Archive for June, 2012

Mancorad 2012 Field Day Photo-log

All in all we had a very nice, if short 2012 Field Day in Manitowoc’s Lincoln Park. Displaced by the Graduation Party Crowds we found an excellent spot between two tennis courts. We had a blast and got to speak on the air to a few other members who couldn’t make the event. Logged QSOs didn’t hit 100 in our short few hours of operating, but we did prove that we could make QSOs from coats to coast (and a few DX) with the simplest of equipment. We never had more than six members at one time, which is somewhat to be expected with all the conflicts this year.

Here are the photos and comments:

Roger K9EMG and Steve K9ZW in a Field Day conversation. Roger K9EMG recently joined Manitowoc’s Amateur Radio community moving from Madison area to the Felician Village Complex.

Jeremy KC9BWK proficiently pounded out SSB QSOs with his great technique. Notice the paper logging for simplicity.

This year we exclusively used a Hamstick Dipole Antenna at about 25ft. Simple setup using a Workmate bench as the base, US Army surplus camo-support poles as the mast and two Hamsticks in a commercial Hamstick Dipole Adaptor.Squeeze champs tie everything together and an extra clamp just a bit above the workmate bench is the “Armstrong Rotor” to turn the antenna.

Another view of Jeremy KC9BWK in action!

Notice how Scott W9JSB kept out of the pictures by being the photographer? In this view Bob N9LVU has his back to us, Jeremy KC9BWK is at the Kenwood, Steve K9ZW is still talking and Roger K9EMG is hiding behind the wood column. Alison KC9MPL refused to be photographed, claiming the event was a “guy thing” this year!

Bob N9LVU shares some of his knowledge of older Manitowoc radio amateurs and about his various enhancements of J-Pole antenna designs.

73 de Team Mancorad W9DK

Due to some very large graduation party groups in the rental cabins  and overspilling into the public areas, we’re set up between the Tennis Courts!

Group is monitoring the 146.610 repeater if you need directions!

See you there!




Mancorad W9DK will be operating for ARRL’s Field Day at one of the North East picnic areas in Lincoln Park.

Hoping to have the larger open area near where the park roads come together.

Setup will start at 11 am, and operations are planned Noon until 4 P.M.

Heading to the field will be an HF Station, some satellite gear, and a QRP Station.

There should be plenty of operating opportunity for everyone.

This year we’re doing a BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) to make it flexible for members.

If weather is bad we will not be in the park – check in at the 146.610 repeater for weather updates.

See you there!


Meeting Reminder – With the move to the Third Monday evening each month, this month’s meeting will be today!

  • Monday June 18th 2012
  • Location the Club Room.
  • Starting at 6:30 PM

Our Final Field Day 2012 Plans  (which is this Saturday June 25th) will be made as this meeting!

See you there!

Note during Spring 2013 Mancorad was notified that our 501c3 status was dropped by the IRS under some new rules.

Presently Mancorad is not listed as a 501c3 while things are sorted out.

Several club members have asked about how a person confirms that Mancorad is a 501c3? A while back the IRS stopped publishing Pamphlet 78, which was the “official listing” of 501c3s many people depended upon.

They replaced it with an internet searchable database, and the results for Mancorad are:

If you would need further information please contact a club officer.

The IRS link to do searches yourself is:,,id=96136,00.html