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                                            July 2005


Our July meeting will be held on Thursday, July 14th at 7pm at Henes Park in Menominee. We’ll use the third pavilion if it’s available. Since Spies Library closes at 6pm during the summer months, we must move our meeting site during June, July, and August.  Come early and bring a picnic dinner.  The agenda will include a review of Field Day and plans for the special event station at the Menominee Waterfront Festival and the August 14th picnic. 

The complete agenda is included with this newsletter.



Field Day may never be quite the same. Thanks to the Bay Area Wireless Association’s new AIR CONDITIONED communications trailer, the W8PIF Field Day operators stayed cool and mosquito free. The trailer, combined with W8DXX’s fine 10KW tractor-powered generator setup, made our Field Day setup First Class.

Actually, only three of the five stations were housed in the trailer. Paul, WC9E set up his PSK31 and 6 meter operating position under a colorful umbrella, and enjoyed the fine weather. We also had a 2 meter station set up by Gary, KB9ZUW, a visitor from the Milwaukee area. Gary set up his station at his pickup truck.

Overall, 679 contacts made the log. Of the 34 people who attended, (21 of them club members) 14 made at least one contact. 9 year old Joey, W9JJC, had over 50 contacts, including a Sunday morning run on 75 meters where he had the rate meter up to 90 per hour for a while! Other youngsters at the mike included Tyler, KC9FKE, and Hannah Cunningham.  Another successful graduate of this year’s license classes, Gene, K9GGV, logged his first HF contact.

Certificates were given out to all who made at least one contact.

Thanks go out to everyone who participated in Field Day.  Special thanks to Jim, AA9PB, who coordinated the event; to Earl, KC8WJN, and Marge for being great hosts; to Dave, W8DXX for his tractor and generator, to Larry, N9OSF for contributing the fuel for the tractor, and BAWA for the use of the trailer.

The BAWA club served over 20 persons at their Saturday night dinner. Over $200 was raised, which will go towards improvements to the trailer.


Scenes from Field Day…W8DXX’s tractor-generator, the colorful WC9E station,  NS9R and Hannah, W9JJC learns about ladder line from the master, AA9PB.


W9JJC and K8IR running ‘em on 75.



The ARRL has just recently signed a MOU (memorandum of understanding) with the USPS (United States Power Squadron).  Amateur radio and boating seem to go hand in hand with many boaters having some form of amateur radio aboard their craft.  The M&M area does have an active Power Squadron organization.

Another MOU was signed over the Hamvention weekend with the CAP (Civil Air Patrol).   This could work very well into ARES/RACES training and activations, and introduce many CAP cadets to amateur radio and communications.   Our local CAP commander is Jason Lauzer, W9JTL, who also heads up the Menominee Co. ARES/RACES team, in addition to being a certified flight instructor and private pilot. 

An MOU has also been in effect for some time with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.   Ham radio is extensively utilized  by both groups whenever fail-safe communications are needed in times of disaster.  The twin county area also has active Red Cross and Salvation Army chapters.

As all can see, amateur radio is a key component of, and is recognized by, many national organizations.



Congratulations to KB9IMX and KG9BI (Sally and Al Mans) on their anniversary, July 1.  The following have birthdays this month... 2...Ed Engleman, KG8CX;  Arde Nelson, KA9WAR;  3...Bob Osier, AA9IB; 5...Lou Parkansky, AA9JH;   15...Tanya Parkansky; 21…Elizabeth Pearson. Congratulations to all. 

Lou, AA9JH has been hospitalized for over a month at the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.  Lou says he not sure when they will be letting him come home, but hopes he might be back for the picnic.  Lou’s XYL, Tanya was also hospitalized after a fall in Milwaukee, but is doing well, and is staying with Lou’s brother until Lou is able to come home. We hope to see both of you soon!

You can send Lou a card at:

Zablocki VA Medical Center

5000 West National Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53295




July 14th, 2005



1.    Call meeting to order

2.    Pledge of Allegiance

3.    Recognize guests and/or new members

Members introduce themselves with their call sign and talk about their HAM Radio activities in the past month. DX Stations worked, Antenna Projects, Contests worked, etc.

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


5.    Treasurer's Report (Paul)


6.    Communications to read (any club officer)

7.    Repeaters report

     Update on the W8PIF repeater operation.


8.    Net report (Ed)


9.    Old Business....
Picnic updates. WC9E
Boys & Girls Club update. WC9E

Club insurance / Repeater Committee report.


10.           New Business...
-   Creation of Election Committee

-         August Lighthouse Activation

-         Open to any member.





June 9, 2005


Meeting called to order by VP Dwight Bosselman at 7:00pm

Pledge to the flag.

Congratulations to Jason Lauzer W9JTL ,appointed EC for Menominee County.

There will be an organizational meeting Sun. June 12 Wallace, MI. at 11:30 am

Bob Johnson AA8UT  Guest



EdKG8CX talked about the wonderful response for the Skywarn Call ups.  Total for the 2 call ups was 34spotters.

Bob AA9GZdisplayed the award he won for all 3,078 counties in the USA.

Secretary's report was approved as printed in the Ground Wave.

