Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,
Summer is in full swing, and it’s a great time to get on the air! Despite the solar cycle and the ever-changing band conditions, there is plenty of activity on HF. I’ve heard from several folks who have activated various grid squares or state parks, and even a few who just moved their rigs to the back yard. I’m looking forward to hearing from you about your summer operating experience; drop me a note or a picture!
It was a pleasure meeting many of you at Hamvention this year. This was my first year as the Michigan Section Manager and booth duty at the ARRL Expo. I had a great time, there were many cool new things to look at, and the flea market conditions were much improved, and even though there was a little rain, most folks I spoke with also had a great time. Plan now to put Hamvention on your personal “must do” list for next year!
Michigan Section Family Outing July 6 & 7
The 20th annual Michigan Section Family Outing will once again be held at the Woodlands Conference Center and Campground in the woods near Hale, Michigan. This facility has 420 acres of beautiful Northern Michigan woods and most likely we will have it all to ourselves. In addition to being a family friendly event (plenty of things for kids to do), this will be the location for the Michigan Section Statewide Emergency Coordinator’s annual meeting and training session. We have a large indoor facility that works very well for presentations and discussions.
John McDonough and his crew have assembled a great program that will begin on Friday afternoon and will run all day on Saturday. Lunch will be provided on Saturday, but you are free to bring your own. The entire outing is powered by donations.
See the website located at www.sectionouting.info for complete details.
There is plenty of room for campers in anything from a pup tent to a motorhome and a fifth wheel. Electrical hookup is available as well and permanent restrooms with showers are close by. Antennas are not a problem, so there are good opportunities to operate portable from there. Campers are welcome to come early and enjoy the peace and quiet.
This is a fun event coupled with a great place to network with others and share experiences. I guarantee that you will go home with more knowledge that you came with!
Field Day 2018
My first Field Day experience is something that I have never been able to forget (or not talk about!). If your club is not hosting one, find a group and get involved. I am hopeful folks will capture a few pictures and stories for inclusion on our website.
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!
Hazel Park Officer Election Results
From the Hazel Park Amateur Radio Club, their recent election of officers:
President — David Koch AA8IK
1st Vice President (Membership)— Jim Poehlman K8ABZ
2nd Vice President (Programming)— John Teagardin AA8UU
Secretary — Reuven Gevaryahu KB3EHW
Treasurer — Robert Lauer N8REL
Director — Bill Ketel N8QVS
Parliamentarian — Hugh Boyle KE8BED
Congratulations to new officers and to those returning for another year. Stepping down this year are: Jonathan “JD” Devine KD8VXZ and Marsha Fleming N8FE. Thanks for your service to the club. Installation of officers took place at the Annual Banquet on June 13.
Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans
June 2nd, 2018 Hudsonville IRA Swap – K8JK
June 3rd, 2018 Chelsea Club Swap – K8JK
June 16th, 2018 Midland Club Swap – K8JK
June 17th , 2018 Monroe Club Swap – WA8EFK, & 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 May 2018
Station Activity Reports (SAR) for May 2018:
WB8WKQ 342, N5MKY 116 , WD8MWD 146, K8ED 78 ,K8RDN 110 ,K8BKM 48, KE8CEH 30,
WD8USA 58, WB8RCR 6, N8UN 16, KE8BYC 2
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for May 2018:
WB8RCR 201, K8RDN 150, N5MKY 135, WD8MWD 160, WD8USA 150, KE8BYC 125, KC8YVF 115, KE8CEH 92, K8ED 80, WB8WKQ 90
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): No reports this month
Net traffic for May 2018:
The Michigan Net 121
Michigan Amateur Communications System 35
Michigan Traffic Net 43
Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 70
Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 41
Upper Peninsula Net 14
Michigan VHF Traffic Net 27
Michigan Digital Traffic Net 29
Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 14
Saginaw County ARES Net 4
Total Volunteer Dollar Value for May 2018: $ 28,688
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. Public service is in the DNA of Amateur Radio, one of many reasons we enjoy so many radio frequencies to utilize, experiment with, and enjoy.
During the month of May, I celebrated two interesting personal milestones: my 50th year as a licensed amateur radio operator, and my 50th year of attendance at Hamvention. Amateur radio has been a large and important part of my personal and professional life, I can point to a number of significant events that would not have happened, a large collection of friendships that might not exist, and even career events that potentially might have had a different outcome without being involved with amateur radio.
I must thank the tireless efforts of many Elmers along the way, and the efforts of the ARRL over the years. While I personally have not always agreed with everything that has come from Newington, it’s much easier for me to see the positive efforts than to dwell on any of the negative aspects. Helping to keep amateur radio great is my singular motivation for being your section manager. If you feel passionate about the hobby as well, consider volunteering as well.
Remember that I’m always interested in hearing about your solutions for issues within our amateur radio community, the issues are sometimes easy to spot, but the solutions are just a bit more challenging. I welcome your input on how to tackle the tough problems.
I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you!