SECTION NEWSLETTER for June 2018

WISCONSIN: SM: Patrick Moretti KA1RB

Membership... several of our readers have suggested I say something about membership.

There - I've said it! Now on to something that really maters!

Just kidding of course.

There are many different Amateur Radio organizations. The ARRL is on that list, followed by ARES/RACES, Repeater Clubs, Radio Operators Clubs, Amateur Radio Clubs... the list goes on and while the names are different usually determined around a local community and a common interest, they are all similar. They have the same few folks who give of their time and skills for little more than the joy of participating, the self satisfaction of contributing in some way... These folks are the best!

What I really want to talk about is the folks who - leave a club. People leave clubs for various reasons and while some of the reasons are valid (health issues would be one) most reasons are just the result of a lack of communications, lack of understanding, lack of respect or a combination of the above. Lets face it - people join a club to have fun at a social level. If being in that club is no-longer fun then they leave.

Some clubs have extensive monthly meetings where the majority of the meeting is taken up with "officer's reports" "old business" "new business" "activity report" ... no real program, no real productivity, just following the same formal format over and over again. If that process takes up more time than any program or activity... an adjustment is needed!

What should a club be? - it should be a place where the membership is the most important element of the club. The officers should be there to work for the membership's agenda - not their own. It is good to have a dream, a goal for the club, but if that dream is not the membership' dream - then that club will rapidly fall flat on its face.

The officers of a club are not responsible for entertaining the membership! They are responsible for facilitating what ever the
established goal of the club happens to be! They are responsible for encouraging members to come up with activities that will draw-in more members. They should support or even provide training for their members if possible.

As an example, if the club supports a repeater, they should strive to provide the best repeater service that they technically can - falling short they will loose members. No amount of extra curricular activities such as picnics, field days, or other social activities will make the repeater work better and get people to support it with their $$'s. In my experience, the majority of repeater club members support the club financially, but do not participate in any of the so-called "activities". Successful repeater clubs seem to hold one or two business meetings a year and concentrate all of their energies on providing the best reliable coverage they can. Not saying that the extra curricular activities should be eliminated... some degree of social interface helps clubs be alive. They just can't be the main focus of the officers.

Enough about club frailties... what about the members? If you - as a member do not agree with the direction your club is taking - wether it is because of one or more individuals, or just the circumstances - then the solution is not "walking out!" The real solution is to take on the leadership role yourself and using the club's by-laws and constitution - establish a change in direction - back to where the club was successful.

For a club to succeed the officers of that club must provide positive reinforcement to all their members. Also note that if you want to criticize the officers - unless you are ready to take on the job... be quiet!

By the way... if you recognize yourself or your club in any of the above criticisms... it is really up to you to drive the changes or get out of the way of the people who want to. How does the phrase go?

"Lead, follow, or get out of the way!"

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We have four very special events coming up between now and the rest of the year!

ARRL Field Day (always the last full week-end in June) this year that's June 23 and June 24! That's TODAY... looks like I procrastinated just enough.

ARRL booth and special event station at the EAA. Oshkosh will be the location of an influx of Amateurs sharing their experience with the many visitors to the EAA. This will happen with a booth set-up in building 2 and with the operating station set-up! Please contact me directly if you are interested in helping at this venue.

The ARRL Wisconsin Section Convention - This is being held in conjunction with Ham Radio Outlet's SUPERFEST September 28 and 29th.

ARRL Division Convention held in Ft Wayne Indiana this year, Hosted by the Allen County Amateur Radio Technical Society.
http://www.acarts.com/hfmain.htm
Folks from ARRL Headquarters as well as our society President will be in attendance and be the Key-note Speaker at the Saturday Evening Banquet.

Please plan to attend as many of these functions as you can! I know that Ft Wayne is a bit of a ride for a "just" Hamfest, but usually 4000 to 6000 people show up somehow! This not just a Hamfest!

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STM Report
Wisconsin Section

May 2018

FAQ # 202 -- How do I send a message on Field Day? You want the
points. It's part of the FD experience. It's easy to do. So how do you
format and send that special FD message to your Section Manager or
Section Emergency Coordinator?

To get credit for your message, it must it must be in proper NTS form.
The preamble should have a number, precedence, station of origin, check,
place of origin, and date. The text should include the name of your
group, number of participants, and number of ARES members. It should
have a signature of someone representing your group -- perhaps your club
president, Field Day chairman, or Emergency Coordinator.

If you voice your message, don't speak too fast. Use proper procedural
words. Send your message any time during the Field Day period. You
don't need to find the recipient. Just get the message into the system.
It's always good to practice traffic handling, and Field Day is another
great chance. Good luck. -- K9LGU/STM - WI

 

WISCONSIN SECTION P S H R SUMMARY MAY 2018

POSSIBLE POINTS >

40

nets

30

tfc

30

appt

5 /hr.

sked evnts

5 /hr.

emrg evnts

10ea

bbs/ web pg

total

CALL

1

2

3

4

5

6

T

K9LGU

40

40

30

45

5

0

125

KC9WWH

40

40

10

25

0

30

145

WB9WKO

40

40

30

70

0

0

180

N9VC

40

40

20

0

0

20

120

AG9G

40

40

20

50

0

0

150

NX9K

40

40

20

0

0

0

100

K9ILJ

38

40

20

35

0

20

153

 

