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: Bob Schrader, AA9GZ
Treasurer: Paul Drees, WC9E 
Secretary: Valerie Hallam, KC8WAI

The MMARC Newsletter                                           November 2005


The M&M ARC will meet at 7pm on Thursday November 10th at the Spies Public Library meeting room.  We hope you can attend. Paul WC9E reports the raffle item for the meeting will be a new out of the box 5" B/W TV with AM/FM Radio combination. Tickets will remain at only $1 or 6 for $5.




KC9IIH                          KD8CHL

Three prospective hams tested at our VE session at the Stephenson Public Library on October 20th and all three passed their Technician License Exams. Congratulations to KC9IIH, Jed Buechler; KC9III, Diann Hallam (KC8WAI’s daughter), and KD8CHL,    Tearlach (Charlie) Sinclair.  (Diann left before we had a chance to snap her pictures.)

Another testing session is being planned for December 17th. 



A street in Marinette can boast of having seven amateur radio operators within a five block stretch.  The street is Oakes St. and the hams living there are:  KG9AD, KB9NNV, KC9IIH, AB9PJ, W9LPJ, K9RLG, and AA9IB. Four hams live next door to each other...three in one household, two live just a block away, and the last one is at the end of the street. And there is a possibility of another one by the Dec. 17 test session. Might this be one of the most "radioactive" small city streets in the




Several local Boy Scouts had their first taste of amateur radio during the annual Jamboree On The Air, or JOTA, held the weekend of October 15th.  Earl, KC8WJN was the host at the site the club uses for Field Day. About 20 scouts and leaders attended. Jim, KS8O set up his portable station, and Pete, AB9PJ had his 2 meter and HF mobile rigs available so the local scouts could talk with other scouts on the air. The scouts who talked on the air received a “1st Contact” certificate. Contacts were made on both HF and Echolink.  Ed, KG8CX also helped out at the event. 



Our net master, Ed, KG8CX, found these common sense operating guidelines on the Independent Repeater Association Website. The IRA operates a system of linked repeaters covering most of the western Lower Peninsula.

To make ham radio communications more enjoyable and efficient for all:

1. Try not to use 11 meter lingo when talking on the local repeaters.
2. Speak normally as if you were talking on the telephone or in person. Some examples: Don't say, "The first personal here is ___"(use your name). Don't say "Thanks for the comeback" (use thanks for the call/answer), Don't say, "I've destinated" (use I've arrived)" Don't repeatedly say, "I hear that" or "roger that" in response to every transmission/comment. Don't say your, or the other person's, call sign every transmission (only your call is required once every 10 minutes).
3. Don't just kerchunk the repeater without saying your call (at least on the second kerchunk).
4. Don't shout into your mike. Key the mike at least for one second before talking.
5. Don't give one word answers or comments.
6. Don't break into an ongoing conversation unless you know who all is in it, and/or you have something meaningful to contribute.
7. When in a QSO with more than two people involved, turn it over to someone by name (go ahead Jim). When you sign clear, turn it over to someone by name or call (don't just sign clear because no one would know who should pick it up.)
8. Use a mike hanger in your vehicle to avoid sitting on the mike, and inadvertently keying up a repeater with people all over the repeater coverage area listening in.

Ed has posted these guidelines on our website as well.



Congratulations to those celebrating November Birthdays: 4th, Jim Pearson;  5th, Sally Mans;  7th, Kurt Berge; 18th Diane Mans. 
And Happy Anniversary on the 26th to Tom & Linda Hellem.



