A few weeks ago someone asked me about my interest in Amateur Radio – What got me started? I think the short answer is Curiosity.
Something triggered your interest in Amateur Radio… Either way-back-when or last week, something made you look twice, and then look again. Each one of us has had the experience of discovering Amateur Radio and somehow becoming part of it. Usually a relative, a friend, a
co-worker gave that initial spark.
For me it was a fascination about how electricity worked. I got a shock from a tuning capacitor in one of my parent’s old radios and I wanted to find out where it came from. I took that radio apart and couldn’t find any electricity in it… the fuse in the ac circuit had blown when I got the first shock. I was eight years old and I remember that feeling of not being able to pull my finger off of the side of that tuning cap. I started reading books about it and trying different things. I don’t know where your story starts, but I need you to think back on it. Try to remember the excitement of discovery and the way you followed that path.
Just the other day several of us were talking casually about the shrinking membership we experienced in the various clubs we belong to. There was some consternation that we did not seem to attract younger members. They came into the hobby, each test session has a bunch of new younger faces, but they were not joining the clubs, or very few were. I asked what was meant by younger – and the age group was described as 20’s to 30’s.
It seems those folks get attracted to public service as a result of some national or local emergency. They come in and sign-up. They look around and earnestly try to participate, but they are met with requirements after requirements, training and testing, classes after classes and updates to the classes… pretty soon, since emergencies don’t happen all that often, they lose interest and drop out of the club, or even out of Amateur Radio altogether.
We are not doing anything wrong. What we are doing is too much of it at once. This is such a vast hobby with a myriad of interesting facets, turns, and twists that it is easy for some newcomers to be overwhelmed. We are not helping ourselves when we try to force our favorite mode of operation on an unsuspecting individual. Some of us are able to explain choices and the results of those choices, but others are just plain stuck in the rut of their own mode of operation and don’t consider any other facet “real Ham Radio”.
What I am asking here is for you to look back on your own beginning, your own start and to find that fascination and explore ways to share it. Now, I do not want you to stick the guy’s finger into the electric socket… but I do want you do share the magic we experience each time we turn on our radios. Clicking that mic button, that push to talk, triggers a series of events that are astounding! Make sure no one in your circle of friends, no new comer, no old foggy… no one takes it for granted. In addition, if you have lost that sense of magic. It is time to take a break – take a deep breath and either stick your finger in that socket to find where the magic comes from, or at least get out of the rut and try something new. New modes and new means of operating come out every day!
Another question that came up was “How do we get a hold of you?” I’ll have to answer that by: it depends what you need when you are trying to get a hold! As most of you know I attend some Hamfests and can be seen at those in front of the ARRL banner, usually busy helping you renew your membership. That’s a good time to talk and visit. I can be reached by phone – (262)354-2997. I answer that if the number calling is identified with a name I recognize. If I don’t recognize it – I let it
ring and hope the interlocutor leaves a message. Another way is … by radio! From my house/office I listen to 40 meter SSB on 7.258, and also to the DMR Wisconsin Channel, I listen to the WECOMM system, and I monitor 146.52. I have to admit that there are times when I shut all of them down and just listen to some nice music!
I suppose the most reliable method to reach me is by E-Mail at KA1RB@ARRL.org
The ARRL ARISS Board Committee has asked me to let you know when the ARISS opens a window to accept ARISS Education Proposals that are submitted in hopes of earning an ARISS contact.
The ARRL Web’s news page ran the following news story on October 3. Here is the link: http://www.arrl.org/news/ariss-invites-proposals-to-host-ham-radio-contacts-with-space-station-crew
Here’s this weekend’s project for some:
Here’s this weekend’s project for others:
10/19/2019 | 21st Annual Wisconsin ARES & RACES Conference
Location: Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: WeComm Ltd
11/02/2019 | Milwaukee Repeater Club Hamfest
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Milwaukee Repeater Club
11/03/2019 | FCARC Swapfest
Location: Kaukauna, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
01/04/2020 | 47th Annual Midwinter Swapfest
Location: Waukesha, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: West Allis Radio Amateur Club
STM Report Wisconsin Section – September 2019
FAQ # 218
How do I pace myself? How do I keep my balance? Where do I find the time?
