EYEBALL 2014 RECAP


President's Awards    -    List of Attendees    -    Schedule of Events    -    Special Event Call
Area Map    -    QRP Nets    -    Raffle Prizes    -    Eyeball Quilt    -    Weather


Eyeball 2014, hosted by Keith (KS9WI) and Elaine (N9QZF) Summers, was held in De Pere, WI (in eastern WI) the weekend of July 17-19, 2014.  The event location was the Pine Room of the modern and well appointed De Pere Community Center, 600 Grant St, De Pere, WI 54115.  The ticket price was $60 per person pre-paid & children under 16-yrs were free.

De Pere, founded in 1883, pop 25,525, is a suburb of Green Bay located in Brown County at the SW tip of Green Bay, a large body of water connecting to Lake Michigan.  It is split roughly in half by the Fox River with a 1/3-mile long 4-lane bridge connecting the two halves.  The IL-WI border is about 140 miles to the south.  the closest dry portion of the MI-WI border is about 150 miles to the NNW in Land O'Lakes, WI.  It's about 335 miles to the dry portion of the MN-WI border in the NW corner of WI.  The IA-WI border is all wet.

Our spacious meeting room in the De Pere Community Center was 35' x 53', and had access to a kitchen adjacent to the room for food service.  Free WiFi was available.

A number of major motels were available within about 2.5 miles of the meeting site at attractive Eyeball rates obtained by our hosts.

See this Google Earth Overview of Eyeball 2014 for the location of the De Pere Community Center, motels, and the many restaurants and attractions.

Read several firsthand accounts of Eyeball 2014 in The Centurion.


It seems this was the year to prank the C/Karls.

For the 3rd year in a row "someone" put a red styrofoam ball on Karl's (KC0MS) mobile antenna advertising his Hog Calling service.  There's no sound to go with the photo... and perhaps that's just as well.  Who would do such a thing!  Who indeed!


And here we have Carl W9OO - mouth open, but no sound coming out - receiving his "Buffalo Chip" award... mailed to Russ by some anonymous donor to present at the Eyeball.  The inscription reads, "'Buffalo Chip' Presented to Carl W9OO in recognition of his ability to 'Step in it.'"  It's a real one folks!  So real that Carl had to shellac it when he got home to keep the smell from escaping.  Word is it took nearly a quart of shellac because the darn thing was so absorbent.


PRESIDENT'S AWARDS

 CERTIFICATES of APPRECIATION 
 FOR NETS RUN 2013/06/01 to 2014/06/01 
 76+ NETS   51-75 NETS   26-50 NETS   10-25 NETS 
KC1AU K1EDG K2UNI WA1FFT
WN1F W2UJ N4CE N1RNJ
WB5FDP W3BS KI4DFS WU2M
W6LJK KG4ZOD WF4H KT4CB
AA9ZF AC7XF KE4RUG KB4IAN
VE3CMB WA9DIY K5SRG KG4VMB
  N9PYR AD5XD WK7K
    WB7ASC KD8HSV
    AC7RA W0PTL
    AE7UT  
    N7XG  
    WU9T  
    KM9U  
    K9ZK  
    WB0PYF  
    W0YV  

 

 CERTIFICATES of APPRECIATION 
 OUTSTANDING NCS   RECIPIENT 
All 160m SSB Nets KI4DFS
All 75m SSB Nets AA9ZF
All 40m SSB Nets VE3CMB
All CW Nets WB5FDP
All DIGITAL Nets WN1F
 BOARD MEMBERS   RECIPIENT 
1st Area Director KC1AU
1st Area Alternate Director N1RNJ
2nd Area Director N2XTT
2nd Area Alternate Director K2UNI
3rd Area Director K3ATY
3rd Area Alternate Director K3QX
4th Area Director KB3PU
4th Area Alternate Director K4CNM
5th Area Director AG5T
5th Area Alternate Director AE5XL
6th Area Director W6LJK
6th Area Alternate Director AB6YL
7th Area Director AC7RA
7th Area Alternate Director WB7ASC
8th Area Director K8PGM
8th Area Alternate Director KD8HSV
9th Area Director WA9DIY
9th Area Alternate Director NJ9T
10th Area Director WB0PYF
10th Area Alternate Director W0YV
DX Area Director VE3CMB
DX Area Alternate Director VE4ABU
Vice President N7XG
Treasurer K3BOB
Secretary W9OO
 QSL BUREAU MANAGERS   RECIPIENT 
40m SSB N7XG
75m SSB/CW/Digital/Handi-Ham WM9H
DX WB5FDP
 SPECIAL CERTIFICATES FOR   RECIPIENT 
Outstanding Administration of
The Century Club Cares Program
KL7QW
Outstanding Administration of
the Club website
KB3PU
Awards Secretary W3BS
Thanks for agreeing to
YLISSB handoff of 7.2675
KI4TXP
W1BML Ambassador Award WB5FDP
Professional Mobile of the Year NM8Q
Leisure Mobile of the Year KC0MS
K7MFG NCS of the Year WN1F
KD3FM Annual Service Award WB5FDP
THANKS for a GREAT EYEBALL! KS9WI and N9QZF

