Oct 01

Minutes from the last meeting…………..

 March 14, 2017

The Winlink project is progressing, and Mike KC9HQV and Yogi WN9Q gave a demo.  APRS was causing issues and have been turned off. TeamViewer Software will be added to the computer to aid in remote troubleshooting.  Mike and Yogi would like to set up  Winlink and digital nets.


 The updated MOU has been delivered and is being reviewed by HFMMC staff.


John Meyer NZ9Z reports that the 440 repeater cannot go to Sri Lanka due to their frequency management policy. He is coordinating pick up of the equipment. Disposition of the repeater will be determined at a future time.

We have terminated the post office box lease.

Anne KC9YL used a slide show to demonstrate the ins and outs of Echolink.

The software is free and easy to set up.  Hams all over the world can communicate with each other through an Echolink repeater with a handheld, or a computer/laptop or smart phone.  Echolink is great for new hams who are “mike shy” or who may not have adequate radios/antennas.  It’s also a great way for Technicians to get a taste of DX, even if they do not have HF privileges.




Apr 27

Next meeting – Tuesday, May 9 – MEET AT THE ARMORY!

We’ll be making plans for Field Day – the weekend of June 24-5.


 Next VE session:  Tuesday  May 16, 2017

Registration at 8:30 AM, testing at 9:00 AM@ Salem UCC in Plymouth – for related information please check out the VE exams tab at W9VCL.com

 ARES NET – meets year round – every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. (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.