Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,
‘Twas a few days before Christmas, and across most the bands, were a good many amateurs sharing peace and joy among all hams. Among all their hopes for this special time of year, were of course, many presents, and perhaps some new gear! But the greatest of gifts we can all share so dear, is our hope for peace and joy throughout the New Year!
(My apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)
Michigan Section Looking for Affiliated Club Coordinator
We are looking for a volunteer to 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!
The Motor City Radio Club is sponsoring an active attenuator build led by Stan Briggs K8SB.
Registration and ordering is required by January 15, 2020, and the cost is $25.00. The build will be conducted on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 9 AM until 12 noon, at the Trenton Faith United Methodist Church, 2530 Charlton Rd, Trenton MI 48183.
For more information and signup details contact the Motor City Radio Club at their website:
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!
State Government Liaison Yearly Report highlights for 2019
From Ed Hude WA8QJE
Starting off 2019 I spent a considerable amount of time meeting with State Legislators/Aides and Senators/Aides educating them about amateur radio, what it can do especially in emergencies.
For some it was a refreshing their memory, because they recalled a relative or friend that was involved with amateur radio.
In addition early on I monitored and made appearances at the State Legislature including testifying at the House Transportation Standing Committee Meeting regarding the proposed Distracted Driving Legislation identified as House Bill 4181 by Rep.. Manoogian, House Bill 4198 by Representative Cole, House Bill 4199 by Representative Sheppard. I worked with the Representatives and the Democratic Policy Staff Advisor as well as the House Republican Policy Advisor in attempt to create exemptions and clear language as to the different FCC licensed services that was included in the exemption in the amended in the proposed legislation. My work also included garnering support from the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Michigan Sheriffs Association.
As we approached June, I worked with the Governor’s Office in obtaining the yearly Amateur Radio Proclamation.
Into early summer I worked on a request from a amateur radio operator who was having difficulty with zoning issues and the City of East Lansing. I was in touch with the local Michigan Municipal League Representative who is also a member of the Tower/Antenna Committee who also reached out to the East Lansing Zoning Authority.
I also received numerous requests for information over the year from Amateur Radio Operators.
Lastly, I am watching fast paced last minute legislation identified as Senate Bill 0288 regarding distracted driving and under 18 drivers. We are reaching the end of the year and the remainder of the bills will most likely die in Committee only to be reintroduced in 2020
The legislative website that is used to look up legislation is experiencing some difficulties and the State is working to repair the issues.
Lastly, should anyone pick up on proposed legislation that could or would affect Amateur radio, please feel free to send me an email with information concerning the matter
Edward Hude, WA8QJE
State Government Liaison for Michigan
Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans
Hazel Park ARC Swap January 19, 2020 (K8JK, WA8EFK)
HARA Swap (Negaunee, MI) February 1, 2020 ()
December 1st , L’Anse Creuse 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 November 2019
Station Activity Reports (SAR) for November 2019
WB8WKQ 395, WB8TQZ 125, K8ED 104, WD8MWD 90, K8BKM 83, N5MKY 80, K8RDN 54, WD8USA 44, KE8CEH 38, KD8ZCM 18, WB8RCR 5
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for November 2019:
KE8BYC 232, WD8USA 200, WD8MWD 170, WB8RCR 160, KB8PGW 150, N5MKY 125, K8ED 120, WB8TQZ 110, KC8YVF 109, KB8RCR 90, WB8WKQ 90, K8RDN 90, KD8ZCM 88, KE8CEH 88
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): No reports this month
Net traffic for November 2019:
Michigan Amateur Communications System 120
The Michigan Net 68
Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 51
Michigan Traffic Net 45
Upper Peninsula Net 38
Michigan VHF Traffic Net 37
Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 6
Saginaw County ARES Net 4
Great Lakes Emergency Traffic Net 3
Michigan Digital Traffic Net 2
Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 1
NTS person-hour Value for November 2019: $ 42,907
(NOTE NTS PERSON VALUE ONLY)
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.
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 during the holidays.
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!