Sunday, April 21, 2024

Radio Happenings 4.21.24


Good things happen all the time...   and you can be part of it...  The Club's first Brat Barn was yesterday at Festival East.  A bit cool start and finish but the brisk business kept all pretty warm.. The usual frozen brats did not help the cooking but the experienced charcoal chefs were able to keep up with the demand. The seven empty cases that the bratwurst came in, gave testimony to the sales.  Kudos to the workers... (did someone pay $50 for a burger?)
     More good news..  The Ham Cram on the previous Saturday, went well with Rick, W9OBB at the podium (if we had a podium). The word CRAM well described the Tower Room where the class was held.. Well, maybe packed,  is better>  The number of successful passing grades give proof for that .. Thank you to the Volunteer Examiners that gave up their Saturday evening to give the tests.. Results were:::16 new Technicians, 5 to the General level and 1 new Extra class.   Our next scheduled testing is set for during the Ham Fest of June 1st... IF you or someone you know are planning to take the tests on that day, be sure they know what is needed to bring with them to the test... 

      Here is a historical item found in the Club's Vault of Memories.. 

Club Certificate of Afiliation.jpg

          Let's look ahead for planning purposes.. 
           April 27th, Saturday... Special Event at the "Shack" at St. Norbert 9am to 3?  come up, operate, log or watch.
           April 28th, Sunday... MS Walk in W. De Pere.. KS9WI Chairperson
            May 2nd , Board Meeting 
           May 8th Wednesday, Siren Test Net. New list to go out the Sunday before.
            May 9th, Thursday, GB Mike & Key Meeting 7PM with Tech Talk at 6:30
            May 17 -19 Dayton Hamfest ... Hamvention.. 
            May 19th, Sunday, GB Cellcomm Marathon ... 
           June 1st.. Saturday, Ham Fest .. All hands on deck... 
            June 11th. Thur.  GB Mike & Key Meeting
            June 15th Saturday, Brat Barn at De Pere Festival 
            June 8th, Saturday, Radio activation of Lighthouse USA 417 (may extend to June 9th) 

     This page and other notices are on the website..  And if you look on the right side of the site... go down to "Meetings", you will find the link to the Zoom program ... 



It’s Spring Shack Clean Up!

Help the GBM&KC  by donating any  unwanted, unneeded, outdated, radio equipment and supplies to be sold  at the third annual Hamfest.

Please contact:

Todd Clausen  W9GRB @ 414.455.6375

 Dave Ziesmer KD9HJJ @ 262.510.3376

Friday, March 22, 2024

Radio Happenings 3.22.24


  Our little stick man is really active today... But then again, so is  the Green Bay Mike & Key Club... As a member, you can and should be too... !!  Many of us have studied long and hard to achieve the FCC license and we had a goal to why we did... Many, be able to operate the radio during events to support our community. This is a great goal!! But we must stay active to be good at it. Take advantage of the opportunity to get on the air... even if it is not our own equipment... being with someone that has the radio is willing to have you operate.. As you have read the schedule in each of our newsletters or on the Website, you will see the chances to be active..  

   You have questions on where and when, don't be afraid to ask...or some question about a certain radio and how to work with rig control.. As a club, we join together to help and to get help.. as Red Green said "We're all in this together"

   Before we look ahead, let's see what has happened recently:
   Club meeting:// Once again there was a full house with more new folks joining in.. The reports of the committees showed we are on the fast track for the Ham Cram, Special Event, the Brat Barns, Field Day, The Marathon - Check our schedule for the times and dates .... 
    Wisconsin QSO Party:: Wes Michael and Dave Catalano activated the Club Shack at St. Norbert.. Everything worked well ... The last hour the pipeline opened up and had a hard time keeping up the log.. It was fun.. If you never had that experience yet.. you will really enjoy it.. If you are at Tech.. please take the opportunity to get on HF at one of the club events... ..

    Banquet :: We had a lot of fun at the banquet! The food was delicious, the service was great, and there were plenty of door prizes. The highlight of the evening was honoring several members who were nominated for The Ham of The Year award. Wes, W9WES; Keith,KS9WI; and Gene, AB9GK as well as the Ham of The Year winner, Larry, K9IQ. We also honored Dave, N8KQS for his outstanding work on the club newsletter. All of the members who were recognized have made significant contributions to our club. In particular Larry was singled out for his excellence in upgrading the Club Hamshack, his work as Field Day Safety Officer, and his sincere willingness to assist other Amateurs. Be sure to congratulate these gentlemen at your next opportunity.
         It was a pleasure to honor our past president Paul, KB0P at the March meeting. As most of you know, Paul served as our leader for two terms. His energetic willingness and drive were critical factors in the great success of our Hamfests, Field Days, social events, Brat Barns, and monthly meetings. Paul’s style and easy-going manner increased member enthusiasm and contributed to the overall growth of our club.
    We had a very interesting Tech Talk at our March meeting. Mike, WD9EGE explained the procedures and the equipment associated with operating on 23cm, 10GHz, and above. A came away knowing there at the conclusion of his demonstration, show-and-tell, and informative briefing, I’s a lot more to it than we experience on 2-meters. Good show Mike!
The next club meeting is April 11 and our Tech Talk will be presented by Todd, W9GRB. His topic will be Winlink. Don’t miss it!
Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions about our club.
      73   Bill KB3KYH   (302) 537-4755

