next meeting is scheduled for Thursday June 13th at 7pm in the
cafeteria of BAMC in Menominee. The meeting will be preceded by an exam
session beginning around 5:15pm. Some tentative agenda items
include...Field day planning and setup procedures...repeater discussion and
efforts to correct the wind noise problem...review of the NWS weather tour in
Green Bay...Dayton highlights...and any other business that may come up.
Time Field Day 2002" will be held June 22nd and 23rd
in the mosquito infested boonies of Menominee County. Jim Mans AA9PB and crew will be in charge of
setting up the field day area. Those
wishing to camp may do so. Don't
forget your Off, Yard Guard and whatever else you use to fend off those pests!
are planning a potluck supper for Saturday night. Anyone planning to participate in the potluck should contact
Lynne N8OSK to let her know what they plan to take as their item to share with
the group. Please be sure
whatever you plan to take is in ample supply to feed a hungry crew!
Telephone 906-863-3573 or SeadogMax@Yahoo.com
wishing to camp, may do so, and may let Jim know. People planning to spend the entire weekend, should plan to
take along their own food and beverages, as well as their item to share at the
Saturday night potluck.
Jim is looking for a screen tent or tents to be used for the weekend.
If you have one or more available, please let Jim know.
Telephone 715-789-2587 or AA9PB@Cybrzn.com.
Tents are needed from Friday night through take down on Sunday.
who will be taking an old radio or piece of gear should let Jim know so he can
provide the proper support equipment.
questions regarding set up or camping should be directed to Jim, questions
regarding the potluck should be directed to Lynne.
we have a terrific turn out for what should be a fun filled food errrrr, field
FOR CAMPING AND POTLUCK RESERVATIONS IS MONDAY, JUNE 17th!!
Anyone wishing to drop in to operate may do so at any
time. No reservation required!
Stay for an hour, stay for a day!
any of you have a friend or relative interested in learning more about amateur
radio, take them along! This is a
perfect opportunity to learn more about operating!
to the Field Day site were published in last month’s Ground Wave (see the
web site www.w8pif.com).
A map is also included with this issue.
JUNE FISH FRY PLANNED…
N8OSK and Tom, N8LHB recently enjoyed a Friday Fish Fry at the
Menominee American Legion on First Street and were so impressed,
Lynne booked the club for a June fish fry. The date is June 14th. Social
hour will be at 6:00, we will order from their menu and eat closer to 7:00.
For those who don't want fish, they have steaks, chicken, burgers, etc., so
everyone should find something they like, PLUS they have desert - such as pie.
Reservations are due no later than Sunday, June 9th on the Sunday
NET SETS NEW RECORD FOR CHECK INS…
The June 2nd net lasted an hour and a half, and brought in 33 check ins -
an all time record. The previous record was 31 set several years ago.
Thanks for KB9TPC for tying the record, and to KB9NTN for breaking it.
N9KI, the BAWA call brought the total to 33. One of the calls checking in was
a newcomer to Peshtigo, N9OWD. Welcome to the area, Dan, and we'll look
forward to hearing from you on a regular basis. Ed, KG8CX, thanks
to all whose call signs appeared in his log on this history making evening.
We welcome Robert Quick, WB9JTN, of Marinette as our
newest club member. Bob signed up after attending the May meeting.
That brings our membership total up to 58.
BAWA WINS WISCONSIN QSO PARTY PLAQUE…
The Bay Area Wireless
Association has been declared the winner of the club competition
in the 2002 Wisconsin QSO Party. After
winning the multi transmitter class last year, Jeff, KE9S thought a good goal
this year would be the winning the club competition.
Several multi-operator stations along with numerous single-operator
efforts resulted in over 627,000 total points, and the coveted plaque.
Congratulations to all who worked very hard to make BAWA the top club in the
state QSO party.
NWS WEATHER TOUR EXCITING AND INFORMATIVE…
spouses, and children visited the Green Bay weather office on May 11.
