- Section Name:
- Larry Camp, WB8R
- Daytime Phone:
- Evening Phone:
- Great Lakes
Greetings to the Hams of Michigan:
Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015
Note: This information was also published last month, but needs to be revisited as we still need to press our Representatives and Senators to support HR 1301 and S 1685.
US Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced S 1685 on June 26, with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) as the original cosponsor, into the US Senate.
The wheels of Congress turn with help of communication from constituents. Without our guidance and direction to tell our representatives what we want them to do, they try to do their best but amateur radio regulations are not high on their list of concerns. It is up to us to advise them that those regulations are high on our list and we would like them to support our legislation.
As you know, the House of Representatives version is known as HR 1301 and it currently has 95 co-sponsors. Michigan is fortunate in that four of our Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of HR 1301 (Walburg, Huizenga, Bishop, and Benishek). If your Representative is not one of these four, consider sending a letter to him or her asking for their support and possibly co-sponsoring HR 1301. If your Representative has not yet signed on as a co-sponsor, sending them a second letter requesting their support is not a problem. If your representative is one of the four MI co-sponsors, please send them a letter thanking them for their support.
Now the focus takes a new direction: Contacting our US Senators asking them to support and consider co-sponsoring S 1685. This makes our work a bit easier than it was with our Representatives in that every citizen in Michigan has the same US Senators: Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters. ARRL members are urged to contact their members of Congress in both the House and the Senate, asking them to sign on to the bill as cosponsors. Complete information is available on the ARRL website at http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act.
Be sure to pay attention to ensure that if writing your Senators, that you send letters only to your Senators. While the list of your congressional representatives on the ARRL website includes both congress-persons AND Senators, please be sure to choose the Senators for letters directed to members of the Senate, and the same for Representatives.
The most effective method of contacting your Representative or Congress-persons are: By routing your letter(s) through the ARRL either by snail mail or by signed letter converted to a PDF file and emailed.
Correspondence will be sorted at ARRL Headquarter and hand delivered to the appropriate US Representatives and Senators. We suggest that you follow the instructions on the aforementioned ARRL web page. A sample letter is available for you to download and customize with the Senator or Representative’s name and address and your name and address, print, sign and send to the ARRL for hand delivery in Washington.
In advance of your next meeting, prepare two letters, one addressed to Senator Stabenow and the other addressed to Senator Peters. Remove the sender’s name and address prompts from the letter. Print or copy the appropriate numbers of letters and take them to your club meeting. Ask that all hams that have not yet sent a letter to their Senators to sign one letter for each Senator and add their address, city, state and zip code.
Collect the completed letters, and mail them to ARRL HQ at:
225 Main St
Newington, CT 06111
Attn: S1685 Grassroots campaign
If you would like to avoid the postage costs, you can scan the letters into PDF format and then email them to: email@example.com
Please include “S1685 Grassroots Letter” in the subject field of your email
2015 Great Lakes Division Convention
This year’s convention is now history. We had a great time in Columbus and I had the distinct pleasure of presenting a number of awards to Michigan hams and to representatives of Michigan amateur radio clubs.
The Michigan newsletter first place plaque was presented to the Blossomland ARA “Rusty Key” and the second place plaque was presented to the Michigan QRP Club’s “5 Watter”. Thanks go to both clubs for sending representatives to the convention to accept the awards.
The Great Lakes Division Newsletter award was won by the “Delara News” from the Delaware ARA, Delaware, OH.
The ARRL Service to Scouting award was presented to Frank Maynard, NF8M for his many years of service to the scouts of Michigan.
The Michigan Ham of the Year was presented to Ed Hude, WA8QJE for his many years of tireless effort to get a Michigan PRB-1 bill passed into Michigan law.
Many thanks to the Michigan Section HF Sound Card Demo Team members John, AC8W and Joe, KJ8O who presented a forum at the GLD Convention.