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Radio Happenings Brier additional 3.12.24

  Nice start to the week with 60 degree weather today. A good chance to search the yard for the missing parts of your yagi antenna.. 
   For the latest GB M&K newsletter, look at the Club's site.. Otherwise you will find attached additional information .. Minutes of the last meeting, Financial report, the March Ground Wave newsletter, Siren Test list. 

    Schedule: March 13th Siren Test Net 11:45
                     March 14th 6;30 TECH TALK W/Mike WD9EGE
                     March 14th 7 PM GB M&K Meeting
                     March 16th  Club Awards Banquet at Village Grille.. Hoffman Road 
                     March 19th CQ Tuesday lunch at Bay Family Restaurant (First day of Spring...) 

          Did you participate in the Wisconsin QSO Party?   Conditions were very good on some bands ...

    Stay Radio active .. 

Friday, March 8, 2024


This is the coming year's Zoom Meeting information... 

 Meeting Zoom participation: 
 Here is  the contact information..  (give a little time for host to connect) 
 Starting Nov 9, 2023 18:30
Meeting ID:  929 1732 9214
Passcode: 701064
One tap mobile phone number:

Radio Happenings 3.5.2024


 Looking to be more involved with Club Events and meeting fellow Radio Operators? Just like the leaves on the bushes, it is about to begin to flourish.. 

   Some of the events are explained in the Letter from the GBMK President you will see below. Be sure to read it and mark the calendar and sign up.
    Here is one... The CellCom Marathon (May 19th) has finally opened the Volunteer sign up.  Go to :   Pick on Medical Communications, then find the spot that has (Amateur Radio Operators) and volunteer.. A good time and doing community service... reporting medical needs of the runners... 8 more needed at this time...
  Don't Forget.. Sunday, March 10th, Clocks Ahead one hour.

  A Letter from the GBMK President:; Bill, KB3KYH.
The March meeting is a few days away…Thursday, March 14. Get there at 6:30 so you can see the Tech Talk presentation by Mike, KD9EGE. He’ll be talking about operations on the bands about 2-meters. This will be very interesting.
During the meeting we’ll bring you up to date on the Banquet, which is set for Saturday, March 16 at the Village Grille. The social hour begins at 5:00 and dinner is at 6:00. To sign up, please do so by contacting Dave, KD9HJJ at (262) 510-3376 or Tickets are only $12 each and you can pay at the door. We sure hope you will join us for an evening of fun and good eating.  
  Thanks to Keith, KS9WI, we now have the dates for our 2024 Brat Barns:
Saturday April 20th Green Bay, East
Saturday June 15th De Pere
Saturday July 13th Green Bay, East
We’ll talk about these important fun and fund-raising events at the club meetings. Remember, we can’t do it without your help.
Each month we look forward to interesting Ham Radio-related “Tech Talks” prior to our meetings. (We’ve got another good one for March.) The talks can be about anything that would be interesting to our members. Electronics, communications, weather, home-brew projects, noise abatement, antenna projects, emergency communications, contesting…you get the idea. Please consider sharing your experience and knowledge with us by giving a “Tech Talk”. Let me know if you’re interested.
The Wisconsin QSO Party is Sunday March 10 from 1:00 to 8:00 pm CDST. This is a great opportunity to get on the air and try your hand at contesting. The stated objective is, “Everyone works Wisconsin. Wisconsin works everyone. Everyone has fun!” Get all the details at 
As always, please contact me with any questions or suggestions about our club.
(302) 537-4755
  (NOTE) WI QSO Party -Sunday 10th...A couple of club members will be operating from the "shack" at the College.. Drop by and operate for a while  or kibitz  .. If the outer doors are locked, call on the .120 1PM to 8PM...

