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Greetings to the Hams of Michigan: August, 2014
It will soon be back to school time for the kids in Michigan and that means that all drivers will need to readjust their driving skills to watch out for the school busses and their occupants. It will soon be time for high school and college football and for the fall weather.
ARRL Simulated Emergency Test
As a heads up, the planning for the 2014 version of the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is well underway for the first part of October. Talk with your county Emergency Coordinator now to learn how you can participate.
There is a bill that is currently in the U.S. House of Representatives that as amateur radio operators, we should be very interested in. This bill, if passed through Congress and signed into law will be one of the most important pieces of legislation to become law from an amateur radio operator’s perspective. Most importantly, it will ensure that every ham in the US, regardless of the community they live in, will have the opportunity to practice their avocation from their own homes without breaking any rules or fear of reprisal.
If enacted, HR 4969 would direct the FCC to extend the reasonable accomodation protections to those amateurs who are living in deed-restricted communities. Known as "CC&Rs" (covenants, conditions and restrictions) are the prohibitions and limitations placed on properties by builders or home-owner associations (HOAs) which prevent licensed Amateurs from erecting even modest antennas.
HR 4969 would not give Amateurs "carte blanche" to do whatever they wished. It would require HOAs and other private land use regulations to extend reasonable accommodation to Amateurs wishing to erect antennas.
There are currently over 60 million people in the US living in deed restricted communities, so this really is something that affects many of us. Even if some of us live far away from any land use regulated areas, this is important to our brethren and as time goes on, may become important to us as the “need to regulate” creeps outward.
Please go to the ARRL website and locate “HR 4969” on the main page and follow the instructions there to print a copy of a letter to your Congressperson, sign it with your signature, print your name, callsign, and address, convert it into a PDF file and email it to ARRL HQ to firstname.lastname@example.org with “HR 4969 Letter” in the subject line. Please remember to copy me on your letter as well (email@example.com).
Due to security issues, a snail mail letter to your Congressperson can take weeks to arrive, so electronic distribution is best. By sending your letter to ARRL HQ, this will allow the letter to be printed there and hand carried to your Congressperson’s office in Washington, where ARRL personnel will deliver the printed letters to the Congressperson or his or her aide. This personal visit will allow for some 'face time' at which our cause can be discussed. This is a much greater impact than a simple letter arriving in the mail!
If you have a relationship with your Congressperson, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss visiting your representative’s District office in person. I have some information that will help you to ensure that your visit accomplishes our goals.
ARRL Centennial QSO Party
Some comments and information from Dennis Ward, KT8X, our coordinator for the upcoming W1AW/8 activity on October 15 – 21:
October is quickly approaching.
No, I’m not referring to a Fall Colors Tour, I’m referring to W1AW/8 in Michigan! So far we have 67 Operators, which also includes a few club calls that have requested a login to reserve an operating slot.
The schedule is open, and there are many slots available, particularly from Sunday through the end of the operation period. Operation starts at 0000Z on October 15, 2014 and ends at 2359Z on October 21, 2014. Each Operation/Operator may sign up for as many 2-hour slots as they wish. Available modes are CW, SSB, RTTY, & PSK31.
Amateurs from around the world will be using our schedule to determine when they can work us.
This operation is meant to be fun, and to showcase our great state. However, like any other organized operation, there are some guidelines for everyone to follow.
To sign up, each operator must agree to the following:
* No paper logs are accepted, only electronic logs in ADIF format using a prescribed naming index within 24 hours of completing your slot(s)
* Sign up for operating slots is on-line only
* Each operator must only operate for those times/band slots which they have reserved, do not run over your time even if there’s a pile up! If the next slot is open, take a break, reserve the next slot, and start again.
* Manage your pile-ups and have fun!
If you would like to obtain a login to participate in the W1AW/8 event, please email Dennis, KT8X, at email@example.com. In the email subject please indicate W1AW/8 Login Request and provide the following information in your email:
First and Last Name
Phone Number where you can be reached while you are operating W1AW/8
Email address QTH (Town/City & County)
Grid Square (ENxx)
I will do my best to respond in 24 hours with a password you can use to login, log instructions, and link to our W1AW/8 Operators Facebook group. You will also be subscribed to an email listserv we will use to communicate with everyone.