Jeff Last demonstrates how NOAA forecasters use computer models to develop
We were met by Jeff
Last, the warning control meteorologist, and given an excellent and
comprehensive presentation and tour of the facility. Highlights included the
amateur radio station set up, the many computer stations, and the methods that
forecasts are arrived at. If there is sufficient interest, another tour
can be arranged later in the summer or fall, or perhaps again next spring.
inspects the console for NOAA Weather Radio Broadcasts.
everyone enjoyed a full meal at the Old Country Buffet. More Photos of
the tour can be found on the club website. ( www.w8pif.com
444 repeater developed a noise problem the weekend of June 1st. The
squelch would hang open when the machine was keyed. Ed, KG8CX, and Eric, KG9GH, visited the site and, with the
help of Noel, K8NB via phone, adjusted the squelch control, but the problem
returned the next day. Noel then had a chance to visit the site and believes
he tracked down the problem to a noisy lightning arrestor on another feedline
on the hospital roof. With
permission, he replaced that lightning arrestor, and the problem disappeared,
hopefully for good. As usual,
thanks Noel, for your expert assistance with the repeaters.
NOISE CONTINUES ON 147 REPEATER…
147.000 repeater continues to be plagued with wind static whenever greater
than "gentle breezes" occur. We have had this for several
years. We have been told by knowledgeable people that the repeater
itself, the antenna, and the
feedline are fine and operating properly. The problem may lie elsewhere within the immediate vicinity. Hopefully we can get to the bottom of this as the effectiveness of the repeater is compromised during windy periods, of which we have had many occurrences lately. Skywarn operation during windy and stormy weather can and have been severely limited under these conditions. The overall coverage area is quite large, and everything works and sounds great when there is little or no wind. Many members have voiced their concerns about the this long standing problem, and are willing to assist in any way to bring this to a satisfactory conclusion, so we can all enjoy the full benefits of the club repeater in both normal amateur use and emergency conditions.
ABRAMS REPEATER IMPROVED…
The 146.835 repeater has increased its coverage area by raising the antenna
to 75 feet. Signals are now much stronger in the M&M area, and
elsewhere. The repeater is owned by Earl, KB9DSV, and is located on his
property west of Abrams. The ham community appreciates Earl's investment
in his machine, and are encouraged to use it whenever needed.
YO-YO PICNIC COMING SOON…
The Yo-Yo group, which holds its weekly net on the 145.470 Crivitz repeater is planning its first picnic at Holtwood park in Oconto, WI on June 29th, starting at 11am. It will be a bring your own food and beverage affair, and is open to ALL HAMS, not just those who check in to the Crivitz net. Many have already indicated their interest to attend. Contact John, KB9VXJ during the Yo-Yo net or on the 146.520 simplex frequency. The net is held each Sat. evening at 8pm on the 145.470 Crivitz repeater (pl of 107.2)
Don Michalski, W9IXG was recently reelected ARRL Wisconsin Section manager. Don was unopposed. KG8CX emailed Don congratulations on behalf of the club, and received the following reply…
Thank you, Ed. I look forward to another 2 year term and appreciate
your support in promoting our wonderful hobby. I can't carry the
banner alone so need all the help I can get! Your club has been a
wonderful model for other clubs to emulate. I always enjoy visiting with
you, et al. Hopefully, I'll have a chance to do that this next month when we
are in the
area with the Northwoods tour-- http://www.bikenorthwoods.com/
WC9E reports he has several non working radios available for free. These were
donated by Ken Exworthy.
They are GE porta/mobile LB13480H, 2 way FM radios. Frequencies are
132-174 MZ. They appear to be 1970 vintage. Only
3 service manuals are available. Most are equipped with a hand mike. All of
them need an antenna with a PL-259 connector. The price is right; they are
free but I am sure , need some TLC.
Several of the radios have already
been spoken for by various club members. Paul will bring any remaining radios
to the June meeting.
to George and Barb Benoit on their June 19th anniversary, and to
Larry and Nancy Buchholz on their June 20th anniversary.
