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: Paul Drees, WC9E 
Secretary: Valerie Hallam, KC8WAI

The MMARC Newsletter                                             February 2005

FEBRUARY MEETING…

The February meeting of the M&M ARC will be held at 7pm Thursday February 10th at the Spies Public Library meeting room. The agenda includes voting for Ham of the Year.  A complete agenda can be found later in this newsletter. We hope to see you there.

 

FRIDAY FISH FRY COMING UP…

Keep the date of  Friday, February 18th open for one of the M&M ARC's famous fish fry outings.  AA9IB has secured the Little River Country Club, one of the premier fish fry locations in the area.  The meal will be served at 6pm, but you can start arriving at 5pm for refreshments and eyeball QSO's.  Bob would like to know the count by Wednesday the 16th, if possible.  You can sign up on the Sunday evening nets February 6 and 13th, or contact Bob directly.

We haven't had one of these in a while, and it will be nice to get together again for an evening. 

 

CHARTER NIGHT COMING SOON…

The Annual Charter Night Banquet will be held Thursday March 10th at the Best Western Riverfront Inn. We are honored to have Dale Williams, WA8EFK, ARRL Michigan Section Manager as our special guest and program presenter. Please return the reservation form   by March 1st.

 

PICNIC DATE SET…

The M&M Amateur Radio Club will hold their annual picnic on Sunday August 14th on the shores of Green Bay.

The event will be held at Red Arrow Park in Marinette beginning at noon. Details will be forthcoming. Thanks to Paul, WC9E for making the arrangements.

 

WEATHER SPOTTER TRAINING SCHEDULED…

The Green Bay National Weather Service Office has scheduled a weather spotter training session for Tuesday March 22nd at 6pm at the Marinette County Courthouse.  The session will be held in the County Board Room on the 3rd Floor.  The session is open to the public.

 

RECORD TURNOUT FOR TECHNICIAN CLASSES…

 This year’s M&M ARC Technician Classes began on January 8th. The extensive publicity efforts by organizers AB9PJ and KC8YZA resulted in a turnout of nearly 20 students between the Marinette and Wallace locations.

 

KC8YZA teaching the Marinette Technician Class

 

The classes are truly a club effort with many members putting in some time as instructors.  The classes will run into March, culminated by a VE testing session March 19th. 

 

INSTRUCTORS NET ON SUNDAY…

Sundays at 8pm following the M&M Sunday evening net, Pete, AB9PJ conducts a net for all ham radio class instructors and anyone else who is interested in the progress of our weekly ham classes.  This year classes are held in Marinette on Sat. and Wallace, MI on Sun.  Tune in to hear about what's happening as we prepare almost 20 individuals for their initial ham radio license.  A VE session is scheduled in March.   Feel free to participate and offer comments and suggestions.  

 

LOCAL HAM BUILDS RADIO FIELD CASE…

Peter Johnson, Jr. (PJ) has built an enclosure to house his Yaesu radio and power supply which he uses as a base station.  It can also be easily taken to any field location and set up within minutes.  

 

PJ and his base station

 We applaud this 14 year old young ham and his continued involvement in amateur radio activities. 

"CANDY NET" CONTINUES RECORD RUN…

The M&M Sunday evening net is off to its best beginning in 2005.  We ended 2004 with 27 checkins on Dec.26.  Our first net of 2005 brought us one of our highest totals ever with 29 stations checking in (30 with net control).  We continued with checkins in the mid 20's throughout January.    Our average as of the end of January is 26.   Keep up your participation, as it is much appreciated.   At some point in 2005, it is the goal of the net to hit "40" stations checking in.  With the anticipated newly licensed hams coming aboard, that may well become reality. 

 

444.075 REPEATER GETTING GREATER USE…

If you haven't listened to this repeater lately and think it seldom gets used, tune in some evening, and find out otherwise.  As many as 9 different hams can be regularly heard, including some from Door and Kewaunee counties.   It does have decent range for a 444 local machine, sometimes even surpassing the 147 repeater, especially during periods of windy weather when the 147.000 is affected with static.   It seems to finally being recognized for what it offers the area hams as an alternate local M&M repeater.   

