ARRL Sections - Michigan



Contact Information

Section Name:
Larry Camp, WB8R
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Basic Information

Great Lakes

Greetings to the Hams of Michigan:                          October, 2014

The leaves are turning colors and beginning to fall as we prepare for winter in our beautiful state. Now is the time to check our antennas to make sure that they are up to the rigors of winter (as well as to ensure that our homes are ready for winter as well).

PRB-1 Update

Our Senate Bill 0493 was reported favorably out of the Energy and Technology Committee in September with a recommendation for immediate effect. Since that time, our bill has passed successfully through its second reading and is scheduled for its third reading during November. The Senate is scheduled to be in session for three days in November and we expect our bill to successfully pass the roll call vote and move to the House of Representatives.

In the near future, we will be contacting the hams of Michigan to ask them to send letters to their House members to advise them of the bill that will be heading to the House for consideration and to request support. We once again will provide the appropriate letter for you to send.

Complete details will be forthcoming on our PRB-1 website, but as of this writing are not yet finalized. Please wait until we advise that the time is right for letter writing. We have been very successful with the Senate and we feel that we can have the same positive effect on the House.

Stay tuned…..

W1AW/8 Returns to Michigan

From October 15 Zulu through October 21 Zulu, Michigan will be radioactive with dozens of stations on the air from home and club stations with the express mission of providing the amateurs of the nation and the world with contacts from W1AW/8. This is our second go-round and we fully expect to give out more contacts that we did in February. In order to beat our previous score of approximately 27,000 QSO’s, we need your help. We have increased the number of stations on the air and now all we need is more folks to fight through the pileups.

There will be stations on the air using most modes available such as CW, SSB, various digital modes including PSK, RTTY, and even Hellschreiber, which oddly enough, this unusual mode will be offered via a portable station located in Hell, Michigan! There will be some VHF activity in the heavier populated areas of the state as well.

We hope to hear you on the bands during this Michigan W1AW/8 week. Many thanks in advance of a successful event go to our coordinator Dennis, KT8X. Thanks for putting up with all of us!

News From Around the Section

Roger, W8IO, from Spring Lake has revitalized the Michigan VHF-UHF Society. If you are involved with weak signal work on 6 meters and above, you are invited to stop by the MIVUS web site at;   There is a list server, or reflector, that you can sign up for.

The Holland ARC has instituted a calendar of VE sessions. On the second Saturday of the even months, the HARC will hold VE sessions at 7:00 PM at the Holland Red Cross. Walks in are invited. In addition, in April, August and December, the HARC will hold a Ham License in a Day. This is a half day study session for the technician license. These classes will start at 1:00PM. More information is at

John, KC9ON, will present a HF Digital presentation at the Cherryland ARC meeting on Tuesday October 28th at 7PM.  They meet at the Salvation Army at 1239 Barlow Street in Traverse City. KC9ON is one of Michigan’s Technical Specialists.

A new slate of officers for the Motor City Radio Club will take office at their November General meeting.
President - Bill Loeber, AC8KO
Vice President - Woody Kirkman, N8MWQ
Secretary - Chuck Smith, KD8WFS 
Treasurer - Dale Poblenz, WA8FRD

The following officers were elected at the October meeting of the Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association:
President - Lou Gembolis, KG8NK
Vice-President - John Nelson, N8JRN
Secretary - Michael Beltz, KD8JIR
Treaurer - Lucille Scotti, KD8PTE

Section Youth Coordinator

It is my great pleasure to announce the appointment of Michigan’s first Section Youth Coordinator. Gordon Baldwin, W8CT from Lake City has agreed to join the Michigan ARRL Section Staff.

Gordon’s responsibilities will include:

* Maintain a current assessment of active youth amateur radio operators in the section, including those involved within clubs, Scouting and other youth organizations, and schools

* Promote youth-related on-air activities including ARRL Kid’s Day, Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), Field Day, and School Club Roundup

* Provide youth related ideas and resources to amateur radio clubs and individuals within the section

* Collaborate with the Affiliated Club Coordinator to assess youth activity with ARRL affiliated clubs; provide resources and ideas as needed; encourage youth-related program and activities within clubs

* Collaborate with other Section Youth Coordinators in other ARRL sections to exchange new ideas

Gordon’s comments:

Greetings, my name is Gordon Baldwin, W8CT from Lake City, MI and I have recently been appointed as Michigan’s Section Youth Coordinator.

