WISCONSIN: SM: Patrick Moretti KA1RB.

OK - so I'm rushing to publish these notes and claim them as my "March" Newsletter... Really, I didn't want to make it an April 1st edition!


So the Repeater short topic from last month brought several interesting comments most of them very positive and for me, the response shows that our Amateur Community understands the problem but hasn't found a consistent "working" solution. Actually, the solution is my "Short Topic" for this letter. The solution is EDUCATION.

For want of knowing what to do, we as individuals will invent a process. We will create what we individually believe is the way to operate, the way to use our radios, the way to interface with others... it goes on. Actually there is nothing really wrong with that as long as we are tolerant and understanding. Some of our best inventions and discoveries come from experimentation with processes, come from not being satisfied with "the way things are", and finding new ways. The stumbling block comes from reinventing the wheel because no one bothered to show you there was a wheel!

As the OOC for Wisconsin I stressed that the main function of the OO's was to be educators. This comes from believing strongly, that no one starts the day by asking themselves "what can I screw-up today?" Mistakes happen as well as accidents and mostly they are caused by a situational lack of knowing what to do, what to check for, how to do a specific task. So I saw the task of the OO's as educators.

Yes - I can see some of the wheels turning already, yes - there are folks out there that do start their day with a full fledge intention of annoying other people... just because they can. They may feel mistreated because their way of operating is different - they may want to make it different to be recognized... The problem is that most of those types of folks consider Amateur Radio as entertainment - not a hobby really, but a form of entertainment that requires their acting-up. I know of one example that considers his participation in Amateur Radio as a "job" and gets frustrated and lashes out when his version of "the job" is not appreciated. But those are the exception - they would be failures in any social organization.

So EDUCATION - Hold classes - this is how we get new people into the hobby! Hold seminars - this is how we improve our operating practices, or learn new ones. Mentor new Hams so that their confidence in their operating increases. Gently correct operating issues (best done in private and not on the air) so that their operation becomes exemplary.

CB users developed their own jargon and even created the "accent" so that everyone sounded like they were a "Southern Truck Driver..." This happened because folks copied what they heard and without guidance built -up their own interpretation of how it was supposed to be.

What I want to emphasize - and the point of this "short topic" is that the difference we can makes is EDUCATION. By openly sharing our experience and providing good operating practice examples in our own day to day operation, we can make a difference. This difference will attract new members to our Amateur Radio Community. Amateur Radio is different in that we mentor our new users. In my "repeater" topic I mentioned the silent listeners... silent because they don't have a license yet! Again, "We are not Broadcaster! at least we are not supposed to be. But, we need to be aware that what we do with our repeater's air time can be a draw or a turn-off."


Talking of education... The FLARC will be holding a GENERAL Ham License Class.

The class is planned for Saturday and Sunday April 29-30, 2017 Starting at 8 am to 5 pm at the Space Place, 2300 S Park St. in the lower level, Villager Mall, Madison, WI.

Registration is required!

For more information for this or the Fall Technician Class

and to register, contact:

E-mail Paulette Quick - with the subject General Class

or call (608) 255-0639 and leave a message

What is your Club doing to recruit new Hams and to get them to upgrade their license?

Here is a note from the ARRL's Education Service manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ :

Greetings!   Now is the time to apply for 2017 Summer sessions of ARRL's Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology. Watch this video for an inside look at the Teachers Institute! If you are a past participant of the Teachers Institute we hope that you have found many ways to use the ideas, training and resources you received and are interested in spreading the word to other teachers.  You may want to consider signing up for the advanced TI-2 on Remote Sensing and Data Gathering.    Please feel free to share information about the Teachers Institute with others in your circle, or in your school district.  A listing on your school or school district website?  A newsletter?  A web page for science and technology teachers?  Word of mouth to teachers in your circle? We'd like to get the word out to reach teachers who can take advantage of this opportunity.  If you would like to receive copies of our printed brochures to give to colleagues, please send your request and your mailing address to Here's some copy you can use to announce the opportunity in your school community: Integrate Science and Math with Engineering and Technology by Exploring Wireless Technology ARRL, the national association for amateur radio, is offering two sessions of its Introductory Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology (TI-1) during the summer of 2017. The ARRL Teachers Institute is an expenses paid, intensive professional development opportunity for educators who want to receive training and resources to explore wireless technology in the classroom.  Topics at the TI-1 Introduction to Wireless Technology, include basic electronics, radio science, microcontroller programming and basic robotics.  ARRL will also offer an advanced Teachers Institute (TI-2) on Remote Sensing and Data Gathering. The linked article from the March issue of ARRL's journal, QST, includes the schedule and description of offerings this summer.  Read "Amateur Radio in the STEM Classroom" in the 2016 April issue of Tech Directions to learn how four Teachers Institute grads employ amateur radio in their classrooms. Visit the ARRL website at: for more details. Go to for information about applying and to download an application. Application deadline is May 1.


