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AFTER CHRISTMAS DINNER 

Jan. 20, 2024 

 

Our annual "After" Christmas Dinner was a fun evening of friendship and comradery! About 18 hungry hams got together for some great food at the Whistle Stop, just north of Menominee. It was a pleasure seeing Eric (KG9GH) and Cheryl (KB9NTN) who were attending a wedding party next door at the Pullman House. The White Elephant gift exchange was fun and entertaining as always!

 

 

Best of all, our Christmas get-together is the gateway to longer days as I noticed there was still sun out as we drove north on highway 41 at 4:45.  The promise of more get togethers, and better weather lies ahead!

 

 

HAM RADIO CLASS 2024

 

ENTER THE EXCITING WORLD OF HAM RADIO!!

The M&M Amateur Radio Club will be offering a class to prepare you for getting your amateur radio license. The class will be held at InventureNorth, 1320 Main St., Marinette, WI, from 6:00 to 9:00PM on February 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. The exam will be offered on March 6th. There is no charge for the class, but a $15 fee is required to take the FCC exam and the FCC also charges a $35 application fee. For those under 18, the exam fee is waived and the FCC application fee may be reimbursed by the ARRL.

If you are interested, please register on the Club website HERE, W8PIF.com. Alternatively you can call Doug at (906) 863-2492 to register. Hope to see you there!!


 
Calendar 

Mar. 14, Meeting - 7 PM -
Apr.  11, Meeting - 7 PM -

 

 

 

 

 

 

2024 membership dues are payable now. Dues are $20 for individuals, and $30 for Families - Contact Paul Sorenson (NS8V) by filling out our Online Membership/Renewal

 

 

 

MEETINGS

 

Meetings are at inVenture North located at 1320 Main St, Marinette, WI on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 PM.

All are welcome to attend, especially if you are interested in becoming licensed!

KANDY NET

Sunday night at 7 PM  - 147.000 repeater, (107.2) +

WEDNESDAY EDITION

Wednesday night 7 PM - 147.000 repeater, (107.2) +

SUNDAY HF RAGCHEW

Sunday 1 PM - 3.907 Ragchew

Emergency Communications


Tri-County ARES, RACES, AuxCom SkyWarn    

Join our ARES Team! Please fill out our short form for info...



Thank you for your interest in Tri-County ARES!  Please fill out our short form, and we'll get back to you ASAP.


 

ARES, RACES, AuxComm

"We get so sophisticated and we have gotten so used to the reliability and resilience in our wireless and wired and our broadcast industry and all of our public safety communications, that we can never fathom that they’ll fail. They do. They have. They will. I think a strong Amateur Radio community [needs to be] plugged into these plans."

—Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator (2009-2017), 3 May 2011


Amateur Radio Included in FEMA Guide for National Emergency Preparedness

03/22/2023

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a final version (March 2023) of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Functional Guidance. The guidance, which provides a framework for communications resources within incident management, officially includes support from amateur radio operators. The expanded Communications Unit (COMU) structure now includes the Auxiliary Communicator (AUXC) role, which covers personnel from services that provide communications support to emergency management, public safety, and other government agencies. This includes amateur radio.

NIMS guides government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to work together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and other emergencies. “This is a major step in the recognition of the need and usefulness of amateur radio and other communications services in our national preparedness,” said Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, Director of Emergency Management for ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio®. “It also gives official guidance to pave the way for future training and education of volunteers in ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®),” Johnston added.

The NIMS ICT guide (PDF) is available at https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_ict-functional-guidance.pdf.


ARES Membership Requirements

Every licensed amateur regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES.  Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES.  Please inquire at the local level for specific information.  Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable but is not a requirement for membership.

FEMA Training Courses for ARES®

 * ICS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System (required)

 *ICS-200.b ICS for Single Incidents and Initial Action Incidents (required)

 *IS-700 NIMS: An Introduction (required)

 *IS-800 National Response Framework (required)

  IS-240.a Leadership & Influence

  IS-241.a Decision Making & Problem Solving

  IS-250a Emergency Support Function 15 (ESF-15) External Affairs

  IS-1a Emergency Manager, An Orientation to the Position

  IS-288 The Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management

  IS-244.b Developing and Managing Volunteers

  IS-120.a An Introduction to Exercises

  IS-130 Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning

4 of these courses are requirements for ARES operators registering with local emergency management/public safety agencies.  Along with the basic ARRL EmComm course, they form the foundation for an educated, certified, trained corps of ARES volunteers prepared to serve as assets and not liabilities to their communities during disaster situations.


 ARES NET PREAMBLE & SCHEDULE


  • The local ARES Net is held each Sunday Evening at 8:30 PM on the Suring repeater 145.470 (-) 114.8 pl.  Feel free to join us, and follow along with the Preamble and schedule of Net Control Operators.

     NET PREAMBLE: (Updated 4/17/23 KD8FUE)

     

    Good evening, 

    Welcome to the Tri-County Cooperative ARES & RACES Net. My name is (your first name), (your call sign) and I will be your net control this evening.

