Michigan Section News April, 2017

Greetings to the Hams of Michigan,

April is a busy month for sure. The Michigan QSO party is running as
this is being written and we have two Special event stations that will
soon be in operation to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Michigan
State Police. Details are listed in the Special Event Stations listing
in QST. The Michigan State Parks on the Air had a successful start on
April with a number of chilly, and in some cases, wet activations
across various 2017 parks and trails. Now that the weather has
improved, even more activations will be taking place.

MSPOTA

As mentioned above, the Michigan State Parks on the Air (MSPOTA) event
is off and running. There are several details that are being fine-tuned
as we go, but the plan from the outset has been to assemble an agile
event that responds to difficulties and opportunities with adjusted
focus and to add capabilities as we go. Our small, dedicated team is
doing a great job reacting to input from the field.

Our operators in Michigan (Activators and Chasers) do have one burden
to bear in that hearing each other can be very difficult because of
propagation conditions. I know from personal experience that trying to
hear our activators and being heard by them can sometimes be nearly
impossible. Hopefully going forward conditions will improve and give us
“local folks” a chance to make some MSPOTA contacts as well.
Watch our web site at www.mspota.org and our Facebook page at Michigan
State Parks on the Air for current information and breaking news.

Distracted Driving Bill (HB4466)

HB 4466, a bill often referred to as a “Distracted Driving Bill”
has been referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
in the Michigan House of representatives. This is the bill that your
Section and Division leadership worked with bill sponsors to ensure
that bill language specifically excludes amateur radio operation from a
vehicle from being considered as distracted driving. At this time, here
is nothing more to report.

Great Lakes HamCon@MIS

The largest planned ham gathering in Michigan is still in the planning
process but is gathering significant steam as we move closer to the
actual event. The Great Lakes HamCon will take place at Michigan
International Speedway located in the beautiful Irish Hills of
Southeast Michigan on October 7 & 8, 2017.

We do have some breaking news in that our event has been designated as
the Great Lakes ARRL Division Convention and that the ARRL President
Rick Roderick, K5UR will be attending our event to represent the ARRL.

We now have 16 amateur radio clubs who are founding members of the
Great Lakes Amateur Radio Association, the parent organization of Great
Lakes HamCon. Those clubs are (in no particular order): Oakland County
ARS, MI QRP Club, Branch County ARC, Central MI ARC, Arrow
Communication Assn, Southern MI ARS, Cascades ARS, Livingston ARK,
Hillsdale County ARC, South Lyon AARC, General Motors ARC, Livonia ARC,
Monroe County Radio Communications Assn, Adrian ARC, Motor City Radio
Club, and Utica-Shelby Emergency Communications Assn.

We are grateful to these clubs for seeing the vision and for stepping
forward to provide the support and funding that is necessary to make
this event a reality.

Dayton (Xenia, that is) is fast approaching and the GLHamCon will have
a booth in Building 6 (#6612) and we are looking for some folks who
would be willing to help us spread the word to the rest of the amateur
world. If you can spare a couple of hours, we would be happy to have
you join us. You can offer your services for Dayton and for other
activities at volunteer@glhamcon.org.

Located on our website at http://glhamcon.org/ is our latest flyer.
Each Club is encouraged to print copies for their members and to place
the flyer on your club’s website to get the word out to as many
Michigan hams as possible.

While you are on the website, look around a bit and if you are
interested in having a vinyl window sticker for the back window of your
ride, you can see how to get one delivered to your door at no charge.

Hospitality Acknowledgements

Many thanks go to the following groups for the fine hospitality shown
during travels around the Section:

The Crossroads Hamfest in Kalamazoo, who welcomed WA8EFK and myself to
their event.

The Southfield Police Department, who welcomed WA8EFK and myself to the
Distracted Driving Bill (HB4466) press conference.

