CQ On The Cover September 2014
Dave Schank, KA9WXN, of Greenfield, Wisconsin, is one of those people who helps make ham radio “happen” in his community. And his community includes Greenfield’s larger and better-known neighbor, Milwaukee. Dave is president of two local radio clubs—the Milwaukee Radio Amateurs’ Club (which was founded 97 years ago and is the ARRL’s oldest affiliated club, according to Dave) and the Milwaukee Area Amateur Radio Society. He is also vice-chairman of the area’s repeater council and maintains several local repeater systems, including the area’s first System Fusion repeater (see our review elsewhere in this issue) and two D-STAR repeaters. So if you’re using a repeater of any flavor in the Milwaukee area, there’s a good chance Dave has some role in keeping it up and running. He also helps keep the community informed and entertained; he works as a broadcast engineer at Milwaukee’s PBS TV affiliates, WMVS and WMVT.
Dave is a second-generation ham. He’s been licensed since 1987, his dad since 1961, and operates HF as well as VHF and UHF. In the photo on the cover, you can see the side of his HF rig, a Yaesu FT-767GX, and his (analog FM) Motorola GM-300 on UHF. Last year, Dave and a few other Milwaukee-area hams were featured in a front-page story in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel newspaper focusing on ham radio as “the original social network.” You can access the article online at <https://bit.ly/1nsZvqB>.
(Cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)