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                                               April 2002   


This month's meeting will be held on Thursday, April 11th in the cafeteria of BAMC Menominee.  The Weather Spotter training that was cancelled (because of the weather) along with our March meeting has been rescheduled for this month, so we will begin at 6pm. A short business meeting will be held after the training.  Jeff, KE9S, reports that the VE testing session we had planned for this month will be delayed until June.


Lynne, N8OSK has graciously volunteered to organize an April Fish Fry. It will be held at Little River Country Club on Friday, April 19th.  Cocktails at 6:00, order from the menu, dinner as soon as the orders are ready. 

Reservations are due no later than Friday, April 12th.  People can call Lynne at 906-863-3573 or e-mail  at  Or contact Ed, KG8CX  at



Our first fish fry of 2002 was held at Berg's Chop House on March 15th. 14 members and spouses attended and enjoyed delicious food and friendly QRM.


Many of  our club members were busy on Sunday March 10th, participating in the Wisconsin QSO Party. Multi-op stations operated at W9YQ, AA9PB, K0SN, and N9PQU.  In addtion, several single op’s are also contributing scores.  The combined club score for the Bay Area Wireless Association will be over 600,000 points.  Our goal was to win the plaque for top club score.  Time will tell if we made it.  Congrats to all the operators who participated. 

Results of the 2001 Michigan QSO party were finally announced in March.  Three plaques are headed to our club.  The W8PIF station (operators AA9PB, KØSN, KB9WBP, and W9YQ) won the multi-op category for a second year in a row.  K8IR took the single-op low power category, and their combined score was good enough to bring the top club score to the M&M ARC for a second year in a row.  

Plans are now being made for this year’s Michigan QSO Party to be held Saturday  April 20th.  AA9PB is again assembling a crew to work Field Day style from a Menominee County Deer Camp as W8PIF.  K8IR is working on a mobile setup and is planning on visiting several UP counties for this year’s contest.  Jeff, KE9S, is considering a single-op effort from one of the rarer UP counties.


The next quarterly meeting of this group (The Northeast Wisconsin DX Association) will be held on Saturday May 4th, at 10:15am at the Railhouse Restaurant in Marinette.  The meeting had been set for April 20th, but was changed due to the Michigan QSO Party.



Mark your calendars now for Saturday and Sunday June 22nd and 23rd for this  popular operating activity.  Although we had tentatively decided to do Field Day at W9YQ’s again this year, AA9PB has volunteered to organize a real “Field Day Style” operation, probably at the Green Acres Campground. We’ll discuss our Field Day plans at the April meeting.



As of March 20, N9PQU was no more.  Jeff's new call is KE9S (Kilo Echo Nine Sierra).  It took 3 months for him to get the call because of various FCC problems.  And as of March 28th, RA, AB8MC,  is now WW9Q. Congratulations on the new calls.



A shortwave receiver has moved from Sturgeon Bay to Marinette into the apartment of W8HKY, Mike Anuta.
The Realistic DX-302 belonged to Wally Austin, KB9ECP, who graciously donated it to Mike, W8HKY, when he found out how much Mike was longing for a rig so he could listen to all the amateur bands.  John Enigl, K9HJL, of Sturgeon Bay took care of packing up the rig and shipping to Mike.  Mike indicated on the Sunday net that he is very appreciative of the efforts of
both hams, and is enjoying listening to the many  phone and cw signals from around the world.  Another example of the generosity and thoughtfulness of the amateur radio community.  Thanks to Wally and John.


By  Bob Schrader, AA9GZ

You never know when you are going to run into an old friend or a friend of an old friend on the ham bands. Last November 30th with a tremendous 10 meter band opening,  I was surfing the band when I ran across a station in Grand Junction, Colorado.  We chewed the rag for a bit and then he asked me what my QTH was.  I replied Marinette, Wisconsin.  He said, “Oh, I’ve been through your city en route to Mackinac Island.”  And, in passing, he mentioned that he had a very good friend in Escanaba, Michigan. Well, I jumped on that immediately (having been born and raised in Escanaba) and asked him who the fellow might be.  To my surprise it was a very good friend who happened to be in the communication business in that city.  I asked him how he came to know Jack Foster and he replied that they had been hams together in school in 1938 and had a long standing friendship after which they went their own way in the world.  Jack to Escanaba setting up a new radio station in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as they were just being started in the small communities around the nation and Norval went to Chicago to work in the airlines industry in communications.  They had kept up with their friendship and contacts during the ensuing years.

I found the interesting thing to be in making a contact with Norval Larsen an old friend of Jack Foster’s with whom we had a mutual friendship, after I had left Escanaba more than 20 years ago!

Jack has long since passed on after a bout with cancer.

As Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of Chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.”  You might also apply that same axiom to ham radio in that you never know who you might encounter.



4th - Tanya and Lou Parkansky;  5th - Diane and Jim Mans. 10th - Tom Rynish;  11th - Dottie Staffeldt;  14th - Bob Schrader. Enjoy your special day.



If you are a more recent member of our club, we may not have your birthday/anniversary information.  If you have a birthday or anniversary coming up and would like it included in the Ground Wave, please email the information to K8IR at



Thanks to Peninsula Office Equipment of Menominee for printing the Ground Wave.
Thanks to Jim, KC8DOA for hosting the W8PIF Repeater on his tower.