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September 2018


147.090 & 444.600

...are privately owned but are free and on the air for use by all hams

147.090 Tone 131.8

444.600 Tone 131.8


15 Meter Wrag-Chew

Most Evenings After 7pm 21.320 USB or

3.865 LSB + or - QRM

If you don't hear anyone just make a call, you never know who setting there. All are Welcome.


Next Meeting

Wednesday October 3rd  at 7:00 pm. See Event Calendar for details and other club events.

Welcome to the

Mississippi Valley Amateur Radio Association

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The Mississippi Valley Amateur Radio Association (MVARA) is a small, but active, group of ham operators in the Lacrosse, Wisconsin. We meet at 7pm in Rm 1107 of the new La Crosse County Administration Building at 6th and State St in La Crosse, WI. Parking is in the lot east of the building, and entry is through the doors on the east side of the building facing 7th St. The doors are on a timer, and only open from 6:45 pm - 7:15 pm. We also try to get together for breakfast once per month.  Please see our Event Calendar for upcoming meeting dates as well as other MVARA activities. Also if you are interested in VE testing, we give tests at every MVARA monthly meeting. If your interested in a testing session make sure to Contact Us and make sure to indicate that you want a test. We can make it happen for you.  









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A Note From The MVARA Club President


Hi Everyone


One of the things we had discussed at the Sept meeting was a fall picnic. In the discussion it was brought up that since Joe and Dawn Johnson can't get out to events like Joe use to be able to that maybe we could bring this event to them, if they were willing to host it. I talked with them Sun and they are all for it. At the meeting we had talked about Sat Oct 6th. I have something I'll be out of town for all day on that date, and was wondering how Sun Oct 7th would work for everyone ? It could be in the afternoon with a start time of probably in the 1-3 pm area.


Also, Cory was telling the group about an opportunity for us to help out Keith Butler with some inventory of their stuff out in the Lakeview storage building. Cory was going to pick a date, probably a week night for us to go in and do that for them. Keith has been great about getting the multi County tower trailer for us to use at Field Day for years, and giving us use of a Mass Casualty trailer with two gen sets to use for FD 2018, so this is a way for us to repay the favors.


With Eric WX9EP leaving for a new job, we thanked him for his years of service to the group, and he passed the head VE position along to Cory KC9NOJ. We're looking forward to Eric joining us on Dayton Hamvention trips yet, and coming back to do FD with us. Plus, with ham radio your friends are always within reach.


73, Craig N9ETD



Field Day 2018 the








The MVARA participates in the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsored Field Day.

This year 2018 We operate from Barre Park located just south of Barre Mills, WI.                                                (County OA + Drectrah Coulee Road).



The Field Day equipment includes UHF, VHF and HF beam antennas along with dipoles for the HF bands. We also have tracking satellite programs as well as antennas to work the "birds”. There are two portable antenna towers each sporting tri-band beam antennas complete with their own rotors and controls as well as many dipole antennas.



JOTA with the Boy Scouts of America


Fun was had by all during Jamboree on The Air. The MVARA in conjunction with the Boy Scouts made it a great fun filled Ham Radio weekend.




Check here for more pictures of the event!!!




The MVARA Always offers Monthly V.E. Testing!

Volunteer Examiner Testing for that new ham ticket or for that long awaited upgrade will take place at all monthly MVARA meetings. Check our Event Calendar for dates and times.  

To schedule an appointment for VE testing or for more information about the MVARA, drop us a short note on the Contact Us page.


73! From your friends at the MVARA  







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