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

President: Jim Callow K8IR
Vice President: Ed Engleman KG8CX
Treasurer: Lynne Rynish N8OSK
Secretary: Gary Luthardt  KG9AD

The MMARC Newsletter                                                October 2000


Plan on attending our next meeting on Thursday October 12th at 7pm in the cafeteria of BAMC Menominee.  If you have not taken care of your annual dues, this would be a good time to do it.  See you there.


Our special event station held on September16th was another success.  We made about 120 contacts, and had 13 operators.  The ensuing picnic and corn roast attracted a total of 31 members and families.  Many thanks are due to the following:  Lynne, N8OSK for organizing the picnic;  Jim, AA9PB, for setting up the entire weekend, building antennas, and boiling the corn. Jim has been the driving force behind our September event over the years.Thanks, Jim for all you have done.  Helping to set up on Friday evening were:  Jim AA9PB, Tom K0SN, Gary KG9AD, Nate KB9NNV,  George N9UGG, and Dwight W9YQ. A super-delicious cajun flavored turkey was prepared by AA9PB on Sunday, Too bad only a handful were on hand to enjoy it.  Perhaps next year, more will either camp out or return on Sunday to enjoy some of Jim's great culinary skills.
Pictures of the weekend activities are on the club web site.


Our very popular monthly fish fries will start up again on October 20, with a short drive to the Heritage Inn at the corner of Highway 180 and County JJ in McAllister.  The restaurant comes highly recommended by several members, and the prices are very reasonable.

Lynne, N8OSK has made arrangements for the event. Here are the details:

     TIME:       Social  6:00
                      Dinner 6:30

     MENU:  All meals are served with cole slaw, French fries and rye bread.

             (Prices exclude tax and tip)          

            Deep fried Pollack      $5.50
            (all you can eat special)

            Haddock                    $5.75

            Walleye - regular        $6.95
                           large            $9.95

(4 pieces)

            Perch - regular            $8.95
                           large           $12.95

PLEASE NOTE:  All reservations and menu choices are to be placed with Lynne at 863-3573.


Reservations are due by Friday, October 13th.  If we have 24 reservations prior to that date, reservations will be closed at that point.

Anyone showing up without a reservation can not be seated with our group.  The dining area is non-smoking.



At the annual election of officers held at the September meeting, the current slate of officers were elected to another term. Congratulations to K8IR, KG8CX, KG9AD, and N8OSK on their reelection.



Since the Sturgeon Bay  147.210 repeater went down recently due to a lightning strike, the Good Morning net has been held on the 147 repeater at 8am, Monday through Saturday. We are pleased to be able to help them out, until their machine gets back up.  They have remarked on many occasions that they are appreciative of having our repeater available.  Another example of the caring and supportive nature of the amateur community.



It's become obvious on the windy days that our 147.000 repeater noise problem has not been completely solved by the new antenna.  We'll discuss the situation at our next meeting. 

In the meantime, some people have asked about whether they can still contribute to the antenna fund.  Any contributions are still welcome, and will be used towards whatever improvements are deemed necessary to the repeater system.  Contributions can be sent to the club at P.O. Box 1082, Marinette, WI 54143.  Again a big thanks to those who have already donated to the antenna fund.



The M&M Amateur Radio Club won the Club competition in the 2000 Michigan QSO Party held last April.  Our club score of 282,437 was more than 116,000 points ahead of the 2nd place score of the Eastern Michigan ARC.  The win was primarily due to the efforts of AA9PB, N9PQU, K0SN, and KB9WBP who claimed the multi-operator crown with 218,582 on 933 QSO's.  As a measure of their accomplishment, the second place team from last year more than doubled their score, but our local group still beat them by over 50,000 points. They used the W8PIF call from a Field Day style operation at a hunting camp in Menominee County.  The club score also included 63,855 points from the Single-Op effort of K8IR who placed 2nd in the Single-Op Low Power category.  The local effort really put Menominee County on the map.  Only Oakland County out of the 83 Michigan Counties had more QSO's during the contest. Congratulations to all the operators involved for the excellent showing.



