Michigan Section News March 2018

Greetings to ALL the Amateurs of Michigan,

I am hopeful this note is finding you well, and wherever you are, the spring thaw is beginning. I have had the opportunity to chat with many of you in person, or electronically, and as always, I am excited to hear from you. Please note that I’m not just interested in hearing about issues, but also your take on how we might be able to resolve them. And yes, although I encourage you all to consider becoming a member of the ARRL, I will still love to chat with you, even if you choose not to support the only active lobbying organization the hobby has.  Amateur Radio needs your input to continue to thrive and grow in Michigan.

Great Lakes HamCon

Almost immediately after the successful inaugural event, the Great Lakes HamCon team began planning the 2018 event. This year, the dates are October 6th and 7th. Many ham clubs have already volunteered to assist, and new for this year will be FREE amateur radio exams. Get you club involved in continuing to make this event even greater for 2018.

Radio Interference

Reports around Michigan are suggesting that RF Interference is on the rise. For many older amateurs, this is a little like the reverse of the times when radio operators had to tip toe around causing issues to consumer devices. Now, the consumer devices are generating much of the interference. I encourage you to take advantage of the section volunteers, however, please note that this isn’t a magic fix. Interference issues are in many cases difficult to track down, and even after the source(s) are located, there can be little action that can take place, outside of real diplomacy. If you’ve had success, or want to volunteer to join the section technical specialist team, feel free to reach out.

DXCC Field Card Checkers

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.

No Crystal Ball

We have a great number of volunteer resources in our section, but to my knowledge none of us are members of the Psychic Friends Network. If you don’t let us know what’s going on, it’s not likely that we can “guess” effectively. Please consider dropping a detailed email or letter, passing conversations at a swap may get lost.

Hospitality Acknowledgements

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

Feb 18, 2018 Livonia ARC Swap & Shop – (WA8EFK)

 

 

Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans

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
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 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 203, K8ED 78, WB8TQZ 71, K8BKM 70, WD8MWD 46, WB8RCR 8

 

KC8NFN 4

 

Total SAR reported: 480

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for February 2018:

WB8RCR 293, WD8USA 255, N5MKY 170, WB8TQZ 110, WD8MWD 110, K8ED 90,WB8WKQ 90, KE8BYC 89, KC8YVF 79, KC8NFN 34

Brass Pounder’s League

Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): None

Net traffic for February 2018:

 

The Michigan Net 325

Michigan Traffic Net 181

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 304

Michigan Amateur Communications System 172

Upper Peninsula Net 1007

Saginaw County ARES Net 48

District 3 ARPSC Net 39

Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 6

Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 50

Michigan ARES D-Star net 107

Total net traffic reported: 1735

Total Volunteer Dollar Value for February 2018: $ 28,828

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
Division.

Final Thoughts

“… Silence Remains Inescapably, A Form Of Speech…” Susan Sontag

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

73

Jim K8JK

Updated: March 20, 2018 — 9:17 pm

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