Monday, February 12, 2024


 Saw a quote that can be my new year's resolution. "My weight loss goal is to be able to tie my shoes and breathe at the same time."  But now to the Radio portion...
    At the last Club meeting, some of the first part of the year's schedule was decided.
    March 10th is the Wisconsin QSO Party.. where we try to contact as many of Wisconsin's 72 Counties. Although you can participate from home, the Izaak Walton Osprey Point facility will be usable for the event with a possible three stations.. The event is from 1PM until 8PM. Remember to list the Green Bay Mike & Key Club as the club even though you use your callsign. If you use the N3FJP logging software, there is a new version.. 4.5.5 .. 
    March 16th will be the date for the Annual Awards Banquet. It will take place at the Village Grille, 801 Hoffman Rd. The same location as the Christmas Party. The Club will be paying a portion of the per plate cost. More info as it comes out. 
       Time is running out for sending your choice for Ham of the Year. Send to :  Dave - KD9HJJ, .
    If you have an award for a member (comic or real) please bring it along and expect to explain it if necessary.... (keep it family friendly please) 

     April 13th, Ham Cram and VE Testing Rick, W9OBB will be leading the Technician Class. Prerequisite is to have studied the material beforehand. .. See the attached flyer. At approximately 3PM there will be a VE testing session for all levels.. so plan ahead ..
     April 27th will be the date for the Special Event. Celebrating St. Norbert College. This will take place in the same room that the Club meets. The transceiver  will be moved from where it is normally kept, to the quieter meeting room. From about 9AM to 1 or 2PM. A signup schedule will be forthcoming.  

  June 22- 23rd Field Day - This year's location will be the Izaak Walton League Osprey Point Park. Located West of Cty GV (Monroe Rd) Entry across from the U Haul dealer... More details as the date comes closer.

  This week: Siren Test net Wednesday Feb 14th on the .120 repeater 11:45 -             💝Also Valentine's Day.. 
    **Want to try some Winlink P2P (person to person)?  Here is a good site that gives you  the chance as well as some help with Winlink  W4AHK.NET
     "Stay Radio Active" 

Monday, February 5, 2024

Radio Happenings 2.5.2024


A letter from the Club President, Bill, KB3KYH.. 

At the January meeting we talked a lot about our plans for 2024 club activities.  Now, thanks to the efforts of several club members, these plans are taking shape. 

·         The Wisconsin QSO Party is coming up on March 10. Operate from your home QTH or join other club members at a field location to be discussed at the February meeting.

·         The annual banquet is scheduled for March 16 with the location to be finalized at the meeting.  (Don’t forget to send Dave KD9HJJ your nominations for Ham of the Year). 

·         The Hamcram is set for April 13.

·         The Saint Norbert College 125th Anniversary Special Event will take place on April 27.

·         Field Day Planning is moving along well.  After a hiccup on our original location, the Field Day Committee is narrowing down other options that sound like they will more than meet our needs. 

·         Hamfest actions have kicked off and we recently received ARRL approval as an “ARRL sanctioned event,” with an announcement coming in the May issue of QST
·         In addition to all this, we will soon know the dates for our Festival Brat Barns.

All this good news means we’re in a position to have an active year…it also means we’ll need volunteers…and plenty of us…to have successful and enjoyable events.  So, when the sign-up sheets start going around, please add your name to the list.

Please come to the February meeting so we can “discuss and decide” on things. (I felt a little funny writing that, because I won’t be at the meeting, so Dave KD9HJJ will handle things.)  Get there at 6:30 in time for the Tech Talk to be presented by Paul, KB0P.  The topic will be “Ham Shack Hotline” …it’ll be a good one.
Contact me if you have any questions, or recommendations to improve our club.


Bill, KB3KYH

(302) 537-4755

Monday, January 22, 2024



CALENDAR* January 25th to February 20th , 2024 
January 27th &28th .. Winter Field Day Assoc. 
February 08th – M&K Club Meeting . +Tech Talk
 February 14th – Siren Test Net .. 
February 15th – ARES Meeting
 February 20th - CQ Tuesday

Changing World – As an “Ol’ Timer”, I have begun to join the chorus of “ does this have to change too?” Of course a lot of the changes are to the better. For instance, the electronic devices we use and some of the health related “cures”. Some of the hard things to accept are the price of things and that 30 year olds look like 19 year olds. Plus when walking, it seems uphill going in both directions.

** Talking about change … We just found out that the location we had planned on going to for Field Day (June 22-23rd) … has been preempted by another group. So, if you have good information on a location that the Club can set up at, please let the Committee know.. Please send your suggestions to: Wes Michael and or Gene Radke – As soon as possible -- it needs space for antennas, be able to operate overnight, have lavatory facilities (portable works), be sheltered from the weather, accommodate our elder members.

* While we are talking about dates to add to the radio calendar, prior to Field Day, our Third Annual Hamfest will be on June 1st.. at the same location. Hope you can spare some time again this year to assist..

