The Marinette and Menominee Amateur Radio Club
      GROUND WAVE

Repeater Frequencies 147.00 MHZ & 444.075 Mhz
Club Net: Sunday 7PM 147.00 MHz
Simplex DX Spotting and Ragchew Frequency 146.55
Web Page:  http://w8pif.com
                   Officers
                   President: Dave Cunningham, NS9R
                     Vice President: Dwight Bosselman, W9YQ
Treasurer: Tom Rynish N8LHB
Secretary: Jim Callow K8IR

The MMARC Newsletter                                             February 2004

FEBRUARY MEETING…

The February meeting of the M&M ARC will be held on Thursday February 12th at 7:00pm at the Spies Public Library in Menominee.  The program will include a presentation on computer antenna modeling by Tom, K0SN. We  hope to see you there.

 

CHARTER NIGHT DATE SET…

The club’s annual Charter Night banquet will be held on May 7th this year.  The change in date is being tried to move the event further away from the Christmas Party, the other banquet-type event on the club’s annual calendar.  Charter Night will be held at the Best Western Riverfront Inn in Marinette.  Watch future Ground Wave issues for more details.

 

NEW HAMS ON THE AIR IN RECORD TIME…

The M&M ARC VE test session on January 31st proved successful for 6 of 7 prospective hams.  The new hams who tested on a Saturday had their calls on Tuesday, thanks to the efficiency of our local VE team, and the ARRL.  Soon after, some of the new callsigns began to be heard on the club repeater.

Here are the new callsigns:

...KC8YZB, Paul Sorenson
...KC8YZA, Jim Pearson
...KC8YZC, Ron D'Olivo
...KC9FKC, Pete Johnson, Sr.
...KC9FKE, Tyler Lehman
...KC9FKD, Allen Urbaniak

We hope you will all take the time to welcome the new hams when you hear them on the air.

 

One of the new hams is Tyler, a 10 year old fifth grader from St. Mary's School in Peshtigo, whose proud uncle is Ed, KG8CX.

 

All but one of the new licensees participated in our classes held from November 1st through January 24th.

VE's working the January 31st  session included:  Paul - WC9E, Bob - AA9IB, Lou - AA9JH, Bob - AA9GZ, Gary - KG9AD, and Ed - KG8CX. 

This was one of our most productive test sessions in recent years.  Most of the new hams expressed interest in joining the M&M Amateur Radio Club, and will try and attend the February meeting. 

Several indicated they will study CW, and attempt that element in several months, along with one individual who would like to re-test later.  We will have another session at that time for them, and any others who wish to upgrade.

All in all, a very satisfying conclusion to a productive series of classes and test session.  Ham radio is alive and well in our area. 

 

THANKS TO THE TEACHERS…

The success of our recently completed classes and test session was due in large part to the superb instruction and dedication of a number of M&M ARC members.

Helping out with instruction at various sessions were:  Paul Drees, WC9E...Bill Becks, WA8WG...Bob Schrader, AA9GZ...Bob Jarnutowski, K8RJ...Ed Engleman, KG8CX...Jim Callow, K8IR...Dwight Bossellman, W9YQ...and Dave Cunningham, NS9R.  The new hams specifically gave credit to these instructors as playing a most important part in getting them to their goal of achieving their ham radio license.  The visits to the ham shacks of K8IR and WC9E, were well received, and gave the new hams an idea of how equipment can be integrated for many different aspects of amateur radio. 

 

NEW HAMS NET DEBUTS…

The “elmering” of the new hams will continue as the Monday night Instructors Net held during the past three months will turn into a “New Hams Net” where they can meet other hams, have an opportunity to ask questions, and comment on their ham experiences. 

The net will now meet at 7:30pm on Mondays on the 147.000 repeater. All amateurs, old and new, are invited to join in. WC9E will be the initial net control....another "newer" ham has stated he will accept the NC duties as the net develops.

We also hope to hear many of the new callsigns on the Sunday night 7pm net.

 

ARRL TO PROPOSE  NEW ENTRY-LEVEL LICENSE, CODE-FREE HF ACCESS…

EDITED FROM THE ARRL WEB

NEWINGTON, CT, Jan 19, 2004--The ARRL will ask the FCC to create a new entry-level Amateur Radio license that would include HF phone privileges without requiring a Morse code test. The League also will propose consolidating all current licensees into three classes, retaining the Element 1 Morse requirement--now 5 WPM--only for the highest class. The ARRL Board of Directors overwhelmingly approved the plan January 16 during its Annual Meeting in Windsor, Connecticut. The proposals--developed by the ARRL Executive Committee following a Board instruction last July--are in response to changes made in Article 25 of the international Radio Regulations at World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 (WRC-03). They would continue a process of streamlining the amateur licensing structure that the FCC began more than five years ago but left unfinished in the Amateur Service license restructuring Report and Order  that went into effect April 15, 2000.

