March 2019 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

March has made its entrance as a “lion”, so the proverb goes…. I’m hopeful for the “out like a lamb” part. Making changes, memorials, and other mentions are yours for the viewing in the March 2019 edition of the Michigan Section ARRL Newsletter.

Section Staff Vacancies

With the passing of our Section PIO, Patrick Mullet, KC8RTW, we are in seeking a replacement for that position. The job responsibilities of a PIO (Public Information Officer) are listed on the ARRL website, simply do a search for PIO.

We’ll also be seeking replacements for other positions throughout 2019. Some vacancies will be created as folks who have served retire, and others may need to be filled to improve activity levels within their offices.

I’m always happy to talk about your ideas and potential roles you would like to take on, and since I try and make appearances at a number of local swaps, it shouldn’t be too tough to track me down. Please remember that it’s relatively easy to spot issues, but much more challenging to craft workable solutions.

Contests In April

Don’t forget the ARRL Rookie Roundup on April 14th, (slide over to the ARRL webpages for details) and the Michigan QSO Party on April 20th (drop into www.miqp.org for information)                

 

Silent Keys

In case you did not hear, our section lost 3 individuals who were significant contributors to activities within amateur radio:

Hank Greeb, N8XX – Hank was very active in many things, including but not limited to the QRP world.

Beverly Stoner, K8ZJU- Beverly was involved for many years in VE efforts within Washtenaw County

Patrick Mullet, KC8RTW- Patrick served as the Section PIO for many years

Each of these amateurs contributed to the state of our hobby in their own individual ways, and they will be missed.

 

Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans

April 7th , 2019 GMARC Swap (K8JK)

 

Hospitality Thanks

February 17th, 2019 Livonia Swap (WB8TKL)

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
times.

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 February 2019

Station Activity Reports (SAR) for February 2019

 

WB8WKQ 399, WB8TQZ 120, K8ED 96, WD8MWD 91, N5MKY 89, K8RDN 73, WD8USA 71, K8BKM 61, KB8RCR 54, KE8CEH 38, KE8CYC 24, KD8ZCM 10, WB8RCR 5

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for February 2019:

N5MKY 575, WB8RCR 400, WD8USA 300, KE8BYC 236, WD8MWD 215, KB8RCR 160, KE8CYC 159, KB8PGW 150, K8RDN 145, KD8ZCM 135, WB8WKQ 120, WB8TQZ 110, K8ED 100, KE8CEH 70, N8OSL 28

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

Net traffic for February 2019:

 

Michigan Amateur Communications System 114

Michigan Traffic Net 61

 

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 50

The Michigan Net 45

Upper Peninsula Net 36

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 33

Michigan Digital Traffic Net10

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 4

Saginaw County ARES Net 3

Michigan Area Radio Public Service Corps 1

 

Total Volunteer Dollar Value for February 2019: $ 36,809

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. I deeply appreciate the countless hours folks spend in volunteering their energy to make the hobby even better. Thanks to all the radio amateurs who continue to make the hobby great! Get Active, Get Involved, and Get On The Air!

73

Jim K8JK

Updated: March 19, 2019 — 11:37 am

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