Don't forget to attend the next meeting of the M&M
ARC on Thursday November 14th at 7pm in the cafeteria of BAMC. Tentative
(a) Repeater move and current reception status
(b) License Classes
(c) Christmas party
(d) Charter banquet
(e) Update on by-laws committee among other items.
147.000 REPEATER MOVE COMPLETED/444.075 IMPROVED
IN THE PROCESS…
The 147.000 repeater was moved from its location on the
KC8DOA tower to the BAMC location on Saturday, October. 19, in order to
eliminate the long standing wind noise. This may only be temporary.
Thanks to K8NB, Noel, for making the physical move, and to the following for
their assistance: K8IR, N8LHB, KC9AXH, and KG8CX. After the move
was completed, and the feedline checked, we found the 2 meter signal into the
antenna had a very high SWR, and was unusable in that condition due to water
in the coax connector and a loose center conductor. A temporary antenna
(dual band magnet mount) was put into temporary use on the roof until we could
make repairs. On Sunday, Eric, KG9GH, offered his services, and replaced
the coax jumper. All joints were sealed with special coatings and electrical
tape, and the antenna hoisted to the top of its 20 foot tower on the roof. N8LHB
checked the SWR with his MFJ test analyzer and found both the 2 meter and 440
lines were now almost perfect at 1.1 to 1. Assisting on Sunday
besides Eric were N8LHB, KC9AXH, and KG8CX.
Special thanks goes to Eric, KG9GH for the antenna
repair. Without his generous offer to step in, and do the physical
antenna climbing in rather windy conditions, we would not have been able to
have our system up and running on Sunday afternoon. We all are indebted
to the entire crew for making the move, and making the needed repairs, so
we could be operational from the BAMC location.
Since moving the 147.000 repeater back to the BAMC location, we have
noticed a decrease in mobile coverage, much as we anticipated. However,
base station range has remained pretty much the same as before, within our
normal coverage area. In fact, HT reception in the tri city area has
improved due to the transmitter being within the city of Menominee as opposed
to 5 miles north. Base Stations are able to access the 147 from
distances of 30-50 miles away with excellent signals. More importantly,
the wind static has disappeared, and the audio is what it should be.
repeater has improved to the tune of increased coverage, on the order of 10-15
miles or more. In certain locations it plays as good or better than the
2 meter machine. As an example, K8RJ was able to communicate into the
repeater with an HT and a rubber duck antenna inside his vehicle at a distance
of 10 miles. N9JKX was able to access it practically noise free from
Algoma, and K9RTB from Dykesville.
We apologize to those members who are no longer
able to access the 147.000 repeater. We will be working on ways to
improve coverage, so that eventually we can return to or surpass our previous
level of access
CHRISTMAS PARTY RESERVATIONS...
RSVP form for the party is
included with this edition of the Ground Wave. The Christmas party will
be held on December 12th. At that time, the 2002 Ham of the Year will be
revealed. There will be no December meeting, as the Christmas party is
strictly a social affair. Please note the RSVP deadline...your cooperation
will be appreciated by both the club and the supper club.
note the form to be used if you wish to nominate a member for Ham of the Year.
VE TEST SESSION COMING UP…
Testing for new and upgrade licenses will be conducted on
Thursday November 14th beginning at 5pm. The test session will be held
in the cafeteria of BAMC in Menominee. Test requirements are a $10 fee
and two forms of identification. If you already hold an amateur license,
we will need a copy of your license, and the white CSCE sheet indicating you
passed the level you are currently at. All levels of tests will be
available...Technician, General, and Extra, along with the 5 wpm Morse code. Walk-ins
will be accepted, but if you are interested, advance notice would be
The regular monthly meeting of the M&M ARC will begin
HAM NAMED NEW MARINETTE COUNTY EMERGENCY DIRECTOR…
By Lynne Rynish, N8OSK
Lowman, the new Marinette County Emergency Management Director assumed his
duties on Monday, November 4, 2002.
was born in California and while only a few months old, moved with his family
to Claremore, Oklahoma. He
graduated from high school in 1994, attended Northeastern State University in
Tahlequah, Oklahoma with a MIS major. Seeking
more excitement in a career, he found an Emergency Administration and Planning
program at the University of North Texas and quickly changed his major.
He received his bachelors degree in emergency management on May 13,
2002, and the day after graduation he married LaCrosse, Wisconsin native
Valerie. She is a Spanish teacher and will be joining Erik at the end of the
preparedness will be a main of focus for Erik.
He states "It is very important that we utilize the post 9-11 rush
of new Federal and State grants in order to get our first responders better
prepared and trained to cope with very real and new threats.
I really believe that terrorism can happen anywhere, even here within
is looking for better coordination and response planning and training for all
hazards. He intends to be a very
"hands on" director.
with the amateur radio community is also a part of his overall plan.
Erik holds a technician class license, and has the call sign of KB9ZQX.
He has personal experience working with ARES/RACES from his days of
working a major flood in Texas. This afforded him the opportunity to see
amateur radio operators in action. Perhaps
he can expound on the experience at one of our meetings.
said he and his wife find this area beautiful and have found everyone they
have met thus far, have made them feel welcome.
have extended an invitation to Erik to attend our club meetings and to join us
at our Christmas party. Providing
there are no emergencies, Erik assures us he will make every attempt to
wish him well in his new position with Marinette County!
