Monday, September 13, 2021

Picnic / Banquet

It was a nice warm day with a soft breeze. Old and young alike gathered at Osprey Point for the first time in a long time. To be able to talk to someone without looking through the screen on the PC. It was a good time with good people..  Thanks to all that came out..  A thanks to the  XYLs  that were graced us with their presence.

  Thanks to Dave KD9HJJ, our Club President, there was an abundance of door prizes. The MC for  the event was Wes, W9WES the Vice-President as the Prez was enjoying a family camping event that was planned a long time ago. .. 

   As the tickets were drawn, it was obvious that everyone was going to get a door prize on the first go around. There was a second drawing for prizes that included some nice apparel. Believe it or not, there was a third drawing that included some nice gift cards... some valued at $50.. 

   The meal was catered in from Julie's Cafe... Club member Scott, KD9LHY was our Chef/Server of the broasted chicken, beef tips, mashed taters, veggies, salad, buns and giant cookies.  It was good and plentiful..

     A big THANKS goes out to the co-chairpersons John WØLFE, Nick KB9UAE for helping to make the event a reality.   Looking forward to our next couple of events as the year quickly gains speed toward the beginning of the next one.. 

 

  Here are a few candid shots....   sorry, did not get a picture of feeding the Parana fish.. 

 













Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Keep Frequencies Clear

 Keep Frequencies Clear

It would be advisable to remember that anytime a hurricane comes near the coasts of the US, to keep the frequencies for the Hurricane Net open so that important messaging can go on without interference.  They have a good system worked out and most likely we are not part of it.  But if you want to become more involved in traffic handling, you may want to begin with looking up the National Traffic System.  This system has been in existence for many years.. Many of the nets have openings where they ask if anyone has any traffic to send.. These are formal messages and you can find the forms online.  There are many locations to also find directions on how to fill them out and how to pass them along.. 

   The more you practice, especially if you have someone that has done it before to practice with....     the better you will be

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

HIstory of the Club Trailer

Emergency communications has been one of the top items on the list that attracts people to the Amateur Radio community. It has been recently noted by the FCC, that it is not the primary activity that is spent by the radio operators But yet, it is still something we do. And, if we practice it, it becomes a more proficient skill.
 Some of the ways we hone our skills, is through Simulated Emergency Tests, Field Day, radio contests and events where we set up the radio gear outside of our normal locations. Not every operator has the equipment that is mobile or can be set up in most environments. Many Radio Clubs have mobile units..

 Some are more elaborate than others. These units are mostly self-contained. They have cables, batteries, generators, radios that can operate on many different radio bands, antennas and the ropes to hold them up. There are some that can be driven and some that can be towed. About 2010, a discussion about the M&K trailers used for Field Day and other events indicated that they were not in good shape and perhaps they should be replaced.

 While in Michigan, I was successful in gaining funds from the local Foundation to provide 10 full Go Kits. Just about everything but the radios…. They even had J Pole antennas. With this success, we calculated a cost of $5,000 and given permission to approach the Community Foundation in Green Bay for a grant 
They were very helpful in going over the request for a grant.. After a couple of visits they thought it was good to submit. We did… An approval letter said that seeing this was our first dealings with them, we were approved for $4,500. Ron, KB9KIX, a good hand at knowing trailers, picked out a sturdy one.

 The choice was to minimize the annual cash outlay over the years. The one *we picked was a single axle and had a good towing wind resistance. The size and weight made it towable by a lighter vehicle and did not require a license. A number of club members helped install the interior items after we painted the floor with non skid paint and stained the walls. The unfinished cabinets were installed and stained also.
 Tower Electronics donated cable, connectors, two dual band antennas and NMO mounts for each corner of the rack outside. A few years later, I believe they donated the Astron PS that is in the trailer. Ron designed and installed the piping for the cable runs and the two battery mounts on the front of the trailer. We purchased two 75 Amp Hour Marine batteries.
 We saw that the old trailer had a tall pole for holding antennas, and I had an expandable pole, which we mounted on the side of the trailer. There is also another base holder mounted on the same side for possible future use. To note that some of those that helped work on the trailer donated some of the tools they used. Dennis KC9OIS, Matt KB9QAK, Keith KS9WI with some of the cabinet hardware.. I should not have started using names because there were so many that helped 

 As time went on, we had donations to the trailer like the area heater which came in handy during a couple of events like the Wisconsin QSO Party that kept John WØLFE warm.. As we talk about the batteries, I am reminded on how we designed the charging system. While we operate off of one, we can charge the other. This helps keep the noise out of the radio (we hoped) There is a battery charger in the trailer on the side of the lower cabinet. Up to last year, Ron would take out the batteries in the Fall and put them on battery maintainers until the Wis. QSO Party in March. Then I took them and now do the same.. .