73 and see you on the air!
Spark in the Park Announcement
On August 30, 2014, the Holland ARC, the Lowell ARC and the Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association will present the Spark in the Park – A West Michigan Amateur Radio Expo at the Douglas-Walker Park (1195 84th St.) in Byron Center, MI.
There is no admission and the event runs from 5:00 to 9:00 PM.
You can find a flyer here: http://www.k8tb.org/sitp.htm I hope to see you there!
Michigan Net (QMN) Net Picnic Announcement
The 2014 edition of the QMN Picnic is scheduled for September 27th at12:00 noon at the Davison Roadside Park in Flint/Burton. Our General Manager, Anne, K8AE has things well organized for us. We have reserved a shelter so any rain will not impact seriously impact our event. There is a play area for kids and grandkids.
You can find driving directions, schedule, and other information here: http://michigannet.org/news-bulletins/.
Attendance is not restricted to QMN members. All interested hams are invited to attend and learn more about one of the oldest communication networks in the world and how it remains pertinent in today’s modern world.
Jul 26, 2014 CMARC Outdoor Swap, Lansing, MI
Aug 2, 2014 Upper Peninsula Hamfest, Escanaba, MI
Aug 7, 2014 BRAARC Meeting, Big Rapids, MI
Aug 8, 2014 CMARC Meeting, Lansing, MI
It was a pleasure to attend your event.
Section Staff Travel Plans
Aug 30, 2014 Spark in the Park, Byron Center, MI – WB8R
Sep 13, 2014 GRAhamfest, Wyoming, MI – WB8R
Sep 14, 2014 Adrian Hamfest, Adrian, MI – WB8R
Oct 7, 2014 Oakland County ARS Meeting, Waterford, MI – WB8R
Oct 18, 2014 Muskegon Color Tour, Muskegon, MI – WB8R
Oct 19, 2014 Kalamazoo Hamfest, Kalamazoo, MI – WB8R
Oct 26, 2014 USECA Hamfest, Madison Heights, MI – WB8R
Oct 27, 2014 Livonia ARC Meeting, Livonia, MI – WB8R
Dec 7, 2014 L’Anse Creuse Hamfest. Harrison Twp, MI – WB8R
Michigan Section Traffic/ARPSC Nets (All times Local)
MACS - MI Amateur Communications System 3.952 1000 Daily
UPN – Upper Peninsula Net 3.921 1700 Daily; Noon Sunday
MIARPSC – MI Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 3.932 1700 Sunday
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) in waterfall 2000 Tues, Thurs, Sat
MIADS – MI ARES D-Star Net. Reflector 24A Mon 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
More information is available at http://nts-mi.org/. Come join us on our traffic and public service nets.
Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC) Activities
June, 2014 ARPSC Totals:
Station Activity Reports (SAR) for June, 2014: WB8WKQ 322, K8RDN 240, K8LJG 225, K8ED 206, N8FVM 197, WB9JSR 149, KD8AAD 121, WD8USA 79, KB8RCR 55, K8KV 52, KC8BW 42, WB8RCR 34, W8MSK 18, WB8R 10, N8OSL 9, WB8WJV 6, KD8LSM 5, N8UN 5. Total SAR reported: 1775
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL) for June, 2014: K8LJG 225 .
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for June, 2014: W8TBC 259, N8OSL 249, WB8R 244, KC8YVF 190, K8RDN 175, WB8RCR 167, N8FVM 165, WD8USA 160, KD8AAD 146, KC8QWH 141, KD8HPG 131, KB8RCR 120, WB8WKQ 100, WB9JSR 98, KC8BW 83, K8ED 80, K8KV 80, WB8WJV 79, KD8LSM 38.
