The Marinette and Menominee Amateur Radio Club

Repeater Frequencies 147.00 MHZ & 444.075 Mhz
Club Net: Sunday 7PM 147.00 MHz
Simplex DX Spotting and Ragchew Frequency 146.55
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                   President: Jim Callow K8IR
                     Vice President: Ed Engleman KG8CX
Treasurer: Lynne Rynish N8OSK
Secretary: Gary Luthardt  KG9AD

The MMARC Newsletter                                               December 2001   



 Don't forget to get your reservations in for our annual Christmas party no later than December 7th.  A reservation form was included with your November Ground Wave.  We will gather at Schusslers in Peshtigo for a 6 pm social hour, and 7 pm family style dinner.  Mail your RSVP to M&M ARC, P.O. Box 1082, Marinette, WI, 54143 with  a check for the amount of the meal....$12.00 per person, which includes tax and tip.

Ham of the Year nominations will be tabulated and the finalists announced at the Christmas Party. Members will then vote for the top 3 finalists.  The winner will be announced as the 2001 M&M ARC ham of the year.  Previous winners were:  Noel K8NB, Ed KG8CX, Jim KC8DOA, Jim AA9PB, Paul WC9E, Jim K8IR, and Lynne N8OSK.
No regular business meeting is planned, but we will update everyone withlatest club information and possible future activities.


Set aside the date of Saturday, February 2, 2002 for a gala evening.  Our annual Charter banquet is scheduled for that evening at Schusslers.  Don Michalski, W9IXG, the Wisconsin ARRL section manager will again spend the evening with us, and provide us with up to date amateur radio news.  A program will be planned and announced in the January GW, along with the reservation form. The official presentation of the 2001 Ham of the Year plaque will be made.



A reminder that dues for the current club year (October, 2001 through September, 2002) must be in by Dec. 31, 2001 to Lynne, N8OSK, club treasurer, for you to remain on our current active roster.  We will be printing out the roster and putting it on the club web page at that time.  Dues are $15 for individual memberships, and $22.50 for families.  You might also consider joining or rejoining the ARRL, especially if you have never been a member.  Our club gets $5 for each new member enrolled.  See Lynne for further information.

Also, keep in mind, that in order to maintain our ARRL club status, we MUST have 51% of our TOTAL membership as ARRL members.  We have had a tough time reaching that goal recently, as many of you, for one reason or another, have elected not to join the national organization.  Let's hope that we can continue to be an ARRL club for this upcoming year.  It would be a shame to
have our status dropped because of our inability to come up with the required membership percentage.  Please consider joining if you are not already a member, and give the club a $5 benefit for your decision. Perhaps we can make January and February, ARRL membership months.

Benefits of ARRL membership include the monthly QST magazine, access to the Members-only portion of the ARRL Web Site, the Technical Information Service which provides answers to your questions from Headquarters staff, an equipment insurance program, the outgoing QSL service, and more.  For more information on the ARRL, visit



Both the 2 meter and 70 cm repeaters have been functioning normally.  We still have the wind static on the 147 machine, and the 444.075 remains mostly silent, except for one transmission or two every couple of weeks.  If you have 70 cm capabilities, and can reach the repeater, give out your call. You just might be surprised to find someone listening who will return your call.  The range is considerably shorter than the 2 meter because of the antenna only up 100 feet, and the characteristics of 70 cm., but a 10 mile range can be expected on a regular basis, with greater distances seen quite



The January 2002 editions of Wisconsin's Badger State Smoke Signals Amateur Radio newspaper for Wisconsin amateurs will be delayed in delivery due to the ill health of Editor Jim Romelfanger, K9ZZ.



A reminder volunteers are being sought to help provide communications for the UP 200 and Midnight Run Sled Races in the U-P February 15-17th.  Details appeared in last month’s Ground Wave.  If interested, please contact Greg Hanson KI8AF, by email at



The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators' Question Pool Committee has released a revised and expanded Amateur Extra class (Element 4) question pool into the public domain. The new question pool becomes effective July 1, 2002, and must be used to generate all Extra class written examinations administered on or
after that date. It replaces the Extra class question pool released April 15, 2000--the day Amateur Radio ''restructuring'' became effective. The new Element 4 pool expands the number of questions by more than 20 percent--806 questions--as opposed to 665 in the current Extra class pool, and it contains more technical material. More than half of the questions cover electrical principles, circuits, signals and emissions.

