Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,
“May you live in interesting times”, regardless of where the quote really came from, seems to fit well for our current situation. The good news is that amateur radio is a hobby that you can practice with social distancing!
Cancelled Conference and Canceled Swaps
We saw the cancellation of the Great Lakes Division Conference, and many other swaps. Most notably the Hamvention committee at the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) has also cancelled Hamvention. These groups had to make this difficult decision, and as you can see now, this will most likely be the trend for several months. I predict a rise in on the air swap nets.
Tell Me Anything Good
The guidelines of social distancing rule out most radio club meetings. Most groups who do breakfast and lunch will also put those activities on hold. Amateur radio testing has been pretty much put on hold. In face of all of this, hams are being inventive. Here’s one example that crossed my desk, from the ARROW (Ann Arbor radio club).
“ In light of all the folks that are now either “Bugging In’ or are now “Work from Home”, the ARROW radio club [Ann Arbor, MI area] has begun holding three “Shut-In Round-Table” Nets each day at 10am, 2pm, and 7pm. These nets meet on the 146.96 (no PL) repeater, while the 2pm session meets on the 443.5 DMR repeater on the “MI-Statewide” Talk Group (3126).
These are not structured nets but are more just loose knit round-tables where folks take a break from the Work-at-Home grind and reach out to their fellow Hams and share Quarantine stories, brag about who has the biggest stash of Twinkies or T.P., or talk about the projects on the bench that they finally have time to work on.
So come join us from time to time and let’s all stay in touch :)”
Share with me what your groups are going to do over the next several months. I’m sure you’ll all get creative about this.
Great Lakes Division Award Winners
Gary Johnston, KI4LA, winner of the George S. Wilson III, W4OYI, Lifetime Achievement Award;
Steve Smith, N8AR, and Larry Gauthier, K8UT, joint winners of the Technical Achievement Award;
John Papay, K8YSE, winner of the DX Achievement Award;
And “The Radiogram” the monthly newsletter of the Portage County Amateur Radio Service, as the winner of the Joseph J. Phillips, K8QOE, Newsletter Award.
This year we also gave a special “Director’s Award” for outstanding service to the amateur radio community to: John Loughmiller, KB9AT, for his design work on a database for the new Volunteer Monitoring program established at Headquarters.
Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans
There just isn’t any (physical or virtual) currently to report.
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 February 2020
Station Activity Reports (SAR) for February 2020
WB8WKQ 302, K8BKM 119, KB8RCR 92, N5MKY 90,K8ED 84,ND8W 72, KE8KOC 63, WB8TQZ 34, K8RDN 30, KD8ZCM 21, WD8USA 14, KE8CEH 14, WB8RCR 12
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for February 2020:
KE8BYC 249, WB8RCR 232, KE8KOC 230,KB8RCR 150, WD8USA 139, ND8W 135, N5MKY 115, WB8TQZ 110, K8ED 100, WB8WKQ 90, KC8YVF 89, K8RDN 84, KD8ZCM 81, WB8R 59, KE8CEH 42
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): No reports this month
Net traffic for February 2020:
Michigan Amateur Communications System 112
The Michigan Net 81
Michigan Traffic Net 57
Upper Peninsula Net 33
Michigan VHF Traffic Net 32
Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 22
Michigan Digital Traffic Net 17
Saginaw County ARES Net 3
Luce County ARES Net 3
District 3 ARPSC Net 3
Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 1
Michigan Amateur Radio Pulbic Service Corps 1
NTS person-hour Value for February 2020: $ 42,267
(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.
Dust off those rigs and get on the air! Consider chatting with locals on the neighborhood repeater or simplex channel. You might even want to try a new mode or revisit an old one (I worked a few stations just two evenings ago on RTTY…. I don’t remember it being this easy).
We even joked on the air about creating a new contest. The ROTA (Rooms On The Air) would be challenging as operators scramble to activate the kitchen, dining room, etc.
Bobbi and I both are hopeful that you all stay safe and pay close attention to the changing landscape of our “new normal” for a bit. Please take this COVID-19 thing very seriously, this is more than just a new strain of the flu.
Thanks to all the radio amateurs who continue to make the hobby great! Get Active, Get Involved, and Get On The Air! I look forward to chatting with you on the air or on a conference bridge!