Treasurer report:  Checking $628.45 Savings $679.36   Total$1,307.81.

Quarterly report is due in July.  Accepted as stated.

Paul WC9E sold raffle tickets.for a packet controller and misc. maps, directory, Magazines

Communications:  none


Repeater committee:

K8IR gave a report on the insurance needed for a tower climber.  The climber should be a professional and preferably someone we know. Hire a person who would do it on a weekend.

ARRL club insurance $327.00 covers club activities.

Jim Swanson was quoted ...the insurance is our problem in regards to the tower climber.  What ever we want to do.



Red Arrow Park August 14 noon..$5.00 each and a dish to pass.

More in the Ground Wave


Field Day...June 25&26  

AA9PB latest info will be in the Ground Wave.


New HAMS should be there to set up a radio, build an antenna put it in the air, and learn hoe it could be used in an emergency.

Let AA9PB know if you have an available lap top

Building antennas will start June 24 at 5:pm at Earl  Bramschreibers.

Money for Field Day will be $250.00.

One expense will be a portajohn.

Larry N9OSF will donate 30 gallons of diesel fuel for the generators.

AA9PB Field Day needs new blood..if no new people are interested should we have one next year?


Education Committee:

DAR update  Paul met with Rich C. the Director of DAR and he is very interested . The new building is the old Roosevelt School we would have a room that is locked .  Computer access possibility of a coax to the roof.

They have 1200 members. Ages 6 to 18.  Open 6:30 am to 5:30pm in the summer and until 8:pm in the winter. 

Suggested Tyler and Joey go and talk and show a video to encourage members to sign up for classes.


Education committee stated no classes until fall.   They will meet together to discuss this further.


Old Business:

Arde KA9WAR reminded us of the T34 planes (1950) that will be using our airport the Thurs,Fri,Sat,Sun.July 21,22,23,24, before Oshkosh and the EAA. 17 aircraft be here for formation flying practice. They would appreciate AAMRC help with communications,. the busiest will be Sat Sun. 

Needed will be a net control in the terminal and 3 or 4 in cars one at the end of the long runway.

 Sat. there will be a fly in for breakfast.



Winner Jim K8IR......$36.00 for the treasury.

Adjourn:  8:05pm.



Dwight Bosselman    w9yq
Valerie Hallam             kc8wai
Paul Drees                   wc9e
Joseph Callow               w9jjc
Tyler Lehman               kc9fke
Ed Engleman                kg8cx
Dave Arnold                   w8dxx
Gene Voelker                k9ggv
Arde Nelson                   ka9war
Bob Johnson                 aa8ut
Bob Schrader                aa9gz
Earl Bramschreiber        kc8wjn
Jim Voss                        kc8wjo
Bob Jarnutowski            k8rj
Larry Bucholtz                n9osf
Jason Lauzer                 w9jtl
Jim Callow                       k8ir
George Benoit                n9ugg
Jim Mans                        aa9pb
Tom Hellem                    k0sn
Kurt Berge                       k8bka





M&M Amateur Radio Club CHECKING



Date                 Number            Transaction                   Payment           Deposit            Balance

4/12/2005        732                  Postmaster Rental         38.00                                       590.54

4/14/2005                                Jim Voss-Books           29.09                                       561.45

4/18/2005        DEP                 Dues                                                    15.00               576.45

4/18/2005        DEP                 Raffle                                                   52.00               628.45

6/11/2005        DEP                 Dues N9UGG                                      15.00               643.45

6/11/2005        DEP                 Raffle                                                   36.00               679.45

6/11/2005        DEP                 Picnic W9YQ                                       10.00               689.45

6/11/2005        733                  J S Electronics              90.00                                       599.45


M&M Amateur Radio Club SAVINGS

6/7/2005          DEP                 BANK INTEREST                              1.15                 679.36



                                                                                    Checking                                  599.45

                                                                                    Savings                                     679.36


                                                                                    TOTAL                                 $1278.81


                                                                           Submitted by Paul Drees, WC9E, Treasurer



Club members & guests are cordially invited to attend the annual

M & M Amateur Radio Club Family Picnic


   Date:               Sunday, August 14, 2005

       Place:              Red Arrow Park

                               Marinette, WI

Time:              12:00 p.m.  social

                           1:00  p.m.  lunch


                        Hosts: Paul & Maxine Drees


The club will barbeque the meat selection(s).  (To be determined) 

Each club member is asked to provide a food item to share.  (see below) 




Price per person: $ 5.00 per adult

$ 3.00 per child ages 12 and under


Reservations are required and must be submitted with your check no later than Sunday, August 7th.  Make check payable to the M & M Amateur Radio Club and mail to:


M & M Amateur Radio Club Picnic

P. O. Box 1082

Marinette, WI  54143

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mail this portion with your check


Name of club member ___________________________  Call sign _______________ 


Number of reservations               _________ @ $ 5.00 per adult 

                                                      _________ @ $ 3.00 per child

                                                      Amount enclosed $____________


Please choose an item to share, and call Maxine Drees at 715-735-7397 so we know what you plan to bring:

Pasta salad,  Cheese tray,  Crackers,  Fresh veggie platter,  Bags of snacks,  Dessert.