Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Radio Happenings June 20, 2022..

 CALENDAR OF EVENTS.. 

June 21st – CQ Tuesday (1st day of summer)

June 25-26 – Field Day

July 9th – Hamfest at Oak Creek     South Milwaukee Swapfest 2022!          Date: Saturday July 9, 2022  7:00 am to 3:30 pm --Sellers can enter at 6:00 am…$5.00 per person at the gate--American Legion Post 434 --9327 S Sheppard Ave, Oak Creek Wi   -Talk-in Frequency 146.910   127.3PL    -offset

   Sunshine Swapfest
   Thanks to the Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club for hosting the Swapfest on Sat. June 18th. Beautiful day for the trunk sales event. Cool, dry and sunny. I was there to continue to sell the new radios and the associated accessories. With Hwy 55 and JJ being somewhat closed for the construction of a “roundabout”, getting there was a challenge… I  think a number of attendees gave up trying . The numbers were down from some other events in the past.  Four of our Club members were there selling items… 

   Stormy Weather - Skywarn
 Yes, there was a storm! It is always amazing to me how the weather can just pick out parts of a community to disrupt. 
As we know, it really hit the Velp Ave. area, but also some other isolated spots as well. My neighborhood just showed signs of small branches and leaves…except in my front yard where we had an eight inch diameter branch, fourteen feet long, break off the city tree in my front yard.. just missed my OSF dipole that is tied to it. I did not know about it until after the Skywarn net I was running was over.
  This leads me to have to inject something about the net.. Thank you all for picking up the microphone and giving your reports.. the reports went to the NWS and the Emergency Operations Center in Brown County. Thanks KD9HJJ for being Liaison..  A couple of suggestions…
1. Stay calm.. excitement in your voice increases the excitement of those listening which is not desired.    
Use proper radio etiquette  If you     call out your call sign, wait until the Net Control Operator recognizes you by calling you back. He has a few things going on.. perhaps passing prior information to a Liaison for reporting to served agencies and/or trying to fill a log… Ideally, there would be someone else logging
2. Locations… try to give a nearest cross street.. exact house number is not necessary – big trees or smoke will help find the spot.
3. Size of the tree or branch… Diameter helps give an indication of the wind speed.
4. Periodically, the Net Control will state what information is being sought…. If looking for half inch hail.. no need to say you have pea size… or looking for winds over 30 mph.. give examples of branch size broken off… if there are not any broken, the wind is not strong enough to report. (It is different if the whole tree falls over)  hi
5. Listen… someone else may have given the report you want to give.

“listen to hear what is said, not listen to hear what you should talk about. ”  

  Field Day 
Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN! It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public.
  Transmitting begins 1800 UTC Saturday June 25th and ending at 2059 UTC Sunday June 26, .
   Where: Pine Tree Park, Hobart. Located on Pine Tree Road, next to the West edge of the Airport. 
 Start off with a breakfast meeting at 9am (1400 UTC) via the Oak Street Café West De Pere. 
    There will be a Field Day information note as page three of this Newsletter. 

Copied here.... 

FIELD DAY

Thanks to Robert, KA9BXG for arranging the Pine Tree Park for our Field Day event again this year. It is located on Pine Tree Road, on the West side of the Airport. There is a rotary (roundabout) by the Hobart Village Hall off of Hwy 172 .. There are road signs – take the road going South.. the park will be next to the Fire Station. 
 
