Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,
There are many exciting things happening relative to amateur radio, especially within our state. I encourage everyone to jump on in, try something new or different, and share your skill and expertise with others. This would be a great time to go to a club meeting that you haven’t attended for a while.
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 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, the Great Lakes HamCon booth (6612), or perhaps wandering the flea market. The ARRL Expo area will be even better than it was last year at Hamvention.
Great Lakes HamCon News
Plans are in full swing for the second annual Great Lakes HamCon, October 6th and 7th, 2018.
There are a number of improvements being planned to make this event even better than the inaugural showing, but I’m particularly proud and excited about the efforts that our government liaison team (Ed, WA8QJE and Larry, WB8R) made on improving the sales tax issues for vendors attending this venue.
When you are buying or browsing equipment or parts from vendors, point them to the Great Lakes HamCon website (glhamcon.org) or our own section website for more details. Please encourage vendors to visit us in October!
Section Staff Changes
During the next several weeks, I’ll be posting staff changes on the Section website. Many of our existing staff members have served proudly for many years, and their lives are moving into next chapters. I deeply appreciate all that they have done for amateur radio in the Michigan section, and will truly miss them. Please join me in welcoming new staff members when the announcements are posted.
Thanks to these organizations and clubs for their outstanding
hospitality shown to the MI ARRL staff:
April 17th, Branch County Amateur Radio Club
April 29th, GM Radio Club Swap
Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans
May 18th, 2018 Great Lakes Convention (Hamvention) -K8JK
June 2nd, 2018 Hudsonville IRA Swap – K8JK
June 3rd, 2018 Chelsea Club Swap – 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 April 2018
Station Activity Reports (SAR) for April 2018:
WB8WKQ 263, N5MKY 159 , WD8MWD 119, WB8TQZ 92, K8ED 90 ,K8RDN 76 ,K8BKM 74,
WD8USA 52, WB8RCR 8, KC8NFN 5, KE8BYC 3
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for April 2018:
WB8RCR 283, K8RDN 249, N5MKY 190, WD8MWD 165, WD8USA 140, KE8BYC 125, KC8YVF 115, WB8TQZ 106, K8ED 90, WB8WKQ 90, KC8NFN 30
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): No reports this month
Net traffic for April 2018:
The Michigan Net 125
Michigan Amateur Communications System 82
Michigan Traffic Net 77
Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 77
Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 58
Upper Peninsula Net 40
Michigan VHF Traffic Net 34
Michigan Digital Traffic Net 16
Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 9
Saginaw County ARES Net 4
Luce County ARES Net 1
Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 1
District 5 Hospital Net
Chelsea ARC Net
District 8 Emergency Net 1
Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids
Total Volunteer Dollar Value for April 2018: $ 37,711
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
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 hearing from all of you!