(Updated October 02, 2019)


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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 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 KE8MUA of Jonesville for passing his element 3 test and being granted General privileges on August 14.


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)


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.  We’ll try again at the next club meeting, date to be determined.


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