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Greetings to the Hams of Michigan:
Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015
US Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced S 1685 on June 26, with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) as the original cosponsor, into the US Senate.
The wheels of Congress turn with help of communication from constituents. Without our guidance and direction to tell our representatives what we want them to do, they try to do their best but amateur radio regulations are not high on their list of concerns. It is up to us to advise them that those regulations are high on our list and we would like them to support our legislation.
As you know, the House of Representatives version is known as HR 1301 and it currently has 83 co-sponsors. Michigan is fortunate in that three of our Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of HR 1301 (Walburg, Bishop, and Benishek). If your Representative is not one of these three, consider sending a letter to him or her asking for their support and possibly co-sponsoring HR 1301. If your Representative has not yet signed on as co-sponsor, sending them a second letter requesting their support is not a problem.
Now the focus takes a new direction: Contacting our US Senators asking them to support and consider co-sponsoring S 1685. This makes our work a bit easier than it was with our Representatives in that every citizen in Michigan has the same US Senators: Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters.
ARRL members are urged to contact their members of Congress in both the House and the Senate, asking them to sign on to the bill as cosponsors.
Complete information is available on the ARRL website at http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act.
Be sure to pay attention to ensure that if writing your Senators, that you send letters only to your Senators. While the list of your congressional representatives on the ARRL website includes both congress-persons AND Senators, please be sure to choose the Senators for letters directed to members of the Senate, and the same for Representatives.
There are two methods of contacting your Representative or Congress-persons: Both will be most effective by routing your letter(s) through the ARRL either by snail mail or by signed letter converted to a PDF file. Correspondence will be sorted at ARRL Headquarter and hand delivered to the appropriate US Representatives and Senators. We suggest that you follow the instructions on the aforementioned ARRL web page.
A sample letter is available for you to download, customize with the Senator or Representative’s name and address and your name and address, print, sign and send to the ARRL for hand delivery in Washington.
In advance of your next meeting, prepare two letters, one addressed to Senator Stabenow and the other addressed to Senator Peters. Remove the name and address prompts from the bottom of the 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 address, city, state and zip code.
Collect the completed letters, and mail them to ARRL HQ at:
ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111
Attn: S1685 Grassroots campaign
If you would like to avoid the postage costs, you can scan the letters into PDF format and then email them to: email@example.com
Please include “ S1685 Grassroots Letter” in the subject field of your email.
2015 Michigan Newsletter Contest
The 2015 Michigan Affiliated Club Newsletter Contest is now history. While the awards have not yet been presented, the notifications for the winner and the runner-up have been sent out.
The 2015 Michigan ARRL Section Newsletter Contest winner is “The Rusty Key” from the Blossomland Amateur Radio Association. The runner up award goes to the Michigan QRP Club’s “The 5 Watter”.
Both are excellent newsletters and are truly representative of the high quality newsletter productions from Michigan amateur radio clubs. Congratulations go to both the Blossomland ARA and the MIQRP Club.
Many thanks also go to all the Michigan clubs who submitted their newsletters in the quest to see whose newsletter was best amongst the rest. Your newsletters are all worthy and a fine example of the quality of Michigan amateur radio clubs.
“The Rusty Key” will complete with the winners from the Ohio and Kentucky ARRL Sections for the ARRL Great Lakes Division Joseph J. Phillips, K8QOE Newsletter Award. The winner will be announced at the 2015 ARRL Great Lakes Division Convention in Columbus, OH on August 1, 2015.
Michigan Section Outing
The 17th annual Michigan Section Outing was held on July 10 and 11 at the Woodlands Conference Center and Campground near Hale, MI. The event was a great success and the weather was terrific. (And the mosquitos and deer flies overactive!)
Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun and a very special thank you to Jay,WB8TKL who has planned, organized and herded cats for many years to make the outing happen. Jay is retiring from the organizing efforts, but will still help out by keeping the www.sectionouting.info website updated when necessary.
Thanks also go to Joe Miller, KJ8O who has stepped up to become the event organizer going forward. Joe is also an ARRL MI Technical Specialist and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 20, 2015 Midland Hamfest, Midland, MI
June 21, 2015 Monroe Hamfest, Monroe, MI
July 10-11, 2015 Michigan Section Outing, Hale, MI
It was a pleasure to attend your event and I thank you for the hospitality you have shown me.
Hamfests, Meetings and Section Staff Travel Plans
July 18, 2015 GMARC Summer Trunk Swap, Utica, MI
July 25, 2015 CMARC Trunk Sales, Lansing, MI - WB8R
Aug 1, 2015 Spark in the Park, Wyoming, MI- KC9ON
Aug 1, 2015 GLD Hamfest, Columbus, OH – WB8R
Aug 1, 2015 UP Hamfest, Escanaba, MI – W8CT
Aug 14, 2015 CMARC Club Meeting, Lansing, MI – WB8R
Aug 16, 2015 Seaway Trunk Swap, Port Huron, MI
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 3, 2015 GRAhamfest, Wyoming, MI – WB8R
Oct 10, 2015 TBARC Swap, Alpena, MI
Oct 17, 2015 Muskegon Hamfest, Muskegon, MI – WB8R
Oct 18, 2015 Kalamazoo Hamfest, Kazoo, MI Card Checker – WB8R
Oct 25, 2015 USECA Hamfest, Madison Hts, MI – WB8R
Dec 6, 2015 L’Anse Creuse Hamfest, Mt. Clemens, 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 M
IARPSC – 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 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 June, 2015: WB9JSR 789 K8RDN 239 K8ED 230 WB8WKQ 224 N8FVM 73 WD8USA 71 WB8TQZ 54 WD8MWD 28 W8MSK 23 WB8RCR 14 WB8R 10 N8UN 9 WB8H 6 KD8LSM 4 N8OSL 3 KD8EBY 2 Total SAR reported: 1779
BPL for June, 2015: WB9JSR 789.
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) June, 2015: WB8R 280, N8OSL 261, KC8YVF 228, K8RDN 185, WB8RCR 174, WD8MWD 168, N8FVM 160, WD8USA 150, KD8EBY 137, WB9JSR 130, WB8WKQ 110, WB8TQZ 105, K8ED 90, KD8LSM 37, NE8B 34, WB8H 24, KC8NFN 23.
Net traffic for June, 2015: QMN 187, MACS 140, MITN 117, MVTN 110, GLETN 47, SEMTN 46, UPN 45, MIDTN 19, MCN 10, NLEUP 5, MIARPSC 3, D3AN 3, SCAN 3, D5HN , GRRC, GCARPSC , BCEN , MIADS , D8EN , BARTS .
Total net traffic reported: 735
Total ARES hours dollar value: $222,731
Total NTS dollar value: $38,095
Total Public Service dollar value: $261,636
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.
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
Technical CoordinatorW Wallace Murray KE8HR
Assistant Section ManagerDaniel M. Romanchik KB6NU
Section Emergency CoordinatorJohn J. Mc Donough WB8RCR
State Government LiaisonEdward L. Hude WA8QJE
Affiliated Club CoordinatorJoseph B. Miller KJ8O
Public Info CoordinatorPatrick W. Mullet KC8RTW
Assistant Section ManagerJohn J. Nugent WB8TKL
Section Youth CoordinatorGordon L. Baldwin W8CT
Section Traffic ManagerMark Shaw K8ED
Official Observer CoordinatorKenneth T. Coughlin N8KC