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: Dave Cunningham, NS9R
                     Vice President: Dwight Bosselman, W9YQ
Treasurer: Tom Rynish N8LHB
Secretary: Jim Callow K8IR

The MMARC Newsletter                                             November 2003


The November meeting of the M&M Amateur Radio Club will be held on Thursday November 13th at 7pm in the meeting room at Spies Public Library on First Street in Menominee.  We’ve had an excellent turnout for our meetings this fall.  We hope to see you this month.



The club’s annual Christmas Party takes the place of the December meeting on Thursday, December 11th.  The party will be held at Schusslers in Peshtigo. We will  be using their small banquet room. Full details are on the reservation form included in this month’s Ground Wave. Please be sure to return your form by the deadline of December 3rd.



A reminder that it’s time to renew your club membership. Dues are $15 for individuals, and $22.50 for families.  You can pay at a meeting or send your check to PO Box 1082, Marinette, WI 54143.  Those who have not paid by December 31st are removed from the membership roster.



We sadly note the passing of Keith Tonn, N9PQV on October 6th, 2003.  Keith was a longtime member of the club.  He was a familiar face at nearly all club meetings and functions.  He also visited many hamfests around the state.  Our condolences to his family.



Technician Licensing classes began on Saturday November 1st at the Stephenson Public Library in Marinette.  Classes are held from 10am to noon each Saturday with a break for the Holidays.  Classes will resume in January and conclude with a VE testing session sometime late Jan. or Feb.  Class instructors are K8IR, W9YQ, AA9GZ, KG8CX, W8RJ, WA8WG, and WC9E.  We welcome additional people who would like to get involved in helping to increase the amateur radio ranks.  Contact any of the above if interested.



For the third time in five years, the Marinette and Menominee ARC has topped the Michigan QSO Party In-State Club Competition.  The club racked up 662,000 points with just four entries. The second place Adrian ARC had 633,000 points with 17 entries.

The club total included 351,000 points from the W8PIF station, set up in a Menominee County deer camp. Operators included AA9PB, K0SN, K8NB, NS9R, W9YQ, and Jake Mans. It was W8PIF’s third win in five years in the Multi-Op, Multi-Transmitter category.  Other scores included KE9S, operating portable from Iron County, and K8IR and K5OT, who operated mobile, covering all counties in the UP between them.

The club and W8PIF will receive their plaques by December 31st.



Latest news on this project is that a new controller with voice, time and message capabilities has been added to the WA8WG Wausaukee repeater.  Actual linking should be coming soon since all necessary antennas, radios, and components are already in place at both the Abrams and Wausaukee locations.  A remote receive site in Marinette will also be operational sometime soon.  The Wausaukee repeater operates Encode and Decode at 136.5 PL, while the Abrams machine operates with a 107.2 PL.



A new call sign appeared recently in Oconto County, and along with it an impressive new ham radio website...

Jim, KC9EWF of Oconto Falls has just gotten his Technician and General license, and has put together a neat web page.  You can access it at or just go to the club webpage at and click on the KG8CX page. 

Jim is anxious to get involved in ham radio and meet some area hams.  One of his elmers was Les, KG8SQ of Escanaba, whom many of us are acquainted with down here.  He is currently studying for his Extra ticket. 

Jim monitors the 146.880 Wausaukee repeater primarily, but does get around to other repeaters with a good signal.  Welcome him to the ham radio ranks when you hear his call, or better yet, give him a shout on the Wausaukee repeater.




With the advent of LOGBOOK of the World and the FCC's creation of the 60m band amateur radio has new opportunities to explore. LOGBOOK of the World (LoTW) rolled out on September 15th this year with the promise of simplifying the process of confirming a QSO via the internet. There was a nice write-up in the October issue of QST that explained how it works and the process involved to sign up. W9YQ and K8IR participated in the beta test of LoTW both indicated it was a slick way to confirm QSO's. You can learn more about LoTW by visiting the ARRL website

Another development this summer was the addition of a 5MHz band to the amateur radio spectrum. There are some strings attached: transmissions are limited to USB, power is limited to 50W effective radiated power (ERP) and is restricted to the following frequencies: 5330.5, 5346.5, 5366.5, 5371.5 and 5403.5 kHz. There is a nice write-up in the August QST that attempts to explain the reasons for the rules the FCC attached.

