August 2021 Michigan Section Report

Greetings to all the Amateurs of Michigan,

Wow! It’s August already! 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.

 

Get Involved

There is always something to do in the world of amateur radio. For some of us, it’s not just using a rig, but understanding more about how it works. For others it’s public service, or contests, or just conversations about everything. Staying active in the hobby is good for you as well. Share your expertise with others.

Muskegon Area Amateur Radio Council Celebrates 80 Years

The Muskegon Area Amateur Radio Council will be celebrating 80 years at their clubhouse on August 28th, from 12 noon until 7 PM. Contact MAARC at their website w8zho.com for more details. They are offering to feed you…

 

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

ke8don@arrl.net

 

Michigan ARRL Section Staff Travel Plans

8/21 GMARC SWAP

9/18 Central Michigan Amateur Radio Club

 

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
times.

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 July 2021

 

Station Activity Reports (SAR) for July 2021

 

K8ED 172, KE8KOC 138, WB8TQZ 127, N5MKY 110, K8RDN 68, KB8PGW, 67, K8BKM 67, ND8W 64, KD8ZCM 47, WD8USA 47, W8MSK 25, KE8CEH 20, WB8R 5, KB8RCR 4

 

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for July 2021:

KE8BYC 491, KE8KOC 480, ND8W 305, N5MKY 235, WD8USA 150, KD8ZCM 130, KB8RCR 130, KB8PGW 120, WB8TQZ 110, KC8YVF 101, K8ED 100, WB8R 80, KE8DON 61, KE8CEH 40, W8KOM 14

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

 

Net traffic for July 2021:

The Michigan Net 97

Michigan Amateur Communications System 77

Michigan Traffic Net 65

Upper Peninsula Net 50

Great Lakes Emergency & Traffic Net 43

Michigan VHF Traffic Net 39

Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 25

Michigan Digital Traffic Net 13

Calhoun Co ARES/RACES/SKYWARN 9

Saginaw County ARES Net 4

Luce County ARES Net 4

District 3 ARPSC Net 3

 

 

NTS person-hour Value for February 2021: $ 37001

(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.

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

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.

Remember too, this is YOUR ARRL!

Thanks to all the radio amateurs who continue to make the hobby great! Get Active, Get Involved, and Get On The Air!

 

73

Jim K8JK

Updated: August 15, 2021 — 10:26 pm

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