Jun 27

Next meeting – Tuesday, July 11 – 6:30 p.m.

Manitowoc County will again be participating in an exercise with the Point Beach Nuclear Power Plant.  We are being asked to staff the EOC and provide an HF link to WEM on August 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and September 19 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  The HF link may need to originate from a home QTH with 80m & 40m capabilities and be able to monitor 2m.. Travis KB9YRC will see if we can get permission to use the LTC station for the exercise.



TENTATIVE Agenda:  Traffic Handling


LARSC/ ARES NETS – meet year round – every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. local time (except meeting nights)


 Next VE session:  Tuesday  July 18, 2017

Registration at 8:30 AM, testing at 9:00 AM@ Salem UCC in Plymouth – for related information please check out the VE exams tab at W9VCL.com











Oct 01

Minutes from the last meeting…………..

June 13, 2017

Mike KC9HQV gave an update on the WinLink system.  John NZ9Z will check with HFMMC about the internet hookup.  Members finalized plans for the June 17 Brat Fry.  The club will not participate in Field Day as a group this year.  We will try out an NVIS antenna setup at a later date.

John NZ9Z discussed the activation of the HazMat van that is stored in Valders.   Fred W6BSF suggested exploring the idea of the possibility of a merger with the Sheboygan Radio Club, perhaps meeting at LTC.



Feb 10

Field Day photos and photos from recent meetings…………

WN9Q, Yogi, how does a duplexer work?

WN9Q, Yogi, how does a duplexer work?


Mike KC9HQV demonstrating meters

Mike KC9HQV demonstrating meters





Mike KC9HQV showing proper use of the coax cutter

Mike KC9HQV showing proper use of the coax cutter










John NZ9Z's box of goodies!

John NZ9Z’s box of goodies!




Each year, amateur radio operators throughout the U.S. set up operations in backyards, public parks, parking lots on the last full weekend in June…………..and participate in ARRL’s Field Day Event.  Groups and individuals can earn points for using emergency power, setting up portable antennas and running multiple stations.  It’s a great way to give your equipment a test run in less than optimal conditions – in the event that you need to operate away from home.  Many clubs invite local dignitaries, Scout troops and served agencies (Salvation Army, etc) and show the public what amateur radio is all about.  The Manitowoc group participates in this annual event and shares a potluck meal and ham radio camaraderie.  Field Day 2016 is scheduled for June 27-28.


Mike, KC9HQV trying out our 2m setup

Mike, KC9HQV trying out our 2m setup



something new this year, operating on 2m

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




Jan 31

LARSC – Lakeshore Amateur Radio Service Club

The Lakeshore Amateur Radio Service Club (LARSC) was formed to enable the local radio club to purchase affordable liability insurance required to rent space for their new W9RES station location.  The ARES/RACES group has shared space at the Red Cross office in Manitowoc, but will need to vacate that property.

As an affiliated ARRL-sanctioned club, LARSC’s mail focus is to support Manitowoc County’s ARES/RACES group in their Emergency Communications activities.  The LARSC business meeting begins at 6:30 on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except summer).  LARSC and ARES concerns are reviewed, generally followed by an activity/demonstration of general interest to the members.

Visitors are always welcome.

Nov 14


USS Cobia Activation – November 2013


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







Apr 09

W9RES Repeater

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

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

Nets are held on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.   A follow-up digital net is in the works.  (No nets on meeting nights, every other week schedule in the summer)



Jul 12

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

Apr 26

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.