RADIO SHACK NOW ON LOCAL REPEATERS…
local Rad Shack in Pine Tree Mall is now sporting a ham antenna on the roof,
thanks to Sales Associate, Tom Nelson, KA9JVH. The store will shortly
begin carrying the new Rad Shack dual band HT, in addition to the 2 meter
mobile rig it now carries, along with related accessories. Stop in and
say hello to Tom...he is very "radio friendly."
Zandt, KB9ZES of Pembine, and Marge Bramschrieber, who is the Menominee County
Emergency Management Director, were elected into membership at our last meeting.
to the following Wedding anniversary: Tom & Linda
Birthday people are: 5th, Rose Mary Edquist; Sally Mans; 7th, Kurt Berge; 10th, Keith Tonn; 18th Diane Mans. Best wishes to all.
MENOMINEE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MINUTES
October 10, 2002 meeting of the Marinette and Menominee Amateur Radio Club was
called to order at 7:02 PM by President K8IR Jim. The President introduced the
guests at the meeting. Randy Zandt KB9ZES who will be voted on for membership
and John Marx KA8GZA from Ohio.
Minutes for the September, 2002 meeting were in the October Groundwave and the
President asked if there were any corrections. All in favor. The Treasurer's
report for October 10, 2002 shows a balance of $340.68 in the checking account
and $348.08 in the savings account for a total assets of $688.76. A motion
made by N9OSF Larry and seconded by K8NB Noel to approve the report. All in
Ed presented a bill for membership from the UP Repeater Association for $5.00
and K8NB Noel has the forms all filled out. Motion made by AA9GZ Bob and
seconded by N9UGG George to approve payment. All in favor.
the Sunday night 7:00 PM net KG8CX Ed reported an average of 20 checking in
and last Sunday 24 checked in. Ed said thanks to everyone who do check in.
Jim reported on the great fishfry at Little River a few weeks back and thanked
AA9IB Bob for setting it up. Jim remarked that Bob is suggesting another
fishfry there for October 25th at 6:00 PM before they close up for the winter.
The next fishfry will be on this date of October 25th at Little River. Contact
Bob or Ed if you plan on attending the fishfry.
month we had a long discussion about the 147.000 repeater and the problems
that we have been having a motion was made to have Jim K8IR check out with
KC8DOA Jim. For the report Jim said KC8DOA did cut the power down on the
repeater and this did not seem to make any difference. K8IR reported he talked
to Jim on Tuesday and it does not look like the tower crew will appear this
fall to do the tower work. As per last month with no progress noted in solving
the problem we will be moving the repeater back to the other site BAMC in
Menominee temporarily as per motion last month September 2002. A motion made
by Bob AA9IB to purchase a diplexer for the repeater move and seconded by
Keith N9PQV all in favor except for one. Repeater move is scheduled for
Saturday October 19, 2002. Noel K8NB will take care of the coordination of the
memberships to vote on. Randy Zandt KB9ZES and Marge Bramschrieber. K8IR asked
any discussion? Members voted by paper ballot.
club has two new members.
Christmas Party will be December 12th at Schusslers in Peshtigo. In the next
issue of the Groundwave there will be a form to fill out for ham of the year
and reservation form for the Christmas Party.
KG9GH reported that at the next meeting he will have in writing a By-Law
property............we need to know where everything is and have an up to date
inventory of what the club owns. Also should it be in one location or spread
testing before the meeting in November 14 at 5:00 PM.
motion made by AA9GZ Bob for adjournment and seconded by N9UGG George. All in
favor. Meeting adjourned by Jim
K8IR at 7:50 PM.
W Luthardt KG9AD, Secretary
attendance at the meeting:
Club members and guests are cordially invited to
attend the M & M Amateur Radio Club
MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR RESERVATION *
Place: Schussler’s Supper Club
W 3529 County Trunk B
Peshtigo, WI 54157
6:00 p.m. social – cash bar
7:00 p.m. family style dinner
coffee, tea or milk
short program to follow dinner
voting for Ham of the Year
$15.00 per person, which includes tax and tip
Reservations are due no later than Wednesday, December 4, 2002. Make check payable to M & M Amateur Radio Club and send to:
M & M Amateur Radio Club
P. O. Box 1082
Marinette, WI 54143
Please do not put a burden on the restaurant by showing up without a
reservation! The restaurant must
order food a week in advance, and we must abide by their rules!
If each person felt that just one or two did not matter, and SIX of you
felt this way, we would be creating
a problem for the kitchen and their wait staff for the evening.
If you do not have a reservation, you will not be accommodated. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS!
portion with your check
of club member _____________________________________
of reservations ________ at $15.00
amount enclosed $
2002 HAM OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM:
I nominate ______________________ call ____________
for Ham of the Year for the following reasons:
Take to a meeting, or mail to:
M & M Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 1082,
Marinette, WI 54143
Voting and counting of the votes will take place at
the December 12th Christmas party.