Granular detail of area ham activity transcribed from the Green Bay Press Gazette news and club minutes with emphasis on the first 50 years.
This is part of the Green Bay Area Ham Radio History page
Note: Sadly there are no written records that were retained over the years for the club before 1955. All we have is Oliver's 1999 letter that explains the start of the club, and the Press Gazette articles that I have recovered here.
1/4/1923 Ten Radio Sets in De Pere (De Pere Journal Democrat)
The Toonen-Barlament-Wright Co. has installed a radio receiving outfit for a Wm. H. Kroll of Bowler, Wis, a former resident of De Pere. Two magnavoxes are connected with the set, one in Mr. Kroll's restaurant and the other in his hardware store. The outfit was put in on Tuesday by Carl Wright and Clarence Toonen.
The local radio fans are listening in on some very good stuff these days. Broadcasting stations are increasing rapidly all over the country and at times three or four can be heard at one and the same time. But an expert at the knobs can cut all but the one which he desires to listen. On New Years eve and New Years day the air was full of sounds of all descriptions, but only to be caught by the aerial lines and transmitted to the receivers below though strong batteries, thence though the magnavoxes.
As far as can be learned, there are nine receiving sets on the East side, and one on the West side. They are operated by the De Pere Light & Power Co., the Toonen-Barlament-Wright Co., Merville Martin, Carlton Bolles, A.D. Race, C. G. Scott, C.W Scott and Clarence Toonen, east side, and Max Franc Jr, west side. Radio parties are being held almost nightly in the private homes, while at the down town business places anyone is welcome to visit the offices and enjoy the music being received.
2/5/1924 Green Bay Radio Fan Relays Message From "WMAQ" (GBPG)
Green Bay Press Gazette, February 5, 1924 front page reads "Green Bay Radio Fan Relays Message From "WMAQ" to C. and N.W. Dispatcher. Subtitled Press Gazette Staff Man Helps Establish Communication Between Chicago and "The Bay"
An emergency call last night from radio station "WMAQ," the Chicago Daily News, to Green Bay and vicinity set things astir in the ether that will long be remembered by local radio fans.
First by voice and then by code came the urgent request from the metropolitan daily which was operating for the Associated Press. "Give us anything you can get regarding existing train and wire conditions around Green Bay. Communicate with Chicago via amateur radio or any other means possible."
The message was immediately picked up by a member of the Press Gazette staff who was doing sentry duty for the newspaper at the local representative of the Associated Press on an ordinary receiving set.
A dispatch was filed with the Western Union telegraph office where one crowded wire had a possible chance of reaching Chicago by a round about way.
Pick Up Stations
Shortly afterward the amateur call "9BUT" was picked up. This is the sending station operating by Elmer O. Eisemann, 420 S. Jackson Street. Eisemann had heard the request of "WMAQ" and was attempting to establish communication south. Later the call of "9BWU" was heard which is the amateur sending station belonging to Berthold A. Halfpap, 300 S. Oakland Street. The amateur was unsuccessful in reaching further south than Appleton.
Announcement from "WMAQ" soon verified the receipt of the Associated Press dispatch from Green Bay, and the message giving full details of local conditions was broadcasted from the Chicago station and received by Green Bay listeners.
Copy of Message
"WPAH," Waupaca, was on the air continuously attempting to get the following message though to KYW, Chicago "Message to KYW via WPAH from Green Bay: To Gen. Supt. C. & N. W. Ry,. Chicago.. Conditions on Lake Shore division following:... 8pm following:.. Storm still raging. Trains at station 153, Sheboygan 131 and 118-123 at Manitowoc, 114 Reedsville, 120 Green Bay, 106 in snow two miles east of Reedsville, except to get them to station 302, Reedsville, by 10 o'clock. Passengers taken care of. No. 102 tied up at Marinette, 224 at Green Bay. Temperature 8 above, wind 40 miles per hour. Not safe to operate any passenger trains in this blizzard. A.N. LA COMBE"
4/5/1925 St. Norbert's Goes on Air First Time (GBPG notes)
Sermon by the Rev. M.J. Millay Will Be Broadcast From Station "WHBY". Work of installing equipment has finished, the official license to broadcast has been received from the government, and everything is now in readiness to begin radio broadcasting at St. Norbert's college.....
The transmitter is 100 watts, and the wave length is 250 meters. Transmitting apparatus has be built by the engineering staff of the college, including the Rev I. Traeger and the Rev. I. Van Dyke assisting Cletus Collum in charge. Mr. Collom is an experienced broadcaster, formerly with the Detroit Daily News, of Detroit. The equipment is installed in the fourth floor of Boyle Hall in a department prepared for it. The studio is in the Administration building.
5/14/1932 A Week At East High (GBPG)
During the weekly meeting of the East High Radio Club the time was taken up by a discussion concerning a picnic to be held Friday, May 20 at Baird's Creek. (W9EFL?)
9/11/1937 Green Bay Amateur Radio Notes (GBPG)
Green Bay Amateur Radio Notes By. Irvin J. Kralovec, W9PXT
The chilling interest in five meter work would probably be warmed again of some of the results obtained thoughout the world world were made know. Primarily the five meter band is and will continue to be a short distance band for purposes of communication.
While many persons are engaging in this work of high-frequency experimentation, they have a tendency to hoard their findings; few if any of us know about the details necessary to get satisfactory equipment to work this "sight" band.
Nearly all apparatus used will necessarily be regenerative. For this reason an oscillator of ultra-short waves will change wave-length (or frequency) very easily when there are changes in the voltage or in the load. Frequency stability being of great importance requires an uninterrupted oscillation of the tube or tubes used. While osc-amplifier combinations are usually used for more power on the lower freq bands, they are nearly essential for the ultra-high freqs to maintain a specified and sought place on the UHF band. Quarts crystals furnish stable oscillation. But the direct use of crystals is prohibited by their cost and lack of strength to prevent breakage. Good results have been obtained thru use of a tourmaline plate instead of the conventional quartz, and he strength of the tourmaline will be greater than the strength of of quartz as ground for 20 meters. Details of construction point towards a prevention of field-concentration, elimination of sharp edges, and a careful watch of the grid of the tube to prevent overloading of the circuit.
Next week I will discuss "Why Amateurs Use HF Transmitters."
An impromptu chat was held by TKZ, Staszak and PXT. Harry was in the act of assembling and mounting the required gadgets for a broadcast aerial on a house next door to Irv's shack. A little yelling took place of xmitters swl Bellinger acting as the "go between."
Ye scribe exchanged a few yarns with an old time swl, G. Adams. George was active until about five years ago, when he threw up the work as a result of waning interest. His work does not all the tinkering necessary, but it may let up enough during the winter months for a renewal of interest. You may remember him and his work on midget portables with another swl, W. Roberts. There are still some of the set doing duty in town.
GFL, Kehl, gets the blown-out tube this week for having the most radio equipment in his rolling stock. Paul beside having a standard broadcast set in this auto has a long-wave set to pick up the local police station, and a portable five meter transceiver. A general neatness prevails, and no wires are left for the strangling of passengers. GFL is a radio engineer of KNHB at Green Bay.
Harvey Mattes, UBX, still covers 160 meters though he is looking towards the 3.5 megacycle band with a cw rig. His signal is heard consistently at Saulte Ste Marie by RYJ, Clark who is becoming accustom to the climate up there in the north.
A little mix-up resulted for the meeting of the GBARC last week. Some of the members get the date mixed, because there were five Tuesday's last month. Remember that the meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday's of each month and not any other nigtht.
Air-waves have TKZ still punddling with his transformer while his rig stands useless for the same reason... WWC, Burckle, remains inactive due to domestic affairs... TIS is supposed to be on Sunday if his skywire is hoisted instead the glasses. Did you know his nickname is "Taxi?".. We hear VOW-Van is "that way" about a certain YL. Finally PXT can truthfully say, "I will be on the air Sunday afternoon or evening."
9/18/1937 Green Bay Amateur Radio Notes (GBPG)
Green Bay Amateur Radio Notes By. Irvin J. Kralovec, W9PXT
Why do amateurs use the ultra-high frequencies?
That question can only be answered by the individual amateur and his reason will seem to you a bit on the obscure side the matter. Surely no two amateurs would be the same. No doubt the main idea would hinge on the possibilities of the radio field in many figured kilocycles.
A novelty is encountered, because there is very slight if any noise connected with this work. Long distance (DX) workers will be drawn to this band for that reason only, which is very much out of the ordinary. UHF sometimes "opens up" and permits a long distance talk, but as a whole they do not satisfy a want such as that.
Newcomers in this field find little difficulty in getting acquainted, and the lack of interference and static will enable him to keep these acquaintances though his ability to keep in contact with them. Naturally, the user of ultra-high frequencies must know whether there is activity within his locality in order to establish communications with someone. If there is a lacking of nearby stations, there will be no use in installing equipment.
One of the important items often overlooked by the person outside of the amateur fraternity is the necessary license as issued by the Federal Communications commission. A regular grade of amateur operator and station license supplies this need.
The regular bi-monthly meeting of the GBARC will be held at the Platten Radio company on Tuesday evening, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Important dope on local activities of the club will be started in order to get them functioning by the time of the cold weather. Without exaggeration it can be said that there will be a full quota of hams "on the air" within a few weeks.
