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

The MMARC Newsletter                                               January 2002   


Our first official gathering for the new year will be the regular meeting on January 10th, 7pm in the cafeteria of  BAMC.  Let's hope for clear weather and no snowstorm as happened last year which caused the January meeting to be cancelled. Some agenda items include:  (a) review of the Christmas party  (b) looking ahead to the Charter Banquet  (c)  ARRL member survey (d) ARES. Remember, 12 members are needed for a quorum in order to conduct official business.  Hope to see you there. 


The radio club will be testing for all classes of amateur radio licenses--technician, general, extra, on Thursday, January 10th, at 5:30pm in the cafeteria of BAMC in Menominee.  This is prior to the regular January meeting of the M&M ARC.  If you, a family member, or a friend have thoughts of upgrading, or getting their initial ham license, let Jeff, N9PQU or Ed, KG8CX know.   Jeff will be in charge of the testing session, and has ordered out a number of tests, both written and code.



Congratulations to Jeffrey Rymer,  N9PQU, for being selected as 2001 Ham of the Year by his fellow club members at the December Christmas party.  The plaque will be officially presented to Jeff at the Charter Banquet.



Thirty-five members and spouses attended our annual holiday celebration on December 13th at Schusslers in Peshtigo.   Several prizes were given out to lucky people, and of course, the Ham of the Year was revealed.  Check out the club website for several pictures of the event.  Thanks to Lynne, N8OSK, for
organizing the party and the prizes, and to Schussler's Supper Club for another great social event.



With the holidays now behind us, we now look forward to the next major event on the club calendar, the Charter Night Banquet, which will be held on Saturday February 2nd at Schusslers.  The program will include the presentation of the Ham of the Year Plaque, ARRL Wisconsin Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG, and a video entitled “The Ham Radio Olympics”, which recounts The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) 2000, held in Bled, Slovenia. This 24-hour Olympic-style competition is a celebration of contesting and ham radio. The video, produced by Oscar-winning producer Dave Bell, W6AQ, debuted at the 2001 Dayton Hamvention. A reservation form can be found in this Ground Wave.


The Bay Area Wireless Association wants to try for the Top Club Score in the Wisconsin QSO Party on Sunday March 10th.  Plans are to operate several multi-operator stations, and additional operators are needed.  If you’d like to help out, contact Jeff, N9PQU. 



As soon after January 1st as possible, the current club roster will be updated on the website.  All returning and new members on record as of  December 31, 2001 will be listed.



A new repeater is now on the air from Abrams, WI, on 146.835 with a pl of 107.2.  KB9DSV, Earl, moved it recently from the Green Bay area where it had been operating for several years.  The antenna is only 25 feet off the ground, but  can be accessed from the M&M area with a decent outdoor antenna.  Plans are for it to be raised to 50+ feet early in the spring.  This is the first Oconto County 2 meter repeater.  Check it out when you are mobile, as it is very strong from Oconto to Green Bay. Earl would like some signal reports from us, so check it out and let him know how you're receiving it.



 K9ZZ, Jim Romelfanger, became a silent key Saturday, December 22.  Jim edited "The Badger Smoke Signals."  He apparently suffered heart failure at his home.  He was 60.  This item is reported to us by K9GS and W9IXG.



By Jim Mans, AA9PB

Just the other day I was talking to Ed, KG8CX and discussing the new DXCC Award called QRP DXCC. I was kind of laughing about how it could not be done, and telling Ed that I would never even try such a foolish thing. What a waste of time!  Can you imagine getting into a DX pileup with 5 watts or less?  I do hear it once in a while though. Certainly my thinking was "I'll never even attempt such a thing".   Well my thinking has changed. A few years ago I entered the Michigan QSO Party as a CW Only QRP station and had a bunch of fun. When it was all over and the results came out I ended up with 5th place and got a certificate out of it. I thought "WOW! that was a freak happening and wont happen again".   Last year I wanted to enter the 160 meter contest but did not have an antenna. With the persuasion of Jeff, N9PQU,  I was talked into doing it anyway. But all the power I could muster with the rig on a bad antenna was in the neighborhood of 3.5 to 4 watts. On 160 meters that is considered a joke. But I hung in there and worked only the S9 signals, [they seemed to be the only ones hearing me] and what do you know, I won  the Wisconsin section in the QRP Category.

