May 2019 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

Hamvention is the word for today, as tomorrow starts the 2019 Hamvention. Many other mentions are yours for the viewing in the May 2019 edition of the Michigan Section ARRL Newsletter, live and direct from Xenia, Ohio!.

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.

2019 TAPR Digital Conference in MICHIGAN!

Mark your calendars now for the 2019 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference, September 20th through September 22nd being held at the Marriott Detroit Metro Airport Hotel. The conference schedule includes technical and introductory forums, demonstrations, a Saturday evening banquet and an in-depth Sunday seminar. This conference is for everyone with an interest in digital communications – beginner to expert! Call 972-671-8277 or online at

Send a positive message to the organizers that Michigan is the place to hold these conferences!



Michigan Section Manager at Hamvention

As I mentioned, I am at Hamvention, and intend to spend time on Friday and Saturday at the ARRL expo booths. Drop on in!

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 April 2019

Station Activity Reports (SAR) for April 2019


WB8WKQ 422, K8ED 162, N5MKY 135, K8RDN 118, WD8MWD 97, WB8TQZ 96, K8BKM 74, KB8RCR 50, KE8CEH 42, KD8ZCM 25, WD8USA 21, KE8CYC 14, WB8RCR 13, KB8PGW 4

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for April 2019:

KE8BYC 306, KE8CYC 224, WB8RCR 218, WD8MWD 200, K8RDN 155, KC8YVF 121, KB8RCR 120, WB8TQZ 110, KD8ZCM 105, N5MKY 100, K8ED 100, WB8WKQ 90, KE8CEH 83, WD8USA 73, W8DW 72, KB8PGW 54, N8OSL 28

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

Net traffic for April 2019:


Michigan Amateur Communications System 122

Michigan Traffic Net 81


Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 51

The Michigan Net 69

Great Lakes Emergency Traffic Net 45

Upper Peninsula Net 39

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 33

Michigan Digital Traffic Net10

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 12

Saginaw County ARES Net 6



NTS person-hour Value for April 2019: $ 40,798

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. 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!


Jim K8JK

Updated: May 17, 2019 — 1:31 am

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