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                                             May 2003


Our next meeting will be on May 8th, 7:00pm in the cafeteria of BAMC in Menominee.  This may be our last at that location which we have had for many years.  A new location is being sought, and as soon as something comes up, we will let all know.  In the meantime, we have been considering picnic meetings for the summer months.  Hopefully, we will come up with something in time for the September meeting.  In the meantime let's have a good turnout for what may be our final meeting at BAMC. Field Day planning will be the main topic of discussion.



Our testing session of April 10th was 100% successful.  Earl Bramschreiber and Jim Voss both tested and passed with flying colors.  Both Earl and Jim received their Technician tickets.  Jim also passed the 5 wpm Morse code which gives him some HF privileges on most bands as well as phone on the 28.300 to 28.500 portion of ten meters.

Both received their new calls exactly one week later...Mark these down.

Earl, KC8WJN and Jim, KC8WJO

Congratulations to the area's two newest ham radio operators. 



At the April meeting three new members were approved for membership.  They are Joe, N9LLA and his XYL, Terrie, N9MPR, of Luxemburg, WI.  Joe has attended several of our functions already.  We appreciate their driving all the way up from Luxemburg to attend the meeting. 

Also, Jim Voss, KC8WJO became a member at the April meeting and we welcome him as well.  The club now has 57 members.   



On Wednesday April 23rd, Earl, KC8WJN made the trek to Milwaukee to stock up on some ham gear.  He was accompanied by Ed, KG8CX and Dwight, W9YQ.  He is now the proud owner of a dual band mobile radio, mag-mount antenna, MFJ analyzer, power supply and a dual band HT, which he acquired a day earlier.   Earl plans to build his own antennas and put up a good-sized tower on his property northwest of Menominee.  We'll all be looking for you on the vhf bands.  Have fun with your new privileges.



Only time will tell how the M&M ARC did in the club score competition in this year’s Michigan QSO Party, but there probably wasn’t another club that worked as hard to put up their point total.

Once again, the W8PIF call was a familiar one during the 12 hour competition on Saturday April 19th. The multi-transmitter operation from the Bog Jumpers Deer Camp in Menominee County (you may remember it as the site of last year’s Field Day) was manned by K8NB, W9YQ, K0SN, NS9R, AA9PB AND SON JAKE.  They logged 1270 QSO’s, and a claimed score of 350,946.

Meanwhile, Jeff, KE9S, did his one-man show from a cabin in Iron County,  Jeff set up and took down the station alone, and logged 535 QSO’s and 83, 433 points. 




Jim, K8IR, and Ed, KG8CX, made their second annual mobile trip across the UP. Despite battling dense fog, heavy rain, and frogs (!) on the roadway, the pair logged 571 QSO’s from 11 counties and 111,618 points  




All the stations reported higher scores as compared to last year, when a solar flare made for very poor propagation.



We will decide on the location for the 2003 Field Day event, to be held June 28 and 29.  We are hoping to find a spot where the public has reasonable access, but a number of locations have been proposed.  We have had some great locations in the past, and perhaps we can return to one of them again this year. 



The 147.000 and 444.075 M&M ARC repeaters have been operating flawlessly for some time now, thanks to Noel, K8NB our expert repeater trustee and technician.  The 444 machine continues to function very well with its extended coverage, compared to what it was.  A return of the 147 machine to the 400 foot tower site north of the city is still hoped for once the wind static problem is corrected.  We are hoping that will occur sometime this year.

The Abrams 146.835 and Wausaukee link repeater project is moving ahead at a steady pace.  A new 100 watt repeater is online at the Abrams site.  The Wausaukee frequency has been approved by W.A.R. (Wis. Assn. of Repeaters), and the equipment for that site is already in the hands of Bill, WA8WG.  At this time, a projected timetable of mid to late June is planned to put the link system online.  There are also plans to put a receive site in Marinette which will tie into the system, but this is a future decision.  Once established, the linked system will cover Brown, Oconto, Marinette, Menominee, and portions of Door, Outagamie, Shawano, Manitowoc, Kewaunee counties in Wisconsin, as well as Delta, Dickinson, Forest,

Florence and Iron counties in Michigan.  It will open up reliable communications for hams to most of NE Wisconsin and the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan.   During band openings, this can extend as far west as Wausau and central Wisconsin, and up to Marquette and the copper country in the U.P. 


The first official Skywarn activation of the year was called during the evening of April 15th.  A line of severe thunderstorms was forming in Shawano and Oconto counties that were moving in our direction.  Both the 147.000 and 146.835 repeaters were activated, with most of the action being in Oconto county.  Net control there was Dave, NS9R, assisted by Earl, KB9DSV.  Jeff, KE9S, the ARES coordinator for both Marinette and Oconto counties also relayed reports to the Green Bay office on behalf of the Abrams system.  A total of 14 stations (9 fixed and 5 mobile) responded to the M&M ARC call on the 147 repeater. 

