For the ARRL, 2019 is the Year of the Mentor!
This year the main theme for the ARRL is mentoring – taking our
potential and expanding it to attract new members and participants. So
the question comes up – what is a Mentor and how is that different from
The answer comes from the changes and growth of the “State of the Art”
of the Amateur Radio hobby.
In a simplistic sort of way, we can say that Amateur Radio used to be an
antenna, a switch, a receiver and a transmitter… you either used a key
or a microphone and communicated across the ether. It was relatively
easy to know enough about operating to share the information with new
folks and get them up to speed in their own operation. The focus was on
operating procedures, basic equipment, antennas. Setting up a shack was
somewhat simpler in terms of “choices”. An Elmer was able to handle most
of the technology and choices involved. All it took was a willingness to
share knowledge, and a certain amount of skill in dealing with the
Today… we are still dealing with an antenna, a switch, a receiver and
a transmitter… but the complexity of the technology and the variety of
modes, operating levels, bands, and various area of interest is such
that no one single Elmer can be the source of all knowledge for a new
comer. Rather, we now need specialists in each separate mode of
operation, in each new technology, in each new service we provide. We
need Mentors in each of the various, separate aspect of Amateur Radio
and there are “MANY”!
For me a Mentor becomes an expert in the specific aspect of Amateur
Radio being addressed. He becomes a specialist in one or more aspect of
Amateur Radio, making himself available and freely sharing knowledge,
not to show-off, but rather to help. Not to “over influence” but rather
to provide an informed choice.
The difficulty is that it becomes too easy to try to influence a new Ham
to choose “your” particular mode or type of operation. I recently ran
into a conversation between a new Ham and a potential Mentor, where the
new Ham was asking specific questions, and the Mentor-to-be was trying
to steer the new Ham away from his initial interest towards a different
mode. It was a question “How does CW work and what do I need to do
that?” With an answer “You don’t want to do that – you need to look at
FT-8…” That is unfortunately the trap that Mentors can fall into –
tunnel vision for their own particular interest.
What it takes is a network of interested parties in each club forming a
“Mentor Referral Service” where various Mentors know of each other and
steer new Amateurs towards the knowledgeable source that can help them,
that can guide them the same way an Elmer used to, but in more of a
specialized basis considering the particular new Ham’s request for
We can all start with making sure that the questions and answers in the
various class exams are not just memorized, but rather are understood so
that our candidates can make informed choices. We can greet newcomers at
our Club meetings and find out about their interests – guide them to the
expert or at least specialist on their topic of choice. The trick is to
find new members and make them welcome with our help and mentoring. We
have a complex and complicated hobby/avocation – we need to simplify it
We need to keep our avocation growing and to do that we need to recruit
more members to share our interest. We can prepare engaging
presentations on a variety of Amateur Radio topics for “other clubs” –
by that I mean that since most of us have other interests – we might
belong to other clubs – maybe a presentation about Amateur Radio to the
local Model Train Club, or to the local Birdwatching club, or to the
what ever else club… We might find that our specific knowledge is
applicable to an other club’s interest. As an example – I spoke with
some bird watchers that were looking for a Whooping Crane… these are
special birds that were almost extinct in Wisconsin but have been
brought back to a growing population. These folks knew that the birds
were being monitored by radio and could be located that way. I described
RDF to them and explained how it works… their eyes lit-up and I could
tell they now understood the DNR vehicle with its DF antenna doing
triangulation exercises to pin-point a particular adult crane. What fun!
I have been asked to speak about Ham Radio at one of their upcoming
Just go out there and seek new members! We have to grow!
EAA Airventure 2019 Special Event Station
The sign-up for this years EAA Special Event Station is now open to
all ARRL members. Sign up will be drawing to a close on
May 06 2019. This has to be done so the EAA can finalize their
planning to accommodate us during the event.
This year we will operate on 7 days — Monday through Sunday,
during the show (July 22 thru July 28,2019). This operating event
is open to all license classes. We will operate 2 HF stations, one
on 20m, one on 40m, 6-meter SSB, plus local communications on
2-meters. The club call, W9ZL, will be used throughout the event.