My plans for this appointment are to gather information from Amateur Radio Clubs that may have youth programs, as well as contacting schools that have Amateur Radio Clubs and start to develop a database of existing as well as potential youth programs.

I will work with local and trade/vocational schools to implement Amateur Radio Programs that align their classes and programs with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiative. All of these fields and skills are a part of our great hobby.

If you have an existing program or have any input into helping start this program I would be more than happy to hear from you.

My E-Mail is and my home phone is 231-839-6690 please call before 9:00 PM as I am still a working stiff for another year. Thank you in advance for your input and support.

Gordon, W8CT

Please give Gordon your full support and whatever assistance you can as he begins this very important task as Section Youth Coordinator.

ARRL Club Data Updates

As you might expect, the ability of your Section Staff to contact the radio clubs in the state is very much dependent upon having good information in the ARRL club database. There are a number of times each year when communication with clubs is necessary for a variety of reasons. Often, there are email addresses that bounce back as club officers or officials have changed, but the information in the ARRL database has not been updated.

While the first of the year is always a good reminder that club’s documentation should be reviewed and updated as required, the actual updates can be done at any point during the year. Obviously, the more current the data the better.

Our Affiliated Club Coordinator requests that you visit your club’s records on the ARRL website periodically to ensure that your club’s records are accurate so that important communications will properly get to your club officers.

If you need help updating your club records, our ACC, Chip Locke, WB8ALW can be reached at Both Chip and I appreciate your help.

Hospitality Acknowledgements

Sep 27, 2014  QMN Annual Picnic & Business Meeting
Oct 7, 2014  Oakland County ARS Meeting, Waterford, MI

It was a pleasure to attend your event and I thank you for the hospitality you have shown me.

Section Staff Travel Plans

Oct 18, 2014  Muskegon Color Tour, 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

Nov 25, 2014  Chelsea ARC Meeting, Chelsea, MI – WB8R

Dec 7, 2014  L’Anse Creuse Hamfest, Harrison Twp, MI – WB8R

Jan 11, 2015  Hazel Park Hamfest – WB8R

Feb 14, 2015  Traverse City Hamfest – WB8R

Feb 15, 2015  Livonia ARC Hamfest -  TBD

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 Come join us on our traffic and public service nets.

Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC) Activities

Station Activity Reports (SAR) for September, 2014: WB8WKQ 255, WB9JSR 216, K8ED 200, K8LJG 163, K8KV 144, WB8TQZ 141, N8FVM 138, K8RDN 74, WD8USA 49, KC8BW 42, KB8RCR 37, WB8RCR 24, N8OSL 15, WB8R 10, KD8LSM 5.

Total SAR reported: 1513

Brass Pounder’s League (BPL) for September, 2014:  None

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) for September, 2014: WB8RCR 388, WB8R 245, WB8TQZ 210, N8OSL 179, K8RDN 178, WD8USA 160, N8FVM 160, KC8YVF 135, KB8RCR 127, WB9JSR 115, WB8WKQ 100, KD8LSM 99, K8KV 90, K8ED 80, WB8H 53, KC8BW 9.

Net traffic for September, 2014: Michigan VHF Traffic Net 243, The Michigan Net 188, Michigan Traffic Net 91, Michigan Amateur Communications System 74, Southeastern Michigan Traffic Net 60, Upper Peninsula Net 47, Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net 34, Michigan Digital Traffic Net 28, Saginaw County ARES Net 5, Red Cross Net of Greater Grand Rapids 2, Genesee County ARPSC Traffic and Training Net 1, District 3 ARPSC Net 1, Bay Area Regional Traffic System 1, Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps 1, District 5 Hospital Net 0, District 3 Digital Training net 0, Branch County Emergency Net 0.

Total net traffic reported: 776

Volunteer Service Dollar Values:
ARES: $144,703; NTS: $33,915; Total contribution for August, 2014: $178,618

If you are reporting monthly to our SEC/STM WB8RCR, 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.

Until next Month, 73

Larry, WB8R


Michigan Officials