WISCONSIN: SM: Patrick Moretti KA1RB.

Good morning Everyone!


WOW! Apparently I hit a nerve with my June "topic"! First let me say that the overall reaction was very positive. This subject generated quite a few e-mail responses and so far all but one were positive.

Waxing towards the serious aspect here for a bit:

Let me address the single "negative" one... What seemed to happen is that in this person's eyes I "attacked" a specific ham. Well it just isn't so. The topic "HOW TO BE A TRULY ANNOYING AMATEUR RADIO OPERATOR" was a composite of a variety of "questionable" habits identified over a period of time in multiple area. Most folks seemed to understand that and got a good chuckle out of it.

I closed my comment last month with the following:

"While the above comments are tongue-in-cheek, we all know some folks that fit into one or more of the characteristics. Talk to them gently because it is likely that they do not know they are doing it." That still applies - take the time to let them know and help them make that correction otherwise they come to believe that the "behavior" is OK!

Enough of the "serious" waxing.


My short topic for this letter is "calling frequencies"...

A fellow ham suggested this topic and I thought it would be a good idea to review the intent of having a "calling" frequency on a particular band, and how to best use it.

The initial comment was that on 2 meters, 146.52 was defined as the calling frequency and shouldn't be used for rag-chews. The intent is to make your contact on '52 and then move on to an alternate frequency to hold your QSO.

Apparently there are some folks that hold NETS on '52 and make it difficult to hear a traveling station, or some one trying to use the frequency as intended... I know that when I am traveling, I'll monitor '52 and call out on it every now and then. Very often I have had the opportunity to get a QSO with another ham traveling down the road. Now in those cases, I have not suggested switching to another frequency, because I did not want to take my eyes off the road and the QSO would be short lived anyway for anyone listening locally.

If however, you have a fixed station and routinely monitor '52 (we all should) then if you get into a QSO and the other party can switch frequency, you should! If you want to hold a QSO and continue to monitor '52... please make sure to leave long breaks in the conversation so that a station in need can break in. There should not be any scheduled NETS on '52 with the exception of a NET to test a community's "range" and then make sure to leave long breaks in between tests. Actual NET QSO's should be relegated to an alternate frequency.

Of course all of this is my opinion, but I think it is part of "Good Operating Practices" that we should review and apply every now and then.


By the time you read this, Field Day will have come and gone!

This year I took the liberty of visiting a few of the various Field Day sites in Wisconsin. What fun! Talk about the variety of approaches. It went from a single tent with a few folks scurrying around putting up a wire or two, to a huge station set-up that included three separate towers, dedicated antennas and beams including satellite as well as six meter and a mono-bander for twenty and tri-bander for 10-15-20 plus wires for 40 and 80... quite the station set-up. There were some technically savvy folks that had one huge antenna feeding a distribution/isolation "quad-plexer" box that sent the appropriate frequency to the separate radios! Got to get me one of those!

All made me feel welcomed and I consider it a privilege to have met so many active and participating hams!

Hope you had the opportunity to spend a fun week-end in the field.


Amateur Radio Clubs on Social Media:

Quite a few of the clubs have shared their Facebook pages with me and it is really great to see the dynamic exchanges going on in those pages. They are up-to-date 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!

As you read this, I am on the way to the Next Hamfest! After all, it is

CHIPPEWA VALLEY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB Tailgate Swap Fest Saturday July 15, 2017
Location: Eagle's Banquet Center and Conference Hall 2588 Hwy 53 Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Coordinates: 44.880788, -91.429431 Time: 08:00 - 12:00
Setup: 06:30-07:30
Cost: $5.00/head selling or looking
Talk in: 147.375/975 PL 110.9 W9CVA/R
NO disposal available. ALL unsold items must leave with you

Start Date: 08/05/2017
End Date: 08/05/2017
Location: Onalaska OmniCenter, 255 Riders Club Road, Onalaska, WI 54650
Sponsor: Riverland Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.97
Public Contact: Greg Miller , K9LEC
W7755 A Johnson Road Holmen, WI 54636
Phone: 608-792-7841

Free Fest 2017 HAMFEST/CONVENTION 08/12/2017
Start Date: 08/12/2017
End Date: 08/12/2017
Location: Greater Racine Kennel Club
6320 Six Mile Road
Racine, WI 53401
Sponsor: Racine Megacycle Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.270+ (PL 127.3) & 442.000- (PL 127.3)
Public Contact: Daniel Miller , KA9OIL
4048 Nicholson Road Franksville, WI 53126
Phone: 262-498-8542

Circus City Swapfest HAMFEST/CONVENTION 08/26/2017
Start Date: 08/26/2017
End Date: 08/26/2017
Location: Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club Property
E3347 Sand Road
Baraboo, WI 53913
Sponsor: Yellow Thunder Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.315 (PL 123)
Public Contact: Thomas Harrison , N9PQJ
E7983 East Lake Virginia Road Reedsburg, WI 53959
Phone: 608-963-0762

Ozaukee Radio Club Annual Regional Fall Swapfest HAMFEST/CONVENTION 09/23/2017
Start Date: 09/23/2017
End Date: 09/23/2017
Location: Firemans Park
796 Washington Avenue
Cedarburg, WI 53012
Sponsor: Ozaukee Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.97 (PL 127.3)
Public Contact: Thomas Ruhlmann , W9IPR
465 Beechwood Drive Cedarburg, WI 53012
Phone: 262-377-6945

While I will not be able to attend all of these - please take the time
to visit and say HI if you can.


The STM Report is here!


Sadly I have several passings to reports at this time:

... and a reminder. Please, as you send me these sad notices, make sure
to include links to the obituaries. You'll notice some of the links are
missing in the following listings.

Silent Key Bernard R "bub" Budny W9WKB 
Passed May 16 2017 at age 89 he was a US Navy veteran serving during
World War II and worked at Allen Bradley for 24 years he had a master's
degree in electrical engineering from UW Madison and was a professor at
the Milwaukee School of Engineering


Silent Key John McCoy Jr. W9JJM

Silent Key Herb Jordan W9LA


The MAIN reminders for this letter are "don't be the annoying member of
your club..." and remember to use 146.52 as the calling channel it is
intended to be.


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 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


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