October Section News

Greetings to the hams of Michigan:

Here it comes, folks….the weather forecasters are calling for a rain/snow mix in northern Michigan and parts of the UP this weekend. I am going to spend my time thinking forward to spring! Seriously, be sure to take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful fall colors in our great state!

Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015

We are still in the process of putting pressure on our state senators (Peters and Stabenow) to support S 1685 by becoming a co-sponsor of the bill. Our efforts thus far have not had the desired results. But we are not ones to give up easily and are continuing the fight.

With that said, there have been some bright spots around the state. Now keep in mind that any successes that I am not aware of are not listed here.

Here are some great examples of those successes:

The following clubs have taken the initiative to have their members sign letters to our Senators at their club meetings:

  • Branch County ARC
  • Holland ARC
  • Monroe County Communication Association
  • Muskegon Area Amateur Radio Council
  • Utica-Shelby Emergency Communications Association

The GRAHamfest crew did yeoman’s duty as well by providing letters for those attending the swap. (Thanks K8TB)

Going forward, the SMARS club of Battle Creek will be signing letters at their meeting of the 15th, the St. Joseph County ARC will be doing the same on the 16th. We will have letters available at the Muskegon and Kalamazoo swaps on the 17th and 18th and the USECA swap on the 25th. On Nov 5, the Big Rapids Area ARC will sign letters at their meeting and The L’Anse Creuse club will also have letters available at their hamfest as will the Hazel Park swap in January. The Livonia swap in February is on the list as well.

Your club can (and should) do this also.

Letters can be downloaded here:



In advance of your next meeting, download the two letters and print the appropriate number of copies. At your next meeting, ask that all hams that have not yet sent a letter to their Senators to add their signature, printed name, callsign, address, city, state and zip code to a letter for each Senator. Bring a handful of pens so that no one has to stand in line waiting for a pen to use. In 10 minutes you can have 30 or more letters signed for each Senator.

Collect the completed letters, and mail them to ARRL HQ at:


225 Main St

Newington, CT 06111

Attn: S1685 Grassroots campaign

Or, if you would like to avoid the postage costs, you can scan the signed letters into PDF format and then email them to: reginfo@arrl.org.

Please include “S1685 Grassroots Letter” in the subject field of your email.

Please send me a note at wb8r@arrl.org telling me how many letters your club generated and sent to HQ.

New Michigan Section Website

After considerable effort, we are nearing the point of having our new website ready to go. While it is not yet ready for prime time, with work yet to be done, we are moving forward again. Many thanks go to Dave Adams, N9UXU, Gordon Baldwin, W8CT and Jay Nugent, WB8TKL. Stay tuned….

Michigan Net (QMN) Net Manager Changes

At the recent QMN picnic in Burton, MI we sadly allowed our longtime General Manager and Early Net Manager and Newsletter Editor retire. Anne Travis, K8AE poured her heart and soul into the QMN net for many years and now the time is right for her to step down and concentrate her energies on her health priorities. Anne will always hold a warm place in our hearts for her outstanding spirit and willingness to do what it took to continue to make QMN great. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with you.

The following individuals agreed to serve as follows:

  • General Manager and Newsletter Editor: John, WB9JSR (New)
  • Early Net Manager: Jerry, W8MSK (New)
  • Late Net Manager: Stan, K8SB
  • Treasurer: John, K8LJG

Thanks to everyone who attended the picnic and special thanks to those
who volunteered to serve.

Hospitality Acknowledgements

  • Monroe County Radio Comms Assn Meeting
  • Adrian Hamfest, Adrian, MI
  • QMN Picnic, Flint MI
  • Muskegon Area Amateur Radio Council Meeting
  • GRAHamfest, Wyoming, MI

It was a pleasure to attend your club meeting/hamfest/picnic and I thank you for the hospitality you have shown me. You make it very enjoyable to attend these events.

Hamfests, Meetings and Section Staff Travel Plans

Oct 15, 2015      SMARS Meeting, Battle Creek – WB8R

Oct 17, 2015      Muskegon Color Tour Swap, Muskegon – WB8R

Oct 18, 2015      Kalamazoo Swap, Kalamazoo – WB8R

Oct 25, 2015      USECA Swap, Madison Heights – WB8R

Nov 5, 2015      Big Rapids AARC Mtg, Big Rapids – WB8R

Dec 6, 2015      L’Anse Creuse Swap, Harrison Twp – WB8R

Michigan Section Traffic/ARPSC Nets (All times Local)

MACS –      MI Amateur Communications System 3.952 1000 Daily

UPN –      Upper Peninsula Net 3.921 1700 Daily; Noon Sunday

MIARPSC –      MI Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 3.932 1700 Sunday

QMN –      The Michigan Net 3.563 1830 and 2200 Daily

MITN –      MI Traffic Net 3.952 1900 Daily

MIDTN –      MI Digital Traffic Net 3.583 (Olivia 8/500) in waterfall 2000 Tues, Thurs, Sat

MIADS –      MI ARES D-Star Net Reflector 24A Mon 2000

D8EN –      District 8 Emergency Net 3.909 Wed 2100

GLETN –      Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 3.932 2000 Daily

MVTN –      MI VHF Traffic Net IRA Link System 2100 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

NLEUP –      Northern Lower Eastern UP Net 146.64- 18:30 Daily

SEMTN –      SE MI Traffic Net 146.76- 2215 Daily

TMMTN –      Thumb Mid-Michigan Traffic Net 147.30+ 2130 Mon – Sat

More information is available at http://nts-mi.org/. Come join us on our traffic and public service nets.

Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC) Activities

If you are reporting monthly, you can see your PSHR eligibility status at http://www.nts-mi.org/. The full details are at: http://www.arrl.org/public-service-honor-roll. This award recognizes the efforts of hams that are active in public service. Those reporting accumulate points for checking into nets, volunteering, holding Section appointment(s) and handling message traffic.

EC’s can see their reports of Form FSD-212 here: http://ares-mi.org/ec_his.php If you send your report to WB8RCR and don’t see it noted there, send a note to John to tell him your report has gone missing. EC’s: Be sure to share your FSD 212 with your District EC, your ARES/RACES members and with your county’s Emergency Manager and others in your jurisdiction who need to know what you and your ARES/RACES group are contributing to your community each month.

If you have difficulty knowing how to report and how to complete the FSD 212 form, assistance is as close as your District EC or your Section EC. If you don’t know who these folks are, you can locate them here: http://ares-mi.org/ECcontact.php. They stand ready to help you.

Until next time,


Larry, WB8R

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