The scenario for Field Day:  We gather at the Oak Street Café in West De Pere  .0900 That is two streets North of the Festival Foods grocery store. 9am discussing what we do when we go to the park.
 Presently the Sat. forecast is for 85 F with a 40% chance of rain in the evening. Low temp at 66 F. Sunday high predicted at 77 F low of 55F . 
  Be sure to dress for the weather and have some insect repellant handy and a light for at night.
 As of now, we have three dipoles for antennas. What we have seen is that the radios that have internal antenna tuners can easily tune in the HF freq. 
 A couple of years ago one of our great members brought a multi band vertical with radials and mounted it on the baseball fence and it did a great job and it will be back again this year.   If you have an antenna you want to try, please bring it along to set up… 
If you have a complete radio station and want to set it up.. please feel free to do so. Especially a headset..
  Have coax? Bring it along.. mark it so it does not get mixed up with others.. 
 I hope to see at least one antenna running North and South. We have not really had this in the past and may have missed out on some of the Western states.  Got a potato launcher to send up a line for a rope to pull up antennas? Bring it or a slingshot.. 
  Now we get our laptops talking to each other and the Cat5 wires… the generator is providing the power for the radios..  the coax is connected to the radios.. we should be making contacts.. 
  We want to be able to copy the ARRL bulletin … send a message to our ARRL State rep..
  Now we are ready for our  6 PM Potluck dinner at 6pm.. the Club is furnishing brats and soda . The rest is a dish to pass for those coming for this event. (I’ll bring potato salad) 
Tech licensed operators are encouraged to come to this event and operate the radios with an General or Extra class operator.. we are always looking to help upgrade … 
 
 I am planning to be available overnight at the site. Feel free to come anytime.. the radio is waiting for you …

  Yes, you can operate Phone,CW and Digital if you want… if you have a headset it would be appreciated.. if you are going to operate digital, be sure your computer is programmed for the mode… the logging laptops may not have the programs you are looking to use.

 We are looking for someone to be a Safety Officer for the event.. there is a check off sheet for reference … 



Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Radio Happenings June 6, 2022..

 CALENDAR OF EVENTS.
. June 8th – Siren Test Net 
June 9th – M&K Club Meeting 
June 12th – Brat Barn East?
 June 19th – Father’s Day
 June 21st – CQ Tuesday (1st day of summer)
 June 25-26 – Field Day…

Mike & Key Club Meeting
Meeting on Thursday June 9th - 7PM In
person or on Zoom. The Zoom
information on the web site did not
work well - so here is the better
version.
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OUR CLUB HAMFEST JUNE 4TH 
     I do not think I can say enough about the hamfest.. 
The weather was super cooperative. The attendance was great… 
To have made this all happen, thanks have to be sent out to: 
     Our Savior Lutheran Church – Pastor Dave Hatch, N9ZRT and Randy, W9HAM. A Great venue! 
      Our commercial vendor, Tower Electronics, Jill, KB9PZF and Scott Cole, KB9AMM 
     Thank all of you that rented tables and trunk sales spaces. 
   Now when I get to the club members, I cannot list them all because I will surely miss someone . The Hamfest Committee really worked well together.. The parking crew out there all day.. the sign crew got the area covered -- the talk-ins didn’t lose anyone . . the prize group with the announcing.. the food people with all the pastries and beverages with a barista to help. The VEs pulled off another great session.. 
      Hats off to those that came on Friday to set up and to those that stayed at the end to tear down.. Thanks to those that donated items to give as prizes or to sell with the funds to go to the Club. To those that brought their personal items to help .. the PA, the tape, markers, buckets, etc.. The Trunk Sales area went over expectations in number and quality.
     There were a lot of comments requesting to do this again next year.. I enjoyed it .. hope you did too..
   For the financial portion of the event, you will need to attend the Club meeting.. this Thursday.. I hope to have pictures from the event on the K9EAM.org site.

 Siren Test Net 
   We are continuing to check the sirens to see if they are working or have been repaired.. If you check one that shows it did not work, please let us know if it has been repaired. Send me an email or on the Siren Net on the second Wednesday of every month led by KD9HJJ at 11:45 to Noon on the 147.12 repeater. The list of sirens are attached to this email… Need to know if it sounds and turns..

