August 2020 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

I recently had a need to visit a large warehouse retailer, and witnessed first-hand their large displays of Halloween and Fall apparel – It might be the extended lockdown speaking, but I’m feeling a little out of sorts with this! I am hopeful you are all able to make the best of the pleasant weather. I have a few antenna projects I need to finish soon, but then; I always seem to.

Ham Swaps Revisited

The amateur community is often a pretty inventive crowd. In addition to the large presentation oriented virtual hamfest, there are some creative events centered on buying and selling gear. I’ve heard a few local 2-meter swap nets becoming active again. Another new twist was an Ohio based club using videoconferencing to display and offer equipment for sale or trade. And of course, there’s always the QTH, QRZ, and E-Bay forums. I would love to hear what you’ve run into.

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. An important note is proper planning – most of the section staff have many other activities that they are engaged in (myself included) a one day or one hour notice quite often is not significant enough to allow for adjustments of schedules. You would also be amazed at how many clubs have their meetings on the same day around the state. 

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 July 2020


Station Activity Reports (SAR) for July 2020


WB8WKQ 463, K8ED 172, WB8TQZ 147, N5MKY 135, ND8W 99, K8BKM 89, KB8RCR 68, WD8USA 48, KD8ZCM 43, K8RDN 39, KE8CEH 22, W8MSK 20, KB8PGW 6, KE8MYF 3

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for July 2020:

KE8BYC 331, ND8W 205, KE8KOC 195, KB8RCR 140, WD8USA 130, N5MKY 130, KD8ZCM 115, WB8TQZ 110, K8ED 100, WB8WKQ 90, K8RDN 82, WB8R 78, KC8YVF 55, KE8CEH 62, KB8PGW 24, KE8MYF 13

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

Net traffic for July 2020:

Michigan Amateur Communications System 164

Michigan Traffic Net 131

The Michigan Net 67

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 56

Upper Peninsula Net 39

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 33

Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 32

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 11

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 9

Luce County ARES Net 5

Saginaw County ARES Net 4


NTS person-hour Value for July 2020: $ 44080


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. I’m confident no one ever reads this, prove me wrong send me an email. 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 safe. Take advantage of online resources and local club nets whenever possible. If you need something, make some noise on the air- very few hams are members of the California Psychic networks, it’s difficult to read your mind!

Please support your local radio clubs. These groups are important resources in the amateur radio world!

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!



Jim K8JK

Updated: August 15, 2020 — 3:57 pm

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