January 2020 Michigan Section Newsletter

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

I’m hopeful that the new year has started out well for all of you. I do remember that Popular Science magazine had predicted some years back that by 2020 we’d have flying cars – that might have been a bit of a miss. What they didn’t foresee is all of the positive technology changes we have witnessed in amateur radio – and there’s more to come!


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.

No 2020 Livonia Swap

Please be advised that the Livonia Amateur Radio Club (an ARRL Affiliate Club, Michigan Section, Great Lakes Division) has cancelled its annual ARRL sanctioned Swap and Shop event, scheduled for February 23, 2020. The club’s Board of Directors took this action following many problems encountered dealing and communicating with the venue operator.

They do intend to resume this popular event in 2021.





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!


From Our Section Emergency Coordinator

Most of you are aware that this year’s SET will exercise VHF simplex. Yes, it will be hard, but it is a skill we need to build. There is still plenty of time until October 10, so if you use the time well, you can be successful.

Develop/practice voice messaging skills. The video is still there from 2017 (https://youtu.be/14wY3zcMn2o), the definitive guide is the ARRL’s Methods and Practices Guidelines, but the best medicine ispractice. Practice at your meetings and join any of the numerous traffic nets that happen every day (http://nts-mi.org/netinfo.php). The nets will appreciate the additional traffic.

Test your circuits. Learn where you can go to get good simplex coverage and work out the paths to adjacent counties. Do some weekend tests with your next door neighbors. Take your mobile to some high place, maybe even borrow your repeater’s antenna for the test. Drive up to the top floor of a parking structure. Use your imagination.

The morning of January 25th the SEOC will be monitoring 147.48 and 446.125 simplex for testing. If we can tolerate the interference and have enough operators, we MAY also be listening on 146.52. We might arrange additional tests later on if needed.

Get active, learn what you can do, and have fun.

73 de WB8RCR

Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans

HARA Swap (Negaunee, MI) February 1, 2020 (WA8EFK)


Hospitality Thanks

Hazel Park ARC Swap (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 December 2019


Station Activity Reports (SAR) for December 2019


WB8WKQ 367, WD8MWD 136, K8ED 134, WB8TQZ 102, N5MKY 96, K8BKM 92, KE8KOC 66, K8RDN 45, KD8ZCM 34, WD8USA 32, KE8CEH 21, KE8BYC 13, WB8RCR 8

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for December 2019:

KE8BYC 363, WD8MWD 230, KE8KOC 205, N5MKY 155, WB8RCR 153, WD8USA 122, KD8ZCM 119, WB8TQZ 110, K8ED 100, KB8RCR 95, K8RDN 92, WB8WKQ 90, KC8YVF 77, KE8CEH 51, KB8PGW 18

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

Net traffic for December 2019:

Michigan Amateur Communications System 107

The Michigan Net 70

Michigan Traffic Net 51

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 40

Upper Peninsula Net 36

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 24

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 10

Saginaw County ARES Net 5

Luce County ARES Net 2

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 1

Monroe Co ARPSC Net 1


NTS person-hour Value for December 2019: $ 41,200


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: January 20, 2020 — 10:55 pm

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