Some of the fone boys are accused of to many liberties with the English language during their QSO's. That would not compare with a broadcasting station permitting its announcers to call each other rats and the like. Even the YL's who pass the studios are described as nifties while a program is on the air.
Many hams were surprised a license holder called their attention to the use of a few of the "Q" signals. It seems that all of the fellows during their chats will mix the use of QRA and QTH. The former is used to designate location, while the matter gives position. The designation of location means the name of the station.
Reports tell us that Art was in on the 160-meter round table made up of 11 members. Such a large gathering over the air gave the bite necessary to make VOW-Van finally finish his power supply. Maybe, TKZ-Staszak received a little inspiration too, because he is working on a 6L6 osc. 800 buff, 242 final, and modulating them with a pair of 845's.
A new tube called the "doorknob" 316-A has been developed. Leads are brought though the glass envelope and form so-called pigtail connections without the aid of the conventional base. Brass sleeves aid in the connections when they are held in place on the pigtails by means of set screws. The filament is a.c. or d.c. two volts with 3.65 amps required. This tube has a special use for high frequencies of less than a meter.
10/16/1937 Green Bay Amateur Radio Notes (GBPG)
Green Bay Amateur Radio Notes By. Irvin J. Kralovec, W9PXT
We find many ideas have been developed for the use of amateur, radio fan,, and the laymen. The idea while being very simple were all that has been necessary to turn out such articles as microphones with built-in volume controls, an outlet cord with switch for remote control, power filters which plug into the wall plates, and trouble shooters lights working on 110 volts. Directly in the way parts we find condensers which stack, thusly giving many sizes without sacrificing space or labor. The development of the metal tubes in itself has changed many of the bases of ordinary glass tubes to conform with them and continue the production of them until the demand ceases. Compact storage batteries of two, four and six volts supply the demand for midget sets, and a small charger furnishes a means of charging for the batteries, The outstanding device on the market is the electric eye and its use as an indicator for correct station adjustment.
A meeting of the Green Bay Amateur Radio club will be held at the Platten Radio company Tuesday evening, Oct 19 at 7:30 p.m. Every member should make an effort to be there on time.
Our 20-meter band welcomes W9GFL back to its crowded kilocycles. Paul, while having his new rig on, also has a new antenna to help the old signals perambulate around the horizon. The transmitter is mounted on crackle finish subpanels with a like finish on the front panels and rack. The plan of the new rig is approximately the same as described before.
When the finishing touches have been applied to a few xmitters, there will be of high or plea powered locals on the air. W9TIS lacks a signal squisher before his so-called high power can be radiated. His main problem in the erection of an aerial is the supports. Of course he might try holding one end up at a time, but then it might not work that way either. My advise is; hang it on a coat hanger in the closet.
W9TKZ has a bigger job to complete before he can doing any QSO'ing on the bands. His outfit requires the few necessary parts and wires before it will work. Of course a little thing like that won't cause any great delay in the job, but everyone know what cause a delay to him... Ahem.
The usual supply of radio catalogs arrived to make us wish we would buy something. Nice bright colors again prevail to make them look nice on a ham shelf. Inside we find all the part listed which an amateur could wish for. Either the cost has dropped or the demand is easily supplied, because hardly any prices have risen. But we are still lucky that he catalogs have indexes.
A self-addressed and stamped envelope will bring you an answer to any questions you may like to ask concerning this column or amateur radio in general.
10/23/1937 Green Bay Amateur Radio Notes (GBPG)
Green Bay Amateur Radio Notes By. Irvin J. Kralovec, W9PXT
Enlisted men of Unit Six United States Naval Communications Reserve will observe Navy Day, Wednesday, Oct 27, by having a display and complete amateur radio station in conjunction with Green Bay Amateurs at the WTAQ Radio show in the Columbus Community Club auditorium, tonight and tomorrow.
Further observance of Navy Day is explained in a letter received by Paul J. Kent, unit commander, from the Ninth Naval Reserve District Headquarters, and which reads as follows"
From: The Chief of Naval Operations
To: Commandants, All Naval Districts
Subject: Navy Radiotelegraph Receiving Competition
1. In accordance with the practices of past years, a message will be broadcast by radiotelepgraph to the amateurs of the United States and insular possessions on Navy Day, Oct 27, 1937
2. In connection with this broadcast the American Radio Relay League at West Hartford, Connecticut, will conduct a receiving competition. The League will receive copies from the various contestants and in due course will supply the results to the Chief of Naval Operations. Letters of appreciation signed by the Secretary of the Navy will be sent to to those persons who submit perfect copies of the broadcast.
3. The transmissions will be at the rate of approximately twenty words per minute, and will be preceded by a five minute continuous "CQ" call. The transmitting schedules are as follow:
From Washington 9:00 p.m., 73th Meridian Time , simultaneously on 4045 and 8092 ksc, call letters NAA.
From San Francisco, 7:30 p.m., 129th Meridian Time, simultaneously on 4045 and 9090 ksc, call letters NPG.
4. Commandments of all Naval Districts are requested to give this broadcast wide publicity in the Naval Reserve and through the press."
At the end of each year the different Units scattered throughout the NCR districts conduct an enlistment campaign in order to fill vacancies left by the expiration of enlistments transfers, or discharges. Unit Six is now in the first stages of their drive which will continue for for a period of a few weeks.
Able-bodied men who enlist in the NCR will receive a years training in the duties relating to the operation of radio equipment and the procedure used in the handling of messages. At the end of this time they will be eligible for two or more weeks of sea-duty during the summer months on one of the Naval Reserve training ships which are stationed on the Great Lakes. Special aptitude show by men in the Units will be rewarded by a special period of training at a Naval aircraft base.
An amateur receives a Third Class Petty Officers rank upon his enlistment, while a non-amateur becomes a Seamen up for Radioman until he successfully passes his amateur operator's license entitling him to his Petty Officer's rank.
Unit Six located at 22 N. Jackson Street in Green Bay will supply further information upon request.
3/14/1939 The Green Bay Mike & Key Club is formed (Oliver Davis 1999 notes)
In the Winter of 1938 and into 1939 Glen Schlingerman, W9WWQ and Oliver Davis, W9WLZ went to Badger State Radio, owned by Harold Dole, W9CTH, regarding the start of a radio club. Harold agreed to using his store at 521 E. Walnut Street to organize the club. Oliver had access to an old hand cranked memeo machine. He obtained the addresses of all the amateurs in the area from the Call Book. He sent out a notice regarding the organizing a new club. The response was great.
A meeting was held at Badger State Radio. Harold was appointed temporary president, Al Janelle was appointed treasurer and Oliver was appointed secretary. With the help of Advance Printing (309 N. Adams St), Oliver designed the membership card which was used for many years.. The key cut in the center was obtained from Signal Electric in Marinette. Oliver received the first card dated March 14, 1939. The club was issued a charter of ARRL affiliation (number 1922) October 21, 1939.
8/22/1939 Mike, Key Meeting (GBPG)
The Green Bay Mike and Key club will hold its regular meeting at 7:30 Tuesday evening at 613 Main Street. Besides members, all those interested in amateur radio work are invited to attend the meeting. The group is planning a hidden transmitter hunt in Appleton in September. Harold Dole is president, and Oliver Davis, secretary and treasurer.
11/15/1939 Offer Radio "Hams" Night School Class (GBPG)
A class in amateur radio communication, the latest course to be added to the Vocational adult evening school program, will be organized at 7:30 Friday evening.
Students should complete the course with sufficient knowledge to enable them to pass the government examination for a radio amateurs' class license. John Foeller, a Green Bay "ham" will instruct the class, using Jones' Radio Handbook as a text.
More than 90 percent of the trained men in the radio field today come from amateur ranks. This fact makes amateur radio communications class a particularly attractive one to young men interested in the subject.
The registration fee is $1 to resident students. Enrollments will be taken at the first meeting, Friday evening and future sessions will be held regularly on Friday evenings.
2/27/1940 "Y" Club to have Meet (GBPG)
Members of the Mike and Key Club of the YMCA will hold their first annual get together tonight at the Y.
The group is composed of amateur operators in Green Bay and the surrounding communities who are interested in radio research work. The club meets every Tuesday evening and has an enrollment of 33 members.
Amateur radio fans who belong to the Mike and Key Club are residents of nine different communities, including in addition to Green Bay, Seymour, Hilbert, Wrightstown, Appleton, Neenah, Brussels, Oconto Falls, and Shawano. All members of the club are invited to participate in tonight's social function and are asked to bring their ladies as guests.
The club is a member of the National Organization of Amateurs of the American Radio Relay League. Officers include William Terp president, Glenn Schlingerman, vice president, and Oliver Davis, secretary-treasurer.
Other member in the group are Harold Dole, Fred Rahr, Barney Engles, George Lord, Jerry Van, Harry Haskins, Al Janelle, Lloyd Root, Vic Lotter, Joe Lotter, Joe Berger, Les Berkle, Harold Walch, Harvey Mattes, Harry Staszak, Walter Stromberg, John Varney, George Bellinger, Jim Hyskey, Lowell Zable, Ralph Hoffman, Doc Holtz, Ambrose McKloskey, Harold Reid, Guy Theeke, Myron Vannes, Al Ives, Orville Badeau, Ken Bisel, and Charles Sanders.
