Sunday, June 9, 2024

Radio Happenings 6.9.2024

    A busy Ham is a happy Ham.. If you joined in on some of the events lately, you must be happy... and tired. 
      Hamfest. The "Cafe' " folks were serving up coffee, rolls, desserts and hot dogs steadily. Public address system wires were getting hot with prize announcements.
 For me,,, a big thanks to who ever was in charge of keeping the rain at bay !!  My age must be showing because the tables seem heavier this year.. thanks to the set and take down group for a job well done.. the List could be longer but I hope you know who you are and that your work is appreciated.. 
  For the first one there and the last to leave.. Thanks - Randy Dyle..  
       VE Testing ; The VEs were busy and made the Ham Community a bit larger.. with 3 new techs, 8 new generals, and 1 new extra class licenses earned.. Congrats to all those ..
Kewaunee Lighthouse: On Saturday June 8th, Mike W9MWP, Larry K9IQ, Walt KE9TT, and I, activated the Lighthouse in Kewaunee. Operated 20meters.. Most of the stations contacted were POTA stations with Yagi antennas at 90 feet with 1Kw output... and they were having a tough time getting contacts.. ???
One of our visitors was KE9ALV from the Sturgeon Bay area, who just earned her Tech at our HamCram in April. It was good to see the enthusiasm Connie had for the hobby. Connie.. thanks for the photo..

We had a chance to talk to the people touring during this Open House.. Explaining that the light was not the only beacon to that location, but there was also a radio beacon sending an identifying Morse Code letter "G" which identified the Kewaunee Lighthouse. Ships had direction finding loop antennas to receive and hone in on the transmitting signal... like a "Fox Hunt" we have... Also showed aspects of Ham radio.
There might be another opportunity on July 13.. but more on that later..

Now to put a spotlight onto the Club President ...

Hello Club Members…

Did you make it to the Hamfest?  I hope so because it was a lot of fun and a big success.  Thanks to committee Co-Chairmen Todd W9GRB and Dave, KD9HJJ and the team of excellent volunteers, the event went off very well with over 230 people in attendance.  The best crowd yet.  The committee is now working on a detailed after-action report that will be presented at the July club meeting.  If you have any comments about the Hamfest, please forward them to Dave, KD9HJJ at .  He’s looking for input on things that went well and things that need improvement.  Be sure to include your suggestions on how these improvements could be made.  Once again, it was a great event.  Special appreciation goes out to Tower Electronics and Wolf River Coils who were very generous in providing prizes and overall support. 

We’ve got a Brat Barn coming up on Saturday June 15.  This one will be at the De Pere Festival.  Keith, KS9WI needs a few more volunteers, so be sure to let him know you if can come out and help.  He’ll go over the details at the June 13th club meeting. If you haven’t worked a brat barn, give it a try.  This is a nice way to get to know your fellow Amateurs and it’s a perfect opportunity to support our club.

FIELD DAY!!  This year we’ll be at Osprey Point Park on Monroe Road near Bellevue.  Gene, AB9GK and the Field Day committee have been doing a lot of work to make sure we have another enjoyable operating event.  This is a great opportunity to get on the air and spend some time visiting while enjoying our great hobby.  Mark your calendars for June 22/23 and hear all about it at the June meeting. 

I hope to see you at the meeting on Thursday, June 13th.  Be there for the Tech Talk at 6:30. Our special guest via Zoom will be Karin Thompson, KD4DXX, the owner of R-T Systems, the folks who make the programming software. 

As always, please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions about our club.

See you at the meeting…73,

Bill, KB3KYH

(302) 537-4755


June 12th  Siren Test Net

June 13th  Club meeting,, 6:30 Tech Talk - meeting at 7pm

June 18th  CQ Tuesday

June 22 -23.. Field Day !!   Info coming... 

June 31st .. you have the wrong calendar ... 

Monday, May 27, 2024

Radio Happenings .. 5.25.2024

Radio Happenings .. 5.25.2024  

  Wow… what a lightshow in the sky on Tuesday evening.. Earlier, I had been watching the weather in Iowa..  saw the storm tracker ride into the hail… baseball size.. It did not take long for the windshield to crumble .. a lot of shards of glass inside the car…. 

 Then when the storm came closer to our “neck of the woods”, the  radar that I was watching, showed the vortex signature of tornados … got a bit concerning  . A big thank you to all those that checked into the Skywarn net on the .120 repeater.  A good thing to do.  The more eyes to the skies the better.  The NWS relies on the Ham Community to give “Ground Truth” reports. The radar does not know if the funnel cloud reached the ground to become at tornado..  only actual sightings do.


·        Only a week away from the Club Hamfest..  Have you all  the information you need?  The flyer is still on the Club web page…

·        On Friday, set up takes place.. if you have a moment or two, stop by and give a hand.  Of  course, on Saturday evening, help will be needed to take down … thanks in advance…


·        MAY 31, SET UP FOR HAM FEST..

