Black Hills Amateur Radio Club

Event Reports

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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.

Field Day

Field day this year was held at the Rapid Valley VFD.  Setup began Saturday morning with the erection of the club’s multiband yagi and a multiband dipole.  Brad, K0FB, and Bob, KF0AM, set up outside in the cargo trailer.  The ARES group ran a VHF exercise in the afternoon to test communications via repeaters and simplex to a number of other VFDs.  Rain started around 5pm and didn’t quit for about 24 hours.  The group called it quits in mid morning on Sunday because of the rain.

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

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!

Field Day

Field day this year was held at the Rapid Valley VFD.  Setup began Saturday morning with the erection of the club’s multiband yagi and a multiband dipole.  Brad, K0FB, and Bob, KF0AM, set up outside in the cargo trailer.  The ARES group ran a VHF exercise in the afternoon to test communications via repeaters and simplex to a number of other VFDs.  Rain started around 5pm and didn’t quit for about 24 hours.  The group called it quits in mid morning on Sunday because of the rain.