding and two checkpoints along the complicated route.  This year, race officials were able to use the GPS trackers to watch for all but a handful of racers, so we didn’t have the busy job of logging every one who passed by.  There were the usual questions of where particular racers were, some medical problems, and waiting for the last ones in.  A good time was had by all!

Eclipse Special Event Station

About 20 club members and guests traveled to Harrison, Nebraska for the once-in-a-lifetime event of a total solar eclipse.  Most headed out on Sunday the 20th to spend the night at the Harrison VFD.  The rest showed up early on the 21st.  We set up 3 HF SSB sites and one HF digital site.  Band conditions weren’t the best, but we did manage a number of contacts.  Everything came to a halt during the almost 2 minutes of totality.  What a sight!!  Thanks so much to the Harrison VFD for hosting us.

Simulated Emergency Test

The SET on October 7th was a great success.  The Pennington County EOC was activated, and portable communication was set up at Zion Lutheran Church by ten ARES members.  All systems were run from emergency power.  State-wide contact was made using the Black Hills and State linked repeaters.  Contacts used VHF FM and VHF SSB with both voice and digital modes.

Skywarn Recognition Day

Skywarn Recognition Day was on December 1 - 2 this year. The Weather Service provided an Icom 706 and a 40m antenna.  The club set up a portable 100w rig with a 20m dipole.  Conditions this year were much better than last year.  Contacts were made on both 20m and 40m.  77 contacts were made on Friday evening and Saturday including 22 to other NWS offices.
Here’s a copy of the Skywarn certificate for this year.

Winter Field Day

Winter Field Day this year was on January 27 & 28.  The club set up at the Rapid Valley VFD, a great facility with lots of room for antennas and radios.  We set up a total of 4 antennas over the weekend.  Noise on the bands created very difficult operating conditions, but great chili and donuts were a consolation.

Annual Auction and Flea Market

The auction and flea market was a popular event again this year.  Besides the many treasures available for purchase or bid, there were great eats, from breakfast to lunch, and a bonus of Girl Scout cookies.  The auction was as entertaining as ever.  Gary explained the obscure details of many items, including that mysterious “wide/narrow” switch on a mic.  No, it has nothing to do with the size of your mouth!

Event Reports

W0BLK
Black Hills Amateur         Radio Club Black Hills Amateur        Radio Club

Black Hills Back 40 Race

The race this year went smoothly, despite the venue being up in the air for months.  The club set up three locations - the base in Johnson Siding and two checkpoints along the complicated route.  This year, race officials were able to use the GPS trackers to watch for all but a handful of racers, so we didn’t have the busy job of logging every one who passed by.  There were the usual questions of where particular racers were, some medical problems, and waiting for the last ones in.  A good time was had by all!

Eclipse Special Event Station

About 20 club members and guests traveled to Harrison, Nebraska for the once-in-a-lifetime event of a total solar eclipse.  Most headed out on Sunday the 20th to spend the night at the Harrison VFD.  The rest showed up early on the 21st.  We set up 3 HF SSB sites and one HF digital site.  Band conditions weren’t the best, but we did manage a number of contacts.  Everything came to a halt during the almost 2 minutes of totality.  What a sight!!  Thanks so much to the Harrison VFD for hosting us.

Simulated Emergency Test

The SET on October 7th was a great success.  The Pennington County EOC was activated, and portable communication was set up at Zion Lutheran Church by ten ARES members.  All systems were run from emergency power.  State-wide contact was made using the Black Hills and State linked repeaters.  Contacts used VHF FM and VHF SSB with both voice and digital modes.

Skywarn Recognition Day

Skywarn Recognition Day was on December 1 - 2 this year. The Weather Service provided an Icom 706 and a 40m antenna.  The club set up a portable 100w rig with a 20m dipole.  Conditions this year were much better than last year.  Contacts were made on both 20m and 40m.  77 contacts were made on Friday evening and Saturday including 22 to other NWS offices.

Winter Field Day

Winter Field Day this year was on January 27 & 28.  The club set up at the Rapid Valley VFD, a great facility with lots of room for antennas and radios.  We set up a total of 4 antennas over the weekend.  Noise on the bands created very difficult operating conditions, but great chilli and donuts were a consolation.

Annual Auction and Flea Market

The auction and flea market was a popular event again this year.  Besides the many treasures available for purchase or bid, there were great eats, from breakfast to lunch, and a bonus of Girl Scout cookies.  The auction was as entertaining as ever.  Gary explained the obscure details of many items, including that mysterious “wide/narrow” switch on a mic.  No, it has nothing to do with the size of your mouth!