2022 March Minutes

Marinette & Menominee Amateur Radio Club

Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes

Thursday March 10, 2022


Meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm at inVenture North in Marinette by club president Steve Mellenthin, K9STT.

Motion to approve the February meeting minutes was made by Bruce Conover, N9CON and seconded by Paul Sorensen, NS8V. The motion was accepted and carried.

Treasures Report: Doug Dooley, KD8OVR reported a balance at the end of February of $5,260.79. $289.89 in dues were collected in February.

Correspondence: K9STT received an email from Pete Johnson, AB9PJ commenting on some of the agenda items on the March agenda.

Committee Reports

Repeater Report: No report

Education and Training: Nothing new to report.

Property Report: N9CON reported everything is entered and up to date.

ARES Report: KD8OVR reported Menominee County donated a computer to the group.

Trailer Report: No report

Fundraiser Report: K9STT reported the 2022 Logging & Heritage Festival fundraiser will be coming up in new business.

DAR report: Nothing new to report.

Yacht Report: Ed Engleman, KG8CX reported they have gained 19 new youth and 7 new adult members since the first of the year.

Webmaster Report: K9STT reported the website is up to date.

ARRL Report: K9STT reported we are current with ARRL.

HATT: No report

New Business

The 2022 Marinette Logging & Heritage Festival is scheduled to be held July 9, 2022. A motion to hold a fundraiser at the event and approving the budgeted expenditures published on the website was made by Cynthia Patterson, AA9VV and seconded by Tim Mellenthin, WN6KHG. The motion was accepted and carried.

KD8OVR presented proposed changes to the by-laws for the property inventory. The proposed changes are published on the website and will be voted on during the April meeting.

Jim Callow, K8IR volunteered to reserve the pavilion at Hennes Park for the summer picnic.

Old Business

K9STT proposed changes to the by-laws to allow the secretary and treasurer to spend up to a combined $75 per month for supplies without prior membership approval. The proposed by-law change has been published on the website and will be voted on during the April meeting. Discussion took place on a proposal that would allow the board to approve purchases up to $1,000. At this time, it was decided not go forward with the proposal.

K9STT updated the club on the repeater expansion project. Menominee County has two Kenwood TKR-850 repeaters that the club may be able to obtain for free. There was discussion on where enhanced radio coverage is needed, and it was determined the greatest need for additional repeater coverage is to the north. A motion to not pursue locating a repeater at Oconto Falls and to look for a northern location was made by N9CON and seconded by NS8V. The motion was accepted and carried.

The current antenna set up at the ARES EOC is not getting out. K8IR suggested a low dipole would be the best antenna to contact the desired Michigan locations. K9STT will work with Mike Lemke, KD8FUE to locate an area at the EOC to support a dipole antenna.


A fish fry will be held at the Whistle Stop on Friday, March 11th.

Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by N9CON and seconded by NS8V. The motion was accepted and carried. Meeting ended at 8:05 pm.

14 members present: N9GLT, KE8KWU, AA9VV, AG9P, KC8CX, NS8V, KD9IGW, KD9RYZ, KO4KKC, KD8OVR, N9CON, WN6KHG, K9STT and K8IR


Minutes respectfully submitted by John Goldschmidt – Secretary