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                                             November 2004

NOVEMBER MEETING ON SPECIAL DAY…

Due to Spies Library being closed for Veterans Day on our normal meeting date, the November meeting of the M&M ARC will be held on WEDESDAY NOVEMBER 10TH, at the usual time of 7:00pm at the library. The complete agenda is included in this newsletter.  We hope to see you there.

 

CHRISTMAS PARTY PLANS SET…

The annual Christmas Party that takes the place of our December meeting will be held at Schussler’s Supper Club in Peshtigo on Thursday December 9th.  Please fill out the reservation form in this newsletter and return it by Friday December 3rd.  Thanks to Ed, KG8CX for making the arrangements.

Click here for a printable form in PDF format

 

REPEATER GETS A RAISE…

The 147.000 repeater is back at the Rangeline Tower. N8NB, KG9GH, AB9PJ and K8IR rose early on Friday October 22nd to move the machine from BAMC-Menominee, it’s home for the past couple of years, back to KC8DOA’s tower, which gives us a 390 foot antenna height.  The move went so smoothly that the repeater was only off the air for a little over an hour.  The move did cause the duplexer to become untuned, resulting in greatly reduced receive sensitivity. K8NB and KC8DOA returned to the tower the same afternoon to retune the duplexer.

Strong winds the next day gave repeater users a chance to experience the noise that had cause the “temporary” move to BAMC. But by Sunday, the winds and the noise were gone, and the wide coverage of the higher antenna was evident with  a record 32 check-ins during the Sunday net. Stations from as far as the Wausau and Sheboygan areas in Wisconsin and the Copper Country in Michigan checked into the net.  That evening’s performance was probably helped by very good propagation, but we can expect a much improved coverage area, at least when the wind is calm.

It is hoped that some measures to reduce the wind noise will be in place by the end of this month.  

A big thanks to all those who helped with the move.

 

CTCSS ENCODE NOW ON 147.000

Users can now take advantage of the CTCSS (PL) encode installed on the 147.000 machine during the move.  This means you can set your radio for tone squelch (107.2Hz) when receiving 147.000.  This will prevent your squelch from falsely tripping on noise bursts.

 

NET CHECK IN POLICY –

Hope all are enjoying the Sunday evening 2 meter net and are finding the news and comments interesting and useful, especially now with the expanded coverage of the 147.000 repeater.

Ed, KG8CX, would like to ask that all check ins be "live."  No third party check ins, as this does not give a true indication of people that have been entered in the net log via their own voice.   Your cooperation will be very much appreciated.     Without the great "base" of ham operators we have out there, the Sunday evening net would not be possible. 

The goal now, is to hit 40 check ins.  Can we do it?  We certainly have the hams out there for that to happen.

 

AMATEUR RADIO PRESENTATIONS –

On Tuesday, October 5, AB9PJ and KG8CX journeyed to Ashwaubenon High School in Green Bay to give a program and demo on amateur radio to a "mass communications" class.   ARRL pamphlets were handed out to the approximately 20 students.  The ARRL video "Amateur Radio Today" narrated by Walter Cronkite was shown.  Pete and Ed covered as many facets of ham radio as could be done in an hour and a half, emphasizing the emergency and public service part of ham radio, as well as the fun part.    A two meter demonstration concluded the session. 

One of the class members is a Naval Sea Cadet in the group that is studying amateur radio through the leadership of Pete, AB9PJ, and he encouraged the instructor to bring in the two hams as an example of "mass communications."

Another class presentation is scheduled soon at Stephenson High School.  KC8YZA is working on getting that one organized. 

We hope to present amateur radio at other middle and high schools through out the area, and possibly ignite some interest amongst the teachers and students. 

 

MORE NEW CALLS…

Congratulations to two of our members who are now sporting new vanity calls.  Becky, formerly KC9FSE is now K9RLG, while PJ, formerly KC9FSF is now W9LPJ.

 

SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY…

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.  Special QSL’s and Certificates are available.

This year’s SKYWARN recognition day is December 4th, from 0000 to 2400 UTC.

WX9GRB will be on the air from the Green Bay NWS office on 2 meters phone, packet, and IRLP. WX8MQT will be on the air from the Marquette NWS office on 70cm, 2, 6, 10, 15, 20, 40, and 80 meters on phone, CW, and PSK31.

 For more information, check:

 http://hamradio.noaa.gov/ .

 

DUES ARE DUE…

A reminder that the deadline for dues for the current club year is December 31st. We ask that you send in the membership renewal form printed in the September Ground Wave along with your dues. If you need the form, it is available at:

http://www.mari.net/~jcallow/mmarc/memberrenewal.pdf

Dues remain at $15.00 per person, or $22.50 per family.

 

 

 

 

AGENDA for M & M AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

 

November 10th 2004

 

1.    Call meeting to order

·         Pledge of Allegiance

·         Members introduce themselves with their call sign and talk about their HAM Radioactivity's in the past month. DX Stations worked, Antenna Projects, Contests worked, etc.

2.    Approve Secretary's report as printed in the Ground Wave

 

3.    Treasurer's Report

 

4.    Communications to read (any club officer)
Christmas Party at Schussler's.

 

5.    Net report (Ed)

 

6.    Old Business

·        Repeater committees report on progress the relocation back to KC8DOA tower site.

