Michigan Section News February 2018

Greetings to the Amateurs of Michigan,

I have really enjoyed meeting and talking with many of you during the last month while visiting various swaps and groups. I clearly appreciate the positive energy and support for our hobby, and look forward to future interaction with many of you.

It’s important to point out that if you would like to become the Michigan Section Manager, my appointment to this post would not prevent you from running for the position. As stated in QST, this position will be open to candidates who file to be placed on the ballot coming up for the term beginning in July of 2018. Details can be found on the ARRL website.

DXCC Field Card Checkers have come up in many conversations recently. Director Williams has chosen to appoint an additional Field Card Checker to augment the great work being done by the existing volunteers. There have been some changes in what Field Card Checkers can process, please review the DXCC section at the ARRL website for details. Additionally, consider extending the same hospitality to these volunteers at your next swap or club meeting.

Hospitality Acknowledgements

Thanks to these organizations and clubs for their outstanding
hospitality shown to the MI ARRL staff:

Feb 3, 2018 HARA Shop & Swap – Negaunee, MI
Feb 10, 2018 Traverse City Hamfest


Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans

Feb 18, 2018 Livonia ARC Swap & Shop – (WA8EFK)
Mar 17, 2018 Crossroads Hamfest, Kalamazoo, MI – K8JK
Apr 28, 2018 Chassell Hamfest, Chassell, MI – K8JK
Apr 29, 2018 GMARC 1st Annual Hamfest, Madison Hgts, MI – K8JK
May 5, 2018 Cadillac Hamfest, Cadillac, MI – K8JK

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

Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC) Activities for January 2018

Station Activity Reports (SAR) for January 2018:


WB8WKQ 220, K8RDN 119, WB8TQZ 107, K8ED 101, N5MKY 87, KE8CEH 58, WD8MWD 38,   K8BKM 34, WB8RCR 10, KC8NFN 3

Total SAR reported: 777

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for January 2018:

KC8YVF 176, WD8MWD 123, N5MKY 115, WD8USA 114, K8RDN 110, WB8TQZ 110,

WB8RCR 105, K8ED 90, WB8WKQ 90, KE8CEH 80, N8OSL 50, KC8NFN 33, KB8RCR 5

Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): None

Net traffic for January 2018:

Michigan Amateur Communications System 236

The Michigan Net 281

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 318

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 86

Upper Peninsula Net 1293

Michigan Traffic Net 137

District 3 ARPSC Net 36

Saginaw County ARES Net 32

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 70

Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 49

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 217

Michigan ARES D-Star net 103

Luce County ARES Net 34

Chelsea ARC Net 22

Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 7

District 8 Emergency Net 5 1.25

Total net traffic reported: 429

Total Volunteer Dollar Value for January 2018: $ 41,052

More information is available at http://nts-mi.org/.

Come join us on our traffic and public service nets.

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

Final Thoughts

Congratulations to Bob Hitchens K8VQC, and his new bride, Mary Kruger W8MCK on the recent marriage! It’s been my privilege to know both of them for a number of years, and to work with them on a number of ARES and CERT events.

I’m looking forward to running into you on the air!


Jim K8JK

Updated: February 14, 2018 — 7:35 pm

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