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: Dave Cunningham, NS9R
                     Vice President: Dwight Bosselman, W9YQ
Treasurer: Paul Drees, WC9E 
Secretary: Valerie Hallam, KC8WAI

The MMARC Newsletter                                             May 2005


Join us for our May meeting to be held Thursday May 12th at 7pm at the Spies Public Library meeting room.  K8IR and KS8O will present a program on ARRL’s Logbook of the World.

The complete agenda is included in this newsletter.



The Marquette National Weather Service Office will conduct a SkyWarn Training session Monday May 9th at 6:30pm at the Menominee County Annex on US41 in Stephenson.  Although some of our members have participated in the Green Bay NWS sessions earlier this spring,  many find it helpful to also take in the Marquette program. There is no charge to participate in SkyWarn Training.


Thanks to contributions from Dave,W8DXX, and Bill,KB9URW, our club brought in $52 through a raffle at the April meeting. . Please contact Paul, WC9E, if you have an item to raffle at the May meeting.



Congratulations to Bob, AA9GZ who completed his quest of working all 3078 US Counties through a contact with a station in Adams County Idaho on April 27th.  Bob has been collecting counties since 1993, but only got really serious at it during the past three years. 



Two more area residents passed their Technician Class licenses at a VE Testing session held April 30th at the Stephenson Public Library.  Congratulations to Ronnie Te Beest, KD8BMH, of Daggett, and David Goddard, KC9HOR, of Beaver who passed their exams.  Ronnie took part in the Club’s Technician Classes, and as a successful graduate receives a free membership to the club though the end of the year.

There are also a couple of new vanity callsigns.  Jim, KC8YZA is now KS8O, and Gene,  KC9HHY is now K9GGV.

Ed, KG8CX notes that so far this year, we have gotten 7 new hams licensed (six from the classes), and 2 upgrades.   With 10 new local hams in 2004, that amounts to 17 new hams since January 1st, 2004..  That doesn't count the Sea Scout from Valders who passed in December, so our local VE team has licensed 18 hams in 2004 and 2005, 17 of whom live in the M&M twin county area. This is a number we in the M&M ARC can all be proud of. 

By the way, our club membership roster is up to 66, the highest in several years. The member roster page on the club website is regularly updated to reflect all new members and callsign changes.  Those with internet can download and print out the latest club roster at .



M&M ARC club members KS8O and XYL KC8ZVD will be activating several Door County lighthouses from May 19 – 21, using the special callsign K9L.  The schedule is as follows:  Thursday, May 19, Cana Island Light;  Friday, May 20, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse;  Saturday, May 21, Sherwood Point Light.  The plan for Sunday is uncertain at this time.  Jim and Liz will be on HF frequencies, mostly 20 and 40 meters, and will also call on the 147.000 and other local area repeaters for anyone wishing to make a contact.    A QSL card and/or certificate will be given for all contacts.  They hope to work as many club members as possible either on the repeater or HF.    

The full schedule is on the ARLHS (Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society) website   The site is  accessible from the club webpage as well.

Jim and Liz plan to continue lighthouse activations throughout the Green Bay and Lake Michigan shores in the future.   Anyone interested in personally visiting one of the above lighthouses and seeing the radio operations can participate in the Door County Annual Lighthouse Walk, the weekend of May 20.   All Door County lighthouses will be open and accessible to the public.

At the same time, Pete AB9PJ will be involved in the weekend event.  He and a number of Naval sea cadets will be providing communications, crowd and parking control at several of the major lighthouses.  W9LPJ, and one or two other ham radio licensed cadets will be among those working the event.   They will be using the 146.730 Door County repeater as their main communications base.    All told, it will a busy weekend for many of us, with the Dayton Hamvention also taking place as well as the lighthouse events. 



The 2005 Michigan QSO Party, held April 16th will be remembered for the poor 40 meter conditions, but excellent 80 meter propagation.  Most participants complained about the lack on in-state contacts on 40, and indeed many of the Michigan County mults came on 80 and 75 meters.

