ARRL Wisconsin Section Newsletter for November 2019

First, I wish a though-full Thanksgiving for you and all of your friends and families. Take the time to reflect though-fully on all the good things that have happened and all of the help and support you have received during any time that it was needed. Be grateful for the privilege of living in this country with all of its imperfections, but with all of its wonderful opportunities.

Now a few notes

Just some notes – mostly paraphrased from an article published by The American Association for the Advancement of Science. While their article applied mainly to Academic faculty/student interactions. I find that it applies equally anywhere in societal organizations.


  • Assume Good Intentions
  • Listen Carefully
  • Assess Severity
  • Be Open to Change

Assume Good Intentions

Whenever conflict arrives, it is natural to question the motives of the people involved. It’s also easy to get defensive when you are a key payer in the conflict. So, start by assuming good intentions. This allows you to be open to understanding the nature of the conflict and the underlying structural dynamics.

Most conflict arise out of a misunderstanding, not ill-intentions of any party involved.

Listen Carefully

Before you act, the most important strategy is to simply listen. This is particularly important if you are in a position of responsibility. If you share your perspective first, it could make it difficult for others to share their view of the situation.

Assess Severity

If there is a major conflict in the group, intervention is obviously important. But sometimes small conflicts are natural and healthy, it is important to be able to assess the severity of the situation and figure out when intervention is needed-and when it’s not. Don’t micro-manage.

Be Open to Change

Conflict is not necessarily a bad thing in Amateur Radio; it often inspires a new and better way of communicating. Try to channel the feedback you get from other Hams into building a stronger and better functioning Club, or any Amateur Radio organization. Club members may come away feeling validated and understood, with a greater capacity for open dialogue and trust. You may still experience conflict in the future, but these strategies will hopefully serve as an opportunity for growth and a positive path forward.

Of course I substituted our own Amateur Radio interests into the strategies described. I also cut out of the articles several “academic lab” examples that did not apply directly to us. But the over all tone
seems to be straight forward and applies well to all of us!

Of course it is best to try to avoid conflict in the first place, particularly when we realize that there are people who thrive on conflict – sometimes they cause it so they can come out ahead and be a hero by presenting a solution – sometimes they just enjoy watching the conflict – they start it and then step out of the way. In either case I always remember something my Grandmother told me: “Never wrestle with a pig! 1. You get dirty.  2. The pig likes it!”

A few more notes… actually mostly a couple of questions

Are Hamfests a swap fest disguised as a social event or are they social events under the disguise of a swap fest? I suspect a lot depends on how they are set-up. As Section Manager, I attend a lot of different swap fests. A few are really well attended and seem to me to be a pretty even mix of swap/social. What do I mean really? Well to me a swap fest is rows and rows of vendors with items for sale that reflect the interest of the group ie. Ham Radio Stuff… Social is a gathering for food, conversation, a convenient area to gather and “rag chew, hold eyeball QSO’s… The really successful Hamfests seem to have an even mix of both conveniently set-up.

The next question is one I have asked before: Why such an early start? Sadly most Hamfests are scheduled to last until noon – or even 1:00 PM, but most are sold out by 10:00 AM and many vendors are packing up and leaving. I have had several complaints from potential attendees that stated: I can’t get free of my morning activities until after 10:00 – by then all the good stuff is gone and many tables are empty. I only have Saturday afternoons available – no hamfest lasts that long. I showed up at 10:30 and there were so many empty tables.

The “other” complaint I have received has more to do with policies concerning vendors. With a 6:00 set-up, vendors go from table to table picking up the deals and then going back to their own and stashing their purchases or in some cases just taking them out to their cars and loading them away. By 7:30 all of the really good deals are gone through this vendor exchange. The comments I have received are summed up as “Why should I come as a buyer when I won’t get a chance at the really good deals?” 

Now from a club’s standpoint – I can see where it might not matter who goes home with the goodies. From a vendor’s standpoint – again it does not matter who goes home with his goodies. However – if buyers refrain from attending a hamfest because they believe that all the good stuff will be gone… or because it is too early. I do think the general attendance will drop, and isn’t that what we are actually experiencing? I have had some discussions with hamfest organizers and they blame the drop off on such as e-Bay and other online facilities. I agree those are a factor, but I’d like to have you consider the impact of some buyers not showing up for what ever reason they choose.

Wisconsin ARES/RACES Conference

Greetings Wisconsin ARES RACES Members,

We want to keep the conference going!!!  But we need some new committee members for next year.   Committee members work together to design and build the conference.    Have you had a chance to go look at the volunteer position descriptions yet?  

We are looking for volunteers who can give  1 hour minimum to 4 hours maximum, a month. We take summer off.  We only meet January through May, September and October. Meetings are done on WebEx (a VoIP) which can be accessed by Internet via computer, mobile phone app, or phone dial-in. You will need email, a computer and access to the Internet to complete you position duties.

How much will I volunteer?