·        JUNE 1, HAMFEST 


·        JUNE 12, SIREN TEST NET

·        JUNE 13, GB MIKE & KEY MEETING (Welcome new Hams)



 The 10 day forecast shows that May31 and June 1st are identical weather.. 77 degrees, partly cloudy…  slight wind, less than10% chance of precipitation. So if you have a trunk full of gear to sell, you might consider outside trunk sales.. and/or bring a table..  If you are  going to sell inside, reserve a table soon…

    If you would like to put a gift basket together for raffling off at the hamfest, it would be greatly appreciated.. it could be brought in during set up on Friday 31.\\

             I noted D Day.. The invasion on the beaches of Normandy.  It was on June 6, 1944. It was code named Operation Overlord. 156,000 troops advanced onto the beach… 4,000 were killed by stationed German troops.  Participating in that event was the tug boat Ludington carrying supplies. The tug now is docked in an area near the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse and is open for tours (most times)   In the morning of  June 8th, there will be commemoration ceremony at the Ludington, …

     Let’s look back at the Wis.QSO Party in March.. congratulations go out to some of our members…

Bill Duveneck WB3KYH… 2nd place in the Rookie Category.. 50,774 points 

Single Operator Fixed 

Justin Korpal   K0RPL             51958Points

Gene Radke   AB9GK             35112 Points

Keith Summers  KS9WI          23652 Points  (KEW) 

Brent Crier  N9BC                    22313 Points

Paul Blum   K9ARF                4305 Points

Dale Johnson WB9NRK                   480  Points

 Multi Operator Fixed  

 Wes Michael         K9EAM      6615 Points

Club Competition

Green Bay Mike & Key Club    264,829 Points with 10 logs (6th place in State)

The Presdent’s Spotlight ..

The Hamfest is next Saturday...June1. This is one of our major events of the year and is a big contributor to our club's financial strength.  It takes a lot of volunteers to make it a success, so if you have some time to help out, please contact Todd, W9GRB at 414-455-6374 or  You can also get in touch with Dave, KD9HJJ at or 262-510-3376.  Another way you can help is to provide some homemade cookies, cupcakes, or bars that the kitchen team can offer for sale.  These "goodies" have been very popular at our last Hamfests.   

Our next big event is Field Day over the weekend of June 22 and 23.  The Field Day Committee has been working hard to make this the best yet and they will provide all the details at our June 13 club meeting.   

The week before Field Day, on June 15 we'll have another Brat Barn.  Keith, KS9WI still needs a few volunteers for this one, so please be ready to "sign up" at the June meeting.    

See you at the Hamfest!   73,   Bill, KB3KYH   302-537-4755


Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Bits and Pieces 5.14.24


   ##Winlink - The VHF node in De Pere is back on line.. 145.030 by KC9UHI has been repaired.. 

    ##CellComm Marathon is short of Radio Operators ... May 19th.. Contact Wes W9WES,

 ## The W9OSL repeater, 444.750 is for sale.. the whole bundle.. See attachment for more information.

  #If you have not been contacted to assist at the Hamfest on June 1st or set up on May 31st, please contact Todd, W9GRB at
    Countdown -- 17 days ...

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Radio Happenings 5.5.24



         Welcome to May! Summery things are beginning. Flowers, leaves, Hamfests, antennas, more POTA activity. Which brings us to what the Club has done recently and what is coming up.
      #We had the sad news of the passing of one of our more active members, Robert Duescher, KA9XG. He was well known in the Ham World as well as the steam, tractor groups. A super mechanic helping anyone that needed help. He kept a  very prolific garden and made maple syrup in the spring. He was a friend that will not be easily forgotten.   
   #The Brat Barn, led by Keith, KS9WI was very successful as you will see when you read the financial report attached to the newsletter.
    #Talking about the newsletter.... We started having problems again with being blocked because of the volume of letters going out considering being spam. We split the list into two groups to get around that but still have some returns.. The next steps maybe two fold.. still cut more of the none members from the list and/or make a third group.  So if you find that are not receiving the newsletter, check the Spam folder & let me know. Although this can be a problem, it is sort of a nice problem with having more members//
        #Sharing radio information helps us all. Keeps us up to date and on the air.   Recently, I was able to share a website which I heard about from a SWL operator in Europe when he sent a request for a certificate for hearing our Special Event a couple of weekends ago. He heard us by going to . If you zoom down the circles multiply and if you pick a balloon, you can get multiple monitoring stations...  So if you do not have a HF radio, you can monitor from here... 
           #We had a Special Event celebrating 100 yrs of radio at St. Norbert College in De Pere. Thanks to all the operators that came. There were three stations. We were able to set up antennas on the two decks along side the meeting room. Too bad the conditions were not favorable.. But we had slightly less than ninety contacts..  Thanks to Tom, K9EDD and Gene, AB9GK for spearheading this event.. Also have to mention that the donated snacks were very well appreciated ... even had some homemade goodies. What made the day.. Visited by the College President and her husband. 
           #Those of you that are looking a getting an interface for your radio for rig control and some digital... Digi Rig is about to come out with a new product half the size of the one now. This one will eliminate one of the cables by plugging directly into the USB port.. to find out more just search for Digirig. I use one now with my G90... 
  ** note.. Fox Hunts have not be scheduled at the time of this letter.
   May 8th -Siren Test Net.. List attached to newsletter.
  May 9th - GBM&K Meeting - Tech Talk at 6:30PM -Meeting 7PM.
  May 12th- MOTHER'S DAY... 
  May 17 - 19 Hamvention in Dayton Ohio...
  May19th - The Last Cellcomm Marathon.. 
  June 1st.. Saturday, Ham Fest .. All hands on deck..
  June 12th - Siren Test Net
  June 13th. Thur.  GB Mike & Key Meeting                                              June 15th Saturday, Brat Barn at De Pere Festival 


Monday, April 22, 2024


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