Amateur Radio can be as time-consuming as we allow it. It’s so much fun that we can spend hours chasing elusive DX, experimenting with antennas, or building fascinating equipment. We can check plenty of nets every day, attend all the swapfests, and volunteer for every public service event. We can let the hobby become our life or we an find a place for it in our life. And sometimes we need a break, some time off, a short vacation from the Ham bands.
Just as we pace ourselves when sending a message, we need to pace ourselves in the hobby. Although Ham, Radio gives us chances to learn, chances to serve, chances to achieve, and chances to share — we can apply our knowledge, service, and success to the rest of our lives. A
good way to start is by sharing what we’ve learned through our hobby. We can apply our skills in listening and helping others in what we do each day. We can put to use the interpersonal skills we’ve sharpened by radio in our families, in our social activities, and in our employment.
Keeping a balance in life makes us better Hams, too. When we introduce other aspects of our lives, it makes us more interesting conversationalists. It’s fun to learn about our friends. We can use our
sharpened listening skills to be a better friend, more fun to talk to. Sharing our experience and expertise outside the hobby shows that we’re well-rounded citizens and, simply, nice people to know.
Helping fellow Hams, training new operators, and just being a friend helps us stay balanced, and staying balanced helps us avoid burnout. Creating more interest in the hobby makes us all look good. Yes, I, too, hope to continue the balancing act with our great avocation until the day they publish my six-word obituary, “K9LGU is SK. Radio for sale.”
WISCONSIN SECTION MONTHLY NET ACTIVITY
BWN 864 913 2457 30 K9LUK
BEN 333 247 630 30 NX9K
WSBN 473 190 853 30 KN9P
WSSN 197 56 409 30 KB9ROB
WIN/E 170 21 209 30 WB9ICH
WIN/L 169 57 295 30 W9RTP
WRACES HF” 85 15 190 5 WB9WKO
WRACES VHF 24 3 38 1 W9REL
WRACES- DIGITAL 179 1254 5760 4 KB9MMC
W DSTAR 107 1 178 9 AB9FT
Totals 2601 2757 11019 199
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
K9LGU 40 40 30 25 0 0 135
N9VC 40 40 30 235 0 10 355
WB9WKO 40 40 30 35 20 10 185
NX9K 40 40 20 20 0 0 120
KN9P 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
AG9G 40 40 20 25 0 0 125
STATION ACTIVITY SUMMARY
STATION ORIG RCVD SENT DLVD TOTAL
NX9K 349 111 408 2 870 – BPL
WB9WKO 0 368 281 4 653 – BPL
AG9G 0 172 91 0 263
N9VC 0 162 48 0 210
K9LGU 0 59 58 0 117
KA9BAE 0 33 45 0 78
KB9ROB 0 42 10 6 58
KN9P 0 30 11 6 47
K9GDF 0 2 2 0 40
KB9NUM 0 14 13 10 37
K9GU 0 0 31 0 31
W9RTP 0 24 4 0 28
W9UW 0 11 15 0 26
W9AUA 1 10 6 1 18
WB9ICH 0 15 2 0 17
W9RNA 2 5 2 3 12
Sadly over the last few months we lost the following hams:
Tim Boppre, KA9EAK SK
Tim passed away on 6 August 2019 after a long illness.
Rudolph “Rudy” S. Olson Jr., W9RSO SK
Rudolph “Rudy” S. Olson Jr. 88, of La Crosse, died on Saturday, August 10, 2019
Richard (Dick) Low, K0JYB SK
Richard died June 20.
Len, K6JDF SK
Long time member of the Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club, Len, K6JDF
recently passed at 88 yrs old. Here is the funeral notice.
Joe Johnson, KC9HDV, became an SK
As always I appreciate the feed-back I have received and look forward to more!
Try sending me a note using the following format:
- Stop = list those items you’d rather I didn’t “do”
- Start = list those items you think I should be doing.
- 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 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!
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 WI SM
ARRL Wisconsin Section
Section Manager: Patrick J Moretti, KA1RB