·        Education committee report.

 

7.    New Business...

·         Salvation Army donation.

·         Reminder that we are looking for presentations/presenters at our meetings. If you've been working on an amateur related project that you can share with the club members we'd like to see it.

9. Presentation:

K8IR and KG8CX will team up to give us a video tour of ARRL Headquarters

 

 


MINUTES OF THE M&M AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING

OCTOBER 14 , 2004

The meeting was called to order at 7:05pm in the Spies Public Library meeting room by President Dave Cunningham, NS9R.

Members introduced themselves and related their recent radio activities.

AUDIT REPORT: Bob, AA9GZ and Dave, W8DXX conducted an audit of the club’s books prior to the meeting.  They reported no major errors.  They recommended starting the year with the following balances:

Checking                      $466.92
Savings                         $356.69
Undeposited checks      $230.00 

Total                           $1053.61

There is some unreported interest to add into the above total.

Treasurer Paul, WC9E said he will have an updated report next month.

A motion to accept the audit report made by Jim, KC8YZA and seconded by Bob, K8RJ was approved.

 

COMMUNCIATIONS:

A letter was received from Spies Public Library thanking us for our donation.

A letter was received from the Boy Scouts of America thanking us for the $30 donation to the Michael J. Anuta memorial fund.

Jim, K8IR reported on today’s FCC decision on BPL rules.

 

NET REPORT:

Ed, KG8CX thanked KC8YZA for taking the net control duties the previous Sunday.

 

SKYWARN REPORT:

Ed, KG8CX reported the last call-up was on September 11th.  In all, there were 10 SKYWARN activations this summer, with an average of 14 check-ins each net.

The weekly SKYWARN Operators net has been suspended until spring.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Jim, K8IR reported the repeater committee is planning to move the 147.000 machine back to the Rangeline Tower on Friday October 23rd.

There was a discussion on adding CTCSS (PL) encode to the 147.000 repeater, and CTCSS encode and decode to the 444 repeater.  Noel, K8NB has estimated this can be done for a minimal cost.  Pete, AB9PJ volunteered to make a presentation on the benefits of CTCSS at a future meeting.

Jim, KC8WJO reported the education committee met on the Internet and recommends classes begin in January, and it the future starts be alternated between November and January.  He said the committee is reviewing the availability of Amateur Radio materials at local libraries.

NEW BUSINESS

Dave, NS9R reported that due to the library being closed on Veterans Day, next month’s meeting will be held on WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 10TH at 7PM.

Members were reminded of the Simulated Emergency Test to be held on October 16th. The Marinette/Oconto County ARES/RACES will participate, and hold a meeting at the Porterfield Town Hall.

Dave, NS9R asked for volunteers for the Christmas Party Committee. 

Dave, NS9R said the club is looking for program presenters and topics for future meetings.

The possibility of ordering club jackets was brought up.  Anyone interested in purchasing a jacket should make their desires known.

The Ground Wave will have a calendar for the club year in a future issue.

A motion to accept the application for membership by Lee Bane, W0FAX, made by Bob, K8RJ and seconded by Bill, KC8URW was approved. 

 

A motion to adjourn made by Bob, AA9GZ, and seconded by Paul, WC9E, was approved.

A program was given by members of the Bay Area Mounted Search and Rescue.

 

Respectfully submitted by

Jim Callow, K8IR
Acting Secretary

 

Those in attendance:

David Cunningham, NS9R                                Jim Voss, KC8WJO
Paul Drees, WC9E                                           Kurt Berge, K8BKA
Dwight Bosselman, W9YQ                               Bob Jarnutowski, K8RJ
PJ Johnson, KC9FSF                                       Pat Wehner
Jim Pearson, KC8YZA                                    Angie Rasner
Tony DelGenio                                                 Bill Peterson, KB9URW
David Arnold, W8DXX                                    Tyler Lehman, KC9FKE
Bob Schrader, AA9GZ                                     Ed Engelman, KC8CX

Jim Callow, K8IR                                            Peter Johnson, Sr., AB9PJ

 

 Click Here for a printable reservation form in PDF Format

  Club members and guests are cordially invited to

   attend the M & M Amateur Radio Club

    Christmas Party

 RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!

PAYMENT MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR RESERVATION

Date:           Thursday, December 9, 2004 

Place:         Schussler’s Supper Club (Small Banquet Room)
             
W 3529 County Trunk B
            
Peshtigo, WI  54157

 

            Time:       6:00 p.m. Camaraderie and Christmas Cheer
7:00 p.m. dinner

                                     

          MENU

 

Family style Chicken and Schussler's house meatballs (beef, pork, garlic) includes all the trimmings:  mashed potatoes, veggies, etc. choice of beverage and a lite dessert.

Cost:  $15 per person which includes tax, tip and beverage.

 

Reservations are due no later than Friday, December 3, 2003. Make check payable to M & M Amateur Radio Club and send to:

 

M & M Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 1082
Marinette, WI  54143

 

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Mail this portion with your check

 

Name of club member _________________________________________ 

 

Number attending _____@ $15.00   Amount Enclosed_______________