10/26/1940 Radio Relay League Official Speaks Here (GBPG)
Members of the Green Bay Mike and Key Club were told Friday night to take their amateur radio operator's license with them if they are called to serve in the army by the draft, since it will enable them to be placed in the radio service branch of the armed forces. The speaker was John Huntoon of West Hartford, Conn., assistant secretary of the American Radio Relay league. The meeting, held at the YMCA was attended by 25 members of the club.
10/21/1941 Radio Club Men See Motion Picture (GBPG)
The Green Bay Mike and Key Club met Monday night at the Vocational school with a large number present to see a motion picture, hear two talks and witness a radio demonstration.
The motion picture, "Sound Waves and Their Sources," explained several types of sound sources and clearly visualized the transmission of sound waves though the air. Sound phenomena was clarified in the film by use of a high speed camera, animation, sound effects and the oscilloscope.
Paul Kehl, emergency coordinator for this area, spoke on the need for further activities in the construction of a 2 1/2 meter transmitters and receivers so that emergency work could be carried on with the use of portable high-frequency equipment.
A demonstration of the 2 1/2 meter equipment was given by Oliver Davis, Howard DeGroot, Cyril Besonson and Clifford Beck, NYA Radio Club members. Oliver Davis talked from a car to a pack set carried by the rest of the men.
A blackboard talk on radio subjects was given by Harold Dole.
10/13/1948 Officers Elected by Mike and Key Club (GBPG)
Members of the Green Bay Mike and Key club, comprised of local amateur radio operators, held and election of officers at their Tueday night meeting in the offices of the Brown County chapter of the American Red Cross.
Officers elected are Harry Haskins, president; Ronald MacDonald, vice-president; Oliver Davis, secretary; and Orin Thompson, treasurer. Carlton Schaaf, and Alan Houston were chosen as co-chairmen of the activities committee, and John Foeller will be in charge of the program committee for the coming year.
During the meeting, an agreement was reached concerning the amount of membership dues to be charged during the current year. It was agreed that high school students up to seniors would be allowed to take part in all activities of the club without paying the membership fee.
Members of the club plan to have code instruction equipment at the next meeting, which is scheduled for 7:30 Tuesday evening, Nov. 9, Haskins said. Inactivated during the war years the Mike and Key Club was recently reaffiliated with the American Radio Relay League, and it is hoped that the group will soon resume its prewar activities. The meetings, held once a month, are open to all regular members and all persons interested in amateur radio work.
12/13/1948 Mike and Key Club To Meet Tuesday Evening (GBPG)
The Green Bay Mike and Key club will hold its monthly meeting at the Naval Reserve armory at 7:30 Tuesday evening, Oliver Davis, club secretary said today.
A demonstration of the Navy's radio equipment will be a main feature of the program, followed by a tour of the armory for all club members. Boy Scouts of Troop 30 will attend the meeting as guests of the amateur radio operators.
Those members who wish to bring equipment to the meeting that they have built themselves are asked to do so in order to setup a complete display of radio equipment during the meeting. Davis also requests that members bring any discarded radio parts to the meeting so they can be donation to the YMCA's radio club.
6/27/1950 Amateur Operators In Radio Field Day (GBPG)
Local amateur radio operators demonstrated their ability to set up radio communications under emergency conditions as 14 members of the Mike and Key club participated in the annual American Radio Relay league field day Saturday and Sunday.
A group of four portable stations were set up on Scray's hill east of De Pere Saturday afternoon and were operated continuously throughout a 24 hour period.
Used Portable Generators
A notable feature of the Field Day operations was the complete independence of commercial power mains, as would be the case in an actual emergency. Power was furnished to the stations by means of portable generators of the Naval Reserve and the Civil Air Patrol.
Operators worked in shifts during the entire 24 hour period, with short rest periods using sleeping provisions provided by the American Red Cross. Means were prepared on the site and lunches furnished by the Red Cross.
Contacts by the radio were made to all sections of the United States, according to Oliver Davis, local emergency coordinator who was in charge of the tests.
Explorer Scouts Help
Persons participating in the test were Gerald Van, Orin Thompson, Earl Nelson, Jim Blanchard, Edwin Richter, Rodney Synnes, Harrison Haskins, John Foeller, Al Houston, Roger Cannon, Les Berckle, David Minsart, Ed Binish.
Working with radio club members were Explorers of Ship 540 Sea Scouts who helped in camp setup and antenna installations.
The Field Day was held to test emergency communications networks should an emergency strike the area. The club works closely with the disaster preparedness committee of the Brown county chapter of the American Red Cross.
8/21/1950 Radio Operators and Families Hold Picnic (GBPG)
More than 75 amateur radio operators and their families attended the annual picnic of the Mike and Key club at the Norman Davis cottage, Red Banks, Sunday afternoon.
Activities got underway at noon with a picnic lunch. Demonstrations of various mobile units were held, and games were scheduled for children and adults. Attending the picnic were amateurs from Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Marinette, Hilbert, Oconto, and De Pere.
10/12/1950 Officers Elected by Mike and Key Club (GBPG)
Members of the Green Bay Mike and Key club elected Robert Showers as their president for the coming year at a meeting held in the new clubrooms at 428 Cherry street, this week.
Harrison Haskins was reelected as vice-president, Oliver Davis was named as club secretary again, and Orin Thompson will serve another year as treasurer.
In addition to the regular activities, the club also sponsors a radio class for persons wishing to become amateur radio operators. Members of the 1950 class recently completed their study of the code and radio theories and will take the federal examination at Milwaukee, Friday.
Persons interested in joining the new class to be organized soon, are urged to contact any of the club officers, or attend the regular meeting held the second Tuesday of each month.
4/23/1951 Radio Operators at Sectional Meeting (GBPG)
Fourteen amateur radio operators from the Green Bay area attended the sectional meeting of the American Radio Relay League over the weekend.
Highlight of the sessions was the organization of a Wisconsin Council of Radio Clubs, and a discussion of the part amateur radio operators will play in civilian defense programs.
The Green Bay amateurs at the meeting included Leo Westerman, Robert Showers, Paul Kehl, John Foeller, Orion Thompson, Oliver Davis, Carlton Schaaf, Hobart Payne, Harold Walch, Gerald Van, R.I. MacDonald, Antonio Uribe, Bill Lindeke, and Lillian Uribe.
9/10/1951 Miss Grace Kehoe - Green Bay's first female ham (pdf)
10/12/1951 Radio League Plans Tests - Green Bay Operators Try Communications For Use in Emergency (GBPG)
A simulated emergency test of the communications facilities in the Green Bay area will be held here Sunday by members of the Green Bay Amateur Radio Emergency corps, it was announced today.
The test, under the direction of Oliver Davis, emergency coordinator of the American Radio Relay league, is aimed at checking emergency communications to be used in the even regular communications would be damaged in a disaster.
Volunteer Time, Stations
The local AREC is a group of amateur radio operators who have volunteered their time and radio stations to assure that Green Bay will never be isolated from the outside world if the telephone and telegraph communications fail.
Civil defense will be keynote of this year's test, Davis said, and mobility and versatility of the station units will be emphasized.
A number of short-ranged radio stations will be setup at strategic points around Green Bay during Sunday's test to provide local communications, and several high powered long-range stations will furnish contact with distant points.
Many In Nation
The test in Green Bay is one of many being conducted Sunday throughout the nation. Plans will not be disclosed to the corps members until the test begins in order to simulate conditions of an actual emergency.
Assisting Davis in the planning are Harrison Haskins, assistant coordinator and Anthony Sidlow. Participating the test will be Harold Walch, Grace Kehoe, Francis Allard, Walter Carlton, R.I. MacDonald, Earl Nelson, Leo Westerman, Ed Binish, John Foeller, Gerald Van, Orion Thompson and Robert Showers.
11/13/1952 East Conducts Parents Night (GBPG)
Approximately 500 parents attended the third annual Parents' night program at East High Wednessday.
As a special feature parents wishing to send messages to servicemen overseas were given an opportunity to do so though the Megacycle club, an amateur radio group under the direction of Robert Showers. Messages from a number of parents will be sent by radio directly to Fifth Army headquarters in Chicago from there to Washington D.C. for transmission overseas.
2/10/1953 Radio Club Meeting (GBPG)
The Northeastern Wisconsin V.H.F. Radio Club will have an organizational meeting at 7:30 Wednesday evening in the new Wisconsin Public Service building.
Members are reminded to use the northwest entrance. Two names of the committee were incorrect when listed previously, those of Edmund Liebert and Lillian Cruz-Uribe; the name of Leo Westerman was omitted.
4/25/1953 Radio Club To Take Part in Observance (GBPG)
The NEW-VHF club will install and operate a transmitter at the Green Bay filter center for a demonstration on Air Force day, the club decided at a meeting this week.
Thee members of the club will operate the equipment and will make contacts with aircraft from 6 am to noon as part of the demonstration. Mike Kirkas, operator of the state police transmitter, will have charge of the operation.
The club also made place for a field day program and will make future plans at the May 6 meeting.
10/16/1953 Radio Amateurs Meet Saturday - Club Is Sponsoring Talks by Authorities on U.H.F. Operation (GBPG)
Facts, figures and formulas will be the fare at a fete Saturday night at the Wisconsin Public Service building on North Adams street.
The occasion will be a get-together of radio amateurs, servicemen, engineers, novices and experimenters, sponsored by the North Eastern Wisconsin V.H.F. Radio Club. Three well known experts in the field of high frequency radio will be on hand to discuss aspects of the subject, give demonstrations of the principles involved and answer questions from the audience.
