As you see above, the club observed a full century of operation in Menominee. The ham radio program began its 10th year in January of 2016 as the only Boys & Girls club in America with a fully operational ham station as a youth activity in addition to many other fun things that are available for our members.
Collage above shows a number of our members enjoying some HF, occasional vhf contacts. The upper right photo collage was taken on July 21. Click on the photo for a larger view. We are currently in our Summer program with many youth enjoying the "Wonderful World of Ham Radio." One of our current members is an 11 year old YL who is pursuing a Technician license, with the mentorship of Gayle W9GCG, a summer and early Fall visitor to our area. Her husband is Lloyd W9LEG, who works with me (KG8CX) during the same time span. We are usually on the air Mon., Tue., and Thurs. from 1:00 to 4:15pm CST. Listen for us on 20, 17, and occasionally 15 and 10 meters. Our Summer program began on June 6 with the station being operational from 1 - 4pm CDST on the days listed above. Along with a Kenwood TS480 and a Kenwood TS570, we also have Echolink capabilities through our local repeater, W8PIF-R. We can also connect up to our local M&M ARC repeater on a dual band radio to receive both echolink and local contacts. A recent acquistion is a Heil mike and lighted base that was purchased at the Dayton Hamvention direct from Bob Heil. We also have a Heil Gold-Line mike from our visit to the Hamvention this year. A Kenwood TS570 is also available. Our two antennas are a wire dipole and R8 vertical. My very capable co-operator is Lloyd W9LEG who spends the summer and early Fall with us, and has greatly enhanced our radio operation capabilities. We are in our 10th year as a ham radio activity in the Menominee & Marinette D.A.R. Boys & Girls club. Opened up the radio room at end of January 2006. Many hundreds of youth and 16 licensed hams later and hopefully 1 more soon, here we are. Thanks to the many hams, and others who promote and support exposing and involving young people in ham radio, and related communications and technology, we have one of the best ham radio stations in the country for youth. The local Boys & Girls club observed 100 years of operation in 2015. Added note: * One of our DAR licensed hams, Brett KD8NAZ, is now on the staff working our gym program as he graduates high school and enters our local UW, Marinette Co. college program. Some older photos are shown below from earlier years, illustrating the "attractions power" of ham radio. Many to thank for making us a premier ham station available to youth: M&M Amateur Radio Club, DAR B & G club staff, and those who have donated time, equipment and funds.
Our newest young ham is KC9ZOD who passed her Technician in September at age 11, and is the 16th to become licensed while a DAR Boys & Girls club member since 2006. Photos below shows several of our YL members working on HF qso's. The K8DAR radio lab will be entering its 10th year of operation in Jan. of 2016. We began operation in 2006 with one HF and one VHF. Members of the M&M ARC organized and set up the antennas and gear. Now 8 years later, we have licensed 16 youth and have upgraded to two HF rigs with connected computers, one echolink computer, and one dual band. We also have numerous HT's and one mobile for loan to any newly licensed youngster. We have also purchased a new Kenwood 480HTX 200 watt model, pictured above, and an installed voice keyer. Many thanks to the local radio club, the Boys & Girls club staff, and many who have contributed time and funding to get us to this point. Thanks to Lloyd Gomez W9LEG and Gayle Gomez W9GCG who have, since 2009, have contributed their time, efforts and material during the DAR summer sessions. We are committed to giving our youth exposure to the many benefits and enjoyment of ham radio. The future of ham radio communications lies with our youth.
The kids love their contacts as it enriches their understanding of the U.S. and the world at large, as well as amateur radio.
Photo below shows entrance to the K8DAR communications center. Below that is our main HF operating position with the new Kenwood TS-480HTX transceiver, 200 watt version, and an MFJ heavy duty tuner along side. The Kenwood TS-570 that was our main rig is now in our #2 operating position. Pictured at left is our Yaesu 7800 dual band rig which enables to keep in touch with local hams.
Entrance to the K8DAR room
Our main operating postion
Pictured above: sister and brother enjoying ham radio. He is pointing to a contact he just made. Kids learn about geography and world cultures through ham radio. Listen for the K8DAR station calling CQ on 15, 17, and 20 primarily and give them an opportunity to enter your callsign into their logging program.
Here is Ed, KG8CX, checking our EQF logging program while a DAR member
reads a QSL card she just received. The kids really love to get cards from the
contacts they mak
Above: Ed KG8CX, the control op/club trustee working with one of the DAR members who often stop by the K8DAR radio room. Here he is trying for an HF contact on our Kenwood TS-570S
Listen to the YACHT YOUTH NET every Sat. at 7pm CST on the W8PIF-R node #481872. Support our young hams. Our website is http://yachthams.webstarts.com/index.html
The magic of ham radio continues as we enter 2013 for our 8th year as the only Boys and Girls club in the country with ham radio serving as a regular activity for our youth. All HF and echolink activity is supervised by KG8CX, and during the summer months, W9LEG joins in as a control op. Join us in providing our youth with your contact as we promote the next generation in ham radio.
We have contacted many DX countries and have the colored pins on a world map to prove it.
