April meeting of the M&M Amateur Radio Club will be held at 7pm on Thursday
April 8th at the Spies Public Library meeting room.
agenda includes voting for the Ham of the Year.
The program will include a demonstration of the K8IR mobile contesting station, which is used in the Wisconsin and Michigan QSO Parties, and K8RJ’s restoration of a vintage receiver.
Due to interest generated by their participation
in the Wisconsin QSO Party at the QTH of AA9PB, several of the newly licensed
hams have organized a code class to be offered starting April 10 at the
Stephenson Public Library in Marinette beginning at 10am. All of the new
hams have indicated their interest in attending along with one or two others.
Several have indicated they will be working toward their General license as
well. Jim, AA9PB, has agreed to instruct the class along with any
others who would like to volunteer their talents. The class will run
on Saturdays through May 15th. A VE session will be held on May 22nd for
those wishing to take the CW exam, and perhaps other elements as well.
The enthusiasm and on air activity of a number
of the newly licensed hams have created a renewed amateur radio presence
in the area on local repeaters, and it looks like this is now going to extend
into the HF spectrum.
Congratulations to our new newest hams.....KC9FSE,
Becky and KC9FSF, PJ. Both were elmered by Pete, KC9FKC, and now there are
three hams in the Johnson household. PJ is in the 7th grade at
Marinette Middle School, and gives the area its 4th young ham. PJ
is 13 years, soon to be 14 in several months. He is the 3rd youngest ham
behind Tyler, KC9FKE and Aaron, KC9CTJ. We also have Ben, KC9CTK.
It's nice to see the growing interest amongst the younger generation.
of Ben, he’s not only a ham, but an accomplished webmaster. Check out his
site, with a general theme of the
Amateur Radio Community, at http://bbene.no-ip.com
Ten members of the M&M ARC attended the AES
Superfest on Saturday April 3rd . One of them took the VE
exams, and passed his General written. Congratulations to KC9FKC, Pete for
a successful completion to many long hours of study. Now he is half way to
the next level. The CW portion is next for Pete, and when completed, will
give him a whole new range of frequencies to play with. Word is, however,
he will not stop there. The Extra class is beckoning quite strongly, and
will probably claim him before very long.
One of the "hotbeds" of amateur radio
around the country is right here in the Marinette, Menominee, and Oconto County
area. Gordon West, WB6NOA, has been informed of the great successes we
have had, in licensing new hams of all ages, and the increased activity on
the air and in the club. He sends his congratulations.
Don Michalski, W9IXG, the WI state ARRL section manager, has been continually
kept abreast of developments in the M&M area, and is extremely pleased to
hear about the increased activity and growth up here.
The week of
April 19 - 23 has been designated tornado awareness week throughout Wisconsin.
On Thursday, April 22nd, a statewide simulated Skywarn exercise will
be held. The exercise will be held between 1:00pm and 2:00pm, and all
participating amateur radio nets will be called up. As in the past,
we will conduct all local activities on the 147.000 repeater. The
146.835/146.880 linked repeater system will also be conducting the exercise for
those in Oconto Co., and outlying areas of Marinette Co. that cannot reach our
We have always had very good response, and urge that
if you can be near a radio, to check in. Depending on your location, you
now have the option of responding to either the local net, or the one on the
Abrams/Wausaukee linked repeater system.
somewhat poor conditions, club members made plenty of QSO’s in the 2004
Wisconsin QSO Party held March 14th. Most operators quickly found out that 40 meter propagation
was too long for many in-state contacts, which cut down on the number of county
multipliers in many logs. On the
other hand, there was quite a bit more activity than normal on 75 meters.
AA9PB hosted a multi operator station at his Porterfield QTH, and was especially
pleased that a number of our new hams were able to get their first taste of HF
contest operating. Joining AA9PB were KG9GH, KC8WJN, KC8YZA, KC8YZB, KC9FKC and
his son P.J., now KC9FSF.
AA9PB operation amassed 396 contacts, including 132 phone QSO’s from the
Jim, K8IR, and Ed, KG8CX activated
13 northern Wisconsin Counties during the 7 hour contest.
