November 2018 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

Happening in the words below are Homage, Holidays, and Hope. This and more awaits you in the November 2018 Michigan Section Newsletter. Grab a glass or mug of your favorite beverage (can’t single out just one kind, because that wouldn’t be “equal and fair”) and read the mostly politically free sentences.

Veterans Day

I’m one of that weird folk who think that Veteran’s Day should be a daily event. Remember that those who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces protect and preserve our rights to do just about anything we’ve come to take for granted. My dad would often comment that “free just means that you might not have paid for it directly”. I am grateful to all those who have and are serving our country.

Affiliated Clubs

Bill Loeber, NU3D, has hit the ground running in the role of our new Section Affiliated Club Coordinator, and if you haven’t heard from him, you soon will.

Bill 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 There are a great majority of our clubs with records that are way out of date.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. If you’re impatient, you can reach out to Bill before he finds you!



I often used to joke about the greeting card companies and their desire to create more new holidays, would come up with “HannaHallowThanksMus”, to be able to market more of their products. It does appear that retailers have adopted this approach, and so everyone is preparing to celebrate with family and friends. Be ready to talk about your hobby, what got you (and keeps you) interested and engaged and encourage others to join our ranks. All too often, we put a huge level of confidence in existing infrastructure to satisfy our need to communicate, and it isn’t until those services are readily available that we see one of the many values of Amateur Radio. You only have to travel outside our section to understand how Amateur Radio stepped up their game to assist those in need. As my good friend Joni Mitchell crooned, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone”

100 New Michigan Section Members by January 2019

We are sneaking up on this goal, but just in case you missed it the first time – 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

October 16th Cascades Amateur Radio Society

October 21st Kalamazoo Swap

October 28th USECA Swap

Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans

December 2nd L’Anse Creuse Swap (K8JK)

January 27th, 2019 Hazel Park Swap (K8JK)

February 17th, 2019 Livonia Swap (WA8EFK)

March 16th, 2019 Crossroads 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 October 2018

Station Activity Reports (SAR) for October 2018


WB8WKQ 362, K8ED 160, WB8TQZ 146, WD8MWD 106, KB8KM 64, K8RDN 48, WD8USA 47,

KE8CEH 39, N5MKY 36, KE8BYC 26, KE8CYC 21, KC8NFN 7, WB8RCR 5, KD8ZCM 4

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for October 2018:

WB8RCR 335, KE8BYC 239, WD8USA 155, K8RDN 153, WD8MWD 145, KE8CYC 121, KE8CEH 116, KC8YVF 114, KD8ZCM 114, WB8TQZ 110, K8ED 110, N5MKY 91, WB8WKQ 90

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


Net traffic for October 2018:

Michigan Amateur Communications System 111

The Michigan Net 81

Michigan Traffic Net 64

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 46

Upper Peninsula Net 31

Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 31

Monroe Co ARPSC Net 28

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 27

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 9

Saginaw County ARES Net 4


Total Volunteer Dollar Value for October 2018: $ 50,623

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, 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: November 14, 2018 — 2:47 pm

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