. As we talked about the power system, we have to thank Phil W3TOS for the donation of the fused Anderson power distribution unit which all the equipment power goes through. 
*The key power for major events is our second most expensive unit, the generator. Just like your heart, without power, we are dead. And like your heart, we need to keep it healthy. The first way is to make sure it is fed right. It is highly imperative that only non-ethanol fuel is used. So far the oil has been changed every 50 hours of running time.

 Locks… Locks keep honest people honest … quote my father in law. The lock on the hitch is different than the other locks. This happened when the facility people at the jail needed to move the trailer to maintain the area that the trailer is located. Rather than giving entry to all, they are allowed to move the trailer to facilitate their needs. The battery holders, the back and side doors are all keyed the same. In all the years it existed, there was never a time that members could not access the unit within reasonable time with permission of the Club

. Radios- the grant did not include the radios. Timing was on our side when it came to having radios to operate with. With the event of 9-11, FEMA required all essential places to have four means of communication. A lesson learned from the destruction of the buildings that held primary antennas in New York. The Brown County Health Dept. mentioned that they already had four, but had the grant to buy what they needed. In discussion with Emergency Management, they decided to purchase the Ham gear for the newly being remodeled EOC. We were asked to provide the list of needed equipment. When the equipment came in, the EOC still was not completed. We were given permission to put the radios in containers that made them usable and yet portable in case needed in the EOC. Once again Ron designed and built what we have now. With the completion of the EOC, the radios were placed there and antennas placed on the roof of the Jail Complex. 

 This prompted the M&K Club to purchase replacement equipment. They purchased a IC 718 HF radio. It is a good one that does not have complicated buttons or software. The other radio is the Kenwood V71A. dual band. The trailer has served the Club well. Providing communications during many of the CellComm Marathons, the Seroogy’s runs, Lighthouses on the Air, Reforestation Bike Run, Field Days, Diabetes Bike runs, JOTA with the Scouts, Bear Paw Camp Radio merit badge, Bear Paw Camp STEMpede, Door County Scout Campout for the Radio Merit badge (had 50 merit badge recipients) we were involved with the Airport exercises including the aircraft on the Bay in winter.
*The trailer has been to a number of Scout meetings as well. Of course, every three years we are invited to the Tall Ships Event and hope to be in the future.. It was felt that if you take care of your equipment, it will serve you well. The only maintenance that was needed was a new tire on the left side a year ago and we had a leak on the roof seam six years ago that Ron patched. Almost forgot the bearing covers were replaced. Not bad for 10+years of use… Just some history.. Dave N8KQS

Friday, July 23, 2021

TECHNICIAN LICENSE CLASSES

  Looking for a class for the Technician Class license? There may be a few videos, I have found one that is on Youtube.. it is put on the Williamson County, TN ARES group.

https://wcares.org/technician-license-classes/

 Here is another... it may start out a little crude, but they do cover a bunch of items and they have more as you go along... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wwnOPaF1qI

  The FCC has a training video as well.. this link goes to the first of a series, just like some of the others.   I am giving you a choice in case you do not seem to be getting what you are looking for in one circumstance.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II7BztRsPtc

 Here is one that touts that it contains everything you need for the Technician License.. Only one hour  This video presentation is based on the 'No-Nonsense Technician-Class License Study Guide' by Dan Romanchik KB6NU, Between the two, it DOES have a lot of information but in taught in an understandable way...

 https://youtu.be/vG2S_xV3zJE Link to KB6NU's site is: http://www.kb6nu.com/study-guides/


Sunday, July 11, 2021

RF SAFETY COMPLIANCE

 The FCC (Federal Communications Commission or as W8FLA sk would say "the Friendly Candy Company") has been making some more regulatory changes that involve Amateur Radio. It looks as if some stations may be required to show that they are in compliance with the rules. This may take place between now and 2025. 

 Having to prove that the emissions from your station are safe. There are hundreds of thousands of amateur radio operators ("hams") worldwide.  Amateur radio operators in the United States are licensed by the FCC.  The Amateur Radio Service provides its members with the opportunity to communicate with persons all over the world and to provide valuable public service functions, such as making communications services available during disasters and emergencies. 

