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06/13/2020  Saturday

Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club (W9ZL)


SATURDAY, JUNE 13th , 2020

Starlite Club
W2091 County Rd JJ
Kaukauna, WI

The Sunshine Swapfest is a brand-new event for enthusiasts of amateur radio, computers,
electronics, and other related curiosities and miscellanea. Everyone is welcome to attend!
This event will be held outdoors rain or shine in the parking lot of the Starlite Club!

Buy, sell, and trade electronics, computers, computer games, test & scientific equipment
Great food and refreshments available all day! The bar will be open!

  • Buy or Sell - $6 per person. All tickets will be available at the gate.
  • Each seller vehicle gets one parking spot.
  • Children 12 and under are FREE!

Q: What is a Tailgate Hamfest?
A: It’s a fun event where sellers park their vehicle and sell right out of their truck or car.
    Sellers can bring a table to set up.  Everyone is free to walk the parking lot looking
    for great deals!

Q: Is this event held outside?
A: Yes, this event will be held in the parking lot of the Starlite Club, rain or shine. 
    Don’t forget to dress appropriately!

Q: Is there going to be a raffle or VE testing?
A: There will be no raffle or VE testing at the Sunshine Swapfest.  Come and enjoy yourself!

GPS Coordinates: N 44.315178 º, W 88.292282º


Take US Hwy 41 toward Little Chute, WI
Take Exit 146 toward Hwy N / Freedom Rd.
Drive north on Hwy N / Freedom Rd. for approx. 1.3 miles.
Take a right onto Hwy JJ / Edgewood Dr.
Drive east on Hwy JJ / Edgewood Dr. for approx. 1.0 mile.
The Starlite Club is on the right-hand side of the street.

FCARC Sunshine Swapfest Website:

For more information, contact Anthony Mach, AB9IO at: 920.858.6300
or e-mail:

More details coming soon!

Area Swapfests / Madison Hamfest Saturday 07/18/2020
« on: April 01, 2020, 08:39:14 PM »
Notice: The April 18th 2020 Hamfest is postponed to July 18th, 2020.
Your table and ticket orders for April 18th are good for July 18th.

Approximately 108 miles, 1 hr and 50 minutes WSW from Cedarburg, WI
(Actually located in Stoughton, WI)

07/18/2020 Saturday 
Madison Hamfest
48th Annual
Madison Area Repeater Association (MARA)

Mandt Community Center
400 Mandt Parkway
Stoughton, WI 53589

GPS:  North 42.91157  West 89.21647


Vendor setup starts at 6:00 am
Event runs 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Talk In:  MARA's Wide Area Repeater   147.150 MHz (+600) PL 123.0 Hz

*** Dano's Chef Service ***
will be providing breakfast and lunch again this year! ***

more information:

New Flyer:

Area Events / MRAC FM VHF/UHF Simplex Contest Sunday 02/09/2020
« on: February 04, 2020, 08:56:20 PM »
The Milwaukee Radio Amateur's Club, Inc. (MRAC) is sponsoring an
FM VHF/UHF Simplex Contest
on multiple bands: 2m, 70cm, 6m, 1.25m, and on digital voice modes D-STAR and Fusion.

"Purpose: To promote FM simplex operation and VHF/UHF contesting while giving new
hams an opportunity to develop their contesting skills."

All clubs and amateurs welcome to participate.
Winning club is recognized on a plaque at HRO Milwaukee.

Special Multiplier: 1.5 score multiplier for Technician Class participants.

Sunday, February 9, 2020
1 pm - 4 pm   broken down as follows:

2m (1pm – 2 pm)
70cm (2pm – 2:30pm)
6m (2:30pm – 3pm)
1.25m (3pm – 3:30pm)
Digital Voice (3:30pm – 4 pm)

Suggested logging program: N3FJP VHF/UHF

More information at:
Contest rules:

Area Swapfests / Sterling-Rock Falls Hamfest Sunday 03/08/2020
« on: January 25, 2020, 03:05:49 PM »
03/08/2020 Sunday

60th Annual Hamfest
Sterling-Rockfalls Amateur Radio Society

New location, new location, new location !!

Rockfalls Community Center
601 West 10th Street
Rockfalls, IL


Advanced tickets and tables:

Talk-In: 146.850 (PL 114.8)

Public Contact: Joe Baldwin , N9ORQ
10304 Hoover Road
Rockfalls, IL 61071
Phone: 815-626-4766

Area Swapfests / Tri-County ARC (W9MQB) Sunday 03/15/2020
« on: January 25, 2020, 02:52:05 PM »
Approximately 71 miles, 1 hour and 20 minutes from Cedarburg.

