The Marinette and Menominee Amateur Radio Club
      GROUND WAVE

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:  http://w8pif.com
                   Officers
                   President: Dave Cunningham, NS9R
                     Vice President: Dwight Bosselman, W9YQ
Treasurer: Paul Drees, WC9E 
Secretary: Valerie Hallam, KC8WAI

The MMARC Newsletter                                             March 2005

CHARTER NIGHT BANQUET…

 The annual Charter Night Banquet will be held in place of the regular monthly meeting on Thursday March 10th.  The event will be held at the Best Western Riverfront Inn  with social hour at 6pm followed by a 7pm dinner. We are pleased to have as our special guest and speaker, ARRL Michigan Section Manager Dale Williams, WA8EFK.

 We will also honor the 2004 Ham of the Year, Tom Hellem, K0SN, who was voted that honor at the February meeting.

Reservations were due March 1st.

 

TECHNICIAN CLASSES IN FINAL STRETCH…

Technician Classes are continuing each weekend in Marinette and Wallace. M&M ARC members are sharing the teaching duties. 

AA9PB doing a hands-on antenna demonstration

The classes will culminate in a VE testing session to be held Saturday March 19th at Stephenson Public Library. Both written and CW tests will be given.  Registration is at 1:30 with testing at 2pm. Candidates should bring a picture ID and a $12 check made out to ARRL/VEC. Those who are upgrading need originals and copies of their license and/or certificate of successful completion. All should have their 605 forms completed prior to registration Anyone not involved in the classes who would like to test at the session should contact Paul Drees, WC9E, or Ed Engleman, KG8CX to reserve a spot at the testing session.

 

 

CONGRATUALTIONS…

Congratulations to our newest Volunteer Examiner...KC8YZA, Jim Pearson now has his extra class credentials.  That gives us 12 VE's within the club. 

And congratulations to Susan Becks, KC8EDZ, who passed her CW test on February 5th.  

 

QSO PARTY TIME…

The Wisconsin QSO Party will be held on Sunday March 13th, from 12 noon to 7pm. This event is one of the most popular contests of the year for club members.  The best part for in-state hams is that you are the “hunted”, and it’s not too hard to generate a nice pileup of stations looking for you.  Participation is easy.  Wisconsin stations send their county, while out of state stations send their state.  You can work stations once per mode on each band (except the WARC bands).  There are plenty of classes to enter including single-op, multi-op, and mobile. There are three power classes, over 150 watts, 5 to 150 watts, and under 5 watts.  For complete rules, check

 http://www.warac.org/wqp/wqp.htm .  We hear rumors of a couple of multi-op and mobile operations planned by club members.

The Michigan QSO Party is scheduled for Saturday April 16th.  There are two new classes added for this year’s event, a multi-operator single-transmitter class, and a new mobile category for a single operator-driver. The M&M ARC station, W8PIF will once again be on with a multi-operator, multi-transmitter operation, probably from our Field Day site at KC8WJN’s QTH.  We’re looking for operators, and a trailer to house the station. Contact Jim, AA9PB, if you can help.  For complete rules, check: http://miqp.org

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SPOTTERS TRAINING…

As I write this, the temperature is hovering around zero, but the severe weather season is only weeks away, and it’s time again for weather spotter training.  The Green Bay NWS office will hold spotter training at the County Board room in the Marinette County Courthouse at 6pm on March 22nd.  The Marquette NWS office will hold it’s spotter training at 6:30pm on May 9th at the the Menominee County Annex building in Stephenson.  There is enough difference in the two programs that many of our members try to attend both sessions. They are open to the public, and no pre-registration is required.

Ed. KG8CX says there will be no separate SKYWARN spotters net this year. Instead, spotter information, reports, and comments will be incorporated into the Marinette/Oconto County ARES/RACES net beginning March 21st . The net starts at 7:30pm Mondays on the 146.835/146.88 linked system.

 

QUARTERMASTER REPORT…

At the January meeting, Bob, AA9GZ was appointed club quartermaster and asked to compile a listing of the club’s equipment inventory.  That report was presented to the membership at the February meeting.

The inventory includes:

2 meter repeater antenna,
3000 watt portable generator
2- 30 foot telescoping masts
147.000 repeater system
444.075 repeater system
Diamond Diplexer
Aerotron 44 inch rack cabinet
M&M ARC Banner
PC Electronics ATV transceiver

 

The inventory also lists the location of all the above items.

If you know of any other club-owned equipment, please contact AA9GZ.

 

STAYING “RADIOACTIVE”

By Jim Mans, AA9PB

Hang in there, spring is coming. And then summer, which means the end of radio season for most of us.     However it doesn’t have to be that way, it just seems to happen that way every spring and summer. We all have different hobbies when the seasons change. Some can’t wait for summer to golf. Then there are the travelers always on the go to visit friends and relatives all over the place.  Who can forget fishing, hiking, camping, shooting, biking, jogging, Etc.  Others, like myself train dogs to do those nice retrieves in the water so I don’t have to get wet. You get the picture; we all get busy when the seasons change.

