Archive for the ‘Mancorad News’ Category

The Lakeshore Amateur Radio Service Club (LARSC) is absorbing the Mancorad radio club.

In an effort to eliminate duplicate club efforts and recognizing the changes in potential club demographics & member involvement trends, Mancorad is becoming a “sub-club” of LARSC.

The long favorite 146.610 repeater will have its official call sign changed to W9DK, and will join the other LARSC managed repeaters.

The former Mancorad 145.110 back-up repeater is being taken over by Steve K9ZW and will be updated to use the K9ZW call sign. K9ZW plans to implement all the Fusion/WIRES-X digital capabilities the Yaesu DR-1X repeater unit K9ZW is providing can offer. The goal of the revised K9ZW 145.110 Fusion/WIRES-X repeater is to give our community’s operators a chance to experiment and learn Digital 2m communications on a repeater otherwise not dedicated to Emcom as a priority.

The Mancorad historic archive is being transferred to LARSC, and Mancorad’s physical assets will be partially dispersed to deserving hams, some to area ham clubs, and largely to LARSC. Financial assets are being committee reviewed and any excess after Mancorad’s bills are settled with be used in way beneficial to amateur radio.

As an official club Mancorad is in its 73rd year though the founding members had been informally meeting for many years before the club was formed. Since roughly it 65th anniversary Mancorad’s contributions to the amateur radio community have largely been limited to supporting the 146.610 and 145.110 repeaters.

LARSC has plans to co-brand some events using the Mancorad name. Once Mancorad’s transfer to LARSC is completed LARSC will have more details available on the LARSC website & social media pages.


Anne KC9YL, Mancorad President
Ken KD9AQM, LARSC President

Attention area hams – LARSC is sponsoring a holiday dinner and you are invited!  Please RSVP if you will be attending!  Should be a great time to have that elusive “eyeball QSO” with other area hams!


Lakeshore Amateur Radio Service Club’s

Holiday Dinner


Friday, January 11, 2019

at City Limits Supper Club

3627 County Rd. CR, Manitowoc, WI

Cocktails at 6:00  p.m. ~ ~ ~ Dinner at 7:00 p.m.


Broasted Chicken and Beef Sirloin Tips

Potatoes and Gravy, Dressing, Vegetable

Dessert and Coffee


Please RSVP to Cary (920 242-9155 OR by January 2, 2019


Some September 2018 Updates:

  • Main 146.610 Repeater
    • basically working okay
    • we need a work party to update settings/swap equipment
    • Still identifying as W9DK (the correct ID is W9MTW)
    • We intend to replace some of the equipment with a Yaesu Fusion WIRES-II setup, which will add some nice capabilities for the area radio amateurs.
  • Backup 145.110 Repeater
    • The new tower and antenna, with all wiring is completed.  Thank you for Vern K9EME for so much help getting the tower and antenna up.
    • The new antenna was purchased by Steve K9ZW
    • New DX Engineering Feedlines and Lightening Arresters were purchased by Steve K9ZW
    • Presently the repeater is operating on the old equipment, but is operating at the new site.
    • During testing the repeater may be down at times.  Sort of a “soft relaunch” at this time.
    • The numbers you need to know remain 145.110 minus offset, PL 100.0
    • The new equipment is a Yaesu Fusion WIRES-II setup, which will add some nice capabilities for the area radio amateurs.
    • John KB3SP has programed the new Yaesu Fusion WIRES-II setup.
    • Steve K9ZW has ordered and will prepare receiver preamps for the repeaters based on current best practices with the Yaesu Fusion WIRES-II setup.  ETA is end of the month. Thank you to Dave N9JDZ for the preamp information.
    • And again Steve K9ZW has funded the tower installation.
  • Repeater’s going Yaesu Fusion
    • Steve K9ZW purchased a pair of new Yaesu Fusion units for the repeaters, and Mancorad will be installing the new units, backup repeater first and the main repeater in Spring.


Much to report, so bullet points are in order:

  • Physical Club Belongings – they are in storage while we work to secure a ground level room to use.  We do have a space in the Armory, but recognized the stairs are a deal-breaker for older club members.
  • Main 146.610 Repeater – basically working okay and we’ve had to reschedule a work party to update settings.  Still identifying as W9DK where the correct ID is W9MTW
  • Backup 145.110 Repeater – is down for repairs, which we’ve also had to reschedule before it can be relocated. A tower is being put up for our use for this repeater.
  • Repeater Listings – we are all good with the coordinator, but the ARRL has been at odds with that group.  We’ve found a way to make sure our information is included by the ARRL’s contractor as they prepare the Repeater Guides.
  • Meetings, Dues and all that Stuff – are all on a hiatus while we find a new space.
  • Field Day – with everything in storage we will not stage our own field day effort and encourage members to help any of the other local groups man their field day 2017 stations.
  • Mobile Trailer Station for Club Use – K9ZW has provided a trailer for the club to use as a portable operating station, though he will retain ownership of the trailer.  The build-out for our use will start this summer.


for Mancorad
Steve K9ZW – Secretary/Treasurer

As a head’s up, the former Club Shack/Meeting Room at 1125 Fleetwood (Fleetwood and Waldo, in the City Park’s Building) is NO MORE.

The building is being repurposed by the City and we are in the last stages of vacating the room.

We’ve taken the opportunity to downsize/sell/give away/dispose of the years of accumulation, most which was seldom if ever used.  Particular focus was given to area hams needing a helping hand, to members with special interest/affiliation to memorabilia, and to benefit local charity.  Holiday House, our local sheltered workshop, was selected as the recipient charity for appropriate items.

Nominally the club’s new location is upstairs at the Manitowoc Armory at Citizen’s Park, but as the facility has the same access issues as the club room we’ve just left the new area will be used only for storage and equipment prepositioning.