Birthdays celebrated in June are: Larry N9OSF, 10th... Tim Mellenthin, KB9ZKN, 13th… Tom, K0SN, 26th...Al KG9BI, 27th. All of you enjoy your special days.
to Peninsula Office Equipment of Menominee for printing the Ground Wave.
to Jim, KC8DOA for hosting the W8PIF Repeater on his tower.
AND MENOMINEE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
FOR MAY 9, 2002
May 9, 2002 meeting was called to order at
7:05PM by President Jim K8IR. Introduction of guests at the meeting KB9DSV
Earl and KB9GFX Dennis and everyone introduced themselves.
minutes for the April meeting were approved as printed in the May issue of the
Groundwave. Motion by Jim AA9PB and seconded by Bob AA9GZ All in favor.
Treasurer's report for May 9, 2002 shows a balance of $323.22 in the checking
account and $348.08 in the savings account for total assets of $671.30. Motion
made by Dave NS9R and seconded by Larry N9OSF to approve the report. All in
KG8CX reported a hamfest will be held August 3, 2002 in Alpha, Michigan. Ed
reported he has been in contact with Don Michalski concerning field day and
also reported about the bike trip to Door County Don will be making. We are to
send in pictures to Don for possible publishing in QST magazine.
K8NB reported that both repeaters are up and operating fine at this time. John
KC9AXH reported that a possible reason for the static and noise on the
repeater at times may be do to a Wisconsin Public Service problem on their
lines somewhere causing this problem. Jim KC8DOE reported this to KC9AXH. Jim
feels the problem lies with Public Service and not with our antenna system.
Remarks were made at the meeting to have KG9GH look into this and perhaps
finding a solution to why this is occurring. This interference was noted
before and Public Service did do some upgrading to solve the problems to other
radio services. Jim K8IR reported on a windy night or day when this is
occurring members of the club should go out checking out for the interference
that may be causing the problem.
reported for the net report that checkins have been running in the mid
twenties for a average.
Michigan QSO Party took place and Jim K8IR presented a report on who and what
took place during this contest. A lengthy discussion took place among the
radio operators who participated in this contest.
reported that for the last Skywarn callup on April 18 twenty-one operators took part in this session from Marinette
KE9S reported for ARES news that he will be checking for some training for the
K8IR reported 18 will be visiting the weather office in Green Bay Saturday
morning May 11 for the tour.
testing will be taking place on June 13, 2002 prior to the meeting. At this
time five will be testing.
presented a discussion about ILINK and passed around CQ VHF Magazine with a
article about this way of communications through the internet and repeaters.
Numerous repeaters around the world are linked through this. Only a licensed
ham can use it with the software.
is another facet of amateur radio.
Day is coming up and this year vintage gear will be used and will be a fun for
all event. More information and a site location map will be in the Groundwave
for June 2002 and on the internet web site for the club. Various tube radios
will be in operation.
Quick WB9JTN was another guest to show up at the meeting
made by Jim AA9PB to adjourn and seconded by Tom K0SN. All in favor. Meeting
adjourned by Jim K8IR at 7:53PM.
W Luthardt KG9AD Secretary
at the meeting:
Jim Callow K8IR
Lynne Rynish N8OSK
Paul Drees WC9E
Arde Nelson KA9WAR
Jim Mans AA9PB
David Cunningham NS9R
Jeff Rymer KE9S
Larry Buchholz N9OSF
Tom Hellem K0SN
Bob Schrader AA9GZ
Dwight Bosselman W9YQ
Noel Beardsley K8NB
Dennis Knutson KB9GFX
Earl Indie KB9DSV
Keith Tonn N9PQV
John Goldschmidt KC9AXH
George Benoit N9UGG
Louis Parkansky AA9JH
Ed Engleman KG8CX
Steve Mellenthin KB9ZKO
Bob Quick WB9JTN