   Other Hamfests in Wisconsin
 June 11th.. Lyons Annual “Freefest”
 Email: rfulton1@wi.rr.com Lyons, WI

 June 18th Sunshine Swapfest Kaukauna http://www.fcarc.club/sunshineswap.php 

July 9th,.. WI9M S. Milwaukee ARC Hamfest Oak Creek http://www.wi9sm.org/ 08/13/2022 - W9UDU Free Fest 202
   
08/13/2022 - W9UDU Free Fest 2022 Racine, WI http://www.w9udu.org

  Field Day
         Field Day is coming up faster than we think.. It is a good time to see if you are prepared to operate the radio in conditions other than home… To operate during emergency conditions. 
   Is your equipment transportable? The Club will have the EComm trailer there, but to operate more stations, some will have to bring transceivers from home with power supplies.. come early and help put up the antennas.. 
    Transmitting begins 1800 UTC Saturday and ending at 2059 UTC Sunday. More in the next newsletter . 
    73
  Stay radio active
  

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Radio Happenings May 27, 2022..

 Writing this on Friday Morning the 27th, 6AM. 

  It has been a busy eight days. Starting with heading down to the Hamvention with the Tower Electronics workers on Wednesday  the 18th. A caravan of four vehicles. Heavy rain all the way down.

   I had never been there and the whole time was an experience.

    Thursday was set up day. From putting up two large tents, setting up tables, placing the trays of items for sale. And if you ever saw what they have, you know it was a bunch. It was late when we finished.

   The next morning we saw that it had rained during the night. Arriving early, the evidence of sagging tents heavy with rain water. The trays had been covered with tarps so they were ok but pushing the water off the tents wet the area and some of us. But by the time the gates opened, we were mostly ready.

   The experience of the others showed as they jumped right into helping find the items that were being sought out.

   Customers from all over including out of the US were there. Many knew that Tower had the items  they were looking for and brought their companions with them. A long, but satisfying day. Gates closed at 5 but we had to cover all the tables and lash them down because the wind had increased raising the poles in the middle off the ground. One of the vans was lashed to the tent for the night just to make sure it was there in the morning.. we left the grounds about 7PM. Had dinner and sleep came quickly.
That was one day with more days to follow.. will tell perhaps over a cup of coffee.

  It was a great experience.. wish I could come back again to see more of the vendors in the many buildings on the Fair Grounds.  It would fill all three days…..

    So  that is one reason for the delay in this newsletter…..

   

CALENDAR OF EVENTS..

May 30th – Memorial Day…

June 4thOur Hamfest !

June 8th – Siren Test Net

June 9th – M&K Club Meeting

June 25-26 – Field Day…

Mike & Key Club Meeting

Meeting on Thursday June  9th - 7PM In person or on Zoom. The Zoom information on the web site did not work well - so here is the better version.

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OUR CLUB HAMFEST JUNE 4TH
 We hope you are planning on attending the Hamfest at Our Savior Lutheran Church 120 S.Henry St. Table sales enter at 6 to set up and at 8AM the doors open to the public. $5 at the door. Door prizes, raffles…. Bring your shopping list.. 

All inquires to: 
KBØP, kbØp@yahoo.com

   
Siren Test Net
When I sent out the list of sirens, I sent out the entire Excel file which goes back a long way. Some found that many pages were printed out. So I have modified the file to one year at a time for ease of printing. Thanks for letting me know.. 

Other Hamfests in Wisconsin
    June 4th .. Green Bay Hamfest

  June 11th.. Lyons Annual “Freefest”
    Email: rfulton1@wi.rr.com Lyons, WI

June 18th Sunshine Swapfest Kaukauna 

July 9th,.. WI9M S. Milwaukee ARC Hamfest


That’s it for this email/ Newsletter.… 

Stay Radio Active..

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Radio Happenings May 9, 2022..

