MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
There will be no regular club meeting this month.
The annual Christmas Party will be held on Sunday December 4th
at Schusslers in Peshtigo. The deadline for reservations was November 28th.
The next regular club meeting will be January 12th at 7pm at
Spies Public Library.
A VE session has been scheduled for Saturday December 17th
at the Stephenson Public Library in Marinette.
Registration will be at 12:30pm, with testing beginning at 1:00pm.
If you or someone you know wants to test at this session, please contact
Paul Drees, WC9E. VE’s should
also contact Paul if you can attend.
LOU’S RADIO HAS NEW HOME…
I am pleased to report the club successfully auctioned the Ten-Tec
Orion donated to the club by Tanya Parkansky.
The winning bidder on eBay was Kevin, N2AM who lives west of the Quad
Cities in Iowa. His winning bid was
$2700, which, after subtracting eBay and PayPal fees, resulted in $2564 for our
repeater fund. The radio arrived at Kevin’s QTH in good condition, and after
hearing the story of Tanya’s generous donation and the club’s repeater
project promised to give Lou AA9JH’s radio a good home. Thanks again, Tanya,
LAST CALL FOR DUES…
A reminder that December 31st is the deadline for paying
your dues for the current club year. The
cost is $15 for individual members and $22.50 for families.
Please send your dues to:
P.O. Box 1082
Marinette, WI 54143
DONATIONS TO HELP NEW HAMS…
The Christmas Spirit came early to the M&M ARC.
We are pleased to announce donations by John,
KB9VXJ, and Ed, KG8CX which will help new hams get on the air.
John had already donated a Kenwood TM-241A 2 meter
rig, and now has donated an Astron RM-35 power supply to go with it.
Inspired by John’s generosity, Ed has donated an
Icom IC-2100 2 meter rig and an Astron RM-20 power supply.
So the club now has two complete 2 meter setups
that will be made available to new hams on a short-term basis to help get them
on the air.
Thanks to John and Ed for their donations!
Ed also has a personal Yaesu VX1-R 1 watt dual band
transceiver in the box with manual that can also be loaned out.
SCANNER FOR SALE…
Ed, KG8CX reports he has a Radio Shack Scanner for
It was purchased new in May of 2005, and includes the
"wall wart" plug, antenna, and manual. Contact Ed if you are
Recognition Day takes place on Saturday December 3rd. Most NOAA offices around
the country will participate with stations active on the HF bands. The
Green Bay office will be active on 2 meters. The ham station at Green Bay will
work a number of area repeaters, including the 146.880/.835 link and the 147.000
looking for individuals wanting to work them. Listen for WX9GRB, and
respond when you hear them call. They
will identify and ask for ham operators to respond. You answer by giving
your callsign and the current temperature and weather conditions. The event
starts at 6pm Friday (0000 UTC Saturday.) and continues through 6pm Saturday
(2400 UTC). Just one contact will get you a very attractive certificate.
this link for more information:
PROPOSED BYLAW CHANGE…
At the November meeting, Pete, AB9PJ offered the
following motion to amend the club constitution and bylaws to add an elected
position of Quartermaster. The proposed changes are as follows:
ARTICLE IV would be amended to add the elected
position of “Quartermaster”
which will be an elected position but not to be considered an officer of the
club. The “Quartermaster” will not have any officer-related responsibilities
of the club and this elected position will be a one-year term.
ARTICLE V would be amended to add the following:
6. QUARTERMASTER. The Quartermaster shall secure in their possession and
maintain a written record of the club’s equipment (herein referred to as
quartermaster log) and related assets to include but not limited to repeater
systems not in use, radios, antennas, ham gear, feedline, coax, tools, etc.
The Quartermaster will not need to secure repeater systems that are in
use, but shall maintain a written record of the whereabouts of all repeater
systems that are considered in use and on air.
The Quartermaster shall maintain a detailed log of all items checked out
by individual club members. The
Quartermaster shall only allow items to be checked out upon an approved motion
with 51% of the club membership present with the exception of club approved
sponsored events and activities.
ARTICLE VII would be amended as follows:
Elections for the officers of the club and for
the quartermaster will be held annually in September with new officers and
the quartermaster taking office by the first meeting in October.
ARTICLE 1 of the By-Laws would be amended to
include the following:
QUARTERMASTER: It shall be the duty of the
quartermaster to keep the quartermaster log of the M&M Amateur Radio Club
and have the same with him/her at every regular meeting. He/she shall cause all
amendments, changes, and additions to be noted thereon and shall permit the same
to be consulted by members upon request.
The proposal will be on the January meeting agenda.
LOGBOOK OF THE WORLD (LoTW) OPENING TO WAS…
ARRL Great Lakes Director Jim Weaver, K8JE
LoTW is a log matching program developed by ARRL to reduce the cost of QSLing. It is fully operational for all awards in the DXCC family. With QSOs matched through LoTW, it is not necessary to mail cards between stations to confirm contacts; thereby saving postage and printing expense.
LoTW is scheduled to become accessible for the WAS (Worked All States) family of awards by early January at the latest. It is anticipated that still additional ARRL as well as non-ARRL award programs will be available through LoTW later this year.
To learn about using LoTW, go to: http://www.arrl.org/lotw/. There is no charge for entering QSO data into LoTW. There is a small fee for redeeming credits through it.
...Anniversaries: Cheryl & Eric Janssen, 8th
....Birthdays: Eric Janssen, 5th, Cindy Armstrong, 18th; Steve Mellenthin, 20th; Nancy Buchholz, 21st; Noel Beardsley, 22nd; Al Grenier, 23rd, Jim Voss. 30th.
Congratulations to all !