SECTION NEWSLETTER for March 2017
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
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
Here is a note from the ARRL's Education Service manager Debra Johnson,
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 email@example.com.
Here's some copy you can use to announce the opportunity in your school
Integrate Science and Math with Engineering and Technology by Exploring
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
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: www.arrl.org/ti for more details.
Go to www.arrl.org/teachers-institute-application 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
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
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
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
tried to be a club that encompassed all phases of the
teur Radio hobby. Because of this when the ARRL started
Special Service Club Program the RARC jumped right on board.
The Milwaukee Radio Amateur Club is spending this entire year
celebrating their 100th year of continuous operation as a club! Check
their web site
http://www.w9rh.org for various special event activities and
A special request and opportunity:
** EAA AirVenture!!!
The Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club, W9ZL will once again operate a
Event station from the grounds of the EAA AirVenture 2015. We will
days -- Wednesday through Sunday, during the fourth week of July (July
July 30,2017). This operating event is open to all license classes. We
operate 2 HF stations, one on 20m and one on 40m, a 6-meter station
communications on 2-meters. The club call, W9ZL, will be used
We are looking for both "am" and "pm" operators covering each of the 5
You can sign up for one shift or more if you so desire. The event is
all of the amateur community. If operators sign up for a 4 hour shift,
will be given a daily wristband that will allow them to go and wonder
For further information and to sign up to operate the event go to:
or contact Jon Oldenburg ,
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.
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
"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
P S H R SUMMARY
POSSIBLE POINTS > "40 nets" "40tfc" "30appt" "5 /hr.sked evnts" "5
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
STATION ACTIVITY SUMMARY
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
New Bands! FCC Issues Amateur Radio Service Rules for 630 Meters and
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
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
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
More experimentation with this newsletter - hope it meets your
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
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org address!
Keep me informed and I'll share that information with you - let me
know how I can help!
Thanks to all who participate!
ARRL Wisconsin Section
Section Manager: Patrick J Moretti, KA1RB