September 2018 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

Just this week, I had a need to visit a “big box” store, and they already had Christmas items out for sale. I know that summer is over, but I hadn’t realized the calendar had accelerated that much! There’s still time to do antenna maintenance and get ready for a “Pure Michigan” winter.

I Am Happy to Help, But….

I recently received a voicemail that started out like this “….I’m an amateur radio operator and I need some help…please call me at (phone number). No name, callsign, or what the issue(s) are. It gets better, for when I called the number, I was informed that her husband had left his phone in her car. I asked her to have him call me back, she still did not offer up a name or callsign. Of course, this all happened before I left for 4 weeks. So, I still have no other voicemail messages, and I still know nothing more. The bottom line is if you would like help, please meet me part of the way.

Hurricane Nets and the Press

I’m getting lots of calls from various news agencies in the state of Michigan who want to know all about what amateurs in the state are doing to prepare for the storms looming on the east coast. I refer them to the ARRL resources called out on the ARRL web pages. You can too. This insures a consistent message in the press relative to amateur radio.

100 New Michigan Section Members by January 2019

Ok, here’s the ask. To prove a point, we need to add 100 new ARRL members to the Michigan Section roster by the end of the year. To encourage all of you to recruit, drop me a note after someone you’ve influenced has joined (with your callsigns). I will enter you into a small raffle (funded by me). These should be new members, not renewals. I’ve been told that this is impossible, but I think it’s easy goal.

Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans

September 16th Adrian (K8JK)

October 4th Muskegon Area Amateur Radio Council (K8JK)

October 21st Kalamazoo (K8JK)

October 28th USECA


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 August 2018

Station Activity Reports (SAR) for August 2018


WB8WKQ 376, K8ED 220, WD8USA 127, WB8TQZ 97, WD8MWD 90, KB8KM 70,

N5MKY 55, KE8CEH 43, KD8ZCM 8, WB8RCR 4, KC8NFN 1

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for August 2018:

KE8BYC 371, WB8RCR 269, WD8USA 185, WD8MWD 145, N5MKY 133, WB8TQZ 110,

K8ED 90, WB8WKQ 90, KD8ZCM 73, KE8CEH 74, KC8NFN 31


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

Net traffic for August 2018:


Michigan Amateur Communications System 120

Michigan Traffic Net 59

The Michigan Net 61

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 67

Upper Peninsula Net 32

Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 34

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 14

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 13

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 10

Saginaw County ARES Net 3

District 5 Hospital Net 0

Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 0

Michigan ARES D-Star 0

Luce County ARES Net 0

Genesee County ARPSC Traffic and Training Net 0

District 3 ARPSC Net 0

Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 0

District 8 Emergency Net 0


Total Volunteer Dollar Value for July 2018: $ 29,774

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
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

I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you, but please complete messages! Thanks to all of the radio amateurs who continue to make the hobby great!


Jim K8JK

Updated: August 22, 2019 — 7:22 pm

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