July 2018 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

Retail stores are already getting geared up for “back to school” sales, and I feel like summer just really got started! I’m hopeful this note finds you all enjoying the warm weather, and staying “radio active”.


Field Day 2018

I personally did not operate much during Field Day, but I was invited to several Field Day sites and witnessed many amateur radio folks not only operating, but getting new people involved in the hobby. The GOTA (Get On The Air) stations and public information tables were very busy at the locations I visited.   An important note to those groups already planning to extend an invitation for next year is to ask early, my calendar fills up quickly.

Great Lakes HamCon News

Speaking of calendars be sure to add the second annual Great Lakes HamCon, October 6th and 7th, 2018, to yours.

There are a number of improvements already in the works 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.

Amateur radio examinations will be conducted on Saturday at HamCon, and this year all exams will be given at no charge.

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!

Hospitality Acknowledgments

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

June 2nd IRA swap

June 3rd Chelsea swap

June 16th Midland swap

June 17th Monroe swap

Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans

July 28th, 2018 Central Michigan 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 June 2018

Station Activity Reports (SAR) for June 2018:


WB8WKQ 351, N5MKY 172, WD8MWD 167, K8ED 156, WD8USA 108, K8BKM 54,



Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for June 2018:

WB8RCR 247, KE8BYC 222, N5MKY 180, KC8YVF 174, WD8USA 160, WD8MWD 145, WB8TQZ 110, K8ED 90, WB8WKQ 90, KE8IKT 51

Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): No reports this month

Net traffic for June 2018:

The Michigan Net                                                   115

Michigan Amateur Communications System    35

Michigan Traffic Net                                              120

Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net             28

Upper Peninsula Net                                                 3


Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 3

Saginaw County ARES Net                                    4


Total Volunteer Dollar Value for June 2018: $ 24,571

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.

Final Thoughts

As we add new amateur radio licensees to our ranks, so grow the need for Elmers to assist them in this fine hobby. For those already serving in that capacity, thank you; for those that need some encouragement, I ask you to jump in and help out! You’ll get the opportunity to build some great friendships, and share the spark of enthusiasm that got you involved.

There’s always something new in amateur radio, consider striking out during the last few months of summer and trying something different, perhaps working in the field, or chasing a contest.

Remember too 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!


Jim K8JK

Updated: July 17, 2018 — 1:57 am

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