Some months you will only volunteer for one hour. That will be during our monthly meeting.  Other months you could volunteer more hours but it should not be more than 4 hours in a month.  Most
positions are somewhat flexible and what is required will depend on the deadlines for your position.

We know that you have amazing talents!  

Please share those talents with the Wisconsin ARES/RACES Conference Committee.   To check out the volunteer position descriptions, and apply for the positions click on the link below.


STM Report Wisconsin Section – October 2019

Pay Attention

FAQ # 219  

I know I could learn to be a better operator by paying closer attention — but to what?  If we focus on the little things in traffic handling, it can lead to marked improvement in our skills.  The problem is that there are a lot of “little things” to notice.

One way to approach the plan for improvement in our operating is to concentrate on a few techniques at a time.  Here are ten easy ones to start.

  1. Don’t confuse the number zero with the letter “o”.  The number 307 is NOT 3 — oh — 7.
  2. Count the X-RAYS in the text.  They serve as periods and they are counted in the text.
  3. Remember that ARL numbered radiograms are always spelled out in the text and they’re  always translated into common language when they’re delivered — even to Hams.
  4. Preface any figures, initials, letter groups, or mixed groups with prowords.
  5. Spell out any homonyms like “to” or “for.”
  6. Pace yourself as you say the message to be sure the receiver can write that fast.
  7. In NTS format, start by saying the word “Number” and the message number, but don’t label the parts of the preamble. In ICS-213 format say if there’s nothing in block one.
  8. If you’re using the ICS-213 form or another non-NTS format for a message, warn the receiving operator.
  9. Use the ITA phonetic alphabet whenever there’s a chance you might be misunderstood.
  10. Writing texts in five-word lines makes them easier to count to compare to the check.  

Maybe you’ve already incorporated those ten hints in your operating and they’re second nature.  Good.  Now try these.

  1. Listen carefully to the net control station and keep track of what’s happening on the net.   Don’t be distracted by trying to multi-task if you don’t have to.
  2. Try to be more succinct in your messages and even in your comments to the net. Brevity increases interest.
  3. Keep the net control aware of your actions.  If you must leave a net, let the NCS know.
  4. For more efficiency, use break tags when they’re appropriate.
  5. Volunteer to take traffic to another net in the NTS when needed.
  6. Familiarize yourself with calls, names, and locations of regular net participants. This is especially important for net controls.
  7. Don’t rely too heavily on one mode.  If you pass all your traffic via RMS, taking simple voice messages may not become automatic. Practice various modes.
  8. Fix things.  If you suspect a bad cable, check it out.  If you’re not being heard, re-check your antenna.  If you need to adjust your transmitter, take time to do it right.
  9. If you observe a problem with someone’s signal, let ’em know by politely making suggestions for a possible solution.
  10. Generate some traffic to keep the system tested.  If we don’t feed it, it will starve, i.e. it will not be ready when it’s really needed.

Pay attention to the little things.  That’s a big way to improve.  And there’s no “S” on 73. It’s already plural.   73 — K9LGU


October 2019
BWN 907 999 2553 31 K9LUK
BEN 411 368 873 31 NX9K
WSBN 559 273 1025 31 KN9P
WSSN 198 87 446 31 KB9ROB
WIN/E 161 65 244 31 WB9ICH
WIN/L 128 52 212 31 W9RTP
WRACES HF” 109 50 230 5 WB9WKO
WRACES VHF 19 0 25 1 W9REL
WRACES- DIGITAL 241 1371 7200 5 KB9MMC
W DSTAR  109 1 212 9 AB9FT
totals 2842 3266 13020 206

October 2019  

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
N9VC 40 40 30 305 0 10 425
K9LGU 40 40 30 60 0 0 170
WB9WKO 40 40 30 40 10 10 170
AG9G 40 40 20 65 0 0 165
NX9K 40 40 20 35 0 0 135
KN9P 40 40 20 0 0 0 100

October 2019 

WB9WKO 0 951 781 1 1733 -BPL
NX9K 418 160 518 0 1096- BPL
N9VC 0 161 108 0 269
AG9G 0 152 99 1 252
K9LGU 0 80 126 0 206
WD9FLJ 0 55 47 2 104
KB9ROB 0 50 17 12 79
KA9BAE 0 35 40 0 75
KN9P 0 41 11 12 64
KB9NUM 0 23 19 18 60
K9GU 0 0 32 0 32
W9RTP 0 26 5 0 31
W9UW 0 11 18 0 29
W9AUA 0 8 4 0 12
WB9ICH 0 9 3 0 12
W9RNA 2 3 2 3 10
WB9NRK 0 4 4 0 8
K9GDF 0 6 1 0 7


47th Annual Midwinter Swapfest 
Location: Waukesha, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: West Allis Radio Amateur Club

Madison Hamfest 
Location: Stoughton, WIType: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Madison Area
Repeater Association

ORC Regional Fall Swapfest 
Location: Cedarburg, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Ozaukee Radio Club


As always 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


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 address! Keep me informed and I’ll share that information with you – let me know how I can help!

Thanks to all who participate!

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

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