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UW-Fox Valley
1478 Midway Road
Menasha, WI 54952
Room 1346

Meetings start at 7:00 PM every third Monday of the month.

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 2346
Appleton, WI 54912

Membership dues for one year

  • Full - $15.00
  • Associate (non ham) $15.00
  • Student - $10.00
  • Retired - $10.00
  • Family Member dues plus $5.00 each additional family member residing at the same address.
    • prerequisite to the family membership, see by-law’s Article IV section1

Board of Directors

Board of Directors
President: Bernard Hengels, N9YMC
Vice-President:Bruce Otto, W9BDO
Treasurer: Donna Mendyke, KC9THF
Secretary:Terry Schilling, N9AOT
Membership Coordinator: Andrew Skjoldager, KC9IZF
Technical Director:Larry Peterson, WA9TT
Members at Large:  Joel Kasper, WI4WD
Members at Large:  Thomas Stoeger, WD9IKA
Members at Large:  Andy Lawton, AJ9AL

History of Club

VE Testing

VE Team Contact: Rick Kosiorek, W9RIC Location:
Fox Valley Technical College
1825 N Bluemound Dr
Appleton, WI 54914
room B142
entrance door 12 on the west side of the college,

Start 8AM/walkins until 8:30AM
Cost is $15.00
2 forms of identification are required.
Up-grades must bring a copy of their current license for the VE's to keep and send in to the FCC.
Please view the FCARC calendar of events on this web site for current dates
VE Team

Repeater Information

FCARC Repeaters
W9ZL145.330PL 100.0
W9ZL146.760PL 100.0
W9ZL146.760PL 107.2Downtown
W9ZL443.650PL 100.0
Other Repeaters in local area
ECR LTD - 146.655 PL 100.0
WJ9K224.500PL 100.0
W9RIC442.175Pl 100System Fusion
ND9Z444.450PL 100.0

More Local Repeaters
Wisconsin Association of Repeaters


FCARC's Nets
Net NameDateFrequencynotes
Two Meter NetEvery Wednesday night at 8:00 PM146.760 - 100.02 Meter Net - Weekly
Six Meter Net3rd Tuesday of the month at 8:00 PM52.5506 Meter Net info
Two Meter SSTV Net2nd Sunday monthly at 6:00 PM145.330 - 100.0more info on sstv net

Club Events

EAA Airventure special event Station: one week each summer, EAA members and aviation enthusiasts totaling more than 500,000 from more than 60 countries attend EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where they rekindle friendships and celebrate the past, present and future in the world of flight. Sign up Past Airventures

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN! Past Field Day

FCARC HamFest is held the first Sunday in November. What is a Hamfests?, Hamfests are events organized by amateur radio enthusiasts, for social gathering and promotion of the amateur radio hobby. Typically annual events held on a weekend, they can last from several hours to several days. Most feature a flea market where the attendees buy and sell radio and related equipment. The equipment found at a hamfest can vary significantly from the newest high-tech gear to used, refurbished, or even antique equipment, and haggling or bargaining is the most common means of sale. Equipment that originally sold at great expense to commercial users (such as public safety agencies) can often be found at a fraction of the price. Past Hamfests

Appleton Flag Day ParadeAppleton’s parade is recognized as the nation’s oldest Flag Day Parade. It has evolved into a huge event drawing upwards of 60,000 spectators from all over Northeastern Wisconsin. FCARC Appleton Flag Day Parade

Community Events

Crop Walk: CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by CWS and organized by local volunteers to raise funds to end hunger.

JDRF: The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes is a fun-filled charity walk held in locations all around the world. The Walk raises funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). Participants, walking alone or in teams, raise money for JDRF—the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research.Sign Up

Sole Burner - American Cancer Society: The Sole Burner is both a serious and social event. The event is designed to rally community support for the American Cancer Society, recognize cancer survivors, and promote the value of a 5K run or walk. The event is also designed to raise money for American Cancer Society programs of research, education, advocacy, and patient and family services. Sign Up

Walk MS: What if we could connect every person living with MS? Every person who cares about someone with MS. Every family affected by MS. Everyone who has seen what this disease can do. What if we could come together, even one day a year, to show the power of those connections? We can – and we will – at Walk MS, a day when our connections become more powerful than the disease that is bringing us together. Sign Up **Past Walk MS**

Communityfest: A community event in Neenah and Menasha at Riverside Park in Neenah and Jefferson Park in Menasha on July 3 and July 4 celebrating the Fourth of July.