Debra Johnson, K1DMJ Education Services Manager ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio® 225 Main Street Newington, CT 06111-1494 Office:(860) 594-0296 Fax: (860) 594-0259 ***********

Upcoming events to consider - Dayton Hamvention and Field Day. Both take some preparation! Of course everyone knows that the Dayton Hamvention has a new home so the adventurous among us will take the trip just to explore the new venue. That, and take advantage of the all the bargains.... I have heard from a few people that say "they want to wait and see" and go there next year when it is organized.

Think about it this way, predator fish wait in the most turbulent waters taking advantage of the confusion to prey on their diner. Not saying we are a bunch of predators, but I think that in the confusion of setting up the new digs, we might find some real bargains...



Amateur Radio Clubs on Social Media:

Follow these links to very active club Social Media pages where they are actively sharing information about Amateur Radio and club activities! They are an amazing source of knowledge for every one!

and of course:

The Jefferson Hamfest was a great success. It was well attended and from my point of view, I was able to meet and share information with quite a few folks! I look forward to other regional Hamfest where I will meet more of you! Nothing quite like an "eyeball" QSO and a Handshake!

Riverland Amateur Radio Club celebrated 45 Years of affiliation with the ARRL. Greg Miller K9LEC said:

The Riverland Amateur Radio Club has reached a milestone
 on January 19, 2017, 45 years of affiliation with the ARRL. Originally starting out as the Onalaska Radio Club we later changed the name to the RARC to encompass a larger area
when the Tri-state Repeater association turned the 146.970 repeater over to the club. Since that time we have always
tried to be a club that encompassed all phases of the Ama-
teur Radio hobby. Because of this when the ARRL started
the Special Service Club Program the RARC jumped right on board. Congratulations!

The Milwaukee Radio Amateur Club is spending this entire year celebrating their 100th year of continuous operation as a club! Check their web site for various special event activities and celebration opportunities!

A special request and opportunity: ** EAA AirVenture!!!

The Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club, W9ZL will once again operate a Special Event station from the grounds of the EAA AirVenture 2015. We will operate 5 days -- Wednesday through Sunday, during the fourth week of July (July 26 thru July 30,2017). This operating event is open to all license classes. We will operate 2 HF stations, one on 20m and one on 40m, a 6-meter station plus local communications on 2-meters. The club call, W9ZL, will be used throughout the event.

We are looking for both "am" and "pm" operators covering each of the 5 days. You can sign up for one shift or more if you so desire. The event is open to all of the amateur community. If operators sign up for a 4 hour shift, they will be given a daily wristband that will allow them to go and wonder around the Fly-in.

For further information and to sign up to operate the event go to:

or contact Jon Oldenburg , or (920)832-9727

Jon Oldenburg AB9AH Special Event Coordinator EAA AirVenture 2017

Jon Oldenburg AB9AH "A bicycle can't stand on it's own because it is two tired..."


Some Wisconsin Ham News!

K9WIS, Brian Cieslak, won the Wisconsin Public Radio Network's Morse Code Contest broadcast on the Old Time Radio program that airs on Sunday evenings by copying the message 'Celebrate Wisconsin Public Radio One Hundredth Anniversary' *************

And another Celebration!

The W/K ARC will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary on the air during the weekend of March 25th and 26th. Members will be operating on their favorite modes and bands using the special event callsign, W9K. Details are in the April QST and the ARRL website.


STM Report Wisconsin Section February 2017


FAQ #187 Can you be more precise? I've said it before and I say it again. Precision. It's what we admire when we watch the drill team, the dance troupe or the aerobatics display. We praise it in a quarterback, a surgeon, and an accountant. It is also the attribute that makes a good traffic operator better. It's the skill that is essential in doing what we do for service -- getting the message through accurately.

Surely, we can practice getting the exact wording in the text of a message, use the check, ask for fills -- but we can develop accuracy in other ways, too. In daily operations, we can stay organized, know where our messages are, keep good records.

In net operation, it is especially important to get the call signs right. Acknowledging a station accurately is as meaningful as getting someone's name right. Know what it feels like to be called by the wrong name? That's the discouraging sense we get when someone mis-hears our call letters.

True, we should speak clearly. We can use phonetics on voice, or repeat slowly on CW. It's why we spell things out (even some punctuation), say figures individually, and proofread, but part of the burden of good communication rests with the receiver. As good listeners, we need to hear.,concentrate, ask for clarification, and take notes. Whether this is done by a net control station, a station handling traffic, or in a casual QSO, we can practice accuracy - the essential element of good traffic handling. Practice? Precisely! 73 -- K9LGU/STM-WI WISCONSIN SECTION MONTHLY NET ACTIVITY FEBRUARY 2017 "SECTIONNET" "QNI CHECK-INS" "QTCTRAFFIC" "QTR TIME" "SSNS SESSIONS" "NM NET MANAGER"

BWN 1781 2273 3824 28 W9IXG BEN 354 392 760 28 NX9K WSBN 507 234 884 28 KN9P WSSN 221 86 533 28 KB9ROB WIN/E 152 115 280 28 WB9ICH WIN/L 150 105 352 28 W9RTP " WRACES HF" 82 18 204 4 WB9WKO WRACES VHF 50 0 52 1 W9REL WRACES- DIGITAL 133 734 7200 4 KB9MMC W DSTAR 101 11 185 8 AB9FT totals 3531 3968 14274 185


