February 2020 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

Only in America can a groundhog be lifted to the position of meteorologist. Whether Punxsutawney Phil was correct or not, the calendar suggests we are moving quickly away from winter. I find myself already looking forward to lawn mowing.

 

Michigan Section has a new Affiliated Club Coordinator

We are fortunate that Sean D. Fleming, K8KHZ has stepped up to become our new Affiiated Club Coordinator!  Sean was first licensed as KC8MPQ in 1999. He is a past President of SEMDXA, a Member of MRRC, and past officer/member of HPARC.

Outside of Amateur Radio Sean is a Veteran who works in Telecom. He serves as a District Officer of The State of Michigan VFW and Secretary for AT&T Michigan Veterans.

Please join me in welcoming Sean to the Section team!

 

Division Conference in Toledo March 14 & 15

Get Ready for our Great Lakes Division Convention.  It will be held in
conjunction with the Toledo Mobile Radio Association’s annual hamfest
in Perrysburg, OH on March 14 and 15.

ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR will be there to meet members and give
keynote address.  Another special attendee is Bob Heil K9EID of Heil
Sound who will also be a guest speaker.

Check the web pages at: http://www.toledoglc.org/  for the full details.

 

From Our Division Vice Director Tom Delaney

It seems that some feel we did not give enough time for nominations to
be made for the Division awards which will come up in March at the 2020
Great Lakes Division Convention.  So, we feel it is appropriate to
extend the deadline by another week.  If you would still like to
nominate a ham you know for one of those awards, you have until midnight
Sunday, February 23rd to get that in.

Here are the awards, along with a description of the qualities that
should distinguish any potential award winners.

First, there is the GEORGE S. WILSON III W4OYI LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
AWARD.

This will be given to the Radio Amateur in the Great Lakes Division
whose lifetime achievement record merits recognition for outstanding
contribution to the Amateur Radio Service.

•    The nominee is active on the air and in Amateur Radio organizations.

•    The Wilson recipient is an all-around Amateur whose lifetime
activities, attitudes, and achievements might serve as an example to
others.
•    At the time of nomination, nominees must have been licensed Radio
Amateurs for at least 30 years and be at least 50 years of age.
•    Emphasis is placed on service to others rather than self, diversity
of Amateur Radio interests and Activities, evidence of continuing
self-challenge via Amateur Radio, and outstanding contributions to
Amateur Radio.
•     Devotion to Amateur Radio is balanced with attention to work
responsibilities and family life.
•    The recipient must be a current ARRL member.

This award is presented at the discretion of the Awards Committee and
the Director.

Next, the GREAT LAKES DIVISION AMATEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD.

The winner will be the Radio Amateur in the Great Lakes Division whose
outstanding record in the year preceding nomination merits recognition
for contribution to the Amateur Radio Service.

•    The Amateur of the Year, is an all-around Amateur, whose activities,
attitudes and achievements may serve as a guiding example to others.
•    Devotion to Amateur Radio is balanced with attention to work
responsibilities and family life.
•    The Amateur of the Year exemplifies the “Amateur’s Code.”
•    In selecting the award recipient, emphasis is placed on
o    service to others rather than self,
o    diversity of Amateur Radio interest and activities,
o    evidence of continuing self-challenge and outstanding contributions to
Amateur Radio.
•     The recipient must be a current ARRL member.

Then there is the TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.

This may be given to the Radio Amateur(s) in the Great Lakes Division
whose technical excellence exemplifies “continuation of the Amateur’s
proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art” and
whose attitude exemplifies the highest dedication to service to others
and to science rather than self.

•    Particular value will be placed on evidence of continuing
contributions to the Amateur Radio Service.
•    Groups of two or more Amateurs may be nominated for a joint award in
this category.
•    Technical achievement may be demonstrated through activities such as
the following:
o    publications,
o    research and development,
o    creativity in hardware, software and firmware systems design and
implementation,
o     technical instruction, application of advanced technology to public
service communications.
•    The recipient(s) must be a current ARRL member.

This award is presented at the discretion of the Awards Committee and
the Director.

There is the DX ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, given to the radio amateur(s) in the
Great Lakes Division who has dedicated time, talent and service to
DXing.  The award is given especially in recognition of an exemplary
lifetime DX record.  Recipients are

•    active on the air and in DX Amateur Radio organizations.
•    The DX achievement recipient is also an all-around Amateur whose
lifetime, ethical DX activities, good operating practices and notable
achievements of the recipient might be viewed as examples to follow by
others.
•    At the time of nomination, nominees must have been licensed Radio
Amateurs for at least 20 years and be at least 50 years of age.
•     Emphasis is placed on DX totals (Honor Roll, DXCC Challenge, etc.),
DXpeditions served on, Elmering/Mentoring other DXers plus other
outstanding DX related accomplishments.
•    Devotion to Amateur Radio is balanced with attention to work
responsibilities, and to civic and family life.
•     The recipient(s) must be a current ARRL member.

This award is presented at the discretion of the Awards Committee and
the Director.

Finally, there is the YOUNG RADIO AMATEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD, to be
presented to a young radio amateur in the Great Lakes Division, 18 years
of age or younger, in recognition of a record of outstanding
contributions to the Amateur Radio Service.

•    This record consists of activities and achievements in Amateur
Radio, which may include
o    support of the community through Amateur Radio,
o    ability to recruit fellow students into Amateur Radio,
o    scholastic achievement and extracurricular activities.
•    The Young Amateur of the Year is enthusiastic and shows potential
for leadership and further achievement.

This award is presented at the discretion of the Awards Committee and
the Director.

Please note, there is an award for newsletters, but that award will be
chosen from among Section winners, and there are no individual
nominations for this award.

Thanks to members of the Division who have already made nominations, we
have some excellent candidates.  To those who might have wanted to
nominate someone and did not have enough time, now is your chance.

Please send information to w8wtd@arrl.org.  Be as thorough as you can in
describing the individual you would like to nominate.  Again, get your
nominations in by February 23rd.

Tom Delaney, W8WTD
Awards Chair

Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans

Great Lakes Division Conference Toledo, Ohio (K8JK)

 

Hospitality Thanks

HARA Swap (Negaunee, MI)

Traverse City

 

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
times.

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 January 2020

 

Station Activity Reports (SAR) for January 2020

 

WB8WKQ 257, N5MKY 137, K8BKM 128, K8ED 120, WD8MWD 99, KD8ZCM 49, KE8KOC 49, K8RDN 40, KB8RCR 39, WD8USA 26, KE8CEH 17, WB8RCR 8

 

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for January 2020:

KE8BYC 248, WB8RCR 243, N5MKY 225, WD8MWD 200, KC8YVF 181, KB8RCR 179, WD8USA 151, KE8KOC 145, K8RDN 133, KD8ZCM 110, K8ED 100, WB8WKQ 90,     KE8CEH 49,

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

Net traffic for January 2020:

Michigan Amateur Communications System 86

The Michigan Net 70

Michigan Traffic Net 70

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 40

Upper Peninsula Net 38

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 29

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 3

Saginaw County ARES Net 3

Luce County ARES Net 2

 

NTS person-hour Value for January 2020: $ 45,841

(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.

Final Thoughts

See you at the Great Lakes Division Conference!

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!

73

Jim K8JK

Updated: February 19, 2020 — 10:49 pm

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