October 2018 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

Announcements, Acknowledgements, and Recognition await you in the October 2018 Michigan Section Newsletter. Grab a glass of apple cider and a donut and read the mostly politically free words.

New ARRL Chief Executive Officer

As I am typing this note, Barry Shelley, N1VXY, turns over the CEO reins to Howard Michel, WB2ITX. Please join me in thanking Barry for not only his service not only as CEO, but also his previous assignment as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since 1992.

I recently had the opportunity to spend positive time with Howard at ARRL Headquarters, and I believe the ARRL Board of Directors have made a great choice.

Michigan Section Affiliated Club Coordinator

It’s my pleasure to announce that a Michigan Section ARRL member has stepped up to become the Affiliated Club Coordinator.  Bill Loeber, NU3D, has agreed to fill the role vacated by Joe Miller, KJ8O.

Bill was originally first licensed in 1990 but let his license lapse for a short time.  He revitalized his spirit in amateur radio after moving to Michigan.  Currently an active member of the Motor City Radio Club, Bill has served as Field Day Chairman, Club Parliamentarian, Secretary, Vice-President, and President. Like many, Bill also has served as a Volunteer Examiner and Official Observer.  Other affiliations include Wayne County Amateur Radio Public Service Corp, American Legion Amateur Radio Club, and OM International Sideband Society.  In his spare cycles, Bill has earned DXCC, WAS, WAC, and 5BWAS certifications.

Please join me in welcoming Bill to the Michigan Section Staff.

Speaking of Affiliated Clubs…

Bill, our new Affiliated Club Coordinator will be trying to clean up the club database. There are a great majority of our clubs with records that are way out of date.  Having current contact information lets prospective member contact the club and lets ARRL HQ know the club is active. Please update the records with current information to avoid being moved to inactive status.

To remain listed as an active ARRL affiliated club the club record must be updated at least once per year.

If an update is not made in two years, the club will be moved to the inactive roster.

Updating your club record is easy and is done on line.

It is a good idea to print this e-mail and include the information with other important documents given to incoming club officers.


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.


Hospitality Acknowledgements

September 16th Adrian (K8JK)

October 4th Muskegon Area Amateur Radio Council (K8JK)

Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans

October 21st Kalamazoo (K8JK)

October 28th USECA (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 September 2018

Station Activity Reports (SAR) for September 2018


WB8WKQ 256, K8ED 123, WD8USA 127, WB8TQZ 97, WD8MWD 90, KB8KM 70,


Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for September 2018:

WB8RCR 254, WD8MWD 235, WD8USA 180, K8RDN 150, KC8YVF 146, WB8TQZ 110,

WB8WKQ 90, K8ED 90, KD8ZCM 77, KE8CEH 69, KC8NFN 40

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

Net traffic for September 2018:


The Michigan Net 76

Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 63

Michigan Traffic Net 54

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 41

Upper Peninsula Net 38

Michigan Amateur Communications System 35

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 17

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 12

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 5

Saginaw County ARES Net 3


Total Volunteer Dollar Value for July 2018: $ 32,500

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

I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you, and to visit your local club or group. Thanks to all of the radio amateurs who continue to make the hobby great! Get Active, Get Involved, and Get On The Air!


Jim K8JK

Updated: August 22, 2019 — 7:22 pm

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