Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,
April never disappoints in Michigan. I’m looking forward to warmer weather, and fixing that pesky dipole of mine! Announcements, Actions, and even Accoutrements are yours for the viewing in the April 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.
Contests In April
Don’t forget the Michigan QSO Party on April 20th (drop into www.miqp.org for information)
Hamvention Offers Free Admission
Want to save some money on going to the Hamvention? Dayton ARA has announced that Sunday admissions will not require the purchase of a ticket! I predict that Sunday attendance will reach an all-time high!
GLETN Net Manager
Looking for an experienced Net Manager to take over Jack Wiswasser’s place in June for the Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net (GLETN). Jack, WA8IAL has been the net manager for the last ten years and desires to be replaced. The net meets nightly at 8:30 PM Eastern time (Pre- net at 8:00 PM) on 3.932 Mhz. If interested, please send an e-mail to Mark Shaw, K8ED at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARRL Signs MOU With FCC
The ARRL and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the new Volunteer Monitor program. Now work can begin in implementing this new and enhanced enforcement program.
The memorandum establishes Volunteer Monitors as a replacement for Official Observers. Official Observers are encouraged to participate in the new program.
ARRL has contracted with former Atlantic Division Vice Director Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, a retired Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforcement official, to oversee the ARRL’s role in the development and implementation of the Volunteer Monitor program.
The new Volunteer Monitor program, which was approved by the ARRL Board in July 2018, is a formal agreement between the FCC and ARRL in which volunteers trained and vetted by the ARRL will monitor the airwaves and collect evidence that can be used to correct misconduct or recognize exemplary on-air operation. Cases of flagrant violations will be directed to the FCC by the ARRL for action in accordance with guidelines establish by the FCC.
The intent of this program is to re-energize enforcement efforts in the Amateur Radio bands. It was proposed by the FCC in the wake of several FCC regional office closures and a reduction in field staff. “Under this program, the FCC will give enforcement priority to cases developed by the Volunteer Monitor program, without the delay of ARRL having to refer cases through the FCC online complaint process,” Hollingsworth said.
Hollingsworth has committed to FCC and ARRL officials to ensure the adequacy of training for the new positions, to review the quality and utility of Volunteer Monitor submissions to the FCC for enforcement actions, and to advocate for rapid disposition of cases appropriately submitted to the FCC.
ARRL officials estimate that within 6 to 9 months the first Volunteer Monitors will be in place and ready to begin their duties.
Distracted Driving Laws In Michigan Coming Soon
The state intends to enact new distracted driving laws statewide, and as always, our liaisons Ed Hude and Larry Camp are hard at work insuring that amateur radio receives an exemption. Stay tuned as this may require each of us to send a note of concern.
Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans
May 17th , 2019 Hamvention (K8JK)
April 7th, 2019 GM Technology Showcase (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 March 2019
Station Activity Reports (SAR) for March 2019
WB8WKQ 305, K8ED 159, WB8TQZ 158, WD8MWD 151, K8BKM 139, N5MKY 120, WD8USA 98, K8RDN 79, KB8RCR 77, KE8CEH 45, KE8CYC 27, WB8RCR 14, KB8PGW 6
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for March 2019:
WM8A 354, WD8MWD 235, KE8CYC 187, WB8RCR 179, K8RDN 135, WD8USA 130, N5MKY 130, KB8RCR 120, KE8CEH 115, WB8TQZ 110, K8ED 100, WB8WKQ 90, KB8PGW 86, N8OSL 28
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): No reports this month
Net traffic for March 2019:
Michigan Amateur Communications System 213
Michigan Traffic Net 86
Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 55
The Michigan Net 49
Upper Peninsula Net 34
Michigan VHF Traffic Net 25
Michigan Digital Traffic Net 14
Michigan Area Radio Public Service Corps 1
Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 1
Total Volunteer Dollar Value for March 2019: $ 44,453
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.
I’m looking forward to hearing from amateurs interested in filling our open Section Staff positions, and maybe even suggest some new and exciting ways to generate more interest in Michigan. 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!