Feb 09

Next meeting – Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.

AGENDA:  Traffic handling


LARSC/ ARES NETS – meet year round – every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. local time (except meeting nights)


The 2018 VE test scheduled dates are:

  • Saturday morning, March 03, 2018
  • Tuesday evening, May 15, 2018
  • Tuesday evening, July 17, 2018

  • Tuesday evening, September 18, 2018

  • Saturday morning, November 03, 2018

    Registration at 8:30 AM, testing at 9:00 AM for Saturday sessions, registration at 6:30 pm, testing at 7:00 for Tuesday sessions @ Salem UCC in Plymouth – for related information please check out the VE Exams tab at W9VCL.com

  •  or email Art Pahr @ k9xj@arrl.net


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Feb 01

Next NB9QV Cobia Event – Museum Ships on the Air – June 2-3, 2018

The annual Museum Ships on the Air event is sponsored by the NJ2BB Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio. Station.  For more information check their webpage – http://www.nj2bb.org/museum/

This is one of NB9QV’s USS Cobia Amateur Radio Club annual events.  The group also sponsors another special event for Veteran’s Day in November.

Local amateur radio operators set up in the crew’s mess aboard the U.S.S. Cobia, docked at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc and talk to people around the world.. Members of the Museum and the Radio Club consider it a distinct honor and a privilege to participate in this annual event. Visitors can see and talk with Amateur Radio Club NB9QV members on board the submarine during these special events.

More info about the Cobia here:  https://qrz.com/db/NB9QV

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Oct 11

Puerto Rico Deployment

Bob Heil talks with Tom Gallagher NY2RF, CEO of the ARRL about hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, Hams on the International Space Station connecting with students, George Thomas interviews Martin Jue K5FLU of MFJ Enterprises, Gordon West on headsets, Amanda updates us on Val’s situation in Puerto Rico and more!

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Oct 01

Minutes from the last meeting…………..

February 13, 2018

Antenna plans will be set aside for a few months.   A $1,500 estimate of the total project is not within the club’s financial means at this time, so the plans are on hold for the time being.

We do have 2 functional laptops, and Travis and Cary KD9CZQ are pursuing other options.

John KD9IBT has accumulated 180+ mailing addresses and will be working on a design for postcards to be sent to all licensed Manitowoc County amateurs, inviting them to a club meeting.

Congratulations to Travis, who (began) his leadership role as the Manitowoc County Emergency Management Director on February 11.

Nominations and recommendations were taken from the floor, and a special election will be held at the March meeting to fill club officer positions, due to Travis’ resignation as President.

WECOMM may add another repeater site in door or Kewaunee County, according to John NZ9Z.  John also reported that 54# of radios and equipment were recently shipped to Sri Lanka.

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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




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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.

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Nov 14


USS Cobia Activation – November 2013


here’s a video of our last Nuclear Plant drill – starts at 45:45







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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)



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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

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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.

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