(Updated December 07, 2019)


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Posted 12/07/19

Congratulations to Deb McCloud KE8BPS of Hillsdale on being granted Amateur Extra privileges on December 4, upgrading from General.


Congratulations to Don Gambill KC8WAU for being the latest to qualify for an award certificate for exceptional participation in the Monday night net.  The purpose of the program is to encourage participation in the net, both as check-ins and as net control station.  The certificate will be awarded to participants that attain at least 75 points during 2019.  Rules and results are posted in the Net Participation section of the club website  Bill Hicks WB8FFO was the first to qualify.



Posted 12/01/19

The Christmas party will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 2pm at the Fayette Street Church of Christ, 131 W Fayette in Hillsdale (map).  The church is located directly behind the Market House.  All area amateurs and their guests are welcome.  Dinner will be a potluck.  The club will provide the meat dishes, probably chicken and ham.  Appetizers, side dishes and desserts are suggested to bring.  Drinks (water, coffee, tea) and table service will be provided.  There will be a gift exchange ($10-$15) for those who want to participate.  RSVPs are requested and can be made by clicking here or by contacting Don Gambill KC8WAU at or 517-437-4172.


The regularly scheduled board meeting for December 7 is canceled.  The next Board meeting will be announced to membership via email and web posting.


Posted 11/09/19

Congratulations to Gregory Parent KE8KDK of Pittsford on being granted Amateur Extra privileges on November 6, upgrading from Technician.


There is a new ham in the county.  John Novak III KK4QYM recently updated his FCC ULS address to Hillsdale from Kentucky.  Please welcome him when you hear him on the air.


Posted 10/30/19

Congratulations to two new hams in the county.  Philip Brezezinski KE8NFK of Waldron was granted technician privileges on October 29.  Brian Fast KE8NFN of Hillsdale was granted technician privileges on October 30.


Posted 10/02/19

We have some Monday night net control slots open.  Serving as net control station builds your skills and earns you extra points towards the net exceptional participation certificate.  If you would like to serve as a net control statement once month please let a member of club leadership know.  Check the schedule for available dates.


ARRL has expressed deep appreciation to the hundreds of volunteers who gave their time as Official Observers (OOs) to help preserve the integrity of the Amateur Radio frequencies.  The Official Observer program has served the Amateur Radio community and assisted the FCC Enforcement Bureau for more than 85 years.  The OO program is giving way to the new Volunteer Monitor (VM) program, established as part of a formal partnership between ARRL and the FCC.  ARRL and the FCC signed a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this year that establishes the Volunteer Monitor program as a successor to the Official Observers.  (ARRL story)


The Branch County Amateur Radio Club will hold an Amateur Radio License Test Session on January 18 at 10:00 AM at the Burnside Senior Center located at 65 Grahl Drive in Coldwater (map).  (ARRL info page)


Posted 05/03/19

Several bills have been introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives that deal with distracted driving (HB 4181, HB 4198 and HB 4199).  These bills have been assigned to the House Transportation Committee for further work and study.  Changes to the bills after introduction have resulted in Amateur Radio being granted an exemption (the use of amateur radio while driving) from being considered a distraction. The exemption amendment referenced 47 CFR Part 97, 47 CFR Part 90 and a reference to CB radio.  The bills need to passed by the full house, the state senate and signed by the governor before they become law.  Click to read the ARRL Michigan Section post.


Posted 05/01/19

Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009.  When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support to focus investment on supporting newer technologies.  The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020.  (Announcement and FAQ)


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