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                                                July 2001


 The construction at BAMC-Marinette is done, and we can again meet at the BAMC-Menominee Cafeteria for our July 12th meeting, at 7pm. 

 Tentative agenda: 
  a.  444 repeater news
  b.  Field Day update
  c.  Nomination committee
  d.  Special event station plans, schedules, etc.
  e.  August picnic plans


           W9YQ running 'em on 20CW          

Field Day 2001 has come and gone, with  a re-doubling of efforts from last year.  Running in class 3E (Home Station, Generator Power), from W9YQ’S beautiful Oconto County QTH, W8PIF logged 1036 QSO’S. We worked every ARRL section except the elusive Northwest Territories. Over a dozen operators and visitors took part in the weekend event. Along with the operating, we had the best FD food yet...walleye (AA9PB recipe), tenderloin (supplied by K8IR and grilled to perfection by N8LHB), and a superb sloppy joe dish (created by Connie, W9YQ's XYL). In addition, Jim, AA9PB, made breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Those "yellow" scrambled eggs were great. :-) 

Special recognition goes to the all the operators, who burned up the bands, but still had time for fun, food, and relaxation.  The ops were: K8IR, KG8CX, W9YQ, AA9PB, N9PQU, AA9JH, N9UGG, N9PQV, N8OSK, N8LHB, and Jake Mans, who is only 12 years, but worked the stations and logged like a seasoned veteran.  Word is he will enter the ham ranks soon. Thanks again, Dwight, for a memorable two days in Oconto County.  Those who did not make it to FD this year missed out on a great year? 


444.075 BACK ON THE AIR…

After an absence of nearly a year, the Club’s 444 repeater was back on the air at high noon on June 30th.

At the June meeting, the membership  approved a motion to move the 444 repeater and antenna back to the BAMC site in Menominee.  Because we wanted input from as many members as possible, it became the main topic at the meeting.

Previous plans were to install the 444 repeater along with the 147.000 machine at KC8DOA’s tower.  However the club decided to use the BAMC site for the reasons...
(1)  to keep a viable presence at the BAMC Menominee facility, with one operating repeater.
(2)  to have a secondary or backup repeater system for ARES, Skywarn, and general communications.
(3)  to have two operating systems at  separate locations.... in the event something should happen to the power or structural integrity at one site, we would still have the use of a functional repeater.
(3)  the opportunity to do the move at an early date using the dual band antenna purchased by the club last year.

The June 30th 444 repeater move and antenna install sent smoothly, with nary an appearance from "Murphy".  We now have a functioning 2nd repeater, with decent coverage.  


KG9GH and K8NB with the 444 machine

KG8CX checked the range shortly after the install , and found it full scale to Peshtigo, with only slight dropouts between there and Oconto.  Because of the nature of 440 propagation, more variability in signal due to vegetation,
hills, valley, buildings was noted, but still it’s a great improvement over what we had before on 444.  HT coverage within the M&M area, and Peshtigo as well, is now possible with excellent signal strength.  George, N9UGG, now is able to access the repeater with decent signals with just a small mobile antenna on a shelf above his radio, from his mobile home on the southwest edge of town, about 7 miles from the repeater..  He could never do that before, even from his previous location in the middle of town, with an outside antenna. KB9ZKO, was able to access the machine with an HT, from his location north of "G" in Marinette Co.  Good signals were reported from Door Co. as well, and Jeff, N9PQU, is able to now access it full quieting with 5 watts from his QTH 20 miles west of the repeater. Good job, and thanks to....* * Noel, K8NB...Eric, KG9GH...Tom, N8LHB...Dwight, W9YQ...Bob, W9AMZ...Jim, K8IR...Gary, KG9AD...Nate, KB9NNV...and official "picture taker" Ed, KG8CX.

And special thanks to KC8DOA and BAMC for allowing us to locate our repeaters at their sites.



Don't forget our "event" of the summer on August 4th at Marina Park in Menominee, the site of the annual Waterfront Festival.  We will be set up in a tent on the grounds, and be running a "Lighthouse" Special event station from 11am to 4pm.  We need operators and volunteers to help set up in the morning and take down later.  We want to be as
visible as possible, using both HF, 2 meters and 440.    Plans are to have Don Michalski, the WI ARRL section manger attend, and bring some ARRL materials.  In addition, we plan on having a "Powerpoint presentation" on amateur radio run continuously on a portable laptop computer, including scenes of local amateur radio operations.   We are also looking into the possibility of having a weatherproof banner in place advertising the club.

Talk up the special event station, and encourage others to either attend, or listen for us on the air.  Information will be in the August issue of QST and CQ Magazines. We also will probably have some forms for people to fill out if they are interested in getting their amateur licenses, and would like more info. We can really "sell" our hobby this time, as 5000+ people will be passing by, and we can give them something unique in addition to the many food booths, entertainment, and waterfront activities.  Come to the July meeting and hear it all outlined.