Michigan Section Events and Staff Travel Plans

Apr 22, 2017 Chassell Hamfest, Chassell, MI
May 6, 2017 Cadillac Hamfest, Cadillac, MI – W8CT
Jun 3, 2017 IRA Hamfest, Hudsonville, MI – WB8R
Jun 4, 2017 Chelsea Hamfest, Chelsea, MI – WB8R
Jun 10, 2017 LARS Hamfest, Newberry, MI – WB8R
Jun 18, 2017 Monroe Hamfest, Monroe, MI – WB8R
July 7-8, 2017 MI Section Outing/ MIARPSC EC Meeting, Hale, MI
July 22, 2017 GMARC Summer Trunk Swap
July 22, 2017 Harrison Hamfest, Harrison, MI – W8CT
July 29, 2017 CMARC Outdoor Swap – WB8R
Aug 5, 2017 UP Hamfest, Escanaba, MI – WB8R
Aug 13, 2017 Port Huron Seaway Swap
Aug 19, 2017 Alpena SWAP 2017, Alpena, MI
Aug 19, 2017 Spark in the Park, Wyoming, MI – WB8R, et al
Sep 9, 2017 GraHamfest, Wyoming, MI – WB8R
Sep 17, 2017 Adrian Hamfest, Adrian, MI – WB8R
Sep 23, 2017 GMARC Fall Trunk Swap
Oct 7-8, 2017 Great Lakes HamCon, Brooklyn, MI –WB8R et al

Michigan Public Service Activities

Michigan Section Traffic/ARPSC Nets (all times local)

Please note that time adjustments may be necessary due to propagation
changes. Contact your net manager for alternate frequencies and/or
times.

MACS – MI Amateur Communications System 3.952 1000 Daily
UPN – Upper Peninsula Net 3.921 1700 Daily; Noon Sun
MIARPSC – MI Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 3.932 1700 Sun
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) 2000 Tu, Th, 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.

Michigan ARPSC Activities March 2017

SAR March 2017: K8ED 261, WB8WKQ 259, N5MKY 142, K8RDN 92, WB8TQZ 86,
WD8USA 63, K8BKM 45, WD8MWD 32, W8MSK 27, WB8RCR 12, N8OSL 10, KE8BYC
10, WB8R 2, KD8LSM 1.

Total SAR reported: 1042

Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): None

PSHR March 2017: WB8RCR 257, WB8R 197, WD8MWD 127, WD8USA 120, K8RDN
120, WB8WKQ 110, WB8TQZ 110, N8OSL 90, K8ED 90, KC8YVF 85, N5MKY 80,
KC8NFN 51, KD8LSM 41, KE8BYC 26.

Net traffic March 2017:

Michigan Amateur Communications System 124, Michigan Traffic Net 102,
The Michigan Net 84, Upper Peninsula Net 45, Great Lakes Emergency and
Traffic Net 42, Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 30, Michigan VHF
Traffic Net 20, Michigan Digital Traffic Net 12, Northern Lower Eastern
Upper Peninsula Net 7, Genesee County ARPSC Traffic and Training Net 4,
Saginaw County ARES Net 3, District 3 ARPSC Net 3, Bay Area Regional
Traffic System 1, Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 1,
District 8 Digital Emergency Net , District 8 Emergency Net , Luce
County ARES Net , Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids , District 5
Hospital Net , Branch County Emergency Net , Chelsea ARC Net.

Total net traffic reported: 478

Volunteer Hours Dollar Value:

ARPSC: $181,197
NTS: $43,230
Total Dollar Value December 2016: $224,427

A hearty thanks to the hundreds of volunteers across the State of
Michigan who work hard as volunteers to hone their skills month after
month to make sure they are ready for any situation that may arise. Our
ARPSC and NTS programs are an integral part of AuxComm, which in turn is
an integral part of the Michigan Homeland Security Division.

73 until next month,

Larry, WB8R

Updated: April 16, 2017 — 3:51 pm

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