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: Dave Cunningham, NS9R
                     Vice President: Dwight Bosselman, W9YQ
Treasurer: Tom Rynish N8LHB
Secretary: Jim Callow K8IR

The MMARC Newsletter                                             March 2004


The March meeting of the M&M Amateur Radio Club will be held Thursday March 11th at Spies Public Library on First Street in Menominee. The program will be on APRS. We hope to see you there.


It’s time to start thinking about who you would like to see as the Ham of the Year. A nomination form is included in this newsletter.  Fill it out and either bring it to a meeting, or mail it to the club’s PO Box.  We will vote on those nominated at the April meeting, and will present the HOTY plaque at the May 7th Charter Night banquet .

Click on this link for the  HOTY Nomination Form



Marge Bramschreiber, Menominee County Emergency Director has scheduled a Weather Spotter training session for Tuesday May 4th at 6:30pm at the River Cities Chamber of Commerce building in Menominee. The Marquette office of the National Weather Service will conduct the training.  All club members are encouraged to attend. This is a great opportunity for our newer hams to learn about weather spotting. Experienced weather spotters also like to attend these sessions as a refresher course, and say they always learn something new.



One of our new hams, 10 year old Tyler, KC9FKE, and his Uncle Ed, KG8CX, were featured in an article in the Feburary 18th Peshtigo Times . The link to the story is:



The  annual Wisconsin QSO Party is scheduled for Sunday March 14th.  This contest is one of the most popular operating events of the year for local hams.  It’s a great way to get a taste of contesting, since it’s only 7 hours long, from 12 noon to 7pm Central Time.

For complete rules check:

Jim, AA9PB, plans to set up a multiple transmitter station at his QTH in Porterfield.  Jim is inviting anyone interested in operating the WIQP to join in at his station, and is issuing a special invitation to our new hams to come out and see what HF contesting is all about. He plans to have a setup day on Saturday March 13th, the day before the contest. See Jim at this month’s meeting or give him a call on the air. You can find him most evenings on 146.55 Simplex, or check in to the Bay Area Wireless net at 8:30pm Mondays on 146.55.

Several other local stations are expected to be active for the contest as well.

Jim, K8IR, and Ed, KG8CX will be on the road this year.  The K8IR mobile station will activate 14 counties across Northern Wisconsin, weather permitting.  This will be Jim and Ed’s first mobile venture in the Wisconsin contest, after spending the last two years mobile in the Michigan QSO Party.  That contest, by the way, will be Saturday April 17th. More on that next month.



The 10th annual Superfest is set for April 2nd and 3rd at the AES store in Milwaukee.  A number of timely forums are scheduled including those on BPL, and the new ARRL band proposals.  Gordon West will also be there with one of his entertaining programs.   All the major amateur radio manufacturers will be there, including Vertex-Standard (Yaesu), Kenwood, Icom, Alinco, MFJ, Alpha Delta, and many more.  ARRL and CQ will also have displays as well.   All told, over 30 ham radio displays and tables will be set up.  VE testing will also be offered at the AES headquarters.  Prizes are given away throughout the day, and special prices on amateur equipment can be found as well.  For those who cannot make it to the Dayton Hamvention, this is about the closest you can get to a major hamfest.



Activity on both of our local repeaters, 147.000 and 444.075 has climbed in recent weeks, thanks in part to the newly licensed group of hams from the January 31st session.  That in turn has encouraged other local hams to exercise their amateur privileges to a greater degree.   We understand there are others who are seeking their initial licenses and will be on the air within the next several months.   The Sunday evening net has benefited from this recent increase in activity and has recorded no less than 22 check ins throughout the month of February...the highest being 25 on Feb. 8.  It's good to see an active group of hams and an active club contributing to the amateur radio hobby in the area. 

With the addition of the new hams, and the continued participation of others, we will continue to be one of the most active groups within the Green Bay weather office 22 county coverage area during Skywarn situations. 




Thanks to Bob, K8RJ for letting us know about the ARRL Central Division Web Site. It has information of interest to hams in the Central Division, which includes Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. Be sure to check out the division news link. Browse to:

The Great Lakes Division,  which includes Michigan, Ohio, and Michigan, also has a very useful site at:




As of March 2, 2004 the number of U. S. hams totaled 735,657.   In the past twelve months, the FCC issued or updated a total of 128,329 licenses.   Here are the breakdowns in Wisconsin and Michigan....

WI -

Total: 11,692  Tech: 4545  Tech+: 910  Novice: 523  General: 2423  Advanced: 1370  Extra: 1794  Club: 127

MI -

Total: 22,782  Tech: 8546  Tech+:  2032  Novice: 1106  General: 4807  Advanced: 2558  Extra: 3456 Club: 277

The current breakdown across the country as of 3/02/04 is as follows:

Tech: 281,376  Tech+: 68,291  Novice: 39,288  General:  145,997  Advanced: 84,706  Extra: 107,103 Club: 8896 for a total of 735,657 U. S. licensed hams.

Go to the "Ham Data" link on the first page of the M&M ARC/KG8CX website for current data on all sorts of FCC ham statistics updated daily.   New calls are listed there as well.




The meeting was called to order by President Dave, NS9R at 7:00pm in the meeting room at Spies Public Library.

Members and Guests introduced themselves and told of their recent radio activities.

The minutes of the January meeting will stand as printed.

Treasurer Tom, N8LHB reported no transactions in the past month.

There were no communications.



KG8CX reported the club repeaters were operating OK.

WA8WG reported nothing new with the Abrams-Wausaukee linked system.



There was no report from the Repeater Committee

Charter Night will be held on May 7th at the Best Western Riverfront Inn. NS9R  asked for volunteers for a Charter Night committee.

Ham of the Year nomination forms will be in the March Ground Wave. Voting will be at the April meeting, and the award will be presented at Charter Night.



Paul, WC9E reported that a Fastscan ATV transceiver owned by Marinette High School has been lent to the club by Terry, N9JFC, for instructional purposes.  WC9E used the transceiver for a demonstration during the recent Technician License Classes.  Paul reported Terry was trying to locate other equipment which may also be loaned to the club. We may be asked to help remove antennas from the school roof.



Tom, K0SN, and Bill, WA8WG gave a program on computer modeling of antennas using the EZNEC program.

A motion to adjourn was made by Bob, K8RJ, and seconded by Paul, WC9E.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:40pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Jim Callow, K8IR


Those in attendance:

Jim Callow K8IR                                       John Goldschmidt, KC9AXH
Ron D’Olvio, KC8YZC                             Earl Andre, KB9DSV
Bob Jaruntowski, K8RJ                              Paul R. Drees, WC9E
Tom Hellem, K0SN                                   Bill Becks, WA8WG
Allen R. Urbaniak, KC9FKD                     Jim Voss, KC8WJO
Dave Arnold, W8DXX                               Pete Johnson, KC9FKC
Tyler Lehman, KC9FKE                             Edward Engleman, KG8CX
Dave Cunningham, NS9R                            Tom Rynish, N8LHB           
Jim Mans, AA9PB                                       Marge Bramschreiber
Earl Bramschreiber, KC8WJN