We are looking for both “AM” and “PM” operators covering each of the 7
days(please note- some shifts are already filled and are no longer
You can sign up for one shift or more if you so desire. The event
is open to all of the amateur community. If operators sign up for a 4
hour shift, they will be given a daily wristband that will allow them
to go and wonder around the Fly-in.
For further information and to sign up to operate the event go to:
The sign up form is available at the Event Sign-ups tab on the W9ZL
Or you may contact Jon Oldenburg AB9AH at: AB9AH@arrl.net
Hope to see you all soon!
NOTE the the ARRL will once again have an active Booth as part of the
EAA. Plan to come by and visit with your HQ staff and both Division and
FAQ #212 How do I get on the Public Service Honor Roll? There are six
categories in which you can earn points each month. Scores of 70 or
above are printed in QST. All scores submitted in our section go in the
monthly STM Report. Here the categories are explained.
1) Participation in a public service net — 1 point, maximum 40.
A public service net is one that is regularly scheduled and handles
Amateur Radio formal messages. Here are examples of public service nets:
Local and section nets (BWN, BEN, WSBN, WSSN, WIN) that are affiliated
with the National Traffic System (NTS); NTS region, NTS area, and
independent nets that handle traffic; ARES, RACES, SKYWARN nets that
meet on a regular basis; net sessions that are activated during
emergencies and threats of potential emergencies; public service and
safety nets; nets that are established for training radio amateurs in
public service and emergency communications.
2) Handling formal messages (radiograms) via any mode — 1 point for
each message handled; maximum 40.
A “handled” message is defined as a message that is originated or sent
or received or delivered. PSHR will follow the same method as Brass
Pounders’ League to count an individual operator’s traffic total (also
known as station activity report) to reach the figure for the PSHR
Category 2. There is one point granted for each message handled; maximum
40 points per calendar month.
Here is a reference from the Public Service Communications Manual on how
to count messages.
Originated–One point for each message from a third party for sending
via your station. This “extra” credit is given for an off-the-air
function because of the value of contact with the general public.
Sent–Every message (e.g. NTS or ICS213 format) sent over the air from
your station to another amateur receives a point in this category. Thus,
a message that is eligible for an Originated point as above receives
another point when it is sent on the air.
Likewise, a message that is received on the air conveys a Sent point
when it is relayed to another station. A message that you initiate
yourself, while it gets no Originated point, gets a Sent point when
cleared. All Sent points require on-the-air sending.
Received–A message received over the air gets a Received point, whether
received for relaying (sending) or for delivery to the addressee. Any
message received which is not eligible for a Delivery point (such as one
addressed to yourself) still gets a Received point.
Delivered–The act of delivery of a message to a third party receives a
point in this category, in addition to a Received point. This is
strictly an off-the-air function and must be coupled with receipt of the
message at your station. Thus you can’t get a Delivered point unless you
first get a Received point.
Here’s an example for clarification: If I send a message originated on
behalf of myself, I know I get only one point for a message SENT.
However, if I originate a message on behalf of a third party, and then
send it, I get TWO points, (origination and sending), even though ONE
message was handled.
3) Serving in an ARRL-sponsored volunteer position: ARRL Field
Organization appointee or Section Manager, NTS Net Manager, TCC
Director, TCC member, NTS official or appointee above the Section level.
— 10 points for each position; maximum 30.
WISCONSIN SECTION MONTHLY NET
BWN 927 1110 2519 31 K9LUK
BEN 369 422 707 31 NX9K
WSBN 470 225 902 31 KN9P
WSSN 170 46 393 31 KB9ROB
WIN/E 116 42 220 31 WB9ICH
WIN/L 156 63 253 31 W9RTP
WRACES HF” 98 14 191 5 WB9WKO
WRACES VHF 28 0 31 1 W9REL
WRACES- DIGITAL 206 1333 5760 4 KB9MMC
W DSTAR No report AB9FT
totals 2540 3255 10976 196
P S H R SUMMARY
POSSIBLE POINTS > “40
appt” “5 /hr.
