Black Hills Amateur Radio Club

Event Reports

Field Day 2017

This year, the club set up just east of Douglas Middle School in Box Elder.  Many thanks to Don, N1NOX, for setting up the location! Bob and Bob (KF0AM and W0RE) brought out the “big gun” antennas, including the club multi-band yagi and windom.  Bob put up a full size dipole to boot!  A lot of folks showed up over the 24 hour period.  The bands seemed both good and bad - mostly open but sometimes it seemed like we weren’t getting across the street.  Some new hams got a bit of HF experience.  All in all, we had a great time.
W0BLK
Black Hills Amateur Radio Club Black Hills Amateur Radio Club

Black Hills 100 Race 2017

The 24 hours of support the club provided the race proved a great success.  Fortunately, this year no racers got off the course.  The toughest test was the weather.  Overnight lows were in the mid 30s - a bit on the cold side for late June!  The band conditions also proved a little challenging.  Ken’s 2m yagi at Pilot’s Knob saved the day.  Bob’s “portable ham shack” really helped at Sturgis.

Tailgate Party 2017

This year, the club held the annual Tailgate Party at Robbinsdale Park.  The location proved to be popular.  The party was well attended.  It seemed that we had more folks than we had seen in quite a few years.  One popular attraction was the ham license plate collection.  Always a crowd favorite was the large table with free items!

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.

Event Reports

Field Day 2017

This year, the club set up just east of Douglas Middle School in Box Elder.  Many thanks to Don, N1NOX, for setting up the location! Bob and Bob (KF0AM and W0RE) brought out the “big gun” antennas, including the club multi-band yagi and windom.  Bob put up a full size dipole to boot!  A lot of folks showed up over the 24 hour period.  The bands seemed both good and bad - mostly open but sometimes it seemed like we weren’t getting across the street.  Some new hams got a bit of HF experience.  All in all, we had a great time.
W0BLK
Black Hills Amateur         Radio Club Black Hills Amateur        Radio Club

Black Hills 100 Race 2017

The 24 hours of support the club provided the race proved a great success.  Fortunately, this year no racers got off the course.  The toughest test was the weather.  Overnight lows were in the mid 30s - a bit on the cold side for late June!  The band conditions also proved a little challenging.  Ken’s 2m yagi at Pilot’s Knob saved the day.  Bob’s “portable ham shack” really helped at Sturgis.

Tailgate Party 2017

This year, the club held the annual Tailgate Party at Robbinsdale Park.  The location proved to be popular.  The party was well attended.  It seemed that we had more folks than we had seen in quite a few years.  One popular attraction was the ham license plate collection.  Always a crowd favorite was the large table with free items!

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.