Manitowoc County Amateur Radio Community Increases Participation Opportunities for Ham Radio Enthusiasts
November 2009 has seen an exciting new Manitowoc County Amateur Radio development with the spin-out from the Mancorad Radio Club Inc of a formal Manitowoc ARES/RACES Group.
Meeting the training and documentation demands of FEMA, DHS and other agencies involved with emergency communications (“Emcomm” in the jargon) a number of Mancorad Radio Club members joined with other amateurs to create a formal organization to support ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and RACES (Radio Amateur Civilian Emergency Service). ARES & RACES are parallel organizations responding to the needs for communication support to numerous public and service organizations in a time of Emergency. The RACES layer is a Federal Program which can be activated in the most serious emergency situations when all other amateur radio would be silenced.
For further information on the new separate Manitowoc ARES/RACES Group, call sign W9RES, Point of contact is Dan Cole N9NCU Manitowoc ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator/Radio Officer at n9ncu-@-arrl.net
The Mancorad Radio Club is W9DK supporting two separate 2m radio repeater sites, administering the SKYWARN Emcomm Weather-Spotting program, teaching initial Amateur Radio classes and supporting the wide activities of all Manitowoc County Amateur Radio Licensees. Mancorad has been in continuous operation since 1946 as a not-for-profit corporation, currently in process of securing 501(c)3 status and recognized by the American Amateur Radio Relay League as a “Special Service Club.”
Recent Mancorad Club activities have included June 2009 “Field Day” in conjunction with Lakeshore Technical College where the college & club’s first two-way communications with the ISSS (International Space Station) was made, a US Island Program “first time island activation” of an Appleton area island using portable radio equipment in October 2009, support of a number of public events including 2009’s Two River’s Fish Derby, and regular operations from the Mancorad Club radio room.
For 2010 the Mancorad Radio Club has a planned new ham “Hamcram” one-day study course & FCC testing on February 6th 2010, June 2010 Field Day, a Winter US Island activation (date depends on ice conditions), several radio contest efforts scheduled, monthly club meetings, SKYWARN & other Emcomm training, and a Lighthouse Activation by radio. Point of contact is Rich Weyer KC9LOA Mancorad President at president-@-w9dk.com Website is http://www.w9dk.com
Other Amateur Radio opportunities in the Manitowoc area include:
- C.M.S. Counties REACT – an emergency communications group that uses amateur radio and other frequencies to conduct various activities including search and rescue – contact Nate Van Da Huvel KC9LFQ at 920-627-3311.
- NEWDXA – Northeast Wisconsin DX Association– an organization focused on the support of Amateurs contacting & tracking contacts with other countries – contact George Croy W9MDP at w9dxa-@-arrl.net
- USS Cobia Radio Club NB9QV –which operates periodically from the Maritime Museum, specially on Museum Ship event dates – contact – Fred Neuenfeldt W6BSF at w6bs-f@-arrl.net
- Lakeshore Technical College Amateur Radio Club W9LTC– which is in support of the LTC radio efforts – contact John Meyer NZ9Z at nz9z-@-arrl.net
Mancorad Radio Club – info-@-w9dk.com- http://www.w9dk.com– PO Box 204, Manitowoc, WI 54221
[Note the W9RES Callsign is “Pending Level 2” and will be first assigned to the ARES/RACES Group on December 5th. Email addresses have been modified per request to users @arrl.net alias addresses and further modified with a “-” added before & after “@” in each address. The Press Release is a Mancorad Club official release and was neither authored nor approved by the other clubs & opportunities for amateur involvement (yes, they have whined about being given positive PR). Your Mileage May Vary, One Size Does Not Fit All, and past results are not indications of future performance & significant risks come with investment!]