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

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

The MMARC Newsletter                                                December 2000


The first meeting of 2001 (1st year of the Millinium) will take place on January 11th, in the cafeteria of BAMC in Menominee beginning at 7 pm.  At that time, we can discuss preparations for charter banquet and other upcoming activities, such as ham class structure and dates, resumption of fish fries, possibility of a Lighthouse special event station in August, and other club events.  Hope to see all there.


Our 51st annual banquet has been set for Saturday February 10th at the Best Western Riverfront Inn in Marinette.  Details and an RSVP will appear in the January Ground Wave.  Don Michalski, W9IXG, the ARRL Section Manager for Wisconsin has accepted our invitation to attend the event. It's exciting to hear Don will be back for a second year.


The Christmas Party will be held at Schusslers in Peshtigo on Thursday December 14th. Please remember to get your reservation in by Friday December 8th, along with your check.  The cost is $12 per person and includes tax and tip for the Chicken/Tenderloin Tips family style meal.  NO reservations will be taken after the 8th, as we must provide Schusslers the accurate count.  The RSVP form was mailed in last month’s Ground Wave.


In Wisconsin, not many events dare compete with a Packer game, and that includes the M&M ARC Net.  Since the Packers have a 7:30pm kickoff Sunday night (12/3), Ed, KG8CX, our net control, has announced he will start the net a half hour early, about 6:30pm, to make sure we are done in time for football.


Don't forget to get your HOTY nominations in no later than the Christmas party.  They will be tabulated and final tally made of the top 2 or 3 candidates.   Club members will then vote on the individual of their choice.  You can mail your nominations to the club address, or bring them to the party. 


The 147 repeater is performing well with excellent coverage.  Some noise on windy days can be expected, but overall it is better than before. The 444.075 antenna has not been installed, and probably will wait until milder weather sets back in, and winds are minimal.  The wait should be worth it, however, as we will have a brand new machine running at least 4 times the power at 200 feet, three times the height of the previous antenna.  And that antenna will give us about 12 db gain which translates into much wider coverage.  Many of you have been asking about this new repeater, so hang on, the 440 side will be available soon.


Welcome to the two newest members of the club, Don Conant, N9GRK, from Marinette,  and Mel Marquardt, WD9N, from Lena. Glad to have you aboard!


A reminder that dues for the current year are due now.  We update the membership list after December 1st, and if you have not renewed your membership, this will be the last issue of The Ground Wave you will receive.  The dues remain the same…$15 per person or  $22.50 for a family membership.  Send them to P.O. Box 1082 in Marinette, or bring your check to the Christmas Party.  If you haven't renewed, we hope you will do so now.


KG8CX would like to expand the members radio shack photo section on the club website.  Send in any recent photos you might have or can take. These can include you and your equipment, or just the radio gear alone. You don't have to have anything elaborate.  The most basic of gear is fine.  Send them to Ed via email jpg file at or if you can provide him with a photo, he can grab it on video for inclusion. Members already included are:  AA9PB, K8IR, AA9IB, KG8CX, and KB9QNG. Check out the club web page regularly, as it is updated frequently with
new links, photos, information on club activities, etc.


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


Speaking of Jeff, congratulations to N9PQU for being appointed one of two ARRL Field Card Checkers for the DXCC program in Wisconsin. Our local DX'ers will appreciate the convenience of being able to get their QSL cards checked locally.




The ARRL Central Division will get a new director, and a former Hudson
Division vice director and director and ARRL First Vice President is back as
the division's new vice director. Incumbents will return to office in the
Northwestern, New England and Roanoke divisions.

Ballots were counted and tabulated  at ARRL Headquarters in contested
races for director and vice director in three ARRL divisions. The vote
counting proceeded smoothly--without the sort of fanfare that's left the
recent US presidential election up in the air.

In the Central Division, challenger George R. "Dick" Isely, W9GIG, topped
the field in a three-way race for the Director's seat. He outpolled
incumbent Director Edmond A. Metzger, W9PRN, and a second challenger,
Richard David Klatzco Jr, N9TQA. Isely picked up 1926 votes to 1466 for
Metzger and 946 for Klatzco. Metzger has served as Central Division Director
since 1981 and has 42 years of service as an ARRL elected official.

Central Division Vice Director Howard Huntington, K9KM, was unopposed for re-election


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



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





The November 9, 2000 meeting of the Marinette and Menominee Amateur Radio Club was  called to order by President K8IR Jim at 7:02 pm. Jim introduced Randy Zandt, Bob Jarnutowski W9AMZ, and Don Conant N9GRK.

The minutes for the October 12, 2000 meeting were in the November Groundwave. N9UGG made a motion to approve the minutes seconded by KB9WBP all in favor.

The Treasurer's report was given with a balance of $299.67 in the checking account and $333.44 in the savings account for a balance of total assets $633.11. KB9NNV made a motion to approve the report and seconded by N9OSF all in favor.

Jim K8IR reported on the correspondence he received from Michael Anuta W8HKY and Ed KG8CX reported the thank you from the Door County Amateur Radio Club for the use of our repeater while their repeater was out of service.

Ed reported that the two meter repeater is working fine and the 444 repeater is all set to go just the matter of getting the antenna up at the 200 foot level.

The Sunday evening net at 7:00 pm has been averaging 20+ checkins.

David Cunningham is now a general and congratulations on the upgrade.


The special event certificates need to be mailed soon. A total of 26 certificates have been requested so far plus the members of the club. N9PQU Jeff will provide the certificates again this year.

K8IR will be talking to W8HKY regarding his correspondence.


Ham of the year nominations must be turned in. Nomination forms are in the November Groundwave. The ballot committee will consist of Dwight W9YQ and Nathan KB9NNV who have volunteered for this committee

The Charter Banquet is coming up and perhaps be held in February possibly on the 24th of February at this time. A committee was set up with Lynne N8OSK and Lynne will see if Maxine Drees would help out for setting up for Charter Night.

The Peshtigo Times, Eagle Herald, and the Menominee County Journal printed the article about the club. The article was passed around for anyone to read it.

Will the club have winter classes next year and are there any interest and also where to hold the classes. Ed said he will check with the high school and see if the classes can be held there again.

A motion made by Don N9GRK and seconded by Keith N9PQV  to adjourn all in favor.

Meeting adjourned at 7:43 pm per President K8IR.

Gary W Luthardt  KG9AD, Secretary

Present at the meeting:

 Gary Luthardt   KG9AD
Ed Engleman   KG8CX
Jim Callow   K8IR
Lynne Rynish   N8OSK
Nathan Luthardt   KB9NNV
Keith Tonn   N9PQV
Larry Buchholz    N9OSF
Jeff Rymer   N9PQU
Ashly Rymer
Dwight Bosselman   W9YQ
Tom Rynish   N8LHB
Louis Parkansky   W2PY
George Benoit   N9UGG
David Cunningham   KB9WBP
Bob Jarnutowski   W9AMZ
Randy Zandt
Don Conant   N9GRK