EYEBALL 2014 ATTENDEES

(Click Headings to Sort Table)

# Call Sign Name Home Staying At Comments
KS9WI Keith Summers WI, De Pere Home Eyeball 2014 Host
OM of N9QZF
N9QZF Elaine Summers WI, De Pere Home Eyeball 2014 Hostess
XYL of KS9WI
KB3PU Jim Higgins SC, Sumter Travel Lodge Webmaster
Club Recorder
Information Officer
4th Area Director
Awards Committee Chairman
WT0A Glen Felt NE, Friend Other Master #40
N0HGA Jeff Guenter NE, Osceola Other Traveling with WT0A
KC0CL Calvin Lewandowski KS, Olathe Hampton Inn OM of KD0EZF
KD0EZF Anne Lewandowski KS, Olathe Hampton Inn XYL of KC0CL
K0WJ Lon Martin KS, Shawnee Mission Hampton Inn Shootout Coordinator
WF4H Dwight Greenberg FL, Cocoa Ramada Plaza 40m SSB EN Coordinator
  Beth Greenberg FL, Cocoa Ramada Plaza XYL of WF4H
NJ9T Pete Thornton IL, Peoria Heights Travel Lodge Master #55
Past President
Alternate 9th Area Director
W3BS Buddy Spiegel TN, Memphis Other Awards Secretary
4th Area Awards Manager
AC0RL Jerome Kahn KS, Hutchinson Other Traveling with W3BS
WN1F David B. Feeney ME, Scarborough Ramada Plaza 20m CW Net Coordinator
40m CW Net Coordinator
160m CW LN Coordinator
20m PSK Net Coordinator
20m RTTY Net Coordinator
  Ginn Bellino ME, Scarborough Ramada Plaza XYL of WN1F
  Candy Iaconeta ME, Scarborough Ramada Plaza Sister-in-Law of WN1F
KG4ZOD Donnie Hurst NC, Burlington Travel Lodge Master #62
75m SSB LN Coordinator
  Ginger Hurst NC, Burlington Travel Lodge XYL of KG4ZOD
AA0ZP Frank Taylor NE, Bellevue Hampton Inn Past President
Master #12
Historian
Pres Advisory Cmte
  Marjo Taylor NE, Bellevue Hampton Inn XYL of AA0ZP
N7XG Dean Davis OR, Salem Super 8 Vice President
40m SSB QSL Buro Manager
  Jan Davis OR, Salem Super 8 XYL of N7XG
WB7ASC Ronald L. Seese WA, Medical Lake Brown County Fairgrounds Alternate 7th Area Director
  Sue Seese WA, Medical Lake Brown County Fairgrounds XYL of WB7ASC
N0MNO David R Johnson MN, Saint Paul Brown County Fairgrounds  
  Nancy Johnson MN, Saint Paul Brown County Fairgrounds XYL of N0MNO
N9PYR Dave Paradise Jr WI, Oak Creek Other NCS
KI4DFS David Reece GA, Mineral Bluff Travel Lodge  
  Marilyn Reece GA, Mineral Bluff Travel Lodge XYL of KI4DFS
K3QX Ed Herbrechtsmeier MD, Rockville Super 8 Alternate 3rd Area Director
W9JAY Jay Fadness TX, Sealy Other Unable to attend - Truck breakdown
KG8WL Ralph Mitchell MI, Colon Travel Lodge OM of KB8AEV