The W8PIF station again operated from a deer camp in mid-Menominee County.  There were two big changes this year. First, the team entered the newly created Multi-Operator Single Transmitter category, rather than the Multi-Multi category. Second, the stations were housed in the new trailer recently acquired by the Bay Area Wireless Association. 

Despite the poor 40 meter conditions, the group logged over 500 contacts.


AA9PB, K0SN, and NS9R in the new BAWA Trailer



KC8WJO takes a turn at the controls at W8PIF

Meanwhile, K8IR and KG8CX took their 4th tour of the U-P as a mobile.  This year they fine-tuned the route to enable the addition of two counties, Emmet and Cheboygan, on the south end of the Mackinaw Bridge. 


K8IR eating a pasty while mobile in Gogebic County


The K8IR team logged over 600 contacts, a personal high. 


Why does Joan refuse to be seen in this car? K8IR/M.


Other club members, including K8NB and KS8O operated from their home stations.



Congratulations to the following couples who are celebrating their anniversaries: 
 * 29...Paul & Maxine Drees; * 30....Noel & Lisa Beardsley.

These persons are celebrating birthdays...
*  1....Arlene Berge;  6...  Jim Callow,  Marge
Schrader;  10...Andrew Buchholz;  11....Nancy Zeratsky;  27…Fran Osier;  30...Jim Armstrong;  Andrew Janssen





May 12th, 2005


1.    Call meeting to order

2.    Pledge of Allegiance

3.    Recognize guests and/or new members

Members introduce themselves with their call sign and talk about their HAM Radio activities in the past month. DX Stations worked, Antenna Projects, Contests worked, etc.

4.    Approve Secretary's report as printed in the Ground Wave


5.    Treasurer's Report (Paul)


6.    Communications to read (any club officer)

7.    Repeaters report

     Update on the W8PIF repeater operation.


8.    Net report (Ed)


9.    Old Business....
Update from the By-Laws Committee. AA9PB
Update from the Education Committee.
Picnic updates. WC9E
Field Day progress. AA9PB

10.    New Business...
- Open to any member.


11. Welcome to K8IR & KS8O for an informative presentation about the ARRL
Logbook of the World.



April 14, 2005


Meeting called to order at 7:00pm by president David Cunningham.

Pledge to the flag.

Introductions members and their radio activities.

Congratulations to new members  Joey Callow Tech. and Tyler Lehman General.

Minutes approved as printed.

Treasurers report is a quarterly report required by the by-laws is available for everyone.


 Date                 Num     Transaction                   Payment                       Deposit


12/30/04          DEP     Dues                                                                15.00
1/14/05            DEP     Dues                                                                97.50
1/14/05            DEP     Raffle                                                               45.00
1/14/05            725      JS Electronics
Utilities             90.00
1/20/05            726      City of Marinette
Pavilion Rent                25.00
3/10/05            727      Charter Night             320.42
3/18/05            728      Tom Hellem                  14.37
3/19/05            729      ARRL/VEC                 84.00
3/21/05                        Charter Night                                                  323.60
3/21/05            DEP     Dues                                                                15.00
3/21/05                        ARRL/VEC                                                     84.00


11/29/04          DEP     Interest                                                             00.50
3/31/05            DEP     Interest                                                               1.02

BALANCE   3/31/05                                       CHECKING               628.54
 SAVINGS                  678.21

                                                                         TOTAL                     1306.75


Pavilion for the MMARC picnic on August 14 to be rented by WC9E.

Approved by AA9PB second N9OWD.

Raffle: Clock donated by KB9URW

            "Stuff" donated by W8DXX


Letter form the Oconto Falls Library thanking the education committee for the donation of two books.

Now You're Talking

Ham Radio for Dummies


Bill Peterson KB9URW informed the club of the up-coming class on Highway Watch  to be given April 23,at Spies Library   for more info.

AA9PB gave an overview of the up-coming Michigan QSO. The Bay Area Wireless Club trailer will be there.

Repeater Committee...Nothing now, hope to have a report for next month.

