ARRL Sections - Wisconsin



Contact Information

Section Name:
Gary Sorensen, W9ULK
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Basic Information


HAMFESTS AND SWAPFESTS - Section Manager to Make Personal Appearance at Events. Meet and greet Gary Sorensen, W9ULK, your Section Manager, up close and in person. Gary looks forward to seeing you at your hamfest! 

  • May 22, 2016, 7 to 11 a.m. - Wisconsin Antique Radio Club  Swapfest, free admission, at The Terminal, 5917 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee. Radios, tubes, parts, books.
  • July 9, 2016, starts 6:30 a.m. - South Milwaukee ARC will hold the 51st Annual Swapfest at American Legion Post #434, 9327 S. Shepard Ave., Oak Creek. This is an ARRL sanctioned event.
  • July 17, 2016, 7 to 11 a.m. - Wisconsin Antique Radio Club  Swapfest, free admission, at The Terminal, 5917 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee. Radios, tubes, parts, books. 
  • July 27 - 31, 2016 -The Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club, W9ZL will once again operate a Special Event station from the grounds of the EAA AirVenture 2015. We will operate 5 days -- Wednesday through Sunday, during the fourth week of July (July 27 thru July 31,2016). This operating event is open to all license classes.  We will operate 2 HF stations, one on 20m and one on 40m, a 6-meter station 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 5 days.  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.  contact Jon Oldenburg AB9AH @,
    or (920)832-9727 
  •  August 7, 2016 Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club Click here for more info and a printable flyer.
  • September 18, 2016, 7 to 11 a.m. - Wisconsin Antique Radio Club  Swapfest, free admission, at The Terminal, 5917 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee. Radios, tubes, parts, books.
  • November 6, 2016, 7 to 11 a.m. - Wisconsin Antique Radio Club  Swapfest, free admission, at The Terminal, 5917 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee. Radios, tubes, parts, books.



 TRAFFIC HANDLING - Denny Rybicke, K9LGU, Section Traffic Manager

PROCEDURES AND TIPS - How To Be A Net Control StationList of Non-Wisconsn HF NetsMessage Format, Everything You Need To Know.

PREAMBLES, LISTS AND GUIDES - ARES/RACES Net PreambleBadger Emergency Net PreambleCW Net PreambleOfficial Relay Station Guide,Public Service Honor Roll CriteriaWisconsin Nets Routing Guide By CitiesWisconsin Nets Association ManualFind any Wisconsin Net,Wisconsin Side Band Net Preamble

 OTHER -  All You Need to KnowARRL Numbered RadiogramsMessage Basics from OK NTS Digital,  QForms (A program which allows entry of text into an electronic form to create a message), Wisconsin Nets Association History.


SEVERE WEATHER SPOTTER TRAINING -  2015 Severe Weather Spotter Classes Schedule  | Milwaukee Area Skywarn Assocation | ARES


  • Vilas County April 18 & 19  8am. There will be a 2 day seminar in preparation for the Technician Class test. This will be held at the Vilas County Economic Development Manufacturing Incubator facility, 4825 Hwy 70 West, Eagle River, WI. Click here for more info and a printable Flyer.
  • Eau Claire ARC License Testing will be held on the following dates: April 18, July 11, October 10, 2015. They will be held at the L E Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger St. Eau Claire, WI 54703 (lower level) Starting at 9am. Coffee and rolls provided. Walk-ins are welcome. For additional info contact Jon, KE9KW, at 715 834 1540.
  • Date TBA * *  General Class - The Space Place Amateur Radio Center, 2300 S. Park St., Madison, Holds weekend Technician Classes using the ARRL General Class License Manual, pre-study is recommended. A license exam session follows the workshop. The ARRL-required fee is $15 (check or money order is preferred). Bring two forms of identification; one must be a photo ID. Sara Elizabeth, WA9SEClick for printable flyer
  • Date TBA * * Technician Class -  Outagamie County ARES Technician Class held at American Red Cross building, 1302 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton, WI.  Bring lunch, snacks, soda,  paper, pens, and a small calculator. Pre-registration is not required but is appreciated. Please contact Jon E. Kreski, AB9NN, at 920-749-1041.
  • TBD * * General Class by Wisconsin Valley Radio Association, 2805 Martin Ave.,Wausau. Registration is not required but is encouraged, we use the ARRL General Class license manual, pre-study is recommended.  Travis Augustine, W9HDG, 715-966-1045.
  • Juneau County Amateur Radio Club - VE testing session at City Hall, 4th Floor, Mansion and Hickory Streets, Mauston. Walk-ins are welcome. Arthur "Bud" Kriese, AB9PB, 608-565-7915, New Lisbon.
  • M&M Amateur Radio Club - Menominee, MI. Use the 147.000 repeater for information. No need to pre-register.
  • Amateur Exam Sessions - List of ARRL license exams to be held in Wisconsin.
  • Dane County Classes: Mt. Horeb High School, Fine Arts Center, 305 S. Eight St., Mt. Horeb; Cottage Grove, Glacial Drumlin School, 801 Damascus Trail (CTH BB), Cottage Grove; Sun Prairie Public Library, 1350 Linnerud Dr., Sun Prairie. J. McLellan, 608-267-2542.
  • Chippewa Valley Amateur Radio Club 5 week Amateur Extra Classes with test at St. Joseph Hospital, basement floor, Chippewa Falls. Ron Anderson, W9RMA.
  • Technician License Classes at the MATC Building, 330 W. Collins St., Portage.Books available for $18 payable the first night of the class. The only other expense will be the $15 fee required by the FCC for taking the amateur radio exam at the Portage Library. Bill Hanold, N9CHN, N3305 Tipperary Point Rd., Poynette, WI 53955, phone 608-635-4138.
  • W9PE Ham Cram - The course given in two, 3-hour sessions, is available as a free power point slide presentation useful to schools and clubs. Over 700 students have used it since 1991 as an aid to pass the FCC exam. Course Information


  • Wisconsin QSO Party will be March 15, 2015.Click here for printable Flyer.
  • Sundays, 8 a.m. - ARES/RACES Net.  Everyone is invited to check into or participate in this net which meets on 3967.0 KHz (primary); 3977.5 KHz (secondary). Ron Purvis, WB9WKO, Net Manager.
  • YOUNG HAMS - Saturdays, 7 p.m. - YACHT youth echolink net on the 147.000 W8PIF repeater.  We currently have 120 youth and adult members from 22 states and several countries.  Net is open to all who support youth and ham radio.  Edward Engleman, KG8CX


TECHNICAL SPECIALISTS - Contact these experts to help solve your problem. List of Technical Specialists.

TOURS - Places for you or your club members to tour. These organizations make use of Wisconsin amateurs in times of emergency or public service. They would love to give you a tour of their facility! Visit them! List of Tours.
SPEAKERS - Amateurs willing to give presentations to your club and their topcs of interest: List of Speakers.

SECTION APPOINTEMENTS - List of Section Appointments.

Please let us know about any updates or corrections to this web site. Gary Sorensen, W9ULK.

Wisconsin Officials