Michigan Section News
Greetings to the Hams of Michigan:
We are that special time of year where we seek to spend time with loved ones, share the holidays, break bread together, celebrate and give thanks for the things that we have. In addition, we face a new year which will be filled with challenges and rewards and with opportunities to make the coming year better than the previous one.
Both Diane and I wish everyone the best for this holiday season and the coming year.
New ARRL Michigan Section Website
Our new section website is now active at www.mi-arrl.org and is the result of a lot of planning and effort over quite a period of time. Thanks go to David Adams, N9UXU for doing the heavy lifting and to Gordon Baldwin, W8CT for stepping forward to manage and administer the site for us. Thanks also to Jay Nugent, WB8TKL who had faith that we would be able to get this project completed.
The new website will be interactive with an opportunity for each of the Section Staff to have room to make comments and keep everyone informed on what is happening in various MI ARRL areas. In addition there is a club area which will allow clubs to link to their websites and also there will a spot for newsletters which will give very wide distribution to the excellent newsletters in the Michigan section.
We expect the website to be fresh and dynamic and will work hard to keep it that way. Please keep in mind that the website will always be a work in process. As always, we are interested in constructive comments. We hope that you enjoy using it.
As a result of the new website, the monthly Section News Column will no longer be shown on the ARRL website. In its place will be the link that will take you to our new site where the Section News will reside. For those that choose to receive bulletins, news and other information electronically from the Section and Division (selectable in your profile on the ARRL website), the Section News will continue to arrive in your inbox as it always has.
Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015:
The current count of sponsors and co-sponsors in the US House stands at 117. The count in the US Senate stands at 4.
We have been collecting signatures on letters to our Michigan senators for a number of weeks now and we need that process to continue. If this has not already been done, your club can (and should) do this:
Download a copy of the letters for Senators Peters and Stabenow here:
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 the date and 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: email@example.com.
Please include “S1685 Grassroots Letter” in the subject field of your email.
Why are we sending our letters to ARRL HQ? We do this so that the letters can be hand delivered to the offices of our Senators. This guarantees an opportunity for our staff to have a little “face time” with the Senator’s aide (or maybe the Senator ) and the opportunity to discuss the Amateur Radio Parity Act and some of the misleading information that has been propagated regarding the bill.
Please send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org telling me how many letters your club generated and sent to HQ.
This is a pretty simple process and a very important one. The actions we take now can pay us huge dividends in the future when it comes time to install our antennas. Even if you are a person who just uses an HT for your ham activities or if you are fortunate enough to live in an area where there are few or no antenna restrictions, please think about the other folks that for whatever reason find themselves restricted because of where they live. We all make conscious choices, but sometimes the need to live in a certain area really gives us few choices of what neighborhood we settle in.
Remember that the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 does not guarantee that you can erect that huge tower and major league antenna array no matter where you live. Rather, it simply requires that Homeowner’s Associations and the enforcers of the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R’s) sit at the table with us and negotiate in good faith. No longer would they be able to simply say “NO” when we request permission to erect and amateur radio antenna. Our PRB-1 law here in Michigan only affects regulation by government entities and the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 is the second half of our efforts for parity.
Thanks to all who have helped us get this far.
The challenge remains and we need to continue to keep the pressure on.
I look forward to hearing from all those clubs that have not yet had the letter-signing events at your meetings! If your club has already done this, at subsequent meetings, be sure to offer letters for those that may have not been present when letters have been signed. That way everyone will have a chance to sign and send a letter.
Section Travel Plans
Jan 13, 2016 Hazel Park ARC Meeting – K8ED
Jan 24, 2016 Hazel Park Swap, Madison Heights, MI – WB8R
Feb 6, 2016 HARA Swap, Negaunee, MI – WB8R
Feb 13, 2016 Cherryland Swap, Traverse City, MI – WB8R
Feb 21, 2016 Livonia ARC Swap, Livonia, MI – WB8TKL
Feb 22-25, 2016 MI Interop Conference. Traverse City, MI – WB8R
Mar 19, 2016 Crossroads Hamfest, Kalamazoo, MI – WB8R
Affiliated Clubs: It is extremely important for your hamfest chairman to get your swap registered with the ARRL. This assumes that you want your swap listed on the ARRL website (free publicity) and that you would like to have the benefit of ARRL materials and representation that are available for your event.
