September 2019 Michigan Section Newsletter

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

It’s been great speaking with several of you at swaps in Michigan, and it’s great to see people turning out to visit!

Ralph Katz AA8RK New Section PIO

I am pleased to announce that Ralph Katz, AA8RK has volunteered to fill the position as Michigan Section PIO. Ralph was first licensed in 1995, and has been very active since that time. He is a member of ARROW (Ann Arbor), Chelsea Amateur Radio Club, South Lyon Area Amateur Radio Association, Livingston Amateur Radio Klub, and General Motors Amateur Radio Club. Additionally, Ralph is active in Washtenaw County Skywarn and RACES/ARPSC.

Ralph’s father Joe K8JZT was licensed as a General in 1958, but did not pursue the hobby.  Around 1965, Ralph & his brother David pooled resources to buy a Haliicrafters SX-28A, and they became active SWL’s.  As an adult, encouraged by his brother-in-law Chuck N8DNX, Ralph started with a no-code license and progressed from there.  This has spread throughout the family: Ralph’s mother Fern is KD8GTT, wife Deb KD8ESJ, children Rachel KD8GTU and Naomi KD8GTV, and brother Louis W0IT.  But also brothers-in-laws Marty KD8VOV, Chuck, and Dave N8ZKF.  And, Chuck’s wife Jan KC8NEW & their daughter Krista KD8SLO.

Ralph is recently retired from a 45 year career in corporate Information Technology.  He was a well-known long-distance commuter on southeastern Michigan repeaters.  Ralph is also an active musician, playing clarinet in too many groups to list here.

Please join me in welcoming Ralph to the Michigan Section Staff!


WWV and WWVH to Broadcast Defense Department WWV Centennial Greeting,

Special Event Reminder

Starting on Monday, September 16, WWV and WWVH will broadcast a US Department of Defense message to mark the centennial of WWV and to announce the WW0WWV special event from September 28 until October 2 at the WWV transmitter site near Fort Collins, Colorado. The DoD message transmissions will air until October 1.

Kevin Utter, N7GES, a member of the WW0WWV Centennial Committee, recorded the audio track for the announcement. Utter has been an integral part of the Committee and is a highly respected member of the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio community.

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!


Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans

October 20th , 2019 Kalamazoo Swap (K8JK)

October 27th , 2019 USECA Swap (K8JK)


Hospitality Thanks

September 7th , 2019 CMARC Hamfest (K8JK)

September 7th, 2019 GRARA Hamfest (WA8EFK)

September 15th, 2019 Adrian Hamfest (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 August 2019


Station Activity Reports (SAR) for August 2019

WB8WKQ 373, N5MKY 111, K8BKM 106, K8ED 105, WD8MWD 91, K8RDN 68, WB8TQZ 65,

KB8RCR 46, KD8ZCM 38, WD8USA 32, KE8CEH 20, KB8PGW 16, WB8RCR 16, KE8CYC 9,


Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for August 2019:

KE8BYC 327, WB8RCR 261, WD8MWD 215, K8RDN 206, N5MKY 200, KE8CYC 192, WD8USA 142

KB8RCR 135, K8ED 125, KD8ZCM 113, KC8YVF 112, WB8TQZ 110, WB8WKQ 90, KB8PGW 81,

W8DW 54, KE8CEH 51, N8OSL 44

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

Net traffic for August 2019:

Michigan Amateur Communications System 111

Michigan Traffic Net 90

The Michigan Net 65

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 62

Upper Peninsula Net 38

Great Lakes Emergency Traffic Net 37

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 34

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 11

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 3

Monroe County ARPSC Net 3


NTS person-hour Value for August 2019: $ 47,941


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

Want to be more involved? Consider volunteering for a Section position!

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: September 17, 2019 — 11:11 pm

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