Our Brat Fry Fundraiser will be  held on Saturday, August 8 (date was incorrect on previous post) at Festival Foods in Manitowoc from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Proceeds will provide needed funds for the Lakeshore Amateur Radio Service Club/ARES/RACES to continue their support to the Emergency and public services of Manitowoc County.  Local hams will be on hand to answer questions about ham radio and share their experiences in providing communication services to the community.  Stop by and say HI!

The event is co-sponsored by the Members in Action program of the Western Fraternal Life Association.


Next Net - Monday July 20 – John NZ9Z

SAGBRAW – This popular bike tour will again be in our area on August 1 and August 7.  Mishicot will be the staging area for the ride, and ham radio volunteers are needed at rest stops north of the Mishicot area.  Local hams provide communications assistance to the net control operators as well as tourist information to the riders – many of whom travel from out of state.  For more information, contact Anne KC9UHH who is this year’s volunteer coordinator.

John AB9HH is looking for help with radio communications for the the Maywood Environmental Center Earth Ride on Saturday, September 19.  Contact him if you can help.

No summer meetings – the next club meeting will be held Tuesday, September 8, 2015 (please note new meeting night) – until then, summer nets will be every other Monday until after Labor Day.










Notes from the last meeting…………..

June 9, 2015

The meeting of LARSC/ARES-RACES was called to order by Fred W9BSF. The club application is still in process – we should hear something within 4-6 weeks.

Field Day will be held at the Red Cross office in Manitowoc.  We will operate on 20m and 40m as a 2F station. If there is enough interest, the group will fry out.  There is no operating schedule – stop in when you can!  Contact Fred or John NZ9Z via email if you plan on attending.

Our brat fry fundraiser will be held at Festival Foods on Saturday, August 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  We are being co-sponsored by the Western Fraternal Life Association, which will reimburse some of our costs and well as be a source for additional volunteer help.  We plan to be able to set up an amateur radio demonstration to promote interest in the club and the ham radio hobby.  Anne KC9UHH will contact members later in summer to set up a volunteer schedule.

The Lakeshore Scenic Shore 150 bike ride leukemia/lymphoma fundraiser will be in the area on Saturday/Sunday July 18-19.  Contact Fred if you’d be interested in working one of the rest stops.  A 2m mobile rig, or an HT connected to a mag mount antenna is sufficient.

The Museum Ships  Weekend was a great success with the Cobia Club activating NB9QV aboard the USS Cobia with 1029 total contacts (a new record).  Join us in November for our Veteran’s Day special event.

Yogi WN9Q has offered to be the program director for the club.  Please contact him if you have ideas for meeting topics, or if you’d be interested in facilitating a club talk, demonstration or discussion.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:38 p.m. followed by a presentation by Mahinda  Abeyawardhena 4S7PA, a member of the Council of the Radio Society of Sri Lanka.  Mahinda shared his experiences during the tsunami of 2004, and the nature of ham radio on the island country.

Club meetings are suspended for the summer – mark your calendars for the 2nd Tuesday of September – 6:30 (ARES/RACES) and 7:00 (LARSC) on the 8th.

 Summer nets will continue on Monday evenings at 7:00 but will run every other week until Labor Day.  Check the website for an up-to-date schedule.


May 11, 2015

The Bylaws and Constitution of the newly formed Lakeshore Amateur Radio Service Club were reviewed and approved.  This reorganization will allow us to be an affiliated club with the ARRL and be able to obtain the liability insurance that the city of Manitowoc requires.  LARSC’s purpose will be to support ARES/RACES and emergency amateur radio communications in the Lakeshore area.  The relocation of the W9RES station is on hold until the ARRL approves us as an affiliated club.

Officers for the group were elected and will hold office until January 1.  (Elections will be held in November).

     President – John Meyer NZ9Z

     Vice President – Fred Neuenfeldt W9BSF

     Secretary – Anne Dirkman KC9UHH

     Treasurer – Tom Shea NV9W

Field day plans will be discussed at the June meeting.

The Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour – July 18-19 – is looking for volunteers to provide amateur radio support at the rest stops.  Contact Fred W9BSF for more information or if you are able to organize the volunteers in Manitowoc County.

We have a brat fry fundraiser scheduled for August 8 at Festival Foods in Manitowoc.

ARES members were reminded to keep their training up-to-date.



USS Cobia Activation – November 2015


here’s a video of our last Nuclear Plant drill – starts at 45:45







Field Day 2013 – See pictures below……..

cropped KC9WII

Mike, KC9WII enjoying his first Field Day


Mike, KC9HQV trying out our 2m setup

Mike, KC9HQV trying out our 2m setup

a chilly start for us and our guests


Anne, KC9UHH on 20m


something new this year, operating on 2m

something new this year, operating on 2m – John NZ9Z at the radio, Mike KC9HQV and one of our many guests who stopped by

showing off our new banner



New Repeater

******Our new repeater is up and running******

Set your radios to 146.895 with a PL tone of 100.0.




2012 Field Day

.Manitowoc County ARES/RACES members enjoyed views of the Mariner’s Trail on Lake Michigan when they participated in the 2012 Field Day Event on Saturday, June 25.   Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air ham radio event  held annually in the US and Canada.  On the fourth weekend of June of each year, radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

Some hams will treat the event as a contest, while others may 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.

Manitowoc members operated on 20 and 40 meters, and logged a total of 101 contacts during their one-day event.  Portable antennas were erected on site, and radios were operated using emergency power, generated from the Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle.  Relatives and friends visited during the day and enjoyed a pot luck supper on the lakeshore.

Click on the pictures below for a closer look or click here and scroll through the SLIDES.


Field Day 2012 at the Wayside

Setting up the Portable Antenna

Mike KC9HQV making a contact (QSO)






Dan is ready for the picnic supper – Mike KC9HQV is operating in the background


Tower Project Completed

The new tower and HF beam have been installed at the American Red Cross in Manitowoc. A big thank you to the team of volunteers who helped install the tower and the beam.