October 2019 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

It’s seriously Fall in Michigan, and I know this because of the crowds at Cider Mills darn near every day! In addition to cider and donuts, Fall is a great time to check out those antenna connections, and maybe even visit a swap or two to stock up on parts for the winter ahead. It will be great seeing you at the next swap!

Bill Loeber NU3D Retires from Affiliated Club Coordinator Position

I am saddened to report that Bill Loeber has asked to be removed as the Section Affiliated Club Coordinator effective November 1st. Bill took on the role just a short time ago and made a significant difference in the relationships between various clubs around the state of Michigan and the ARRL. Bill’s spirit and tenacity sparked him to reach out to me shortly after I had posted an opening for the position, and he was most concerned that he might not be able to represent the Michigan Section in the best way possible. I can assure you that his concerns were NOT well founded! It was great working with NU3D, and I will miss his presence on the Section Staff. Please join me in thanking Bill for his service to the ARRL Michigan Section, and to the Affiliated Clubs in the state.

Michigan Section Looking for New Affiliated Club Coordinator

It should come as no surprise that we are looking for a volunteer to continue NU3D’s excellent work as the Section Affiliated Club Coordinator. The ACC is the primary contact for each amateur radio club in the Section, specializing in motivating, aiding, and coordinating joint activities of amateur radio clubs. The only requirements are spirit and an ARRL membership. Slide over to ARRL.ORG to read more about this position. Feel free to reach out to me if you’re interested and want to discuss how you might fit into this or any other Section role.

Travel to Local Clubs and Events

I love getting a chance to meet with hams all over Michigan! Amateur Radio has been a part of my life for more than 50 years, and it’s great to hear from others about their personal adventures in the hobby. Sadly, timing, distance, and my schedule outside of the world of amateur radio do not always permit me to show up everywhere, especially without planning. Other members of the Section Staff also love to get out and visit. These don’t have to be formal events; I was recently invited to a radio club breakfast and had a wonderful morning! Please let us know what we can do to help your local club become even more successful.

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, WA8EFK)

December 1st , L’Anse Creuse Swap (K8JK)



Hospitality Thanks

October 3rd , Muskegon Area Amateur Radio Council (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 September 2019


Station Activity Reports (SAR) for September 2019


WB8WKQ 334, WB8TQZ 96, K8ED 90, N5MKY 89, WD8MWD 89, K8RDN 63, K8BKM 56, KB8RCR 39,


KD8ZCM 30, WD8USA 21, KE8CEH 16, KE8BYC 8, WB8RCR 6, KE8KOC 5, KB8PGW 4, KE8CYC 1


Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for September 2019:

KE8BYC 336, WB8RCR 326, WD8MWD 225, KC8YVF 206, KE8CYC 158, KB8RCR 129, K8RDN 125,

WD8USA 116, WB8TQZ 110, KD8ZCM 105, N5MKY 100, K8ED 100, W8DW 99, WB8WKQ 90, KE8KOC 61,

KE8CEH 48, KB8PGW 29

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

Net traffic for September 2019:

Michigan Amateur Communications System 101

Michigan Traffic Net 79

The Michigan Net 47

Upper Peninsula Net 40

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 38

Great Lakes Emergency Traffic Net 35

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 26

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 12

Monroe County ARPSC Net 4

Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 1

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 3



NTS person-hour Value for September 2019: $ 35,922


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

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: October 18, 2019 — 1:24 pm

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