Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,
I hope everyone is making the best as we continue to deal with the complications of the pandemic. Amateur radio does afford a great opportunity to converse with others without the risk of physical contact. How great is that?
Last month I helped to celebrate the life of my mentor and friend, John H. Lehman, WA8MHO. John became an SK at the age of 95. John was very active in public service up to his passing, and the pandemic was the only thing that seemed to slow him down. I will miss visiting with him at various Ohio based ham swaps.
2021 Livingston County Amateur Radio Klub Testing
The Livingston Amateur Radio Klub (LARK)reports a larger turnout at their recent amateur radio testing session. They report 28 applicants who took 42 exam elements, resulting in 16 new technician class hams, 7 new general class amateurs, and one upgrade to extra class. Eight LARK members administered the recent in person examination, held in compliance to current social distancing practices. If your club is continuing to hold testing sessions, please let us know.
Lifetime Learning – It’s For Everyone
Amateur radio is one of those hobbies that constantly advances the state of its own art. Coupled with that is the need to learn about new modes, component, techniques, and skills. Many clubs are brining in virtual experts to help train their groups. Drop me a note with your most excellent training plans.
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.
Additionally, I have attended a few meetings being held online via video conference bridging. This is a great way to stay in touch.
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 January 2021
Station Activity Reports (SAR) for January 2021
WB8WKQ 339, K8ED 258, N5MKY 106, WB8TQZ 102, KE8KOC 100, KD8ZCM 81, ND8W 78, K8BKM 75, KB8RCR 49, K8RDN 39, WD8USA 36, W8MSK 27, KB8PGW 18, KE8CEH 15, W8KOM 8, WB8R 6, KE8DON 3, KE8BYC 2
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for January 2021:
KE8BYC 365, ND8W 330, KE8KOC 310, K8RDN 197, KB8RCR 165, WD8USA 148, KD8ZCM 140, N5MKY 135, WB8TQZ 110, K8BKM 110, KC8YVF 107, W8DW 97, WB8WKQ 90, K8ED 90, WB8R 80, KB8PGW 73, KE8DON 67, W8KOM 45, KE8CEH 36
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): No reports this month
Net traffic for January 2021:
Michigan Amateur Communications System 106
Michigan Traffic Net 96
The Michigan Net 95
Upper Peninsula Net 38
Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 35
Michigan VHF Traffic Net 33
Great Lakes Emergency & Traffic Net 24
Luce County ARES Net 14
Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 9
Calhoun Co ARES/RACES/SKYWARN 9
Michigan Digital Traffic Net 7
Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 4
District 3 ARPSC Net 4
Saginaw County ARES Net 3
Thumb Mid-Michigan Traffic Net 1
NTS person-hour Value for January 2021: $ 71442
(NOTE NTS PERSON VALUE ONLY)
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.
Visit the ARRL Lifelong Learning Center on the web.
Thanks to all the radio amateurs who continue to make the hobby great! Check out the new updated rules for 2021 ARRL Field Day! Get Active, Get Involved, and Get On The Air!