* It seems as if the calendar is working backwards… In Mid April, a Ham Cram is being scheduled… this is at the Tech level. As always, at the end of the Cram, the VE’s will be testing all levels .. So if you are ready to upgrade, this may be the opportunity.. and have time to study…

**March is busy with the Wisconsin QSO Party on March 10th .(First day of Daylight Saving Time). . Just calling CQ and seeing how many of the 72 counties you can contact…(other contacts count also) Fun event even if you operate from home. for about 7 hours .Be sure to fill in the GBM&K Club as your club. .. Invite a Tech Level to operate with you and they will see the advantage of upgrading.. Or… Tech ask a General or Extra if you can participate with them. 
***Also in March, is the Club Awards Banquet… So time to think about nominations for Ham Of The Year 2023.. There a number of people who have worked in the background to help make the events successful. Some stand out … but we should acknowledge the diligent worker.. Suddenly two names come up.. hmm.. The date and location have not been solidified yet, but as soon as it is, you will see it in your inbox..

*** While your thinking cap is on, please let a Board Member know of any Silent Key that occurred during this past year.. We normally update the memorial plaque at this time. 

*** Just in… A Special Event is being planned for near this (March – April time frame.. Stay Tuned…. 
** As we look at emergency communications, consider other means of communications.. like FRS or GMS… Did you know that some of the frequencies are the same.. just have to turn down the power to meet the rules.. Can be programmed into a UV5R and other radios...

Saturday, January 6, 2024



CALENDAR* January 2nd to January 14nd, 2024

January 1st 2024-- Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year !!
January 2nd - Welcome New Executive Board and Officers
January 10th– Siren Test Net ..
January 11th– M&K Club Meeting .
January 16th - CQ Tuesday

     Welcome to all that joined the Green Bay Mike and Key Club, inc. If you
are active in it in some way, you should enjoy it and gain some new
     In the last “Happenings” which went out as “Happened” because it was
mostly what the club did in 2023, it had missed a couple of activities that
took place a number of times.. such as::
      CQ Tuesday> Where all Hams gather at the Bay Family restaurant for
lunch on the third Tuesday each month..
      On the second Wednesday there is a Siren Test Net> Checking of the
Warning Sirens in Brown County (the sirens activate each Wednesday, but
there is a radio net on the second Wednesday- a list of sirens will be sent
out the Sunday before the Net >>
       We were remiss to not mention VE testing that took place at various
days during the year producing many an upgrade..
        Parks on the air is still going strong even in this cold weather.. to help
you out if you are “collecting” park numbers is an app that will show who is
on the air (I was told)
           Look for a new addition to the newsletter with a message from the Club
President…. Thanks Bill – KB3KYH.. Keep them coming..

The Presidents Corner
    Happy New Year! I hope all of you enjoyed the Holidays, I certainly did,
especially the Club Christmas Holiday Party. We had a great crowd and
plenty of fun. I especially enjoyed the Barbershop Quartet (Thanks to John,
W0LFE) and the good food. Our “Santa” was a big hit. Thanks to Dave,
KD9HJJ for handing out all the presents. It was a lot of laughs!
     A particular highlight of the party was the announcement of Dave Catalano,
N8KQS as a Life Member. If you’ve been with our group for any length of
time, you know about all Dave’s contributions to our hobby and our club. He
is a real pillar of our organization and richly deserved this honor. Next time
you talk to Dave, be sure to congratulate him.
      Please be thinking about our 2024 club activities. Field Day, Hamfest,
Special Event Station, plus others like the Banquet, VE Testing, Brat Barn,
and more will all require YOUR help to make them a success. We’ll talk about
our plans at the January meeting and give everybody a chance to volunteer.
We’ll also be looking for your suggestions and ideas on other things that we
should consider for the new year.
       I want to thank the 2023 leadership, Paul KB0P, Bob KA9BXG, John W0LFE,
and Dave KD9HJJ for their hard work and dedication. 2023 was a great year.
The 2024 Board…KD9HJJ, W9GRB, W0LFE, W3TOS, and I will do our best
with your help, to make 2024 as good or even better!
Please contact me if you have any questions, or recommendations to
improve our club.
(302) 537-4755

  (Continued)    January usually brings the planning for the coming year. Time seems to go by faster as we grow older and whatever we plan to do comes before we are ready. Of course I move slower than I used to…
     In the past, we begin planning for the Wisconsin QSO Party which is in
March as well as the Club Awards Banquet. As with other events – arranging
for chairpersons is the key factor… please consider chairing or co-chairing
one of the activities… You can draw from someone that did it in the past..
      There will be a Tech Talk prior to the meeting coming up.. The leader of
the ARES group, Dave KD9HJJ, will give a talk about the group activities.
        .. There are attachments to the email this newsletter was in.. (last Minutes, Treasurers Report, ARES newsletter, flyer for the Wautoma Hamfest..) Please peruse them for useful ideas … and consider presenting something you are interested in by taking a place in the TECH TALK before one of the meetings…

Helping to keep you --Radio Active…. Come and join in…