MAY MEETING MATERIALIZES...
Plan on attending the next club meeting on Thursday May
11, at 7pm in the cafeteria of BAMC in Menominee. All current and
prospective hams are invited to attend. We will be looking at the antenna
project and putting in an order for a specific model shortly. Donations
are growing weekly, and are still appreciated. Also on the agenda will be
a review of the Michigan QSO party, planning for Field Day 2000, summer event
run-down, Special event station, VE test results, among other topics.
See you all there.
LONG-TIME MEMBER AND VE IS (SK)...
We are saddened to hear of the passing of William (Doc)
Fluegge recently in Arizona. Doc was a long time active ham and member of
the local club and volunteer examiner for many years. Many of us remember
Doc in the testing sessions supervising the code portion. He
probably gave many of
us the CW portion of our exams. A memorial graveside service was held at the Peshtigo Cemetery on May 6. Our condolences go out to his family.
SPECIAL EVENT CALL ASSIGNED...
We have applied for and received our call for the
special event station planned for Sept. 16 in conjunction with the Fall Fling (cornroast/swapfest/camp-out)
It is W9M, and except for the number is the
same as last year's call. We will be operating the station in observance of the club's 50th year, and the letters "M - M" which signify the year "2000" in Roman numerals, as well as Marinette, Menominee. We may call this year's event the "M&M ARC 50th Year Millinium Station" Notices will be sent soon to the popular ham magazines. Hopfully we can secure Green's Acres again this year for the site. More later.
VE SESSION SUCCESSFUL...
Our last test session was held on April. 18th at WPS building in Menominee. Ten persons were examined. Congratulations to the following successful candidates and license earned....Renelle Schaffer, Technician; Sean Nelson, Technician; Bob Jarnutowski W9AMZ, paper upgrade to General and written Extra; Al, KG9BI paper upgrade to Extra; Terry, N9JFC paper upgrade to General; Ken Exworthy, N0AWM paper upgrade to General; and Jim, KC8DOA written General. We may have another test session later this summer to accommodate others wanting to upgrade or get into the hobby.
STORM SPOTTER MEETING...
Over 20 members attended the severe weather training session/meeting in April. Much valuable information was presented by Bob, N9LXM, from the NOAA weather bureau. A regular club meeting was held following.
GREEN BAY CLUB EMBRACES SKYWARN…
The NEWRL which owns the 147.270 repeater has disbanded, but re-emerged as the "Packerland Area Skywarn Society" (PASS). They have a new repeater at a much better location, and will conduct their nets on the 1st and 3rd Tues. of each month. When ever a severe weather situation occurs, one of their members (probably Andy, KB9ALN, or Scott, KB9AMM) staffs the amateur station at the Green Bay weather bureau, and opens up the SKywarn net, which serves approximately 15 counties in NE Wisconsin. This is the net that we communicate with in reporting weather conditions. Support their net if you can.
MOVIE STARS HAM RADIO...
The movie 'Frequency' which opened April 28th, includes among its "stars", amateur radio. It seems to be a good thing , as it will expose thousands to the hobby of ham radio. More information on the movie and many viewer comments can be gotten from the KG8CX/M&M ARC website.
Just click on "Frequency". Let us know your reaction to the film. Send comments to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org and we may print some of them in the June newsletter.
Your editor, K8IR, and Joey checked out the movie the day after it opened. As an old Heathkit owner, I enjoyed seeing a rig that glows on the inside again. The film has an interesting sci-fi plot, together with a theme that will bring a tear to the eye of all dads and sons.
Ed, KG8CX, delivered 100 "Make A Personal
Connection" Kenwood booklets to Pine Tree Mall Theatre which were made
available to patrons who saw the movie. He
stamped them with our club
name on the back. Another great opportunity for us locally to spread the "gospel".
The M&M Amateur Radio Club was featured in another article in the Eagle-Herald on April 25th. The page two article concerned the 50th anniversary of the Club, and gave us another chance to “sell” amateur radio. A good article, except for the reporter failing to list KG9AD as the club secretary, an oversight taken care of by the paper the next day. Sorry about that, Gary. K8IR reports receiving inquiries from both interested newcomers and former members as a direct result of the article. Thanks again to Lynne, N8OSK for working on the club publicity, which has resulted in an abundance of coverage in the local media in the past several months.