WISCONSIN SECTION P S H R SUMMARY FEBRUARY 2017 POSSIBLE POINTS > "40 nets" "40tfc" "30appt" "5 /hr.sked evnts" "5 /hr. emrg evnts" "10ea bbs/ web pg"

CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 T WB9WKO 40 40 30 40 0 0 150 AG9G 40 40 20 40 0 0 140 N9VC 40 40 20 0 0 20 120 K9LGU 40 40 30 5 0 0 115 NX9K 40 40 30 0 0 0 110 KN9P 40 40 20 0 0 0 100 K9ILJ 23 18 0 20 0 20 81 WA9QIB 40 40 0 0 0 0 80

WISCONSIN SECTION STATION ACTIVITY SUMMARY FEBRUARY 2017 STATION ORIG RCVD SENT DLVD TOTAL NX9K 1073 184 1195 2 2454 - BPL WB9WKO 0 150 171 2 323 K9LGU 0 141 159 0 300 WD9FLJ 12 85 87 9 193 N9VC 0 120 47 0 167 KA9BAE 0 70 78 1 149 AG9G 0 42 87 0 129 WA9QIB 0 45 38 13 97 KN9P 0 40 18 18 76 KB9ROB 0 58 7 10 75 WB9WHG 0 43 6 12 61 W9RTP 0 24 4 2 30 K9IBM 0 0 29 0 29 N9KQ 0 0 29 0 29 W9UW 0 12 17 0 29 K9GU 0 0 25 0 25 K9GDF 0 17 1 0 18 K9ILJ 0 10 7 1 18 WB9ICH 0 15 2 0 17



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FROM: The ARRL Letter

New Bands! FCC Issues Amateur Radio Service Rules for 630 Meters and 2,200 Meters

New Bands! FCC Issues Amateur Radio Service Rules for 630 Meters and 2,200 Meters The Amateur Service will officially get two new bands in the near future. The FCC has adopted rules that will allow Amateur Radio access to the 630 and 2,200-meter bands, with minor conditions. A Report and Order (R&O) was released on March 29. The new rules become effective 30 days following publication in The Federal Register. The R&O, which also addresses several non-Amateur Radio issues, allocates the 472-479 kHz band (630 meters) to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis and amends Part 97 to provide for Amateur Service use of that band as well as of the previously allocated 135.7-137.8 kHz band (2,200 meters). The R&O also amends Part 80 rules to authorize radio buoy operations in the 1900-2000 kHz band under a ship station license.

"It's a big win for the Amateur community and the ARRL," ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, said. "We are excited by the FCC's action to authorize Amateur Radio access for the first time on the MF and LF spectrum."

The FCC said the Amateur Radio service rules it has adopted for 630 meters and 2,200 meters allow "for co-existence with Power Line Carrier (PLC) systems that use these bands." Utilities have opposed Amateur Radio use of the MF and LF spectrum, fearing interference to unlicensed Part 15 PLC systems used to manage the power grid.

Amateurs operating on 472-479 kHz would be permitted a maximum equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) of 5 W, except in parts of Alaska within 800 kilometers (approximately 496 miles) of Russia, where the maximum would be 1 W EIRP. Amateurs operating in the 135.7-137.8 kHz band could run up to 1 W EIRP.

The FCC is requiring a 1-kilometer separation distance between radio amateurs using the two new bands and electric power transmission lines with PLC systems on those bands. Amateur Radio operators will have to notify UTC of station location prior to commencing operations.

The FCC also placed a 60-meter (approximately 197 feet) above-ground-level (AGL) height limit on transmitting antennas used on 630 meters and 2,200 meters. The bands would be available to General class and higher licensees, and permissible modes would include CW, RTTY, data, phone, and image. Automatically controlled stations would be permitted to operate in the bands. More details soon, on the ARRL website.


I'll end this letter now ... so I can get it out in time before the week-end! I'll catch up the SK section in the April letter -coming soon.

More experimentation with this newsletter - hope it meets your expectations!

I appreciate the feed-back I have received and look forward to more!

I want to emphasize that as an SM my goals are in line with the ARRL's goals with some emphasis on my own additions:

* Improve the recruitment of young people into Amateur Radio * Increase ARRL membership & financial support * Fully support the efforts growth and needs of the ARES/RACES organization * Expand PRB-1 to cover property covenants and restrictions * Continue supporting pro-active FCC rules enforcement * Develop and support continuing Amateur Radio education


I would like to receive your club newsletters (along with permission to use quotes from them) so that I can include them in this Wisconsin Section Newsletter. Please send them to my address! Keep me informed and I'll share that information with you - let me know how I can help!

Thanks to all who participate!


Patrick KA1RB

ARRL Wisconsin Section Section Manager: Patrick J Moretti, KA1RB

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