July 2019 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

Summertime, and the DX is easy? Well, maybe not, but just the same, summer is upon us. There are a few more yummy news morsels in this edition of the Section Newsletter.

America And Space History

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the United States achievement to land a man on the moon and safely return him to Earth. The connection to amateur radio and all of the sciences cannot be overstated. Many of the technologies in use every day have a connection to all the men and women who have and still contribute to space exploration. Be sure to share your memories of this time with others in your club or amateur radio circle.

Section Staff Vacancies

I’m hopeful to be announcing a new Section Public Information Officer (PIO) soon. You’ll see a formal announcement in this newsletter.

We’re still 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 several 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 www.tapr.org/dcc

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

Section Emergency Conference

On July 13th, or Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) John McDonough WB8RCR, held a great Emergency Coordinator Conference in Harrison, MI. This was a fantastic event, pulling in more than 50 EC’s and AEC’s from the entire state of Michigan. These individuals devote countless hours in helping to insure amateur radio preparedness, and a positive image of amateur radio throughout the state.




Section Manager Nominations Are Open

As announced in the August 2019 edition of QST, it’s your opportunity to submit nominations for Michigan Section Manager.   Details and forms are available at the ARRL Website, www.arrl.org/section-terms-nomination-information . Petitions must be received by 4PM Eastern time September 6th, 2019. This is your opportunity to lead the Michigan Section!


Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans

September 7th , 2019 CMARC Hamfest (K8JK)

September 7th, 2019 GRARA Hamfest (WA8EFK)

September 15th, 2019 Adrian Hamfest (K8JK)


Hospitality Thanks

June 1st, 2019 Hudsonville Swap

June 2nd , 2019 Chelsea Swap

June 15th, 2019 Midland Swap

June 16th, 2019 Monroe Swap


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 June 2019


Station Activity Reports (SAR) for June 2019


WB8WKQ 428, WB8TQZ 153, K8ED 134, WD8MWD 102, K8BKM 99, N5MKY 98, WD8USA 78, KE8CEH 77, KB8RCR 29, KD8ZCM 20, W8DW 12, KB8PGW 8, WB8RCR 7, KE8CYC 3

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for June 2019:

KE8CYC 277, N5MKY 270, KC8YVF 254, KE8BYC 254, WB8RCR 242, WD8USA 240, WD8MWD215, KB8PGW 193, WB8TQZ 110, K8ED 100, WB8WKQ 90, KD8ZCM 90, KB8RCR 83, KE8CEH 72, W8DW 64, N8OSL 38

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

Net traffic for June 2019:

Michigan Amateur Communications System 133

The Michigan Net 83

Michigan Traffic Net 70

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 60

Upper Peninsula Net 37

Great Lakes Emergency Traffic Net 37

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 29

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 8

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 6

Saginaw County ARES Net 4

Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 1



NTS person-hour Value for June 2019: $ 36,952


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

Thanks to all the radio amateurs who continue to make the hobby great! Get Active, Get Involved, and Get On The Air! It’s Field Day, even if you just operate from outside the back door, get on the air!


Jim K8JK

Updated: July 18, 2019 — 2:16 am

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