There will be no regular club meeting in July. Any urgent business will be
taken care of at the annual picnic on Sunday July 11th at Henes
Park in Menominee. We hope to see you there.
The 2004 W8PIF Field Day Site
THE BEST FIELD DAY EVER…
Hours of planning and hard work paid off with over 1400 contacts in the log for Field Day 2004 at W8PIF. The team, headed by AA9PB, wanted to be loud, and went with gain wire antennas and amps on the low bands, and a tribander for 20 and above. Although Murphy, in the form of inter-station interference, prevented having all the available stations on the air at the same time, the antennas played as expected.
The 40 Meter CW setup
The 40 CW station alone logged over 600 contacts, and the 80 meter CW station was busy all night long. The two phone stations added nearly 300 QSO’s.
Tyler, KC9FKE tunes RTTY
with Jim, K8IR.
Dave, W8DXX shows off the big rig.
The list of those who contributed to the effort is too long to list here, but special thanks have to go out to Earl, KC8WJN who is the best host you could ask for, and who served up a Friday night fish boil that many said was the best they had ever tasted, to Dave, W8DXX who let us give his 10KW Tractor powered generator it’s first big workout, and to Jim, AA9PB, who enthusiastically led the team.
kid-size Jeep was a hit with the junior ops.
Most of all, it was a lot of fun for all involved, and we’re looking ahead to 2005.
FIELD DAY VE TESTING …
For the second
year in a row we had a test session on Sunday at Field Day. Three
hams participated. Gaining an upgrade to General class was KC8YZA, Jim
Pearson, with his successful passing of both the CW and written segments.
KC8YZB, Paul passed the 5 wpm code, and is now a Technician with HF.
Congratulations to both Jim and Paul.
We also welcome two new VE's to the team, who gained
their first test session experience at the FD session: K8IR and
AB9PJ. Welcome guys. We now have 12 volunteer examiners
on the M&M ARC testing team, headed up by Paul, WC9E.
Two weather related activations occured
during the month of June...
#1 June 13 on the 147.000 repeater with
12 fixed and 4 mobile stations participating. This was the one which
occured during the Sunday net, and featured very unusual, colorful, and
ominous cloud formations.
# 2 June 23 on the 146.835/146.880 linked
system with 6 fixed and 5 mobile stations participating. This was the
one which produced a number of tornados in the Fox Valley and Waupun
area, and which threatened Oconto Co. as well.
Thanks to all who participated.
John Weiterman, KB9VXJ of Sturgeon Bay has donated a
Kenwood TM241A 2 meter transceiver to the club, along with a 2001-02 repeater
directory and about a 12 ft. length of RG-8 coax. He wanted to
make these available for anyone who gets their ticket and doesn't have a
radio, or someone who may be without the use of a rig.
M&M ARC will again being setting up a special event station at the
Menominee Waterfront Festival on Saturday August 7th from 10am to
3pm. It’s the National Lighthouse Weekend and the station will be activating
the Menominee Pierhead Lighthouse USA-490.
So far AA9PB, W9YQ, AB9JF, KC8ZVC, and WA8WG have volunteered to help.
Any other members are encouraged to help out if you can.
MORE LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY…
From the Ohio DX Bulletin
event station, N9L, will be operating from several lighthouses along the Door
Peninsula of Wisconsin from August 5-14th, including activation of the Eagle
Bluff Lighthouse (USA-252) during the National Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend on
Saturday and Sunday, August 7-8th. Jim/W5AZN (ARLHS #484) and Patty/W5AZO (ARLHS
#485) will be active at a different lighthouse for a few hours each day
between 1400-2100z. Frequencies will be centered on 14270 or 7270 kHz (+/-). A
QSL for each lighthouse as well as a certificate representing all of the
lighthouses will be available to confirmed contacts and SWLs. QSL direct to
W5AZN. For complete details of the N9L Lighthouse Expedition, visit the Web
page at: http://www.w5azn.com
A SMALLER DAYTON STILL THE BEST…
By Jim Callow, K8IR
year’s Dayton Hamvention was noticeably smaller, in attendance, commercial
vendors, and the flea market, but it’s still the king of ham gatherings. The
Hamvention attendance ahs been sliding for a few years now.
Some of the cause was it had grown bigger than the venue could
comfortably handle. The bus
service in particular was terrible the last couple of years. This time around,
the Hamvention organizers went back to an all-volunteer staff, and they fixed
the bus problem. Last year, we
stood in line Friday morning for an hour even before a bus showed up.
This year, there were almost a dozen buses waiting at the Salem Mall
parking area, and I walked right onto the bus.
In fact all weekend, I never stood in a bus line.
For that matter, I never stood in a bathroom line.
was still plenty to see, although there were not a lot of new products.
The Yaesu booth drew some interest with their “introduction” of the
FT DX9000 radio. The sticker price for Yaesu’s answer to the Icom 7800 is
$11,500 for 200 watts or $13,500 for 400 watts.