Tech Corner

Tech Corner A selection of technical papers and notes from club meeting presentations

General Amateur Radio INFO

Basic Communication Skills The Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club provides communication support for many public service events in our community. Examples of information being exchanged between the FCARC and event coordinators includes medical emergencies, welfare checks, status reports on participants, or a request for the sag wagon. In order for effective and efficient radio traffic to be passed from the event operators to event officials, the FCARC is asking all participants read the following guidelines before transmitting on your radio for an FCARC communication event.

Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) is an amateur radio-based system for real time tactical digital communications of information of immediate value in the local area.[1] In addition, all such data is ingested into the APRS Internet System (APRS-IS) and distributed globally for ubiquitous and immediate access. Along with messages, alerts, announcements and bulletins, the most visible aspect of APRS is its map display. Anyone may place any object or information on his or her map, and it is distributed to all maps of all users in the local RF network or monitoring the area via the Internet. Any station, radio or object that has an attached GPS is automatically tracked. Other prominent map features are weather stations, alerts and objects and other map-related amateur radio volunteer activities including Search and Rescue and signal direction finding.

DXing is the hobby of receiving and identifying distant radio or television signals, or making two way radio contact with distant stations in amateur radio, or other two way radio communications. Many DXers also attempt to obtain written verifications of reception or contact, sometimes referred to as “QSLs”. The name of the hobby comes from DX, telegraphic shorthand fores“ “distance” or “distant”. The practice of DXing arose during the early days of radio broadcasting. Listeners would mail “reception reports” to radio broadcasting stations in hopes of getting a written acknowledgement or a QSL card that served to officially verify they had heard a distant station. Collecting these cards became popular with radio listeners in the 1920s and 1930s, and reception reports were often used by early broadcasters to gauge the effectiveness of their transmissions. Although international shortwave broadcasts are on the decline, DXing remains popular among dedicated shortwave listeners. The pursuit of two-way contact between distant amateur radio operators is also a significant activity within the amateur radio hobby.


The Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club was established on October 21, 1985. The Neenah-Menasha Amateur Radio Club membership voted on this date to CHANGE THE NAME of the club and to revise the BY-LAWS to better represent the Amateur Radio Community of this local area. On November 26th 2003 the Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club became incorporated in the State of Wisconsin as a nonprofit.

Founding Members

Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club charter members
Baker, Don NB9JBallinger, Ralph N9ECSBanks, Gary N9ER
Bayer, Dan WB9QFXBieglow, Jack KA9JOLBoland, David W9NWY
Borree, Bob WD9CYXBorree, Hellen WD9CYWClusen, Jerry N9AYN
Croy, George W9MDPDe Groot, Dan N9DCW Fafnis, Ron WD9DFH
Flenz, Mike WB9ANRHewitt, Virginia N9CSGHoyer, Roy WB9QKW
Keating, Gary ND9ZKimbal, Dave KA9NNIKirsling, Dave KD9GM
Kosiorek, Rick N9ALFLoehning, Dick N9ACP Mead, Maury W9FBC 
Michel, Mark W9OPMichel, Joan WD9YDTNeiling, Tom KA9QKD
O'kane, Bill WD9HLNPardee, Lester KA9MMPPickett, Bruce K9VSY
Roll, Dick W9TARonk, Bob KB9IESaler, James NK9D
Schreiber, Kathy KA9JDVSchreiber, Ron KA9JDUSheetz, Jim K9OQO
Seibers, Larry KD9IAThorne, Bob K9DAFThorne, Karen WB9ZNA
Thorne, Tony KA9HYDVan Dyn Hoven, Gus K9GXRVan Ryzin, Gary KB9XG
Van Der Burgt, Ade K9DHRVan Der Burgt, Jay KA9MSRWeingartner, Al KA9RKV
Weyenberg, Mark WB9CQGWickert, Keith W9DKYYost, Donald WD9GOR 
Zuiker, Paul KA9GOU

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