January 2019 Michigan Section News

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

OK, Winter will really be here soon. I just spoke with Winter, and apparently there was an airport delay that temporarily messed with the schedule. More commentary (more serious, hopefully) awaits you in the January 2019 Michigan Section Newsletter.

I Wish That Jim Would

Not much mind reading activity goes on here. If there’s something going on in your patch, and you want to tell the Section about it, you might want to consider pointing it out to me. I am only too happy to include details about your upcoming events, elections, and whatever else you’d like to share. Please note that timing is everything, to make it in the next edition of the newsletter for example, I need your information no later than the first week of the month. Again, predicting the future and determining what your thinking are not among my skillsets.

Invite the Section Staff To Your Club Meeting

Consider inviting a member of YOUR Michigan Section Staff to your next meeting, lunch, or breakfast. This could be fun and interesting. Get to know the olks who donate their time and energy to YOUR ARRL Michigan Section.

Grid Square Chase Is Over – What Next?

It was great fun listening to all the conversations about the ARRL Grid Square Contest. Stay tuned for what’s coming next, and the results of the event!


FCC Shutdown Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Take Amateur Radio Exams


Many of the VE teams I’ve spoken with are still administering license exams during the temporary (hopefully) government shutdown. I’m happy that testing is still going on. Yes, it does mean a newly licensed Technician will probably have to wait a bit for the callsign (just like the really old days) but it also means that those amateurs upgrading can do so and immediately enjoy their new privileges.


A special January thanks to those groups and individuals who conduct classes and exams within the state.


Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans

January 27th, 2019 Hazel Park Swap (K8JK)

February 2nd , 2019 HARA Swap Negaunee, MI (WA8EFK)

February 17th, 2019 Livonia Swap (Section Staff)

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 24C 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 December 2018

Station Activity Reports (SAR) for December 2018


WB8WKQ 214, K8ED 140, N5MKY 132, WB8TQZ 128, WD8USA 92, WD8MWD 86, K8KM 74, K8RDN 66, KE8CEH 37, KE8BYC 18, KC8NFN 12, KE8CYC 7, KD8ZCM 6, WB8RCR 4

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for December 2018:

WB8RCR 159, WD8MWD 155, K8RDN 150, WD8USA 130, KE8CYC 122, KE8BYC 121 , K8ED 115, WB8TQZ 110,N5MKY 95, WB8WKQ 90, KD8ZCM 76, KC8YVF 75, KE8CEH 64,KC8NFN 52, N8OSL 32

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

Net traffic for December 2018:


Michigan Amateur Communications System 164

The Michigan Net 65

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 43

Upper Peninsula Net 39

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 36

Michigan Traffic Net 14

Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 12

Monroe County ARPSC Net 8

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 3

Saginaw County ARES Net 2

District 3 ARPSC Net 1



Total Volunteer Dollar Value for December 2018: $ 35,759

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

One of my resolutions for the new year was to meet one new amateur radio operator in my local area each month. If you’re reading this, and live within 10 to 15 miles of me, send me a note, and we can snag coffee, breakfast or lunch (on me, of course).

I am thinking about adopting the practice of making at least 3 new QSOs an evening, on a mode I don’t normally use. If you hear me on the air, be sure and say hi!

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: January 16, 2019 — 11:55 am

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