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- Larry Camp, WB8R
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Greetings to the Hams of Michigan:
At the Holiday Season, our thoughts turn to our families, friends and neighbors and focus on the good things in life and our individual and collective wishes for the coming year to be better for everyone than the previous year. We also think of those less fortunate than we are and do what we can to help provide for them.
Our thoughts also turn to those brave men and women who risk their lives to protect our country in the military forces and the police and fire departments in our communities. I would like to pass along best wishes for the holiday season from Diane and me to you and your families. My thanks go to the Michigan family of volunteers who work so hard for amateur radio in Michigan.
A special thanks to the Section Staff for their tireless efforts as well. I look forward to 2015.
I think back to last December when we were thinking of what 2014 was going to be like in terms of amateur radio. We were moderately excited about the opportunities to make contact with W1AW portable stations in all 50 states as part of the ARRL Centennial Celebration. I, for one, did not fathom what an impact the Centennial would have on me. I have been a ham since 1978 and I have never spent so many hours in front of my radio as I have in 2014! And I say confidently that there are a lot of hams around the state and country that probably could say the same.
The Centennial QSO Party is absolutely the greatest idea and operating event that has ever been thought of in the ham radio world. If you take a look at the statistics available on the Centennial QSO Party website (http://www.arrl.org/centennial-qso-party), you will see the tremendous efforts that have been put forth by stations all over the world in an effort to workW1AW/xx in all 50 states and a large number of US territories as well as making contacts with individual operators.
The number of ARRL volunteers and staff members that have logged innumerable hours to be there for contacts by others is tremendous. Don’t forget the once in a lifetime opportunity that was present for many individuals to actually operate as W1AW/xx from their home and club stations in order to provide contacts for other hams!
Of course, our amateur radio thoughts of 2015 center on the question of “what can we do to top this?” I don’t have that answer, but I suspect time will prove that there is nothing in our lifetime that can compare with the Centennial Celebration of 2014. I do hope that the ARRL bicentennial celebration of 2114 will be even better!
As this is being written, the Legislative calendar has but 3 days left: December 16, 17 and 18. As it often seems to be, our bill, while very important to the ham radio community, is somewhat of a small blip on the radar of the legislature. As we know, the legislative slate is wiped clean at the end of the term and everyone has to start over.
Our Senate Bill 0493 has successfully passed unanimously in the Senate Energy & Technology Committee, the Senate floor and the House Energy & Technology Committee and the final hurdle is to be given its second and third reading on the House floor and to pass a vote before the House. From there, the next stop would be the Governor’s desk for his consideration. In recent months we have requested that the hams of Michigan support our efforts in various letter writing campaigns. You have responded in true Michigan ham fashion and we have inundated our legislators with letters. Because our bill is just a radar blip, this is how we get attention focused on our bill and our successes thus far are the direct result of your willingness to help. I thank you for that.
While our team is staying in touch with our legislative partners and adjusting strategy as required, we are pretty much just along for the ride at this point and are at the mercy of the House of Representatives. Our PRB-1 team has done everything that we can to make this happen. Watch for various updates via email and on the Michigan Section portion of the ARRL website.
News From Around the Section
The last ARRL “Red Badge Day” on the air activity will take place on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31. ARRL officers, elected officials such as Directors and Section Managers, as well as Headquarters staffers and volunteers, and other members of the ARRL family will take to the air en masse for one last opportunity to give out those valuable points. Contacts with wearers of the red badges can be worth as much as 300 points for working ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. Many of the 200 or so holders of red badges will be on the air along with other ARRL appointees, VEs, and members.
Be sure to set aside some operating time for this last opportunity to enhance your Centennial QSO Party point totals. See you on the bands!
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Shaw, K8ED from West Bloomfield, Mi to be our new Section Traffic Manager.
All net reports, Station Activity Reports (SAR), Public Service Honor Rolls (PSHR), Brass Pounder’s League (BPL) and any other reports that are sent by radiogram go to Mark.
Please welcome Mark to his new position and give him your cooperation.
