May 2018 Michigan Section News

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 ( 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.

Hospitality Acknowledgements

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,



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

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 hearing from all of you!


Jim K8JK


Updated: May 15, 2018 — 2:05 pm

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  1. Timothy Clay (KE8JXR)

    HF should have a couple of Freq’s for Technicians to be able to use the radios and learn about them. There doesn’t seem to be many Elmer’s left in the world and the old timers seem to think they are the only ones that own the waves.

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