Writing this on Monday, May 9th, 3 PM. Mostly Sunny, temperature a great 69.4, wind out of the South at a sustained 22 mph with gusts up to 33mph according to my Ambient weather station.
Just came in after picking up dead branches and found that my USA flag broke the cord… I did not hear the flapping of Old Glory right after 2:30pm. Anytime the temp reaches a nice temperature, something else happens and I cannot fly my kites… If I tried today, I may have had to tie myself to a tree… OK, I’m not that light.. 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS..
May 11th – Siren Test Net…
May 12th – Mike & Key Meeting..
May 15th – Cellcomm Marathon..
May 17th – CQ Tuesday
May 20-22 – Dayton Hamfest
May 30th – Memorial Day…
June 4th – Our Hamfest ! Signup Pls.

Brat Barn Fund Raiser
Our fund raiser was at the Brat Barn at the Festival Foods on the West side of
DePere on Saturday, May 7th. Was an event not easily forgotten.
Usually it is the best weekend with the sale of Mother’s Day flowers and brings in the hungry customers..
We lost some 40 minutes of cooking time.. the cooking started off great going through 2 cases of brats in good time… then the grill loaded up with ash—the air could not get under the charcoal. The grill temp dropped to below 150F.. Problem two.. all the brats were super frozen..
  The grating (very thin) under the embers was flat against the ash plate.. In order to stop the customers from leaving for the rest of the day, we pulled the embers off the plate, dumped the ash into an overflowing ash bin and basically started all over..
Although we lost some time and some customers, the fire came up and we ended up selling a total of 6 cases of Brats … not sure how many burgers were sold… Listen to the report at the meeting on Thursday..

     Not to brag, but a lady drove up and handed me $10 without purchasing any product.. Must have been my M&K Club Shirt being displayed on a great model. .hi..

    Siren Test Net ###Starts at 11:45 list of sirens attached to this email.

Mike & Key Club Meeting

Meeting on Thursday May 12 - 7PM In person or on Zoom. The Zoom information can be found on the K9EAM.ORG website. Right side column.

 Mike and Key Club Ham Fest June 4th.!!!

If you are someone that waits until they know if they have the  time to assist at any of the events, don’t wait any longer. The volunteer list is not that good and without volunteers, this event may not take place and we are less than a month away and need your name on the list.. DO IT NOW!!   Please volunteer for this…  Contact Pres. Paul KBØP, kbØp@yahoo.com

   

RADIO OPERATORS NEEDED..
  The Cellcom Marathon is on again this year!! They are looking for 2 more radio operators on May 15th from 6AM to 2PM.. 
Radios will be furnished.. You will be operating from inside a large tent with the other Radio operators. You will be
in contact with a couple of the route Med stations reporting need of medical attention… When signing up, pick on the job square and pick “Medical Communications- Amateur Radio” Here is the link to sign up.. https://www.comevolunteer.com/events/13972-cellcom-green-bay-marathon-medical/volunteer
  There is a short training a couple of days before the event and a party a week later.. see you there. Lunch and snack provided… 

  CQ Tuesday May 17th

 All welcome! Gather around 11:30 at the Bay Motel Family Restaurant.. usually order around 11:45.. come and join in the camaraderie… meet some of the people you may only talk to on the radio..  A lot of knowledge there to tap.  

 Memorial Day Flags help needed…

 May 25th.. rain day, May 26th..

Help put flags on the graves of our Veterans at Allouez Cemetery. 3000 Flags need to be placed -be there at 8AM on the West side of the Cemetery.

 

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Radio Happenings May 1, 2022..

 Horray, hurray, the first of May,
Outdoor radio begins today! 
Not so true with the activity of Parks on the Air going on all winter..

Looking through the calendar.. it is hard not to find a week without some radio activity going on… so let’s take a look ..

CALENDAR OF EVENTS.. 

