Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,
Field Day has come and gone, the 4th of July for 2021 is in the past, and before you know it, summer will start winding down. I am hopeful you all take advantage of the nicer weather to get out and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer. Taking amateur radio along can be most enjoyable.
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.
Many thanks to the amateurs and clubs who kept the tradition of Field Day alive during yet another challenging time. I did get a chance to visit a few sites, and even made a few contacts.
MI ARPSC: TEMPORARY NET TIME CHANGE
The Michigan Section Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (MI ARPSC) net will move temporarily to 5:30pm Eastern Sundays. The half-hour shift allows for improvement in propagation in the 80-meter band. We will move back to 5:00pm some time this Fall as the band shifts with the seasons.
The purpose of the MI ARPSC net is to provide a weekly state-wide exchange of information and ideas concerning the Michigan ARRL, ARES, NTS, RACES, Auxcomm and SKYWARN programs. All radio amateurs with a sincere interest in any of these programs are invited and encouraged to take part in this net.
ARES CONNECT REPORTING CHANGES
Some of you have tried entering hours for July already, and noted that the ARES Connect site is no longer available. The emergency management committee at ARRL decided to terminate the service at the end of the contract in June. A new solution has not been implemented yet. Based on a conversation with Paul Gilbert, ARRL Emergency Directory, the solution will likely be a simplified form entry that will be a summary of activity to be entered by a county. In the meantime, the guidance is to continue to submit the form 4 (section level report) each month.
Thanks and 73,
Max Schneider KE8DON
Michigan AUXCOMM Coordinator
Michigan Section Emergency Coordinator
FEMA Region V RECCWG AUXCOMM, Chair
June 19th GMARC Trunk Swap
June 20th Monroe Hamfest
July 17th GMARC Trunk Swap
It was great seeing folks in person!
Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans
Still up in the air….
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 1730 Sun (temporary time change)
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 June 2021
Station Activity Reports (SAR) for June 2021
K8ED 184, KB8PGW 179, KE8KOC 150, WB8WKQ 144, N5MKY 130, K8BKM 104, WB8TQZ 82, ND8W 72, K8RDN 67, KD8ZCM 39, WD8USA 34, KE8CEH 31, W8MSK 24, KB8RCR 7 WB8R 6, KE8BYC 6
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for June 2021:
KE8BYC 444, ND8W 280, N5MKY 255, KC8YVF 224, KE8KOC 213, KD8ZCM 164, KB8PGW 135, WD8USA 129, KB8RCR 125, WB8TQZ 110, K8BKM 110, K8ED 90, WB8WKQ 90, K8RDN 86, WB8R 81, KE8CEH 53, W8KOM 50
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL): No reports this month
Net traffic for June 2021:
Michigan Amateur Communications System 93
Michigan Traffic Net 79
The Michigan Net 68
Michigan VHF Traffic Net 53
Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 47
Upper Peninsula Net 37
Great Lakes Emergency & Traffic Net 32
Michigan Digital Traffic Net 20
Luce County ARES Net 17
Calhoun Co ARES/RACES/SKYWARN 12
Thumb Mid-Michigan Traffic Net 8
Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 5
Saginaw County ARES Net 4
District 3 ARPSC Net 3
Branch County Emergency Net 2
Monroe County ARPSC Net 2
NTS person-hour Value for February 2021: $ 49893
(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.
Consider upgrading your license and or your skills. Volunteer to mentor new amateurs and share your expertise. Supporting local clubs, the backbone of our hobby, is very important.
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!