ARRL Sections - Michigan



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Larry Camp, WB8R
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Great Lakes

June, 2015

Greetings to the Hams of Michigan:  

Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015: 75 Co-sponsors — and Climbing 

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R.1301 -- has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle -- seven Republicans and five Democrats.  

HR 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners' association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as "covenants, conditions, and restrictions" (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.  

H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel's Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure.  

Michigan is fortunate to have 3 Congressmen who have signed on as co-sponsors: Representatives Benishek (1st District), Bishop (8th District) and Walburg (7th District). If one of these three are your representative, please go to their respective websites and send them a message thanking them for their co-sponsorship if you have not already done so.  

If your representative has not yet signed on, please go to the ARRL website here: and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to send your letter via the ARRL.  

New Club Officers for Hazel Park ARC  

President:      Ken Krause, AD8M

1st VP:          Jim Poehlman, K8ABZ

2nd VP:         John Teagardin, AA8UU

Treasurer:     Jonathan Devine (JD), KD8VXZ

Secretary:      Reuven Gevaryahu, KB3EHW

Director:         Gordon Scannell, KD8COJ

Parliamentarian: Edgar Walton, N8LBS  

Thank you for stepping forward to lead. Ham radio clubs are truly the lifeblood of amateur radio.  

Michigan Senate Recognizes and Designates June 22-28 as Amateur Radio Week  

Michigan Senate Resolution 49 (2015) recognizes and designates June 22-28 as Amateur Radio week.   The full text of the resolution is available here:  

The resolution was introduced by primary sponsor Senator Rick Jones and co-sponsors Steven Bieda, Darwin Booher, Jack Brandenburg, Judy Emmons, Geoff Hansen, Jim Marleau, Mike Nofs, John Proos, Jim Stamas, Rebekah Warren, and Dale Zorn.  

A hearty thank you to the Senators. Please take a moment to call their office to thank them.  

2015 Michigan Newsletter Contest  

The 2015 Michigan Affiliated Club Newsletter Contest entry deadline is June 15. Any late entries received before midnight local time on the 15th will be included.  

As a reminder, the Michigan Section Newsletter Contest will select the best club newsletter in the state of Michigan to compete with the best from Ohio and Kentucky in the ARRL Great Lakes Division at the forthcoming GLD convention in Columbus, OH on August 1, 2015 for the Joseph J. Phillips Newsletter of the Year Award.  

K2BSA coming to East Lansing August 3-7, 2015  

K2BSA/8 will be operating from the campus of Michigan State University during the Boy Scout's National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) to be held August 3-7, 2015.  Be looking for the station on 20 and 40 meters – General portions of the phone band. QSL via KA7MMM.   Attendance at this 100th Anniversary of the NOAC is expected to top 15,000 – youth and adults. 

Volunteers will be demonstrating ham radio and operating as station control operators for K2BSA/8 throughout the week so that scouts can actually have an opportunity to go on the air.  

If you would be interested in volunteering to assist with the operation of K2BSA/8 please contact Joe (W8JRK)  at  The plan is to have 2-3 volunteers available for each half day of the event.  Some morning and afternoon slots are still available.  

Michigan Section Outing Format Changes  

The 17th annual Michigan Section Outing will undergo some changes in 2015. The event will still be held at the Woodlands Conference Center and Campground near Hale, MI.  

What had been a 4 day event (Thurs – Sun) in previous years will now be a Friday and Saturday event going forward. For those that have enjoyed tent camping or spending time in their RV’s, keep in mind that you can still arrive before Friday and stay past Saturday if you wish. That portion of the event has not changed.  

On Friday there will be a Foxhunt and other interesting activities in the afternoon and evening and on Saturday we will play host to the Michigan’s annual Emergency Coordinator’s meeting.  

At the Saturday EC meeting we are planning to provide pizza and soft drinks for all that would like to participate. Please keep in mind that this entire event is funded by donations. Our financial obligation is reduced by having fewer days, but we still have obligations that need to be met in order for the outing to be viable and to continue going forward. There will be plenty of opportunities to “feed the donation can.”   

Keep in mind that this event is open to all who wish to attend. Saturday’s EC meeting will be filled with good information and good speakers. There are hotels located in nearby West Branch (20 miles) along with many restaurants.

This is a great opportunity to get out into the great outdoors and enjoy the Michigan woodlands.  

More information available at: See you there!  

Hospitality Acknowledgements  

May 23, 2015            TASYL’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, Holt, MI  

June 6, 2015            IRA Swap, Hudsonville, MI  

June 7, 2015            Chelsea Swap & Shop, Chelsea, MI  

June 13, 2015           LARS Swap, Newberry, 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  

Jun 20, 2015      Midland Hamfest, Midland, MI – WB8R 

Jun 21, 2015      Monroe Hamfest, Monroe, MI - WB8R  

July 10-11, 2015 Michigan Section Family Outing, Hale, MI - WB8R , Section Staff  

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 16, 2015      Seaway Trunk Swap, Port Huron, MI  

Sep 11, 2015      CMARC Meeting – WB8R  

Sep 13, 2014      GRAhamfest, Wyoming, MI – WB8R  

Sep 17, 2015      Monroe County Radio Comms Assn Meeting – 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   D

8EN - 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  

Station Activity Reports (SAR) for May, 2015: WB9JSR 1113, WB8WKQ 360, K8ED 318, K8RDN 164, N8FVM 88, WN8QGV 84, WD8MWD 57, KC8BW 46, W8MSK 36, WD8USA 28, WB8H 22, WB8RCR 13, KD8LSM 7, WB8R 6, N8OSL 4, KD8EBY 2.   Total SAR reported: 2348  

Brass Pounders League (BPL) for April, 2015: WB9JSR 1113.  

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) May, 2015: KC8BW 440, KD8EBY 374, WB8R 211, WB8RCR 178, NE8B 176, N8FVM 160, N8OSL 157, K8RDN 150, WD8MWD 150, WB9JSR 140, WD8USA 118, WB8WKQ 110, K8ED 90, WB8H 61, WN8QGV 51, KD8LSM 33.  

Net traffic for May, 2015 QMN 193, MACS 155, MITN 148, MVTN 83, UPN 48, GLETN 36, MIDTN 18, MCN 10, NLEUP 6, SCAN 3, GRRC 2, D3DTN 1, D3AN 1, MIARPSC 0, BCEN , D5HN , GCARPSC , BARTS , MIADS , D8EN   Total net traffic reported: 704.  

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