Net traffic for June, 2014: The Michigan Net 146, Michigan VHF Traffic Net 99, Michigan Traffic Net 95, Michigan Amateur Communications System 88, Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 80, Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 55, Upper Peninsula Net 44, Motor City Radio Club 2 Meter Net 10, Michigan Digital Traffic Net 7, Saginaw County ARES Net 4, District 3 ARPSC Net 3, Bay Area Regional Traffic System 2, Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 2, Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 1, Branch County Emergency Net 0, District 5 Hospital Net 0, Chelsea ARC Net 0, District 3 Digital Training net 0.
Total net traffic reported: 636
Volunteer Service Dollar Values: ARES: $118,272; NTS: $33313; Total contribution for June, 2014: $151,585
July, 2014 ARPSC Totals:
Station Activity Reports (SAR) for July, 2014: WB8WKQ 394, WB9JSR 286, K8ED 182, K8RDN 164, K8KV 119, WB8TQZ 111, N8FVM 102, NX8A 59, WD8USA 58, KC8BW 39, WB8RCR 33, W8MSK 26, KB8RCR 26, N8OSL 21, KD8ULU 20, N8UN 10, WB8R 7, KD8EBY 2, NE8B 1.
Total SAR reported: 1660
Brass Pounders League (BPL) for July, 2014: None
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for July, 2014: KC8QWH 382, KD8HPG 317, WD8USA 265, N8FVM 260, WB8RCR 243, N8OSL 211, WB8R 187, K8RDN 184, WB9JSR 160, KB8RCR 120, KC8YVF 112, WB8WKQ 105, WB8TQZ 100, NE8B 91, KC8BW 89, W8TBC 85, NX8A 85, K8KV 80, K8ED 80, KD8ULU 27, KD8LSM 21.
Net traffic for July, 2014: Michigan Amateur Communications System 176, The Michigan Net 171, Michigan VHF Traffic Net 69, Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 67, Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 47, Upper Peninsula Net 46, Michigan Digital Traffic Net 31, Motor City Radio Club 2 Meter Net 10, Bay Area Regional Traffic System 5, Saginaw County ARES Net 4, Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 3, District 3 ARPSC Net 2, District 5 Hospital Net 0, Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 0, Genesee County ARPSC Traffic and Training Net 0, Chelsea ARC Net 0, District 3 Digital Training net 0, Branch County Emergency Net 0.
Total net traffic reported: 631
Volunteer Service Dollar Values: ARES: $63,481; NTS: $37,213; Total contribution for July, 2014: $100,694
ARES Cards Available
Please note that ARES membership cards are available through your District EC. DEC’s contact WB8RCR for details. We will be gathering EC names and addresses for drop shipment mailing directly to those EC’s requesting cards. Please be reasonable in the quantities that you request.
If you are reporting monthly to our SEC/STM WB8RCR, you can see your PSHR eligibility status at http://www.nts-mi.org/. The full details are at: http://www.arrl.org/public-service-honor-roll. This award recognizes the efforts of hams that are active in public service.
Those reporting accumulate points for checking into nets, volunteering, holding Section appointment(s) and handling message traffic. EC’s can see their reports of Form FSD-212 here: http://ares-mi.org/ec_his.php If you send your report to WB8RCR and don’t see it noted there, send a note to John to tell him your report has gone missing.
EC’s: Be sure to share your FSD 212 with your District EC, your ARES/RACES members and with your county’s Emergency Manager and others in your jurisdiction who need to know what you and your ARES/RACES group are contributing to your community each month.
Thank you for all of your efforts on behalf of the people of the State of Michigan and for filing your monthly reports. It really shows how active Michigan is in holding a leadership position for ham radio public service activities.
73 until next month,
Section ManagerLarry Camp WB8R
Official Observer CoordinatorKenneth T. Coughlin N8KC
Affiliated Club CoordinatorHollis B. Locke WB8ALW
Assistant Section ManagerJohn J. Nugent WB8TKL
Section Traffic Manager,John J. Mc Donough WB8RCR
Section Emergency Coordinator
Public Info CoordinatorPatrick W. Mullet KC8RTW
Assistant Section ManagerDaniel M. Romanchik KB6NU
Technical CoordinatorW Wallace Murray KE8HR
State Government LiaisonEdward L. Hude WA8QJE