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Greetings to the Hams of Michigan: September, 2014
The fall season is upon us and our thoughts turn to finishing antenna projects and other outside work as we get ready for the winter season. Hunting season will open soon as the trees are already beginning to turn those beautiful fall colors. Be sure to take time to take a drive (or two) around the countryside just to enjoy the scenery that is available this time of year.
ARRL Simulated Emergency Test
This year’s Simulated Emergency Test (SET), scheduled for Saturday, October 4 is inching ever closer. The 2014 SIT MAN or Situation Manual has been released to the DEC’s, EC’s and Net Managers for their planning. Talk with your county Emergency Coordinator now to learn how you can participate. Not sure who your EC is? Find contact info here: http://ares-mi.org/ECcontact.php
Last month I reported on HR 4969, a bill in the House of Representatives that would address the issue of antenna restrictions in areas with CC&R’s and Homeowner’s Associations. 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. As a result of your letter writing and various direct contacts, Michigan now has two congressmen who have signed on as Co-sponsors: 1st district Congressman Dan Benishek (KB8TOW) and 7th district Congressman Tim Walberg have stepped forward to help the amateurs of Michigan. If you reside in their districts, please go to their respective websites and thank them via email for their support of amateur radio.
If you don’t live in their districts, send them a QSL card via snail mail thanking them for their support. Feel free to send them a QSL card even if you live in their districts. What a unique way to say “thank you” as only hams can do. (BTW, the QSL idea came from Joe Miller, KJ8O. Thanks Joe!) It is important to recognize that this project is just getting underway. By no means is the struggle for Amateur Radio Parity complete. The ARRL has more than 160,000 members and there are in excess of 700,000 licensed hams on the FCC database so there are a great number of highly motivated voters out there. As we go through this process, it is extremely important that we keep our base motivated and on task. Additional involvement from all of us will be required. Stay tuned for more information.
ARRL Centennial QSO Party
We are approximately 4 weeks away from the start of the second week of W1AW/portable operation in Michigan as W1AW/8. While we have quite a number of stations signed up to operate from home and club stations, there are still slots available. If anyone is interested in participating, now would be the time to get signed up and on the schedule. Dennis, KT8X is coordinating this event with able assistance from Tom, K8TB. If you would like to participate or if you have questions, you can email Dennis, KT8X, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARRL Red Badge Day
ARRL’s “Red Badgers” will be out in force on Sunday, September 21 UTC (starting the evening of Saturday, September 20, in US time zones), offering another opportunity to snag some high-value contacts to boost your ARRL Centennial QSO Party total.
During the second “Red Badges on the Air” activity, ARRL officers, elected officials — such as Director or Section Manager — Headquarters staffers and volunteers, and other members of the ARRL family who merit red ARRL name/call sign badges will take to the air. Contacts with red badge wearers are worth a lot of points — as much as 300 points per contact for working ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN — so participants can increase their Centennial QSO Party tallies very quickly.
ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, said that ARRL red badge holders number about 200 — including officers, Directors, Section Managers, and Headquarters staff, many of whom will be on the air on September 21. “Not just Red Badgers will be active, but many ARRL appointees, VEs, and members will be as well,” said Patton. “The first Red Badge Day on June 1 was a huge success but left many operators wanting more.
Nine months into ARRL's Centennial year, the Centennial QSO Party and W1AW activations already have proven to be the largest and most active special events in the history of Amateur Radio, with more than 20,000 participants on the air from all continents.”
The event is considered an activity day, not a contest, and operation is permitted on all bands. Participants can call “CQ ARRL Centennial QSO Party” on phone or “CQ CENT” on CW or digital modes. While the event will focus on encouraging ARRL red badgers to hand out Centennial QSO Party points, all activity is welcome, regardless of point value. ARRL members are worth at least one point in the Centennial QSO Party. Participants get credit for each band/mode contact, regardless of point value.
