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                                               October 2001


A day that none of us will ever forget. A terrible tragedy that took so many innocent lives. But  also a day that brought us together as a country and has shown how well we Americans are capable of   responding to unthinkable disasters.  We’ve heard countless stories of heroism and just plain hard work at Ground Zero in New York City and at the Pentagon. And we can be proud that Radio Amateurs were there doing what we do best, providing communications in an emergency situation.  ARES and RACES teams were at the scenes of the disasters, and HF nets were on the air passing messages to other parts of the country when phones lines were jammed or out of order. The Amateurs in those areas were ready. Next time it could be our turn, not a terrorist attack, we hope, but maybe a blizzard, tornado, or a hazardous materials incident requiring evacuations.

As a club, we’ve made great strides in recent years in building  working relationships with Emergency Management in both Marinette and Menominee Counties.  With Jeff, N9PQU, and Lynne, N8OSK appointed as ARRL Emergency Coordinators for Marinette and Menominee Counties, we are ready to take it to the next level.  See the ARES related news in this issue of the Ground Wave.  When our turn comes, we’ll be ready, too.  ---K8IR



This month's meeting will be held on Thursday October 11, at 7pm in the cafeteria of BAMC in Menominee.  Tentative agenda...
(a) update on October fish fry plans
(b) Christmas party
(c) ARES update
(d) club activities for 2002
(e) other business as may arise....



We were looking for a volunteer to organize the October Fish Fry, and the Bay Area Wireless Association is not only organizing the event, they’re even going to do the cooking.  BAWA will host this month’s Fish Fry at the QTH of Tom Hellem, K0SN, on Friday October 12th. As usual, we’ll gather at about 5:30pm for socializing, with dinner at 6:30pm.  Jim, AA9PB has acquired a supply of  walleye,  and club members will also provide the other fixings as well as beverages.  The cost is $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for kids 6-12 and free for kids under 6.  Please make reservations with Jim at 789-2857, via email at, or on the Sunday night net.  Tom’s QTH is on Two Mile Road just off County W  north of Highway 64.  Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase an RF-Filter Box for the BAWA Club.



At the September meeting, members re-elected the current slate of officers for another year. Thanks to K8IR, KG8CX, KG9AD and N8OSK for agreeing to take on another term.

The club year officially  begins October 1st. A friendly reminder that members who do not renew by December 31st of each year are considered delinquent, will be dropped from the club roster, and will no longer receive the monthly Ground Wave.

If you wish to continue your membership with the club, and have not already done so, please submit your dues to the club at P.O. Box 1082, Marinette, WI 54143, or better yet, come to a meeting and pay in person. 

Dues remain $15.00 for an individual, or $22.50  for a family membership.

If you have a new mailing address, new telephone number or a new call sign, please provide this information when you submit your check.  Also let us know if you prefer to receive the Ground Wave via mail or on-line.  The web version includes color pictures and is usually available a couple of days before the mailed versions arrive. 

If you have any questions on renewing your membership, please contact Lynne, N8OSK.



Club members who have signed up for the Marinette County ARES team are asked to check into a the local county net for the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) scheduled for 8am this Saturday October 6th.  Marinette County EC Jeff, N9PQU reports that Assistant EC Jim, AA9PB, will hold the net on the 147.000 repeater.  Check-ins will also be taken on 146.55 Simplex, or by telephone, if you are not near a radio, by Jim, K8IR at (906) 863-2479. 

By the way, congratulations to Jeff, N9PQU on being appointed District Emergency Coordinator, covering seven Northeast Wisconsin Counties.

Marinette County Emergency Director Renelle Shaffer, KB9WKD,  reported at the last club meeting that Marinette County will be holding a simulated emergency drill on October 17th.  Any members wishing to participate should contact Renelle at the courthouse.  Members can also monitor the 147.000 repeater that morning.

Jeff, N9PQU reports that Wisconsin Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Kaplan, WB9RQR plans to attend our November 8th meeting. We plan to start early at 6pm so Stan can make his presentation. The regular business meeting will follow. 

Anyone interested in joining Marinette County ARES should contact N9PQU, or contact Lynne, N8OSK regarding Menominee County ARES.


BULLETIN: AB-368 (PRB-1) passes Wisconsin Assembly…

From Badger Smoke Signals…

On Tuesday, October 2, 2001, Assembly Bill AB-368, which would codify PRB-1 (FCC's Doctrine of Federal Pre-emption of local amateur tower height restrictions) passed the Wisconsin State Assembly on a voice vote.. The next stop is the Wisconsin Senate.



The September edition of  “Badger Smoke Signals” included a picture of the W8PIF Lighthouse special event station at the Menominee Waterfront Festival. 

The Eagle-Herald featured a nice write-up on our last meeting and election of officers.  Thanks, Lynne for another fine publicity job.


