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Welcome!

NEXT MEETING: MAY 13, 2021 7PM

Volunteers Needed for Club

Let's face it - summer is coming and we're all making plans to make the most of it.  Volunteering for a few hours doesn't consume a full day and gives us an opportunity to get together with other hams for a little fun!  Consider donating a little time to raise some money for the club this year, we'll all be better off for shouldering a bit of the burden!

Fundraisers/Events:

Brat Fry fundraiser on May 1, 2021 at JACK'S in Menominee - volunteers are needed - sign up ->HERE!


Help us raise money for the trailer fund! Mug Fundraiser at Fox Cities ARC Sunshine Swap. 6:30 AM Starlite Club, sign up ->HERE!


Breakfast on the Farm: June 27, 2021, Harmony , Communications Volunteer 5 am to noon sign up ->HERE!


 

Repeater Updates:

440.075 is up with Yaesu Fusion & WiresX

Thanks to the hard work of Pete (ab9pj), Bruce (n9con)Shannon (), Eric (kg9gh), and Steve (k9stt) the new machine has been installed and operational.  I have been working on the digital side trying to get Yaesu's Wires-X up which is finally working, node #62285 (3/27) - and a big thank you to Rick (w9ric) in Appleton for his guidance on WiresX and Yaesu Fusion!

224.600 is up at the Menominee location

The K9STT repeater is now mounted at the Menominee location, with a wider range. The footprint puts Marinette & Menominee area within reach with an HT, and extends its mobile footprint to about 15 miles.

These improvements bring new technology and bands to our area for our members, and bring the WiresX DAR Youth room to life for the HamShack at the DAR Boys & Girls Club in Menominee!

Thank you to the many people who worked to make this happen!

 



W8PIF Mug Fundraiser!

all $15 goes to the club!

New fundraiser for the club!  Get your Club Mug with the club logo on one side, and your call sign & name on the other for only a $15 donation! The entire $15 goes to the club for projects and operations - Support our club today and thank you!

-> Mug Order Form <-

 

EmCom Trailer Button Fundraiser

Get an EmCom Trailer button for $5 and support our trailer project! All $5 goes to the fund!

 


 

DAR Hamshack reopens April 6th!


 

Volunteers needed for the DAR Boys & Girls Club HAM RADIO ROOM!

We are looking for a couple of volunteers who can work a couple of days a week from 3 PM to 5 PM on Tues & Thurs starting in April. For more info call KD8FUE or K9STT or fill out the DAR Volunteer Form.

 

See this great article by K5KGH about Elmers and the aging Ham Operator population sent to us by ED - KG8CX! We NEED to get more youngsters interested!

 
 
 
Visit our mug fundraiser booth in the trailer!

 
 
Saturday June 19, 2021 - Powers, Michigan


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

2021 membership dues are payable now. Dues are $20 for individuals, and $30 for Families - Contact Mike Lemke (kd8fue) by filling out our Online Membership/Renewal

 

 


About Our Club....

The Marinette & Menominee Amateur Radio Club (501c3 Corp.)  is an ARRL club chartered in 1949, with a club call of W8PIF.  Our membership currently stands at 62. 

We operate two repeaters:  147.000+ (107.2), a wide area coverage system, and the 444.075+ (107.2) which is basically a local coverage repeater.  The 147.000 is also connected 24/7 to Echolink node.   All licensed hams are welcome and encouraged to use our repeaters.  Thanks to KC8DOA for providing us with space for the 147.000, and to The Harbors Retirement Facility for the 444.075 UHF repeater.  Enjoy our site and return often to view new photos and club information. Thanks to K8IR for hosting our Echolink system.


MEETINGS

Meetings are at inVenture North located at 1320 Main St, Marinette, WI on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 PM.

 All are welcome to attend, especially if you are interested in becoming licensed!

KANDY NET

Sunday night at 7 PM and Wednesday night 7 PM

147.000 repeater, (107.2) +

 


 

 DAR Boys & Girls Club - Menominee, MI

 

The M&M Amateur Radio Club is proud to support the DAR Boys & Girls Club Ham Shack with Licensed Ham volunteers to teach the joy of ham radio to children of all ages! This has been a cooperative effort for many years and we are appreciative to be a part of it.

