Our next regular monthly meeting will be held on February 9 – at the Red Cross on 8th street in Manitowoc.  Bring your ideas for meeting topics and activities.  The new net control calendar and yearly schedule are posted on the website.  Mark your calendars!

If you haven’t already taken the time, check out the youtube video on the 2014 PBNP emergency drill that was featured on a recent episode of HamNation (45:51).  Thanks to Yogi WN9Q for the great job in putting this video together.











Notes from the last meeting…………..

Monday, November 10, 2014

We were notified by Travis KB9YRC that the Red Cross will be no longer staffing the office in Manitowoc.  It was suggested that we begin looking for an alternate site for the station.  We will continue to have access to the Red Cross for the time being.  Since we should have adequate notice in the event the building is sold, the group decided to leave the antenna and station intact for now and continue to have meetings at the Red Cross building. John NZ9Z and Travis will be checking to see if there might be space available in a county building.

Fred W6BSF reported a successful Cobia event with over 800 Qs.  The Herald Times reporter posted a video of the radio operations on their website, and the video will be re-broadcast on HamNation.  There’s a link on the Wisconsin Maritime Museum’s facebook page.

The “Christmas” party will be held on Saturday, January 10 at Knox’s Silver Valley restaurant just west of Manitowoc.  Anne KC9UHH will contact members closer to the date.  We will then decide if we wish to have a family-style set-up or order off the menu.  Tentative schedule is 5:00 cocktails with the meal at 6:00.  Contact Anne so she can get a headcount.

Don’t forget to watch Travis’s ICS presentation if you missed it last month.









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.