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
Web Page:
President: Jim Callow K8IR
Vice President: Ed Engleman KG8CX
Treasurer: Lynne Rynish N8OSK
Secretary: Gary Luthardt  KG9AD

The MMARC Newsletter                                                September 2001


Don't forget the next important one because it's our annual election.  The present slate of officers have agreed to remain in office for yet another year.  However, nominations will be open from the floor, in the event someone would like to give them some competition.

Other items on the tentative agenda:
  a.  picnic review
  b.  repeater report
  c.  VE test session?
  d.  October fish fry chairperson
  e.  Upcoming activities
  f.  other business

The meeting will start at 7pm on Thursday September 13th  in the cafeteria of BAMC Menominee.  We'll see you there.



Members of the Bay Area Wireless Association will meet at 6:30pm prior to the M&M ARC meeting on September 13th. Agenda items include dues, and plans for the March 2002 Wisconsin QSO Party.  Any M&M ARC members interested in HF, Dxing, or Contesting are welcome to join BAWA.  Come early for the BAWA meeting September 13th, or check into the BAWA net any Monday evening at 7:00pm on 146.550 MHz.



Our famous fish fry Fridays will again be on our social calendar. Bob, AA9IB, has agreed to take charge of our September event, and has set this one up for Friday September 7th at Little River CC, in Marinette. Social hour starts at 5:30 with dinner around 6:30pm. Bob needs your reservations by Sept. 6, so let him know if you are planning to attend, if you have not already done so.  Attending without a reservation is strongly discouraged, as it would be at any club social function. We're looking forward to an October "social director", so we can continue these popular events. 



Our annual picnic was held on Sunday August 26th, amidst beautiful sunny weather at Henes Park. Sixty-five people attended the event, the largest in recent years.


Everything went very well, with great camaraderie, great food, and of course, great weather.  A big thank you to Lynne, N8OSK, and Joan Callow for chairing this year's successful picnic. 


Tom, N8LHB, and Bob, AA9GZ are to be commended for frying the burgers and brats.  And, all the wonderful cooks who gave us that  delicious food. 

 Thanks for coming, and for those that were unable to attend, you missed out on one great Sunday afternoon.  Next years picnic will also be held at Henes Park.  Plan to join us then.

 *Note* More pictures of the event are on the KG8CX/M&M ARC website.



The M&M Amateur Radio Club was highly visible at this year’s Menominee Waterfront Festival.  W8PIF was put on the air as part of the National Lighthouse Weekend, activating the Menominee Pier Lighthouse from the Marina Park Grounds. 

Wisconsin ARRL Section Manager, Don Michalski, W9IXG, made the drive from Madison to join us.  He’s shown at left, along with KG8CX and K8IR.

Club members logged 171 contacts, mainly on 20 meters, mainly on 20 meters and 2 meters.

Requests for certificates from our special event station continue to show up in the club PO box.  While they have slowed considerably, some still trickle in.  We have received over 50 requests so far.  Jeff, N9PQU, is designing the certificate and card, and will be sending out them out soon.

Dave, NS9R, shown below, was among the club members who took turns at the controls.

 Eric, KG9GH, shown below, set up an APRS (Automatic Radio Positioning System) demonstration.


 Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way with making this year’s special event station another success.



Since our new year starts in October, it's time to start thinking of renewing your membership in the club for 2001-2002.  There will again be no change in the dues...still $15 for individual memberships, and $22.50 for families. You can pay your dues to Lynne at the meeting, or send a check to our PO box.:

M&M Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box1082
Marinette, WI 54143

Taking care of this matter by the Christmas party or sooner, will be greatly appreciated.


It is be time to start thinking of who will be the recipient of the 2001 Ham of the Year award.  Nominations will be solicited starting in November, with the tabulations and final choice made at the Christmas party in December. A nomination form will appear in the October Ground Wave.  Remember, think of what the individual's accomplishments have been, his/her contributions to the advancement of amateur radio within the local area, and to the club in particular, as a basis for your selection.


Both of our repeaters have performed flawlessly for some time now.  The noise on the 147 seems to have disappeared, and we can enjoy the extended range that the 400 foot level on KC8DOA's tower affords us.
The 444.075 is also working great, with lesser range from the 100 foot level atop BAMC in Menominee, but still very accessible within about a 15 mile radius of the twin cities.  However, it is a lonely machine, with not much use.  If you have the capability, give out your call, and perhaps we can clean out the cobwebs, and  get it smiling again.