03/15/2020 Sunday   

Tri-County ARC (W9MQB)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm ??
(Setup starts at 6:00 am)

Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Center
503 North Jackson Avenue
Jefferson, WI 53549


Talk-In: 145.49 (PL 123.0)

Public Contact: John McIntyre , KD9IQC
                        540 Jackson Street
                        Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
                        Phone: 920-723-7439

Email:  Subject: Hamfest 2020

More information:
Club website:


04/04/2020  3rd year new date, instead of February


The 9th Annual Cooperative Indoor SwapFest

Sponsor: Milwaukee Radio Amateurs' Club/Milwaukee Area Amateur Radio Society

Elks Lodge #46
5555 West Good Hope Road
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(Across from HRO in Milwaukee)

Vendor setup 6:00 am - 8:00 am
Hours: 8:00 am - 12 pm

Tickets and Tables can be ordered at the website below:



Talk-In: 145.39, 145.13 (PL 127.3)

Public Contact: David Schank , KA9WXN
1036 South 97th Street
West Allis, WI 53214
Phone: 414-459-9741

           POSTPONED TO JULY 18, 2020


*****  CANCELLED  *****

The ORC Spring Swapfest is cancelled due to the Governor extending the Safer at Home
order until May 26, 2020.  Depending on how events develop in the coming months,
we will look at rescheduling or combining the Spring and Fall Swapfests.
Please contact Tom Trethewey KC9ONY for a refund on ticket and table sales. 
ORC Board of Directors

05/02/2020  Saturday

Ozaukee Radio Club
42nd Annual Spring Swapfest


8:00 am - 1:00 pm
(vendor setup at 6:00 am)

Columbia St. Mary's Center
W67N866 Washington Avenue
Cedarburg, WI 53012

Talk-In: 146.97 (PL 127.3)


                  (in the same building as the Milwaukee Curling Club)


Double ticket stubs for advanced ticket and table orders:
See flyer for mailing address or

Contact: Tom Trethewey, KC9ONY
Phone: 262-346-3751

See you at the Spring Swapfest!!

Area Swapfests / WCRA 53rd Annual Mid-Winter Hamfest - Sunday 01/19/2020
« on: November 27, 2019, 10:14:36 PM »
A pretty decent sized hamfest, first big one in Illinois for the year.
Approximately 135 miles SSW, and 2 hours and 25 minutes from Cedarburg.

01/19/2020  Sunday

WCRA 53rd Annual Mid-Winter Hamfest
Wheaton Community Radio Amateurs

8:00 am - ? (doors close at 1 pm)
(Setup starts at 6:00 am)

Kane County Fairgrounds EXPO Center
525 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1533



Talk-In: 145.310 MHz (-) CTCSS 107.2

Public Contact: Kelsey Schroeder , KA9KDC
                        PO Box 1055
                        Wheaton, IL 60187

Phone: 630-923-5447

First big local hamfest of the year.
Approximately 39 miles, 46 minutes from Cedarburg via I-43S to I-94W.

01/04/2020 Saturday

WARAC's 48th Annual Midwinter Swapfest

West Allis Radio Amateur Club
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
(Seller setup starts at 6:00 am - 8:00 am)

Waukesha County Expo Center - Arena  (this is the round building)
1000 Northview Rd (County Trunk FT)
Waukesha, WI 53188

Admission Tickets:

    Adult - $6.00 Advance - $7.00 at the door
    Youth up to 12 Yrs of age - Free at the door
    Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts in uniform - Free at the door

Talk-In: 147.40 Simplex
Public Contact:
Erwin von der Ehe , WI9EV
2201 Melody Lane
Waukesha, WI 53186
Phone: 262-271-0630


more information:

Tower Electronics (based in Green Bay, WI) will be there for sure,
say hello to Jill KB9PZF !
Batteries America (based in Mount Horeb, WI) should be there,
say hello to Russell Craig!

"Thank you" to our 2020 Swapfest Sponsors!

Bioenno Power (Door prizes)

CableXperts (Door Prizes)

COMPACtenna (Door Prizes) (Door Prizes)

Gold Medal Ideas (Door Prizes)

Heil Sound (Door Prizes)

MFJ Enterprises (Door Prizes)

West Mountain Radio (Ticket Printing)

Area Swapfests / Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club Swapfest Sunday 11/03/2019
« on: October 30, 2019, 07:48:10 AM »
11/03/2019 Sunday
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, and 98 miles from Cedarburg (via Hwy 41).

NOTE:  New Location !!!

FCARC Swapfest 2018
Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club
(Vendor Setup starts at 6:00 am)
General admission 8:00 am - ?