Only a few weeks away now....the largest amateur radio
convention, flea market, vendor display, forum lineup in the world. May
19, 20, 21 are the dates at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio. This year the ARRL
national convention will also be held at the same time, and it promises to be
one gigantic event. Several local hams are planning to make the pilgrimage
to Dayton, including, WC9E, KG8CX, K8IR, KG9AD, KB9NNV, W9YQ, KB9SPL, and
possibly a few more. Watch the KG8CX website for photos shortly after the
21st. Will Nate, KB9NNV, luck out and garner a major prize again? You'll
all find out on the May 21st net, along with other inside info on what went on
NET CHECK-INS APPRECIATED...
Ed, KG8CX, wishes to express thanks to all of you who
have made our Sunday evening net such a success. We have been consistently
getting 20 and more hams checking in each week. We get responses from
Green Bay, Kewaunee, Gillett, Door county, Escanaba, as well as our local
tri-city/county area. In addition to club news updates, listening to the
net also brings member comments, and the latest in amateur radio news from the
ARRL, and sometimes the RAIN report . Thanks for the support. If you have
not checked in lately, please do so. An "in and out" check in is
fine if you do not wish to comment.
following are celebrating their special days this month:
Birthdays-- 1, Arlene Berge; 2, RuthAnn Greffin; 6, Jim Callow; Marge Schrader; 10, Andrew Buchholz; 11, Nancy Zeratsky; 29, Larry Campbell; 30, Jim Armstrong; 30, Andrew Janssen
Anniversaries-- 29, Paul & Maxine Drees; 30, Noel & Lisa Beardsley.
Congratulations to all, Enjoy your special day!
For your convenience, we are including an updated roster of club members in this issue. The roster is also available on Ed’s Club Web Site
Thanks to Peninsula Office Equipment of Menominee for providing the printing of the hard copy version of The Groundwave.
FOR THE MEETING APRIL 13, 2000
April 13, 2000 was called to order at 8:00pm by President Jim K8IR. Prior to the
meeting a weather spotters class was held by Robert Sanders from Green Bay. Jim
introduced David Cunningham KB9WBP and Randy Zandt. Both are students of the
amateur radio classes. Dave got his tech with code in Milwaukee WI on April 8.
minutes were in the Groundwave for the March meeting and were approved. Motion
by George N9UGG seconded by Jim
KC8DOA all in favor.
reported in the checking account balance of $58.32 and savings account $583.49
for total assets of $641.81. Jim K8IR presented two bills for payment overhead
projector rent and postage for mailing the Groundwave. Motion made by Jim AA9PB
and seconded by George N9UGG all in favor.
letter was received from Paul Brennan WA9SKK thanking the club for the lifetime
membership and recognition plaque. He also thanked Lynne N8OSK for all the
historical research for the booklet
reported that the net on Sunday has been in the twenties for checkins and is
doing extremely well.
Jim reported the license classes have ended and testing will be on April 18 at Wisconsin Public Service Building in Menominee. Registration at 5:30pm and testing at 6:00pm. Any student from the class who receives a amateur radio license will receive a free 6 month membership in the club.
QSO Party is coming up on Saturday.
event station this year using MM year 2000 and apply for W9M September 16. At
AA9PB reported that Jim KC8DOA donated a 386 laptop computer to the club which
will be used for logging on field day and other special events. The club thanks
Jim for his donation.
motion was made by AA9PB to adjourn and seconded by Bob AA9GZ all in favor.
Meeting adjourned at 8:23pm.
by Gary W. Luthardt KG9AD, Secretary
in attendance at the meeting:
Arde Nelson KA9WAR
Keith Tonn N9PQV
David Cunningham KB9WBP
William Peterson KB9URW
Eric Janssen KG9GH
Cheryl Janssen KB9NTN
Bob Schrader AA9GZ
Jim Mans AA9PB
Jeff Rymer N9PQU
Cole Haskell KB9SPL
Jim Swanson KC8DOA
Tom Rynish N8LHB
George Benoit N9UGG
Jim Callow K8IR
Ed Engleman KG8CX
Lynne Rynish N8OSK
Nathan Luthardt KB9NNV
Robert Sanders N9LXM