May 2021 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

So, from a weather perspective, May has felt more like March. It is often just a little confusing.

I am hopeful this month’s section report is finding you well. Like many of you, I am looking forward to operating more outside, hopefully without a winter coat.


Online Radio Information You Can Use

In early 2020, ARRL Idaho Section Manager Dan Marler K7REX started talking to a group of SM’s and Section Emergency Coordinators about developing common training.  The initial planning group called themselves the Radio Amateur Training, Planning and Activities Committee (RATPAC).  This group morphed into staging twice-weekly, hour-long Zoom presentations.  Wednesday presentations are general interest for all hams.  Thursday presentations relate to Emergency Response issues.  Speakers have run the gamut from internationally known amateur radio personalities to college club officers.

For example, on Wednesday Apr 28, 2021,    Bob Brehm, AK6R (Chief Engineer at Palomar Engineering ) presented “ABCs of RFI for Hams”, and on Thursday Apr 29, 2021, Lee Garner, WA0UIG (ARRL IA Section Manager) gave a presentation on a severe Derecho (straight-line wind storm event).

These events are open to anyone.  To receive e-mails about upcoming events, join one of these and/or

Perhaps the best part of this is that all 90-to-date presentations are available for playback on Vimeo, and will ultimately be uploaded to a Zoom channel.  The complete list is available at this link:


Ralph Katz AA8RK
PIC – ARRL MI Section

Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans

May 15th GM ARC Trunk Swap

June 5th IRA Hudsonville Swap

June 6th Chelsea ARC Swap


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 April 2021


Station Activity Reports (SAR) for April 2021


KB8RCR 451, K8ED 303, KB8PGW 191, N5MKY 169, WB8TQZ 130, WD8USA 113, ND8W 95, KD8ZCM 89, K8BKM 77, K8RDN 57, W8MSK 26, K0TEA 21, KE8CEH 15, W8KOM 8,      WB8R 5, KE8BYC 2


Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for April 2021:

KE8BYC 330, ND8W 275, KB8RCR 215, N5MKY 205, WD8USA 155, KD8ZCM 120, WB8TQZ 110, K8BKM 110, KB8PGW 105, K8RDN 105, KC8YVF 104, K8ED 100, WB8R 80, KE8DON 64, W8KOM 40, KE8CEH 35

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


Net traffic for April 2021:

Michigan Amateur Communications System 174

Michigan Traffic Net 133

The Michigan Net 74

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 73

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 40

Upper Peninsula Net 37

Great Lakes Emergency & Traffic Net 30

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 15

Thumb Mid-Michigan Traffic Net 9

Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 8


Saginaw County ARES Net 4

District 3 ARPSC Net 4

Luce County ARES Net 4

Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 1



NTS person-hour Value for February 2021: $ 58938








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

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!



Jim K8JK

Updated: May 13, 2021 — 11:49 pm

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