Michigan Section News
Greetings to the Hams of Michigan:
Welcome to the end of 2015. Six more weeks and we will be working Straight Key Night and pondering what 2016 has in store for us. It seems like it was just last week that we were recovering from sensory overload from many, many hours on the air during the Centennial QSO Party. Time flies when you are having fun!
Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015
We have learned that Senate Bill S 1685 is scheduled for consideration by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on November 18.
Michigan Senator Gary Peters is a member of that committee and we need to urge him to support S 1685.
IF YOU HAVE NOT yet called the office of Senator Peters to request his support of S 1685, NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE THAT CALL!!!
We need to take action NOW!
This can be done easily by contacting his office by telephone at: 202-224-6221. You can leave a voice mail (any time of day or night) by pressing #1or you can reach a member of his staff by pressing #3.
While contact with a staffer is the preferred way to go, either way is acceptable and needs to be done right away!
The following simple message will get the point across:
Good morning/Good afternoon,
“My name is ________________ from _______________, Michigan.
I urge Senator Peters to support S. 1685, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, when it comes up for a vote in committee. Thank you.”
This action is only for Senator Peters, because he is a member of the committee where S 1685 is being considered. Our letter writing campaign for both Senators Peters and Stabenow still continues, but this special telephone call to action is for Senator Peters only.
Thank you for your prompt assistance. Time is of the essence, so please pick up the telephone and make that call. It takes only about a minute of your time to make the difference.
Please send me a brief note telling me that you have made that call. (email@example.com)
Additional information on the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015:
HR 1301 now has 112 co-sponsors.
S 1685 has gain an additional co-sponsor as Sen. Al Franken from MN has signed on.
SKYWARN™ Recognition Day is December 5th
The 17TH annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) special event will take place Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 0000 UTC to 2400 UTC. SKYWARN Recognition Day, co-sponsored by the American Radio Relay League and the National Weather Service, pays tribute to Amateur Radio operators for the vital public service they perform. During the 24-hour event, Amateur Radio operators visit their local National Weather Service (NWS) office and work as a team to contact other hams across the world. This event is also aimed at strengthening the bond between Amateur Radio operators and local NWS offices.
The volunteer SKYWARN program comprises nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters — many of them radio amateurs — who identify severe storms and provide NWS forecasters with reports of local weather conditions during severe weather events.
SKYWARN Recognition Day is not a contest. The object is for stations to exchange some basic information with as many NWS stations as possible on 80 meters through 70 centimeters (excluding 1.25 meters). Repeater contacts are permitted. Stations exchange call signs, signal reports, locations, and a one or two-word description of the weather at their respective locations.
The National Weather Service provides event information on this Web site: http://hamradio.noaa.gov.
National Parks on The Air (NPOA)
THE event for 2016 will be the National Parks on the air (NPOA). This event will be for teams that go out into the field to activate various sites around the country and for individuals to log contacts with those sites. Full info is available in the December, 2015 QST on pages 57-58. Sounds like another busy year!!!
Spectrum Defense Fund
The following is courtesy of our Affiliated Club Coordinator, Joe Miller, KJ8O:
For many years, the American Radio Relay League has strived not only to defend the amateur radio bands from the various threats to the service that occur, but is continually seeking to obtain new frequency and mode allocations, not only for U.S. amateur radio operators, but working with the International Amateur Radio Union, for the rest of the world as well. Funding for this activity is not included in the ARRL operating budget, but relies on donations made from amateur radio operators and/or amateur radio clubs. As part of this activity, the World Radio Communication Conference meets every 3-4 years, and as David Sumner K1ZZ eloquently stated “You can help. With a contribution to the Spectrum Defense Fund – whatever is within your means – you become a partner in the WRC-15 effort and in every other endeavor to protect and improve the ham bands.”
With the Amateur Radio Parity Act being close to a final vote, any donations would be very much appreciated. Some suggestions include a club donation, or perhaps a 50-50 drawing with proceeds going to the Spectrum Defense Fund, or even simply passing the hat. Whichever way, all donations will go a long way to preserve this hobby that we enjoy.
Additional information can be found at: http://www.arrl.org/spectrum-defense-fund
Also from our ACC:
ARRL Affiliated and Special Service Clubs
It is time to complete those annual club reports which will keep your club current at the ARRL. No affiliated club or special service club is ever removed from the lists. If you do not complete the annual reports for either or both, then you club becomes inactive.
You can easily update your club information here: http://www.arrl.org/club-update. This should be completed at the beginning of each calendar year.
Hamfest and Swap and Shop ARRL Registrations
It really is never too early to get your 2016 ARRL hamfest or Swap & Shop registered with ARRL HQ. This list of activities are used by hams to schedule trips and vacations across the state throughout the year. As of this writing, there are (4) 2016 swaps scheduled, including the Kalamazoo swap in October! It may seem like 2016 is a very long way off, but realistically it is like the day after tomorrow. This is free advertising for your swap, so be sure to take advantage of it by making sure that your Swap or Hamfest is registered early!
Oct 17, 2015 Muskegon Color Tour Swap, Muskegon
Oct 18, 2015 Kalamazoo Swap, Kalamazoo
Oct 25, 2015 USECA Swap, Madison Heights
Nov 5, 2015 Big Rapids Area ARC Meeting, Big Rapids
Thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality. I enjoyed my visit to your swap or meeting.
Section Staff Travel Plans
Dec 6, 2015 L’Anse Creuse Swap, Harrison Twp – WB8R
Jan 24, 2016 Hazel Park Swap, Madison Heights, MI – WB8R
Feb 13, 2016 Cherryland Swap, Traverse City, MI – WB8R
Feb 21, 2016 Livonia ARC Swap, Livonia, MI – WB8R
Feb 22-25, 2016 MI Interop Conf. Traverse City, MI – WB8R et al
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.
While this is a slightly belated thank you, I would like to pass along my sincerest appreciation to all Veterans, wartime and peacetime alike. It is through your service to your country that has helped to make this country the great place that it is. Thank you for your service and thank you for your sacrifice on behalf of the American people.
This is the time of year when the weather is beginning to turn colder, frost in on the pumpkin and our thoughts turn to family and the upcoming Thanksgiving Day. While our nation is facing a lot of challenges, we all should be thankful for the bounty that is ours in this great country. Enjoy your thanksgiving with family and friends and remember those that made this all possible. Diane and I send best wishes from our family to yours.
Untill next time, 73