Greetings to the hams of Michigan,
Summer is in its final weeks and soon the Labor Day Holiday will soon be
here. Students will be going back to school soon and the weather will
begin to have a morning crispness and some colors will begin to appear
in the trees. Fall in Michigan is a spectacular season and is some of
the best weather all year long. Often a fall day may start out cold and
overcast only to have a beautiful afternoon and evening appear like
magic. A perfect time for ham radio outside!
ARRL Great Lakes Division Convention @ Michigan International Speedway
October 7 & 8, 2017.
As you know, the Great Lakes HamCon event is the 2017 Great Lakes
Division Convention and that brings with it an opportunity for the hams
of Michigan to really shine. We have the absolute best venue possible,
with literally acres of asphalt. There will be no mud there, even if we
were to have lots of rain. Planning and preparation for the October 7 &
8 continues at a fever pitch. We are now less than 60 days out so it
won’t be long now.
We have good news for those who are planning to attend the GL HamCon and
are looking for a nearby hotel. We are pleased to announce that we have
an agreement with the Hampton Inn in Jackson, MI (about 30 minutes from
MIS) whereby they will be our preferred hotel for the 2017 event.
We have arranged for special rates for our attendees ($30.00 off regular
rates) by using this special code: GLH. Reservations can be made either
on the telephone (517-789-5151) or online at
Be sure to click on ‘Add Special Rate Codes’ and enter ‘GLH’ in
the Group Code box.
There are many additional hotels within a short drive from MIS. Camping
for tents to motorhomes and everything in between is available on MIS
property at very reasonable prices. Full camping, flea market and event
ticket info available on our website at www.glhamcon.org.
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. Our
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
Thus far, the following Michigan hams have won tickets to GLHamCon:
K8TB, K8AJ, W8VWY, WB8SAM, KC8TU, K8VOX, KD8UXC, N8REZ, N8COQ, N8XZ,
K8NGV, KC8ZLQ, N8PKN, KG8CX, KB8SWR, KC8JVO, KE8BFW, N8LJ.
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
Many thanks to the clubs who have presented their fine newsletters in
competition to determine the 2017 best amateur radio newsletters in the
Michigan ARRL Section. We will have a winner and runner-up shortly and
will make the announcement.
The first and second place winners will receive a handsome plaque noting
their achievement and said plaques will be presented to a club
representative at the 2017 Great Lakes Convention in Brooklyn, MI on
October 7 & 8. Michigan’s winner will compete with the best
newsletters from Ohio and Kentucky. My appreciation goes to our
Affiliated Club Coordinator Joe Miller, KJ8O for his efforts to
coordinate this contest for us.
Many thanks go to the following groups for the fine hospitality shown
during travels around the Section:
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
Michigan Section Events and Staff Travel Plans
Aug 19, 2017 Alpena SWAP 2017, Alpena, MI
Aug 19, 2017 Spark in the Park, Wyoming, MI – WB8R
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 ARRL Great Lakes Division Convention –WB8R, et al
Great Lakes HamCon, Brooklyn, MI
Oct 21, 2017 Muskegon Hamfest, Muskegon, MI – WB8R
Oct 22, 2017 Kalamazoo Swap & Shop – WB8R
Oct 29, 2017 USECA Swap, Madison Hgts, MI – WB8R
Dec 3, 2017 L’Anse Creuse Swap, Madison Hgts – WB8R
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
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 2000
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 July, 2017
SARs for July, 2017: WB8WKQ 175, WD8MWD 79, K8ED 74, N5MKY 73, K8RDN 69,
K8BKM 43, WD8USA 37, KC8NFN 11, KE8BYC 9, WB8RCR 8, N8OSL 1.
Total SAR reported: 579
PSHRs for July, 2017: WD8USA 222, N5MKY 175, WB8RCR 168, N8OSL 134,
WD8MWD 130, K8RDN 120, KC8YVF 103, WB8WKQ 90, K8ED 70, KC8NFN 51, NE8B
30, KE8BYC 21.
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): None
Net traffic for July, 2017: The Michigan Net 101, Michigan Traffic Net
64, Michigan Amateur Communications System 48, Great Lakes Emergency and
Traffic Net 46, Upper Peninsula Net 40, Southeastern Michigan Traffic
Net 23, Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 20, Saginaw County
ARES Net 4, District 3 ARPSC Net 3, Red Cross Net of Greater Grand
Rapids , Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps , Bay Area Regional
Traffic System , Branch County Emergency Net , District 5 Hospital Net ,
Michigan ARES D-Star net , Genesee County ARPSC Traffic and Training Net
, Chelsea ARC Net , District 8 Digital Emergency Net , District 8
Emergency Net , Luce County ARES Net.
Total net traffic reported: 349
July Volunteer Hours Dollar Value:
Total Volunteer Dollar Value for July, 2017: $222,662
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
73 until next month,