The meeting will follow a 6 pm buffet luncheon prepared by the ladies of the sponsoring organization.
The first speaker of the program will be Prof. Willam Can Zeeland of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, noted for his lectures on ultra-high frequency techniques. In conjunction with his talk, Prof. Can Zeeland will give demonstrations of the points and theories involved.
Another speaker will be Wes Mariner, and authority on and director of the American Radio Relay league. Mariner is the director of the Central division of the league, which includes Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. His talk will be confined to ARRL programs and problems of emergency coordinating. A part of his time will be spent answering questions from the audience. Mr. Mariner is chief director of the police radio engineering department at Dixon, Ill.
The third speak will be William Juhre, art curator at the Neville public museum, perhaps best know for his comic strip creation, "The Orbits." Juhre is also an ardent radio "ham."
Reservations for the program can be made with Harry P. Staszak, 1010 Wilson street.
10/30/1953 Radio Amateurs Prepared to Maintain Contact With The World (pdf)
3/30/1954 New Amateur Radio Net Organized Here (GBPG)
The first VHF amateur radio net for emergency purposes in Green Bay was inaugurated Sunday, March 28, when a two-meter network sponsored by the Northeastern Wisconsin VHF Amateur Radio Club, held its initial exercise. Ed Binish, W9OPA, acted as the net control station.
The net operating on the frequency of 145 megacycles will have drills each Sunday at 10:30 am. Purpose is to provide a system of coordinated communication in the event of emergency or disaster.
Although not the first amateur emergency net to be organized in Green Bay, it is the first it use very high frequency.
7/10/1954 Get That Message Through - Come In Washington (pdf)
6/15/1955 County Civil Defense Test To Be Held for Hour Tonight (GBPG)
Brown County's version of the nationwide civil defense exercise will begin at 7:30 this evening and will continue for one hour. The alert here primarily will be a test of the civil defense communications, auxiliary police, heavy equipment, and medical and damage control teams.
Air raid sirens will signal the start of the alert. Sirens will be sounded in Green Bay, De Pere, Wrightstown, Denmark, Pulaski, and the towns of Allouez, Preble and Ashwaubenon.
When sirens are sounded some 550 civil defense volunteers and 90 pieces of heavy equipment will be dispatched to pre-assigned posts. The equipment will be sent to the sites of two hypothetical bombings, one in Green Bay, and the other in De Pere. Equipment will move over marked civil defense routes and auxiliary police will keep regular traffic off these routes during the time the alert is in progress. Ground Observer Corps and Green Bay Filter Center volunteers also will participate in the alert.
Communications will be strictly amateur with approximately 50 amateur radio operators under Peter Platten using their own equipment to direct operations. Communications volunteers will be stationed at Fisk Park. Headquarters for other volunteers will be in the courthouse parking lot.
Heavy equipment will be dispatched to the bombing sites from four locations outside of Green Bay. No evacuation exercise is planned, according to John Holloway, acting civil defense director.
However, Holloway asked citizens to stay off marked civil defense routes and added that sites for the imaginary bombings have not been revealed to the public in order to eliminate congestion at the scenes and add realism to the alert.
10/7/1955 Amateur Radio Operators in Defense Test (GBPG)
Between 15 to 20 members of Brown County's Amateur Radio Emergency Corps will participate this evening in a nationwide test of the Civil Defense communications. The test will be conducted between 6:30 and 8pm.
R.E. Showers, assistant emergency coordinator for the AREC, said the problem here will involve a simulated disaster in which all communications ostensibly will be knocked out.
To compensate of this situation, amateur operators here will set up their equipment consisting of eight mobile units and other portable gear and will report to a county and national Civil Defense authorities on imaginary damage estimates.
The AREC will make reports to John Holloway, acting county civil defense director; a Federal Civil Defense Administration emergency station at Battle Creek, Mich.; and national headquarters of the American Red Cross in Washington.
Each of many amateur radio organizations participating throughout the nation will be graded on the speed and efficiency of their reports, Showers said, and results will be announced early next week. Emergency coordinator for the AREC in Green Bay area is Oliver Davis.
7/2/1956 Wind Bends Antenna One Way, Back (GBPG)
William Juhre curator of art at the Neville Public Museum who lives atop Scray's Hill southeast of De Pere, is an amateur radio hobbyist. His tall antenna tower was bent over 90 degrees by the wind. Bill has a rotor on the antenna however. He rotated the antenna around 180 degrees and the wind practically straightened it right back up again.
1956 Club Minutes (GBMK)
President - Joe Befay W9VCO, Secretary - Hub Paine W9IKY, Treasurer - Orin Thompson W9KIZ
The annual club banquet is held at the Chatterbox in De Pere in February. In March - Charter member certificates distributed. A motion/carried made by Greg W9IEI to obtain a club call, and Hub, W9IKY to be trustee. In May - Local forecaster Herb Bomaleski gives a talk and shows a movie about tornadoes. In June - Field Day is to be at Platten's Orchard - same as last year/last 10? In July - Club picnic at Oliver W9WLZ's cottage (same as last year). By August the club has the issued call, K9EAM. In September a Walkie Talkie project discussed, an attempt to complete the units to be made by Carl, W9LEV. In October - National Emergency Corps drill discussed. And in November it is announced that some priests of St. Norbert's had tickets, and that St. Norbert's has formed a radio club.
1957 Club Minutes (GBMK)
President - Carl Willihnganz, N9LEV, Treasurer - Orin Thompson, W9KIZ, Secretary - Mert Nielsen, W9CZC, Vice-President - Russ Mott, W9AHH, Robert Showers, W9HDV is the emergency coordinator.
In April the 40 meter contest was held. The club received a letter from the Oshkosh club about a 10 meter hunt. In June; Harry Haskins N9FWO was in charge of field day. Platten Radio Co donated field day gas. The Annual Picnic was shared with the Marinette Menominee Club, Sturgeon Bay Club in August. In August; W9IKY resigns as club trustee, Ben Blodgett, W9ZJA elected as trustee in Sept to fill the remainder of the term. In September; A motion to buy a code practice oscillator and key. Carl, W9LEV makes farewell speech as he is moving to W6 land. Russ, W9AHH now president. In October - The Jefferson School evacuation of the past week discussed. Along with the coming national alert Oct 13th. Code practice oscillator loaned out to a new member, and nearly ever month there after. In November, W9IKY explained the problem of no president to become the past president. Suggestion was made of having 5 directors instead of the usual 4. Motion carried. In December - Club thanks Orin W9KIZ a note of thanks commending his outstanding work for the club during the past 12 years. Board decides that the Treasurer shall transfer the bank account from the Bank of West De Pere to the Bank of Green Bay.
2/5/1957 Ham Operators Offer Help in Roadblock (GBPG)
Cooperation and services of the amateur radio operators of Brown County in roadblock operations were offered to the Sheriff and Traffic Depts. Monday evening at a meeting in the courthouse.
Oliver Davis, amateur radio emergency coordinator for the county, made the offer at a meeting with Sheriff Artley Skenandore, the County Civil Defense auxiliary police, and the De Pere Sportsman's Club rescue squad.
Davis informed Skenandore that the county's 35 amateur radio operators, their mobile units, and portable stationary equipment would be at his disposal for use in roadblock work, disasters, or search and rescue operations.
Skenandore said he would use the services of the amateur operators and their equipment to supplement operations of the sheriff and traffic departments in operating roadblocks at 17 strategic locations in the county.
The CD police force, numbering 135 trained personnel, also will be available to assist with the roadblock system, Skenandore said. The De Pere rescue unit also offered its cooperation and assistance. Future joint meetings of the three groups with the sheriff and traffic departments are planned, Skenandore said.
A class of 45 CD police which recently completed a training program in first aid was graduated at the meeting. In addition, a mass swearing in ceremony for CD deputies was conducted. Approximately 125 amateur radiomen, CD police, and De Pere Rescuemen attended the meeting.
4/15/1957 Walch Heads Local Radio Defense Net (GBPG)
Harold Walch, a member of the Green Bay Amateur Radio Emergency Corps, has been named main phone station operator for the Brown County Civil Defense communications net, it has been announced by Oliver Davis, local coordinator of amateur radio communications for the American Radio Relay League. Walch will tie local communications in with the state civil defense net.
A recent request for additional service to the Sheriff's Dept. has also been approved., Davis reported. With Harvey Mattes as liaison officer, the radio mobilization plan will be worked out with the cooperation of the department.
The local Amateur Radio Emergency Corps currently has a membership of over 35. It is linked to a national organization of thousands of radio operators throughout the nation. Locally the corps work directly with the Brown County Civil Defense organization and has participated in all the emergency drills to date.
At a recent meeting of the group, attended by 30 of its members, Robert Showers reported on the 10 meter phone net and David Smith on the 75 meter net. The matter meets weekly.
