February 2019 Michigan Section Newsletter

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

Winter in Michigan has arrived and has not disappointed its many fans. Fun Facts, Future Flashes, and maybe even other alliterations await you in the February 2019 edition of the Michigan Section ARRL Newsletter.

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 folks who donate their time and energy to YOUR ARRL Michigan Section.

Battle Creek Distracted Driving Ordinance and What It Means To You

From Larry Camp WB8R:

The Battle Creek Distracted Driving Ordinance 410.04 goes into effect on February 15.

The exemption for licensees of the FCC is only for use of amateur radio equipment and DOES NOT allow amateur radio operators to use their telephones or other electronic devices in a manner contrary to the ordinance.

Our purpose was to obtain an exemption for normal amateur radio mobile communications using mobile and hand-held transceivers.

This ordinance may become ‘boilerplate’ for other similar ordinances elsewhere in the state and hopefully the FCC licensee verbiage will provide some food for thought.

We had some great grass roots support from Glenn (Smokey) McCray, N5MKY and Bret White, KD8RHB, both from Battle Creek. Without their diligence and great efforts, this ordinance may well have slipped past us and we may have lost our ability to use amateur radio from our vehicles.

Special thanks from your Section Manager to Larry Camp, WB8R and Ed Hude, WA8QJE, who are constantly working the State and local government agencies to insure amateur radio is fairly represented. Additionally, Larry created a printable copy of the ordinance for all amateurs to save in their vehicle, you’ll find this on the Michigan Section Website.


Club Elections

MCRCA (Monroe County Radio Communications Association) had election of officers Thursday, January 17th.

President            N8KUF                  Michael Karmol

Vice President   W8PI                     W. Paul Trouten

Treasurer            KA8EBI                  Fred VanDaele

Secretary             KB8KQC                Brenda VanDaele

Board Mem.       N8DXR                  John Copeland

Board Mem.       KD8ZNZ                Rodney Haddix

Board Mem.       KC8SKP                 Wesley Busdiecker


Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans

February 17th, 2019 Livonia Swap (WB8TKL)

March 16th, 2019 Crossroads Swap (K8JK)


Hospitality Thanks

January 27th, 2019 Hazel Park Swap (K8JK)

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



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 January 2019

Station Activity Reports (SAR) for January 2019


WB8WKQ 244, WB8TQZ 92, WD8MWD 89, K8BKM 77, N5MKY 76, K8RDN 66, K8ED 54, WD8USA 23, KE8CEH 19, KD8ZCM 12, KB8RCR 10, KE8CYC 8, WB8RCR 6

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for January 2019:

KE8BYC 272, WD8USA 238, WD8MWD 165, WB8RCR 156, KC8YVF 126, K8RDN 125, WB8TQZ 110, K8ED 105, WB8WKQ 90, KD8ZCM 82, KE8CEH 51, KB8RCR 50, KB8PGW 50, N8OSL 28

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

Net traffic for January 2019:


Michigan Amateur Communications System 102

Michigan Traffic Net 52

The Michigan Net 46

Upper Peninsula Net 40

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 22

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 22

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 7

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 7

Saginaw County ARES Net 3

Michigan Area Radio Public Service Corps 1



Total Volunteer Dollar Value for January 2019: $ 45,014

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: February 15, 2019 — 12:19 pm

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