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: Dave Cunningham, NS9R
                     Vice President: Dwight Bosselman, W9YQ
Treasurer: Paul Drees, WC9E 
Secretary: Valerie Hallam, KC8WAI

The MMARC Newsletter                                             January 2005



The January meeting of the M&M Amateur Radio Club will be held on Thursday January 13th at the Spies Public Library meeting room.  Let’s kick off the New Year with a good turnout. Hope to see you there.  By the way, nominations for Ham of the Year are now open, and can be brought to the meeting. The nomination form and full agenda can be found later in this newsletter.



About 25 members and spouses attended the annual club Christmas Party held December 9th at Schussler’s Supper Club in Peshtigo. .  Jim, AA9PB hosted a round of Ham Trivia, with K8IR winning the coveted $1 first prize.


NS9R presents certificate to WC9E, VE liaison.

President Dave, NS9R presented certificates of appreciation to members of the local Volunteer Examiner team for their effort during the past year



Classes begin 1/08-1/09

Members of the M&M ARC will again be teaching classes to help prospective hams achieve their technician class licenses.  This winter, classes will be taught in two different locations.  Saturday classes will be held at the Stephenson Public Library in Marinette. On Sundays the same curriculum will be taught at the Fire Department in Wallace, Michigan. Classes will start at 9am at both locations.  CW instruction will be offered as well for those wishing to study for the 5 wpm test.  Jim, KC8YZA, and Pete, AB9PJ, two successful graduates of last year’s classes have been doing the organization work, and many others have volunteered to teach one or more sessions.  All instructors are invited to participate on the instructors’ net on the 147.000 repeater Sunday evenings at 8pm following the M&M ARC weekly net.

If you know someone who would like to take the class, please contact KC8YZA or AB9PJ.  The classes are free, but students are encouraged to purchase a copy of the text, “Now You’re Talking” by the ARRL.




Congratulations to Tony Del-Genio of Marinette on his new call, KC9GXQ. Tony passed his test at our December VE session. Tony has checked into the Sunday net. Welcome!



By Ed Engleman, KG8CX

The SMASH Net, (Sunday Morning Amateur Social Hour) is an HF net that originates in Traverse City, MI and has many members from throughout the lower peninsula and a few u-pers such as KG8CX of Menominee, and KC8UMB of Manistique.   Since several of the club members have newly obtained HF capabilities on 75 meters, and others planning to upgrade, perhaps you might consider giving this net a listen, and subsequently check in.  It runs on 3.935 every Sunday at 8am CST. (9am EST), and is a good net to check on your signal report for this band.   The net control is Frank, W8TVQ, and he runs the net from Traverse City.   Some very interesting people are regular check ins.  Last summer, a YL from Germany was sailing her boat throughout Hudson Bay, Georgian Bay, and Lake Huron, and checked in regularly.   One or two others are sailing enthusiasts and have HF on their watercraft.

The UP Net (Upper Peninsula) is a 7 day a week HF net on 3.920 (3.921 summer months).  They run at 4:00pm CST 7 days a week, with a Sunday noon net at 11:00 CST.  The "pre-net" begins at 3pm CST, during which time you can get your call placed on the regular net, or simply wait until a call for check ins is made on the regular net every 15 or so minutes.  Various net controls can be heard each day.  It is also a good place to receive or originate traffic, since it is registered on the National Traffic System. 

Another good net is the Wisconsin Sideband Net on 3.985 daily at 5:30pm, also a part of the National Traffic System.

If you're interested in weather, and want to hear conditions throughout Wisconsin and the midwest, listen to the Badger Weather Net (BWN) daily from 6am to 7:15am on 3.985.  You can also check in with or without traffic (meaning weather info).  KG8CX is a member of this net, which is directed by Don Michalski, W9IXG of Madison.  It also feature a number of different net controls.  You can register and become a part of this net, meaning your reports are taken and sent, along with dozens of others to the National Weather Office at Sullivan, WI for use in plotting weather trends and forecasts, and keeping track of weather history.

Another early morning net is held each morning at 7am on 3.932.50 with many check ins throughout the state, UP, and elsewhere.  AA9IB, KC8YZA, AA9JH are the locals who use this net to "wake up" each day.   Many of the same hams can also be heard on the "Expo Net" at 12:30pm daily on 3.925.

There are many other HF nets and 2 meter ones as well for interested hams to consider.



The Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association will hold their 2005 Swap and Shop on Saturday February 5th at the Negaunee Township Hall. This swap event is regarded by many as the best in the U.P. In addition to 40 tables of equipment, there are many door prizes, and a raffle drawing. Doors will open at 10:00am(EST) and the event is scheduled to end at 3:00pm (EST). Admission is only $4.00.

The Negaunee Township Hall is located a mile south the of US 41-M35 intersection between Marquette and Negaunee. The talk in frequency will be the 147.27+ repeater, using the K8LOD callsign.   For more information and a map check this web page: 



Happy New Year to all. Looking back at 2004 we had a great year! The club classes produced an active group of new hams, We had an excellent Field Day exercise and we honored AA9JH as our 2004 Ham of the Year! 2005 looks to be another good year. We have started up our ham radio classes and this year field day promises to be better than ever. Hope to see you at the next meeting on January 13th, 2005.

Happy New Year!

Dave, NS9R


W9YQ has compiled a calendar of club and amateur radio events for 2005. Click Here  for a printable version of the calendar.



 January 13th 2005


1.    Call meeting to order;
·        Pledge of Allegiance
Recognize guests and/or new members

Members 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.

2.    Approve Secretary's report as printed in the Ground Wave

3.    Treasurer's Report (Paul WC9E)

4.    Communications to read (any club officer)
HARA swap meet

5.    Net report (Ed KC8GX)

6.    Old Business...
Update on Radio Class…Paul WC9E

7.    New Business...

   ·        Ham of the Year nominations is open… election will be held at the February meeting.
2005 Calendar is now part of the Groundwave.

8.    Welcome Marge Bramschreiber, Menominee County Emergency Manager will give us a PowerPoint presentation and Pete, AB9PJ will give us a presentation about the encode/decode now in use on our repeaters.





I nominate ______________________ call ____________ for Ham of the Year for the following reasons:





Take to a meeting, or mail to:

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


Click Here  for a printable HOTY Nomination Form