POSSIBLE POINTS > "40
nets" "40
tfc" "30
appt" "5 /hr.
sked events" "5 /hr.
emrg events" "10ea
bbs/ web pg"
CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 T
WB9WKO 40 40 30 85 30 0 225
K9ILJ 21 23 20 100 15 20 199
N9VC 40 40 20 20 0 20 140
KC9WWH 40 40 10 15 0 30 135
AG9G 40 40 20 25 0 0 125
K9LGU 40 40 30 10 0 0 120
NX9K 40 40 20 20 0 0 120
KN9P 40 40 20 0 0 0 100

WISCONSIN SECTION
STATION ACTIVITY SUMMARY
May 2018
STATION ORIG RCVD SENT DLVD TOTAL
NX9K 548 201 983 6 1738 - BPL
WB9WKO 0 700 610 0 1310 - BPL
N9CK 0 407 405 2 814 - BPL
N9VC 0 521 68 0 589 - BPL
K9LGU 0 269 279 1 569 - BPL
AG9G 0 198 107 0 305
KA9BAE 2 67 85 5 159
KC9WWH 0 29 83 3 115
WD9FLJ 0 45 39 6 90
KB9ROB 0 55 13 10 78
KN9P 0 36 13 6 55
W9UW 0 20 24 0 44
WB9WHG 1 22 8 6 37
K9GU 0 0 32 0 32
N9KQ 0 0 30 0 30
W9RTP 0 20 4 0 24

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The following are the scheduled ARRL sponsored Hamfests and Conventions
for the Wisconsin Section.

07/07/2018 | South Milwaukee ARC Hamfest
Location: Oak Creek, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: South Milwaukee Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.qsl.net/wa9txe

07/21/2018 | Chippewa Valley AR Tailgate Swapfest
Location: Eagle's Banquet Center and Conference Hall, Chippewa Falls,
WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Chippewa Valley Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.w9cva.org

08/04/2018 | Riverland ARC Swapfest
Location: Onalaska Omni Center, Onalaska, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Riverland Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://rarc.qth.com

08/11/2018 | Racine Megacycle Freefest
Location: Greater Racine Kennel Club, Racine, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Racine Megacycle Club
Website: http://www.w9udu.org

08/25/2018 | Circus City Swapfest
Location: Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club Property, Baraboo, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Yellow Thunder Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://yellowthunder.org

09/08/2018 | Ozaukee RC's 13th Annual Regional Fall Swapfest
Location:Fireman's Park, Cedarburg, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Ozaukee Radio Club
Website: http://www.ozaukeeradioclub.org

09/28/2018 | Wisconsin State Convention (Ham Radio Outlet Superfest
2018)
Location: HRO, Milwaukee, WI
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Ham Radio Outlet
Website: http://hamradio.com

10/13/2018 | Wisconsin ARES/RACES Conference
Location: McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: WeComm, Ltd.
Website: http://wi-aresraces.org

11/03/2018 | MRC91 Milwaukee Repeater Club
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Milwaukee Repeater Club
Website: http://mrc91.org

01/05/2019 | 47th Annual Midwinter Swapfest
Location:Waukesha County Expo Arena, Waukesha, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: West Allis Radio Amateur Club
Website: http://warac.org

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Amateur Radio Clubs on Social Media:

Social Media continues to be a highlight of club activity. It has become
a prevalent public form of communications.

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!

https://www.facebook.com/SCARC-Sheboygan-County-Amateur-Radio-Club-398428299255/

https://www.facebook.com/OZARES/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/793044000830129/

https://www.facebook.com/fdlhams/

https://www.facebook.com/midstaterepeater/?fref=hovercard

https://www.facebook.com/190641947691502/photos/1029473273808361/

and of course:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=884461628314231&set=gm.1656355314642886&type=3

and:

Check it out http://www.millervalleyarc.org or look at our page on
facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/793044000830129/

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

And of course our own Section Web Page:

http://www.arrl.org/sections/view/wisconsin

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Sadly I have several passings to reports at this time:

Charles G. Engler (Ex) WA9SUZ passed away May 27, 2018. Chuck was 95
years old.

Rich Bogen N9AMW
became a silent key as of June 4th. Rich was a long-time FLARC member
and
performed at some of the FLARC Holiday parties "back in the day."
https://host.madison.com/news/local/obituaries/bogen-rich/article_50c83ef2-b2d3-5bec-a2f0-d55ca89a3f83.html

Michael D Hoier, KA9PSL, age 65, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, passed
away on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at his residence.
http://www.ritchayfuneralhome.com/m/?p=memorial&id=2114322

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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
organization
* Expand PRB-1 to cover property covenants and restrictions
* Continue supporting pro-active FCC rules enforcement
* Develop and support continuing Amateur Radio education

NEWSLETTERS:

Thanks 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 ka1rb@arrl.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!

and... Thanks again for re-electing me as your Section Manager!

As always, please feel free to contact me with any of your questions or
issues related to Amateur Radio and the ARRL. I don't have all the
answers, but I usually know who to ask for those answers.

Thanks es 73

Patrick KA1RB

 

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