ARRL Sections - Michigan



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Larry Camp, WB8R
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Great Lakes

May, 2015

Greetings to the Hams of Michigan:  

Annual Pilgrimage to Dayton in Full Swing  

As this is being written, many thousands of ham radio operators are preparing to make their way to the world’s greatest ham radio event, the Dayton Hamvention.This year’s gathering will be special as always as the 100th Anniversary of QST Magazine will be celebrated. I hope to see you there!  

Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015: 55 Cosponsors — and Climbing  

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — also known as H.R.1301 — has attracted 55 cosponsors as of May 12.  

The bill, introduced earlier this year in the US House of Representatives by Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions.

This weekend’s Dayton Hamvention will offer an opportunity for ARRL to speak with individual radio amateurs and encourage them to seek their House member’s support. ARRL Regulatory Information and Legislative Action Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, said those stopping by his booth at ARRL EXPO, in about a minute, can have a letter addressed to their representative and personalized with their contact information, printed and ready to sign.  

“The ARRL will collect these signed letters and have them hand-delivered to the various Congressional offices by our DC legislative action team,” Henderson explained. “This easy-to-use process has succeeded at several major hamfests already this year and helped generate several hundred letters.”  

The latest lawmakers to sign aboard H.R. 1301 include Representatives Pete Olson of Texas, Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, John Shimkus of Illinois, Dr Brad Wenstrup of Ohio, and Roger Williams of Texas. 

Henderson said that the typically high number of attendees at Dayton Hamvention presents an excellent opportunity for Amateur Radio operators to get involved in the HR 1301 grassroots legislative effort.  

Henderson said the League is also working on securing an original sponsor and co-sponsor for a companion Amateur Radio Parity Act bill in the US Senate. He encouraged all who may not be attending Hamvention to visit the ARRL’s HR 1301 page, where they can download a letter that can be personalized for your member of Congress.   “Once you have printed and signed the letter, send it to ARRL Grassroots Letter program, 225 Main St, Newington CT 06111,” Henderson said. “Once received these will be sorted and sent to the ARRL DC team for hand delivery on Capitol Hill.”  

“We have gotten off to a good start on H.R. 1301, but we have a long way to go,” Henderson said. “We need every ARRL member to get involved with this important fight.”  

Note to Michigan hams: Representatives Benishek (MI-1) and Walberg (MI-7) have signed on as co-sponsors. If you have not yet sent them a note thanking them, please do so.   

New Michigan Section Affiliated Club Coordinator  

I am pleased to announce that Joe Miller, KJ8O of Troy, MI has accepted the appointment as MI Section Affiliated Club Coordinator. Joe comes to us with a wealth of experience in a number of volunteer positions within his local club and the Michigan Section. Affiliated clubs, Joe is there to assist you in a number of ways. You can reach Joe at  

I would like to thank Joe’s predecessor, Chip Locke, WB8ALW from Portage for his excellent work during his term as ACC. Chip is on to bigger and better things and we wish him well.  

2015 Michigan Affiliated Club Newsletter Contest  

To Michigan ARRL Affiliated Clubs - Attention Club President & Club Newsletter Editor:

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.

Now the rules (These are consistent with the rules used in both Ohio and Kentucky):

 A.) An eligible newsletter must be regularly published at least four (4) times per year by a Michigan ARRL affiliated Amateur Radio organization. A winning newsletter from the most recent contest (2013) is not eligible to participate.  

B.) Each organization submitting a newsletter for the contest must enter any two (2) issues starting with January 2015 for judging. The deadline for entries is June 15, 2015 and all entries, including print only editions,  must be in the hands of the Michigan Affiliated Club Coordinator (KJ8O) by that date.

C.) Electronic (Web based) produced newsletters may also enter. However, they must represent their printed newsletter in all formats. For example, if photos or clip art appear in the printed material, it must also appear in the electronic version as well. 

D.)An impartial panel will judge the entries. They will be judging on style (15%), content (35%), service to membership (35%), and clarity of presentation (15%). Style means newsletter design of all pages. Content means amount of useful information contained in the newsletter. Service to members means amount of information using individual members’ names. Clarity of presentation means readability of the newsletter including accuracy of English grammar.  

E.) Entries will not be returned. The Michigan Affiliated Club Coordinator only serves to certify entries, to provide the judges with entries, and to announce their decisions.  

F.) A first place and a second place winner in Michigan will receive a plaque. There will be an award for the winner of the MI/OH/KY contest. 

G.) The judge's decision is final.  

Hospitality Acknowledgements   May 2, 2015               

Cadillac Swap, Cadillac, 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  

May 15-17, 2015         Dayton Hamfest – WB8R  

May 23, 2015              TASYL’s 50th Anniversary, Holt MI – WB8R & WA8EFK  

Jun 6, 2015                  IRA Swap, Hudsonville, MI – WB8R  

Jun 7, 2015                  Chelsea Swap and Shop, Chelsea, MI - WB8R  

Jun 13, 2014                LARS Swap, Newberry, MI - WB8R  

Jun 20, 2015                Midland Hamfest, Midland, MI  

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

July 9-12, 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- WA8LMF  

Aug 1, 2015                GLD Hamfest, Columbus, OH – WB8R  

Aug 1, 2015                UP Hamfest, Escanaba, MI – W8CT  

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  

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


Station Activity Reports (SAR) for April, 2015: WB9JSR 951, WB8WKQ 405,K8RDN 292, K8ED 212, KD8AAD 111, KC8BW 77, WN8QGV 74, N8FVM 50, AC8PI 49, WD8MWD 41, W8MSK 30, WD8USA 24, WB8RCR 17, WB8H 10, WB8R 10, WB8WJV 3, N8UN 3, N8OSL 2, KD8EBY 2, KD8LSM 1  

Total SAR reported: 2364  

BPL for April, 2015: WB9JSR 951.  

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) April, 2015: WB8RCR 217, N8FVM 177, KC8YVF 156, WB9JSR 150, N8OSL 145, WB8R 140, WD8MWD 123, WB8WKQ 110, WD8USA 109, K8RDN 100, K8ED 90, KC8BW 90, KD8EBY 73, NE8B 68, WB8WJV 63, KD8AAD 57, WN8QGV 49, WB8H 41, KD8LSM 35, KC8NFN 12.  

Net traffic for April, 2015: MACS 235, QMN 200, MITN 124, MVTN 109, UPN 50, SEMTN 44, GLETN 35, MIDTN 17, MCN 13, NLEUP 4, SCAN 3, D3AN 2, D5HN 0, D3DTN 0, BCEN 0, BARTS 0, MIARPSC 0, MIADS , GCRC , GRRC , D8EN , GCARPSC .  

Total net traffic reported: 836.

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