1958 Club Minutes (GBMK)
President - Hub Paine, W9IKY, Vice-president - Harry Haskins, W9FWO, Secretary - Dave Smith, W9NOR, Treasurer - Russ Mott - W9AHH, 2nd Vice President: Louie Pansier - W9LYX
January visitors present: Harry Hill, Bob Hannon, W9ALT, and Norm Koelbl, W9GUR. At the January Board meeting it was decided that to be eligible for a Life Membership, a member shall have held an unlapsed membership for the previous 5 years, He must have a unanimous vote of the board of directors, on the basis of his outstanding service to the club. However if the member in question is a director, he is not included in the discussion and the voting, his vote not being required in that case. Only one life membership may be awarded in any one year. A life membership entitles the holder to a Full membership for his life in the Green Bay Mike and Key Club Inc, with no dues being required. By unanimous vote of the board, all five members being present, Orin Thompson, W9KIZ was awarded a life membership. February 8th, the annual banquet is held at the Chatterbox in De Pere. In February, a motion made/passed that Harold Dole W9CTH be sent a life membership certificate. There are now 3 life memberships in the club. (This one was originally awarded Feb 27, 1954) Applications for membership approved: Harry Hill, Norm Koelbl, W9GUR, Bob Hannon, W9ALT, Bill Jenkins, WN9KCA, Mike Schleis (associate), Bill Shier, KN9LBS, Bill Christianson, KN9JQE In March; the motion made/carried that the position of trustee shall be elected for a 5 year term, and shall hold for his tenure a FCC amateur radio station license. H. J. Paine, W9IKY received the most votes in the nomination for trustee. In May, Code and Theory sessions being conducted prior to each meeting. On August 10th, the Club Picnic was held at Ollie's cottage. At the September meeting tehre was discussion of the possibility of a state wide affair next spring to celebrate the club's 20th anniversary. Dick Dickenshied K9BBT, appointed as executive secretary for the remainder of the year as W9NOR will be attending school out of town. In October discussion on field test for Brown County Emergency Nets was held. Tests to be Oct 12 on 3950 kc and Oct 13, on 29620 kc. This is a test to receive and transmit messages accurately. And in December, flowers for Harold Walch W9GUE's funeral will be paid by the club and a letter to to the ARRL about his silent key status. Motion also made/seconded that the club write the FCC about obtaining W9GUE for a club call.
2/25/1958 Thompson Given Life Membership By Radio Club (GBPG)
Orin Thompson was honored with a life membership in the Green Bay Mike and Key Club, an organization of local amateur radio operators at the annual dinner held in De Pere recently. Thompson is only the fourth radio "ham" to be so honored in the 20 years history of the club.
One of the founders of the Mike and Key Club, Thompson has been active in amateur radio for 20 years. He served as its treasurer for nine years and in a wide variety of committee positions.
In addition to his amateur call letters, W9KIZ Thompson also holds an FCC commercial radio license.
The membership was presented by Hobart Paine, W9IKY, president of the club.
1959 Club Minutes (GBMK)
President - Hub Paine, W9IKY, Secretary - Jim Hempel, K9ORR, Treasurer - Russ Mott - W9AHH
At a board meeting in January it was decided that Harry Haskins, W9FWO be awarded a life membership at the annual banquet. The club receives a a letter from the FCC explains how the club can get Harold's call (W9GUE), but not for after the present license expires. On February 8th, the annual banquet is held at the Chatterbox in De Pere. In March, a talk and movie from Herb Bomaleski of the Green Bay weather bureau. With discussion about forming a tornado warning net. In May, a talk by Don Parker on the Allouez Civil Defense System and demo of their C.D. gear following by movies and lunch. Field day was held in June at the Brown County Fairgrounds. The Annual Picnic was held at Colburn Park on August 9th. At the October meeting, members request more talks on various radio subjects. Harry, W9FWO will give next months.
1/29/1959 Showers Named to Amateur Radio Group (GBPG)
Robert E. Showers, 417 Schwartz Ave., has been elected to membership in the DX Century Club, a society of amateur radio operators who have made two-way short-wave radio contacts with at least 100 countries and colonies of the world.
Showers, who teaches at East High School, used the call letters W9HDV. The American Radio Relay League, national amateur amateur society, sponsors the DXCC award for proficiency in radio operating.
1960 Club Minutes (GBMK)
President - Hub Paine, W9IKY, Secretary - Jim Hempel, K9ORR, Treasurer - Russ Mott - W9AHH
In February the banquet was held at the Chatterbox, George Woida, was a guest speaker. In May a motion made/seconded Jack Doyle for president and Stephan Smith secretary. At the May meeting a suggestion was made to have a post office box for QSL purposes. An auction was held at the meeting, as have been done in the past. In June the club sent WERC delegates, and they spoke about the meeting in Wausau. In June, Field Day was held at the Fair Grounds. August 14, the club picnic was held at Murphy Park. In October the board meeting decided life membership for Hobart J Paine, W9IKY. Also decided to sent notice to/call former members on the phone inviting them to the meeting And find out what each would like in the way of club programs and other activities. The Board feels we should put more emphasis on code practice sessions to help the up and coming younger amateurs. The board will work up some programs on various subjects. In October, with W9IKY leaving the city, a new trustee was appointed. Motion/carried for Dave W9NOR for the duration of his license. Mert K9CZC was promoted to president for the remainder of the year. A movie on mouth to mouth resuscitation shown.
1961 Club Minutes (GBMK)
President - Mert Neilsen, K9CZC, Vice-President - John Newell, W9MAI, 2nd Vice-President - Harvey Mattes, K9DOL, Secretary - Jim Hempel, K9ORR, Treasurer - Russ Mott - W9AHH
January - Board meeting - was decided that after the 40 meter contest plaque was full, the person who was the winner the most times will retire the plaque in their possession. The total aggregate points in the case of a tie will determine the winner. Decided to give Orin, W9KIZ a tie clasp with his call for his faithful service as cook at meetings. February 4th the banquet was held at Hi Rok on Bay Settlement Rd - 41 attended. In February, Dick, K9BBT accounted he would like to find interested mobile operators to take part in a transmitter hunt. Operation Abolition film was presented by John with many good comments. In March, Father Urban suggested that there being 144 hams in the Green Bay area, it would be a good idea to work on them, to get active in club actives. Code practice session with lengthy discussion. April - May- Code practice again 7:30 pm on 29 mc. Orin's 10 meter converter was discussed. He reports the cost was about $5.00 and could be built by most anyone. April board notes: 10 meter code sessions start Tues and Thurs 7:30 to 9pm, Authorized the purchase of 10 sets of Gateway to Amateur Radio, which will be sold to interested parties at cost. Field Day - A letter written requesting the use City Stadium thru Russell Way. Says it will be given at cost which is zero. However we must have insurance. This cheapest this can be obtained is $26.00 for the 24 hr period, from Murphy. The board decided to set up a kitty to help with the expenses. In June, Field Day was at City Stadium, setup in the press box area, 74, 40 and 20 meters setup. 1866 points, worked 10 stated and 7 providences, despite the 75 meter transmitter being out for 2 hrs, and the 20 meter was out for 4 hours. In June an honorary membership given to Father Urban for his work on the local call book. WPS offers prints of Orin's 10 meter converter. August 13th the Club Picnic at Colburn Park With a transmitter hunt on 3950 kc. Info about it was aired on the official bulletin station, all hams invited, with games for the kids and activities for the ladies. Registration will be $1.0. At the September meeting it was reported that Elmo Reed would like all hams interested in C.D. to sign up at the club meeting. Mr. Reed with then contact each person. Jack Doyle states we are the only one with one the air code practice in the state. At the November meeting it was noted that Russ will contact the Press Gazette to see if our on the air code practice can be better advertised.
4/21/1962 Rev. Charles Urban Top Radio Operator (GBPG)
Rev. Charles T. Urban, 506 Maryhill Drive, has been awarded membership in the DX Century Club, society of amateur radio operators who have made two-way shortwave radio contacts with at least 100 countries and colonies of the world.
Using the call letters K9ZEQ, assigned by the Federal Communications Commission, he talks regularly from his home with "ham" associates all over the earth.
7/1/1962 Teen Field Day (pdf)
1963 Club Minutes (GBMK)
President - Gerry Van, W9VOW, Treasurer - Russ Mott, W9AHH, Secretary- Harvey Mattes, K9DOL, Vice-President - Paul Simandl, K9SQV, John Newell, W9MAI, Harry Haskins, W9FWO
At the January meeting it was announced that Alice Malin Secretary of the Green Bay Home & Garden Show has invited the club to participate in March. The Banquet was held again the Chatterbox in De Pere in February. In May; K9DOL on behalf of M.A.R.S invited all members to participate in the Military to Amateurs program on Armed Forces Day. Another list of all area hams has been generated. At the July meeting a Presentation of Civil Defense activities by Mr W.M. Petersen. In August, prizes awarded for the QSO contest included; a roll of solder, test meter, socket wrenches, microphone and stand and coax fittings.
1964 Club Minutes (GBMK)
President - Bernard Engels, W9NTD, later Louis Pansier, W9LYX. Secretary - Francis Allard, W9NUH, Other officers; Harry Haskins, W9WFO, Jerry Van, W9VOW
Code records and code oscillator are still being loaned out monthly. And the 40 meter contest continues. Still meeting at WPS.