About 50% of club membership has taken weather spotter training over the past several years, most on an annual refresher basis, conducted by either the NOAA weather office at Marquette or the NOAA office in Green Bay.  We often have the largest number of hams responding throughout the 20 county Green Bay weather office region.  The weather office meteorologists really appreciate the cooperation they receive from the Marinette, Menominee and Oconto county area hams.



Effective May 1, the address for the W8 incoming QSL Bureau will change to W8 QSL Bureau, PO Box 307, W Chester, OH 45071-0307. Jay Slough, K4ZLE <>, has been named to replace the retiring Ed Gassman, N8HTT, who has managed the W8 QSL Bureau for several years



June 1 - 7 is Driving Safety Week.  Learn how to protect yourself, your passengers, and other drivers. 

June 8 - 14 is Home and Community Safety Week. Protect yourself, your family and friends.  Create a safe community. 

June 15 - 21 is Preparedness Week.  Prepare for emergencies at home, at work and in the community. 

June 22 - 30 is Workplace Safety Week.  Take a position of safety leadership - promote safe practices and prevent injuries on the job.



 Marinette-Menominee Amateur Radio Club

Minutes of the April 10, 2003 Meeting


President Jim K8IR called the monthly meeting to order at 7:07 p.m.

Prior to the club meeting, a testing session was held.  The two successful candidates were Earl Bramschreiber of Menominee and Jim Voss of Stephenson.

Minutes of the previous meeting were approved on motion of Paul WC9E and second by Tom N8LHB.

The treasurer's report shows a deposit of  $15.00 for dues, one disbursement of $50.00 to the Sorensen Memorial Fund.  Balance in the checking account is $477.68 and balance in the savings account is $348.08 for total assets of $840.76.  The treasurer's report was approved on motion of Arde KA9WAR and second by Keith N9PQV.

In the absence of the club secretary, President Jim K8IR read thank you notes from the family of Barbara Benoit, the family of Howard Sorensen and from the Salvation Army for our Christmas donation.

Discussion was held with regard to sending flowers from the club for funerals.  Paul WC9E moved we allow up to $40.00 for flowers for a deceased club member or their spouse.  Second on the motion was made by Bob AA9GZ.  Motion carried.

Repeater report: Noel has worked on both of the repeaters since the last club meeting. One duplexer will need repair. 

SkyWarn Simulated Tornado Drill: Ed reported 8 fixed and 3 mobile check-ins for the State of Wisconsin - NOAA simulated tornado drill.  Marinette Sheriff's Department put out the page for the drill for all agencies within Marinette County.  Oconto County had 5 fixed and 1 mobile check-in for the simulated tornado drill.


Old Business:

Eric KG9GH moved for dissolution of the By-Laws Committee.  Second by Dwight W9YQ.  Motion carried.

Lynne N8OSK is still working on a new location for our monthly meetings.  For the months of June, July and August, the club will hold meetings at a local park.  It appears that we will have a new meeting site for our September meeting.


New Business:

Discussion was held on a location to hold the annual Field Day activities.  Dwight W9YQ offered a location in Marinette County, and Earl Bramschreiber offered a location in Menominee County.  The site of Field Day will be decided at the May club meeting.

On Friday, April 11th club members and guests will gather at Little River County for a fish fry.  A total of 21 reservations had been made.

Club members were reminded of the Michigan QSO party to be held on April 19th.  The QSO party runs from 11:00 a.m. through 11:00 p.m. 


New Members Voted into Club:

Three applicants for membership in the club were voted on during the meeting.  New members are Joe Yedynak N9LLA, Terrie Yedynak N9MPR of Luxemberg, WI and Jim Voss of Stephenson, MI.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Club Members in Attendance:

Jim Callow       K8IR                           Lynne Rynish                N8OSK
Ed Engleman   KG8CX                        Bill Becker                   WA8WG
Earl Andre        KB9DSV                    Earl Bramschreiber
Tom Rynish      N8LHB                        Paul Drees                    WC9E
Arde Nelson     KA9WAR                   Dwight Bosselman        W9YQ
Bob Schrader  AA9GZ                        Keith Tonn                   N9PQV
Terrie Yedynek N9MPR                      Joseph Yedynek           N9LLA
Jim Voss

Guest:Dennis Knutson  KB9GFX


                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                    Secretary Pro-tem

                                                                                    Lynne  N8OSK