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- Larry Camp, WB8R
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Greetings to the Hams of Michigan:
Michigan QSO Party This Weekend
The annual Michigan QSO Party is rapidly approaching. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 18 from noon to midnight EDT. This is a great event and a good opportunity to get the new hams in your club on the air. Whether you are a radiosport enthusiast or a rookie to competition, this is the event for you!
Here are a couple of tips from K8CC:
Hams planning to operate in MiQP are invited to check out the Planned Operations page on the MiQP web site. This page lists the 83 Michigan counties and the callsigns of stations planning to be active from each county. MiQP participants can take note of the listed callsigns from rare counties and be on the lookout for these stations during to contest to snag additional county multipliers.
The link to the Planned Operations page can be found just below the Michigan map at the top of the MiQP web site home page at http://www.miqp.org.
MiQP rules require that when working stations outside of the USA and Canada in the contest, their location should be logged as "DX". For the 2015 MiQP, the contest rules have been changed to count "DX" as a multiplier, adding two multiplier opportunities for your score (once on CW, and once on phone). Entrants should not be concerned if their logging software does not count a "DX" station as a multiplier. They will receive multiplier credit for any "DX" QSOs when their log is re-scored by the contest committee.
Again, full information is available online at: http://www.miqp.org/.
Two Bus Trips to Dayton Available in Southern MI
The Kalamazoo SMART Club and the Arrow Club from Ann Arbor are each operating a charter bus trip to Dayton next month. Now let me tell you, this is the way to travel – down in the early morning and back the same evening. If you are making a one day pilgrimage, this is a great way to travel. Act quickly to reserve your seat as the busses are filling rapidly. This is a very easy, cost effective and comfortable way to travel to Ham Radio Mecca….
More information available for the Ann Arbor bus trip is available here: http://www.w8pgw.org/activities/dayton-bus-trip/
Information for the Kalamazoo bus trip is available here: http://www.k8kzo.com/Dayton/dayton.pdf
HR 1301 Still in Need of Co-Sponsors
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. More information can be found here: http://www.arrl.org/hr-1301.
New iOS App Available for The ARRL Repeater Directory®
The ARRL Repeater Directory® — introduced this week for 2015-2016 — has a newly launched companion app for Apple® iOS® devices. iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users can download the app at no cost from Apple’s App Store, which requires a unique code found in each printed edition of the 2015-2016 directory to activate. Once activated, the app provides details for thousands of Amateur Radio repeaters found in The ARRL Repeater Directory database.
More data available on the new iOS app is available here: http://www.arrl.org/news/new-ios-app-available-for-the-arrl-repeater-directory
Mar 14 Crossroads Hamfest, Kalamazoo, MI
It was a pleasure to attend your event and I thank you for the hospitality you have shown me.
Section Staff Travel Plans
May 2, 2015 Cadillac Swap, Cadillac, MI – WB8R
May 9, 2015 CCRAA – KCRA Hamfest, Chassell, MI
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 21, 2015 Monroe Hamfest, Monroe, MI - WB8R
July 9-12, 2015 MI 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 9 – 2 PM – W8CT
Sep 11, 2015 CMARC Meeting – WB8R
Sep 13, 2014 GRAhamfest, Wyoming, MI – WB8R
Sep 17, 2015 Monroe County Radio Comm. Assn Meeting – WB8R
Sep 19, 2015 GM ARC Fall Trunk Swap
Sep 20, 2015 Adrian Hamfest, Adrian, MI – WB8R
Sep 26, 2015 QMN Picnic, Flint MI – WB8R
Oct 17, 2015 Muskegon Color Tour, Muskegon, MI – WB8R
Oct 18, 2015 Kalamazoo Hamfest, Kalamazoo, MI – WB8R - Card Checker
Oct 25, 2015 USECA Hamfest, Madison Heights, MI – WB8R
Dec 6, 2015 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 w/fall 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 March, 2015: WB9JSR 1136, WB8WKQ 502, K8RDN 319, K8ED 230, WB8TQZ 168, N8FVM 115, KD8AAD 107, KB8RCR 104, WD8USA 51, WN8QGV 49, WD8MWD 43, W8MSK 33, WB8RCR 18, WB8R 13, AC8PI 12, KD8LSM 9, N8OSL 8, N8UN 8, WB8H 7. Total SAR reported: 2932.
Brass Pounder’s League (BPL) for March, 2015: WB9JSR 1136, WB8WKQ 502.
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) March, 2015: N8OSL 223, WB8RCR 198, WB8R 188, KC8YVF 164, N8FVM 160, WD8MWD 145, WD8USA 135, WB9JSR 130, WB8TQZ 110, WB8WKQ 110, K8RDN 100, KB8RCR 92, K8ED 90, KD8AAD 56, WN8QGV 50, KD8LSM 48, WB8H 38, KC8NFN 13.
Net traffic for March, 2015: MACS 294, MITN 136, MVTN 102, SEMTN 56, UPN 45, MIDTN 40, GLETN 35, MIARPSC 9, SCAN 4, D3DTN 2, D3AN 2, GRRC 1, BCEN , D5HN , D8EN , GCRC , GCARPSC , MIADS , NLEUP , BARTS , CARCN . Total net traffic reported: 726.
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, yourARES/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, 73.
Section ManagerLarry Camp WB8R
Section Traffic ManagerMark Shaw K8ED
Technical CoordinatorW Wallace Murray KE8HR
Official Observer CoordinatorKenneth T. Coughlin N8KC
Section Emergency CoordinatorJohn J. Mc Donough WB8RCR
Assistant Section ManagerDaniel M. Romanchik KB6NU
State Government LiaisonEdward L. Hude WA8QJE
Assistant Section ManagerJohn J. Nugent WB8TKL
Affiliated Club CoordinatorHollis B. Locke WB8ALW
Public Info CoordinatorPatrick W. Mullet KC8RTW
Section Youth CoordinatorGordon L. Baldwin W8CT