sked events” “5 /hr.
emrg events” “10ea
bbs/ web pg”
CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 T
AG9G 40 40 20 60 0 0 160
WB9WKO 40 40 30 35 0 10 155
K9LGU 40 40 30 20 0 0 130
KN9P 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N9VC 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
NX9K 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
STATION ACTIVITY SUMMARY
STATION ORIG RCVD SENT DLVD TOTAL
NX9K 333 127 587 0 1047 – BPL
WB9WKO 0 499 358 4 861 – BPL
N9VC 0 427 50 0 477
AG9G 0 214 112 0 326
KA9BAE 0 47 53 2 102
K9LGU 0 41 32 0 73
W9UW 0 34 39 0 73
KN9P 0 43 16 12 71
WD9FLJ 1 35 30 5 71
KB9ROB 0 34 14 6 54
KB9NUM 3 17 12 16 48
K9GU 0 0 31 0 31
WB9ICH 0 14 2 0 16
K9GDF 0 7 1 0 8
KD9KHV 0 5 2 1 8
W9RNA 0 2 0 2 4
ARRL Associated Club Sponsored Hamfests, Conventions and Conferences
05/04/2019 | ARAC Hamfest
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Arrowhead Radio Amateur
05/04/2019 | Ozaukee Radio Club 41st Annual Spring
Location: Cedarburg, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Ozaukee Radio Club
07/06/2019 | South Milwaukee Amateur Radio Club
Location: Oak Creek, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Milwaukee Amateur Radio Club
07/20/2019 | Chippewa Valley Tailgate Swap Fest
Location: Chippewa Falls, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Valley Amateur Radio Club, inc. W9CVA
07/20/2019 | Northwoods Hamfest
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Rhinelander Repeater
Association/Tomahawk Repeater Association
08/10/2019 | Free Fest
Sponsor: Racine Megacycle Club
08/10/2019 | Riverland Amateur Radio Club Swapfest
Location: Onalaska, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Amateur Radio Club
08/24/2019 | Circus City Swapfest
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Yellow Thunder Amateur Radio
09/07/2019 | Ozaukee Radio Club 14th Annual
Regional Fall Swapfest
Location: Cedarburg, WI
Sponsor: Ozaukee Radio Club
09/27/2019 | Central Division Convention, HRO
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Type: ARRL Convention
Milwaukee Radio Amateurs’ Club W9RH
10/19/2019 | 21st Annual Wisconsin ARES & RACES
Location: Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Sponsor: WeComm Ltd
Note – if your Hamfest is not listed here… the ARRL does not have your
From Terry Schilling N9AOT
Just want to inform you of an upcoming event the Fox Cities Amateur
Radio Club will be hosting is a special event station while
participating in the Appleton Flag Day Parade. I did go on the ARRL
website to list the event in QST but I am letting you know so you can
include it in you newsletter. See press release:
June 8th 2019
The Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club will operate a special event station
while participating in the Appleton Wisconsin Flag Day Parade. The
Appleton Flag Day Parade is the largest Flag Day parade in the US.
FCARC will operator special event station W9ZL on 20 meters on 14.246
MHz plus QRM, also on FCARC’s 2 meter Fusion Repeater 145.33 — offset,
which is linked to W9ZL’s room 40216 starting at 1:30pm CDT and will
operate for the duration of the parade about 3:30pm CDT. More
information can be found on FCARC website https://www.fcarc.club/
Also just a reminder and I will be sending out more information but
FCARC will again sponsor Wisconsin Parks on the Air event which this
year will be held on September 21st 2019. Information can be found on
the website http://wipota.com/
Thanks and 73
Terry Schilling N9AOT
Hamvention = Dayton is coming…
Field Day is coming…
…what else? Let me know if you want it posted here!
For those folks that like to use the plural form “73’s” I like to reply
“small forest to you too!” – after all 70 trees would make a small
Because my section letter has been delayed due to unplanned
Some of these SK notices are well past their useful notice time – yet
they are all worth mentioning.
