June 2020 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

Summer is finally hinting that it will start soon! I am hopeful you are all practicing physical distancing when possible, but are making the most of the other technologies to remain socially connected.


Field Day 2020

The updated ARRL Field Day Rules for 2020 should help with allowing more hams to participate in what can be termed as “Amateur Radio’s Open House”. Many of you are asking about how best to promote Amateur Radio during this time. Some comments from our section PIC, Ralph, AA8RK:

“The ARRL’s “Special Media Advisory Kit” has a lot of good suggestions about publicizing Field Day, at this link:


Please contact me with any and all public relations questions.  I would especially like to hear about what your club is doing, about Field Day, and in general.”


Ralph Katz, AA8RK
Public Information Coordinator, Michigan Section


Tell Me Anything

I’ve heard from a number of groups who have continued to hold their club meetings or breakfast gatherings via radio nets or video conferencing. Thanks to all of you for maintaining social connection while practicing physical distancing.


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 May 2020


Station Activity Reports (SAR) for May 2020


WB8WKQ 358, WB8TQZ 167, K8BKM 162, N5MKY 127, K8ED 82, ND8W 70, WD8USA 67, KD8ZCM 45, K8RDN 37, KE8KOC 28, KE8CEH 18, KE8BYC 17, WB8R 6, KB8RCR 3


Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for May 2020:


KE8BYC 474, ND8W 265, WD8USA 130 , KD8ZCM 120, KE8KOC 118, KB8RCR 113, WB8TQZ 110, N5MKY 110, K8ED 100, K8RDN 92, WB8WKQ 90, WB8R 81, KC8YVF 64, KE8CEH 42

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

Net traffic for May 2020:




The Michigan Net 85

Michigan Traffic Net 79

Michigan Amateur Communications System 69

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 35

Upper Peninsula Net 38

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 36

Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 32

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 30

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 8

Luce County ARES Net 6

Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 5

Monroe Co ARPSC Net 4

District 3 ARPSC Net 3

Saginaw County ARES Net 3

Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 1


NTS person-hour Value for May 2020: $ 62803


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

I am hopeful you are all staying home, staying healthful, and staying hopeful. Our current global conditions are testing the mettle and resolve of simply everyone, everywhere. The warm bright days hopeful will not lure you into dropping your guard.

Visit the ARRL Lifelong Learning Center on the web.

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 during Field Day or on a conference bridge!



Jim K8JK

Updated: June 15, 2020 — 10:38 pm

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