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 2002   


The regular meeting for March takes place on Thursday the 14th.  However, it will be preceded by a Skywarn training update session.  The session will begin at 6PM, in the cafeteria of  BAMC Menominee.  A meteorologist from the Green Bay NWS office will present the session.  All members are encouraged to attend and take part in this very important meeting.  The regular club meeting will begin around 7:30pm, and be a short one, so everyone should be out by 8pm or shortly thereafter. The February club meeting was held on the 14th with only 10 members in attendance.  Because of that, no official business could be conducted, as we need a minimum of 14 to hold an official meeting.


Club members and guests are invited to attend the March 15, 2002 fish fry to be held at Berg's Chop House, US 41, Peshtigo.  Cocktails will be at 5:30, with dinner at 6:30.  Orders will be taken from the bar as members arrive.    RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!    Reservations are due no later than Saturday, March 9th.  Please contact Lynne N8OSK at 906-863-3573 or on the 2 meter or 440 repeater.


We are ahead of last year's membership figures with a total of 56 members on the roster. The newest member is Ron Storrm, WB9JRJ of Athelstane, WI.  He joined up at the February meeting.  Welcome aboard, Ron.  Our 55th member is Bill Gerber, W8CBH, of Rockford, MI.  He joined at the Charter Banquet, and is a former resident of Menominee. Glad to have you on the roster, Bill.


Our annual Charter banquet was held on February 2nd with 29 members, spouses and guests in attendance.  Don Michalski, W9IXG, the Wisconsin ARRL section manager was our special guest.  Jim Callow, K8IR treated us all to a video of the 2000 Ham radio Olympics, as well as several delightful "musical selections" related to amateur radio, courtesy of the Internet.  Thanks to Jim for bringing his sound system and TV set.

Lynne, N8OSK, gave out a number of gift certificates to several local restaurants.  Finally, the Ham of the Year plaque was given to Jeff, N9PQU. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of a special recognition certificate to Jim, AA9PB, by Don Michalski, in honor of Jim's QRP DXCC completion.  The look of surprise on Jim's face attested to the unexpected
nature of the award.

Pictures of the banquet can be seen on the the club webpage


* Many happy returns to W8HKY, age 101! ARRL member Mike Anuta, W8HKY, of Marinette, Wisconsin, remains active on VHF and UHF at the age of 101 and regularly participates in club nets. Anuta, who's quite possibly the League's oldest member, celebrated his 101st birthday February 4. The ARRL sent special greetings to Anuta when he attained centenarian status in 2001. He was first licensed as WN8HKY in 1952 during the early days of the Novice program. ARRL Wisconsin Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG, said he visited W8HKY at the Marinette-Menominee Amateur Radio Club <> annual charter banquet. "He wanted to pass along his gratitude to the club for their efforts in bringing area youngsters into the hobby," Michalski said. "He's an inspiration to everyone!"



* Wisconsin SM urges hams to push for governor's signature: Wisconsin Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG, is calling on amateurs in his section to urge Gov Scott McCallum to sign AB368, the Amateur Radio FCC PRB-1 Amateur Radio Antenna Protection Act. "If you have not sent a letter or e-mail to his office supporting AB368, please do so now!" Michalski said this week. He said McCallum's recent comments on emergency preparedness and public safety offer an opportunity to remind the governor that amateurs "are in concert with the governor's efforts to back our emergency services, and that we amateurs provide a valuable, free service" in supporting emergency response efforts. Once the measure reaches the governor's desk, he'll have until the end of April to sign the legislation. Additional information on AB368 is on the Wisconsin legislative Web site <> (under "2001 Legislative Activity" click on "Enrolled Bills" and then on "Enrolled AB368" at the left). To contact Gov McCallum, send e-mail to, fax 608-267-8983, or mail to The Office of the Governor, 115 East State Capitol, Madison, WI 53702.



Wisconsin QSO Party, Sun. March 10 - noon to 7pm Multi-op stations are being planned at AA9PB, K0SN, N9PQU, and W9YQ.  Anyone wanting to help operate is most welcome.  Contact Jeff, N9PQU for details.

Michigan QSO party
, Sat. April 20...

NEWDXA meeting at the Railhouse Restaurant 10:15am on April 20

FIELD DAY Sat. June 22 and Sun. June 23 at W9YQ's QTH in Oconto County.



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

M & M Amateur Radio Club
Minutes of the meeting held on
February 14, 2002

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by club President Jim K8IR.  We did not have a quorum, so no action could be taken on business on the agenda.

Ron Storrm WB9JRJ, was welcomed as the newest member of the club by President Jim K8IR.  Ron's wife Janice was also at the meeting.  They reside in Athelstane, Wisconsin.

The secretary's report was published in the Ground Wave.  Since there was no quorum, approval of the minutes will be at the next meeting with a quorum present.


Deposits:  dues $82.50
Charter Night Banquet $336.00
       Joyful Noise Coffeehouse gift certificates   $ 30.00
       Perkins Restaurant - gift certificates           $ 20.00
       City of Menominee - Henes Park rental fee
       for August 25, 2002 family picnic              $ 20.00
       Schussler's Supper Club - banquet           $369.43
       NuLife - ham of the year plaque               $  58.97
Balance in checking                                         $435.38
Balance in savings                                            $340.27

Total assets                                                               $775.65

                                                  Respectfully submitted,
                                                  Lynne Rynish N8OSK, Treasurer

Old business:  

       Jim K8IR and Lynne N8OSK read thank you notes from Mike Anuta W8HKY.  Club officers and Don Michalski W9IXG had visited Mike and Marianne Anuta prior to the Charter Night Banquet and Mike was appreciative of the visit.

New business:

      Testing will be held prior to the club meeting for anyone wishing to take any class test for amateur radio.  Testing will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Anyone who plans to test should notify Ed KG8CX or Jeff  N9PQU prior to that date, to ensure enough materials will be available.

      March 14th the club will participate in Weather Spotter Training at 6:00 p.m.  Renelle Schaffer KB9WKD , Marinette County Emergency Service Director, has arranged for a meteorologist from the Green Bay NOAA weather office to conduct the session.  A brief business meeting will follow the training session.  This training is open to the public.

     The Bay Area Wireless Association is asking all club members to participate in the Wisconsin QSO Party scheduled for March 10, 2002.  This contest runs for seven hours.  For further details regarding participation, members should contact Jeff N9PQU.  The BAWA group hopes to win the first place club award this year.

     Upcoming club events were discussed.  Field Day will be held at the QTH of Dwight W9YQ June 22nd and 23rd.  The club will have a special event station with the tentative date of September 14th and Green's Green Acres as the site.  Jim AA9PB will check on the availability of the site

     A volunteer was needed to arrange the next club fish fry.  Lynne N8OSK volunteered to set up a date and place.  Listen to the Sunday evening net and read the next Ground Wave for details.  Discussion regarding possibly going to Shaffer's for chicken was held.  No action was taken.

     Lynne N8OSK showed a mock up of a denim shirt for ARES/RACES participants.  Once pricing and other details are worked out, she will take orders from club members for the shirts.

      Jim K8IR reported no back packs will be permitted at the Hamvention this year for reason of security.

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,
                                                                                    Lynne Rynish
                                                                                    Secretary Pro-tem

Members attending the meeting:

Bob Schrader AA9GZ
Keith Tonn N9PQV
Jeff Rymer N9PQU
Dwight Bosselman W9YQ
John Goldschmidt KC9AXH
Ronald Storrm WB9JRJ
Steve Mellenthin KB9ZKO
Ed Engleman KG8CX
Jim Callow K8IR
Lynne Rynish N8OSK




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