KB8AEV Jo Anne Mitchell MI, Colon Travel Lodge XYL of KG8WL
KE9OI Dave Czerniak IN, Wheatfield Travel Lodge 9th Area Awards Manager
  Georgia Czerniak IN, Wheatfield Travel Lodge XYL of KE9OI
KC4YBO Steve Knittel GA, Roswell Super 8  
N4ACS Jim Wood NC, Green Mountain Brown County Fairgrounds OM of KD0HER
KD0HER Kathy Wood NC, Green Mountain Brown County Fairgrounds XYL of N4ACS
AA9ZB John Meyer IN, Middletown Other  
NZ9D Lee Davis WI, Kaukauna Home Commuting by Bicycle
KC0MS Karl W. Peterson IA, Des Moines Travel Lodge Master #50
AB0VK Keith Mehl IA, Des Moines Travel Lodge  
W9ROG Roger G. Callewaert Jr WI, Racine Ramada Plaza NCS Friday 75m SSB LN
AC0TP Mick Toothaker KS, Wichita Apple Creek Campground  
  Dawn Toothaker KS, Wichita Apple Creek Campground XYL of AC0TP
  Amelia Toothaker KS, Wichita Apple Creek Campground Daughter of AC0TP, age 6
WB0PYF Ray Myers MO, St. Louis Ramada Plaza 10th Area Director
  Debbie Dawkins MO, St. Louis Ramada Plaza XYL of WB0PYF
W0YV Tim O'Hara IA, Robins Ramada Plaza Alternate 10th Area Director
  Rosemary O'Hara IA, Robins Ramada Plaza XYL of W0YV
N0GSA Brenna O'Hara IA, Robins Ramada Plaza Daughter (14) of W0YV
W0USS Daniel O'Hara IA, Robins Ramada Plaza Son (13) of W0YV
  Erin O'Hara IA, Robins Ramada Plaza Daughter (12) of W0YV
  Cavan O'Hara IA, Robins Ramada Plaza Son (10) of W0YV
K0HNM Larry C. Snyder IL, Poplar Grove Ramada Plaza Master #21
  Lona Snyder IL, Poplar Grove Ramada Plaza XYL of K0HNM
W2UJ Russ Sawyer NY, Selkirk Travel Lodge Club President
Master #61
NCS Training Officer
160m CW Net Coordinator
75m SSB EN Coordinator
AE4NT Ben Goldfarb FL, Longwood Hampton Inn  
N5OHL Jim Richardson OK, Oklahoma City Other 5th Area Awards Manager
Master's #17
OM of N5OJP
N5OJP Linda Richardson OK, Oklahoma City Other XYL of N5OHL
K6YEK William (Bill) Fuller CA, Castro Valley Travel Lodge  
  Theresa Fuller CA, Castro Valley Travel Lodge XYL of K6YEK
WA9DIY Jim Foster WI, Waukesha Other 9th Area Director
NCS
KM9U Chuck Barnett IN, New Whiteland Other  
K5SRG Skip Guenter TX, Hutto Other 40m SSB LN Coordinator
KD4POJ Dwayne E. Lipscomb Sr ND, Minot Ramada Plaza Master #59
OM of KE4ZLS
KE4ZLS Carol Lipscomb ND, Minot Ramada Plaza XYL of KD4POJ
KD8NNU Don Swetzig MI, Pinckney Brown County Fairgrounds  
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EYEBALL 2014
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

