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LTC/Sheboygan VE Group/Mancorad Teamsmanship Mints Baker’s Dozen New Hams

Through the efforts of Mancorad’s Paul Benfield KC9RKG Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) has minted 13 new Technician Class Licensees and Paul himself is now KC9RKG/AG General Class!

Paul saw an opportunity to include the Technician course material into class studies at LTC and a large group of his students prepared & tested.

He has several students who plan to test at a later date.

The Sheboygan ARRL VE Group lead the testing, with Art K9XJ, Ed K9IZT and Bob KC9HBA representing their team. Many thanks to the Sheboygan Team!

Participating from Mancorad in the test session were Bob KC9HBA and myself. Helping with administrative duties and observing were Paul KC9RKG/AG and my son Victor KC9NWB.

Bob spoke on ARES/RACES opportunities and I gave each candidate either Mancorad Information or SCARC (Sheboygan County Amateur Radio Club) information as appropriate.

I should mention that Paul passed his Technician Class on Feb 6th as a Mancorad/LTC Hamcram student who signed up the day before, and now that he has passed his General Class is already studying for Extra Class! Well done!

Congratulations to Paul and his students, and thank you to everyone who helped out!



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Five New Hams and an Upgrade to Boot – Hamcram Results!

February 6th Mancorad W9DK held its first Hamcram at Lakeshore Technical College, and the effort minted five news hams and an upgrade to boot!

Congratulations to Seth, Levi, Russ, Paul & Rich (call signs once the paperwork is processed and the FCC issues their first calls) and to Scott KC4JXS/AG !!!

With support from a speaker from Manitowoc ARES/RACES (thank you Bob KC9HBA) and very strong support from the Sheboygan Amateur Radio Club’s VE group (thank you KD9TZ, AA9SJ, KC9DLO, AB9HH and KA9WYK !) the event proved a worthy effort.

From Mancorad instructors included myself, Scott KC4JXS and Tim N7TAL. Assisting with testing was Mark WB9WRT. Helping with the many items needed to support the effort were Rich KC9LOA, Carl KA9WYK and Jody KC9KVT.

We learned a few things this Hamcram, which I will write about in a week or so. In the future we intend to support candidates under age 16 with a different program and support overcommitted professional types with an added series of mock-exams. More about our Hamcram-Youth and Hamcram-Plus revisions later.

Congratulations to the successful candidates and many thanks to everyone involved!



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Mancorad W9DK to LTC Plaque Presentation

On January 27th, as an item of agenda of the Lakeshore Technical College Board, members of Mancorad W9DK presented a plaque to commemorate the first Mancorad/LTC Field Day operation and specifically the contact made from the LTC Field Day site to the International Space Station as it passed overhead.

LTC asked to have a group photo shot (Charles & Jody were in route driving to LTC when we were asked to pose):

Left to Right:
Dr. Michael A. Lanser, President of Lakeshore Technical College
Cindy Huhn, LTC Board Member, is the Village of Cleveland president and Vice President of the Cleveland State Bank
Cher Pao Vang, LTC Board Member is a skills training specialist at the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (HMAA) of Sheboygan
Carl Demmin KA9WYK, Mancorad W9DK Board Member, Past Mancorad President and co-owner C&L Enterprises
Rich Hoerth, LTC Dean of Business & Industry/Public Safety
Steve Weinert K9ZW, Mancorad W9DK Board Member and Education Coordinator, and Vice President Crafts Inc.

As part of the formal LTC agenda Mancorad W9DK was afforded time to explain Field Day, the significance of the Mancorad-LTC/ISS contact, about our upcoming Mancorad-LTC Hamcram course and touching on Field Day 2010 as a joint effort.

Mancorad W9DK Vice President Charles Lovell KC9KXQ, Mancorad W9DK Treasurer Jody Lovell KC9KVT, Mancorad W9DK Board Member Steve Weinert K9ZW, and Mancorad W9DK Board Member Carl Demmin KA9WYK meeting with the LTC Board.

Carl KA9WYK made the formal presentation as Steve K9ZW talked.

Carl Demmin KA9WYK, Mancorad W9DK Board Member, Past Mancorad President and co-owner C&L Enterprises, presenting the commemorative plaque to John Lukas LTC Board Vice Chair, and Vice President of LDI Industries, Inc.


Thank you to each of the participants in making the contact, doing the presentation and in supporting the club in this effort!




