News for Amateur Radio Operators In and Around Hillsdale County
Club membership dues for 2013 are due. Rates are $15 for regular membership, $5 for household
membership (additional members in same household after first member pays
regular rate) and free for students. All
members are asked to fill out an updated membership
application as part of the renewal process. Dues can be paid by cash or check at the monthly meeting or
mailed to club Treasurer Dan Sprow KC8RYF, 3671 Bankers Rd, Hillsdale, MI
49242. Make checks payable to
HCARC or Hillsdale County Amateur Radio Club.
We finished 2012 with 17 members.
Currently 10 have renewed and 2 new members. Your club appreciates your support.
County Emergency Management (BCEM) is hosting a Severe
Weather Preparedness Training and Symposium on Tuesday, February 26 at
6:00pm at the Community Health Center of Branch County Conference Center,
370 E Chicago in Coldwater (map
green arrow). This training,
organized and presented by BCEM, is open to all who are interested and is
highly recommended for newcomers and as a refresher for more experienced
spotters. The speaker will be
meteorologist and emergency management planner Rob Dale.
Rob has many years of experience as an on-air meteorologist in Toledo
and Lansing and currently works as a Regional Planner for Ingham
County Emergency Management.
Rob is also a licensed amateur (N8GSK) and has considerable storm
spotting experience. A schedule
of National Weather Service Northern Indiana training sessions is available
on their Weather
Observer and Outreach Talk Schedule page.
There is also a basic spotter training course available online here.
There will not be any spotter training in Hillsdale County this year.
The Doppler radar at NWS
Northern Indiana will undergo an upgrade to incorporate new
technology called dual-polarization.
The upgrade is scheduled to begin February 18 and take two weeks to
complete. Radar data will be
unavailable during this time. Surrounding
radars include: Milwaukee,
Rapids, MI, Detroit,
Illinois, IL, and Chicago,
IL. Click here
for more information.
County 9-1-1/Central Dispatch and Hillsdale
County Emergency Management have implemented a system called CodeRED,
which is used to send critical communications, including severe weather
warnings, evacuation notices and missing child alerts.
to sign up to receive messages via phone or email.
Crook KD8OMD put up a 2M simplex repeater in North Adams.
The frequency is 146.500 TX/RX with a PL of 100.0.
number of radio amateurs in the US reached an all-time high in 2012.
As of the end of the year, there were more than 700,000 radio
interested in being net control
operator for the Monday night net on either the first or forth Monday of
each month, please contact Bill
Hicks WB8FFO. Logan Crook
KD8OMD has volunteered to be net control on the third Monday, and the second
Monday is the emergency test net.
ARRL Board of Directors held its 2013 Annual Meeting January 18-19 in
New Orleans. The Board set
legislative objectives for the 113th Congress, approved the organization’s
amended financial plan, elected members to the Executive Committee and ARRL
Foundation, bestowed awards and more. Read
story for more information, especially the legislative objectives.
The ARRL is the voice of amateur radio with the federal government,
acting as an advocate protecting our rights and radio spectrum.
For this reason alone an ARRL
membership is a good investment.
The Boy Scouts of America
approved an Amateur Radio Operator rating strip for Scouts to wear on
their uniforms. The strip
recognizes the Scout’s availability as an Amateur Radio operator for
communication services for events and activities, as well as emergencies.
All registered youth members and adult leaders who also hold a valid
FCC issued Amateur Radio license of any class are eligible to wear the
rating strip. (ARRL
Last year the Boy Scouts began offering a
Morse Code Interpreter Strip for scouts that demonstrate proficiency with
Morse Code. (ARRL
February 23 & 24 amateur radio operators around the world will take part
in a special operating event to raise awareness about Rotary
International's End Polio Now campaign.
The hams, all members of the Rotary International group Rotarians
on Amateur Radio, will be calling "CQ Rotary" or "CQ
Polio" and will be prepared to talk a little bit about the Rotary Club
and the accomplishments and challenges of the End Polio Now campaign.
A certificate or QSL card will be available to verify the contact, if
requested. If you are a Rotary
Club member and would like to participate in this event, or for more
information, contact Dan Romanchik KB6NU at email@example.com
Michigan Section Emergency Coordinator John McDonough WB8RCR is asking
every amateur in Michigan to make a resolution to check into a traffic
net at least once a week this year.
Simply listening will help you become familiar with traffic handling
procedures and make you much more effective should the need arise.
Here in Michigan we are blessed with four VHF traffic nets and seven
HF traffic nets. You can
operate SSB, CW, FM or even digital. Net
schedules are at http://nts-mi.org/netinfo.php.
Information about the National Traffic System is available here.
Amateurs in Iceland now have operating
privileges on 472-479 kHz (630 meters), joining those in Germany,
Sweden, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Monaco (ARRL
story). Delegates at the 2012
World Radiocommunication Conference approved a new secondary allocation
between 472-479 kHz. (ARRL
FCC is still seeking comments on a proposal to amend its rules to
implement the allocation decisions of the 2007
World Radiocommunication Conference and to make certain other changes.
Specifically, the FCC proposes to upgrade the Amateur Service
allocation in the upper half of the 160 meter band (1900-2000 kHz) from
secondary to primary. The FCC
also seeks comments on whether, and how, an amateur low frequency allocation
might be able to co-exist with Power Line Carrier systems that are used by
electric utilities to monitor and control the power grid.
Comments are due by February 25.
story for more details.
next Ham Breakfast will be Saturday, February 9 at 8am at the Coffee
Shop, 119 W Main, North Adams (map).
Please come join us, even if just for coffee and conversation.
next club meeting will be Thursday, February 21 at 7pm at Hillsdale
High School (map) in room 131. Take
Bacon Street to Hornet Drive, then turn left at the top of the hill into the
parking lot that long ago was the tennis courts.
Use the north entrance by the generator. The program will feature ARRL Michigan Section Manager Larry
Camp WB8R presenting a review of his recent trip to ARRL HQ in Connecticut.
forget to check in to the Monday night net, held weekly at 7pm on the
February 7 – Board Meeting
February 9 – Ham Breakfast at North Adams Coffee Shop
February 17 – Livonia
February 21 – Club Meeting
March 7 – Board Meeting
March 9 – Ham Breakfast
March 16 – Marshall
March 17 – Toledo
March 21 – Club Meeting
March 30 – Lowell
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