 Everyone has a little different style and interest in the radio hobby. Most of us are constantly trying new things, always learning something new, or at least letting the smoke out of the projects we mess up on. Fortunately locally we have a very diverse group of hams that have different interests and all are willing to help out others. Unfortunately in many other areas of the country and world that is not the case. We have a special group of hams here, That I for one consider myself lucky to be a part of.

Last year we were lucky to have a good group of active “new hams” to give the local radio operators a good “shot in the arm” and kept most of us who are normally radio silent through the summer “RADIOACTIVE”.

This winter, another group of students has filled the classroom of the local ham class. We are all hoping that we can repeat what happened last year. A lot of work has gone into putting on the class again this year.  I should be thanking people here, but I am afraid I would forget someone, and that would not be fair to them. So forgive me.  Thanks to all. (You know who you are ). 

Lets all hope that the “new hams” this year give us that same “shot in the arm”.  It has been one of the most “Radioactive” years recently for quite a few others and me.

Lets all remember what happened to us when we first started out in the hobby and welcome the new group. We need to “Elmer” them to the next level, whatever that may be for them.  Whether it is making their first contact on 2 meters, Passing the 5-wpm code exam, The general or extra theory, or setting up their HF station.

The Wisconsin and Michigan QSO Parties as well as Field Day are all coming up. Lets all try to make the new group of hams feel welcome by inviting them to participate in an event.

Just because summer is coming and spring is almost here, lets remember to stay “radioactive” and maybe our next group will be the best ever.

73 for now de AA9PB


FCC WORKS ON LICENSING AND CW PROPOSALS…

From an ARRL Bulletin

The FCC continues to work toward developing a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that will spell out what the Commission has in mind with respect to possible changes in the current Morse code requirement and Amateur Radio licensing.

A total of 18 petitions have been filed, including one from the ARRL, seeking Part 97 rule changes addressing the future of the 5 WPM Morse requirement (Element 1) and revisions to the overall Amateur Radio licensing structure. The FCC plans to tackle all 18 in a single proceeding.

On the code issue, petitions--and comments in response to them—run the gamut from retaining or even beefing up the Morse requirement to eliminating it altogether. (The ARRL's proposal would retain the 5 WPM Morse examination for Amateur Extra class applicants only.)

The League and others have also put forth proposals for a new entry-level Amateur Radio license class. At this point, personnel in the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau are continuing to review the thousands of comments filed on the 18 petitions.

While the FCC appears unlikely to release an NPRM any sooner than mid-year, the issue still may be a major discussion topic during the FCC Forum at Dayton Hamvention, May 20-22.

Once public, the NPRM would initiate another round of public comments on what the FCC has proposed. An FCC Report and Order implementing any new rules is unlikely before the second half of 2006, although it's possible the Commission could wrap up the proceeding before then.

 

ARRL CEO PREDICTS  BPL RULES WILL END UP IN COURT…

Edited from an ARRL Bulletin

NEWINGTON, CT, Mar 4, 2005--More than a dozen petitions for  reconsideration have been filed in the wake of the FCC's October 14, 2004, Report and Order (R&O) adopting new Part 15 rules governing broadband over power line (BPL) deployment. They include the ARRL's  Petition for Reconsideration, filed February 7. The FCC said this week that interested parties may file opposition comments  ("oppositions") to the petitions within 15 days of the date of public notice of the petitions in the Federal Register, which has not yet  occurred. Replies to oppositions must be filed within 10 days after the time for filing oppositions has expired. ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, has expressed little confidence that the FCC will make any  substantive rule changes in response to any arguments put forth in the petitions for reconsideration. In a March 1 interview with Marc Strassman of Broadband over Power Line World (BPLW), Sumner predicted  that the BPL proceeding ultimately will wind up in court.

"Realistically, do we expect dramatic changes in the Commission's rules as a result of the reconsideration petitions?" Sumner asked in concluding the interview. "Probably not. So we're probably looking to the Court of Appeals before all the dust settles."

In the interview with Strassman, Sumner discussed the League's Petition for Reconsideration, which calls on the FCC to "reconsider,  rescind and restudy" its unanimous adoption of the new Part 15 BPL rules last October.

Strassman also interviewed Associate Counsel Brett Kilbourne of the United Power Line Council (UPLC), an organization promoting BPL development that also filed a reconsideration petition. Among other things, Kilbourne conceded to BPLW that Amateur Radio complaints and  concerns raised about RFI from BPL could hinder BPL rollouts.

"Yeah, my concern is that you're going to have--whenever there's a deployment--people complaining automatically," Kilbourne said. "To the extent that does happen, that's going to discourage folks from getting into this space, I think."

In its reconsideration petition, the UPLC calls on the FCC to not require 30-day advance notice of BPL operations. It also wants the
FCC to extend the 18-month transition period that applies to marketing or installation of equipment.

MARCH ANNIVERSARIES/BIRTHDAYS…

Best wishes to Lynne and Tom Rynish on their anniversary, March 14th.  Also, the following birthdays occur this month: Ken Exworthy, 4th, …Elaine Nelson and Crystal Luthardt, 11th ...George Benoit, 15th ... Don Conant, 21st Mary Grenier, 23rd … Marty Eggener, 24th.  Happy Birthday to all.

 

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