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

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

The MMARC Newsletter                                                 March 2000 



Plan on attending the next meeting on March 9th in the cafeteria of BAMC in Menominee, beginning at 7pm.   We had a nice turnout at the February meeting despite the snowy conditions.  Thanks to those who drove in from a considerable distance.  We will hear a review of the charter banquet, update on the weather spotting session scheduled for April, discussion on Field Day and other items that may come up.


Our 50th anniversary banquet on Feb. 26, was attended by 55 persons. This was our largest gathering for a charter banquet in recent years.  Heading the list of special guests was the Wisconsin ARRL section manager, Don Michalski, W9IXG, Bette Kratz, KF9ZU, ARRL club coordinator for Wisconsin, and her husband Art, N9TD.  Also invited as a guest was Debra Wormwood, Menominee County 911 director.

Special lifetime memberships and recognition plaques were  given out to several longtime club members.  They are:  Kurt Berge,  K8BKA, John Edquist, W8NZV, and Doc Brennan, WA9SKK.  Two others who  could not attend were Bob Johnson, AA9UT, and Howard Sorenson, W8ZPU.  They will receive their recognition at a later date.  We all appreciate  the many years of dedicated service these ham have given to the local  club and to amateur radio.  We are proud and fortunate to have these  people in our local ham community.  The club received a large plaque  from the ARRL in recognition of our 50th anniversary, which was presented by the Wisconin section manager.  In addition the Bay Area Wireless Association  (BAWA), was presented with a 100% ARRL membership plaque from the Wisconsin ARRL  club coordinator.  Lynne, N8OSK, handed out commemorative historical booklets to all  members present.  She spent considerable time within the past months working on the booklet, and we all appreciate it.  Well done, Lynne.  Members who did not attend the banquet can pick up their copy at the next club meeting, or send a 9 x 12 self-address envelope with 77 cents postage to the club P.O. Box and we will mail your copy.  Special club pens were handed out to members present.   We will have some available for those members who could not attend the banquet at the next meeting.  See Lynne if you would like additional pens, for which there will be a  $5.00 charge. The proceeds from the sale of pens will go towards our  repeater antenna fund which is growing.

We would like to thank Schussler's Supper Club in Peshtigo for the excellent family style meal and the facilities.


A reminder about the special training and review session scheduled for April 13th to be conducted by a staff meteorologist from the NOAA Green Bay office, who is also a ham operator.  He comes highly recommended. The session will begin at 6pm in the cafeteria of BAMC in Menominee.  It should last about 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours.  Our regular April meeting will then begin following the conclusion of the session.  It will be short, and we should be out by 8:30 or sooner.  We are looking for a decent turnout from the club members.  Severe weather season will shortly be upon us, and the more training or review we have, the more effective we can be in weather spotting techniques.


This year, our annual summer picnic will be held at the Lake Nocquebay park in Marinette county.  The date is Sunday, Aug. 13th.  It is located about 15 miles northwest of Marinette right on the lake, with a large picnic and play area, shelters, swimming and boating. The large pavilion has been reserved for us.  A $2 per car fee is charged by the county for admission. Maxine Drees, the XYL of WC9E, is in charge of the planning, and promises some surprises and loads of fun.  More details coming up in future newsletters.  Circle this date on your calendars.


The next Fish Fry social event will be held on March 24th  at the "Sizzlin' Grille Steakhouse" (formerly he Brass Lantern) on Hwy 180.  Make your reservations by March 19th on the Sunday net or at the March meeting. Times: 6:00pm social hour, 7:00pm dinner.  Members and their guests are invited.


A VE session will be held on March 11th in the IMC (library) of  Marinette High School, starting with registration at 9am.  Let WC9E know if you are planning to attend this session which is primarily for those who wish to upgrade to General or Extra BEFORE April 15th. All classes of exams will be given, Novice through Extra.  These will be from the current question pools, NOT the new revised one.  Bring two forms of  ID , a copy of your CSCE, or current license, and $6.65.  The Novice written and 5 wpm code are free.   This will change, however, with the NEW question pools which go into effect on April 15.  ALL tests, Technician, General, and Extra, will cost $6.65.  Another VE session will be scheduled after April 15, and will be announced on the repeater and in the April newsletter.


Our classes started on February 8th, with 13 students showing up.  Several more registered at the second session, which shows a healthy interest in amateur radio this time around. This is probably the largest and most dedicated group of individuals we've had in some years.  The following club members have volunteered as instructors and elmers to the class: WC9E, KG8CX, K8IR, NT9B, N9JFC, KG9GH, KG9AD, AA9PB. 

Others are encouraged to join in.  Just come to a class session, and tell us you would like to be an elmer or help out as an instructor. Testing for the students will take place AFTER April 15, using the new Technician question pool.  A date will be announced in time for the April newsletter.



Classes continue to proceed in a positive way.  As of Feb. 23, we had 14 students who seem dedicated to getting their amateur licenses.  They constructed a morse code device from a doorbell buzzer and 9 volt battery.  This project was under the direction of Eric, KG9GH.  Next up is a session on antennas.  Code practice is given for about 20 minutes each session, directed by Dan, NT9B, and Jim. K8IR.