In March, Paul W9SQV appointed to serve the unexpired term vacated by Barney Engels. A letter is read from Brown county civil defense requesting amateurs to participate. Three life members are present, Harry Haskins W9FWO, Orin Thompson W9KIZ, and Oliver Davis W9WLZ. Les Berkle read a Press Gazette news report of the Mike and Key Club activities during 1937 or 1938. They were humorous accounts of many familiar names. In March this club is participating in Green Bay Home & Garden Show again.. In April is is announced that the Autogamm club has a 2 meter net Tuesdays at 8:30pm on 145.28. In June, Six bags of assorted radio parts were given away by a drawing to six of the unlicensed boys in attendance. Field Day is held at the Fairgrounds in June. In August, Harry volunteered to look into getting club QSL cards, at next meeting decided to use the cards supplied by General Electric. Joe Taylor gives a talk on the mathematics of modern computers. 33 members and a friend present, including 3 visitors from the West Side Radio Club. August 2nd a Club picnic is to be held at either Colburn Park or Bay Beach. In September a Request for suggestions on future program activates. Side-band theory was highly requested. Explanation of the various MARS programs also. Suggestion to promote club activities in the Press Gazette around town news along with meeting notices. At the November meeting a talk by Stu Gurske state air force MARS program and Dan Beyersdorf, W9PKF the technical director of the MARS program in the midwest area.
3/4/1964 Mike, Key Club To Have Show Exhibit (GBPG)
This is the second consecutive year that the Mike and Key Club, Inc. will participate in the Home Show. The main objective in this participation is to attract new prospect to the ranks of amateur radio.
The booth this year will contain a complete amateur radio station in full time demonstration. As was done last year, the station will be used for transmission of message (via amateur networks) from visitors at the show to friends and relatives though the United State,
Among the amateur radio operators are Herbert Hoover Jr., now president of the American Radio Relay League. The league is a national organization of radio amateurs with a membership of more than 100,000.
The Green Bay club is a successor to the Green Bay Amateur Radio Club, organized in the 1920's. Many of the charter members are still active in the club.
One of the main functions of amateur radio is to provide emergency communications in times of disaster. Each year the Mike and Key Club and thousands of other clubs prepare for the nationwide "Field Day." This is a demonstration of all hams to furnish emergency communications when needed.
12/11/1964 Holiday Ham (pdf)
1965 Club Minutes (GBMK)
President - Joe Taylor, W9OMT, Vice President - Bill Lindeke, W9BVL, Treasurer - Harry Haskins, W9WFO, Secretary - Fritz Allard, W9NUH, Other -Les Burckle, W9WWC
In January, Joe gave a talk on transistors. In February the club Banquet at the Chatterbox in De Pere again. In March, a Club bulletin board is started to post lists of used equipments for sale. The Home and Garden Show again in March. In June Field Day is held at the County Fair Grounds - fee of $10 to reserve it. June; Prizes for the continuing 40 meter contest this year included; $5, and ARRL handbook and $2. Periodic auctions at the meetings continue. In August a Motion/carried to sponsor a building contest from the August to Sept meeting. Prizes to be awarded. Kits do not count. In November the Building contest; 1st place: Dennis Dalsanto - 2 meter repeater. 2nd place: Paul Simandl - ground grid amplifer. 3rd place: Harry Haskins - a VFO and exciter. Also at the November meeting a Message from the Red Cross is read. They will soon have a new building and and would be pleased to have amateurs participate in Red Cross program and make use of their club rooms and possibly setting up an amateur radio station. Committee formed the investigate locating our club in the new Red Cross building. In December; A Report on the new Wisconsin Amateur Radio Net designed to report emergency weather conditions. A Report on the antenna provisions for the new Red Cross building.
1966 Club Minutes (GBMK)
President - Joe Taylor, W9OMT, Secretary - Mel Strommen, Treasurer - Harry Haskins, W9WFO, Vice President - Dennis Dal Santo, WA9SXN, Secretary - Dick Villers, WA9NZB, Board -Dick De Witt, K9PSW, Board - Mert Nielsen, K9CZC
In January; an introduction of Mr. Gagnon communications officer, and Mr. Peterson, assistant director of civilian defense. Dennis Dal Santo explained the 2 meter repeater station that he is operating and has invited the members to use it, and would like to know what frequencies would be best to use. February 10th - Visitors; Bob, Heiser, Bruce Hanna, Howard Kaufman. February 19th again the Banquet at the Chatterbox, in De Pere. In March the club met at the Civil Defense Center. Repeater frequency now set to 145.040. Mr. Noorgard gave a talk on the civil defense method of operation. April - 40 meter contest again, Red cross building near completion in the 100 block of S. Van Buren. Lower floor for meeting room plus one room is rigged for amateur gear. Mr. Noorgaard said that he would release 8 Gonset 2ers if we get the FM rigs operating within 60 days. Ron Hartwig volunteered to get this job going. In June a Beam is bought for Field Day from AES, and was held at the Fairgrounds. Joe Taylor is going to take care of WBAY-TV publicity. 109 contacts on 75, 106 on 20, and 205 on 40. 41 states, and 3 providences In July a motion made/carried to hold our monthly meetings at the Red Cross at 200 S. Van Buren St. A transmitter has been donated by K9DIM with a range of 160 thru 2 meters. An antenna and 40 ft tower has been donated by Oliver Davis. C.D. Project is doing fine, and Xtals are to be furnished by C.D. In September the meeting was held at the FAA installation at the Airport. A Membership drive started. Letter written to Mr. Roble of Wisconsin Public Service thanking him for the use of the bull pen for many years. In October, Civil Defense was talked about again, and is going slow. They are not cooperating with us amateurs. At the November meeting, Bill Galbraith from the Red Cross gave a short talk on emergency communication and what is expected of our equipment. Oliver Davis showed us some news clippings on previous field days and gave a talk about it.
1/20/1966 Ham Operators Provide Message Service to Troops in Viet Nam (pdf)
6/26/1966 Ham Operator Meet Stresses Emergencies (pdf)
1967 Club Minutes (GBMK)
President - Dennis Dal Santo, WA9SXN, Secretary - Dick Villers, WA9NZB, other officers; Paul Simadl, W9SQV, Harvey Mattes, K9DOL, Dick DeWitt, K9PSW, Mert Neilsen, K9CZC, Orin Thompson, W9KIZ
February, Dues raised to $5.00, and on the 4th, the banquet at the Chatterbox again. In March a motion/carried to retire the 40 meter plaque to the club room. At the April meeting, Louie Pansier, W9LYX and Art Schmidt, W9VGL demonstrate amateur TV. Its brought up that some of the younger hams should take over and set up field day. At the May meeting it is announced that the club now has a duplicating machine that Harry Staszak, W9TKZ donated. In September the 40 meter contest continues. At the November meeting another updated ham directory is distributed. At the December meeting Oliver Davis announced he was approached by Wisconsin State Bank to put a station up in the bank for the Christmas holidays to relay messages to servicemen overseas.
6/11/1967 Green Bay Amateur Radio Operator Boosts Morale of Soldiers in Viet (pdf)
1968 Club Minutes (GBMK)
Secretary - Louie Pansier, W9LYX, Other officers; Dick DeWitt, K9PSW, Dennis Dal Santo, WA9SXN, Harry Staszak, W9TKZ, Jim Hinnendael, WA9LIG, Dick Dickenshied, K9BBT
Averaging 34 members per meeting. In January the club purchases a new HF transmitter / receiver $800.00. February; Orin Thompson, W9KIZ and Harry Haskins, W9WFO are life members. The Banquet on the 24th. In March, Mrs. Brown from the Red Cross asks about getting messages to Vietnam. At the May meeting a note from the Tri County Rifle Club is read, they are arranging a meeting to include radio amateurs. September, operation at the bank again this year, and we are looking for at least one operator for every session. November 21st a code class held again.
2/5/1968 Radio Messages To Servicemen Offered Here (GBPG)
Though the cooperation of the Wisconsin Sate Bank, friend and relatives of servicemen and send free radio messages to them anywhere in the world, it was announced today by Harry Stazak, president of the Green Bay Mike and Key Club, an amateur radio operators' club.
Stazak said that a high powered transmitter has been installed in the bank building, with operators on duty in a regular rotation. Anyone wishing to contact serviceman can do so by coming to the bank and leaving the man's name, address, message and signature of the sender.
If the operator is not there, someone on the bank's staff will take the message, Stazak said.
Stazak emphasized that the service of itself is not new, since nearly any amateur radio station can and has been performing such service in cooperation with the armed forces. However, this is the first time a centrally located station has been set up for the purpose.
4/14/1968 Bill Juhre Is Still Orbiting (pdf)
6/21/1968 Ham Field Day Slated (GBPG)
To amateur radio operators, Field Day is considered a 5,000 mile wide picnic. But its more than that. It is a national drill to test how well communications can work under emergency conditions.
Members of Green Bay's Mike and Key Club will participate in the annual even this weekend along with amateurs from Nova Scotia to Hawaii, from the Yukon to Puerto Rico. Beginning at 4pm Saturday, local hams will gather up two-way shortwave sets, antennas, generators, tent, cots, and picnic food for the 24 hour continuous operation at the Brown County Fairgrounds.
Field Day, the closing exercise of Amateur Radio Week, combines the fun of a campout and the excitement of a contest with serious preparation for emergencies.
Compete Against Others
The Mike and Key Club will operate three complete radio stations, competing against units of the same size for the highest number of radio contacts with other Field Day stations. The test has been run annually since 1933, except during World War II, by the American Radio Relay League.
Last year the Mike and Key Club logged 6,180 contacts with fellow amateurs, according to club officials. Over 40 states and provinces were contacted.
The hams operate their radio equipment without using commercial power - just as they would when a flood, hurricane, tornado, other other disaster cuts the lines.
Owned by Operators
Operators learn to set up their gear quickly and efficiently to handle message for the police, civil defense, Red Cross and other relief organizations during emergencies. The transmitting equipment, owned by the individual operators, would in time of emergencies be used under the direction of civil defense or military authorities.
