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

The MMARC Newsletter                                                March 2001


Our March meeting will be held in conjunction with our first fish fry of 2001.  The date is Friday, March 9th at Schusslers in Peshtigo, WI.  Social hour begins at 5:30, and orders taken shortly thereafter.  We should be ready to be seated by 6:30pm and order from the menu. Remember, NO meeting on Thursday, March 8th. Instead the March meeting will follow the fish fry on Friday March 9 at Schusslers Supper Club. Reservations to Lynne, N8OSK, or Ed, KG8CX by Friday March 2nd.  See you all at Schusslers.

Some items on the agenda for March include..

(a) review of the charter banquet
(b) upcoming weather spotters session (c) possible sites for May, June, July meetings
(d) Lighthouse special event/location
(e) WI QSO party effort
(f)  Preparations for Field Day
(g) Update on ham classes
(h) 440 repeater update
(i)  other business as may come up...



Our 51st annual banquet was held at the Best Western Riverfront Inn on Saturday February 10th.  38 members and their spouses attended.  Jim, K8IR played his usual masterful role as MC for the evening.  Lynne, N8OSK, received the 2000 Ham of the Year award, and in turn recognized some other members for the help she has gotten in the past in carrying out club activities.  Don Michalski, W9IXG, Wisconsin ARRL section manager, gave a short presentation.  Video of the ARRL presentation to Mike ,W8HKY,was shown.  Numerous prizes to area restaurants were given out. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the camaraderie was much in evidence. For other pictures of the event, check the "KG8CX/M&M Radio Club"website.


On Saturday February 9th prior to the banquet, Don, W9IXG, and the club officers met at Mike's apartment.  Don officially presented the ARRL plaque honoring Mike on his 100th birthday, and a letter from Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, executive VP of ARRL.  Mike was extremely appreciative of the award, and entranced us with several anecdotes of his life experiences.  We are indeed fortunate to have someone of his caliber in our midst.  May you have many more birthdays, Mike.  We all look forward to hearing you check in to our Sunday net.


Mark the date of April 12th on your calendar.  A weather spotters training/re-training class will be held at the Menominee Chamber of Commerce building, corner of 10th and 10th in Menominee.  The session will begin at 6pm, with a regular club  meeting to follow around 8pm.


Since we will not have our usual meeting location at BAMC Menominee back until July or August, we are planning other locations for the interim. Stay tuned for updates.


By Jim Mans, AA9PB

BAWA Secretary/Treasurer

The BAY AREA WIRELESS ASSOCIATION is in need of a little help. First I will explain BAWA. We are a group of amateurs dedicated to HF Radio and all that goes along with it, as in CONTESTING, ANTENNAS, RADIO AND EQUIPMENT REPAIR AND MODIFICATION, ELMERING, ASSISTING OTHERS IN TOWER AND ANTENNA WORK, COMPUTER PROBLEM SOLVING, DXING, ETC., and general HF operation. If anyone has ever needed help with any kind of HF problem, and asked for help, odds are it was a BAWA member that was there to help.  When BAWA was formed, we wanted to make sure that we did not “take away” from the M&M ARC,  so it is our policy that you must first be a member in good standing of the M&M ARC to become a BAWA member. Last year the BAWA team did a few contests and without going into detail on all the contests, we did rather well as individuals and as a group. We also won the M&M ARC a very nice plaque for being the TOP club in Michigan in the Michigan QSO party. This was presented to the club at Charter Night.

This March on the 11th we will be taking the biggest step as a club in contesting, and again without going into detail, we are undertaking a huge challenge. We are putting together a multi-station team to compete in the Wisconsin QSO Party. Our problem is we don’t have quite enough personnel to successfully execute the team’s “Game Plan”. All we need is one or two more people who want to be part  of our contest team for a day. You don’t have to operate or be an experienced contester to join us. However, if you want to operate, you can and will. We have the idea that everyone is good at something different, and feel with this concept in mind we will have a good “team”. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact me, (AA9PB) via e-mail at  or on 2 meters on 146.55. If I’m not there, call Jeff, N9PQU, or check into the BAWA net  on Monday nights at 7:00 on 146.55.


Paul, WC9E reports the Ham Training is going “great guns”.  There are 10 students enrolled this year, and 9 club members have volunteered as “elmers” who will provide individual tutoring.  There will be additional support via e-mail and group activities.  Anyone who would like to help with instruction in particular areas, or with demonstrations of the various modes of amateur radio should contact Paul.

We are planning a VE testing session for mid-April for the convenience of the graduates of the training, and anyone else. Contact Paul if you are interested in testing.


Lou, formerly W2PY, has now received his original call back, AA9JH.  He acknowledges he should never have applied for a vanity call.  Everyone just couldn't get used to the W2PY, especially on DX contacts, where he was usually thought to be from the east coast.  Lou, caught himself many times, reverting to the AA9JH call.   Welcome back....AA9JH.


Congratulations and best wishes to Lynne and Tom Rynish on their anniversary, March 14.  Also, the following birthdays occur this month: Elaine Nelson, 11th... George Benoit, 15th... Mary Grenier, 23rd... John Edquist, 24th... Marty Eggener, 24th.  Hope your day is most enjoyable.


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


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

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