SECTION NEWSLETTER for December 2017

WISCONSIN: SM: Patrick Moretti KA1RB

This will be just a short note to wish everyone of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

May all your Amateur Radio endeavors be successful!

May all your antennas resonates exactly where you want them to!

If the smoke gets out of your radio - may you find a way to get it back in... or at least find a suitable, even superior, replacement!

Whatever it is you enjoy doing - may you have the opportunity to do as much of it as you want, neither too much nor too little.

... oh...and may "somehow" all the bands get opened so we can all get back to communicating around the world with our many friends, as well as make new ones! LUF=135KHZ <-> MUF=275GHZ

May your new year be the best yet!


One slight "pet-peeve" that I hope gets fixed this new year is the "slurred call sign" syndrome.

I don't know about you, but I am proud of my call sign. It is unique around the whole world. There is only one KA1RB... there are many Patricks, Pats, and such, but only one KA1RB. What ever your call sign is - please be proud of it, you have earned it and should be able to share that accomplishment every time you use it.

Please don't "slur" it, take the time to enunciate and pronounce your call. Say the whole thing making sure all of those letters are proudly displayed. Too often, some letters at the end of a call are easily left off or pronounced so quickly they are as good as left off. Several things happen: 1. You are then using someone else's call (not a good idea) 2. You are unwittingly (or knowingly on purpose...) trying to lay claim to a class of license you haven't earned. 3. You come across as a slob, a lid, a poor operator...

So, make sure your call comes all the way across and try to make sure the party you are talking to has your call correct. It is a courtesy to exchange call signs. Let's do it right!

Ham activities Set-up so far for 2018...

Starting the year with a BANG! On January 6th!

46th Annual Mid Winter Swapfest
Start Date: 01/06/2018 - End Date: 01/06/2018
Location: Waukesha County Expo Arena
1000 Northview Road
Waukesha, WI 53186
Sponsor: West Allis Radio Amateur Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.40 Simplex
Public Contact: Erwin von der , WI9EV
2201 Melody Lane Waukesha, WI 53186
Phone: 262-271-0630

Start Date: 03/18/2018 - End Date: 03/18/2018
Location: Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Center
503 North Jackson Avenue
Jefferson, WI 53549
Sponsor: Tri-County Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 145.490 (PL 123)
Public Contact: Stan Lichtenberg , W9FIB
PO Box 411 Johnson Creek, WI 53038
Phone: 920-390-9068

The next scheduled Hamfest - with a lot of time between the two is:

Start Date: 09/28/2018 - End Date: 09/29/2018
Location: Ham Radio Outlet Milwaukee
5710 West Good Hope Road
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Sponsor: Ham Radio Outlet
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 145.130 (PL 127.3)
Public Contact: Tom Pachner , W9TJP
5710 West Good Hope Road Milwaukee, WI 53223
Phone: 414-358-0333

Make a special effort to attend this one as it should be really special this year. With plenty of time to prepare, there should be more manufacturer reps, more ARRL HQ folks, and more visitors. As I understand the Start time of Friday will be later in the day and the fest will stay open later in the evening to accommodate working folks who want to show up! Keep an eye out for more announcements and schedule coming from Tom and the HRO folks!

As far as other ARRL Sponsored Hamfests... Please make sure to get yours approved and scheduled with the Division and Section Leadership and provide the invitations you all have been so kind to offer. We will be glad to list them in this newsletter as well as on the ARRL web site:


BWN 3984 0500-0715 W9IXG.
BEN 3985 1200 NX9K.
WSBN 3985 1700-1800 KN9P.
WSSN 3555 1800 KB9ROB.
WIN-E 3555 1900 WB9ICH.
WIN-L 3555 2200 W9RTP.
WRACES 3967.0 0800 Sundays WB9WKO.
WRACES-VHF WECOMM 1900 Last Thursdays of month W9REL.
(All times are Central time)



Amateur Radio Clubs on Social Media:

As stated in my previous notes, it appears that Social Media has become a prevalent public form of communications. While it is of course a great source of "false information", there are a few checks and balances that help sort the BS out of the pile. Quite a few of the clubs are publishing Face Book and web pages to keep their members informed. The trick there is to keep them up to date and well maintained. It is really great to see the dynamic exchanges going on in those pages. They are openly shared and become a great resource for information as some of the clubs explore their interest and share what they have discovered! Here are a few links you should try!

and of course:

There are many others - explore and find/share the joy!


Sadly I have these passings to reports at this time (note that some were listed in my addendum for November)

N9LOH on Tuesday October 24,2017. The obituary information is at: .
He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, and his dedication to the Ham community will be remembered by all for whom he was a mentor and inspiration.

Sadly we lost Rosemarie Deisinger, W9AWI. She lived in a nursing home after her husband, John, W9KSP became SK previously.

We also lost Mark Fielkow, KB9PXE, a member of the Ozaukee RC. He was mentioned in a previous Newsletter, but it doesn't hurt to mention him again as he was an active Ham, in case anyone missed the previous listing.

Allen Gifford, WD9ESS, passes earlier this year in February:


I want to thank those of you who have updated your affiliated club information. If you haven't yet...REMEMBER to update your club
information as soon as possible and if your club is not yet affiliated ... get it done! The insurance benefits are worth the time investment!


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

Try sending me a note using the following format:

1. Stop = list those items you'd rather I didn't "do"
2. Start = list those items you think I should be doing.
3. Continue = keep up these items...

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


Thank you for sharing your Newsletters. There is some wonderful writing out there and great info to share!

Please send me a link to 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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