November 10th, 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 10/31/05 (Paul)

Checking      $1561.30
      Savings           $680.64
      Total             $2241.94

Repeater Fund    $904.18

6.    Communications to read (any club officer)

7.    Net report (Ed) 

8.    Repeater Committee Report 

9.    Bylaws Committee  

10.          Old Business

    -         Christmas Party

-         Technician Classes

11.          New Business…

Ham of the Year

12.          Announcements/Raffle

13.          Adjournment

14.          Program



October 13, 2005


-Meeting called at 7:00pm, by Jim Callow, Pres.
-Bart Stupak- town meeting 7:30pm, 2nd floor
-Secretary report as printed in Ground Wave
-Treasurer quarterly report stand as given-
-Raffle 2 books donated by Jim Callow
-Communications: Thank you flowers- Lou Parkansky
-ARRL Insurance plan quote expired and must be resubmitted
-E-mail: for morse trainer
Get well greetings to 1106 18th Avenue- Jim Armstrong KB8PCQ
Ed- net report 22-23 check-ins
-Repeater Committee: Pete- standstill; waiting for more donations- 4 Element antenna, 4-6 weeks to order antenna
-Education Committee: No report
-By-Law Committee: No report
-Motion to change Bylaws to add  repeater fund. Separate account; checkingor savings; up to the Treasurer
All in favor: unanimous
-Boys & Girls Club update: silent key donation set up station antenna HF radio; Eric will check equipment
-Donated: Orion radio worth $2500-2800, plus tuner worth $300, 2 opt filters, donated by Tanya
Parkansky for the repeater fund. Ebay? Raffle?-Motion by Jim Pearson KS8O to offer the donated Ten-Tec transceiver on E-bay with a minimum bid of $2600.00 for a period of 30 days. If the rig does not sell in the 30 day period, the rig will go up for raffle.  Jim Voss KC8WJO 2nd the motion.
Dwight W9YQ will list on Ebay. All in favor: unanimous. No power cord or mike- ordered by Jim Callow from Ten-Tech $42.75 for Orion radio to come from repeater fund.
-Christmas Party: Ed K686X/ Pete AB9PJ committee. Reservation, Sunday December 4th, 5pm social, 6pm
dinner at Schusslers. Jim Voss KC8WJO brought a motion for the committee to decide the menu.
Tearlach “Charlie” Sinclair 2nd the motion.
-Exams: October 20th, registration at 5:30pm, test at 6pm at the Marinette library
-Tech class- winter- January?; no volunteers; think about it
-Jim Voss KC8WJO brought motion to donate $100 and a thank you to Spies Library for use of the room
and equipment. Bob Schrader. 2nd motion.
-Dave Arnold W8DXX: QCWA-Quarter Century Wireless Association. Start chapter? Closest chapters are
St. Ignace & Kenosha. Some eligible: Dwight, Jim, Tom, Kurt, Bob, Dave, etc.
-Ken Exworthy suggested shorter class sessions for Tech.
-Jim Pearson at Earl Bramschreiber’s radio station talked with Scouts from over the US
-Raffle $51.00; low band DXing, ARRL antenna book. Tearlach “Charlie” Sinclair won.
-Leave for upstairs & Bart Stupak
-Adjourn motion brought; Bob S. AA9GZ, 2nd by Bob J. K8RJ
Program by Dave Arnold W8DXX-Motorola’s answer to BPL

Valerie Hallam                       KC8WAI               Jim Voss                                KC8WJO
Jim Pearson                           KS8O                      Bob Jarnutowski                  K8RJ
Tom Hellem                           K0SN                      Jason Lauzer                         W9JTL
Pete Johnson                        AB9PJ                    Marge Bramschreiber          EMC Meno Co.
Rebecca Gondeck                K9RLG                   Eric Janssen                          KG9GH  
Taylor Johnson                    --------                     George Benoit                       N9UGG
Jed Buechler                         Guest                      Ed Engleman                         KG8CX
Arde Nelson                         KA9WAR             Paul Drees                             WC9E
Bob Schrader                        AA9GZ                  Jim Callow                             K8IR
Dave Arnold                         W8DXX Gene G. Voelker                    K9GGV
Dwight Bosselman               W9YQ                    Tearlach F. Sinclair              next week




  Club members and guests are cordially invited to

attend the M & M Amateur Radio Club

Christmas Party



                                 Date:               Sunday, December 4, 2005


                                Place:    Schussler’s Supper Club (Small Banquet Room)
W 3529 County Trunk B
Peshtigo, WI  54157


                                Time:                5:00 p.m. Camaraderie and Christmas Cheer
           6:00 p.m. dinner




Family style Chicken, Tenderloin Tips,  and Meatballs with Swedish/sour cream gravy. Includes all the trimmings:  Cheddar/Ranch mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies, etc. choice of beverage and a lite dessert.