May 7th .. Club Brat Barn at De Pere 
Festival – 9-5 Come help or purchase.
May 8th – Mothers Day !! Don’t forget!!
May 11th – Siren Test Net… 
May 12th – Mike & Key Meeting.. 
May 15th – Cellcomm Marathon.. 
May 17th – CQ Tuesday 
May 20-22 – Dayton Hamfest
May 30th – Memorial Day…
June 4th – Our Hamfest ! Signup Pls. 

Brat Barn Fund Raiser 

 Our fund raiser is the Brat Barn at the Festival Foods on the West side of DePere on Saturday, May 7th. 9-5.. Big day.. the store will be having it’s Mothers Day Flower Sale, so there will be a lot of potential customers..

Siren Test Net

Mike & Key Club Meeting

Meeting on Thursday May 12 - 7PM In person or on Zoom. The Zoom information can be found on the K9EAM.ORG website. Right side column.

Minutes of the last meeting will be attached to the email that this letter was attached too… 

Mike and Key Club Ham Fest June 4th.!!!

 Plans continue to be grafted into a working model for the “swap”. Diagrams, sketches and numbers are put into Excel sheets and Google maps to lay out a flow of traffic.

 A lot of things to consider--  table layout, food, parking, setting up and taking down etc…                              The biggest factor -the people resource. Not the customers – but the volunteers to make this happen. If all those that raised their hand and voted

for this event, volunteered.. no problem…    Please plan now to volunteer for this…  Contact Pres. Paul KBØP, kbØp@yahoo.com  

RADIO OPERATORS NEEDED..

   The Cellcom Marathon is on again this year!! They are looking for 10 radio operators on May 15th from 6AM to 2PM.. (just need 2 more at this time) could be shorter depending which area you will be working with. Radios will be furnished.. You will be operating from inside a large tent with the other operators.. Each operator will be in contact with a couple of the route Med stations reporting need of medical attention… When signing up, pick on the job square and pick “Medical Communications- Amateur Radio” Here is the link to sign up.. https://www.comevolunteer.com/events/13972-cellcom-green-bay-marathon-medical/volunteer

  There is a short training a couple of days before the event and a party a week later.. see you there. Lunch and snack provided… 

  CQ Tuesday May 17th… 
 All welcome! Gather around 11:30 at the Bay Motel Family Restaurant.. usually order around 11:45.. come and join in the camaraderie… meet some of the people you may only talk to on the radio..  A lot of knowledge there to tap.  

Other Hamfests in Wisconsin
  May 7th.. ARAC Hamfest Superior WI

 ** June 4th .. Green Bay Hamfest

  June 11th.. Lyons Annual “Freefest”
    Email: rfulton1@wi.rr.com Lyons, WI

June 18th Sunshine Swapfest Kaukauna 

July 9th,.. WI9M S. Milwaukee ARC Hamfest

That’s it for this email/ Newsletter.…

 

Stay Radio Active..

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Please Volunteer For The Following..

 

 **Need one more person per shift for the next Brat Barn Fund Raiser on Saturday,  May 7th... Starting from 9 AM two hour shifts but if you can stay longer it would be great! Mother's Day weekend-- so this is usually the busiest Brat Barn day...  This will be at the De Pere Festival... contact Keith, KS9WI, at ks9wi@new.rr.com or 920-619-3394.

**June 4th is the Club Sponsored Hamfest... It takes a bunch of us to make this happen... Friday the 3rd, there is a need for a group to assist in setting up the room with tables and chairs/ marking the tables .... on Saturday, the need is for assisting with the parking, monitoring the room, giving tickets, talk in, the area where there are the trunk sales, door prizes/ticket stubs, Public  Address announcer, parking lot access control..  Signs along the roads,  and of course -- after 12 noon,  putting the tables and chairs back and cleaning up...    If you can help in any capacity, please contact KBØP at kb0p@yahoo.com so he can see if we have enough help to even have the hamfest..  We can do this!!

