Our next regular monthly meeting will be held on Monday, May 11 – at the Red Cross on 8th street in Manitowoc.  Meetings begin promptly at 7:00.

Agenda items will include:

Update on relocation of W9RES station/meeting place

Field Day plans

Fred will have info on the Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour – July 18-19 – they are looking for volunteers to provide amateur radio support at the rest stops.

Brat Fry – August 8 – Festival

Winnebago county is also looking for help for the activities that it supports:



time permitting………….Bring your HTs – let’s talk about simplex, reverse, and crossband operations.  What button did you hit by mistake?  How can you fix it? Do you know how to lock/unlock your hand mike?  Experienced hams can share tips on diagnosing problems when your HT (or mobile) isn’t doing what it’s supposed to!

Did you miss the Skywarn training?  Check out the link below for field guides and training links:


Looking for an up-to-date repeater listing?  Here you go. It prints off nicely in booklet format if you print it back-to-back.


The list was found at the http://www.wi-repeaters.org/ website.  Check it out for more information and to view their latest newsletter.









Notes from the last meeting…………..

Monday, April 13, 2015

The meeting began with a little show-and-tell by Yogi WN9Q who showed us his home-brew moxon antenna.  They can be made multi-band and are reported to work as well as a 3-element beam.  Yogi also shared some of his recent slow-scan TV projects.  Check out WB9KMW’s website for more information and software links.

Fred W6BSF will be sending out the Cobia signup list around May 1.  If you want to operate on the USS Cobia for the Museum Ships Weekend, contact Fred.

John NZ9Z reported that in order to be a ARRL sanctioned club and therefore be eligible to purchase their liability insurance (more affordable rate) we need to reorganize and form a new club.  It was decided that the new club be named: Lakeshore Amateur Radio Service Club and that its purpose will be to support ARES/RACES of Manitowoc County. Travis KB9YRC will develop the bylaws & constitution.  Officers of the new club will be the EC & AECs.  Dues will be $ 20.00 per  year.  Field Day plans are up in the air for now.  We have been invited to participate in Sheboygan’s Field Day event.








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