These are two of the latest opportunities hams have at their disposal to learn from. I hope you get a chance to explore and make use of them. See you on the radio.


de ns9r



The fifth annual SKYWARN Recognition Day, co-sponsored by the National Weather Service and American Radio Relay League, will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2003.  All Amateur Radio operators are welcome to visit the Marquette National Weather Service office between the hours of 0000 UTC to 2400 UTS on December 6th.  (Although we have no official word at  press time, the Green Bay office will probably also be participating.)

The purpose of the event is to recognize amateur radio operators for the vital public service they perform during times of severe weather, and to strengthen the bond between radio amateur and their local National Weather Service office. 

The National Weather Service appreciates the assistance provided by amateur radio operators during times of severe weather by providing real-time reports of severe events and storm evolution throughout the year.  Personnel from NWS have stated, "You simply can't put a price tag on it".

If anyone has questions, please contact Lynne N8OSK, Menominee County


SENEY 300…

The Alger County Emergency Coordinator is looking for amateur radio volunteers to assist with communications for the "Seney 300 Sled Dog Run" which is an Iditarod Qualifier run.  The event will run December 14th through the 19th.

Anyone interested in volunteering should e-mail Skip KA8IXC at  .

Volunteers must provide their own food, shelter and radio equipment.



Murphy's Law is usually summed up as "whatever can go wrong, will."  We have all been “visited by Murphy” in the course of our hobby.  The original "Murphy"--- the late Edward A Murphy Jr.--- was recently and belatedly honored for coining the phrase some 50 years ago during early rocket sled experiments at Edwards Air Force Base in


(Thanks to Fred Langa and the LangaList for calling our attention to this event.)



Minutes of the M&M Amateur Radio Club October 9, 2003

The meeting was called to order at 7:10pm in the Spies Public Library meeting room by Vice President Dwight, W9YQ.

W9YQ thanked the past officers for their service to the club .

Members and Guests introduced themselves.  Guests were Ben Steimle, W9ZFX, Damon Whitmar, and Greg Steimle.

Bill, WA8WG moved to approve the September minutes as printed in The Ground Wave.

Second by Ed, KG8CX.

Treasurer Tom, N8LHB was not present. No treasurer’s report.



K8IR reported the results of the Michigan QSO Party in April.  W8PIF won the Multi-Multi category. The M&M ARC won the club plaque, for the third time in five years.



Ed, KG8CX reported the 147 and 444 repeaters were “working great”.

Earl, KB9DSV reported his Abrams repeater (146.835) tower was increased in height to 130 feet (to the tip), improving reception.  The UHF antenna and transmission line are ready for the link to the Wausaukee repeater.

Bill, WA8WG reported “we’re getting there” on the link between the Abrams and Wausaukee repeaters.



Ed, KG8CX, reports the Sunday net is doing very well.



W9YQ passed out copies of the Club’s Constitution and By-Laws.

A moment of silence was observed for Keith Tonn, N9PQV, who became a Silent Key October 6th.

W9YQ reminded members of the Fish Fry to be held October 17th at Cramer’s Golf Course south of Peshtigo.  George, N9UGG, is taking reservations.



W9YQ reported that the club has made reservations at Schusslers in Peshtigo for the Christmas Party on Thursday December 11th.  Social hour at 6pm. Dinner at 7pm.  Attendees will have the choice of three items, chicken, fish, and steak, off the regular menu.  Reservation forms will be included in the November Ground Wave.

