ARRL Sections - Michigan



Contact Information

Section Name:
Larry Camp, WB8R
Daytime Phone:
Evening Phone:

Basic Information

Great Lakes

September, 2015

Greetings to the Hams of Michigan:

It is hard to believe that summer is all but over and the leaves even in the most southern portions of the state are beginning to turn colors. While fall is my favorite time of the year, I have to say that I don’t really look forward to the winter season. The good news is that I generally don’t have to get out in the white stuff unless I choose to.

Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015

Attention Club Presidents:

We still need more pressure to be placed on MI Senators Peters and Stabenow to co-sponsor and support Senate Bill S1685. Making a general call for individuals to write letters to their elected representatives, but the real truth of the matter is that the actual percentage of hams that individually take the requested action is pretty small.

You can change that little dose of reality. Do the work for your club members and make it easy for them to take that action. Here is how to do it:

In advance of your next meeting, prepare two letters, one addressed to Senator Stabenow and the other addressed to Senator Peters. You can find the appropriate letters here:  

Remove the sender’s name and address prompts from the bottom of each letter. Print or copy the appropriate numbers of letters and take them to your club meeting. Ask that all hams that have not yet sent a letter to their Senators to sign one letter for each Senator and add their printed name and callsign, signature, address, city, state and zip code. Bring a handful of pens so that no one has to stand in line waiting for a pen to use. In 10 minutes you can have 30 or more letters signed for each Senator.

Collect the completed letters, and mail them to ARRL HQ at:


225 Main St

Newington, CT 06111

Attn: S1685 Grassroots campaign

Or, if you would like to avoid the postage costs, you can scan the signed letters into PDF format and then email them to:

Please include “S1685 Grassroots Letter” in the subject field of your email.

All letters sent to ARRL HQ (email or snail mail) will be printed and hand delivered to the respective Senator’s offices in Washington.

Please send me a note ( to advise how many letters your club has signed and sent to HQ.

2015 Michigan Simulated Emergency Test

The Michigan Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is scheduled a week earlier this year to avoid the opening of bow season which in the past has asked a significant number or individuals to choose between hunting and participating in the exercise. Hopefully the change will have a positive effect on participation. If you need information, you can locate contact information for your County EC and your District EC here: You can contact your Section EC at

Hospitality Acknowledgements

Sep 14, 2015               Holland ARC

It was a pleasure to attend your club meeting and I thank you for the hospitality you have shown.

Hamfests, Meetings and Section Staff Travel Plans

Sep 17, 2015               Monroe County Radio Comm. Assn Meeting – WB8R

Sep 19, 2015               GMARC Fall Trunk Swap

Sep 20, 2015               Adrian Hamfest, Adrian, MI – WB8R

Sep 26, 2015               QMN Picnic, Flint MI – WB8R

Oct 1, 2015                 Muskegon ARC, Muskegon, MI – WB8R

Oct 3, 2015                 GRAHamfest, Wyoming, MI – WB8R

Oct 15, 2015               SMARS Meeting, Battle Creek, MI – WB8R

Oct 17, 2015               Muskegon Color Tour, Muskegon, MI – WB8R

Oct 18, 2015               Kalamazoo Hamfest, Kalamazoo, MI – WB8R

Oct 25, 2015               USECA Hamfest, Madison Heights, MI – WB8R

Dec 6, 2015                 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

D8EN - District 8 Emergency Net 3.909 Wed 2100

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 Come join us on our traffic and public service nets.

Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC) Activities

SARs for August, 2015: WB9JSR 725, WB8WKQ 200, K8ED 112, K8RDN 107, WB8TQZ 105, N8FVM 98, WD8USA 50, WD8MWD 40, W8MSK 34, KC8BW 20, N8OSL 13, WB8RCR 13, KD8ULU 12, WB8R 9, KD8LSM 2, N8UN 2. Total SAR reported: 1542

BPL for August, 2015: WB9JSR 725.  

PSHRs for August, 2015: N8OSL 358, N8FVM 240, WB8RCR 233, WD8MWD 195, WB8R 188, KC8YVF 150, WD8USA 135, WB9JSR 120, WB8WKQ 110, WB8TQZ 110, K8RDN 99, NE8B 95, K8ED 77, KC8BW 54, KD8LSM 30, KC8NFN 28, KD8ULU 17, N8QVQ 2.  

Net traffic for August, 2015: The Michigan Net 155, Michigan Traffic Net 127, Michigan Amateur Communications System 114, Upper Peninsula Net 45, Michigan VHF Traffic Net 36, Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 35, Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 26, Michigan Digital Traffic Net 15, District 3 ARPSC Net 5, Northern Lower Eastern Upper Peninsula Net 5, Saginaw County ARES Net 4, Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 1, Genesee County ARPSC Traffic and Training Net , District 5 Hospital Net , Oakland County Amateur Radio Society Net , District 8 Emergency Net , Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps , Chelsea ARC Net , Bay Area Regional Traffic System , Branch County Emergency Net .

Total net traffic reported: 568

If you are reporting monthly, you can see your PSHR eligibility status at The full details are at: 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: 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.

If you have difficulty knowing how to report and how to complete the FSD 212 form, assistance is as close as your District EC or your Section EC. If you don’t know who these folks are, you can locate them here: They stand ready to help you.

Until next time,


Larry, WB8R








Michigan Officials