Black Hills Amateur Radio Club

Event Reports

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Field Day

Field day this year was held at the club house.  A portable G5RV antenna was erected and lead inside to an operating position.  A generator was used, after a bit of maintenance.  A number of contacts were made, in spite of poor band conditions.

Club house workday

Club members met on a beautiful October 20th morning for a general cleanup of the club house and antenna installation.  A bucket truck was used to attach the ends of two different dipoles.  Members moved a lot of old parts behind the building, both stacking them neatly and filling a trailer for recycling.

Simulated Emergency Test

The SET on October 6th was held at the clubhouse.  Not all of the objectives were met, but a good time was still had.  Michael, KD0ZIP, set up HF digital.  The group was also successful in making contacts via the state link system.

Skywarn Recognition Day

Three club members met at the Weather Service office for the annual Skywarn event on Friday evening, November 30th.  Unfortunately, the bands were in poor shape.  20m closed down shortly after 5pm, and 40m followed soon after.  Greg, N0KT, the NWS host of the event, had set up antennas and radios for both 20m and 40m.  With the loss of the bands and a forecast winter storm the next day, all agreed that it would be unwise to continue the event.

Winter Field Day

A number of club members met at the Rapid Valley VFD for the annual winter field day exercise. Setup began Saturday morning, including a Ken’s vertical and a dipole for the digital contacts. The event ran until late that afternoon and picked up again on Sunday morning. The band conditions were unfortunately poor, but contacts were still made using CW, SSB, and digital.

Annual auction and flea market

The annual auction and flea market was again located at the Faith Lutheran Church, whose youth group provided the usual wonderful eats for both breakfast and lunch.  Attendance was down a bit because of the snow advisory for everything east of the Hills, but that didn’t stop a number of hardy souls looking for bargains and a chance to see lots of old ham friends.  Gary provided his usual auction services that kept things moving and the crowd laughing at his one liners!

Black Hills 100 Race

The Black Hills 100 race was held the last weekend in June this year, separated from field day by a week.  It kicked off Friday morning and ran through Saturday around noon.  Local hams manned stations at Dalton Lake, Pilot’s Knob, and Silver City.  The net control station was again at Sturgis, and a test relay site was set up at Veterans’ Peak.  We had participation from 3 hams from Gillette, and help from a ham from Hawaii who was supporting his wife in the race.  Overall, it was a successful event and good practice.

Tailgate Party

The annual tailgate party was held in Robbinsdale Park this year.  The weather cooperated with a pleasant morning.  There were the usual wares for sale, and plenty of them.  The auction was a hit, with Gary providing his usual hilarious officiating.

Event Reports

W0BLK
Black Hills Amateur         Radio Club Black Hills Amateur        Radio Club

Simulated Emergency Test

The SET on October 6th was held at the clubhouse.  Not all of the objectives were met, but a good time was still had.  Michael, KD0ZIP, set up HF digital.  The group was also successful in making contacts via the state link system.

Club house workday

Club members met on a beautiful October 20th morning for a general cleanup of the club house and antenna installation.  A bucket truck was used to attach the ends of two different dipoles.  Members moved a lot of old parts behind the building, both stacking them neatly and filling a trailer for recycling.

Skywarn Recognition Day

Three club members met at the Weather Service office for the annual Skywarn event on Friday evening, November 30th.  Unfortunately, the bands were in poor shape.  20m closed down shortly after 5pm, and 40m followed soon after.  Greg, N0KT, the NWS host of the event, had set up antennas and radios for both 20m and 40m.  With the loss of the bands and a forecast winter storm the next day, all agreed that it would be unwise to continue the event.

Winter Field Day

A number of club members met at the Rapid Valley VFD for the annual winter field day exercise. Setup began Saturday morning, including a Ken’s vertical and a dipole for the digital contacts. The event ran until late that afternoon and picked up again on Sunday morning. The band conditions were unfortunately poor, but contacts were still made using CW, SSB, and digital.

Annual auction and flea market

The annual auction and flea market was again located at the Faith Lutheran Church, whose youth group provided the usual wonderful eats for both breakfast and lunch.  Attendance was down a bit because of the snow advisory for everything east of the Hills, but that didn’t stop a number of hardy souls looking for bargains and a chance to see lots of old ham friends.  Gary provided his usual auction services that kept things moving and the crowd laughing at his one liners!

Field Day

Field day this year was held at the club house.  A portable G5RV antenna was erected and lead inside to an operating position.  A generator was used, after a bit of maintenance.  A number of contacts were made, in spite of poor band conditions.

Black Hills 100 Race

The Black Hills 100 race was held the last weekend in June this year, separated from field day by a week.  It kicked off Friday morning and ran through Saturday around noon.  Local hams manned stations at Dalton Lake, Pilot’s Knob, and Silver City.  The net control station was again at Sturgis, and a test relay site was set up at Veterans’ Peak.  We had participation from 3 hams from Gillette, and help from a ham from Hawaii who was supporting his wife in the race.  Overall, it was a successful event and good practice.

Tailgate Party

The annual tailgate party was held in Robbinsdale Park this year.  The weather cooperated with a pleasant morning.  There were the usual wares for sale, and plenty of them.  The auction was a hit, with Gary providing his usual hilarious officiating.