MAY MEETING, DON'T MISS IT...
Our May meeting is scheduled for
Thursday May 10th at the QTH of Mike Anuta, W8HKY, in Marinette. The
meeting will begin promptly at 7pm. Refreshments will be provided by our
host, Mike. Directions to Mike's QTH at 1200 Northland Terrace Lane are as
follows: Take US-41, coming from north or south, to downtown Marinette, at the
square. Take Main St. east through the downtown area to Shore Drive (in front of Catholic Central High School). Turn south and follow Shore Drive about one mile or so, to the "Northland Terrace Estates” sign. The sign is just before the hospital. Turn west and follow the street to the apartment complex. Park in the lot and enter the building into the community room. The meeting will be held there. Signs will be placed, and the 147.000 repeater monitored for additional assistance.
Mike is our most senior member, and
the subject of an article in the April issue of QST, a
story on the ARRL audio news, as well as the Badger Smoke Signals newspaper.
If you haven't yet met him, you will enjoy the opportunity to do so. At
100 years, Mike is a most fascinating person, and we are fortunate to be able to
call him a club member and a part of our amateur radio community. Mike
checks in to the Sunday net regularly, usually as the first one to do so. See
you all on May 10th.
MANY ATTEND WEATHER SPOTTERS SESSION...
A good turnout was had for the
weather session on Thursday April 12th at the Chamber of Commerce building in
Menominee. Jack Pellett , KC8HYB, a meteorologist from the NWS in Marquette
conducted the session, and from all reports did a masterful job relating all the
important items to watch for in weather spotting. Videos and displays were
also used for clarification. Many handouts were available. Over 30
persons attended, 13 of which were M&M Radio Club members. The training was
held on our regular meeting night. Due to the length of the program and the lack
of pressing matters, no business meeting was held.
STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL HELD...
On April 19th, a tornado drill was held throughout the state of Wisconsin. We
were called up at 1:20pm by the NWS ham station in Green Bay, at which time the
local Skywarn net on the 147.000 repeater was initiated. Many local hams
responded, 10 fixed stations and 5 mobile units. This was an excellent
showing, and indicated the high state of response and readiness we have in the
147.000 repeater coverage area. We had ham coverage from northern
Marinette county to southern Oconto county, as well as Menominee County,
Michigan. The NWS staff, and the ham radio personnel there, are very
pleased with the response whenever Marinette county is alerted. We have
some of the highest numbers of available spotters who regularly respond, within
the 22 county area served by the Green Bay office. Renelle Schaffer, the
Marinette Co. Emergency Government Director, has been provided with the response
report, which will go into the state emergency management office in Madison.
Thanks to all who participated and will continue to do so whenever we
are called upon.
NOT A DRILL THIS TIME…
We were called into a Skywarn net status on Monday April 23 at about 1:30pm. A severe cell was threatening southern Marinette County, but the entire county was placed under a warning. Some damage reports (trees down, a tin roof blown up a shed) were given by AA9PB, along Hwy 64 west of W. Looks as if those were straight line winds, rather than tornadic. All reports were transmitted to NWS in Green Bay via ham radio, and in turn, we received up to the second doppler radar reports to relay back to our spotters. We had 11 hams respond to the call up....6 fixed stations and 5 mobile units. We also had coverage in the northern part of the county from two hams who reside in that area. Mobile spotters covered the central part of the county from the Porterfield/Beaver area down to the county line, along with several in the cities of Marinette/Menominee, and Peshtigo. In addition, we had spotters along the bay to report any activity in that direction. NWS had reports of a waterspout, and asked us to check it out. Nothing observed. Net Control, KG8CX also received two phone calls from NWS office in Marquette, MI, asking us to relay weather conditions to them involving Menominee county. Thanks to everyone who took time to participate.
ARES GROUP TO FORM...
Marinette County’s new Emergency Coordiator, Jeff, N9PQU, is working on
starting a local ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service).
Anyone interested can contact Jeff. for more information.
VE TESTING CLEAN SWEEP…
The success of this
year’s Elmer-based license training was displayed on Saturday April 21st,
as all six persons who tested passed. Congratulations to:
* Tim Mellenthin, KB9ZKN
* Steve Mellenthin, KB9ZKO
* James Deveroy, KB9ZKP
* Patti Douville, KC8RGE
* Vicky Cunningham, KB9ZKQ
* Father Ron, KC8RGD
We look forward to hearing these new call signs on the air soon.
Also congratulations to Dave Cunningham, KB9WBP, who passed his Extra Class
License at the AES Super Fest in Milwaukee on April 7th. Dave has
become a very active DX-er and Contester, and will put that Extra to good use
chasing those new countries. Dave
watched the kids while his wife, Vicky passed her Technician Test at our VE
session, so we now have another husband/wife ham team in the area.
