September 2020 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

I’m hopeful you are all safe and dealing with the current new normal. The first part of September, with cooler temperatures, serves as a reminder for what will surely come. I will be going through one more inventory of antennas as we cruise quickly into winter.


Great Lakes Division Elections

In the Great Lakes Division, incumbent Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who has held the seat since 2014, will face off against Michael Kalter, W8CI, who is treasurer of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association.

Additionally, members will choose from among three candidates to succeed incumbent Vice Director Thomas Delaney, W8WTD, who is not running for another term. They are current Ohio Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY; Jim Hessler, K8JH, who is vice president of the Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association, and Frank Piper, KI8GW, Yonally’s predecessor as Ohio Section Manager.

Your votes are important. Execute the ballots you will receive.


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.  It is important to note that many clubs meet on the same day and time each month. We’ll do our best to accommodate.


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 August 2020


Station Activity Reports (SAR) for August 2020


WB8WKQ 380, K8ED 378, KB8RCR 172, N5MKY 144, WB8TQZ 123, ND8W 112, WD8USA 97, KD8ZCM 88, KE8KOC 62,K8BKM 54, K8RDN 51, W8MSK 24, KE8CEH 23,KB8PGW 16, KE8BYC 2


Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for August 2020:

ND8W 405, KE8KOC 305, KE8BYC 275, KB8RCR 160, KD8ZCM 150, N5MKY 130, WD8USA 130, K8RDN 127, WB8TQZ 110, KC8YVF 93, WB8WKQ 90, K8ED 90, WB8R 80, KB8PGW 66, KE8CEH 44

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

Net traffic for August 2020:


Michigan Traffic Net 238

Michigan Amateur Communications System 221

The Michigan Net 71

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 49

Upper Peninsula Net 39

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 38

Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 34

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 27

Luce County ARES Net 9

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 8

Saginaw County ARES Net 3

Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 1


NTS person-hour Value for August 2020: $ 50195


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 the mettle and resolve of simply everyone, everywhere. The warm bright days hopefully will not lure you into dropping your guard.

Visit the ARRL Lifelong Learning Center on the web.

Be sure and vote in the Division Elections.

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: September 14, 2020 — 10:35 pm

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