The program was suspended winter 2020 due to the Covid Pandemic, but things are finally getting back to normal!

 

 


 Other Companion Organizations


YACHT

(Young Amateurs Communications Ham Team)

YACHT's purpose is to expand horizons in the field of communications along with general and advanced ham radio techniques and to foster a greater appreciation of the role they play in the overall hobby of amateur radio, as well as giving kids a challenge and enjoyment. YACHT has more than 200  members in 34 states and 4 countries. We are proud that our own, KG8CX, Ed Engleman has been an integral part of this project!

https://yacht.younghams.org
https://yachthams.webstarts.com/index.html

 

Wisconsin ARES / RACES Emergency Communications

ARES is a corps of trained volunteer amateur radio operators that are organized to assist in public service and emergency communications. ARES is organized and sponsored by the American Radio Relay League.

RACES operates under the Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) and activates when the incident expands beyond local boundaries.

Communication failures have been a defining part of natural disasters and even some human-generated events such as the September 11 attacks that occurred in New York City in 2001. A lack of communication between firefighters at the World Trade Center contributed directly to the deaths of 300 of those firefighters. Amateur radio provides a means of communication “when all else fails.”

 

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)   

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment with their local ARES leadership for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Marinette County Emergency Management ARES website.

 

 

 SKYWARN

The United States is the most severe weather-prone country in the world. Each year, people in this country cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,200 tornadoes, and two land falling hurricanes. Approximately 90% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, causing around 500 deaths each year and nearly $14 billion in damage. The M&M Amateur Radio Club is proud to be a part of the Skywarn Network.

SKYWARN® is a National Weather Service (NWS) program developed in the 1960s that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make life-saving warning decisions. Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, truck drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and public safety officials who volunteer their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting their community.

MENOMINEE WEATHER

DAR Boys & Girls Club and Yaesu Wires find renewed interest in Ham Radio

DAR Boys & Girls Club and Yaesu Wires realize renewed interest in Ham Radio
by Steve Mellenthin - K9STT

The DAR Boys & Girls Club of Menominee Michigan boasts the only ham radio room of all the Boys & Girls Clubs in America. Our local Ham Radio Club, the Marinette & Menominee Amateur Radio Club (W8PIF), and the DAR (K8DAR) have had a cooperative relationship for years and licensed a goodly number of young hams over the many years of joint effort.

The program started in 2004 with the efforts of Noel Beardsley () and Ed Engleman (KG8CX) and has seen successes over the years. But with the advent of internet communication, there has been waning interest on the part of the youngsters.  Let's face it, young people sitting on a local VHF repeater for 4 hours a week got old when they rarely got replies to their "this is K8DAR listening" calls on the air.  They not only got few responses but a number of times grubling was heard in response to the repeated calls for contacts from grumpy old guys who already had their licenses. Something needed to be done to make working VHF/UHF more fun for the youngsters, by getting actual responses from other hams.

When Ed (KG8CX) retired from the DAR in 2018 and Calvin Tharp (K1SGW) took over the lead DAR position, some brainstorming took place to put interest back into the DAR Hamshack.  With the help of Mike (KD8FUE), A.J. (KB7KZ), and Steve (K9STT - yours truly) along with a new Yaesu FTM-100DR and WIRES we started using the Yaesu technology on Americas Link where the kids were soon getting responses to their calls.  Along with the DAR Youth Room at node 62258 - the kids are able to make their contacts and QSY to their own room to avoid wearing out their welcome in America's Link. Ham radio operators on America's Link have been extremely patient and engaging when the youngsters are not sure what to say - which makes the Control Operator's jobs much easier!

While the renewed program is off to a great start, our goal for the long term is to establish the DAR Youth Room into a WIRES destination for young folks to meet and talk with other kids who are licensed and who hope to become licensed. Setting up ham shacks in other Boys & Girls Clubs, schools, or what have you will not only make better use of the network of rooms - but also grow the hobby and interest in the hobby. It also puts within reach of new technicians the feel of HF communications by allowing QSOs with people from around the world, only with crystal clear digital voice. 

 

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