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!




Notes from the last meeting…………..

Monday, June 9, 2014

Field Day –   Fred W6BSF will bring his gas grill.  We will fry up hotdogs for lunch & brats/burgers for supper.  Setup will begin at 9:00 a.m.  and we hope to feature digital/satellite?CW modes as part of our operations.  Anne KC9UHH will email everyone to coordinate the potluck, and contacting the area newspapers & radio stations with press release info.

John NZ9Z went reviewed procedures for a Skywarn net scenario.  This is the time of year when we need to keep an eye on the sky – weather radios, weather apps, Code Red and NWS websites help keep citizens informed of watches/warnings.  John reminded that there is about a 4 minute lag on radar.  Net controls should designate liaisons to contact the NWS in Green Bay, if necessary.   Being southeast of a storm generally offers the best views.  Remember to stay safe!

Cobia Event – Fred W6BSF reported a new record for Saturday/Sunday’s Museum Ships Weekend operation with 901 Q’s.

State ARES group is working on state badging of members.  More info will be available as that progresses.

Next meeting:  SEPTEMBER 8 – 7:00 P.M.






A Busy Summer

We had another successful Field Day on Saturday, June 22.  145 QSO’s including 6 on our 2m setup!  We did a little better job at keeping the radios busy this year.   We were quite visible at the wayside on Lake Michigan, especially with your new ARES-RACES banner.  Band conditions weren’t the greatest, and we thought for a while we’d have to deal with hypothermia, but the weather settled down and we were able to enjoy some grilling out and ham radio camaraderie.


Net reminder – every OTHER Tuesday until Labor Day.

Breakfast with Victor 4S7VK (August 3?)

September 10 - next meeting


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.