November 2019 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the season of holidays (among other seasons) begins. We’re hosting family and friends at my house this year, which also means I need to clean up the ham shack and put things away properly. Here’s hoping wherever you travel, near or far, that you have a safe and enjoyable time this month.

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!


Congratulations to the combined University of Michigan /ARROW clubs for their performance in the 2019 Field Day event. The groups placed 4th in the nation, and 1st in Michigan for class 4A.



Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association [SARA] – 2020 Officers list

President            Kevin Middleton   K8MID

Vice President   Don Warner           WB8GUS

Secretary            Phillip Bates           AC8FW

Treasurer           Dennis Phillips       KC8ETW

Trustee               Tom Carpenter       KI8AS

Trustee               Chuck Dafoe           K8DZH

Trustee               Mike Middleton     KF5MYQ



Manistee County (via EC Rick, WZ8N) Comments:

I am pleased to report that several years after a 50′ tower was erected complete with 2M & 70cm antennas at our EOC (County Sheriff’s Offices) the Sheriff finally relented and permitted us to put up a permanent 80/40M dipole.  The halyard that had been part of the original installation accommodated the dipole on October 9.




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

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



Hospitality Thanks

October 20th , 2019 Kalamazoo Swap (K8JK)

October 27th , 2019 USECA Swap (K8JK, WA8EFK)


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 October 2019


Station Activity Reports (SAR) for October 2019


WB8WKQ 405, K8BKM 161, K8ED 120, N5MKY 102, K8RDN 93, WB8TQZ 82, WD8MWD 73,

KE8BYC 62, WD8USA 34, WB8RCR 23, KD8ZCM 23, KE8CEH 23, W8DW 20, KE8KOC 4,



Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for October 2019:

KE8BYC 406, WD8MWD 210, WB8RCR 198, WD8USA 119, N5MKY 115, WB8TQZ 110, K8ED 100, KC8YVF 94, KD8ZCM 93, K8RDN 92, WB8WKQ 90, W8DW 81, KB8RCR 80, KE8CEH 51, KE8KOC 26, KB8PGW 22

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

Net traffic for October 2019:

Michigan Amateur Communications System 143

Michigan Traffic Net 108

The Michigan Net 47

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 44

Upper Peninsula Net 40

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 31

Great Lakes Emergency Traffic Net 22

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 19

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 16

Monroe County ARPSC Net 10

Saginaw County ARES Net 5

Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 2

Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 1



NTS person-hour Value for October 2019: $ 43,256


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

On behalf of my XYL, Roberta (K8RJE) and myself, we wish you the best of the holiday season. Consider introducing your friends and family to amateur radio after the obligatory feasting.

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: November 21, 2019 — 12:15 pm

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