 Like all FCC licensees, amateur radio operators are required to comply with the FCC's guidelines for safe human exposure to RF fields.  Under the FCC's rules, amateur operators can transmit with power levels of up to 1500 watts.  However, most operators use considerably less power than this maximum.  Studies by the FCC and others have shown that most amateur radio transmitters would not normally expose persons to RF levels in excess of safety limits.  This is primarily due to the relatively low operating powers used by most amateurs, the intermittent transmission characteristics typically used and the relative inaccessibility of most amateur antennas.  As long as appropriate distances are maintained from amateur antennas, exposure of nearby persons should be well below safety limits.

   To help ensure compliance of amateur radio facilities with RF exposure guidelines, both the FCC and American Radio Relay League (ARRL) have issued publications to assist operators in evaluating compliance for their stations. 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Hamfest Listing

 Here is a listing of  upcoming Hamfests. 

There are more in the State, but list shows the Eastern Side.

 HAMFEST/CONVENTION

HAMFEST/CONVENTION
09/11/2021 - Ozaukee Radio Club Regional Fall Swapfest
Location: Cedarburg, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Ozaukee Radio Club (ORC)
   
HAMFEST/CONVENTION
10/16/2021 - Wisconsin ARES/RACES Conference, ARRL Wisconsin State
Convention
Location: Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: WeComm Ltd

Monday, May 24, 2021

Field Day 2021 History

 Everything was timed perfectly... 8AM we met for breakfast.. shortly after 9 we left the diner when we felt the first of the predicted rain.  But we headed toward Pine Tree Park as the rain drops got closer together.

 Determined, we rolled out the antennas, ropes, power cords, etc. I don't know if it was the rain, but we almost totally ready to begin by 11:30. 

It took the first hour to finally get three contacts, but after that they finally started to come in. We began with three stations. One station was using a Wolf River Coil and the other two were using Off Center Fed dipoles. The third dipole was not set up. 

The turnout of personnel was great. Everyone lent a hand. We broke for the annual dinner. The Club furnished the brats and burgers and fixin's .. the others came with dishes to pass -  a good mix.  The rain did not slow anything down.. the conversation was flowing as fast as the rain.. long after the meal was finished.. Is the meal ever finished? Not when you have young folks.. Later in the evening I walked to the shelter and smelled something good. . some of the gourmet cooks had some scours of kabobs  covering the hot coals.. 

It became quieter after midnight.. just two of us left in the park.. I turned off the generator.. at 4:30 the sound of another generator woke me up.. so I filled ours and turned it on.. got out the Bunn coffee maker I had brought with some Starbuck's coffee grounds and made a pot expecting some early operators.. and maybe it was the waffling smell of the coffee, but soon we were warming up the dipoles as the bands became better. 

Did I mention it was raining? Ever since we left the diner.. As noon drew near, the decision to shut down was given.. by this time there were a good number of members there to help take it down and clean up.  Of course as we went down the road, the clouds began to break up and the sun shone the rest of the day..

If we were contesters, we may have been slightly disappointed with our score. But seeing we are just partly in that category and mostly hobbyists having a good time sharing stories and experiences .. Now we have another "remember when"..     

 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Club Radio Equipment For Sale

. The following items are for sale  and will be sold by taking bid offers from interested individuals.
 1. Bid requests will be emailed to Paul Racine, KBØP, (Secretary) kbØp@yahoo.com 
  2. Payment will be by cash or check only.

 The Club reserves the right to refuse any offers for the equipment to be sold.
 1. Icom IC-718 transceiver, .    SOLD
2. Chameleon F-Loop2.0 antenna 40-15 meters - SOLD
 3. Heathkit Audio Generator...  Make an offer
 4. Radio Shack 6 Volt Power Adaptor
  5. EICO Signal Generator  model 324   Make an offer



Wednesday, March 3, 2021

VHF WINLINK NODE IN GREEN BAY

Thanks to Matt, KC9UHI, there is a VHF Winlink Node in Green Bay. This is great for those that use the Winlink System. With the propagation just coming back, connecting to the system via HF has been hit and miss. I have been using the VHF node in Appleton area this past Winter but using high power on the radio. This new node is really a saver.. node name kc9uhi-10 Frequency is 145.030.. If you have Winlink already - here is a great video on how to get on the VHF mode. https://www.winlink.org/content/using_sound_modem_tnc_vhf_packet_winlink_express_video_how_to

Monday, February 22, 2021

Did You Know ?

Did you know that the Mike & Key Club is an affiliated club with the Amateur Radio Relay League? (ARRL)
Did you know that dues are due within the first quarter of the year to stay as an active member and not removed from the list? Still $20.
Did you know that the Happenings newsletter is sent to more than 130 individuals.. not all belong to the M&K Club and some not licensed operators.
Did you know that Over the past year the Technician class has increased at an average rate of 18/day.
Did you know The Novice class has decreased at an average rate of 2/day.
Did you know the General class has increased at an average rate of 5/day.
Did you know The Advanced class has decreased at an average rate of 6/day.
Did you know The Extra class has increased at an average rate of 6/day.

