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
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                   President: Jim Callow K8IR
                     Vice President: Ed Engleman KG8CX
Treasurer: Lynne Rynish N8OSK
Secretary: Gary Luthardt  KG9AD

The MMARC Newsletter                                               November 2001


Please try and attend the monthly meeting of our club, scheduled for Thursday November 8th, 6pm in the cafeteria of BAMC in Menominee.  Please note the early start to accommodate a visit from ARRL Wisconsin Emergency Coordinator Stan Kaplan, WB9RQR.  Stan will explain  the ARES organization and procedures. We’ll conduct our regular business after Stan’s presentation. We really NEED a quorum this time, as there is business to transact that requires at least 12 members present.  We did not have a quorum last month, so there will be some carry over for this meeting.  We'll be looking forward to seeing you there. Thank you.



Mark the following date on your calendar, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13th . The location will be Schusslers Supper Club in Peshtigo, and the event, our annual Christmas party. Please fill in the reservation form included with this month’s Ground Wave and return it by December 7th.




For those into planning ahead, the Charter Night Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2002. Wisconsin SM Don Michalski, W9IXG, is planning on joining us again this year. More details in future issues.


It's time to start thinking about who you would like to see receive the coveted "Ham of the Year" award and plaque for 2001.  Enclosed with this issue is a form for you to nominate a person for this award.  Remember to also list one or more reasons why you feel this person is entitled to get this recognition.  You can mail it to our PO box, bring it to the meeting, give it to one of the officers, or just wait until the Christmas party, when the nominations will be tabulated and the three highest totals will be presented for your choice.  The winner will be revealed at that time, and presented
with the plaque at our Charter Banquet in February.


K0SN hosted our monthly fish fry on Friday, October 12th.  AA9PB was in charge of the event, and what a delicious one it was.  Jim's brother, Joe, cooked up the walleye in a most appetizing way, and along with the potato salads, beans, cole slaw, and desserts, made for a fish fry to remember.  We appreciate the hospitality of K0SN, xyl Linda KB9IMW, AA9PB, Joe Mans and his wife, and everyone who participated. Special thanks goes to J&D Rental of Marinette who supplied the tables and chairs.


Many of our members participated in Marinette County’s Mock Disaster Drill on October 17th.  The scenario was a chemical spill at Specialty Chem in Marinette.

At 10:05 a.m. Marinette County ARES emergency coordinator, Jeff  N9PQU, received a call from Marinette County Emergency Director Renelle Schaffer asking for local amateur radio operators to report to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to assist with communications.

Two ARES members reported to the Marinette County EOC, Ed KG8CX arrived at 10:20 a.m. and Lynne  N8OSK arrived at 10:25 a.m.

At 10:27am, Tom, N8LHB called up a net on the 147 repeater. Tom logged 13 fixed and 5 mobile checkins locally. We also had three participants from Door County and one from Brown County.

At the request of  the Emergency Director, KG8CX and N8OSK answered telephones, made telephone calls, communicated with area amateur radio operators, interacted with the Civil Air Patrol, American Red Cross, local law enforcement and others within the EOC during the exercise.

During the exercise there was a REAL bomb threat at Specialty Chem.  The emergency government director did not shut down the exercise since fire, police and other personnel were already in place.  Most people believed this was a part of the exercise.              The local bomb-sniffing dog was called in to action, and fortunately, there was no bomb.

During the critique, our group received high praise for our part in the exercise. 

One of the observers was impressed that we had all necessary communication equipment, telephone directories, and a list of our ARES members complete with call signs and telephone numbers with us when we arrived at the EOC.  This is normal procedure for those who would normally respond to the EOC. 

Thanks to N8OSK for the above information.  And thanks to all hams who took time to participate.



The M&M ARC station, W8PIF placed 5th out of 12 entrants in Class 3E in the June 2001 Field Day, according to the article that will appear in the December QST.  The 11 operators logged 1036 QSO’s from W9YQ’s QTH.  Congratulations to all who participated.



Don't forget to bring your membership status up to date, with payment of dues for 2002. They remain unchanged from the past several years:  $15 for single memberships, or $22.50 for a family.  As soon as your dues are paid,
the treasurer will issue you a current membership card with our new autopatch code on the back. Update your membership information, if necessary at this time.  Remember, you have until Dec. 31, 2001 to renew.  After that
time, you will be dropped from the roster



In the past, many amateur radio operators from across the UP have donated their time as communicators, helping out with the annual UP 200 and Midnight Run Sled Dog Races.  These past races also saw corporate handheld radios donated to help out with communications.  This will not be the case with the up coming events scheduled for February 15, 16 and 17, 2002.

This past summer the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association (UPSDA) approached me asking if amateur radio operators would be willing to take on the task of handling ALL radio  communications for the annual sled dog races.  I informed them that I believed we could handle this task, but it would take the help of ham operators from across the entire UP and not just those from the areas of the events.  I stated "this would have to be a UP ham event and not just a local club endeavor".

To make this happen and have a successful UP 200 and Midnight Run, it is going to take the help of as many hams from across the UP as can possibly lend a hand.  We (UPSDA) are asking for that help from as many of you as possible.  Help will be needed from the starting line of each event; to check points along the trails, to lay over sites like Escanaba and Gwinn, and the return run of the 200 back to Marquette from Escanaba.

If you are willing to donate some time please contact one of the individuals listed here now, don't wait.  This local communication coordinator can fill you in on more details, locations and time slots that need to be filled, as information becomes available.  But, PLEASE get a hold of one of them now, let them know you are willing to help out and mark your calendar, keeping it clear for the weekend of February 15, 16 and 17, 2002.

ALGER COUNTY:  Paul Genaw K8PG, e-mail at

DELTA COUNTY:  Richard Thompson, e-mail at

MARQUETTE COUNTY:  Greg Hanson KI8AF, e-mail at

Thanks for your time and hoping to hear many of you on the air helping with the races.

73  Greg, KI8AF

UPSDA Board Member



Congratulations to the following Wedding anniversary:  Tom & Linda Hellem, Nov.26.
Birthday people are:  5th, Rose Mary Edquist; Sally Mans;  7th, Kurt Berge; 10th, Keith Tonn; 18th Diane Mans;  24th Carolyn Johnson.  Best wishes to all.


Jeff , 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



Thanks to Peninsula Office Equipment of Menominee for printing the Ground Wave.
Thanks to KC8DOA for hosting the 147.000 repeater on his tower.





The October 11, 2001 meeting of the Marinette and Menominee Amateur Radio Club was called to order at 7:08PM by President Jim K8IR.

Everyone introduced themselves to guest John Hurschik KB8DSC.

The Treasurer's Report shows a balance of $178.99 in the checking account and a balance of $340.27 in the savings account for a balance of total assets of $519.26.

The minutes for the September 13, 2001 meeting were in the October Groundwave. The only correction was for the listing of persons attending the meeting please correct Jeff Rymer's call letters  N9PQU.

A pending motion was made by Bob K8RJ and seconded by Bob AA9GZ to pay a check for $5.00 to the UP Repeater Association to maintain membership.

November 4 Sunday is the Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club 2001 Hamfest at the Saber Lanes in Menasha.

For the repeater report KG8CX reported both repeaters are up and running with an average of 23 checkins for the Sunday net on the 147.000 repeater.




Jim K8IR reported on the ARES mock drill on Saturday with eleven checkins. Jim also thanked Lynne N8OSK for the fine article in the local papers again on the Amateur Radio Club.The books that the club is donating to the local libraries still need to be delivered.




Jeff Rymer N9PQU has been appointed DEC for Northeast Wisconsin. Stan Kaplin will be here on November 8, 2001 at 6:00PM to discuss ARES and we would like to see a good turnout for this special meeting prior to the regular meeting.

2002 memberships are due $15.00 and family $22.50.

Jamboree on the air is coming up on October 20 and 21.

Jim reported that he will put something in the Groundwave about the FCC and CORES  registration.

Ham of the year nominations are due by the Christmas Party and a form will be in the November Groundwave.

The mock drill will take place on October 17 Wednesday.


Unofficial meeting adjourned at 7:32PM


Gary W Luthardt  KG9AD, Secretary




Gary Luthardt...................KG9AD
Ed Engleman.....................KG8CX
Jim Callow.........................K8IR
Bob Jarnutowski...............K8RJ
Diana Jarnutowski............KC8RSM
Keith Tonn........................N9PQV
Kurt Berge.......................K8BKA
John Hurschik..................KB8DSC
Lynne Rynish...................N8OSK

Bob Schrader...................AA9GZ




2001 Ham of the Year nomination form:

I nominate ___________________ Call_____ for Ham of the Year, for the following reasons: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Bring to a meeting, or mail to M&M ARC, P.O. Box 1082, Marinette, WI 54143  Nominations will be counted at the December 13th Christmas Party.


Club members and guests are cordially invited to attend

the M & M Amateur Radio Club

Christmas party


                      Date:           Thursday, December 13, 2001


                    Place:          Schussler's Supper Club

                                       W3529 County Trunk B

                                       Peshtigo, WI 54157


                    Time:         6:00 p.m.  social – cash bar

                                       7:00 p.m.  dinner

                                       short program to follow dinner and

                                       voting for Ham of the Year


                    Menu:          Family style chicken and French fried cod

                                       with all the trimmings, coffee, milk and dessert


                    Price per

                    person:       $ 12.00, which includes tax and tip


RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and must be received with your check no later than Friday, December 7, 2001.  Make check payable to:

M & M Amateur Radio Club and mailed to:


                                                  M & M Amateur Radio Club

                                                  P. O. Box 1082

                         Marinette, WI  54143


* No refunds


mail this portion with your check


Name of club member __________________________  Call sign ______


Number of reservations __­­­­________ @ $ 12.00 per person



                                   Amount enclosed $____________