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
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…
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.
M&M Amateur Radio Club will hold their annual picnic on Sunday August 14th
on the shores of Green Bay.
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…
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…
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.
teaching the Marinette Technician Class
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.
and his base station
We applaud this 14 year old young ham and his continued
involvement in amateur radio activities.
"CANDY NET" CONTINUES
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGENDA for M & M
AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
February 10, 2005
Call meeting to order;
Pledge of Allegiance
Recognize guests and/or new
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.
Approve Secretary's report as printed in the Ground Wave
Treasurer's Report (Paul WC9E)
Communications to read (any club officer)
5. Net report (Ed KC8GX)1
Repeater committee update.
Ham of the Year nominations.
Election of 2005 Ham of the
8. Pete, AB9PJ will give us a presentation about the encode/decode now in use on our repeaters
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
Report: J.S. Electronics = $15.00/mo for tower upkeep brought for vote.
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?
have the tower climber check the connections before changing the antenna. $300
was allocated in August for this purpose.
Swap meet in Negaunee, February 5.
you from the Salvation Army.
Williams WA8EFK Michigan ARRL, Section Manager will be the guest speaker at
KG8CX net report: 29
Pete Johnson AB9PJ they have 14 students and 6 instructors in Marinette
and Wallace has 4 students and 1 code student.
2005 Calendar is in the
Ground Wave contact W9YQ for any additions.
Jim Mans AA9PB.
Paul and Maxine Drees
Ham of the Year
nominations are due.
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
KG8CX reported on Hams
were involved with emergency messaging during the Tsunami event.
Raffle $45 was won by
Brief talk on CERT.
(Citizens Emergency Response Team)
AB9PJ will give his
program next month.
Adjourn 8:05 p.m. AA9PB
Valerie Hallam KC8WAI
M&M ARC CALENDAR
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