There’s still time to help out our amateur radio neighbors with their upcoming events:

Sunday, September 14, 2014 – Walk MS Oshkosh – contact for more information

Saturday, September 20, 2014 – Maywood Earth Ride – contac if you can help

Sunday, September 21, 2014 – Fox Cities Marathon 7 am Required is at least a 5 watt HT and optional is a lawn chair - contact - include your CALL SIGN and “Volunteer Fox Cities Marathon” as the subject line of your e-mail.  Include in your e-mail the amount of time you are available and any special issues.

A few more dates to remember:

Saturday, September 13 – Cobia talk at the Maritime Museum  9:00 a.m.

Monday, September 15 – weekly nets resume

Saturday, October 18 – Wisconsin ARES.RACES State Conference

Tuesday December 2 – Dosimeter refresher class – 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 9 – Point Beach Nuclear Plant full-scale plume exercise 







Notes from the last meeting…………..

Monday, September 8, 2014:

Members present were asked for meeting program ideas, and reminded of upcoming requests from neighboring counties to help with their runs/bike events.  See the “LOTS OF SEPTEMBER RADIO STUFF” link on the home page for details.  John NZ9Z told us that the local 146.895 repeater will open with ANY PL tone, but only 100.0 will pass audio.  This will need to be fixed!  The lack of backup emergency power for the repeater was also discussed, as well as TX/RX difficulties noticed during periods of heavy rain.  At October’s meeting, Travis KB9YRC’s presentation will show us how we can apply ICS to any emergency situation (We may record the meeting for those unable to attend).  A full-scale interactive scenario is planned for November’s meeting.  December will already be a busy month with the upcoming PBNP full-scale plume exercise, pre-drills and post-drills, so we may decide to cancel that monthly meeting.  Anne KC9UHH will call around to local restaurants to see if we can book a date and reserve a room for a Saturday night holiday party in January.  Yogi WN9Q will record video of our go-boxes and the nuclear plant drill to post on HamNation.  Fred W6BSF has invited local hams to attend Tom Ashenbrenner’s Cobia talk this Saturday, September 13 at the Maritime Museum at 9:00 a.m.   Our scheduled speaker was unable to attend, so we discussed our experiences in helping out with local community events providing radio support.  Next meeting:  Monday, October 13 – 7:00 p.m. at the Red Cross.





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. To learn more about Manitowoc County ARES/RACES infrastructure, click here.