Michigan Section News May, 2017

Greetings to the Hams of Michigan,

The weather here in the most southern parts of the state is still on the
cool side and we are waiting somewhat impatiently for some warmth from
the sun. On the good side of things, our local weather has kept the
severe weather pretty much in check thus far this spring. Take the good
with the bad or the bad with the good….besides, there is nothing we
can do about it.

MSPOTA

The Michigan State Parks on the Air (MSPOTA) event is off and running.
The weather has an effect there and propagation, while not always
horrible, seems to be tolerable. Note: read previous paragraph about
things we cannot control.

Our operators in Michigan (Activators and Chasers) do have a 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.

Michigan Section Family Outing

The 19th annual Michigan Section Family Outing is scheduled for July 7&
8, 2017 at the Woodlands Campground and Conference Center near Hale, MI.
This great facility is located about 20 miles from West Branch and
offers the best of the north country in a relaxed setting.

The event will kick off on Friday with activities such as a fox hunt in
the woods (challenging) along with various workshops and discussions.
The Woodlands has provisions for tent camping, towed campers and fifth
wheels. Both primitive sites and electrical sites are available. A
permanent bath house with clean showers and restrooms are present.

For those that prefer a hotel room to a tent or RV, there are good
hotels located in West Branch.

Saturday will see the annual MIARPSC Emergency Coordinator’s meeting
with a full day of classes, workshops, and speakers on a variety of
topics relative to emergency preparedness.

Be sure to get this event on you calendar!

Great Lakes HamCon at Michigan International Speedway

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 (MIS) located in the beautiful Irish Hills of
Southeast Michigan on October 7 & 8, 2017. Our website is located at
www.glhamcon.org and our Facebook page is GLHamCon. We are also active
on Twitter….

Tickets for GLHamCon have just become available on the MIS website
here:

http://www.mispeedway.com/About-MIS/Special-Events/Great-Lakes-HamCon.aspx

Currently, there is a promotion that give you $1 off your advance
purchase of tickets. Ticket prices (w/o promo) are $17 in advance and
$20 at the gate. Each ticket is good for both days, Friday and Saturday.

Children under 12 are free with a paid admission. A child’s ticket
must be requested when purchasing adult ticket(s). Your wristband(s)
will be mailed to you prior to the beginning of the event. Wristbands
MUST be worn throughout the entire event.

You will also be able to purchase your camping space and your Flea
Market space(s). Camping spaces are $35 no/electric and $50 w/electric
for Friday and Saturday nights.

As you know, event parking is free and plentiful. Included in your
camping space price is parking space for one vehicle within your
assigned camping space. If you have two vehicles (you have invited a
guest to share your RV, etc), the vehicle that belongs to your guest
will require an Overnight Parking Pass which can be purchased online as
well ($10) and he/she will have to park in the lot adjacent to the
campground.

Flea Market spaces are along Pit Road and each space will measure 12 ft
wide by 20 feet deep. Be advised that the MIS website currently
mistakenly states 12 x 15. We will get that error fixed.

Flea Market spaces will be organized on each side of Pit Road (paved) to
form a long line of spaces separated by a 20 ft aisle between the two
rows of spades. An important note is that adjacent Flea Market Spaces
are available to allow larger contiguous selling space, but it is
important to get your order placed early. We will be selling from the
center outward on both sides, so the more delay, the farther from the
center of activity you will be. You will be pleasantly surprised at the
magnitude of this facility!

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 GLHamCon logo vinyl window sticker for the back
window of your ride, you can see how to get one delivered to your door
for the cost of an SASE!

Your GLHamCon team will have a presence at the Hamvention in Xenia this
coming weekend. We have a table in Building 6 (booth 6612) and we look
forward to talking with both old and new friends and look forward to
answering questions about this unique event and venue. We will have
event flyers and some gifts for you to take home with you. Be sure to
stop by and say hello.

Hospitality Acknowledgements

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

May 3, 2017 St. Joseph County ARC Meeting, Centerville, MI – WB8R
May 6, 2017 Cadillac Hamfest, Cadillac, MI – W8CT

Michigan Section Events and Staff Travel Plans

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/MI EC Meeting, Hale, MI – WB8R et al
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 April, 2017

SARs for April, 2017: WB8WKQ 249, K8ED 242, WD8USA 159, WB8TQZ 125,
N5MKY 120, WD8MWD 45, K8BKM 36, WB8RCR 19, WB8R 17, KC8NFN 11, K8JJU 4,
N8OSL 4, KD8LSM 4.

Total SAR reported: 1035

Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): None

PSHRs for April, 2017: K8RDN 334, K8JJU 228, WB8RCR 219, WD8USA 140,
N8OSL 139, KC8YVF 131, WD8MWD 120, N5MKY 120, WB8TQZ 110, WB8WKQ 110,
K8ED 90, WB8R 62, KE8BYC 51, KC8NFN 51, KD8LSM 44.

Net traffic for April, 2017: Michigan Traffic Net 128, Michigan Amateur
Communications System 120, The Michigan Net 97, Southeastern Michigan
Traffic Net 59, Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 51, Upper
Peninsula Net 46, Michigan VHF Traffic Net 18, Michigan Digital Traffic
Net 7, Saginaw County ARES Net 3, District 3 ARPSC Net 2, Genesee County
ARPSC Traffic and Training Net 2, Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids
1, Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 1, Bay Area Regional
Traffic System , District 5 Hospital Net , Michigan ARES D-Star net ,
District 8 Emergency Net , Branch County Emergency Net , Luce County
ARES Net , District 8 Digital Emergency Net , Chelsea ARC Net.

Total net traffic reported: 535

Volunteer Hours Dollar Value:

ARPSC: $208,036
NTS: $38,610

Total Dollar Value December 2016: $246,646

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 State Police Homeland Security
Division.

73 until next month,

Larry, WB8R

Updated: May 15, 2017 — 12:54 pm

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