The public is invited to visit the fairground site. Guides will be available to explain the equipment and show how the group works during emergencies.
The Green Bay Mike and Key Club, organized in 1936 and incorporated in 1958, has a current membership of over 40 persons. Two charter members of the club, Oliver Davis and John Foeller, are still active.
Youngest Is 15
The youngest licensed operator is 15 years old, but younger boys from 10 to 12 years old form an enthusiastic beginners group. Half of the total membership consists of students of junior and high school age. Three women are also in the club.
3/6/1969 Green Bay Man Talks With Son in Vietnam (GBPG)
Sgt. Jim Christenson, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arlow Christenson, 1040 Queoff St. returned to Vietnam for his second tour of duty in the Air Force there after Chirstmas.
But, his father "Chris" Christenson said that it "sounded just like he was in the next room," Sunday then he was able to talk with Jim via a ham radio and telephone hookup.
The ultra-clear conversation came as a surprise to the Christensons. The received a call from a ham operator in Kansas City was was in contact with Sgt. Christenson and a fellow GI at Phu Cat, Vietnam. The ham conversation was relayed back and fourth over a telephone to Green Bay from Kansas City.
The elder Christenson said he does not know how the connection worked, but his is attempting to locate Green Bay ham operators to conduct another conversation with his son.
Sgt. Christenson graduated from Preble High School in 1965 and attended the University of Wisconsin Green Bay before enlisting in the Air Force about three years ago.
5/25/1972 Ham contact South Dakota Flood areas (pdf)
7/31/1972 Towering Feat - WFRV Repeater Install (pdf)
10/10/1976 Ham Operators Ride Out CB Craze (pdf)
12/13/1977 Course Begins in "Ham" Radio (GBPG)
Registration for a 12 week ham radio course offered by the Green Bay Mike & Key Club begins tonight. The course will include instructions in Morse Code, theory, and rules plus the FCC license exam for both the Novice and General Class Licenses.
Registration for the classes will be held tonight from 6 to 9 at the Ashwaubenon High School, Room 33 for both classes.
Classes will be held Tuesday nights at the high school beginning Jan 10. The novice class begins 6pm, and costs $15. The general class, begining at 8pm, costs $20. Each session tests about two hours.
A special general class will also be held on Sundays, beginning Jan. 8, at 1pm, at the Red Cross building, 123 S. Van Buren St.
Sign-ups will be held Sunday, Dec. 18, from 1 to 3pm at the Red Cross building. The fee is $20.
Additional family members can join for half price. More information is available from Jack Hoyer of the Mike & Key Club.
1978 Club Minutes (GBMK)
Officers; Bob, WA9SWX, Mike, WD9EGE
At the March meeting, a program presentation by the manager of WGBW. He will discuss the station, and it's impact on the community. April 1st the banquet is held at Cliff and Ceils. The April club meeting will be a tour at the WBAY-TV facilities. May 21st a Swap Fest in conjunction with the American Cancer Society at the Riverside Ballroom for the duo flee market. At the August meeting it is announced that Tim Selner, WA9SRV will be leaving us and moving to Los Angeles, CA. He was one of the original VHF Society charter members and organizers of the club. He is the current chairman of the Wisconsin Association of Repeaters. He has also been responsible for putting up and maintaining the repeater, his many contributions will be greatly missed. September 10th the Northeast Wisconsin VHF Society LTD and the Green Bay Mike and Key Club meet together at Ashwaubenon Park (off S. Broadway) for a picnic
9/27/1978 Radio Class Set (GBPG)
Registration for a class preparing students for the amateur radio novice
license will be held Wed, Oct 4, from 6:45 to 9pm at the Ashwaubenon High School
in Room 33.
The class begins Nov 1 and cost $15 plus $3 for the test. Additional family members can enroll for half price.
Jack Boyer, an advanced class license holder, will teach elementary electronics, radio theory, and FCC riles in the class. He will also administer the FCC license exam upon completion of the class.
For more information contact Boyer
9/12/1979 Mike And Key Club (GBPG)
The Green Bay Mike and Key Club, a local amateur radio organization, will offer a course entitled "Amateur Radio Fundamentals" at Northeast Wisconsin Technical Institute beginning Sept. 28. The class will be held on 10 Wednesdays from 7 to 9:40 pm.
The course is offered as part of the NWTI's adult education "Night Life" program. All material needed to pass the FCC examination for the beginning grade of amateur license - the novice, including instructions in regulations, operating practice, basic electronic theory and the Morse code, will be included. Contact the NWTI Trades and Industry Office for more information.
6/8/1980 Disaster Team Works Hard (pdf)
12/27/1981 Amateur radio lets Butler travel the world from home (pdf)
1983 Club Minutes (GBMK)
Dave Christenson, WD9HRZ president, Bob Duescher, KA9BXG - vice president, Jerry Wygralak WB9KOA - newsletter, Steve Momaerts KA9KQB - treasurer, Mike, WD9EGE board member, Dale WB9NRK is the Brown County EC, Jim Fournier WB9TQW President of the VHF Club.
There are 185 amateurs in Green Bay. At the January meeting, Joe Taylor W9JO gave a presentation on home computers. In February, Gary W9OAK, SEC holds a talk on emergency coordination ARES and RACES. March 19 the club banquet is held at the Rock Garden. At the April meeting it is announced Sunday night technical meetings will be held at the Red Cross. At the April meeting the Weather Service shows spotting film and talks about how to we might be able to help. The May meeting was held at the Weather Office in the Austin Straubel airport terminal building. Due to parking fees, members coordinated a bus ride to it. - 27 members present. July 9-10, members provide communications for a boat race at the Fair Grounds. August 13, Bike a Flyer. August 20th a swapfest is held at Pamperin Park. At the September meeting a program on early radio, and how to build by W9KPG and W9VOW. In September; a motion made/carried to buy a US callbook. KA9JSV donated a copier to the club, a free membership was extended to him for this.
1984 Club Minutes (GBMK)
Dave Kotanen, KC9NT president, Bob Treleven, K9VCN treasurer, Dale, WB9NRK secretary and Brown County EC, other officers; Dave Duca, KA9JSV, Bob, KA9BXG
There are 66 members. In January the club is holding digital classes Sundays at the Red Cross. The February meeting was held at WLUK Channel 11 on Lombardi - chance to meet and see behind the scenes, tour by Elmo Reed. March 10 the Banquet is held at Rock Garden (81 attended), Bill WD9HLN is a guest speaker on Skywarn. March 17th, the Northeastern Wisconsin VHF Society meet at Bay Motel & Family Restaurant on Military. In April members met socially on Sundays for bowling at Golden Bowl after the digital class is still being held on Sundays 6:30 to 9pm. Are you an experimenter? Come find out what your project is missing. You'll be surprised to know what a phased lock loop can do. To help with the treasury, in April a motion was made and carried to charge 25 cents for anyone not wearing a name tag at any club meeting. In May, Ron WB9MFB gave a report on things needed for weather spotting at the meeting. In June the club orders a Kenwood TS-530 with CW and SBB filter, this nearly wipes out the treasury. Field Day (June 23rd) is held at the rear of Bay Park Square. At the June meeting a motion is made and carried at the meeting to give a retirement gift to Bill Galbraith for his services of director of the Red Cross. July 7-8 - WI power boat races at the fairgrounds, sponsored by the Elks club - communications provided. June 16th a Transmitter Hunt. June 14 - The club bus has a broken window and needs a new or better battery . July 21 the YMCA Triathlon in Door County 7am - noon - 11 hams assisted and advanced thank you letter from Steve Pennington. In July a Heritage Hill 4H Parade Festival / Special Event - 11 hams helped, Bob KA9BXG on a steam tractor! August 1st, Dale Keltner previously of Madison, becomes the new Red Cross Director. August 19th the Club picnic is at Ashwaubomay park with mini trunk fest. In September, Ham Classes are held Sundays evenings at the Red Cross, a 10 week duration. October the regular meeting is replaced by a tour of Cable Vision. October a letter from NOAA thanking our group for last seasons efforts. December 13 - Christmas Party held at the Red Cross, Dale shows a movie presentation of Owen Garriot, W5LFL, December - Dave WB9QYJ donates a Heathkit SWR meter.
6/24/1984 Special Events (GBPG)
Ham Radio equipment display, outside at Bay Park Square Mall, sponsored by the Mike & Key Club.
1985 Club Minutes (GBMK)
Clint Clarke, KA8RCN president, Steve Mc Donough - N9EPC vice president, Bob Treleven K9VCN -treasurer, Steve Mommaerts- KA9KQB secretary, Al Janelle- KA9AIV newsletter
There are 66 members. February, a thanks to "Dottie" WB9NCT of Porterfield for her donation of books and periodicals to our proposed club library. In February a motion was made by Bob, WA9SWX to look into the possibility of the explorer post working with the educational committee. It was seconded by Gary KA9SHQ. March 16 - Club Banquet held at Woodside, 87 in attendance. In April it is reported that Emergency Government has made some equipment available to the club for communications use. April 18 a Tornado Spotters film to be shown at the Red Cross. May 18th - Scout O Rama, the club sets up for the exhibition. Field Day is held at Bay Shore Park in June. June 11, at a board meeting, attended by Dale Keltner he informs us that the Red Cross is dropping the insurance for the bus by June. This is because the Red Cross had to reduce its fleet and thus keep insurance and costs down. Dale said he is a good fund raiser and would try to help us get funds to replace the bus with an equipped trailer. By July, the bus was sold to a church group for $850.00. July 19-21 - Steve Solway with the National Railroad Museum requested someone to operate CW for the museum. July the YMCA Tri-athelon with an overnight stay at Bay Shore park, assisting the next morning. August 17th a ham fest is held at the Ashwaubenon Rec Hall - Bill, N9CNO as chairperson, $264 as profit. In October we provide ham classes at Howe School. In October a copper collection to help the treasury, and Novice classes start. Field day was headed by Joe, WB9VKF.
