(Updated August 01, 2020)


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Posted 08/01/20

 The next Zoom net will be Thursday, August 20 at 7:00pm.  If you've never used Zoom before, it is an online videoconferencing app that runs on your computer, tablet or smart phone.  We will send out a link a few days before the net.  If you do not receive the link and want to participate, simply email requesting the link and we’ll send it to you.  We'll try to run it like a regular net.  We only have 40 minutes so hopefully we'll be able to get through everyone, maybe even two rounds.  Hope to see lots of people Zoomed in!


Hillsdale’s 5th annual Patriot’s Day Fly-In, originally scheduled for September 13, is the latest local event to get scrapped over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  The Exchange Club of Hillsdale, which sponsors the event, made the decision to postpone the event until September 12, 2021.  (Hillsdale Daily News story)


After much deliberation and review of the current State and CDC guidelines and restrictions due to COVID-19, the Hillsdale County Fair Board of Directors met June 25 and voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 Hillsdale County Fair.  This decision was not an easy one, and not taken lightly, but with the advice of the insurance provider, legal counsel, the local health department and MSU Extension.  (Hillsdale Coutny Fair website)



Posted 07/10/20

There is a new ham in the county.  Jeffery Riling WB8HIA recently updated his FCC ULS address to Hillsdale from Pennsylvania.  Please welcome him when you hear him on the air.


Posted 07/01/20

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 took effect on July 1, 2020, and will remain valid until June 30, 2024.  The current Amateur Extra question pool, released in 2016, is no longer valid after June 30, 2020.


The National Weather Service is seeking public input on simplifying hazard messaging.  The survey will focus on the current message delivery and will help shape the format and content of these messages.  The survey is open until August 21, 2020.  Read More >


Posted 04/24/20

No further ham breakfast sessions have been scheduled at this time.


Posted 04/01/20

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.


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.


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