** Still need 3 more radio operators for the CellCom Marathon operations in the main medical communications tent on Sunday, May 15th... any licensed operator, do not need to be a Club member... Radios will be furnished, as well as lunch and a shirt.  ..  When signing up, pick on the job square, scroll down and pick “Medical Communications- Amateur Radio” Here is the link to sign up.. https://www.comevolunteer.com/events/13972-cellcom-green-bay-marathon-medical/volunteer .. be sure to see the schedule... 
The tent will be at the corner of Holmgren and McCarthy..


Monday, April 18, 2022

CQ TUESDAY IS THE THIRD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH.

 You are welcome to join the fellow ham operators at the Bay Motel Family Restaurant for lunch.. Usually ordering around 11:45AM ... Not required to be a Club member.. all welcome and bring your significant other if you wish.. 

Friday, April 15, 2022

World Amateur Radio Day... APRIL 18th


 

Radio Happenings April 13, 2022..

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK + some next week>

April 13th.. Siren Test Net 
April 14th.. M&K Club Meeting.. 
April 15th .. Good Friday for some.. 
April 17th .. Easter Sunday… 

Brat Barn Fund Raiser

 Our first fund raiser was the Brat Barn at the Festival Foods on the West side of DePere on Saturday, April 9th. The day was good as well as the volunteers that came out to provide service to our customers..  Hear the $ results at the meeting on this Thursday.   

April 4 -8 Storm/Tornado Awareness Week ..

 Thanks to all that participated during the test on April 7th.  There were 19 check ins and we were able to hear most of the sirens at 1:45..

  Our check in list was sent to the Emergency Management Dept.. 

Mike and Key Club Ham Fest June 4th.!!!

 Plans continue to be grafted into a working model for the “swap”. Diagrams, sketches and numbers are put into Excel sheets and Google maps to lay out a flow of traffic.

 A lot of things to consider--  table layout, food, parking, setting up and taking down etc…                              The biggest factor -the people resource. Not the customers – but the volunteers to make this happen. If all those that raised their hand and voted for this event, volunteered.. no problem…    Please plan now to volunteer for this…  A list of positions will be at the next meeting to signup .. This Thursday…

    Welcome to those that have moved to our area !

     Over the last couple of weeks, we have been receiving calls from Operators that have been moving into our area and looking at joining the local Radio Club.  They have said that they have heard good things and hope to be a part of it..  We may see them at the next meeting… 

IN SEARCH OF

  After the last couple of events some items have turned up missing.. If anyone knows of the whereabouts of  1. A Beofang U5r radio missing since the Club Christmas party ///  The rolls of tickets from the Club Banquet – please let a member of the Club Board know. 

MIKE AND KEY CLUB MEETING…. APRIL. 14TH..

Meeting this Thursday. In person or on Zoom. The Zoom information can be found on the K9EAM.ORG website. Right side column.

APRIL 19TH BEGINS THE $35 CHARGE FROM FCC..

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff has clarified in response to an ARRL request that the new $35 application fee will not apply to most license modifications, including those to upgrade an amateur radio licensee's operator class and changes to club station trustees. The FCC staff explained that the new fees will apply only to applications for a new license, renewal, rule waiver, or a new vanity call sign. As previously announced, the new fees take effect on April 19, 2022.

RADIO OPERATORS NEEDED..

  The Cellcom Marathon is on again this year!! They are looking for 10 radio operators on May 15th from 6AM to 2PM.. (just need five more at this time) could be shorter depending which area you will be working with. Radios will be furnished.. You will be operating from inside a large tent with the other operators.. Each operator will be in contact with a couple of the route Med stations reporting need of medical attention… When signing up, pick on the job square and pick “Medical Communications- Amateur Radio” Here is the link to sign up.. https://www.comevolunteer.com/events/13972-cellcom-green-bay-marathon-medical/volunteer

  There is a short training a couple of days before the event and a party a week later.. see you there. Lunch and snack provided…

That’s it for this email/ Newsletter.…

 

Stay Radio Active..