Greetings to the hams of Michigan,
Whew, Dayton/Xenia is over and everyone has caught their breath and is moving forward again. What a great event Hamvention was! Everything was new for everyone and the experience and professionalism of the 600 plus volunteers of Hamvention shone brightly at this new venue in the face of adversity. They recognized problems as they occurred and fixes were put into place. Now if they could just control the weather! Good job, folks! We are looking forward to going back next year.
Field Day 2017
The 2017 Field Day is almost upon us (boy, the time goes fast…) and all thoughts point to the last full weekend of June. On June 24 and 25 we will all be heading to our local FD locations to become radio-active! This is a great opportunity for amateur radio to be in the public spotlight and to have some serious fun. Be sure to take advantage of all opportunities to get publicity for your event. What possibilities, you ask? Go to the ARRL website and search for Field day – there you will find all the tips on how to make your FD successful! Don’t forget to invite your Emergency Manager and other public officials to visit. Your State Representative or Senator would appreciate an invitation and who knows, you may be able to get him or her on the air!
Amateur radio in Michigan has a pretty high profile with our elected officials these days, so this may be a good opportunity for an invitation and a first-hand look at what amateur radio is all about.
Governor Proclaims June 19 – 25 Amateur Radio Week
Governor Snyder recently declared June 19-25 to be Amateur Radio Week in the State of Michigan. You can find the proclamation on the Michigan ARRL website (left most column on front page -Recent Posts) located at www.mi-arrl.org.
This proclamation will make a great addition to your information table at your field day site. Feel free to send the proclamation and news release to your local media outlets as well.
Many thanks to Section PIO KC8RTW for making this happen!
Michigan Section Family Outing July 7 & 8
The 19th annual Michigan Section Family Outing will once again be held at the Woodlands Conference Center and Campground in the woods near Hale, Michigan. This facility has 420 acres of beautiful Northern Michigan woods and most likely we will have it all to ourselves. In addition to being a family friendly event (plenty of things for kids to do), this will be the location for the Michigan Section Statewide Emergency Coordinator’s annual meeting and training session. We have a large indoor facility that works very well for presentations and discussions.
John McDonough and his crew have assembled a great program that will begin on Friday afternoon and will run all day on Saturday. Lunch will be provided on Saturday, but you are free to bring your own. The entire outing is powered by donations.
See our website located at www.sectionouting.info for complete details.
There is plenty of room for campers in anything from a pup tent to a motorhome and a fifth wheel. Electrical hookup is available as well and permanent restrooms with showers are close by. Antennas are not a problem, so there are good opportunities to operate portable from there. Campers are welcome to come early and enjoy the peace and quiet.
This is a fun event coupled with a great place to network with others and share experiences. I guarantee that you will go home with more knowledge that you came with!
Civilian Conservation Corps On-The-Air
From Dirk J. Esterline, KG8JK:
The fourth annual Civilian Conservation Corps On-The-Air weekend will be held the second full weekend of August, 2017. The event will start Saturday, August 12, at 14:00z (10:00am EDT) and run through Sunday, August 13 at 21:00z (5:00 pm EDT).
The Civilian Conservation Corps came into being in the spring of 1933. Its goal was twofold: to provide needed economic relief to families suffering from the effects of the Great Depression and to protect and develop the natural resources of the United States. As radio played a big part in how the camps communicated with each other, we want to honor the contribution that “The Boys” of the corps made to our country by putting the sites of the CCC camps back on the air.
We would encourage you to activate the actual location of one of the camps however, if it is no longer accessible or you cannot get permission to set up on the site, you may operate from one of the project sites the camp worked on. Many state and local parks have buildings that were constructed by the “CCC Boys” and would make a suitable place to not only honor them but also promote amateur radio at the same time. For more information see our website www.qsl.net/ccc or contact KG8JK via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Lakes HamCon @ MIS
Planning and preparation for the October 7 & 8 continues at a fever pitch. The official ‘courting of the vendors’ has begun now that Dayton/Xenia is over.