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Winter 2010 “HamCram” Licensing Class at LTC – Feb 6th


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Winter 2010 “HamCram” Licensing Class at LTC

February 6th, 2010 8 am to 4 pm

Join a fellow group of highly motivated Amateur Radio Candidates for Winter 2010 Manitowoc County Radio Club – MANCORAD’s “HamCram” Class

HamCram is a specially designed single day session that teaches everything needed to become an FCC Licensed Radio Amateur, with official FCC Licensing the same day.

A preparation session several weeks prior will explain in detail all that you need to study & know to pass the FCC multiple choice Technician License (Entry Level License).

We will show you how you can easily join the exciting Amateur Radio hobby through the use of the course preparation materials, a few on-line practice quizzes, the HamCram class and testing at our in-house test session.

Pre-Class: Wednesday January 27th at 5 pm

HamCram: Saturday February 6th, 2010 8 am – 4 pm

Where: Lakeshore Technical College, Public Safety Building Room P114, 1290 North Avenue, Cleveland, WI 53015

Cost: $42.00 which includes the $15 FCC Exam Fee, a copy of the ARRL Manual, $6 for your course materials, and a Lunch on HamCram Saturday. (Fee without the ARRL Book is $22.00)

Contact: Mancorad – HamCram, P.O. Box 204, Manitowoc, WI 542210-0204 (All Registration for this community service course are handled by Mancorad – LTC cannot directly register you for this course)

Email: info@w9dk.com Website: http://www.w9dk.com

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Radio enthusiasts ‘ham’ it up at LTC – Mancorad W9DK Field Day PR

Mancorad W9DK’s 2009 Field Day Host – Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) released the following to the media today:


Radio enthusiasts ‘ham’ it up at LTC

CLEVELAND — Lakeshore Technical College and Manitowoc County “hams” joined thousands of amateur radio operators across the globe and beyond June 27-28 in connecting with the world and showing off their emergency communications capabilities.

The local Amateur Radio Relay League Field Day event was hosted by the Manitowoc County Radio Club and held at LTC’s emergency operations center, which serves primarily as a training simulation facility and can function as an EOC in the event of a real emergency. ManCoRad members spent 24 hours in the 3-year-old facility, proving their ability to send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, Internet and other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis.

ManCoRad members have been participating in the Field Day competition for several years, in the past setting up shop at Silver Creek Park in Manitowoc. This year, members said their new location at LTC made them a “more desirable” group for other hams to connect with because they were in a registered EOC.

The highlight of this year’s event came when club members used a home-built satellite antenna to connect with a Canadian astronaut living on the International Space Station. ManCoRad board member Steve Weinert said the experience was a “huge thrill” for the group.

“The 10 hours of labor put into making the antenna combined with the anxiety of waiting over a year to use the antenna didn’t go to waste and finally paid off with a single contact,” said Martin Suettinger, vice president of the club. “Making a contact with an astronaut on Field Day has its own reward – one that I will probably remember for the rest of my life.”

ManCoRad members finished the Field Day event with 295 total contacts — amounting to 160 percent more than the previous year. More than 14 club members actively participated, with an additional group stopping to provide support. Club members range in age from their teens to their 90s.

About Lakeshore Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering 100 career programs including associate degrees, technical diplomas, technical certificates and apprenticeship programs. In addition, LTC offers distance learning, customized training to business and industry, and continuing educational opportunities.

Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland; additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc and LTC Sheboygan; outreach centers at area high schools in Kiel, Mishicot, Plymouth, Random Lake, Reedsville and Two Rivers; and 27 distance learning sites. LTC’s mission is to enrich lives and strengthen the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. On average, 79 percent of LTC graduates work in the LTC District, which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee counties. Visit LTC at: http://www.gotoltc.edu.

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Manitowoc County Radio Club President Rich Weyer, right, and club board member Steve Weinert connect with other ham radio operators June 27 from Lakeshore Technical College’s emergency operations center. The local club spent the weekend participating in the American Radio Relay League’s annual Field Day event, which is both a competition and an exercise in emergency preparedness.



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CQ Field Day this is VA3CSA

“CQ Field Day this is VA3CSA aboard the International Space Station” was the call Marty KC9JGE heard. As the “Mr Satellite” for the Mancorad W9DK Field Day effort, he had personally built the antennas & programed the equipment.

When VA3CSA came back to W9DK … well read Marty’s account in his PDF write up!




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