Just last month  was the ARRL Ten Meter contest. I knew I did not have a chance in that contest. So while talking with Jeff I mentioned that I did not have the time to put in to do it seriously, and with Tom K0SN (my elmer) and Jeff to compete with, knew I didn't have a chance of any kind at winning the Wisconsin Section. [Hey if you don't think you have a chance why try? right??] WRONG!!  Jeff talked me into [yes again] trying it in the QRP class. So off I went scanning up and down the band, working the strong signals. It wasn't long before the band began to die out and there were no more loud ones. I thought "well that’s it I'm done", when I heard a ZL [New Zealand] in the head phones. He wasn't that loud but I gave a call anyways, WOW!  I just worked a ZL with 5 watts. Now that’s about as far as you can get in miles as far as DX goes. I was extremely excited!! I could not believe it! And then another ZL came in the phones, I called and worked him too, and then a VK [Australia]. This was too good to be true! Working DX QRP?

I almost could not wait for morning to try for more countries when the band opened to Europe. I got up around 8:00 am and fired up the rig. What a surprise! I could hear all kinds of Europeans all over the band. And after working a ZL and VK the night before my confidence was up, I started to call them, and WOW! I was working all sorts of countries with just 5 watts. I even worked a Bangladesh station [considered semi rare].

When the contest was over I had worked 46 countries plus Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, And about 42 states in the USA, which brings the count to 50 DXCC countries in 2 days, all with 5 watts.

Believe me, three QRP contests in as many years certainly does not make me an "expert", but it did open my eyes to the possibilities and "POWER" of QRP operating. Don't get me wrong, I am not a QRP operator by preference. I'm not even a great contester or expert CW operator. But I am not afraid to try something new or different once in a while. I already know I did not win the contest.  [hey, if it's not fun or exciting, why do it!]. There is certainly no money in it! [amateur radio that is] But I did have fun and got excited a few times.

And as far as QRP DXCC? I think being half way there I'd be nuts not to try it.

[well maybe I am already nut, but that’s still up in the air]  I guess there are several points to be made here.

1. You don’t need to big a "BIG GUN" to work DX. 

2. Any way you choose to operate is fine, as long as it is you enjoy it.

3. Even if your not a contester, its a good way to work DX. [ besides it gives them points and maybe a multiplier]

4. I like to have fun while I'm in the ham shack.

They say DXing is a lot like fishing. It takes patience, practice, and persistence, and you never know what you'll catch. I’m not great at fishing, but I still like to do it.  QRP DXing is like fishing Marlin with an ultra light. It may seem impossible but it sure is exciting and fun when you get em' on and land em'.





 Gary, KG9AD brought this to our attention. With the start of a new year, we often make resolutions.  The following is some great advice as to how we should strive to conduct ourselves as amateurs:
The Radio Amateur is:
CONSIDERATE...never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.
LOYAL...offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay
League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.
PROGRESSIVE...with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.
FRIENDLY...slow and patient operating when requested friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interest of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit. is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school, or community.

PATRIOTIC...station and skill always ready for service to country and community.

It’s remarkable how this code stands the test of time.  It was originally written in 1928 by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA.



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.

Thanks to Jim, KC8DOA, for hosting the W8PIF 147.000 Repeater on his tower.





Date:  Saturday, February 2, 2002

Place:  Schussler's Supper Club

W3529 County Trunk B

Peshtigo, WI

Social hour:    5:30

 Dinner at:       6:30

Menu:   Family style caramelized roast pork loin, chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, relishes, rolls and coffee, tea or milk

Cost:   $12.00 per person


Reservations and your check are due no later than

Wednesday, January 23, 2002


Presentation of the Ham of the Year Award and a program will follow the dinner.



 M & M Amateur Radio Club
P. O. Box 1082
Marinette, WI  54143

Make check payable to:  M & M Amateur Radio Club

            If you have any questions, please contact:

               Lynne N8OSK at 906-863-3573 or

               Ed KG8CX at 906-863-3477


============= submit lower portion with your check ================  

              Name ____________________________   Call sign _____________

             Number of people attending at $12.00 per person  _____________

             Check enclosed in the amount of  $ ___________     



Ham of the Year, Jeff, N9PQU


The conversation was as good as the meal.


Dave, NS9R, smiles for the camera as Renelle, KB9WKD, takes a photo for an ARES ID Card.