The Amateur’s Code

The Amateur’s Code
by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA (1928)

The Radio Amateur is:

CONSIDERATE – never knowingly operating in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL – offering loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE – with knowledge abreast of science, a well built and efficient station, and operation beyond reproach.

FRIENDLY – with slow and patient operation when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, co-operation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED – Radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC – with station and skill always ready for service to country and community

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Club Meeting, August 11, 2014

The next club meeting is Monday, August 11, 2014 at the American Red Cross in Dubuque, IA. The meeting will start at 7:00pm and is open to anyone interested in electronics, ham radio and technology in general. You do not have to be a ham or club member to attend.

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Transmitter Hunt





Saturday, August 16 (2:30 to 4:30 PM)

Platteville, WI

Meet at the Pizzeria Uno parking lot at 2:30 PM 155 West (City) Highway 151

Talk-in on 146.895 (tone 114.8) repeater and 146.500 MHz. simplex

Frequency used during Fox Hunt will be 146.580 MHz.

Trophy given for first place

No entry fee

At 5:00 PM all amateurs and their spouses from the surrounding area clubs are

invited to a pizza party. You do not have to enter the contest to come for pizza.

The Pizza Party is at Pizzeria Uno at 155 West (City) Highway 151. All the pizza

you can eat, free pop, and free house beer for only $5.00 per person. The Hidden

Valleys club will cover the rest including the tip.

Any questions? Contact: K9ZMU Kent Scheuerell, 860 Grace Street, Platteville, WI

53818 608-276-0279 and

Pre-registration is not necessary, but would be appreciated. Just let K9ZMU know

that you will be coming, and in case of inclement weather, pre-registered

contestants will be notified by phone and on the 146.895 repeater.

See the official rules for 2014
HVARC transmitter hunt guidelines 2014

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Strange Activity on Echolink

On ‎Tuesday, ‎July ‎15, ‎2014, around ‏‎2:37 PM I recorded some activity on our repeater through Echolink.  I taped the conversation and have included the .wav file below.  Please listen to it and post a comment.  Thanks, KJ4HYJ

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July – August Newsletter

click here  to be directed to the latest Newsletter.


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Antenna is up!


Thanks to AD0FS, Chris and WB0WSE, Bob for their help installing the new antenna.  Here is the link to our Facebook page for photos.


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Repeater Recieve VHF Antenna down


Some time during the storm this week the antenna on N. Cascade took a dive.  It broke in two and is not working at full capacity.

We are in the process of replacing and you can let us know if you would like to help here.  Just make a comment.

If we are not able to fix the net will be meeting on W0OIC’s repeater 146.790/146.190 – No PL tone.



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Tribute to Loren, N0YHZ

My chair is sitting empty.
My call no longer heard
My radio rests quietly
from it comes no words.
On my shack door is a message
that reads “From Me to Thee”.
My frequency’s much higher now.
I have become a Silent Key.
By Judy Hudson KC9CCJ

Please post a memory or a story about Loren in the comment section.

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Presidents Report

By David – KJ4HYJ

I want to welcome all the new members to the Great River Amateur Radio Club and say thanks for all the member support!

Our membership has steadily been increasing and appreciate the activity of our new members! For example, one of our newest members, John, KD9ASC, has been helping members with their radio programming and is in the process of organizing a fox hunt. Chris, AD0FS has been offering his services as a lineman and demonstrating his DXing skills to other members. Thank you guys for your help!

The level of support Robert, KCØCJS has given toward this website endeavor is just unprecedented. Robert is an extraordinary website designer and has built an updated site for our club that allows for future expansion and interactivity. Member participation is welcomed by making comments to posts. If you would like to make a post let us know.

Many thanks goes to Fred, KB9JTD for being part of the Boy Scouts summer retreat program. Fred and I met with several Boy Scout leaders and provided information regarding our club, Field Day and Jamboree-on-the-Air events! The leaders showed much interest, including Sunday night net member Paul, KCØBGM who will act as our liaison between our club and the Boy Scouts.

Field Day is coming up and Chairman/Treasurer Loren, KA9IVP has been working diligently to make this event a success. Many thanks to Ed, WØOIC for providing his RV on the Red Cross site and will solidify our presence for the entire event! – for more info click here.

Bob, WBØWSE has been at it as usual. Working as Chairman of the Volunteer Examining Committee along with being Vice President and Secretary! I can’t say enough about his support for the club. Let him know how much we appreciate all he has done.

Lastly, I would like to recognize our Newsletter editor, Mike, NSØU. His contribution over the years has not gone unnoticed and our club appreciates all he has done. We will be presenting him with the prestigious Elmer Award during our Field Day event!

Be reminded we would like to have a new Editor, Secretary and Emergency Coordinator. If you are interested – notify me.

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May/June 2014 Newsletter

The latest and greatest G.R.A.R.C. newsletter has been published! Thanks again to Mike (NS0U) for another great addition to the club’s newsletters. Check it out here: GRARC-Vol-7-I3.5.pdf.

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G.R.A.R.C VEC Testing Dates

August 9

October 10