(From the ARRL  Website)

Amateur Radio operators, clubs, scout groups (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies and all other scout groups around the globe) and thousands of youth not yet involved in scouting are gearing up for Amateur Radio's best opportunity to expose our awesome hobby to the younger generations! This all takes place in an event called Jamboree On The Air--or JOTA. 

Jamboree On The Air 2001 always takes place on the third weekend of October. This year's event will begin at 0001 local time on Saturday, October 20, and continue through 2359 local time Sunday, October 21. As many as 400,000 Scouts, Scout leaders and other young people took to the bands during the 2000 Jamboree On The Air, and more are bound to do the same this year!  

Members are encouraged to help Scouts they know participate in this year’s event. For more information, check the ARRL Web Site.



Ed, KG8CX has the following for sale.......
  a. IBM 13" color monitor
  b. Tandy printer
  c. keyboard
all in working condition, just taken offline about 1 month ago.  Cheap.

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


Celebrating birthdays this month are Ken, WA9JTU 7th;  Tom, K8ICO also
on the 7th;  and Linda Hellem on the 25th. Congratulations to all.



Thanks to Peninsula Office Equipment of Menominee for printing the Ground Wave.

Thanks to Jim, KC8DOA for hosting the W8PIF 147 Repeater on his tower.




The meeting for September 13, 2001 was called to order at 7:05 pm by President Jim K8IR. A moment of silence took place to remember those who died from the terrorist attacks that took place on Tuesday September 11.

The minutes were approved as printed in the Groundwave for the August 9, 2001 meeting with a minor correction of not listing N8OSK for attendance at the meeting. Motion made by Jim AA9PB and all in favor. The Treasurer's report shows a balance of $37.87 in the checking account and $340.27 in the savings account for total assets of $378.14. Motion made by Jim AA9PB and seconded by Noel K8NB all in favor.

Ed  KG8CX reported that the club will now receive a one time $15.00 earnings for any new ARRL member who pays their dues through the club. This is effective October 1, 2001. There will be no $2.00 renewal offerings to the club. The new member is defined as a new member or one who has not been a member for two years. Family membership and youth membership is not included in this offering. Ed reported that for the net Sunday September 9 a total of 35 check-ins.


Old Business:

Jim K8IR reported a fine picnic took place for August and will be at the same place for next year's picnic. A thank you to all who took part and to the group who did all the cooking and setting up. Lynne N8OSK reported the club made a profit of $81.47 and one person to collect from yet.

Jeff N9PQU passed out some ARES forms to fill out. On October 6 at 8:00 AM Jeff reported he will receive a message to activate the ARES group. Information then will be taken from all members as what they can do for the group in Marinette County.  On October 17 an exercise will take place per Renelle Schaffer Marinette County Emergency Director. All hams are encouraged to check in through the 147.000 club repeater.

Jim K8IR reported that the library in Menominee will provide a bookplate for the book the club is donating and the other libraries should perhaps provide bookplates for donations. The books will be delivered to the libraries by Ed and Lynne.

K8IR reported a great fish fry by all at Little River on September 7 thanking Bob AA9IB.


New Business:

The October fish fry will be on the 12th of October. AA9PB will be setting this one up. Listen and read the Groundwave for information on this.

Ham of the year nominations need to be turned in up to the Christmas Party.

Membership dues should be paid by the Christmas Party and dues are the same $15.00 and for   family membership $22.50. Any updates for membership information please do provide the information.

Election of officers for the club took place and anyone interested in running Jim K8IR opened nominations on the floor. The slate of officers all said they will serve another term of office. Jim K8IR said this three times "Any further nominations on the floor". No nominations on the floor. Bob AA9GZ made a motion that all nominations be closed and the secretary be instructed to cast a unanimous ballot for the slate of officers that was proposed by the nominating committee. Seconded by Dave NS9R. All in favor.

President...............Jim Callow  K8IR

Vice-President........Ed Engleman  KG8CX

Secretary...............Gary Luthardt  KG9AD

Treasurer...............Lynne Rynish  N9OSK

Motion made by Jim AA9PB to adjourn seconded by Bob K8RJ. Meeting adjourned by K8IR at 7:44 PM.

Submitted by Gary W Luthardt KG9AD Secretary

Persons who signed for attendance at the meeting of September 13, 2001

Diana Jarnutowski   KC8RSM
Bob Jarnutowski   K8RJ
Tom Rynish   N8LHB
Lynne Rynish   N8OSK
Jim Callow   K8IR
Ed Engleman  KG8CX
Jeff Rymer   N9PQU
Ashly Rymer
Bob Schrader   AA9GZ
Jim Mans  AA9PB
Tom Hellem  K0SN
David Cunningham   NS9R
Arde Nelson  KA9WAR
Dwight Bosselman   W9YQ
Noel Beardsley   K8NB
Renelle Schaffer   KB9WKD
Gary Luthardt   KG9AD