Many excellent repeaters are available within range of just about anyone with at least an HT. 

 

MEMBERSHIP APPROACHES THE 60 MARK…

As of January 14, 2005 club membership stood at 57, with more anticipated as our current crop of aspiring hams become licensed.   This could well be a banner year for the club, and ham radio in general, in terms of new hams, planned activities, communication upgrades, and increased area recognition of amateur radio.    Many club members have made a conscious effort to reach out to new and prospective hams and members with offers of assistance and borrowed equipment just to get them on the air to participate in this great hobby/service that we call "Amateur Radio."

 

FEBRUARY ANNIVERSARIES/BIRTHDAYS…

Birthdays this month include:  5th Jim Mans;  7th Jim Swanson;  8th  Cheryl Janssen;  11th Paul Drees; 

These people are celebrating an anniversary this month:  2nd  Kurt and Arlene Berge; 14th   Jim & Elizabeth Pearson.

 

GROUND WAVE CONTRIBUTIONS…

Thanks to all who contributed to this month’s Ground Wave.  If you have an article for the Ground Wave, please send it to the editor at jcallow@mari.net.

 

 

AGENDA for M & M AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
 February 10, 2005

1.    Call meeting to order;

·         Pledge of Allegiance

·         Recognize guests and/or new members

Members introduce themselves with their call sign and talk about their HAM Recent radio activities in the past month. DX Stations worked, Antenna Projects, Contests worked, etc.

2.    Approve Secretary's report as printed in the Ground Wave

 

3.    Treasurer's Report (Paul WC9E)

·          

4.    Communications to read (any club officer)

·         Quartermaster report.

 

5.    Net report (Ed KC8GX)1

 

6.      Old Business....

·         Repeater committee update.

7.    New Business...

·         Ham of the Year nominations.

·         Election of 2005 Ham of the Year.

8.      Pete, AB9PJ will give us a presentation about the encode/decode now in use on our repeaters

 

MINUTES OF THE M&M AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING JANUARY 13, 2005.

Meeting called to order at 7 p.m. by David Cunningham NS9R.

Pledge of Allegiance

Introduction of members and their radio activity.

Treasurers report by Paul Drees WC9E.

Repeater Committee:

            WA8WG         KG9GH
           
K8NB              K8IR
           
KG8CX           AA9PJ

Report: J.S. Electronics = $15.00/mo for tower upkeep brought for vote. Passed unanimously.

            KG9GH committee wants to change the antenna since it is the main communication source, a new professional quality antenna, $1000 to $1500. What to do with the old antenna? Save? Fix? Raffle?

            WA8WG have the tower climber check the connections before changing the antenna. $300 was allocated in August for this purpose.

Correspondence:

            HARA Swap meet in Negaunee, February 5.

            Thank you from the Salvation Army.

            Dale Williams WA8EFK Michigan ARRL, Section Manager will be the guest speaker at Charter night.

 

KG8CX net report: 29 checking in.

New classes:  Pete Johnson AB9PJ they have 14 students and 6 instructors in Marinette and Wallace has 4 students and 1 code student.

 

New Business:

2005 Calendar is in the Ground Wave contact W9YQ for any additions.

Charter Committee:  Jim Mans AA9PB.

Picnic Committee:  Paul and Maxine Drees

Field Day:  Need committee.

Ham of the Year nominations are due.

Quarter Master:  Inventory will be compiled by AA9GZ.

The Ground Wave in PDF form will be on the site for 30 days.

Pete Johnson AB9PJ:  give club membership to Jim and Denise Swanson with automatic renewal as long as our equipment is on their tower. Seconded by NOAWM. Vote was unanimous.

KG8CX reported on Hams were involved with emergency messaging during the Tsunami event.

Raffle $45 was won by WA8WG.

Brief talk on CERT. (Citizens Emergency Response Team)

AB9PJ will give his program next month.

Adjourn 8:05 p.m. AA9PB WC8WJO.

Respectfully submitted,

Valerie Hallam KC8WAI

 

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