Summer activities are winding down – time for many hams to get back in the shack after all that lawn-mowing and garden weeding.

Next meeting: – MONDAY – September 8 – 7:00 p.m. at the Red Cross.  Mike KC9WII will share his experiences helping out with radio communications at this summer’s Bellin Run.

If you have any ideas for upcoming program topics or meeting activities, please contact the EC/AECs. Regular monthly meetings will run September through June, and weekly nets begin September 15.

Special requests from neighboring counties for assistance with radio communications :

Sunday, September 14, 2014 – Walk MS Oshkosh – contact dsprangers@gmail.com for more information

Saturday, September 20, 2014 – Maywood Earth Ride – contac johnab9hh@att.net 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 jkreski@new.rr.com - 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…….

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…………..


We had enjoyed a successful field day again this year – operating from the foggy, foggy shore of Lake Michigan.  Thanks to Mike, KC9HQV for showing us how to set up a UHF/VHF station in emergency power situations, APRS demo and the use of packet radio.  We ran 20m and 40m with a little time spent on 15m at the end of the day.  ARES.RACES members and guests finished off the day with a potluck meal.  Thanks to everyone who brought a dish to pass, and those who showed up early to set up the radios/antennas.  Special thanks again to Travis KB9YRC for allowing us to use the Red Cross RV.

Don’t forget nets run every OTHER week after Field Day.  Our next meeting will be Monday, September 8 – weekly nets will begin again on September 15.

Next Ham Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday August 23.  Contact Fred W6BSF if you’re attending.

Have a radio-active summer!





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.