April 2020 Section Manager Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

It has been said that amateur radio could quite possibly be one of the first social distancing hobbies. From what I’m hearing on the bands, travel and work restrictions are not stopping many of us from operating. Yes, that’s a good thing.


Stay Safe – Stay Home

Like many other states Michigan residents have been asked to “Stay Home, Stay Safe” by an executive order signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The order clarifies that all Michigan
businesses and operations must temporarily suspend in-person activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order further states that all Michiganders must stay in their homes
unless they’re a part of the critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.

It is important to understand that amateur radio operators are NOT considered a part of the “critical infrastructure workforce” at this time. It would not be in your best interest to use your amateur radio license as the reason you’re not in compliance with this executive order. It is never acceptable for any amateur to “self-deploy” to “serve”.

The shelter in place initiative is an essential part of curbing the large influx of new exposures and saturation of medical response agencies. Again, please don’t self-deploy, and please do not use your amateur radio license as a definition of “critical infrastructure workforce”.


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.

I’d love to hear from more of you. The good news is that email still works.

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.


Olympics and the ARRL

A well-kept secret was that the ARRL had been working with the 2020 Olympics planners prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic to place amateur radio in the event lineup along with 5 other new competitive engagements. You might find this a stretch, but after all, amateur radio is a contact sport. Now that the 2020 Olympics as been rescheduled to 2021, perhaps we’ll still hear something?




Field Day 2020


At this moment, there are no plans to change any of the rules or requirements for the upcoming Field Day. If social distancing is still in play, it’s gonna require some longer headphone cables!


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 March 2020




Station Activity Reports (SAR) for March 2020


WB8WKQ 412, K8ED 250, K8BKM 137, WB8TQZ 111, N5MKY 103, ND8W 74, KB8RCR 68, KD8ZCM 58, K8RDN 58, WD8USA 35, W8MSK 22




Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for March 2020:


KE8BYC 319, ND8W 260, N5MKY 255, WD8USA 150, KB8RCR 140, KD8ZCM 125, WB8TQZ 110, WB8WKQ 90, K8ED 90, K8RDN 87, KC8YVF 82, WB8R 81

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

Net traffic for March 2020:

Michigan Amateur Communications System 153

The Michigan Net 110

Michigan Traffic Net 94

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 53

Upper Peninsula Net 36

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 25

Great Lakes Emergency Traffic Net 23

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 9

Saginaw County ARES Net 4

District 3 ARPSC Net 3

Luce County ARES Net 2

Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 1


NTS person-hour Value for March 2020: $ 57869


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

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.

Visit the ARRL Lifelong Learning Center on the web.

Bobbi and I both are hopeful that you all stay safe and pay close attention to the changing landscape of our “new normal”. 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!

Yes, I was kidding about the Olympic thing.



Jim K8JK

Updated: April 17, 2020 — 1:00 am

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