ARRL Centennial QSO Party participants can use the leader board to determine how many points they have accumulated. Other high-value contacts include: President Emeritus (PE) or Past President (PP), 275 points; Honorary Vice President (HVP) or ARRL Vice President (VP), 250 points; Director (DIR), Director Emeritus (DE), or Past Vice President (PVP), 225 points; Vice Director (VD), 200 points; Section Manager (SM), 175 points; ARRL officer (OFF) or Past Director (PD), 150 points, and Past Vice Director (PV), 125 points. W100AW, Charter Life Member (CLM), or Past Section Manager (PSM) contacts are worth 100 points. ARRL Headquarters department managers (DM), 75 points; ARRL Headquarters staffers/volunteers, (HQ), 50 points; Assistant Director (AD), 40 points, and NCJ Editor and QST columnists, 30 points.
Michigan Net (QMN) Net Picnic
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.
Vanity Call Sign Fees to Change
The FCC has adjusted very slightly downward - to $21.40 - its proposed Amateur Service vanity call sign regulatory fee for Fiscal Year 2014. In a June Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), the Commission said it was planning to hike the current $16.10 vanity fee to $21.60 for the 10-year license term.
The FCC released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (R&O) in the proceeding on August 29, in which it recalculated the fee to $21.40 for the 10-year license term. The $5.30 increase still represents the largest vanity fee hike in many years. The new $21.40 fee does not go into effect until 30 days after the R&O is published in The Federal Register.
Midland ARC Elects Officers
The Midland Amateur Radio Club held elections for club officers as provided in the club’s bylaws. President Kevin Martin and Treasurer John Wolters were re-elected. Mark Rodgers was elected Vice President and Linda Hodges gained the Secretary’s office. Mark and Linda will assume office at the next meeting. Congratulations to all and thank you for assuming leadership positions in your club.
Aug 30, 2014 Spark in the Park, Byron Center, MI
Sep 13, 2014 GRAhamfest, Wyoming, MI
Sep 14, 2014 Adrian Hamfest, Adrian, MI
It was a pleasure to attend your event.
Section Staff Travel Plans
Sep 27, 2014 QMN Picnic & Business Meeting – Burton, MI – WB8R
Oct 7, 2014 Oakland County ARS Meeting, Waterford, MI – WB8R
Oct 18, 2014 Muskegon Color Tour Swap, 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
August, 2014 ARPSC Totals:
Station Activity Reports (SAR) for August, 2014: WB9JSR 308, WB8WKQ 199, WB8TQZ 192, WD8USA 150, K8KV 126, K8RDN 110, K8LJG 107, N8FVM 106, K8ED 104, KC8BW 67, WB8RCR 44, N8OSL 12, WB8R 11, KB8RCR 10, WB8H 8, N8UN 5, KC8YVF 4, KD8EBY 2.
Total SAR reported: 1565
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL) for August, 2014: None
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for August, 2014: N8OSL 389, WB8RCR 340, KD8EBY 312, WB8R 243, N8FVM 230, KD8VUI 182, WD8USA 165, KC8YVF 142, NE8B 138, K8RDN 130, WB9JSR 115, KC8QWH 106, WB8WKQ 100, WB8TQZ 100, KB8RCR 90, KC8BW 90, K8KV 90, K8ED 80, KD8HPG 70, WB8H 42, KD8LSM 23.
Net traffic for August, 2014:
The Michigan Net 214, Michigan VHF Traffic Net 91, Michigan Traffic Net 77, Michigan Amateur Communications System 73, Upper Peninsula Net 50, Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 44, Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 37, Michigan Digital Traffic Net 16, Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 6, District 3 ARPSC Net 4, Saginaw County ARES Net 3, Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 2, District 3 Digital Training net 0, District 5 Hospital Net 0, Branch County Emergency Net 0, Chelsea ARC Net 0, Bay Area Regional Traffic System 0.
Total net traffic reported: 617
Volunteer Service Dollar Values: ARES: $181,833; NTS: $63,169; Total contribution for August, 2014: $245,002
ARES Cards Available
Emergency Coordinators, 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 Traffic Manager,John J. Mc Donough WB8RCR
Section Emergency Coordinator
Assistant Section ManagerJohn J. Nugent WB8TKL
Technical CoordinatorW Wallace Murray KE8HR
Assistant Section ManagerDaniel M. Romanchik KB6NU
Affiliated Club CoordinatorHollis B. Locke WB8ALW
State Government LiaisonEdward L. Hude WA8QJE
Official Observer CoordinatorKenneth T. Coughlin N8KC