KG8CX reported on net activities...over 20 is the usual sign in number. He also reported on our Clubs membership of young people on the ARRL web site.

Wisconsin QSO 40CW .

Education Committee report by KC8WJR  The same books given to the Oconto Falls Library were also given to Stephenson,MI ,Marinette,WI, Oconto,WI, and Menominee, MI. Libraries.

A suggestion to see if a Tech Class could be taught at the DAR.

WC9E will have more information on the Picnic at Red Arrow Pavilion next month.

AA9PB  Field Dat sign up for half hour increments.... they will build an antenna, operate on it then take it home. 60 foot crank up tower...dinner for cash, are the activities planned.

AB9PJ asked for someone to learn the VE ropes from WC9E since he will be so busy this summer.

Breakfast  April 23 before the Highway Watch program at 8 am Schloegels for breakfast. All are invited.    

Raffle Drawing:  Clock winner   K8IR            Stuff winner  W9LPJ

KC8WAI gave out the Emergency Response Books that were ordered.

K0SN gave a Power Point presentation on antennas.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm.


David Cunningham  NS9R
Dwight Bosselman  W9WQ
Valerie Hallam  KC8WA
Paul Drees WC9E
Dan Wagner N9OWD
Bob Jarnutowski K8RJ
Jim Voss KC8WJR
Alan Grenier N9QAA
Ed Engleman KG8CX
Bill Peterson KB9URW
Ken Exworthy N0AWM
Jim Callow K8IR

Joey Callow KC9HJR

PJ Johnson Jr. W9LPJ
Pete Johnson AB9PJ
Taylor Johnson
Tyler Lehman KC9FKE
Gene Voelker KC9HHY

Dave Arnold W8DXX
Don Conant N9GRK
Tom Hellem K0SN
Jim Mans   AA9PB






May 2005

7 Hamfest Cedarburg, WI

7-8 New England QSO Pty

14-15 Mid Atlantic QSO Pty

14 Fists Spring Sprint

12 MMARC Meeting

20-22 Hamfest Dayton Hamfest

27 CQ WW WPX Contest CW


June 2005

4-5 Hamfest Starved Rock Radio Club, IL

9 MMARC Meeting

11-13 ARRL June VHF QSO Party

12 Hamfest Wheaton, IL

25-26 ARRL Field Day


July 2005

1 RAC Canada Day Contest

9 SMARC Swapfest Oak Creek

9 Fists Summer Sprint

9-10 IARU HF World Championships

10 Hamfest FRRL Batavia, IL

14 MMARC Meeting – form nominating committee

17 Hamfest Kankakee, IL


CQ WW VHF Contest

18 North America RTTY QSO Party

August 2005

4-7 Waterfront Festival

7-8 NA CW QSO Party

7-8 Ten-Ten Summer QSO Party

6-7 ARRL UHF Contest

11 MMARC Meeting

14 MMARC Picnic

21 Hamfest BARS Joliet, IL

20 North American SSB QSO Party


September 2005

8 MMARC Meeting (Officer Elections)

10-12 ARRL September VHF QSO Party

16-17 W9DXCC Convention
Northern Illinois DX Association

17-18 Hamfest Grayslake

25-26 CQ WW RTTY DX Contest

MMARC Hamfest and Campout, Yearly Elections


October 2005

2-3 CA. QSO Party

9-10 PA.QSO Party

8 Fists Fall Sprint

10 NA RTTY Sprint

13 MMARC Meeting (New Officers)

17-18 IL. QSO Party

30-31 CQ WW DX Contest SSB


November 2005

5-6 ARRL November CW SS

6  Hamfest Menasha, WI

10 MMARC Meeting

20-22 ARRL SSB Sweepstakes

27-28 CQ WW DX Contest CW

December 2005

3-5 ARRL CW 160 Meter Contest

8 MMARC Meeting

10 - 11ARRL 10 Meter Contest

11-12 ARRL CW/SSB10 Meter Contest

27 RAC Winter Contest