April Update

First of all, thank you for all who joined us at HRO last month for the Milwaukee membership meeting.  Many topics were discussed, including a few that, as a board, we are already following up on and implementing.  Special thanks to Ham Radio Outlet – not only for their generosity in allowing us to use their facilities, but also letting us stay a little longer so John N9UPC could give an impromptu meet and greet afterwards to help us further understand the new features of Yaesu Fusion as it relates to frequency coordination.

Our club secretary, Josh KC9WWH, has put on the main WAR web page the ability for anyone to sign up to get updates via email.  We will be using this email list to send you new posts (like this one I’m writing now), as well as notifications to when (and where) our next membership meetings will be held.  We encourage you to add your email address to the list.

Another one of our board members, Tony KT9AC, has listened to many of you on suggestions to making our updated band plan for the state even better, particularly on how we can encourage, yet minimize potential interference, from the wave of digital hotspots that more and more amateur operators are using.  Tony is working on those changes, and will even post a few Q and As in our web site FAQ section.  Look for something soon on this.

Rick W9RIX, Corey KB9BNA, and myself went to Champaign, Illinois this last weekend for the IRA annual meeting, and had a great time.  The group south of the border were fantastic hosts, including allowing us to join them for an outstanding meal at a local steak house that I’ll only describe as somewhere where you should never leave hungry.  At their meeting, many of the topics and issues addressed were similar to our own.  They are also working with WAR, and the other adjacent states, to maintain correspondence and sharing agreements that only make all the state coordinating bodies better.

Next week, Rick and myself plan on going to Willmar, Minnesota to visit their annual membership meeting as well.

Lastly, keep an eye on our web site for the date of our August membership meeting.  It is our intentions to have it in Eau Claire again this year, and we hope all of you can join us.

Until next time, 73 de Dean KB7QDI

Membership Meeting

Just a quick reminder that this coming Saturday, March 16th we will be having our semi-annual membership meeting at Ham Radio Outlet, located at 5710 Good Hope Road in Milwaukee. We plan to start at 10am and look forward to seeing everyone to discussing the progress made as well as plans for the future.

73
Josh KC9WWH

FAQ’s Now Live

Questions? Questions? Check out our new FAQ section!

We’ve compiled a list of some of your most asked questions and built out a FAQ section on the site where you can view common questions and answers across several topics including repeater coordination, membership, annual updates and more.

Take a look and if you have some recommendations on topics you’d like to see listed, send your questions to anyone on the board. All our emails are listed at the bottom of every webpage.

73
Josh KC9WWH

Updated Band Plan Now Available

Wisconsin Association of Repeaters is happy to release this 2019 update to our radio band plan. We have updated our guidance to include narrowband channels to use with modern equipment, depreciating the use of 420-430Mhz ATV in favor of additional link channels, reminders of our northern latitude “A-line” restrictions near the Canadian border and general guidance for low-power, neighborhood “hot-spots” used for new digital modes.

We welcome comments and suggestions to make our band plan better for everyone to use and continue working with adjacent states to have a clear cohesive plan for our ham radio hobby’s best interests. Pertinent information is called out in this guide with color-coding.

You can find the updated band plan at the top of the page under Governing Documents.

73
Tony KT9AC