Tech Talk

>Do you have a “Show and Tell” of a project you may want to share – or give a short talk about setting up a “shack” --- or operating safely, grounding (what to ground and what not to) What does a lightning arrestor do and how to tell if it is good. How about how to solder connectors onto coax, is that better or worse than crimp on type (some debate on that one) Antenna switches.. your take on which ones work - which ones need work… Can you use it for having one antenna and multiple radios.. is there going to be feedback into the output of the other radios? Even if they are turned off ..? These are some example of what can be presented during that short time of Tech Talk that takes place before the meetings the second Thursday of the month.. (sometimes on Zoom) Have something? Contact Dave, KD9HJJ at : dziesmer@wi.rr.com.

Newly Licensed Hams

Newly Licensed Hams often wonder “Now what?” You can discover all that you can do in Ham Radio. There is a section of the ARRL that has an online magazine called “On the Air Magazine”. Accessible also on Facebook, and there is a blog or podcasts.. See ARRL.org. (or a local Ham and don’t be afraid to ask for help)

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Wisconsin QSO Party

March 14, 2021 - Wisconsin QSO Party Yes, Daylight Saving Time begins also.. 1800Z to 0100Z 1:00PM CDT to 8:00PM CDT Sunday, March 14- for rules, go to the WARAC.org site. https://www.warac.org/wqp/wqp.htm So start planning now.. get a buddy or make a buddy by showing a Tech more about Ham Radio. Make sure your logging software is up to date.

Another offering separate from the WARAC, You can be a winner if you are a paid up member of the M&K Club and send in a copy of your QSO party submission and have logged the most counties in the State to "contact@k9eam.org" .. With some of the band conditions, 15 might be a winner.. There are 72 counties in Wisconsin..
10 Meter ContestThe contest has begun on the first of the month of February How many contacts have you made? I have some.. been hanging in the Tech Area around 4PM until the call for supper. The rules can be found on this site on the right side under the January posts or on the Club Facebook page. This is a Club Member Contest…
February 11th, Mike & Key Club Meeting. 6:30-7.. Tech Talk 7PM to 8PMish Meeting.. The Agenda and the Minutes of the previous meeting are attached to bottom of the email that was sent out. Please take part in the meeting. . there are some important events and their dates that need some input.. Zoom meeting info was sent via email.
February 10th Siren Test NetThe list of sirens in the County is attached to the monthly email. If interested in receiving the list to join the net. Contact the email below. Pick a location, go there, check in with the Net Control, between 11:45 and Noon on the 147.120 repeater. Then at Noon, report hearing the siren (or not) and if it is the type that has moving parts, if they moved.. Besides the second Wednesday, you can go out each Wednesday and monitor the siren, but report via email to dziesmer@wi.rr.com

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Happenings in Radio Jan.

 January - an new year and planning has begun:

January 13.. We begin to monitor the warning sirens in Brown County. If you want to help with this on the Second Wednesday of the month  at 11:45AM - Noon, send an email to the Club address : contact@k9eam.org  to get a list of the sirens with their location.

January 14th.  The Mike & Key Club meets on the Second Thursday of the month. Because of the CV19 the meetings are held on Zoom. at 7PM  Links to the meeting will be sent via email.

This month there will be a Tech Talk prior to the meeting at 6:30PM  Paul KB0P, will be introducing us to the HamShack Hotline.  If you have something to share for the upcoming Tech Talks, please let us know.. contact any officer or send the club an email.. 

 If you want to check your radio skills working out in the field, the Parks on the Air is for you.  This latest activity has been growing. Look for Parks on the Air (POTA) on Facebook or contact Nathan KD9MVU.

Now is a good time to update your Club Dues. Send Checks to The Green Bay Mike & Key Club -- P.O.Box 13351, Green Bay, WI  54307.... or by credit card..  see the link 

Did you know there is a Club net at 8:45pm on Tuesdays on the 147.120 repeater. Thanks to Dale WB9NRK who has been Net Control ... 

10 Meter Contest ... see below. 

 



Saturday, January 9, 2021

2021 Officers

President - Dave Ziesmer,  KD9HJJ

VP - Wes Michael. W9WES 

Sec. - Paul Racine. KB0P 

Treasurer - John Wolfe. W0LFE 

Members At Large/Programs Committee

Mel Stromenn  - K9GB, 

Nick Marto -KB9UAE 

Nathan Parks- KD9MVU 


Club Email Address: