(Updated August 15, 2019)


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Posted 08/15/19

Congratulations to new ham Teresa Bensch KE8MUA of Hillsdale.  She was granted her Technician license on August 14.


Posted 08/14/19

Congratulations to Timothy Bowman of Jonesville for passing his element 3 test and being granted General privileges on August 14.


Posted 08/01/19

The ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference is being held September 20-22 at the Marriott Detroit Metro Airport Hotel.  Its an international forum for radio amateurs to meet, publish their work, and present new ideas and techniques.  Presenters and attendees will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn about recent hardware and software advances, theories, experimental results, and practical applications.  The conference schedule includes technical and introductory forums, demonstrations, a Saturday evening banquet and an in-depth Sunday seminar.


Posted 07/02/19

Congratulations to Bill Hicks WB8FFO for becoming the first 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.  There is still time for amateurs, especially club members, to attain enough points to qualify before the end of the year.  Serving as net control earns extra points.  Rules and results are posted in the Net Participation section of the club website.


Posted 07/01/19

The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) Question Pool Committee has released the 2019-2023 Element 3 General Class Question Pool into the public domain.  The new Question Pool is effective for Element 3 exams administered on or after July 1, 2019.  The General question pool released in 2015 is no longer valid.  (ARRL story)


Posted 06/22/19

Congratulations to new ham Timothy Bowman KE8MMT of Jonesville.  He was granted his Technician license on June 19.


There is a new ham in the county. John Smith KC8DAU recently updated his FCC ULS address to Hillsdale County from Adrian.  Please welcome him when you hear him on the air.


Posted 06/14/19

Terry Arnold KE0TCA, of Osseo, became a Silent Key on June 13. Click here to view obituary.


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 so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences.  The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020.  (Announcement and FAQ)


Posted 03/01/19

Club leadership elections for 2019 were to have been held at the November meeting, but that meeting was canceled.  We tried again at the February meeting but we did not have a quorum present to conduct elections.  Well try again at the next club meeting, date to be determined.


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