Friday, January 7, 2000

In Service For Y2K

In Service For Y2K
Several members showed up along with many area hams at the second gathering of the Brown County Emergency Management/Wisconsin Public Service/Ham radio operator meeting at the  WPS building Wednesday evening, December 15, 1999.

This was the last meeting before the scheduled 10 pm check-in on New Years Eve on designated area repeaters. Area hams will be setting up and net operating from area hospitals, public safety buildings, police departments, utility buildings, and fire departments throughout Brown County.

Both Brown County and WPS officials thanked and expressed appreciation for hams participating.

Officials also gave assurance they had no information indicating widespread failure of systems in their control. All parties were enthusiastic to interact with each other in the spirit of readiness. 

Governor Tommy Thompson will receive updates throughout the state at least twice an hour and more frequently if conditions merit. The area ham net will assist in providing information in the specified format required for the governor reports. The governor reports will contain all information of every accident occurrence so media throughout the state will receive accurate information about the events during that evening. 

Andy Nemic KB9ALN, net control operator, addressed the group to explain how the net will function and answered questions about repeater assignments. Andy reminded everyone of net protocol and procedures. Any hams wanting to  contribute to this effort should contact KB9ALN.

Area hams participating in the Y2K project include: K9BOB, K9GB, K9GQE, K9JQE, KB9ALN, KB9AMM, KB9EWK, KB9PZF, KB9QAJ, KB9QAL, KB9RHB, KB9SND, KS9WI, N9LOK, N9MPU, N9NCQ, N9OLU, N9QLO, N9QZF, N9SBQ, N9TBR, N9TNH, N9VJL, N9WOA, N9XCQ, N9ZDA, W9CEA, W9HAM, W9WES, WA9RFT.

Thursday, January 6, 2000

Couple Pitches In For Y2K Trouble-shooting

Couple pitches in for Y2K trouble-shooting Femi, Cole Green Bay Press Gazette
A husband-and-wife team with 17 years of amateur radio experience between them were prepared Friday night to help get Allouez through any Y2K problems. The village didn't have any problems, but the Public Safety Director said he appreciated the presence of Madeline and Dennis O'Connor. "It's been nice to have them here, but I have every confidence that we're not going to have a problem." The O'Connor's were happy to be available. "They figured they could use our help," said Dennis O'Connor."If there were any problems, we'd be the backup communications." That backup communication came in the form of a 20-watt ham radio transceiver that boasted a 50-mile range. "We could talk to Suring for example or a little bit south of Manitowoc," Dennis O'Connor said. Half an hour before the stroke of midnight, the atmosphere at the Allouez Fire Department was relaxed and jovial. "I think I'm slowly but surely losing my crew to naps," Melchior joked. "I'll be gone by one o'clock because nothing's going to happen." "But if it did happen, we were here," Madeline O'Connor said. Melchior was confident the village could have handled any problems if they had occurred. "We would have tried to communicate with people to stay calm." None of that was necessary however, as evidenced by Dennis O'Connor's exclamation: "We made it."

Saturday, January 1, 2000

2000 Officers

The December Green Bay Mike and Key Club (Christmas Pot Luck) announced the following new officers for 2000
President: Keith Summers, KS9WI
Vice-president: John Wolfe, W0LFE
Secretary: Kevin Stanelle, KB9SNE
Treasurer: Gregg Seidl, K9KL
Newsletter Editor: Philip Livingston, KB9SND
At Large Officers:
Scott Cole, KB9AMM
Nick Marto, KB9UAE