I don’t expect too many to show up in local shacks at that price.
Actually the mock-up on display is not yet a working radio, just as the Icom
7800 wasn’t working last year, but Yaesu promises it will be available by
the end of the year.
didn’t buy anything “big” this year, but picked up a lot of little items
were plenty of interesting forums to attend.
Friday afternoon it was the antenna forum. It rained all day Saturday,
but it didn’t affect me, as I spent the day at the Contesting and DX forums,
three hour each. The main gripe
of the weekend was the small rooms allocated to those highly attended forums.
night I attended the Contest Dinner. To
my left were K8UP and K8KHZ, a couple of lower peninsula contesters, and to my
right were a couple of hams from Germany, who were on their first trip to the
USA. Later on I ended up in the
Florida Contest Group suite, where
I met a number of contesters I work regularly on the weekends.
it was a fun weekend, well worth the 11 hour drive each way.
for those of you making plans for next year, yes, Hamvention will be at Dayton
again next year, on May 20-22.
OF THE M&M AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING JUNE 10, 2004
meeting was called to order at the Henes Park Third Pavilion at 7:01pm by
President Dave, NS9R.
Dan Nyman, W9DLN and Jack Hudson, W9MU, were introduced.
minutes of the May meeting were accepted as printed in the Ground Wave.
was no Treasurers report.
were no communications.
was no repeater report.
KG8CX reports “excellent” with an average of 24-25 checkins.
COUNTY ARES/RACES REPORT
WA8WG reported on the meeting scheduled for Saturday, June 12th at
the Stiles Town Hall.
KG8CX reports an average of 16-17 checkins to the Monday 7pm net. Checkins
come from as many as 6 counties, from Manitowoc to Dickinson and Delta.
There are plenty of people ready to respond to a Skywarn call-up.
DAY-Jim, AA9PB reported the Porta-Potty will cost $40.
A motion was made by Bill, WA8WG,
and seconded by Pete, AB9JF that the $150 budgeted for Field Day last
month be used for groceries, fuel, and other Field Day expenses.
reported he had not contacted KC8DOA regarding his tower plans.
AB9JF and KG8CX said they would see KC8DOA tomorrow.
TESTING- Paul, WC9E reported he had received the materials for a testing
session at Field Day, Sunday June 27th. Registration at 10:30am, testing at 11am.
K8IR reported on plans for the July 11th picnic. At the
suggestion of Earl, KB9DSV, the club will not provide beer this year.
The menu will include chicken, hamburgers,
and hotdogs. The club will also provide soda and table service.
W8DXX and XYL Jeanne will bring back Radio Bingo.
FESTIVAL-K8IR reported a tent on the South end of the park will be available
for the station. The schedule will show 10am to 3pm for the times.
Those volunteering to help set up and operate the station include
AA9PB, W9YQ, AB9JF, KC8ZVC, and WA8WG.
this point, NS9R handed the gavel over to K8IR.
OF PRESIDENT- A motion was made by WA8WG, and seconded by AA9PB, that the
motion made at last month’s meeting regarding the removal of the president
be found to be baseless in that no club bylaws were violated, and that the
previous motion be dismissed. WA8WG’s
motion was approved on a unanimous voice vote.
returned the gavel to NS9R.
MEMBER- The membership application of Jason Lauzer, KC8ZVC was approved.
reported he thought the 147.000 repeater was harder to get into. There was a
discussion regarding the transmitter being slightly off frequency, and
possible solutions, including purchasing a crystal unit with better
temperature compensation. The
issue was referred to the Repeater Committee.
Bramschreiber, Menominee County Emergency Coordinator reported she is setting
up CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team) training on a date to be announced.
KC8YZA, reported a new ham in the Daggett area, Gabe, callsign now K8MML.
will be a Field Day work session Sunday June 13th at 10am at
motion was made by AA9PB, seconded by KC8WJO to adjourn. Motion passed.
The meeting adjourned at 7:36pm. Members
then worked on Field Day antennas.
Dwight Bosselman, W9YQ
Ed Engleman, KG8CX Earl Andre, KB9DSV
Jim Callow, K8IR Jim Pearson,KC8YZA
Lou Parkansky, AA9JH Peter Johnson, Sr. AB9JF
Rebecca Gondek, KC9FSE Dan Nyman, W9DLN
Kurt Berge, K8BKA Dave Arnold, W8DXX
Jim Mans, AA9PB Jim Voss, KC8WJO
Paul Drees, WC9E Bill Peterson, KB9URW
Jason Lauzer, KC8ZVC Peter Johnson, KC9FSF
Bill Becks, WA8WG Earl Bramschreiber, KC8WJN
Tom Hellem, K0SN Jack Hudson, W9MU
Marge Bramschreiber Nate Luthardt KB9NNV