ECHOLINK & HF YOUTH ACTIVITY, direct from the K8DAR radio room, on HF (mainly 20, 17 and 10 meters), and echolink, W8PIF-R rpt and K8DAR. Join us Mon., Tues. and Thurs. from 1:00 to 4:15pm during the summer, and from 3:00 to 5:45pm during the fall and winter season, and promote ham radio to our youth. Let our kids experience the well known friendly and cooperative nature of ham radio operators, and encourage them to travel the "ham highway" toward their own license.
Photo below shows one of our many happy club members enjoying a big time opening on 10 meters.
DAR members watching Derek KD8LQB logging a contact.
= K8DAR = the only Boys & Girls club in the nation with an operating ham radio station, and proud of it.
We observed our 9th year of operation in January of 2015. Much has happened during the past nine years to strengthen the station and expose many hundreds of DAR members to ham radio, including 16 that decided to get their own licenses. We love to get QSL cards. Please write the name(s) of the youngsters you talked to on the card. We place many of our cards on the bulletin board, and change them periodically. We want to remember all the nice people and interesting places we've made contact with.
Two photos (2010) showing youngsters enjoying the world of ham radio.
The Menominee D.A.R. Radio club and Y.A.C.H.T. young ham team set up a display booth at the AES Superfest in Milwaukee on April 2, 2011. Individuals from both groups were on hand to project the image of active young hams and to show to the attendees the succ
essful nature of our local programs designed to promote ham radio for youth. These young hams were very visible throughout the ham
fest, and solicited many favorable comments. The top left frame shows the ARRL president Kay Cragie N3KN with our group
(below) Menominee D.A.R. Radio club
Here are some pictures of K8DAR / 9 operating in the Wisconsin QSO Party on March 14, 2010 from Peshtigo in Marinette Co. It was a very successful and learning experience for the young ops. We ran two phone rigs and one CW. Five young hams ran the phone portion and the logging program. NS8V did the CW. Thanks to all who made contact with us. It was a fun time. Special thanks to Chris KC9PLW who made his garage and yard available for radios and antennas.
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We hope you enjoy reading about our accomplishments and viewing our photos. We are the Menominee D.A.R.
Radio club, the only Boys and Girls club in the nation with a fully operational ham radio station.
Through the "magic" of ham radio, the K8DAR has given our local youth a very exciting experience in communications, technology, and place geography throughout the world. Here is a new young ham proudly pointing to his contact on Guam, a new DX country for us, using the K8DAR call. He was one of our most active operators, having accumulated over 300 contacts.
We have contacted 125 DX countries so far in our 5 years of operation. In Jan. of '12 we will have been on the air for 6 years, exposing hundreds of local youth to the magic of ham radio.
*Note: SASE much appreciated, and will speed our card to you. Postage budget is very limited.
We recently received a plaque from the Wisconsin Council of Boys & Girls clubs for the Best Overall Program. A similar plaque was received earlier from the Michigan Council of Boys & Girls club. An honor that we really are proud of.
The photo here shows our new banner, along with control op, Ed KG8CX.
K8DARis the vanity call for the Menominee DAR Boys and Girls Club ham station.We were organized on Jan. 31, 2006, and now have a fully equipped station with two hf operating positions, one vhf/uhf, and a new two meter dedicated to monitoring our local repeater. HF Station #1 is a Kenwood TS-480HX running in to one of two antennas (both loops, and station #2 is a Kenwood TS570 feeding its signal into the same set of antennas via an MFJ antenna switch. The Kenwood 570 has a digital voice keyer which many youngsters enjoy using, to perfect their voice technique. Both rigs have a dedicated computer with logging software. We also have a code key that some youngster enjoy using to learn and practice the code. And, now, we have Echolink available, which makes the ham experience more enjoyable.
One of our several awards is shown above.the best overall program of any Boys & Girls club in the state of Michigan. We are very proud of that recognition.
Picture below shows twins enjoying an HF qso.
We now have two computers connected to the internet. One is dedicated to our E-QF logging program and practice exams. The other is paired with our Kenwood TS570 and is our digital mode computer. The two HF rigs have logging software so the DAR members can log their calls. Thanks to Lloyd W9LEG for helping us to get the additional computers.
The youngsters operate the station during hours when the facility is open and a control operator is present. We have licensed SIXTEEN youngsters so far, and our "Ham Radio Honor Roll" plaque is now full. Several of our young hams are also members of the nationwide group YACHT .Y-oung A-mateurs C-ontest H-am T-eam, which already has OVER 128 youth members in 25 states, as well as South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, and the U.S. Check out our new website http://yachthams.webstarts.com/index.html
Send QSL cards to the address listed with SASE. The kids very much enjoy receiving their own cards. We usually ask for several cards.one for each of the youngsters making t
he contact, and the second for our large bulletin board and scrapbook. These youngsters are the future of ham radio. Look for us on the bands. We love making contacts around the U.S. and the world through the magic of radio.Check out our webpage http://www.thedar.org and click onour qsl card.
Two of our licensed ham are brothers Brett who received his call KD8NAZ in early February of '10 and Blake KD8ODP who received his in May of '10. (Updates: Brett upgraded to General in June of 2010
Thanks to all who have visited our site and talked to us on HF, Echolink and 2 meters. Your support is much appreciated, and contribute to the advancement of youth in ham radio.
73, Ed KG8CX, Menominee D.A.R. Radio Club control op and trustee - ASM for Youth, ARRL Wisconsin Sectio