1986 Club Minutes (GBMK)
Bob, WA9SWX president, Gary, ND9Z treasurer, Greg, KA9LOE secretary, Bob, KD0PR newsletter.
January 9th GBMKC meeting at the Red Cross, January 12 NEW VHF meeting at the Red Cross. In February; discussion of merger with the VHF Society, as well as obtaining non-profit status. It is also announced that there are six new hams from the Novice classes held at Howe School. Also in February, Dale, WB9NRK talked about a possible flood problem and would like volunteers. March a motion made and carried - that current VHF club members become full members of the Mike and Key till expiration. March 15th is the banquet at the Rock Garden, guest speaker is Mike Donarts - to talk about the 911 system. In March Andy Freidman from the Red Cross discussed the flooding potential. At the April meeting a severe weather film, and report on Oconto's flood. There is no Maymeeting, instead members met at Austin Straubel for a tour of the weather center. Field Day is slated for June at the County Fairgrounds... Jay Johnson TV reporter may show up. In June the technical committee reports working good at 150 watts, and discussion of phone line. In July a Triathlon in Door County and communications support. August 16 a Swapfest is held at Community Service Center - 1673 Dousman St, made over $300. In October, the club provides novice classes for Washington Middle School. At the November meeting it is reported that the Repeater noise is now gone. And there is talk of purchasing a new repeater or getting the club station equipped with packet.
The North East Wisconsin VHF Society was dissolved in 1986 and became the VHF-UHF arm of the Mike and Key Club. For quite some time both clubs talked about combining into one organization. The reasons for the move were many. 80 percent of the membership was the same in both clubs. The membership is paying for two insurance policies. And the purpose of the clubs had become nearly the same; Community service, etc
1987 Club Minutes (GBMK)
Kathy, KD9WO president, Gary, ND9Z treasurer, mid year replaced by Pat, KA9VRK treasurer, Greg KA9LOE secretary, Bob, K9VCN newsletter
There are 75 members for the year. At the January meeting a report of four Green Bay stations using packet (Frank N9BPO, Frank WD9EKU, Ron N9CFN and Bob KD9PR), and the surrounding area has several more.
February 21 a Mock Disaster is held at 10 AM at the Red Cross. Operators are needed to ride with damage assessment survey teams, in the shelters, etc. March 21st the GBMKC Banquet is at the Rock Garden. In April the start of Novice classes held at the Red Cross. April 25 - March of Dimes, over 1000 walkers start from Green Isle Park, we received a plaque In June antenna work on the 147.360 at the Red Cross. July 11 the YMCA-WNFL triathlon - members camped at Quiet Woods South. August 15 this club holds a Swapfest 7am - 2pm at the Community Service Center on Dousman. September 26th - Jaycees walk-a-thon at UWGB. The December meeting is a Christmas Party at the Red Cross.
11/20/1988 Stop, Look Listen - Library Activities (GBPG)
A Stop! Look! Listen! event from 10am to 4pm in the Popular Library area on the main floor. Andrew Becker will demonstrate amateur "ham" radio operation. This informal program is for adults and children.
6/25/1989 N.E.W.R.L. Field day Wrightstown (pdf)
6/22/1989 Green Bay Mike & Key Club (GBPG)
Noon June 24-noon June 25, ham radio operators participating in field exercise under simulated emergency conditions, contacting other operators around the world. Brown County Fairgrounds, De Pere, no admission for spectators. For further information, contact Scott Cole, 432-3491
6/28/1989 Hamming it up - Operators convene in De Pere (pdf)
1990 Club Minutes (GBMK)
President: Scott KB9AMM, Treasurer: Pat KA9VRK, Secretary: Bob WA9SWX
Novice class update. We have 3 students who have passed their novice exam. Since the class ended two of the novices have passed the technician exam. June 2nd, the first annual combination picnic with our club and the Fox Cities Radio Club will be held at Bay Beach park beginning. July 23rd, the YMCA triathlon was held at Bay Shore Park, members provided communications. June 23rd and 24th was field day, held again at the Fair Grounds. Members also provided communications for the March of Dimes walkathon, and Bellevue East-town Optimist club annual chili cook-off.
3/3/1990 Flea Market (GBPG)
Flea Market - Household goods, electronics, CB Radio, Amateur Radio, Crafts, Toys, Clothings, & Much More. Saturday, March 3rd. Red Fox Inn, 1049 Lombardi Access Rd. Open 9 A.M. - 3 P.M. All proceeds benefit the Northeast Wisconsin Radio League.
10/4/1990 Green Bay Mike and Key Club (GBPG)
Ham Radio and Computer Fall Fest, 8am-1pm. Saturday, Green Bay Community Center, 1673 Dousman Street.
1/18/1991 Ham radio buffs keep in touch over war (pdf)
3/16/1991 Annual Group Rummage Sale (GBPG)
N.E.W. Radio League is having their Annual Group Rummage Sale at St. Joseph's Church, 1305 Lordes Ave. W. De Pere. The sale will be in the basement from 8am - 2pm. Saturday March 16th. Free coffee and many items to choose from.
1992 Club Minutes (GBMK)
President: John, KE9AS
A CW contest runs from Feb 14th to Feb 28th. The club banquet was held at the Swan Club in De Pere on March 13. Bob, KA9BXG and Clint, N9FJW are the field day coordinators. In the spring of 1992 the club station and meetings are moved from the Red Cross to St. Norbert's College. A committee consisting of KA9AIG, N9GDW, and WY9E coordinate and setup operation of the St. Norberts Club station. The club picnic is held at Bay Beach in June. Tom KB9EWK and Jim, WY9E hold classes and testing sessions at St. Norberts. There is a trial repeater linking project with the 147.360.
6/24/1996 They Ham It Up - Local Amateur Radio Junkies Reach Out (pdf)
6/1/1997 Sky Spies -Volunteers track storms for NWS (pdf)
12/9/1999 Computers taking bite out of hams - Ham radio and computers coexisted at Ashwaubenon show (pdf)
2000 Club Minutes (GBMK)
President Keith, KS9WI, Vice-president John, W0LFE, Secretary Kevin, KB9SNE, Treasurer Gregg K9KL, Newsletter Editor Philip, KB9SND At Large Officers: Scott, KB9AMM, Nick KB9UAE
Several members showed up along with many area hams at the second gathering of the Brown County Emergency Management/Wisconsin Public Service/Ham radio operator meeting at the WPS building Wednesday evening, December 15, 1999. This was the last meeting before the scheduled 10 pm check-in on New Years Eve on designated area repeaters. Area hams will be setting up and net operating from area hospitals, public safety buildings, police departments, utility buildings, and fire departments throughout Brown County. Both Brown County and WPS officials thanked and expressed appreciation for hams participating. Officials also gave assurance they had no information indicating widespread failure of systems in their control. All parties were enthusiastic to interact with each other in the spirit of readiness. Governor Tommy Thompson will receive updates throughout the state at least twice an hour and more frequently if conditions merit. The area ham net will assist in providing information in the specified format required for the governor reports. The governor reports will contain all information of every accident occurrence so media throughout the state will receive accurate information about the events during that evening. Andy Nemec KB9ALN, net control operator, addressed the group to explain how the net will function and answered questions about repeater assignments. Andy reminded everyone of net protocol and procedures. Any hams wanting to contribute to this effort should contact KB9ALN. Area hams participating in the Y2K project include: K9BOB, K9GB, K9GQE, K9JQE, KB9ALN, KB9AMM, KB9EWK, KB9PZF, KB9QAJ, KB9QAL, KB9RHB, KB9SND, KS9WI, N9LOK, N9MPU, N9NCQ, N9OLU, N9QLO, N9QZF, N9SBQ, N9TBR, N9TNH, N9VJL, N9WOA, N9XCQ, N9ZDA, W9CEA, W9HAM, W9WES, WA9RFT.
The Northeast WI Rado League held its last net Tuesday, 1/1/2000, and the announced the club is changing its membership by-laws and structure to become more of a "Skywarn" focused network of operators. Technician classes were held at St. Norberts January 12th. Keith announced he procured a camping trailer and is overhauling it for Field day and other radio use. Keith Alvey, Executive Director of the Green Bay Chapter of the Red Cross, came to the February 10 meeting of the Green Bay Mike and Key Club. His presentation was first on the agenda. He apologized and wants a new relationship, where hams and Red Cross work together again. The annual banquet is held March 18, at Woodside Country Club. Members equip the Great Circus Train in July that leaves Baraboo for Waukesha. Overnights there and heads out the next day for Green Bay via, Slinger, Allenton, Fond du lac, Oshkosh, Neenah, Appleton, Little Rapids, & De Pere. After a brief stay it turns around and overnights in Appleton.
1/1/2000 Couple Pitches In For Y2K Trouble-Shooting (pdf)