May 2020 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

I am hopeful like many of you that we are nearing the end of sheltering in place. This will still not bring everything back in line to “BC” (Before COVID), and we will all still need to exercise a great deal of caution as we venture out.


Field Day 2020

Field Day has long been considered “amateur radios open house”, a chance to display a little of the spirit of hams everywhere. While not necessarily a contest, we as amateurs have participated in assembling stations in or near public venues, inviting folks who may be interested in learning more about our hobby, and in general being “social”.

This year will feel a little different. The general guidelines for Field Day operations have not been modified to fit the current situations we need to comply with within Michigan. Despite the potential for technology to make it relatively easy to “operate virtually”, scoring will not embrace anything other than the guidelines already established.

I have talked with many groups who will approach this year as an opportunity to test new ideas and will probably simply submit check logs without aggregate scoring results. Others will be encouraging their club members to operate from their home locations, and there are a few groups who are intending to try their hand at limited “social distance approved” field day setup.

Whatever your teams choose to do, please stay safe.


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 know there are several clubs holding virtual breakfasts and meetings. Now that the weather is becoming a bit more pleasant, so folks are meeting in parks or other open spaces.

I’d love to hear from more of you. Tell us all what’s working well for you, and even some of the things you’ve tried that may need more thought.

It’s easy for me to attend a virtual meeting, and I’m most happy to do so. Mind reading is not a skill that I possess, however. You’ll need to let me know what your thoughts are.


John McDonough WB8RCR SK

We lost a great leader within the Michigan Section this month with the unexpected passing of our Section Emergency Coordinator, John McDonough, WB8RCR. John has shaped the emergency response organization within the state into a group that is highly respected among the served agencies that amateur radio is ready to assist. Please keep John’s family in your positive thoughts and prayers. John’s team has done an outstanding job of continuing his efforts.




Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans


There just isn’t any (physical or virtual) currently to report. Again, if your group is holding virtual meetings, and you would like any of the Section staff to attend, please let us know.


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 April 2020


Station Activity Reports (SAR) for April 2020


WB8WKQ 358, K8BKM 138, WB8TQZ 130, ND8W 98, KD8ZCM 93, K8ED 71, N5MKY 66, K8RDN 61, WD8USA 36, W8MSK 19, KE8CEH 17, KE8KOC 15, WB8R 4, KE8BYC 2






Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for April 2020:


ND8W 320, KE8BYC 275, WD8USA 156 , N5MKY 125, K8RDN 125, , KD8ZCM 115, WB8TQZ 110, KE8KOC 100, KB8RCR 100, WB8WKQ 90, K8ED 80,WB8R 79, KC8YVF 65, KE8CEH 53

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

Net traffic for April 2020:

The Michigan Net 83

Michigan Amateur Communications System 79

Michigan Traffic Net 72

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 42

Great Lakes Emergency Traffic Net 37

Upper Peninsula Net 36

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 35

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 14

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 11

Luce County ARES Net 6

Saginaw County ARES Net 3

District 3 ARPSC Net 3

Monroe Co ARPSC Net 2


NTS person-hour Value for April 2020: $ 69925


More information is available at

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

I am hopeful you are all staying home, staying healthful, and staying hopeful. Our current global conditions are testing te mettle and resolve of simply everyone, everywhere.

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!



Jim K8JK

Updated: May 16, 2020 — 11:54 pm

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