It turned out to be a very interesting ride, coming just hours after a
late winter snowstorm that covered much of the planned route with up to seven
inches of snow. The team
encountered heavy snow showers, high winds, drifting snow, and roads that seemed
unplowed at various places along the route. Despite that, they made 13 of the 14
planned counties, recording 454 QSO’s.
were also single op efforts from many others, including
K0SN (operating under BAWA’s N9KI
call), KE9S, NS9R, KA9WAR, K8NB, and W9YQ, who, being much wiser than the rest
of us, operated the contest from warm and sunny Florida.
next big date on the contest calendar is the Michigan QSO Party, to be held
Saturday April 17th from 11am to 11pm Central Time.
The M&M ARC has been quite a force in the past few years in this
contest, taking home the Club Competition trophy in three of the past five
year’s entries will again include a Multi-operator station operating under the
club’s W8PIF call. Jim, AA9PB
organizes this operation from a deer camp in Menominee County. Anyone
interesting in helping should contact AA9PB.
Jim, K8IR, and Ed, KG8CX will make their third straight trip through the
UP operating mobile. They hope to
hit all 15 UP counties, starting in Mackinaw, and heading west.
more information on the Michigan QSO Party, see http://www.miqp.org .
By Jim Callow, K8IR
February 12th, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in
it’s proceeding into Broadband over Power Lines (BPL).
Last year’s Notice of Inquiry attracted over 5000 comments, many from
Amateurs concerned with potential interference to our HF frequencies from BPL
systems, which supply broadband data streams over power line systems using
2-80MHz RF coupled into power distribution lines.
reviewing the comments received, the FCC is now proposing rules to govern BPL
systems, which operate as unlicensed radiators under Part 15 rules.
good news is the FCC is not proposing to increase the Part 15 radiation limits,
as some BPL proponents had hoped. The FCC is reaffirming that licensed users,
such as amateurs, are entitled to interference-free use of their frequencies.
The Commission also is proposing the BPL systems be required to implement
technology so that system operators can quickly change frequencies or reduce
power if they receive complaints from licensed users, and also that a database
be maintained so suspected BPL interference can be identified quickly.
bad news is the FCC admits they expect there to be cases of interference to
Amateurs under the proposed radiation limits, and it will fall to the licensed
user to complain when there is interference. The Commission says they don’t
think the cases of interference will be widespread. The comment period on this proposed rulemaking is through May
3rd. The ARRL is
encouraging all Amateurs to file comments, which can be done over the Internet.
For more information on BPL and how to file, see the ARRL Website at:
Lynne Rynish, N8OSK
The following information is from the official American Radio Relay League handbook for Emergency Coordinators.
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have
voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications
duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or
any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in ARES.
The only qualification other than possession of an Amateur Radio license,
is a sincere desire to serve. Because
ARES is an amateur service, only amateurs are eligible for membership. The
possession of emergency powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement
we have so many new amateur operators in the area, an application to join the
Menominee County, MI ARES group is now available online.
To participate, one need not belong to a radio club or to the American
Radio Relay League. In addition, one need not reside within Menominee County.
Many volunteers have signed up in Marinette and Oconto County, Wisconsin
in addition to Menominee County, Michigan.
will also be contacting amateur operators in the area who do not belong to the
club via a mailing in the near future.
Menominee County ARES registration form is available at:
you are unable to print the ARES form, please contact Lynne for a form.
having questions with regard to participation in ARES may contract Lynne N8OSK,
Emergency Coordinator for Menominee County, or Jeff KE9S, Emergency Coordinator
for Marinette and Oconto Counties.
OF THE M&M AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING MARCH 11, 2004
March meeting of the M&M Amateur Radio Club was called to order at 7:00pm at
the Spies Public Library meeting room by President Dave, NS9R.
repeated the Pledge of Allegiance
introduced themselves and told of their recent radio activities.
February minutes will stand as printed in the Ground Wave.