The annual Boy Scouts of America Jamboree On The Air  is set for the weekend of October 21st.  Scouts of all levels will be heard on all bands throughout the world.  Will there be any local scout involvement? Listen and find out.  Talk to a Scout that weekend and maybe help a young person get interested in ham radio.



Lynne, N8OSK reports Terry, N9JFC is in need of some help replacing the 10 meter antenna at Marinette High School. Because of roofing work done at the school during the summer, his 10 meter antenna had to be removed, but the platform could stay on the roof.  He is in need of some assistance in getting the 10 meter antenna installed on the school roof again as soon as possible.  He can't allow the students on the roof alone, and he can't go up alone. Our club has used Terry's classroom numerous years for our radio classes, Terry has arranged for us to use the school library for testing sessions and 2 or 3 times now, the club has used Higley Stadium for our field day activities, all at no charge to the club.  Now, he could use our help. Terry would really appreciate the assistance in getting this antenna installed before severe weather hits.  He said it would have to be done either after school hours Monday through Friday or on a Saturday.  Any volunteers?



We would like to welcome Don Conant, N9GRK, of Marinette to our membership rolls. Don has been a ham for many years, and is now getting back into the hobby. 


Celebrating birthdays this month are Ken, WA9JTU 7th;  Tom, K8ICO also
on the 7th;  and Linda Hellum on the 25th. Congratulations to all.



Thanks to Peninsula Office Equipment of Menominee for providing the printing of the Ground Wave.




The September 14, 2000 meeting was called to order at 7:08 pm by vice-president Ed KG8CX. Don Conant N9GRK was introduced to all the members at the meeting; He is our latest member of our club.

N8OSK presented the treasurer's report balance in checking account $142.92 and savings account $333.44 leaving total assets of $476.36.A motion made for approval by AA9GZ and seconded by N9UGG. All were in favor of the report.

The minutes of August 10, 2000 meeting were published in the September Groundwave. A motion was made by N9OSF and seconded by AA8UT for approval of the minutes as published. All were in favor.




KG8CX reported that the 440 repeater will soon be back up and in service. The new two-meter antenna is up and running at about the 400 foot level and is working quite well.

September 16 is the date of the campout, special event, corn roast, and swapfest

The summer picnic was a great success in August and the next picnic will be August 26, 2001 at Henes Park Special thanks to WC9E and N9QAA and their wives.




The Christmas Party will be held on December 14, 2000 at Schussler's Supper Club in Peshtigo. More information in the future. Reservation forms will be in the November Groundwave.


A club fish fry will take place during the month of October and Lynne will be taking care of setting everything up for this one.

Ed questioned the possibility of having a special event station for the lighthouse weekend which takes place during the month of August. This is a world wide event. Keep this in mind


Amateur radio awareness day is on September 16 and is the same day has the campout.

Membership dues should be paid by December 1, 2000.

Ed reported the slate for officers are K8IR for president  KG8CX for vice president KG9AD for secretary and N8OSK for treasurer. Ed asked are there any nominations for officers? No one spoke up. Ed asked three times if there are any nominations for officers for the radio club. Bob AA9GZ made a motion that the nominations be closed and the secretary be instructed to cast a unanimous ballet seconded by Tom N8LHB. All in favor.

Jeff N9PQU reported that the Marinette and Menominee Amateur Radio Club callsign was used for the Michigan QSO Party and achieved first place and will receive a club plaque.


Motion made by AA9GZ and seconded by N9PQV to adjourn. All in favor.

Meeting adjourned at 7:43 pm by KG8CX

Gary W Luthardt KG9AD, Secretary


Persons attending the meeting:

Ed Engleman   KG8CX
Gary Luthardt   KG9AD
Lynne Rynish   N8OSK
Larry Buchholz   N9OSF
George Benoit   N9UGG
Bob Schrader   AA9GZ
Bob Johnson   AA8UT
Jeff Rymer   N9PQU
Ashly Rymer
David Cunniungham   KB9WBP
Keith Tonn   N9PQV
Dwight Bossellman   W9YQ
Tom Rynish   N8LHB
Don Conant   N9GRK