Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,
It’s June, so let’s talk about Field Day! I also suppose we could have a conversation that in a handful of days, we will hit the Summer Solstice – I can already feel the daylight hours slipping by quickly. Read on in this June 2021 edition of the Michigan Section Newsletter, sponsored by RTTY, FT8, and the letter U.
Field Day 2021
Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933 and remains the most popular event in ham radio.
The COVID-19 pandemic-modified ARRL Field Day rules from 2020 will continue this June with the addition of a power limit imposed on Class D (Home Stations) and Class E (Home Stations-Emergency Power) participants. The news from the ARRL Board’s Programs and Services Committee comes as many clubs and groups are starting preparations for Field Day in earnest. Field Day 2021 will take place June 26 – 27.
“This early decision should alleviate any hesitancy that radio clubs and individual Field Day participants may have with their planning for the event,” said ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE.
For Field Day 2021:
- Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points. This year, however, Class D and Class E stations will be limited to 150 W PEP output.
- An aggregate club score will be published — just as it was done last year. The aggregate score will be a sum of all individual entries that attributed their score to that of a specific club.
May 15th GM ARC Trunk Swap
June 5th IRA Hudsonville Swap
June 6th Chelsea ARC Swap
It was great seeing folks in person!
Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans
June 19th GMARC Trunk Swap
June 20th Monroe Hamfest
July 17th GMARC Trunk 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 May 2021
Station Activity Reports (SAR) for May 2021
K8ED 188, KE8KOC 169, KB8PGW 128, N5MKY 112, ND8W 85, KD8ZCM 84, K8BKM 75, WB8TQZ 68, K0TEA 62, K8RDN 58, KB8RCR 36, WD8USA 32, W8MSK 21, KE8CEH 19, W8KOM 8, WB8R 3, KE8BYC 1
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for May 2021:
KE8BYC 336, KE8KOC 268, ND8W 205, KB8RCR 166, N5MKY 160, KD8ZCM 140, WD8USA 132, KB8PGW 120, KC8YVF 120, WB8TQZ 110, K8BKM 110, K8ED 100, K8RDN 96, WB8R 78, KE8CEH 39, W8KOM 27
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): No reports this month
Net traffic for May 2021:
Michigan Amateur Communications System 95
Michigan Traffic Net 87
Michigan VHF Traffic Net 56
The Michigan Net 47
Upper Peninsula Net 38
Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 30
Great Lakes Emergency & Traffic Net 24
Michigan Digital Traffic Net 21
Luce County ARES Net 11
Thumb Mid-Michigan Traffic Net 10
Calhoun Co ARES/RACES/SKYWARN 9
Saginaw County ARES Net 4
Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 3
District 3 ARPSC Net 3
NTS person-hour Value for February 2021: $ 46288
(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.
Do something for Field Day, even if it’s just visiting a club site.
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!