December 2020 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

There are different kinds of holiday plans around our household this year, and I must say our family and close friends are adapting very well. Of course, we’d love to all be together, but are willing to pass on that at the moment. Here’s hoping your holidays go well.


Great Lakes Division Elections

My personal thanks to all the candidates and to all those members who executed their ballots.

Of course, our Great Lakes Director will be Dale WA8EFK, and his Vice Director will be Scott Yonally N8SY.


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. I have made it to a few outdoor events, and always enjoy chatting with hams in Michigan.

Additionally, I have attended a few meetings being held online via video conference bridging. This is a great way to stay in touch.

Physical Indoor Swaps

While I do understand that many clubs rely heavily on revenue from swaps, and that many of us, including myself, do enjoy attending them, I am advocating that we do NOT attend any of these inside swaps currently.

Much like the Spanish Flu of 100 years ago when populations though they had seen the worst – then a second wave became even more deadly than the first one.

Medical professionals are suggesting the upcoming holiday season could lure us in and help support the continued spread of the pandemic.

For me personally I am not likely to attend many events soon.

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 November 2020


Station Activity Reports (SAR) for November 2020


KB8RCR 495, WB8WKQ 438, K8ED 262, N5MKY 219, ND8W 122, WD8USA 116, WB8TQZ 108, KE8KOC 80, K8RDN 47, K8BKM 44, KD8ZCM 40, W8MSK 27, KE8CEH 21, KB8PGW 20, KE8DON 8, WB8R 5, KE8BYC 3


Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for November 2020:

KE8BYC 349, ND8W 200, WD8USA 175, KE8KOC 160, KB8RCR 159, KD8ZCM 139, N5MKY 135, WB8TQZ 110, KC8YVF 93, WB8WKQ 90, K8ED 90, K8RDN 81, WB8R 80, KB8PGW 70, KE8CEH 41, KE8DON 36

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


Net traffic for November 2020:

Michigan Amateur Communications System 180

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 108

Michigan Traffic Net 92

The Michigan Net 75

Upper Peninsula Net 37

Great Lakes Emergency & Traffic Net 33

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 30

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 15

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 5

Luce County ARES Net 5

District 3 ARPSC Net 3

Saginaw County ARES Net 3

Monroe County ARPSC Net 2


NTS person-hour Value for November 2020: $ 61694


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

Bobbi K8RJE and I wish you all the best holiday greetings. Like many of you, we can’t wait to put 2020 to an end!

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: December 17, 2020 — 2:55 am

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