The "New" Novice

The entry-level license class--being called "Novice" for now--would require a 25-question written exam. It would offer limited HF CW/data and phone/image privileges on 80, 40, 15 and 10 meters as well as VHF and UHF privileges on 6 and 2 meters and on 222-225 and 430-450 MHz. Power output would be restricted to 100 W on 80, 40, and 15 meters and to 50 W on 10 meters and up, thus avoiding the need for the more complex RF safety questions in the Novice question pool.

As an introduction to Amateur Radio, the Novice license served successfully for most of its 50-year history. The FCC has not issued new Novice licenses since the 2000 license restructuring, however. Under the ARRL plan, current Novice licensees--now the smallest and least active group of radio amateurs--would be grandfathered to the new entry-level class without further testing.


Technicians and Generals

The middle group of licensees--Technician, Tech Plus (Technician with Element 1 credit) and General--would be consolidated into a new General license that no longer would require a Morse examination. Current Technician and Tech Plus license holders automatically would gain current General class privileges without additional testing. The current Element 3 General examination would remain in place for new applicants. ARRL already has proposed additional phone privileges for Generals in its "Novice refarming" petition, RM-10413, but the FCC has not yet acted on that petition.

Morse Code Testing Retained for Extra

At the top rung, the Board indicated that it saw no compelling reason to change the Amateur Extra class license requirements. The ARRL plan calls on the FCC to combine the current Advanced and Amateur Extra class licensees into Amateur Extra, because the technical level of the exams passed by these licensees is very similar. New applicants for Extra would have to pass a 5 WPM Morse code examination, but the written exam would stay the same. The League's plan calls for current Novice, Tech Plus and General class licensees to receive lifetime Element 1 (5 WPM Morse) credit.

Among other advantages, ARRL CEO David Sumner said the plan would allow new Novices to participate in HF SSB emergency nets on 75 and 40 meters as well as on the top 100 kHz of 15 meters. The new license also could get another name, Sumner said. "We're trying to recapture the magic of the old Novice license, but in a manner that's appropriate for the 21st century."

Proposal Includes "Novice Refarming" Band Plan

The overall proposed ARRL license restructuring plan would more smoothly integrate HF spectrum privileges across the three license classes and would incorporate the "Novice refarming" plan the League put forth nearly two years ago in a Petition for Rule Making (RM-10413). The FCC has not yet acted on the ARRL plan, which would alter the current HF subbands. The Novice refarming proposal would eliminate the 80, 40 and 15-meter Novice/Technician Plus CW subbands as such and reuse that spectrum in part to expand phone/image subbands on 80 and 40 meters.

The ARRL license restructuring design calls for no changes in privileges for Extra and General class licensees on 160, 60, 30, 20, 17 or 12 meters. Novice licensees would have no access to those bands.

Proposed Phone/Image HF Subbands (Includes Novice Refarming Proposal)

80 Meters

Extra: 3.725-4.000 MHz (gain of 25 kHz)
General: 3.800-4.000 MHz (gain of 50 kHz)
Novice: 3.900-4.000 MHz (new)

40 meters

Extra: 7.125-7.300 MHz (gain of 25 kHz)
General: 7.175-7.300 MHz (gain of 50 kHz)
Novice: 7.200-7.300 MHz (new)

15 meters

 

Extra: 21.200-21.450 MHz (no change)
General: 21.275-21.450 MHz (gain of 25 kHz)
Novice: 21.350-21.450 MHz (new)

10 meters

Extra and General: 28.300-29.700 MHz (no change)
Novice: 28.300-28.500 MHz (no change)

 

Proposed CW/Data-Exclusive HF Subbands (Includes Novice Refarming Proposal)

80 meters

Extra: 3.500-3.725 MHz
General: 3.525-3.725 MHz
Novice: 3.550-3.700 MHz

40 meters

Extra: 7.000-7.125 MHz
General: 7.025-7.125 MHz
Novice: 7.050-7.125 MHz

15 meters

Extra: 21.000-21.200 MHz
General: 21.025-21.200 MHz
Novice: 21.050-21.200 MHz

10 meters

Extra/General: 28.000-28.300 MHz
Novice: 28.050-28.300 MHz

 

NOTE: Novices would gain all-mode access to 6 meters (50-54 MHz) and 2 meters (144-148 MHz) as well as 222-225 MHz and 430 to 450 MHz. The ARRL license restructuring design calls for no changes in privileges for Extra and General class licensees on 160, 60, 30, 20, 17 or 12 meters. Novice licensees would have no access to those bands.