    This net meets every Sunday night at 8:30 PM or whenever its services become needed. The primary repeater frequency is 145.470 with a tone access of 114.8. The backup repeater frequency is 147.000 with a tone access of 107.2. This is a directed net which is open to all ARES & RACES Stations in all locations that are within range of this repeater system.

    The purpose of this net is to ensure proper understanding between ARES & RACES stations, to share information, and to become better prepared for public service emergency communications.

    I will now take a standby for any emergency or priority traffic. Please call (your call sign), your net control station.

    (Pause for any emergency or priority traffic)

    I will now call all registered Menominee County ARES & RACES stations. When called, please check in and list any traffic when doing so. (call each member)

    K8IR (Jim), KD8FUE(Mike) KD80VR (Doug) W8AWF (Robert) NS8V (Paul) KW5AS (Skip)

    I will now call all registered Marinette County ARES & RACES stations. When called, please check in and list any

    traffic when doing so. (call each member)

    KG9GH (Eric), K9STT (Steve)

    I will now call all registered Oconto County ARES & RACES stations. When called, please check in and list any traffic when doing so. (call each member)

    N9OSF (Larry)

    I will now take a standby for any out of county or late time ARES & RACES stations. Please call (your call sign), your net control station.

    (pause for stations)

    (Read any announcements or ask for general comments or questions)

    Hearing no additional business for the net at this time, I will now close the net and turn the repeater back over to normal amateur use. Thank you for checking into the Tri-County Cooperative ARES & RACES Net. We look forward to hearing from you again next Sunday at 8:30 PM. 73, this is (your call sign)

 

 



  • 2024 Net Schedule:          
               
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May June
    7- Steve 4- Robert 3- Doug 7- Robert 5- Doug 2- Eric
    14- Paul 11- Jim 10- Steve 14- Jim 12- Steve 9- Robert
    21- Mike 18- Larry 17- Paul 21- Larry 19- Paul 16- Jim
    28- Eric 25- Skip 24- Mike 28- Skip 27- Mike 23- Larry
        31- Eric     30- Skip
               
    July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
    7-Doug 4-Eric 1-Skip 6-Eric 3-Skip 1-Mike
    14-Steve 11-Robert 8-Doug 13-Robert 10-Doug 8-Eric
    21-Paul 18-Jim 15-Steve 20-Jim 17-Steve 15-Robert
    28-Mike 25-Larry 22-Paul 27-Larry 24-Paul 22-Jim
        29-Mike     29-Larry
     

Field Day 2022

2022 Field Day
June 25th & 26th
 
 
Brett & Jeremy made 471 contacts in the club's new
Emergency CommunicationsTrailer... Thanks, guys!
Arde Nelson Stops by to visit and check things out, His 100th Birthday
is on July 2nd so make sure to wish him Happy Birthday!
 
We had a good number of volunteers that made Field Day possible this year, kd8ovr, kd8fue, kg9gh with his wire stringing skills, k8ir saved the day with his radio & fantastic grilling, ke8kwu, ns8v with his great venison brats, and of course Brett & Jeromy for all the contacts they made! Thanks to all of you, and to everyone who visited us for making this a fun field day!

 

Our new EmComm trailer ready for dispatch! Served us well this field day making 471 contacts in dry, cool comfort. We owe many thanks to many people for bringing this to fruition.  The main drivers for this project is Doug (kd8ovr), Mike (kd8fue), Tim (wn6khg), Steve (k9stt), and also Bruce (n9con), Cal (k1sgw), AJ (kb7kz), and I am sure there were others. There were also material donors, SK - Floyd Croy (k8zlo Lots of radio equipment), The owners of the Shopko Building (desks & cabinets), Pete (ab9pj for UHF repeater and misc equipment).
 
 
We had a good number of volunteers that made Field Day possible this year, kd8ovr, kd8fue, kg9gh with his wire stringing skills, k8ir saved the day with his radio & fantastic grilling, ke8kwu, ns8v with his great venison brats, and of course Brett & Jeromy for all the contacts they made! Thanks to all of you, and to everyone who visited us for making this a fun field day!

 

Our new EmComm trailer ready for dispatch! Served us well this field day making 471 contacts in dry, cool comfort. We owe many thanks to many people for bringing this to fruition.  The main drivers for this project is Doug (kd8ovr), Mike (kd8fue), Tim (wn6khg), Steve (k9stt), and also Bruce (n9con), Cal (k1sgw), AJ (kb7kz), and I am sure there were others. There were also material donors, SK - Floyd Croy (k8zlo Lots of radio equipment), The owners of the Shopko Building (desks & cabinets), Pete (ab9pj for UHF repeater and misc equipment).
 

Skywarn Register

Skywarn Training

Here's your chance to register for the National Weather Service's Storm Spotter training! You DO NOT have to be a ham radio operator for this! The class will be held Wednesday April 12th at 6 PM at the Annex building in Stephenson, Mi.