We are making plans for our Special Event Station (K8MIS) which will debut at the August 12/13 NASCAR event at MIS and will be active during the GLHamCon weekend. The members of the South Lyon Area ARC have taken up the challenge of providing and operating the station.
We have a great slate of forums and meetings planned and are working on many activities.
Great Lakes HamCon Ticket Hamfest Giveaway
We are giving away two General Admission tickets at every ARRL hamfest in Michigan between now and September 23. When I am present at a swap, I will bring the tickets with me and for the swaps that I am unable to attend, I will mail them to the hamfest committee in advance. The tickets will be given out via two separate drawings at each swap using the ticket information collected from participants at each hamfest. You will want to make sure that you get your swap ticket stubs into the hopper at every hamfest you attend.
Be advised that the GLHamCon ticket winners will not receive their tickets (wristbands) until a couple of weeks before the event. Out ticketing process is electronic and will have our MIS ticketing partners process all winning tickets at the same time. The wristbands will either be mailed to the winners or made available at the will-call office at the event.
Thus far, the following Michigan hams have won tickets to GLHamCon: K8TB, K8AJ, W8VWY, WB8SAM, KC8TU, and K8VOX. Congratulations to all!
Be sure to keep an eye on our website (www.glhamcon.org) for the latest information. You can sign up for receiving updates and other information on the website. Michigan amateur radio clubs and individuals who are signed up to receive information get the periodic HamCon News updates that are periodically published and distributed to all who sign up.
Stay tuned…. It’s Gonna be Great!
Michigan Section Newsletter Contest
The Michigan ARRL Section will once again conduct our club newsletter contest in 2017. Traditionally, in odd years we hold this contest to determine the best amateur radio newsletter in Michigan. The newsletter contest will be judged by a panel of distinguished, experienced judges. Michigan’s winning entry will then go up against the best newsletters from Ohio and Kentucky to determine the best amateur radio newsletter in the Great Lakes Division as determined by another panel of experienced judges. The GLD winner will be announced at the GLHamCon event in early October. Michigan’s first and second place winners will receive a plaque to signify their selection as the best in Michigan. Award plaques will also be awarded to the GLD first and second place winners.
Many thanks go to the following groups for the fine hospitality shown during travels around the Section:
Jun 3 IRA Hamfest, Hudsonville, MI
Jun 4 Chelsea Hamfest, Chelsea, MI
Jun 10 LARS Hamfest, Newberry, MI
Michigan Section Events and Staff Travel Plans
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 12, 2017 Midland Hamfest, Midland, 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
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 for May, 2017
SAR May, 2017: WB8WKQ 224, K8ED 169, WB8TQZ 106, K8RDN 76, N5MKY 75, WD8USA 43, WD8MWD 25, K8BKM 18, KE8BYC 9, KC8NFN 7, WB8RCR 5, N8OSL 4, N8UN 4.
Total SAR reported: 765
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): None
PSHR May, 2017: WB8RCR 249, K8RDN 220, WD8USA 150, WD8MWD 135, NE8B 121, N5MKY 110, WB8TQZ 110, WB8WKQ 110, N8OSL 109, K8ED 90, KC8NFN 47, KE8BYC 22.
Net traffic May, 2017: The Michigan Net 106, Michigan Amateur Communications System 94, Michigan Traffic Net 51, Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 45, Upper Peninsula Net 45, Michigan Digital Traffic Net 12, Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 4, Michigan VHF Traffic Net 4, Genesee County ARPSC Traffic and Training Net 2, Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 1, District 3 ARPSC Net 1, Luce County ARES Net , District 8 Digital Emergency Net , District 8 Emergency Net , Michigan ARES D-Star net , Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps , Bay Area Regional Traffic System , District 5 Hospital Net
Total net traffic reported: 365
Volunteer Hours Dollar Value:
Total Dollar Value May, 2017: $279,114
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.
Your Michigan ARRL Staff wishes you and your families a safe and happy July 4th holiday.
73 until next month,