Greetings to the hams of Michigan,
The kids are back in school and that collective sigh of relief you have
been hearing is from parents as their kids head back to the classrooms.
Of course, all the extracurricular activities are just beginning. Same
song, different verse as it turns out. Life is certainly busy all the
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.
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 about a week 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.
Thus far, the following Michigan hams have won general admission tickets
to GLHamCon: K8TB, K8AJ, W8VWY, WB8SAM, KC8TU, K8VOX, KD8UXC, N8REZ,
N8COQ, N8XZ, K8NGV, KC8ZLQ, N8PKN, KG8CX, KB8SWR, KC8JVO, KE8BFW, N8LJ,
KE8DGW, W1UP, KE8KB, K8EIO, K8VSV, KE8GLB, N8COQ/XYL, and KB8AKC.
We have one more event at which to give away general admission
wristbands: the GMARC Fall Trunk Swap on the 23rd. The hamfest committee
will get their info to me right away and I will forward it to the
speedway for immediate processing and mailing of the wristbands.
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.
Information on signing up for becoming a part of the Royal Order of the
Wouff Hong (ROWH) (secret society of radio amateurs) can be found on our
website. The ROWH is an ancient tradition of amateur radio operators and
members of the ARRL. After the initiation ceremony, each participant
will be presented with a handsome certificate. More information is
available on the ARRL website.
Our banquet planning for Saturday evening is well underway. You will
soon be able to purchase your banquet tickets on the same MIS site where
you purchase your general admission tickets, your flea market spaces,
and your campsite. The banquet will be held in the Champions Club, which
is high atop the race grandstands. This location gives everyone a great
view of the racetrack and surrounding area. It is very nice.
Stay tuned…. It’s Gonna be Great
Michigan ARRL Website
Reminder: The Michigan ARRL website (www.mi-arrl.org) is the place to go
for the things that are happening around the section. Recently posted
there is a column about ham radio classes and asks the question: Can
Your Club Fill The Void? This was written by Jerry Begel, W9NPI,
Education Chairman of Hazel Park Amateur Radio Club.
Many thanks go to the following groups for the fine hospitality shown
during travels around the Section:
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
Michigan Section Events and Staff Travel Plans
Sep 21, 2017 University of Michigan ARC Meeting, Ann Arbor – WB8R
Sep 23, 2017 GMARC Fall Trunk Swap
Oct 7-8, 2017 Great Lakes Div. Conv., Brooklyn, MI –WB8R, et al
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 Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC) Activities for
Station Activity Reports (SAR) for August, 2017: WB8WKQ 199, WB8TQZ 98,
K8RDN 71, K8BKM 70, N5MKY 69, K8ED 66, WD8USA 66, WD8MWD 46, KC8NFN 15,
WB8RCR 12, KE8BYC 2.
Total SAR reported: 714
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for August, 2017: WD8USA 230, WB8RCR
167, N5MKY 140, WD8MWD 125, KC8YVF 122, K8RDN 115, WB8TQZ 110, WB8WKQ
90, K8ED 77, KC8NFN 55, KE8BYC 37.
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): None
Net traffic for August, 2017: Michigan Traffic Net 101, The Michigan Net
92, Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 92, Upper Peninsula Net 40,
Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 23, Michigan Amateur
Communications System 22, Michigan VHF Traffic Net 8, Michigan Digital
Traffic Net 8, Saginaw County ARES Net 4, District 3 ARPSC Net 3,
District 5 Hospital Net 1, Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids ,
Chelsea ARC Net , District 8 Emergency Net , Luce County ARES Net , Bay
Area Regional Traffic System , Michigan ARES D-Star net , Michigan
Amateur Radio Public Service Corps , Genesee County ARPSC Traffic and
Total net traffic reported: 394
August Volunteer Hours Dollar Value:
Total Volunteer Dollar Value for August, 2017: $233,348
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,