The 50 questions in an Extra class examination are drawn from the question pool consistent with FCC rules and according to a formula that specifies the number of questions to be asked from each of nine topic areas. Applicants must correctly answer at least 37 questions to pass.

The new Element 4 question pool is available on the ARRL Web site, The just-released Extra class question pool will remain valid through June 30, 2005.

The Question Pool Committee now will turn its attention to developing an outline for the Technician class (Element 2) question pool. A draft Element 2 syllabus is scheduled for public release and comment next spring. The QPC invites suggestions for the Element 2 syllabus and question pool revision.

Questions and comments about the QPC's work can be directed to, Chairman Scotty Neustadter, W4WW,; ARRL VEC Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ,; Fred Maia, W5YI,; and
John Johnston, W3BE,



....Anniversaries:  Cheryl & Eric Janssen, 8th
....Birthdays: Eric Janssen, 5th,   Cindy Armstrong, 18th;  Nancy Buchholz, 21st;  Noel Beardsely, 22nd; Al Grenier, 23rd.
Congratulations to all !

Note to our newer members, we may not have your birthday/anniversary information for inclusion here.  Please send your information to K8IR at


Jeff , N9PQU is looking for any radio or test equipment that you may want to sell. You can call him at 920-897-4561, or email him at



Thanks to Peninsula Office Equipment of Menominee for printing the Ground Wave.

Thanks to Jim, KC8DOA for hosting the W8PIF 147.000 repeater on his tower.




The November 8, 2001 meeting was called to order at 7:20PM by President K8IR Jim after Stan Kaplan presented his report to the club about ARES and RACES. The minutes for the meeting of October 11, 2001 were printed in the November Groundwave. The Treasurer's report shows a balance of $313.99 in the checking account and a balance of $340.27 in the savings account for total assets of $654.26. A motion for approval was made by AA9PB and seconded by NS9R all in favor.

A request for payment for $5.00 was made at last month's meeting to maintain membership in the UP Repeater Association for another year.

A motion made by WC9E and seconded by N9UGG all in favor.

For the repeater report KG8CX reported the repeaters are up and running and for the Sunday Net 20 to 25 checkins.




K8IR thanked the BAWA group for the great fishfry last month. The Mock Drill that took place on October 17 Wednesday did go well and thank you to N8LHB for being net control.

K8IR reported the books have been delivered to the public libraries and KA9WAR will deliver the book to the Peshtigo public library. A motion was made by AA9PB and seconded by N8OSK all in favor to deliver a book to the Marinette High School , Central High School , and Menominee High School.




K8IR reported a great presentation by Stan Kaplan. N9PQU presented a short talk on what Stan Kaplan talked about. A group discussion took place talking about how to handle the training and too the Wisconsin - Michigan issue. As a group what do we do?

K8IR reported membership dues are due and December 31st is the cutoff date. N8OSK reported about half have paid their membership dues.

K8IR, AA9PB, AND W9YQ will be the committee for nominations for ham of the year.

A motion was made by WC9E to donate $50.00 to the Salvation Army seconded by N9OSF all in favor

A motion made by KG9AD to have no meeting at the Christmas Party seconded by AA9PB all in favor. KG9GH let it be known he wanted a meeting. Ham of the year will take place for voting and any important information will be presented per K8IR.


Meeting adjourned at 7:55PM.


Gary W Luthardt KG9AD, Secretary



Gary Luthardt    KG9AD
David Arnold     W8DXX
Arde Nelson       KA9WAR
Larry Buchholz     N9OSF
Bob Schrader     AA9GZ
R A Arends       KF9XV
Steve Mellenthin    KB9ZKO
Tom Rynish    N8LHB
Paul Drees    WC9E
Jeff Rymer    N9PQU
David Cunningham    NS9R
Jim Mans    AA9PB
Eric Janssen    KG9GH
George Benoit    N9UGG
Louis Parkansky    AA9JH
Dwight Bosselman    W9YQ
Keith Tonn    N9PQV
Ed Engleman    KG8CX

Lynne Rynish    N8OSK
Jim Callow   K8IR
Bob Jarnutowski    K8RJ