DAY
DATE
TIME EVENT LOCATION
LOCAL   UTC  
Thursday
07/17/2014
8:00 13:30 Eyeball Registration De Pere Community Center
10:00 15:00 Transmitter Hunting Seminar De Pere Community Center
11:00 16:00 Transmitter Hunt on Foot VFW Park
(next to Community Center)
12:00 17:00 Lunch on your own
OR
Tower Electronics Open House
(with Sloppy Joes & chips)
 
    Visiting Time & Local Attractions  
14:30 19:30 Tour of Lambeau Field  
    Dinner on your own  
18:30 23:30 40m SSB Early Net De Pere Community Center
21:00 02:00 75m SSB Early Net De Pere Community Center
23:00 04:00 40m SSB Late Net De Pere Community Center
00:00 05:00 75m SSB Late Net De Pere Community Center
22:00 03:00 Community Center Closes  
Friday
07/18/2014
8:30 13:30 Mobile Clinic
(Including 160m Operation)
Conducted By Shootout Master
Lon Martin, K0WJ
(Top Gun 2001 & 2010)
De Pere Community Center
9:30 14:30 QRP NETS
40m / 75m SSB
De Pere Community Center
    Lunch on your own  
13:30 18:30 QRP NETS
80m / 40m CW
80m / 40m / 20m RTTY / PSK
De Pere Community Center
    Visiting Time & Local Attractions  
17:00 22:00 Dinner (catered) De Pere Community Center
18:30 23:30 40m SSB Early Net De Pere Community Center
Bingo with prizes De Pere Community Center
21:00 02:00 75m SSB Early Net De Pere Community Center
Bingo with prizes De Pere Community Center
23:00 04:00 40m SSB Late Net De Pere Community Center
Bingo with prizes De Pere Community Center
00:00 05:00 75m SSB Late Net De Pere Community Center
Bingo with prizes De Pere Community Center
22:00 03:00 Community Center Closes  
Saturday
07/19/2014
9:30 14:30 Mobile Shootout
Conducted by Rangemaster
Lon Martin, K0WJ
Brown County Fairgrounds
12:00 17:00 Lunch (catered) De Pere Community Center
13:30 18:30 Annual Board Meeting
(open to all)
De Pere Community Center
Immediately
Following
Immediately
Following
Presidential Awards Presentation De Pere Community Center
Door Prize Raffle De Pere Community Center
Quilt Auction
(possible additional items)
De Pere Community Center
16:45 21:45 Group Photo
(Photographer TBD)
De Pere Community Center
17:00 22:00 Dinner Banquet Buffet
Fried Chicken
Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy
Baked Beans, Dessert
De Pere Community Center
18:30 23:30 40m SSB Early Net De Pere Community Center
Bingo with prizes De Pere Community Center
21:00 02:00 75m SSB Early Net De Pere Community Center
Bingo with prizes De Pere Community Center
23:00 04:00 40m SSB Late Net De Pere Community Center
Bingo with prizes De Pere Community Center
00:00 05:00 75m SSB Late Net De Pere Community Center
Bingo with prizes De Pere Community Center
22:00 03:00 Community Center Closes  
Sunday
07/20/2014
TBD TBD Meet for Breakfast Together
(on your own)
Local Restaurant TBD
Immediately
Following
Immediately
Following
WI Eyeball Ends - 73 Have a safe trip home!
Cleanup - for those able to help De Pere Community Center
Local times shown are Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)
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MAIN RAFFLE PRIZES


EYEBALL QUILT

The Eyeball 2014 Quilt was queen size (approx 90 x 108) in a pattern named "Walk About", made by Judy Higgins, wife of Jim, KB3PU.  The quilt was auctioned for $425, with the highest bidder being Beth Greenberg, XYL of Dwight, WF4H.  Proceeds went to the Eyeball Host for Eyeball expenses.

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TOWER ELECTRONICS OPEN HOUSE

Tower Electronics, aka "The Ham's Dime Store," very generously contributed a number of raffle items to our Eyeball and provided a nice discount on others.  They've been serving the needs of Amateurs, and others for electronic parts since 1978.  In addition to their generous contribution to our raffle, they invited us to an "Open House" at which Sloppy Joes and chips were served.  We were able to tour their warehouse and stock up on all those things - connectors of all types; antennas, mounts, adapters and other antenna hardware; DC cabling; soldering supplies, hardware; meters; MFJ products; and more - that we all use or need to keep on hand.  Let's thank and support this company that has served the amateur community for many years as well as supporting our Eyeball 2014 Raffle.

Tower Electronics is located at 1148 S Maple Ave in Green Bay, less than 5 miles from the Eyeball, about 3 miles from the hotels.  Phone is (920) 435-2973.  If you think you'll need to call, bring this number with you because they aren't in the local phone book.

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QRP NETS

We ran Eyeball QRP Nets - open to all at the Eyeball and elsewhere - on 40/75m SSB, 40/80m CW, 80m RTTY.  We had intended to run QRP Nets on 40/20m RTTY and 80/40/20m PSK31, but ran out of time.

The CW nets were held immediately following, and on the same frequencies as, the SSB nets as an aid to those using mobile antennas with resonators that couldn't be adjusted quickly.

The RTTY net was held immediately following the CW nets on the usual RTTY net frequency.

We had two stations in operation at the Eyeball that were SSB/CW/Digital ready—a main station and a QRP station.  Attendees were able to check into all nets and work other attendees without the need to find a mobile.


SPECIAL EVENT CALL SIGN

The 2014 Eyeball Special Event call signs W9E and W9I were available for use by ANYONE - mobiles preferred - beginning 0001Z July 11 and ending 2359Z July 25. Eyeball QSL cards for W9E and W9I were available at the Eyeball.

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EYEBALL 2014 AREA MAP

Full Map

See this Google Earth Overview of Eyeball 2014 for the location of the De Pere Community Center, motels, and the many restaurants and attractions.


GREEN BAY / DE PERE WEATHER

Daytime temperatures were in the mid-high 80s to mid-90s, down to about 70 at night.


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