Mancorad’s negotiations for a new space presented an opportunity to benefit other area hams, and we were able to get the Manitowoc ARES/RACES Group a room down the hall from our new space.  As their long time host, the American Red Cross, had closed the Manitowoc office and intends to sell it, the timing was excellent to lend them a hand.

Mancorad Meetings will continue to be held in Handicap accessible venues, with Tony’s Pizza and The Tower Tap high on the list of favorites.

We’ve also been offered storage space and a spot of the 145.110 repeater at Crafts Inc on Menasha Ave, where Club Secretary Treasure Steve K9ZW works.  Through hams in Fond du Lac K9ZW was able to get a Rohn Tower for the 145.110 , which hopefully will return (recoordinated for the ten block move) soon.

As everyone local knows our local economy has taken hit after hit, with the latest Manitowoc Cranes move affecting Mancorad as members have moved on.

Mancorad President Scott W9JSB has moved to Michigan, and while remaining a Mancorad Member has resigned as a club officer.  Anne KC9YL has been appointed to take his place as Mancorad President effective October 1st 2016.

Jeremy KC9BWK, Mancorad Vice President, had back surgery AND had his family instantly expand by he and Tammy being selected as long term foster parents for several children under two years old!  Jeremy hasn’t resigned, but recognizing he has his hands full Vern K9EME has taken on the role as interim Mancorad Vice President while Jeremy is unavailable.

So the present officer list is:

  • President – Anne KC9YL
  • Vice President – (interim) – Vern K9EME
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Steve K9ZW

The club is seeing a lot of change – old members becoming infirm, inactive or passing away, lots of changes due to the local economy being in turmoil, several long term members retiring with an interest to becoming more active now that they have more time, location changes, changes in technology, and overall a refocus on social and technical sharing part of being a club.

Officers will be discussing a date and location for a meeting/presentation between Thanksgiving and Christmas – almost certainly to be held at place with easy access and service.  So please watch this space for an announcement.


Mancorad W9DK/W9MTW/K9MTW Radio Club

As is pretty easy to tell Mancorad W9DK has had a bit of a Hiatus.  Meetings have been quarterly at either Tony’s Pizza or the Tower Tap.   The changed meeting locations works around the City of Manitowoc’s reduced low temperatures in the parks building during etc winter, makes access easier for this not able to climb the stairs, and lets those who wish to eat or have a beer do so.

2016 is a watershed year for Mancorad.  The City intends for the club room location to move, several members have either become SKs, are unwell, have new little children or have had job changes – all affecting the ability to get together significantly.

On different levels of Ham Radio their remains a nice program at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum’s submarine the USS Cobia Radio club that a former Mancorad president spearheads, and the local ARES/RACES group remains somewhat active.

But none of the groups has all that many young members, and of the several waves of Hamcram tech licensees only about one in ten has go on further in ham radio. Sadly several have not only moved away for school, careers and opportunities, but have started to let their licenses lapse.

The several successive waves of local industry downsizing – one of the Nuclear Plants closing, Manitowoc Cranes shedding 30-40% of its engineers, and all the others has taken a lot of good folk out of the area, including some who were either interested in becoming Hams or who were already licensed.

As a result of changing conditions Mancorad needs to change, and the club once it moves will be operated much skinnier – sort of a virtual/internet club with a club room.

The relocated Club Shack will be scaled down to match what is in a typical Go-Kit style operation, and will continue to be open for club members to use by appointment.

The proposed new location features gigabit fiber internet, so there will be a have emphasis on “ham radio – internet” technology, with IRLP, Echolink, WIRES-X and D-Star all in consideration.

The W9MTW (W9DK) 146.610 and K9MTW 145.110 call signs will likely end up on relocated smaller profile repeaters, but repeaters we hope will be internet connected.  Be aware that it is only a mater of time before the W9DK (W9MTW) tower is replaced, and community plans were not able to guarantee a place for amateur radio on the replacement.  Actually wit the expected access limitations and rules it makes sense to relocate elsewhere.  It is unlikely that the resulting coverage area can match what the 146.610 has now, as non of the prospective sites has the same height.

Thinking that playing hard on the EmGov angle might aid in securing the same coverage, Mancorad has offered to move the 146.610 to either a repeater trust, or transfer it to the ARES/RACES group.  To date Manitowoc ARES/RACES hasn’t felt they want to support the 146.610.

The backup 145.110 repeater will be relocated to a dedicated tower being made available to Mancorad privately, and should have a similar coverage area once moved.  For insurance and technical reasons the club is likely to “lease” usage of the repeater/tower rather than directly own it.

In preparation for the club room move the club is going to skinny down, and watch this blog for announcements of any ideas declared surplus being sold.  A strategic plan has been drafted that doesn’t provide for as much “museum style property holdings” and the Scholten W9BZU Homebrew Radio has been offered to the Manitowoc ARES/RACES Group, to EC NZ9Z as a remaining personal friend of W9BZU and to the ARRL to no avail.  Unless another area ham with Scholten W9BZU connections speaks for it, this radio will be gifted, along with several other surplus items, to a sale to benefit the HandiHams Group.  Link to Handihams

Volunteers are being sought to photograph old club minutes for electronic storage for posterity.  The actual paper many years are recorded on is degrading that this appears to be the best way to save the heritage of Mancorad before the old minute ledgers fall into dust.

The move is a wonderful opportunity to preserve what is important while offloading the debris that every club accumulates.

Expect later this year a return to a small level of club dues to support the relocated repeaters.

Watch this space for more news!


Steve K9ZW

Mancorad Secretary/Treasurer

As a reminder we will have a social meeting in September, and will not meet before then.