ARRL Sections - Michigan



Contact Information

Section Name:
Larry Camp, WB8R
Daytime Phone:
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Basic Information

Great Lakes

March, 2015

Greetings to the Hams of Michigan:  

Hamfest Reminder  

Here is a reminder to clubs that are planning hamfests in 2015: It is never too early to register your swap on the ARRL website. Many hams are planning travel around the state and their plans may well include a stop at your swap. In order to plan to attend, they need to know when your event is scheduled.  

MI Digital Presentation Team  

The Michigan Digital Presentation Team, which consists of 5 hams from Western, Central, Eastern and Northern MI is open for business during the more temperate times of the year. Depending on schedules, they are available to present a very interesting and instructional program on HF digital sound card modes for your club or hamfest forum. Members from our team will be presenting a forum at the Great Lakes Division Convention in Columbus, OH on August 1.   If you are interested in having them visit your club meeting or present a program at your hamfest, you can contact them by email at the following addresses:  

Northern MI: John Clements, KC9ON, Gaylord, MI

Western MI: John Mathieson, AC8JW, Portage, MI

Central MI: Stephen Smith, WA8LMF, Haslett, MI

Eastern MI: Joe Miller, KJ8O, Troy,MI

Eastern MI: Brian Johnston, W8TFI, Warren, MI  

Please keep in mind that these individuals are volunteers and they travel on their own time and funds. It may not be practical for them to travel great distances.  

PRB-1 Signing Ceremony  

MI ARRL PRB-1 Team Attends Ceremonial Signing of PA 556 (PRB-1).   On Tuesday, March10, the Michigan PRB-1 team attended a ceremonial signing of SB 493 into law by MI Governor Rick Snyder. Attending the ceremony was Dale Williams, WA8EFK, ARRL Great Lakes Division Director, Larry Camp, WB8R, MI Section Manager, Ed Hude, WA8QJE, MI ARRL State Government Liaison, and Butch Hedges, KD8NKJ, MI ARRL Local Government Liaison.  

MI ARRL Legislative Leadership Award  

Also on Tuesday March 10, the inaugural Michigan ARRL Legislative Leadership Award was presented to Michigan Senator Rick Jones from the 24th District. Senator Jones’ press release can be found here:  

Senator Jones was the primary sponsor of SB 493 which codifies PRB-1 into Michigan law as PA 556.  

Michigan QSO Party  

Now is the time to be making your plans to participate in the 2015 version of the MI QSO Party which is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2015 from noon to midnight local time on 80 through 10 Meters (no WARC Bands) SSB and CW.  

This is a great, reasonably short competition that is ideal for clubs and individuals alike. Set aside time to participate in this great event and be sure to take the information to your club meetings to encourage participation.   Full information is available online at:  

Michigan Section Website Update  

Last month I made a plea for some help to develop a Michigan ARRL Section Website. I am pleased to report that I have 4 excellent, very experienced individuals who have volunteered their services to create a website for us. I am hoping to have something to look at in the next few weeks. I would like to roll it out to the hams of Michigan in June.  

HR 1301 Introduced in House of Representatives  

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.   More information can be found here:  

2015 Club Election Results  

Central Michigan ARC Board of Directors for the year 2015 are as follows:  

President: Julie McLain/KB8ZXR VP:

Tom Rocheleau/WA8WPI Secretary:

Jane Hosford/KC8FSK Treasurer:

Don McLain/KB8RAD Director:

Chris Ranes/NS8Q

Under 22 Director: Sam Fitzgerald/N8FPR  

Thank you for accepting the call to serve. Amateur radio clubs are truly the lifeblood of amateur radio.  

Michigan Section Family Outing Planning Begins  

The very popular Michigan ARRL Section Family Outing for 2015 has been scheduled for July 9-12 at the Woodlands Conference Center and Campground in Hale, MI, near West Branch in the northeast Lower Peninsula. There are opportunities for tent camping or RV camping along with beds in the bunkhouse available. If you prefer to not rough it, there are hotels available in West Branch.  

Once again this year, the annual ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator’s meeting will be held on the Saturday of the outing.  

Our Section Outing web site is being updated as this is being written and should be ready in time for the April version of the Section News. Be sure to mark your calendars now so you will be able to join us for a fun and informative long getaway ham radio weekend.  

2015 Great Lakes Division Convention in Planning Stages  

Planning has begun for the 2015 Great Lakes Division Convention in Columbus, OH on August 1, 2015.   

Hospitality Acknowledgements   Feb 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       Chassell Hamfest, Chassell, MI  

May 15-17, 2015   Dayton Hamvention, Dayton, OH – WB8R  

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

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

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

July 9-12, 2015   MI Section Family Outing, Hale, MI - WB8R, Section Staff

Aug 1, 2015       Great Lakes Div Convention, Columbus, OH – WB8R  

Aug 1, 2015       UP Hamfest, Escanaba, MI  

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) 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 February, 2015: WB9JSR 976, WB8WKQ 473, KB8RCR 349, K8ED 342, WB8TQZ 206, K8RDN 154, N8FVM 130, KC8BW 90, WD8MWD 40, W8MSK 33, WN8QGV 32, WD8USA 21, N8UN 18, WB8RCR 16, N8OSL 13, WB8H 10, WB8R 5, KD8LSM 1.  

Total SAR reported: 2909. 

BPL for February, 2015: WB9JSR 976.  

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) February, 2015: N8OSL 317, WB8RCR 296, N8FVM 165, WB8R 163, WD8MWD 140, WD8USA 136, WB9JSR 130, WB8TQZ 110, KC8YVF 109, K8RDN 101, KB8RCR 100, WB8WKQ 100, KC8BW 90, K8ED 90, WN8QGV 43, WB8H 33, KD8LSM 26.  

Net traffic for February, 2015: MACS 288, MITN 212, QMN 210, MVTN 73, MIDTN 45, UPN 43, GLETN 29, MCN 14, D3AN 6, SCAN 3, MIARPSC 1, GCRC 1, GCARPSC 0, D5HN 0, BARTS , CARCN , D8EN , BCEN , MIADS , GRRC .  

Total net traffic reported: 925  

Dollar value of NTS person-hour contribution: $52,912. 

Dollar value of ARES person-hour contributions: $174,128.

Total dollar value of volunteer contributions in February: $227,040.  

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: http://ares- 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