Club members now have easier access our club’s websites. K8IR has registered the domain name, W8PIF.COM and donated it to the club.  Just type  into your browser, and you will be taken to a page with links to KG8CX’s Club Pages as well as K8IR’s Ground Wave Archives.  No more trying to remember the long URL’s to those sites. We can easily make links to any other club-related sites.  Any suggestions are welcome.


NOAA weather in Green Bay called us up on June 16th in response to a severe thunderstorm watch for our area.  Several reports of trees down and strong winds were made to the local net control who relayed them to Green Bay.  The net was up for one hour.  Thanks to all who participated.  They were: AA9JH, K8IR, AA9PB, N9PQV, N8LHB, N8OSK, AA9GZ, K8NB, WC9E, KG9GH, KB9EYL, and net control KG8CX.
We consistently get great response from area hams whenever a Skywarn net is called up.  NOAA weather is appreciative of the fact that Marinette Co., and Menominee Co. (MI) can always be counted on for severe weather



Diana Jaruntowski, XYL of Bob, W9AMZ, received her new call recently. She is now KC8RSM.  A new Yaesu VX-5 will be in her hands by the time you read this.  Congratulations to you Diana, and we all look forward to
hearing another YL on the bands.  Upgrading is also in her long range plans.


Looks like the 3 band VX-5R is becoming the HT of choice among many area hams.  It covers 2 meter, 440, and the 6 meter band, as well as all frequencies from the AM broadcast band right up to 999 MHz.  Area hams who have one in their hands are:  KG9AD, KG8CX, WC9E, N8LHB, KC8RCW, and KC8RGE (Patti Douville).



Jeff , 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



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;  7...Bob Johnson, AA8UT;  15...Tanya Parkansky;  30...Terry Dobzenski, N9JFC.  Congratulations to all. 



Thanks to Peninsula Office Equipment of Menominee for printing the Ground Wave.

Thanks to Jim, KC8DOA for hosting the W8PIF 147 Repeater on his tower.





With the President out of town on work duties the meeting of June 14 was called to order at 7:15pm by Vice-president Ed Engleman KG8CX.

The minutes for the May meeting were in the ground wave with a motion made by N9UGG George and seconded by KB9WKD Renelle. All in favor.

The Treasurer's report shows a balance of $192.72 in the checking account and $340.27 in the savings account for total assets of $532.99 A bill in the amount of $90.50 will be paid for the Now You're Talking Books donated by the club to the three public libraries and the three public high schools.




ARES  Jeff is the one in charge for Marinette County and Lynne is the one in charge for Menominee County. More information and meetings on this will be held in the future.

Ed reported that all six Now You're Talking Books will have a label in them showing that they were donated by The M&M Amateur Radio Club.




Ed reported that Field Day will be held again at W9YQ's location. June 23 and 24.

The special event station will be on August 4th set up in a tent in Menominee for the lighthouse special event week. Will be in QST and CQ with operation from 11:00am to 4:00pm local time. Don Michalski W9IXG will be there to provide various ARRL materials to pass out. This event will be held with the Menominee Waterfront Festival with a large crowd of people much exposure to Amateur Radio.

The picnic is August 26th and will be held at  Henes Park.

The Corn Roast in the talking stage we may and may not have one this year. If we do have one it will be in September probably at Green Acres.

At this time unknown if we will have our July meeting at the BAMC in Menominee. Everyone will be advised on this and as to where the meeting will be held.

The 444 repeater situation was brought up and after much discussion a vote was taken with paper ballots and the outcome was to put the antenna the dual band antenna the club purchased through donations on top of the tower at the BAMC site. This will all be done on Saturday June 30. The 444 repeater will be moved to the BAMC site. The 444 repeater has been off since August Ed reported.


Motion made by Bob AA9GZ and seconded by Lynne N8OSK  to adjourn. Ed Adjourned meeting at 7:56pm from Henes Park.


Submitted by Gary W Luthardt KG9AD, Secretary

Persons who signed in for attendance at the meeting of June 14, 2001

Lynne Rynish   N8OSK
Tom Rynish   N8LHB
Paul Drees   WC9E
Vicky Cunningham   KB9ZKO
Noel Beardsley   K8NB
Jeff Rymer   N9PQU
Mary Rymer   KB9TPC
Ashly Rymer
Brandon Rymer
Jim Mans  AA9PB
Larry Buchholz   N9OSF
Nancy Buchholz   KA9UZC
Kieth Tonn  N9PQV
David Cunningham   NS9R
Bob Schrader   AA9GZ
George Benoit   N9UGG
Louis S Parkansky   AA9JH
Dwight Bosselman   W9YQ
Nathan Luthardt   KB9NNV
Renelle Schaffer   KB9WKB
Ed Engleman   KG8CX
Gary Luthardt   KG9AD