Oct 01

Notes from the last meeting…………..

November 8, 2016

Elections were held, all club offices were filled

Travis Waack KB9YRC – President

Mike Martch KC9HQV – Vice President

Ken Ivey KD9AQM – Secretary

David Jaeger WN9Q – Treasurer

Attendees shared their thoughts from the recent ARES/RACES State Conference.  Recruitment/retention seems to be a problem across the board, with radio club and non-profit/volunteer groups in general having similar problems.

The new club room and radio/storage facilities at the Rollaire Skate Center (old Armory) were checked out.  Tentative plans were made to move equipment from the Red Cross to the new site on Friday, November 11. Furniture options were discussed.

Brat Fry planning – David Jaeger WN9Q will take the lead.

Christmas party planning – Cary and Ken will check out some options



Apr 27

Next meeting – Tuesday, December 13- MEET AT THE ARMORY!

We will meet at our new location – upstairs at the Rollaire Skate Center in Manitowoc, formerly known as the “Armory” at 930 N 18th Street.

Meeting agenda will include “Show & Tell” —–Bring your “GO KIT!”…….you know, the stuff you’d grab on the way out the door if ARES/RACES were activated and deployed.  HT? Portable?  Mobile?  Battery-powered?  Let’s see what you’ve got!


Next VE session:  Saturday January 14, 2017 

Registration at 8:30 AM, testing at 9:00 AM@ Salem UCC in Plymouth 

NETS – SUMMER SCHEDULE – EVERY OTHER TUESDAY – 7:00 P.M . (Regular September thru June nets meet every Tuesday – except meeting nights)











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


Taking down the antenna at the Red Cross Office in Manitowoc

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.