Cost:  $16.50 Adults
$10.00  Children, ages 4 - 10 yrs
$ 2.00  Children, ages 1 - 3 yrs
Per person which includes tax, tip and beverage.


Reservations are due no later than Monday, November 28, 2005. 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 _________________________________________ 


Adults attending    _____@ $16.50  

Children 4-10         _____@ $10.00

Children 1-3           _____@ $  2.00   Amount Enclosed_______________







Updated: October 2005





The name of the club shall be the Marinette and Menominee Amateur Radio Club.




The objects of this club are the promotion of interest in amateur radio communication and experimentation, the relaying of messages by radio without charge, the furtherance of the public welfare, the advancement of the radio art, the representation of the radio amateur in legislative affairs, the maintenance of fraternalism and a high standard of conduct among its members, and the promotion of such other activities as are allied thereto.




All persons interested in amateur radio shall be eligible for membership. Membership shall be by application and election upon such terms as the club shall by its By-Laws provide.




There shall be elected for a term of one year, a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
The immediate Past-President and an Activities Manager (who shall be appointed by the newly elected President), together with the Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer shall be the Executive Committee.
In the event the immediate Past-President is unavailable to serve on the Executive Committee, the newly elected President shall appoint a person to serve on the Executive Committee.




1. PRESIDENT.   The President shall preside at all meeting of this club and shall conduct the same according to the rules adopted; he/she shall enforce due observance of this Constitution and By-Laws; decide all questions of order; sign all official documents that are adopted by the club, and none other, and perform all customary duties to the office of President.

2. VICE-PRESIDENT.   The Vice-President shall assume all the duties of the President in his/her absence. He/she shall be responsible for all meeting programs.

3. TREASURER.   The Treasurer shall receive and keep an accurate account of all monies received and expended. The Treasurer shall pay no bills without proper authorization. At the end of each quarter, the Treasurer shall submit an itemized statement of disbursements and receipts. In addition, the Treasurer shall maintain an accurate and up-to-date club roster. A copy of the club roster shall be submitted to the editor of the club newsletter each month in which there are changes in membership and/or addresses.

The Treasurer shall also advise members by mail early in October that the membership fees and the autopatch fees of the Marinette-Menominee Amateur Radio Club are due and payable to the Treasurer. When dues are paid, the Treasurer will promptly issue a new membership card to the member.

Any member failing to pay dues by December 31st will be dropped from the club roster.

4. SECRETARY.    The Secretary shall keep a written record of the proceedings of all meetings, submit a written copy of the minutes of the club to the Editor of the club newsletter within one week of the meeting to ensure inclusion of the minutes with the mailing of the club newsletter each month, carry on all correspondence of the club, read communications at each meeting, except when excused by action under the By-Laws.

5. ACTIVITIES MANAGER.    The Activities Manager shall organize club member radio station activities, contests for enjoyment and general interest maintenance. He/she shall maintain close liaison with the ARRL Emergency Coordinator of SEC, who has jurisdiction, in order to further the fullest possible club participation in ARRL Emergence Corps. He/she shall keep informed by questionnaires or other means as to which members possess station equipment to facilitate emergency organization and to help in planning general interest activities. He/she shall encourage new stations in reporting activities to the club and to the elected section communications official of the ARRL; all these things to make the standing of the club and amateur radio activities in the community as outstanding as possible. He/she may appoint traffic committees or assistants to aid him/her in specific branches of activity.




 The By-Laws shall provide for regular and special meetings.  At the meetings, twenty (20) percent of the membership shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.



Elections for the officers of the club will be held annually in September with new officers taking office by the first meeting in October.




The Club by a majority vote of those present at any regular meeting, may levy upon the general membership such dues or assessments as shall be deemed necessary for the business of the organization within its objects as set forth in Article II. Non-payment of such dues or assessments shall be cause for expulsion from the Club within the discretion of the membership.




