Greetings to the Hams of Michigan,
The Inaugural 2017 Great Lakes HamCon (2017 Great Lakes Division
Convention) is in the books! We hosted the ARRL Great Lakes Division
Convention and welcomed over a thousand guests to our incredible venue
at Michigan International Speedway. We welcomed Rick Roderick, K5UR,
ARRL President and Yvette Vinci, KC1AIM and Kim McNeill, KB1WUX from the
Marketing/Circulation Department at ARRL HQ who operated the ARRL
display and answered countless questions.
This event was the culmination of over a year’s work on behalf of
dedicated staff and volunteers from our 21 clubs that came together to
produce this event.
We had a day and a half of forums in the great meeting rooms along pit
road as well as a one-day Tech class and subsequent VE test session. Our
ARRL Banquet was held in the prestigious Champion’s Club atop the
grandstands where Great Lakes Division Awards were presented to
As with all new events of this kind, our list of commercial vendors was
smaller than we would have liked. For a first-time event, most chose to
take a wait and see approach, and they missed a good one! Our vendors
reported fantastic sales numbers and while we thank them for seeing the
‘vision’ and coming to GLHamCon, we also thank our shoppers for
making the event worthwhile for our vendors.
There were some areas that did not go as planned or happen how we
thought they would, and as a result, we have a laundry list of things
that can be made better for next year’s event. Your GLHamCon team
appreciates your understanding and patience.
With over 1000 paid attendees, we are absolutely rating the event as a
success! Our thanks go to our NASCAR and Michigan International Speedway
friends, the ARRL, our partner clubs who believed in us and most of all,
the amateurs of the ARRL Great Lakes Division and beyond. Stay tuned for
GLHamCon Ver. 2.0!
Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and Caribbean relief updates.
Many thanks go to our fellow hams in Texas and Florida (and others from
afar) for their quality assistance to their neighbors and communities by
providing communications and personnel where needed. In addition, those
that volunteered to deploy to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to
help ease the devastation there have done a great service to their
nation. As ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR stated at the recent ARRL
Banquet at Great Lakes HamCon, this is our finest hour! We can all be
very proud of the amateur radio community’s response to the call for
All the latest updates on the Puerto Rico and Caribbean can be found
Thanks to these organizations and clubs for their outstanding
hospitality shown to the MI ARRL staff:
Sep 21, 2017 University of Michigan ARC Meeting, Ann Arbor
Oct 7-8, 2017 Great Lakes Div. Conv., Brooklyn, MI
ARRL Section Staff Travel Schedule
Oct 21, 2017 Muskegon Hamfest, Muskegon, MI – WB8R
Oct 22, 2017 Kalamazoo Swap & Shop – WB8R
Oct 29, 2017 USECA Swap, Madison Hgts, MI – WB8R
Nov 10, 2017 Central MI ARC Meeting, Mason, 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) September 2017: WB8WKQ 279, WB8TQZ 130,
K8ED 90, K8RDN 72, N5MKY 67, WD8USA 49, WD8MWD 42, K8BKM 39, KC8NFN 29,
WB8RCR 12, N8UN 12.
Total SAR reported: 821
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for September 2017: WB8RCR 232, KC8YVF
207, WB8WKQ 190, WD8USA 170, WD8MWD 150, WB8TQZ 110, K8ED 105, N5MKY
105, NE8B 95, KC8NFN 84, KE8BYC 37, KE8HJA 5.
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): None
Net traffic for September 2017: The Michigan Net 103, Southeastern
Michigan Traffic Net 91, Michigan Traffic Net 75, Michigan Amateur
Communications System 73, Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 43,
Upper Peninsula Net 40, Michigan Digital Traffic Net 7, Northern Lower
Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 4, Saginaw County ARES Net 3, Michigan VHF
Traffic Net 2, District 5 Hospital Net 2, District 3 ARPSC Net 2, Red
Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 1, Bay Area Regional Traffic System ,
Genesee County ARPSC Traffic and Training Net , Michigan Amateur Radio
Public Service Corps , District 8 Emergency Net , Luce County ARES Net ,
Michigan ARES D-Star net.
Total net traffic reported: 446
September 2017 Volunteer Hours Dollar Value:
ARPSC: $ 268,298
Total Volunteer Dollar Value for September 2017: $296,609
A hearty thanks to the hundreds of volunteers across the State of
Michigan who work hard 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 part of the
Michigan State Police Homeland Security Division.
73 until next month,