Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,
My apologies for not getting the update out in a timelier manner. This month found me caught in an interesting collection of missteps and assorted aggravations. I hope this report finds you all well and looking forward to getting outside and enjoying the start of serious spring weather.
2021 Radio Exam Testing
Many clubs confirmed their amateur exam testing was still going on, although there were modifications in processes. I am glad we have all been able to work around the restrictions.
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 bringing in virtual experts to help train their groups. Drop me a note with your most excellent training plans.
Clubs Are Where It’s At
I could not imagine what amateur radio operators would do without clubs. Even through COVID -19 restrictions, most groups managed to maintain some reasonable form of meeting. Every now and then, someone tells me they are not members of any radio club, then they attempt to justify their position on this topic. I do listen, but not finding any logic that TEAM (Together Each Achieves More) doesn’t apply. Support your local clubs, even if you don’t feel like heading off to a meeting.
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.
New FCC Fees HAVE NOT Gone Into Effect
Contrary to what you may have heard or read, the collection of application fees for the amateur radio service and
certain other services will NOT begin
on April 19, 2021.
Although April 19, 2021 is the date the rules in the FCC Report and Order adopted last December generally take effect – i.e., one month after the R&O was published in the March 19, 2021 Federal Register – certain parts of those rules, including collection of the application fees for the amateur radio service, will NOT begin on that date.
The effective date for new amateur radio fees has not yet been established. The FCC explicitly states in the published Notice that the fees will not take effect until:
* the requisite notice has been provided to Congress; AND
* the FCC’s information technology systems and internal procedures have been updated; AND
* the Commission publishes [FUTURE] notice(s) in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of such rules.
The League’s counsel for FCC matters estimates that the effective start date for collecting the fees will be sometime this summer, but
regardless of the exact timing we will have advance notice. Stay tuned for further developments on this.
Keep in mind that one can only renew their amateur license within 90 days in advance of the expiration date. If you, or a club station
license you are trustee for, are within that 90-day window now, I’d renew as soon as possible to avoid the new fee.
If you are thinking of switching to a vanity call sign, I’d also seriously suggest you apply for that special call sign sooner rather than later. (Of course, if you are an Extra class seeking a new shorter 1X2 or 2X1 call sign, competition for those calls in the future MIGHT be a
bit less due to the new fees! We’ll see…)
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 February 2021
Station Activity Reports (SAR) for February 2021
WB8WKQ 289, K8ED 202, N5MKY 137, K8BKM 107, KE8KOC 86, WB8TQZ 78, KD8ZCM 66, ND8W 64, K8RDN 54, KB8RCR 49, KB8PGW 29, W8MSK 26, WD8USA 19, KE8CEH 14, W8KOM 12, WB8R 6, KE8BYC 2
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for February 2021:
ND8W 320, KE8BYC 318, KE8KOC 280, KB8RCR 180, N5MKY 130, KD8ZCM 130, K8RDN 124, KC8YVF 113, K8BKM 110, WB8TQZ 110, WD8USA 96, WB8WKQ 90, K8ED 90, KB8PGW 84, WB8R 81, W8DW 74, W8KOM 62, KE8CEH 28
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): No reports this month
Net traffic for February 2021:
Michigan Amateur Communications System 102
The Michigan Net 101
Michigan Traffic Net 83
Upper Peninsula Net 35
Michigan VHF Traffic Net 35
Great Lakes Emergency & Traffic Net 25
Michigan Digital Traffic Net 19
Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 18
Thumb Mid-Michigan Traffic Net 8
Calhoun Co ARES/RACES/SKYWARN 7
Luce County ARES Net 4
Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 3
District 3 ARPSC Net 3
Saginaw County ARES Net 3
Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 1
NTS person-hour Value for February 2021: $ 62270
(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.
Connect and support a local club or two. Even consider becoming a mentor to a new ham.
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!