 

FCC TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP ON BPL…

From the ARRL Letter

The FCC appears poised to release a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in the Broadband over Power Line (BPL) proceeding. When it meets February 12, the Commission is to consider an NPRM concerning changes to its Part 15 rules as they apply to so-called "access" BPL systems. Last April the Commission issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking input on possibly amending Part 15 regarding new requirements and measurement guidelines for access BPL. Issuance of an NPRM would mark the next step in the BPL proceeding.

The BPL NOI has attracted more than 5100 comments. Many within the amateur community, including the ARRL and AMRAD have expressed concerns that BPL will wreak havoc on the HF amateur bands, since the technology would apply HF RF to parts of the power grid.

 

 

MINUTES OF THE M&M AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING
JANUARY 8, 2004

The meeting was called to order at 7:02pm at the Spies Public Library meeting room by President Dave, NS9R.

Guests included Dale Johnson, WB9NRK from Green Bay, who was guest speaker for the night, and Pete Johnson, one of the students in our Technician License classes.

The members introduced themselves and gave updates on their recent radio activities.

The minutes from the November meeting were approved as printed.

Tom, N8LHB submitted the Treasurer’s report:

November checking account beginning balance                         $526.29
Debits for ARRL-BPL fund and postage                                     106.41
Ending balance for checking account November                        $419.88
 

December checking account beginning balance                          $419.88
Deposits of dues and Christmas Party money                              680.25
Debits to Schusslers for Christmas Party                                     364.88
Ending balance for December checking account                        $735.25

December savings account ending balance                                 $355.37
December checking account ending balance                                735.25
Total club assets of checking and savings                                 $1090.62

 

COMMUNICATIONS:

A thank you letter from ARRL for the club’s contribution to the BPL fund was read by Secretary Jim, K8IR.

A notice was read from the Hiawatha Areas Radio Association regarding their Swap n Shop to be held in Negaunee on February 7th.

 

REPEATER REPORTS:

NS9R reported the club repeaters to be in good operation.

Bill, WA8WG, reported the linking system between the Abrams and Wausaukee repeaters is now functional, with some small problems to be corrected.

 

NET REPORT:

Ed, KG8CX, reported 16 to 18 checkins per week.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Eric, KG9GH, reported the repeater committee had not met yet regarding the repeater tower base.

KG8CX reported the Saturday morning Technician License classes were continuing, with 7 students.  VE testing will be done January 31st at the Stephenson Public Library.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

KG8CX reported that John, KC9AXH had heard from Jim, KC8DOA that Jim has procured equipment to help strip the old cabling off the Rangeline tower.

The club membership was at 43 as of tonight’s meeting.

NS9R reported the executive committee had discussed programs for future meetings:

February: Antenna modeling.
March:APRS
April: Mobile contesting and Field Day planning
June:Field Day Antenna Workshop

The Charter Banquet is tentatively set for May 7th. The Ham of the Year Nomination form will be printed in the March Ground Wave. Voting will be at the April meeting, with the plaque being presented at Charter Night.

Tom, N8LHB suggested that checkins for the ARES/RACES net continue to be taken on the club repeater, even with the linked Abrams-Wausaukee system now in operation.  The matter was discussed, with the conclusion that the ARES/RACES organization is separate from the club, and the decision rests with the EC, KE9S.

Dave, WB9NRK, and Tom, K0SN presented a program on traffic handling, and handed out information on procedures and the nets that handle traffic.

A motion to adjourn was made at 8:10pm by AA9GZ, seconded by K8RJ. All voted in favor.

Respectfully submitted by
Jim Callow, K8IR
Secretary

Those in attendance: 

Dave Cunningham, NS9R                                Jim Callow, K8IR
Dan Wagner, N9OWD                                    Eric Janssen, KG9GH
Tom Hellem, K0SN                                         Bob Schrader, AA9GZ
Bill Becks, WA8WG                                        Pete Johnson,
Kurt Berge, K8BKA                                        Ken Exworthy, N0AWM
Gary Luthardt, KG9AD                                    Tom Rynish, N8LHB
Ed Engleman, KG8CX                                     Dwight Bosselman, W9YQ
Valerie Hallam, KC8WAI                                Bob Jarnutowski, K8RJ
Jim Voss, KC8WJO                                        Earl Andre, KB9DSV
Dale Johnson, WB9NRK