MICHIGAN QSO PARTY…
The Michigan QSO Party was held Saturday April 21st.
BAWA members again operated a Multi-Op Station from a Menominee County
deer camp using the W8PIF call. Operators
included AA9PB, K0SN, W9YQ, and KB9WBP. They logged over 160,000 points.
K8IR also put in a full-time effort in the Single-Op category and logged 70,000 points. Also heard on the air during the contest were KG8CX, KG9AD, and KA9WAR. Last year the M&M ARC took the High Club score for the entire state. It sounds like we had some heavy duty competition for that plaque from the Traverse City area club this year. We’ll have to wait a few months to find out the results.
It was a light turnout for the Club’s April Fish Fry on April 20th
at the Riverfront Inn in Marinette. A
busy weekend with the Michigan QSO Party and VE Testing probably limited the
attendance. We will be suspending
the fish fries until the fall. We’re
also looking for a volunteer to coordinate these popular club social events.
We are awaiting the installation of
the 440 antenna, and will then be up and running with our new 444.075 repeater,
with even better coverage than before. We can then use this repeater as
backup for emergency communications, as well as giving those of you with dual
band capabilities, the opportunity to use another local repeater.
We still are plagued with severe noise on the 147 repeater whenever its windy, especially on less than full quieting signals. Until that condition is corrected, we do have the use of the Stephenson repeater, 147.330, or the Crivitz repeater, 145.470 (pl of 107.2). Or we can go simplex on 146.550 when necessary.
NEW CRIVITZ REPEATER ON LINE...
The new and improved 145.470
repeater is operational with an interesting feature not available on any other
area machine. For those of you who would like to hear what your signal
sounds like, you now have the capability to punch in a code, unkey your mike,
then immediately key back up and speak for a maximum of 8 seconds, unkey, and
you will be treated to a digital recording of your transmission.
For details on how to do this, check in to the Yo-Yo net every Saturday at 8pm,
and you will be given the code and a chance to try it out. Paul Blum,
K9ARF, is the repeater trustee, and builder of the new repeater.
DR. TOM’S EARLY YEARS IN HAM
was introduced to amateur radio by my father in law, Orv, K0YEF, around 1972. He
had a Drake TR3 at the time, down in his basement, along with a whole bench full
of strange and wonderful old equipment. It looked like a picture that might have
been submitted to one of the magazines, under the heading “Worst Station
Appearance”. To the average person it was nothing more than a pile of cables,
big old cabinets, and tubes, but it got me interested.
He gave me a Novice study guide and
a code practice oscillator that I hooked up to an old Bunnell brass key that my
dad had given to me as a youngster. I worked for the railroad at the time as a
telegraph/control operator. My job was to sit up in a tower at a busy
interchange, where several rail lines came together, and pull on these big steel
levers which stuck up out of the floor, and they in turn would throw the track
switches and signals located up to a quarter mile away. It was just like playing
with electric trains, only life size. I would report the passing of trains via
the telegraph, which was still in use by a lot of the old timers, although we
were not required to master it, as a lot of it had been replaced by the
telephone and 2 way radio communication. So the code was a snap, and after about
2 months of study, I took the Novice test right at Orv’s house and got my
Orv gave me a Hallicrafters
transceiver and I used it for about 2 months. Then he bought himself a new TR4-C
and gave me his old TR-3, which I used for about 3 years.
One day soon after I was on the air,
I was over at his house and he had me down into the shack. I went on 20 meter CW
and answered a French station’s
CQ, and had a nice chat. But when I finished I said to Orv, “Why did he keep
calling me Doctor Tom?” Well, that got quite a laugh out of him, and then he
explained that Europeans frequently precede your name with dr., short for
Orv was quite good at antennas, and
he got me started on building quads. The first one was a 2 element tribander,
which we mounted on a homemade wooden tower about 28 feet tall. It had a rotor
and the whole ball of wax, and I ended up working DXCC in about 4 months. Many
of the qso’s were made on W7PHO’s family hour, when Bill Bennett was still
alive. He was quite a character, and just about everybody liked him. But the
quads were prone to damage from ice, especially the early versions which I made
with aluminum spreader arms, and I have some interesting pictures of ice-coated
tangles of wire and aluminum tubing hanging like upside-down dead spiders from
the top of the tower.
In 1981 we moved out west near Denver, and I put up a 60 foot crankup telescoping tilt-over tower with a Mosley beam. It was guyed with 5/16” polypropylene rope, and it withstood some hellacious 100 mph+ winds. Soon after, I got into traffic handling and kept several TCC schedules per week. I also signed on with Air Force MARS and handled quite a bit of military traffic from service people overseas, all on CW. The main rig there was a Kenwood TS820S and SB220 amp, both of which served me extremely well until I got my TS440 in 1989.
