Subject: Michigan On Air Activities
Michigan QSO Party
On April 15, 2017, the Great State of Michigan will once again host its
annual Michigan QSO Party from Noon to Midnight local time. MIQP is
sponsored by the Mad River Radio Club.
This is a great club activity as well as a good way to spend some time
in your shack honing your skills in a pileup. Invite a buddy over and
have some fun together. Better yet, invite a buddy with a Technician
license over and get him or her on the HF bands!
Rules and full details are available at www.miqp.org
Michigan State Parks on the Air (MSPOTA)
MSPOTA started up on April 1 with several activations at State Parks
around the state, Propagation was not particularly helpful in that
Michigan chasers and activators alike had significant difficulty
hearing each other. There were several reports of contacts from afar
and even some DX contacts were made.
Hams are a resilient bunch and we will adapt and overcome.
One thing for Activators and Chasers to remember is that VHF and UHF FM
simplex contacts count as valid contacts. If you are going out on an
activation and when you spot yourself on the MSPOTA Facebook page, give
your HF frequency and a 2M or 70 cm simplex frequency that you will
monitor as well. Maybe a single VHF and a UHF frequency could be used
state wide to avoid confusion. Hmmm….
The weather should be breaking soon and it will be a lot more
comfortable to be out and about. Full MSPOTA information is available
on www.mspota.org and on the MSPOTA Facebook page.
Now is the time to get out there and have some fun. Can’t make it to
a park? Get on the air to see if you can help by making contacts with
those that are at the parks!
Both events are YOUR events – Get on the air and have fun!
See you on the bands!