2015 Club Elections Results
Oakland County Amateur Radio Society 2015 Officers
President: Joe Miller KJ8O
Treasurer: John Eldred N8FNN
Secretary: Scott Craig N2OPQ
Holland ARC 2015 Officers
President: Tom Bosscher K8TB
Vice President: Bryan Leenheer, KD8LDX
Treasurer: Phil VanHuis K8PVH
Secretary: Phil, Malburg, KD8TEW
Branch County ARC 2015 Officers
President: Roy McCloud, KA8VSH
Secy/Treasurer: Ted Hadfield, KU8F
Board of Directors: Butch Hedges, KD8NKJ
Justin Lopshire, KD8JEL
Jim King, KC8UGV
Arrow Communications Association 2015 Officers
President: Jack Spence, N8PMG
Secretary: Mary Anne Stoner Nugent, W8VWY
Treasurer: Harvey Bauss, KB8MUP
Technical Coordinator: Jay Nugent, WB8TKL
Public Service Officer: Jim Lommel, WD8RWI
Activities Coordinator: John Wasciuk, WA8TON
Thank you for accepting the call to serve. Amateur radio clubs are truly the lifeblood of amateur radio.
Nov 25 Chelsea ARC Meeting
Dec 7 L’Anse Creuse Hamfest
It was a pleasure to attend your event and I thank you for the hospitality you have shown me.
Section Staff Travel Plans
Jan 11, 2015 Hazel Park Hamfest – WB8R
Feb 2-5, 2015 MSP Interop Conference Traverse City – WB8R, et al
Feb 7, 2015 HARA Swap, Negaunee – WB8R
Feb 14, 2015 Traverse City Hamfest – WB8R
Feb 15, 2015 Livonia ARC Hamfest - WB8TKL
Mar 14, 2015 Crossroads Hamfest (new location in Kazoo – Wings Stadium) – 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,
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 http://nts-mi.org/. Come join us on our traffic and public service nets.
Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC) Activities
Station Activity Reports (SAR) for November, 2014: WB9JSR 345, K8ED 277, WB8WKQ 261, N8FVM 194, K8LJG 157, K8RDN 122, WB8TQZ 112, KB8RCR 111, WD8USA 75, KC8BW 50, WB8RCR 38, WB8H 32, N8OSL 31, WN8QGV 9, WB8R 9.
Total SAR reported: 1823
BPL for November, 2014: None
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for November, 2014: WB8R 204, WB8RCR 198, N8FVM 160, N8OSL 153, WD8USA 150, K8RDN 135, KB8RCR 120, WB9JSR 110, WB8TQZ 100, WB8WKQ 100, K8ED 90, KC8BW 90, KC8YVF 77, WB8H 72, KD8LSM 14, WN8QGV 14, KD8WEG 4.
Net traffic for November, 2014: The Michigan Net 158, Michigan Amateur Communications System 122, Michigan Traffic Net 102, Michigan VHF Traffic Net 62, Upper Peninsula Net 45, Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 45, Michigan Digital Traffic Net 44, Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 36, Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 16, Motor City Radio Club 2 Meter Net 8, District 3 Digital Training net 7, Genesee County ARPSC Traffic and Training Net 6, Saginaw County ARES Net 4, District 3 ARPSC Net 3, Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 1, Bay Area Regional Traffic System 1, District 5 Hospital Net 0, Branch County Emergency Net 0, District 8 ARES Net 0, Chelsea ARC Net 0.
Total net traffic reported: 660
Volunteer Service Dollar Values: ARES: $152,720; NTS: $44,493; Total contribution for December, 2014: $197,213.
If you are reporting monthly, 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.
We are seeing a definite trend for EC’s to not submit their FSD 212 reports. Of late, the typical reporting response from the EC’s in Michigan is around 25% and falling. As an EC, part of your responsibility is to report the activity of those hams in your county.
We know that the FSD 212 reporting spreadsheet is not a favorite with the EC’s around the state, but for now it is what we have to work with. An online form is on the way and we ask your patience while it is being developed.
Reporting activity is incredibly important. By not reporting the monthly activity of your team, you are denying them the credit and recognition they deserve for their efforts. We routinely ask our folks to spend their own time and money to train, prepare and participate in a number of potential events and then we are not willing to recognize those efforts by filling out a simple form once a month. Not reporting gives everyone the impression that your program does not exist and hence, reliability and willingness to provide service when needed is questionable.
Leadership requires seeing the big picture and acting accordingly. 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: http://ares-mi.org/ECcontact.php. They stand ready to help you.
Until next time,
Section ManagerLarry Camp WB8R
Assistant Section ManagerJohn J. Nugent WB8TKL
Technical CoordinatorW Wallace Murray KE8HR
Official Observer CoordinatorKenneth T. Coughlin N8KC
Section Traffic ManagerMark Shaw K8ED
State Government LiaisonEdward L. Hude WA8QJE
Assistant Section ManagerDaniel M. Romanchik KB6NU
Section Emergency CoordinatorJohn J. Mc Donough WB8RCR
Public Info CoordinatorPatrick W. Mullet KC8RTW
Affiliated Club CoordinatorHollis B. Locke WB8ALW