August 2019 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

Just as soon as we get used to all the warm weather, the first hints of seasonal change are already in the air. Soon, we’ll be discussing how cold it’s become. I hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer, and maybe even try some portable operation!

Clubs Come Together For Maker Faire

It’s been said that amateur radio operators were some of the original makers, going back to the days when very few commercial rigs were even available. Several radio clubs came together to represent amateur radio at the Makers Faire last month in Dearborn. Our thanks to all those folks, and I’m looking forward to more details from the teams soon.

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!

Tell Me Something Good!

Speaking of clubs, I am sure your organizations are doing new and fun things. Why not drop me a note about what is happening in your area? I’d love to hear from you!

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, . 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

Gladwin Area Hamfest

U.P. 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 July 2019


Station Activity Reports (SAR) for July 2019


WB8WKQ 428, N5MKY 147, K8ED 101, WB8TQZ 93, WD8MWD 86, K8RDN 83, K8BKM 54, WD8USA 51, KE8CEH 36, KB8RCR 29, KD8ZCM 28, W8DW 18, KB8PGW 11, WB8RCR 9, KE8CYC 7, KE8BYC 1

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for July 2019:

WD8MWD 315, KE8BYC 297, N5MKY 275, WD8USA 205, WB8RCR 199, K8RDN 148, KC8YVF 144,

KD8ZCM 123, KB8RCR 113, WB8TQZ 110, K8ED 100, W8DW 96, WB8WKQ 90, KE8CYC 76,


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

Net traffic for July 2019:

Michigan Amateur Communications System 155

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 54

Michigan Traffic Net 54

The Michigan Net 42

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 41

Upper Peninsula Net 39

Great Lakes Emergency Traffic Net 30

Michigan Digital Traffic Net14

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 1

Monroe County ARPSC Net 1



NTS person-hour Value for July 2019: $ 35,881


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

We duplicate this newsletter on the section website ( and also mail this out in text form to the ARRL membership. I am interested in hearing from you about just sending a link to the website rather than duplicate the text? Drop me a note!

Thanks to all the radio amateurs who continue to make the hobby great! Get Active, Get Involved, and Get On The Air! See you all at a swap or club meeting soon!


Jim K8JK

Updated: August 22, 2019 — 7:13 pm

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