New Location !!!

Starlight Club
W2091 County Road JJ
KauKauna, WI 54130


Talk-in: 146.76 MHz PL 100 Hz

Public Contact: Anthony Mach , AB9IO
773 Yorkshire Road
Neenah, WI 54956
Phone: 920-858-6300

more information:

Area Swapfests / Milwaukee Repeater Club Swapfest Saturday 11/02/2019
« on: October 30, 2019, 07:28:21 AM »
11/02/2019 Saturday

Milwaukee Repeater Club
35th annual swapfest

Amateur Radio Fest 2019
sometimes called "Friendlyfest"

Vendor setup 6:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Elks Lodge #46 (across from HRO)
5555 West Good Hope Road
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Talk-In: 146.910 minus offset (PL 127.3)

Public Contact: Karen Burris , KC9WQJ
414 East Juneau Avenue, #102
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-578-0492

more information:


International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend - ILLW

   Once again, members of LEFROG and the Ozaukee Radio Club will join together to
participate in the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW), which started in 1998.
In 2018, there were over 49 countries and 440 lighthouses signed up.   Amateur radio clubs
and amateurs across the globe will be doing the same type of thing as we attempt to contact
other lighthouses.   This is to bring awareness and recognition of the importance of lighthouses,
their restoration, and maritime heritage.   See for more information.

   We are registered as US0114 and will be using the W9CQO call sign.    This will take place
on the property of the 1860 Light Station & Museum located on the top of the hill in
Port Washington, WI (near St. Mary’s Church).

   Friday, August 16, 2019, we will be setting up a 30’ tower and Cushcraft AS4 tri-band beam.
We will operate mainly on 20m depending on band conditions, but are also considering putting
up a 40m dipole.
   The ORC will be setting up one 10' X 10' tent, club banner, and operating table next to the
Lighthouse and LEFROG will be doing the same.   LEFROG will supply an Icom IC-9100 and
possibly an Icom IC-7600, along with a logging computer.   We will also have D-STAR.
We could use your help setting up on Friday afternoon, and tearing down on Sunday as well.
   All are welcome to join us.   If you don’t own HF equipment nor have any experience
operating HF, don’t let that stop you from coming out.   We will get you on the radio to
try it out.   This is not a contest, so there is no pressure!   It’s about having fun and learning!

   Bring your own cooler with drinks, and maybe something to eat.   However there are several
restaurants in the area.   You might consider bringing a chair if you want to ragchew when
not on the air.
   If you need directions or talk-in, someone will be monitoring the ORC 2m repeater,
146.970 MHz,  (- offset), CTCSS 127.3 Hz.

WHO: Ozaukee Radio Club and LEFROG (Local Emergency Field Radio Operating Group)
WHAT: International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend special event station
WHERE:    1860 Light Station & Museum
                 311 Johnson Street
                 Port Washington, WI
WHEN:     Friday, August 16th    1pm - 5pm? (until tower is set up, radios tested)
                Saturday, August 17th  9:00 am - 5 pm operating
                Sunday, August 18th    9:00 am - noon operating
                Sunday, August 18th    noon - 5pm break down equipment
If band conditions are good, we might continue operating past those times.
If you do come out, please do NOT park in front of the 1860 Light Station Museum,
as that is where visitors to the museum park.   We want to maintain a good relationship
with the folks at the Port Washington Historical Society.

From the fine folks up at the Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club W9ZL:

EAA Airventure 2019 Special Event Station
The sign-up for this years EAA Special Event Station is now open to
all ARRL members. Sign up will be drawing to a close on May 06, 2019.
This has to be done so the EAA can finalize their planning to
accommodate us during the event.
This year we will operate on 7 days -- Monday through Sunday,
during the show (July 22 thru July 28,2019).
This operating event is open to all license classes.
We will operate 2 HF stations, one on 20m, one on 40m,
6-meter SSB, plus local communications on 2-meters.
The club call, W9ZL, will be used throughout the event.
We are looking for both "AM" and "PM" operators covering each of the 7 days,
(please note- some shifts are already filled and are no longer available).
You can sign up for one shift or more if you so desire.
The event is open to all of the amateur community.
If operators sign up for a 4 hour shift, they will be given a daily wristband
that will allow them to go and wonder around the Fly-in.
For further information and to sign up to operate the event go to:
The sign up form is available at the Event Sign-ups tab on the W9ZL website home page.
Or you may contact Jon Oldenburg AB9AH at:
Hope to see you all soon!
Jon Oldenburg AB9AH
W9ZL Special Event Coordinator
EAA AirVenture 2019

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