(Updated May 11, 2020)
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Pursuant to Governor Whitmer's executive orders related to the coronavirus pandemic, the ham breakfast for May is canceled. No further breakfast sessions have been scheduled at this time.
The 147.06 MHz repeater is back on the air after being down since early February 2019. The repeater transmitter is located in Jonesville with a receive site in Hillsdale at Becker & Scrivens. Use PL 118.8 with the standard positive transmit offset. Thanks to Mark Seevers KC8QVX for getting the repeater up and running. Mark is looking for a more suitable location for the transmitter, so if you you have any ideas let him know.
Now that the repeater is back on the air, it will be a lot easier to participate in the Monday net. We need people to step up an volunteer to run the net. Serving as net control station builds your skills and earns you extra points towards the net exceptional participation certificate. We hope to get enough volunteers so that each person would only need to run the net once a month. 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.
The Question Pool Committee of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) has released the 2020-2024 Amateur Extra Class question pool. The pool will take effect on July 1, 2020, and will remain valid until June 30, 2024. The current Amateur Extra question pool, released in 2016, is valid until June 30, 2020.
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.
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