Since we do have scanner and shortwave listeners within the area, and some of the prospective ham students do listen to our transmissions, it is in our best interests to  use amateur radio in such a manner as to demonstrate the highest level of on the air conversation and camaraderie.  We all want these prospective hams to achieve the highest possible levels of operating effectiveness.  We can all be teachers to these and other persons who may embrace or reject our hobby based on what they hear on the air.  We will soon have a new crop of hams who will be looking for good conversation and the desire to assist in public service activities with their amateur privileges.


Check the BAWA website for the latest newsletter.  It can also be accessed from the N9PQU homepage.  Links to both sites can be found on the KG8CX/M&M ARC webpage.


As many of you know, each copy of the newsletter can now be read online through the club website.  Printed copies via the U.S. mail will still be available for those without internet access.  If you would prefer not to receive the postal copy, and you have internet access, let K8IR know, and you will be removed from the mailing list. Those who elect to receive the electronic version will be advised each month via e-mail when the new edition is posted on the Web.


Looks like Field Day activities will again be located at K0SN's QTH.  The BAWA group will also set up there as well , much like last year.  We are also thinking of having a cookout on Saturday for all participants and visitors.  Dates for FD are June 24th and 25th.


Tis the season for all good hams to ponder their next purchase.  Several good ones are on the horizon.  The AES Superfest 2000 will be held on April 7-8 in Milwaukee.  The Madison swap/hamfest is set for Sunday April 9th in Stoughton, WI; and the BIG one, the Dayton Hamvention will be held
May 19-21.  This one will be HUGE, with acres of swapfest goodies outdoors, and several hundred dealers and manufacturers inside Hara Arena. Dozens of forums are scheduled.  This year, the ARRL national convention will be held at the same time in Dayton, which should increase attendance and push the Hamvention to new heights.  Several local members are planning to make the pilgrimage this year.  Check their website which can be accessed from the club Webpage.


With a single exception, the venerable FCC Form 610 now is history. The FCC phased out the documents February 16. Amateur Radio applicants now must use the Universal Licensing System forms (Forms 605, 606) for all purposes. There is one exception: FCC Form 610B Club Station application continues to be valid until the FCC finalizes its privatized club station call sign administrator program.



Birthday greetings this month go to Elaine Nelson, 11;  George Benoit, 15; Cole Haskell, 18;  Steve Haskell, 22;  Mary Grenier, 23;  John Edquist, 24; and Marty Eggener, 29.  Special anniversary wishes go to Lynne and Tom Rynish on the 14th.



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



The meeting for February 10, 2000 was called to order at 7:06pm by President K8IR Jim.

N8OSK Lynne presented the Treasurer's report balance in checking account $124.82 and savings account $583.49 total assets $708.31. Lynne reported donations received of this date $20.00 for the new Two-Meter Antenna.

The minutes of the January Meeting were published in the February Groundwave. A motion was made by K0SN Tom and seconded by WC9E Paul that the Treasurer's report and January Minutes be approved as printed. All in favor.

Noel reported that the repeater is still working and Jim reminded everyone that the club is still taking donations for the new repeater antenna that will be installed this summer. Ed reported that last week net checkins was 26. The average is around 15 to 20 hams checking in for the Sunday net.


The next fish fry will be in March.

WC9E reported that for the ham classes the first class was held with 13 students attending all very interested in ham radio. Paul reported that for the next session on Tuesday there may be 4 or 5 more students coming to the class. At this time no schedule for testing yet for the next VE Session. Testing will take place sometime in March before April 15 and 3rd week in April for the new class of students.

Ed reported everything is set for the Charter Banquet on February 26. A overhead projector will be rented for $12.00 from J & D Rental.


The new question pool is available on the ARRL site for all three classes of licenses and be sure to look at the correct set of questions.

The weather spotting class will be on April 13 starting at 6:00pm at the BAMC in Menominee and the amateur radio meeting will be at 7:30pm or whenever spotting class is over.

Field day is June 24 and 25 and will take place again out at K0SN's place. The club thanks Tom for allowing Field Day to take place there.

The summer picnic will be in August but at this time no location for sure. All local places are taken for August. Lynne reported that Lake Nouquebay Park is open for August and the cost is $2.00 per car to enter the county park in Marinette county. Everyone seems in favor of Lake Nouquebay Park for the picnic. Lynne will check this out.

K8IR reported that the Dayton Hamvention is May 19-21 and asked how many here are going.

Also AES Superfest is April 8. Manitowoc swapfest is April 13.

Motion to adjourn by WC9E Paul and seconded by N8OSK Lynne all in favor.

Meeting adjourned at 7:26pm.


Submitted by Gary W Luthardt KG9AD, Secretary

Persons  in attendance at the meeting:

Gary Luthardt KG9AD
Ed Engleman KG8CX
Jim Callow K8IR
Lynne Rynish N8OSK
Nathan Luthardt KB9NNV
Noel Beardsley K8NB
David Arnold W8DXX
John Edquist W8NZV
Larry Buchholz N9OSF
Jeff Rymer N9PQU
Tom Hellem K0SN
Paul Drees WC9E