Form Nels Harvey WA9JOB:
Gerald A. Seitz, W9GGR. SK
I helped get Jerry’s original call back after an absence from Amateur
Jerry was a former member of the Ozaukee Radio Club.
The obit was in the Tuesday Journal/Sentinel.
Nolan C. Tobias WB9NRX became a SK this week. His funeral was last
The obit was in the Journal/Sentinel
William Allen “Bill” Everson N9NAM SK
Green Bay – William Allen “Bill” Everson, 66, passed away Tuesday,
January 1, 2019 after a 2 ½ year courageous battle with cancer. He was
born on May 17, 1952, in Biloxy, MS on Keesler Air Force Base to Allen
and Betty Everson.
He graduated from Seymour High School, Class of 1970. Following
graduation, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving 6 ½ years
working on aircraft instrumentation. He extended his tour of duty 2 ½
years to cross-train into precision measurement equipment laboratory
(PMEL) and spent one year overseas in Thailand.
After his service, Bill lived in Sturgeon Bay and worked for WDOR Radio
as an engineer. In 1984, he started employment at Fort Howard Paper
Company (now Georgia Pacific), and retired in 2017 as an Electro
Mechanical Maintenance Technician. He was also the Secretary for the
Georgia Pacific bowling league, and had bowled in two leagues in
Sturgeon Bay for seven years. After retiring from the mill, he wrote a
training manual for instrumentation technicians, specific for the mill.
Bill enjoyed spending time and being an involved Amateur Radio Operator
back in 1980. He fully utilized the technology abilities to build the
first known repeater controller for the Sturgeon Bay Amateur Club. He
often used computers and old printers to build something useful out of
old technology. Bill invented and patented a computer emulator and sold
them through Honeywell.
Bill also would be the family videographer and photographer for many
gatherings. He was an all-around handy man. Bill loved his family and
cherished his nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his mother, Betty Everson, Sturgeon Bay; three
brothers: Gary (Renee) Everson, Duvall; Kenneth (Lisa) Everson, Hobart;
and Harold Johnson, Neenah; his sister, Pamela (David) Nowak, Bonduel;
nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Chris Everson; and his
father, Allen Everson.
Visitation will be held at Shrine of the Good Shepherd Chapel Mausoleum,
2770 Bay Settlement Rd., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, January 7,
followed by the Funeral Service. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the
family. To send online condolences and share a favorite memory, please
go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
Bill’s family extends a special thank you to Dr. Karin Swartz and her
assistant, Hillary; Dr. Mortara and his team at the Bellin Cancer
Center; as well as the wonderful staffs of Froedtert Hospital, Woodside
Nursing Home and Unity Hospice for helping him through his journey.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Jan. 4 to Jan. 6, 2019
Things to tell yourself when you look in a mirror:
Don’t complain. It’s the biggest waste of time. Either do something
about it, or accept it and move on.
Be grateful. Say “thank you” often, to more people. For the big things
and the small. “Thank you for being there for me,” is one of the more
Take the lead. If you find yourself in a situation where everyone is
looking at each other, it’s time to step up. When do you become a
leader? When you decide to become one. It’s pretty simple.
Learn every day. You don’t have to have your face in a book each
afternoon to pick up something new. Just open your eyes and see what’s
happening around you.
Think about others. Everyone has their own struggle. Bills, family
problems, who knows? Just be aware that even if you don’t know someone
is struggling, they probably are.
Don’t keep score. I’m not saying stand in line for your participation
trophy. But giving of yourself is reward enough. If you get something in
return, great. If not, you’ve still given yourself something great.
And finally, don’t take yourself — or anything — too seriously. At the
end of the day, we’re all chasing the same things, and facing the same
troubles. Life is what you make of it. You can waste so much time
worrying about problems that never even materialize.
So laugh at the world around you. Because when you start to look around,
there’s a lot to amuse you.
As always I appreciate the feed-back I have received and look forward
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
ARRL Wisconsin Section
Section Manager: Patrick J Moretti, KA1RB