In 1990 we moved here to Wisconsin,
and, well, most of you know the rest.
Stop by sometime and I’ll show you
around the antenna farm.
73 for now.
Tom Hellem K0SN
We are always looking for articles from members.
If you have some interesting stories about your start or experiences in
Ham Radio, jot them down and send them to K8IR and we’ll include them here. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the following
couples who are celebrating their anniversaries:
* 29...Paul & Maxine Drees
* 30....Noel & Lisa Beardsley
These persons are celebrating birthdays...
* 1....Arlene Berge; 2... RuthAnn Greffin; 6... Jim Callow: Marge
Schrader; 10...Andrew Buccholz: 11....Nancy Zeratsky; 29....Larry
Campbell; 30...Jim Armstrong; Andrew Janssen
UPCOMING DATES TO KEEP IN MIND...
++May 10....regular meeting at W8HKY
++June 14...regular meeting (location TBA)
++June 23/24...Field Day at W9YQ
++July 12... regular meeting (location TBA)
++Aug. 4.....Special event station at Waterfront Festival in Menominee
++Aug. 9.....regular meeting, nominations (hopefully back at BAMC, Menominee)
++Aug 26....Summer picnic at Henes Park in Menominee
++Sept. 13...regular meeting, elections
++Sept. ??...Annual corn roast, picnic (location TBA)
++Oct. 11.....regular meeting
++Nov. 8.....regular meeting
++Dec.13.....Christmas party at Schusslers.
WEATHER SPOTTING TIPS…
Skywarn spotters provide critical
information for all hazards in support of the National Weather service warning
program. Spotting for severe local storms can be dangerous and requires
If you are not comfortable in any weather situation, immediately seek
* Our best spotters practice safety
from the northwest to southeast. The best viewing angle is south of the
critical to your safety.
in CONTACT with the ground; a FUNNEL CLOUD, is a violently rotating column air NOT REACHING THE GROUND. Be observant - sometimes there is no visible connection between the cloud and the ground, even though the tornado is causing debris to be blown about on the ground.
* A WALL CLOUD is a lowering
of the cloud base below the storm tower, that may or may not rotate.
ESTIMATING WIND SPEED
whistling heard in wires
structural damage occurs
ARRL BOOK SPECIAL…
This was recently received from Headquarters:
Dear ARRL Club,
Here's something we hear often from folks who are just getting started in Amateur Radio:
"I was reading the 1964 ARRL Handbook at the Podunk Hollow Public Library...and I'd like to get more information about getting started!"
Many of you have asked us how you can help SPREAD-THE-WORD about ham radio, and help support it for FUTURE GENERATIONS. Here's an opportunity, ...no...CHALLENGE, for members of each radio club: Visit your local library. Check out their collection of Amateur Radio books. And, find out how your club can contribute current titles to the library!
We'll make it easy...
>From now, until June 30, 2001, ARRL will offer the following discounted publications to ARRL affiliated radio clubs donating books to their local library:
* ARRL Handbook 2001
Hardcover edition. $39.95 (plus $7 UPS shipping)
* Now You're Talking!
This is ARRL's #1 FIRST-license manual. $14.25 (plus $5 UPS shipping)
* ARRL Library Book Set
A special money saving offer! --value $302.90 SPECIAL ARRL CLUB PRICE $170. Free UPS shipping!
SAVE $132.90! The set includes:
ARRL Handbook (hardcover)
ARRL Antenna Book
ARRL Operating Manual
The Radio Amateur's Satellite Handbook
Now You're Talking!
ARRL's Tech Q&A
ARRL General Class License Manual
ARRL Extra Class License Manual
FCC Rule Book
The Best of the New Ham Companion
UHF/Microwave Experimenter's Manual
Understanding Basic Electronics
200 Meters and Down
Morse Code: The Essential Language
This book set is intended for clubs making a gift to a local library. Only complete sets of these publications are available at the special price of $170 per set.
If anybody is
interested in donating a publication to one of our local libraries now sounds
like a good time. Contact one of
the officers. We’ll talk about this at the May meeting.
ARRL's NEW HAM HOTLINE
1-800-32 NEW HAM…
can telephone ARRL for a free information packet about
getting started in Amateur Radio. Phone toll-free 1-800-32 NEW HAM
, N9PQU is looking for any radio or test equipment that you may want to sell.
You can call him at 920-897-4561, or email him at email@example.com.
Thanks to Peninsula Office Equipment of Menominee for printing the Ground
Thanks to Jim, KC8DOA for hosting the W8PIF Repeater on his tower.