News from around the Section
From President Tom Bosscher, K8TB from the Holland ARC:
On August 1, the Holland ARC held another "Ham in a Day" class and graduated 6 more technicians. In the last 3 years, over ten sessions, the Holland ARC has added 75 technicians to the ranks. Several, who are club members, have gone on to get their general and extra class licenses, and have learned to spend money the amateur radio way!
A great success story from the west coast (of MI)!
July 25, 2015 CMARC Trunk Sales, Lansing, MI - WB8R
Aug 1, 2015 Spark in the Park, Wyoming, MI- KC9ON
Aug 1, 2015 UP Hamfest, Escanaba, MI – W8CT
Aug 14, 2015 CMARC Club Meeting, Lansing, MI – WB8R
It was a pleasure for us to attend your event and I thank you for the hospitality you have shown to me and my staff.
Hamfests, Meetings and Section Staff Travel Plans
Aug 16, 2015 Seaway Trunk Swap, Port Huron, MI
Sep 17, 2015 Monroe County Radio Comms Assn Meeting – WB8R
Sep 19, 2015 GMARC Fall Trunk Swap
Sep 20, 2015 Adrian Hamfest, Adrian, MI – WB8R
Sep 26, 2015 QMN Picnic, Flint MI – WB8R
Oct 3, 2015 GRAhamfest, Wyoming, MI – WB8R
Oct 10, 2015 TBARC Swap, Alpena, MI
Oct 17, 2015 Muskegon Hamfest, Muskegon, MI – WB8R
Oct 18, 2015 Kazoo Hamfest, Kalamazoo, MI Card Checker – WB8R
Oct 25, 2015 USECA Hamfest, Madison Hts, MI – WB8R
Dec 6, 2015 L’Anse Creuse Hamfest, Mt. Clemens, MI – WB8
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 Tfc Net 3.583 (Olivia 8/500) in w/fall 2000 Tu, Th, Sa
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 July, 2015: WB9JSR 603, WB8WKQ 206, K8RDN 138, WB8TQZ 109, K8ED 109, N8FVM 82, WD8USA 52, WD8MWD 44, W8MSK 29, WB8RCR 14, WB8R 5, N8OSL 4, KD8EBY 2, KD8LSM 2.
Total SAR reported: 1399
BPL for July, 2015: WB9JSR 603.
PSHRs for July, 2015: N8OSL 373, N8FVM 300, WB8RCR 279, KC8YVF 183, WB8R 176, WD8USA 170, WD8MWD 160, KD8EBY 156, WB9JSR 130, NE8B 117, WB8TQZ 110, WB8WKQ 110, K8RDN 100, K8ED 90, KD8LSM 34, KC8NFN 28.
Net traffic for July, 2015: MITN 141, MACS 132, QMN 126, MVTN 68, UPN 45, GLETN 35, SEMTN 29, MIDTN 16, SCAN 6, NLEUP 4, D3AN 2, GCARPSC 1, MIARPSC , MIADS , BARTS , CARCN , BCEN , D5HN , GRRC , D8EN , OCARS .
Total net traffic reported: 605
Total ARES hours dollar value: $190,885
Total NTS dollar value: $38,815
Total Public Service dollar value: $229,700
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, 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: http://ares-mi.org/ECcontact.php. They stand ready to help you.
Until next time,
Section ManagerLarry Camp WB8R
Technical CoordinatorW Wallace Murray KE8HR
Assistant Section ManagerDaniel M. Romanchik KB6NU
Section Emergency CoordinatorJohn J. Mc Donough WB8RCR
Affiliated Club CoordinatorJoseph B. Miller KJ8O
State Government LiaisonEdward L. Hude WA8QJE
Public Info CoordinatorPatrick W. Mullet KC8RTW
Assistant Section ManagerJohn J. Nugent WB8TKL
Section Youth CoordinatorGordon L. Baldwin W8CT
Section Traffic ManagerMark Shaw K8ED
Official Observer CoordinatorKenneth T. Coughlin N8KC