The Constitution or the By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members at a regular meeting provided there is a quorum present. Proposals for amendments shall be submitted in writing at a regular meeting and may not be voted on until the next regular session.






SECRETARY:    It shall be the duty of the secretary to keep the Constitution and By-Laws of the Marinette-Menominee Amateur Radio Club and have the same with him/her at every regular and special meeting. He/she shall cause all amendments, changes and additions to be noted thereon and shall permit the same to be consulted by members upon request.


MEMBERSHIP:    Applications for membership shall be submitted at a regular meeting in writing and each application must express a willingness of the applicant to abide by the Constitution and By-Laws and such rules as shall from time to time be promulgated by the club. Two-thirds (2/3) of those present shall approve the applicant before he/she shall be considered elected to the  membership.



MEETINGS:    Meetings shall be held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. (local time) at a place designated by the President.

Special meetings may be called by the President or upon written request of any five (5) members of the Club in good standing. Notices shall be sent to all the members of the Club in good standing informing them of the special meeting and the business to be transacted. Such notices shall be sent so that in ordinary postal delivery, they shall arrive at least forty-eight (48) hours before the time therein set for the meeting. Only such business as is designated in said notice shall be transacted at such special meetings.



DUES:    A regular annual assessment of Fifteen Dollars ($15.00) per member is hereby assessed in accordance with the provisions of ARTICLE VIII of the Constitution for the purpose of providing funds.  Autopatch privileges are included in the above assessment.

Where as a large part of the Clubs' expense is from the newsletter, the Club will reduce any additional memberships one-half (1/2) of the primary membership fee for members of same family residing at the same address requiring only one newsletter.

(Editors note: I believe this was modified at some point to make family memberships $22.50, regardless of the number of additional family members)

(Editor’s note: the following paragraph from the 1993 version was eliminated in 1995)

In addition to regular club membership dues, anyone wishing to participate in the autopatch portion of the Marinette- Menominee Amateur Radio Club will pay the autopatch dues consisting of a one time charge of Ten Dollars ($10.00) to join the autopatch portion of the club, and a fee of Twenty-eight Dollars ($28.00) per year, per person, to maintain active membership in the autopatch portion of the Marinette-Menominee Amateur Radio Club. Dues for the autopatch are due and payable at the November meeting of the Club. Persons wishing to participate in the autopatch must be members in good standing of the Marinette-Menominee Amateur Radio Club and follow the current Federal Communications Commission Rules and Regulations regarding use of an autopatch.




COMMITTEES:    There shall be the following standing committees:

1.   HOUSE COMMITTEE:    This committee shall see that the meeting place is in good order for a meeting and see that it cleaned up after the meeting. It shall see that properties normally stored at the meeting place shall be properly stored before leaving.

2.   PROGRAM COMMITTEE:   This committee shall function under the direction of the President and shall provide interesting and educational programs for Club meetings. Information of the programs shall be furnished in advance to the newsletter editor so that he/she may include it on the meeting notice.

3.  PICNIC COMMITTEE:    While this activity is a whole Club activity, it shall be under the direction of the Chairman who will be directly assisted by the Activities Manager and the other members as he shall select.

4.  CHARTER NIGHT COMMITTEE:    This committee shall make all arrangements for the Charter Night Banquet, such as location, food and menu arrangements, program, tickets, notices, publicity and other details of Charter Night

5.   SPECIAL COMMITTEES:    Such committees shall be appointed as required/necessary by the President.


SECTION 6   (Added 10/2005)


A permanent "Repeater Maintenance and Expense Fund" shall be created to pay for all repeater expenses for both the 147.000 repeater and the 444.075 repeater.   The Fund shall be kept in a separate account under control of the club treasurer.

2. The following revenue sources shall be directed to the above said account for the purpose of current and future repeater expenses for the purpose of maintaining the two club repeaters in a high quality fashion on an ongoing basis.

a.   35% of all club membership fees on an annual basis beginning with the
 2006 membership dues and continue every year thereafter.

b.   100% of all donations from members specifically “indicated” for repeater maintenance and/or fund.