It is never too early to register your swap. Another tidbit is that the attendance of ARRL field staff at your event is not possible at events that are not sanctioned as an ARRL swap.
National Parks on the Air (NPOTA)
Throughout 2016, Amateur Radio will be helping the National Park Service celebrate their 100th anniversary. Hams from across the country will activate NPS units, promote the National Park Service and showcase Amateur Radio to the public.
This exciting, year-long on the air event will consist of amateurs and clubs going into the field to activate 434 National Park Units. A complete list of facility types can be found here: http://www.arrl.org/npota-list
The goals of National Parks on the Air are:
a) Promote the capabilities of Amateur Radio to the general public through operations at eligible NPS Administrative Units.
b) Promote the NPS Centennial and the heritage of the National Park System through Amateur Radio.
c) Encourage portable Amateur Radio operation from as many of the 408 officially-listed National Park Service administrative units and the 25 recognized Affiliated Areas as possible.
Michigan has 6 NPOA units, with 3 in the UP and one in Lake Superior. The other 2 are in the Lower Peninsula.
Farther Marquette National Memorial, St Ignace, MI
Isle Royale National Park, Lake Superior
Keweenaw National Historical Park, near Houghton, MI
Pictured Rocks, National Lakeshore, near Munising, MI
River Raisin National Battlefield Monument, near Monroe, MI
Sleeping Bear Dunes, National Lakeshore, NW Lower MI
The Keweenaw Park is already on the schedule for January 1, 2016 and activity from the River Raisin Battlefield is scheduled for January 31.
All activity will take place exclusively on Logbook of the World (LOTW). See the ARRL home page for complete details. Detailed information is available by logging into the NPOTA site using your LOTW login.
2016 is going to be a fun year!
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. If you need assistance, you can contact our Affiliated Club Coordinator Joe Miller, KJ8O at kj8o@ arrl.net.
L’Anse Creuse Swap, Harrison Twp
Thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality. I enjoyed my visit to your swap.
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 Tfc Net 3.583 (Olivia 8/500) in waterfall 2000 Tue,Thur,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
Station Activity Reports (SAR)for November, 2015: WB9JSR 636, WB8WKQ 245, K8ED 186, WB8TQZ 182, K8RDN 118, KC8BW 91, WD8USA 49, WD8MWD 40, N8FVM 35, W8MSK 32, N8OSL 16, WB8R 12, WB8RCR 9, KB8RCR 7, KD8LSM 4, N8UN 3.
Total SAR reported: 1665
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL) for November, 2015: WB9JSR 636.
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR)for November, 2015:
WB8R 195, N8OSL 181, WD8USA 140, WB8RCR 139, K8RDN 130, WD8MWD 130, WB9JSR 130, N8FVM 125, WB8WKQ 110, WB8TQZ 110, KC8YVF 109, KC8BW 90, K8ED 90, KB8RCR 39, KD8LSM 34, NE8B 26, KC8NFN 24.
Net traffic for November, 2015:
Michigan Amateur Communications System 162, The Michigan Net 125, Michigan Traffic Net 125, Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 40, Upper Peninsula Net 40, Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 23, Michigan VHF Traffic Net 19, Michigan Digital Traffic Net 18, Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 5, Saginaw County ARES Net 4, District 3 ARPSC Net 4, Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 3, District 3 Digital Training net 3, Genesee County ARPSC Traffic and Training Net 2, Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids , Bay Area Regional Traffic System , Michigan ARES D-Star net , Genesee County Radio Club , Chelsea ARC Net , Branch County Emergency Net , District 5 Hospital Net, District 8 Emergency Net.
Total net traffic reported: 573
Thanks to the hams who put forth the effort and who do the public service on behalf of their fellow citizens.
73 until next time,