(From an ARRL Bulletin)

The FCC says the fee for a new or renewed Amateur Radio vanity call sign will drop to $12 on September 10. Applications received on or after that date will be subject to the new fee. The current vanity call sign fee is $14.

The FCC proposed the lower fee last March in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for FY 2001. The FCC has estimated that 8000 applicants will apply for vanity call signs in the current fiscal year.

Earlier this year, the FCC also put paper and electronic vanity call sign applications on an equal footing in terms of processing priority. The FCC used to give priority to electronic applications for vanity call signs.

FCC rules stipulate refunds for applicants who inadvertently overpay a regulatory fee. Applicants who determine that they overpaid a vanity fee may request a refund in writing. Requests seeking a ''Vanity Fee Overpayment Refund'' go to FCC, 1270 Fairfield Rd, Gettysburg PA 17325-7245. Refund requests should indicate the date of application, the total fee paid, and the total refund owed.

For more information, visit the FCC Amateur Radio Web page,


Congratulations to the following people who are celebrating special days this month:

* Anniversaries greetings to: Sept. 3 Jim and Cindy Armstrong, KB8PCQ--Sept. 6 Tom and Nancy Zeratsky, K8ICO--Sept. 12 Al and Mary Grenier, N9QAA--Sept. 24 Gary and Wanda Luthardt, KG9AD.

* Birthdays greetings to: Sept. 2, Lynne Rynish, N8OSK--Sept. 17, Paul Brennan, WA9SKK--Sept. 24, Wanda Luthardt--Sept. 26, Connie Fletcher, KB8VQR.



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 Repeater on his tower.




The meeting for August 09, 2001 was called to order at 7:02PM by President Jim K8IR. The minutes for the July 12, 2001 meeting were printed in the August Ground Wave. There were no corrections. The Treasurer's report shows a balance of $80.72 in the checking account and $340.27 in the savings account for a total assets of $420.99. A motion was made by Larry N9OSF and seconded by Arde KA9WAR to approve the minutes and the Treasurer's report. All in favor.

Ed KG8CX reported for correspondence the post office box is full of requests for the certificate and QSL card for the special event station held on August 4, 2001.

Noel K8NB reported both repeaters are up and running with no problems. Ed KG8CX presented some information on a new controller for the repeater and after much discussion it was tabled and perhaps be brought up at a future meeting.


The special event station held on August 4, 2001 was reported by Ed KG8CX. There were nine operators and reported 170 + contacts. Don Michalski was also there passing out ARRL information Twenty five visitors for information. The new banner was out on display.


The picnic is August 26, 2001 at Henes Park in Menominee and Lynne N8OSK will be handling the forms and reservations for the picnic. Information must be to Lynne by August 17. A fishfry is set up for September 07 at Little River Golf Club and Bob AA9IB will be taking reservations or contact KG8CX Ed.

VE testing this fall....Jeff N9PQU reported one interested in testing before school starts.

ARES report Jeff no date yet and Lynne reported checking on a place to hold a meeting nothing till September or later.

Tom N8LHB reported for the nominations committee report that the officers of the club will run for another term. Anyone who wants to have a leadership role as an officer of the club please do come forward.Voting will take place in September.

The club needs to get some bookplates for the books the club is donating to the school libraries towards the end of September.

Meeting adjourned at 7:34pm. Motion made by Bob K8RJ and seconded by George N9UGG all in favor.

Jim K8IR brought up a bill to be paid the club banner $86.62 was presented. Bob AA9GZ made a motion to pay this bill and seconded by George N9UGG all in favor.

Submitted by Gary W Luthardt  KG9AD, Secretary

Persons who signed for attendance at the meeting of August 09, 2001

Keith Tonn   N9PQV
Louis Parkansky   AA9JH
George Benoit   N9UGG
Larry Buchholz   N9OSF
Tom Rynish   N8LHB
Bob Jarnutowski   K8RJ
Diana Jarnutowski   KC8RSM
Jeff Rymer   N9PQU
Ashly Rymer
Brandon Rymer
Noel Beardsley   K8NB
Arde Nelson   KA9WAR
Bob Schrader   AA9GZ
Ed Engleman   KG8CX
Jim Callow   K8IR
Gary Luthardt   KG9AD