The first meeting of the new millennium (yes, technically 2001 is the first year,) will be held on Thursday, the 11th, at 7:00pm in the cafeteria of BAMC in Menominee. We hope to see you there.
* ham class planning
* discussion of charter banquet and activities
* social activities for 2001 (fish fries, picnic, field day, special
event station, etc. )
* other topics as may come up...
The annual Charter Night
Banquet will be held Saturday February 10, 2001 at the Best Western Riverfront
Inn in Marinette. ARRL Wisconsin
Section Communication Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG will again be a special
guest. Details are listed on the Reservation Form that is included with this
edition of The Ground Wave. The
deadline for reservations is February 2nd.
HAM OF THE YEAR....N8OSK...
After the counting of
the ballots, no recount needed, the year 2000 award goes to Lynne Rynish.
She certainly deserves the honor considering all the work she has done
throughout the year for the enjoyment and betterment of the club. She will
be officially recognized and receive her plaque at the charter dinner in
CHRISTMAS PARTY ANOTHER SUCCESS...
The 2000 holiday party
was held on December 14th at Schusslers in Peshtigo. 39 were in attendance, and
all enjoyed great food and companionship. Jim, AA9PB, did his usual trivia
contest. Ham of the Year balloting was held, and Lynne, N8OSK, received
this year's honor. Despite the wintry weather, Dave, W8DXX, drove all the
way up from snowy Joliet, Illinois to attend the dinner. Many thanks to
Schusslers for the super surroundings and excellent meal.
See you all in 2001.
The official roster is
listed on the club webpage,
and includes everyone
who has renewed or become a member up to December 31st. If you do not see
someone's name that had been there before, it's because they have not paid their
2001 dues as of the above date. The list is updated regularly.
Copies, for those without internet capability, will be available at the January
DOOR COUNTY ARC PLANS DEMO...
Door County radio club has been asked to provide a demonstration to local 5th
graders in Sturgeon Bay on January 9, 10, 11 from 10:00 to 10:30am. They
will be using the 147.210 repeater. Anyone interested in taking to
youngsters, and perhaps a comment or two on how what the hobby has meant
to you, are welcome to join the on-air group. Or just simply, listen in as
others are exposed to the magic of amateur radio.
MY FIRST CONTACT…
Recently there was
a series of postings on eham.net concerning how hams first got the “bug” for
their hobby. We thought it might be interesting for club members to share
stories of their earliest experiences in the hobby. Send your contributions to The Ground Wave Editor,
K8IR at firstname.lastname@example.org and
we’ll publish them. Bob, AA9GZ
volunteered to go first, with the following:
My very first DX QSO happened on April 2, 1993 and is the first entry in
my series of log books. I was N9PTV
and a General at the time. I was
using a mobile Radio Shack 10 meter transceiver in my car and this was also my
first 10 meter contact. The
rig is only capable of putting out 25 watts and I was quite happy to be able to
work into the Caribbean on that power and to a hometown friend also making it
all the more of an accomplishment for a brand new ham.
I had that QSO with a member of Marinette & Menominee Amateur Radio
Club on that date. We were on
28,500 and the contact was with ZF2UO who happened to be in the Grand Cayman
Islands on vacation with a bit of dxpeditioning included.
N9JCL (Scott Francois) gave me an awful lot of Elmering and encouragement
in the ways of amateur radio and a good basis on which to expand my knowledge of
ham radio. He gave me a 5/9 and I
got a 5/9 in return. I felt that it
was a tremendous accomplishment and gave me a great sense of pride in it.
Since that time in 1993 I have gone on to the Extra level, gained my DXCC
certificate, become a VE and had the privilege of going on the CY9 Dxpedition
that M&M ARC sponsored. My country count is currently totaling 199 DX
That’s my story of the first DX QSO and how with Scott’s help and
assistance I went on to a life long hobby and interest in ham radio.
was a USN Radioman 2nd class and served aboard ship as a radioman so the
knowledge I gained with Scott’s assistance also served me as an entry into ham
Thanks Scott for your interest, Elmering
and encouragement into the great hobby of
Bob Schrader, AA9GZ
W8HKY was the subject of a recent article in the Peshtigo Times. A picture and
article is also scheduled for this month’s edition of Badger Smoke Signals. No
surprise here that such an interesting subject is in the spotlight.
JANUARY FISH FRY?...
with ideas on the location for our monthly fish fry?? January is a good
month for a social outing of this sort. We'll make a decision on one at
, 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 email@example.com.
Anniversary congratulations go out to John and Rosemary Edquist on the 16th. The following celebrate birthdays this month... 7th, Joan Callow; 20th, Connie Bosselman; 27th Lisa Beardsley
Thanks to Peninsula Office Equipment of Menominee for printing the Ground Wave.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!