April 2018 Michigan Section News

Greetings to the Amateurs of Michigan,

The April weather is demonstrating the notion that if you are not happy with the current climate, just wait 5 minutes. Eventually, things will warm up, making it easier to spend more time outside.

I have heard many comments either in person or on the air relative to the ARRL request to expand HF privileges for Technician Licensees. Feel free to share your thoughts with your fellow amateurs, and of course your section team.

The Michigan QSO party begins Saturday, April 21, 2018 1600Z to April 22, 2018 0400Z. Slide your web browser over to miqp.org for more information.

The ARRL Great Lakes Division Convention at Hamvention this year will be my first as your Section Manager. I’m looking forward to meeting up with you at the ARRL Expo area, or perhaps wandering the flea market.


Hospitality Acknowledgements

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

March 15th, Monroe Radio Club

March 17th, Kalamazoo Swap


Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans

Apr 29, 2018 GMARC 1st Annual Hamfest, Madison Hgts, MI – K8JK
May 5, 2018 Cadillac Hamfest, Cadillac, MI – K8JK

May 18th, 2018 Great Lakes Convention (Hamvention) -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 March 2018

Station Activity Reports (SAR) for March 2018:


WB8WKQ 315, N5MKY 153 , WB8TQZ 97, K8ED 90 ,K8RDN 83 ,WD8MWD 71,WD8USA 38, KE8CEH 30 , WB8RCR 8


Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for March 2018:

WB8RCR 238, WD8USA 138, WD8MWD 120, K8RDN 116, WB8TQZ 110, N5MKY 105, KC8YVF 96, K8ED 90, WB8WKQ 90 , KE8CEH 87, KE8BYC 79, KC8NFN 50

Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): None

Net traffic for March 2018:

The Michigan Net                                                   129

Michigan Amateur Communications System         103

Michigan Traffic Net                                               88

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net                        46

Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net               41

Upper Peninsula Net                                             40

Michigan VHF Traffic Net                                       37

Michigan Digital Traffic Net                                     18

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net         6

District 3 ARPSC Net                                               3

Saginaw County ARES Net                                     2

Luce County ARES Net                                           1

Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps       1

District 5 Hospital Net                                               1

Chelsea ARC Net                                                     0

District 8 Emergency Net                                          0

Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids                 0


Total Volunteer Dollar Value for March 2018: $ 31,884

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

Remember that I’m always interested in hearing about your solutions for issues within our amateur radio community, the issues are sometimes really easy to spot, but the solutions are just a bit more challenging.

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


Jim K8JK

Updated: April 17, 2018 — 10:33 am

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