N8LHB presented the treasurers report as of 2/27/2004:
DEPOSITS OF DUES $136.95
DEPOSIT OF MONIES FROM
MEETING REFRESHMENTS $ 2.75
DEBITS OF UPARRA DUES FOR 2004 $ 10.00
ENDING BALANCE, CHECKING
ACCOUNT, AS OF 2/27/2004 $864.95
BALANCE OF SAVINGS
TOTAL OF SAVINGS ACCOUNT
AS OF 2/27/2004 $355.81
read an email from Don Isley, W9GIG who
is the ARRL Central Division Director, responding to an invitation to speak at
our Charter Night Banquet. Don says
he would be willing to come if we could guarantee 60 persons in attendance.
It was decided to have NS9R reply that we could not make that guarantee,
and we would look for another speaker.
read from Don, W9IXG’s ARRL Wisconsin Section Newsletter regarding an article
on Tyler, KC9FKE, and Mike, W8HKY.
letter from WARAC regarding the upcoming Wisconsin QSO Party was referred to
Jim, AA9PB, who is hosting a multi-multi station for this year’s contest.
letter was read from Marge Bramschreiber, Menominee County Emergency Service
Coordinator regarding an upcoming emergency test.
KG8CX, reported a perhaps slight degradation in signal. Also, the frequency is
slightly off, according to Ed’s radio.
KG8CX, report checkins as high as 25, with several weeks over 20. The higher
numbers are due to both the new licensees and some old voices reappearing.
KC9AXH, reported 6 checkins on the Monday night 7:30pm new hams net.
COUNTY ARES/RACES REPORT
N8OSK, Menominee County EC, expressed concerns she had regarding Marge
Bramschreiber’s communication going to the club rather than through her.
NS9R suggested that Lynne and Marge need to meet.
COUNTY ARES/RACES REPORT
, K8IR, Assistant Marinette County EC, reported the Marinette/Oconto County
ARES/RACES net continues to meet Monday nights at 8:15pm on the 146.835/146.880
KG8CX reports the Wisconsin statewide Simulated Tornado Test
will be held on April 22nd.
Skywarn net is held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 8pm on
the 147.27 repeater.
Green Bay NWS office will hold weather spotter training at St. Norbert College
on March 25th at 7pm.
Marquette County NWS office will hold weather spotter training on May 4th
at the River Cities Chamber of Commerce
building in Menominee.
reported the repeater committee had inspected the repeater tower base on the
hospital roof and recommended replacing the rusting base with a tilt-over model.
was moved by Lynne, N8OSK, and seconded by Al, KG9BI, to allow the committee to
spend up to $300 on the project. The
motion passed on a voice vote.
Charter Night Banquet will be held on May 7th at the Best Western
Riverfront Inn in Marinette. Dave.
NS9R is still looking for those wishing to work on a Charter Night Committee.
of the Year Nominations should be sent to Jim, K8IR. Voting will be at the April meeting.
discussion was held on holding a foxhunt. Bill,
WA8WG, and Earl, KB9DSV will serve as a committee.
A motion by Jim, AA9PB, and seconded by Paul, WC9E, to set up the
committee, was approved by a voice vote.
AA9PB invited all interested hams to come to his QTH for a multi-multi operation
in the Wisconsin QSO Party, March 14th.
also said he is looking for operators for an entry in the Michigan QSO Party on
reported he has a pile of QSL requests for W8PIF operations in the Michigan QSO
Party and Field Day. He offered to
do the QSL duties if the club would cover the cost of ink and card stock. A
motion made by AA9PB to allow that was approved.
WA8WG, and Eric, KG9GH presented a very informative program on APRS.
meeting was adjourned at 8:55pm
Jim Callow, K8IR
Ed Engleman, KG8CX Tim Rynish, N8LHB
Larry Buchholz, N9OSF Earl Andre, KB9DSV
Jim Pearson, KC8YZA Lynne Rynish, N8OSK
Bob Jarnutowski, K8RJ John Goldschmidt, KC9AXH
Steve Mellenthin, KB9ZKO Tyler Lehman, KC9FKE
Paul Drees, WC9E Peter Johnson, Jr.
Bob Schrader, AA9GZ Bill Becks, WA8WG
Eric Janssen, KG9GH Peter Johnson, Sr., KC9FKC
Paul Sorenson, KC8YZB Allen Urbaniak, KC9FKD
Al Mans, KG9BI Jim Mans, AA9PB
Jim Voss, KC8WJO Earl Bramschreiber, KC8WJN