Due to high interest, License Classes will be held this fall, starting on November 1st.  Paul, WC9E will reserve a room on Saturday mornings at the Stephenson Public Library. Those who volunteered as instructors include: KG8CX, K8RJ, K8IR, WA8WG, W9YQ, and AA9GZ.  WC9E will help as much as he is available.  Notices will be put in the local papers and on Cable Channel 9.

Earl, KB9DSV volunteered to bring soda and water to the meetings. Profits from the sale of these items will go towards a picnic.

Bill, WA8WG, offered to do programs on cavity tuning and APRS at future meetings.

A discussion was held on the status of the EOC at the new Marinette County Jail building. Bill, WA8WG said he would be willing to donate an HF station for the EOC.  Bill said he would invite Marinette County Emergency Director Eric Lohman to a future meeting. 


A motion to adjourn was made by Earl, KB9DSV and seconded by Bob, AA9GZ.

Submitted by Jim Callow, K8IR


Those in attendance:

Jim Callow K8IR
Dwight Bosselman, W9YQ
John Goldschmidt, KC9AXH
George Benoit, N9UGG
Louis S. Parkansky, AA9JH
Paul Drees, WC9E
Jim Voss, KC8WJO
Bob Jarnutowski, K8RJ
Larry Buchholz, N9OSF
Nancy Buchholz, KA9UZC
Aaron Buchholz, KC9CTJ
Earl Andre, KB9DSV
Bill Becks, WA8WG
Dave Arnold, W8DXX
Kurt Berge, K8BKA
Bob Schrader, AA9GZ
Ben Steimle, W9ZFX
Damon Whitmar
Greg Steimle
Ed Engleman, KG8CX
Bill Peterson, KB9URW
Eric Janssen, KG9GH
Earl Bramschreiber, KC8WJN

  Club members and guests are cordially invited to

attend the M & M Amateur Radio Club

Christmas Party





                Date:           Thursday, December 11, 2003

                   Place:         Schussler’s Supper Club
W 3529 County Trunk B
Peshtigo, WI  54157

                   Time:         6:00 p.m. social - cash bar
                                     7:00 p.m. dinner


Reservations are due no later than Wednesday, December 3, 2003. Make check payable to M & M Amateur Radio Club and send to:

                                    M & M Amateur Radio Club
P. O. Box 1082

Marinette, WI  54143


Mail this portion with your check

Name of club member _____________________________________ 


Menu Selection                                    No.                         Total

Grilled Rib-Eye cut from the Prime Rib roast and steel grilled, 12 oz

How Cooked (Well, Rare, Etc) ________      __ @$16.95      ___________                           

Broasted Chicken, our famous Banquet chicken

                                           Regular         __ @$12.10      ___________

                               All White Meat         __ @$13.30      ___________

Fresh Green Bay Whitefish, served baked or French-fried

Baked  ___   French-fried ___                  __ @$14.50      ___________  

                                                       Amount enclosed  $ ____________

Note: Prices include tax and tip.


                                     M & M AMATEUR RADIO CLUB 

                                                   Membership Renewal


Name _________________________________    Call Sign _____________________________
(Please print)

I am submitting a check for:

                Individual membership                                         $15.00  _____

                Family membership                                              $22.50  _____


Please make check payable to: M & M Amateur Radio Club and mail to:

                                                 M & M Amateur Radio Club                             
ATTENTION:  Club Treasurer
P. O. Box 1082
Marinette, WI  54143

If any of the following has changed, please complete this portion when submitting your renewal check.


Call sign: ____________________ 

Street Address ______________________________________________________________  

City ___________________________   State _____________   Zip Code _______________

E-mail address ______________________________________________________________ 

Birthdays/Anniversaries for the Ground Wave _____________________________________


If you currently receive the Ground Wave via snail mail and would like to have it sent to your e-mail address, please provide your e-mail address: ___________________________________ 


Please remember the club year runs from October 1st through September 30th.  Anyone who has not paid their dues by December 31st, 2003 will be removed from our club roster.