News for Amateur Radio Operators In and Around Hillsdale County
next club meeting will be Thursday, April 18 at 7pm at Hillsdale High
School (map) in room 131. Take
Bacon Street to Hornet Drive, then turn left at the top of the hill into the
parking on the north side of the building.
Use the entrance by the generator.
Everyone welcome. Bring
Club membership currently stands at 15 as of April 1.
We had 17 members at the end of 2012.
Three new members have joined in 2013.
Five members from 2012 did not renew.
Membership applications available here.
your calendar for Field Day,
which is coming up on June 22-23. The
ARRL Field Day web page has been
updated with rules and information packets, along with the 2013
logo. The HCARC
Field Day page has also been updated to reflect this.
Anyone interested in participating in the planning process should
contact a member of club
participation is appreciated. Don’t
know what Field Day is…click here for a Field
interested in being net control
operator for the Monday night net please contact Bill
Hicks WB8FFO. A net
control schedule (with results) has been posted on the HCARC Calendar
page. Net control stations (NCS)
should send a report of net activity, including the number of check-ins
(including yourself), number of NTS
messages handled, and net duration to ARES
EC Dan Sprow KC8RYF with a copy to HCARC Webmaster Don Gambill KC8WAU.
It is not necessary to report individual net results to ARRL Michigan
Section Manager Larry Camp WB8R, as was reported in this newsletter last
month. Dan will summarize the
monthly results and send them to Larry.
the last couple of newsletters club member Logan Crook’s call sign
was erroneously listed as KD8OMB. His
call sign is actually KD8OMD.
The Severe Weather
Preparedness Training and Symposium, previously scheduled for February
26 and postponed due to bad weather, oddly enough, has been rescheduled for
Wednesday, April 24 at 6pm at the Community Health Center of Branch County
Conference Center, 370 E Chicago in Coldwater (map
green arrow). This training,
organized and presented by Branch County Emergency Management, is open to all who are
interested and is highly recommended for newcomers and as a refresher for
more experienced spotters. The
speaker will be meteorologist and emergency management planner Rob Dale.
Rob has many years of experience as an on-air meteorologist in Toledo
and Lansing and currently works as a Regional Planner for Ingham
County Emergency Management.
Rob is also a licensed amateur (N8GSK) and has considerable storm
spotting experience. There is
also a basic spotter training course available online here.
There will not be any spotter training in Hillsdale County this year.
Weather Awareness Week
in Michigan is April 7-13. The
Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness has released an information
packet available by clicking here.
County 9-1-1/Central Dispatch and Hillsdale
County Emergency Management have implemented a system called CodeRED,
which is used to send critical communications, including severe weather
warnings, evacuation notices and missing child alerts.
to sign up to receive messages via phone or email.
to new county ham Joseph Gosla KD8UJS of Jonesville who was granted
his technician license on March 22. Be
sure to say hi if you hear him on the air.
Hillsdale Daily News has been
running an ad titled “Tell us about
your hobbies”. The ad,
which ran as recently as March 28 on page 2, goes on to say “use photos to
explain”. This is a good opportunity to promote amateur radio and the
club. If you are interested in
showing off your shack, send your information to along with your daytime
phone number to Jamie.email@example.com
or mail/drop off to: Hillsdale Daily News, 2764 W Carleton (yes…they
moved), Hillsdale, MI 49242.
Southwest Michigan Amateur Radio Team in
Kalamazoo is sponsoring a bus trip to the Dayton
Hamvention on Saturday May 18.
The cost is $100 and includes the bus ride, continental breakfast on
bus, Hamvention tickets and dinner on the return trip.
If there is interest the bus can stop in Coldwater at US-12 &
I-69. For more information
check their website or contact Mike
Greis KD8GTX (KD8GTX@ARRL.Net
269-998-2358) or Chip Locke WB8ALW (WB8ALW@ARRL.Net 269-998-8122).
Michigan ARRL Section Outing
will be held on July 11-14 at the Woodlands
Conference Center & Campgrounds in Hale (map).
It's a 4-day fun-filled event hosted by your ARRL
Michigan Section Staff involving fun events for the whole family.
Camping, RVing, canoeing, horseshoes, volleyball, softball, boating,
swimming facilities are available all day every day of the outing for your
pleasure. The event is free to
attend, although campsites and beds in the Bunkhouse have a nominal charge.
Motels and Bed-and-Breakfasts are available just a short drive away.
Meals are Pot-Luck but a main course will be provided.
Donations are accepted to help cover costs. You can stop by for just a day or stay for the entire event.
for more information.
Governor recently signed legislation prohibiting local governments from
regulating licensed Amateur Radio operations from a motor vehicle in
order to protect Amateur Radio operators from distracted driving laws.
The new law also establishes a 100-foot by-right height below which
local jurisdictions may not regulate Amateur Radio towers.
March 15 the ABC comedy Last
Man Standing aired an episode prominently featuring scenes with cast
members using Amateur Radios. The
show stars Michigan’s own Tim Allen as Mike Baxter KA0XTT.
to watch the full episode and here
to view a Youtube video with some background information including shots
of the ham radio gear used on the show.
(KA0XTT’s Facebook page)
Hams in space: International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 34 Commander
Kevin Ford KF5GPP returned to earth on March 15, after spending 143 days in
story) NASA astronaut Chris
Cassidy KF5KDR and Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov RV3BS launched on
March 28 from Kazakhstan and joined Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris
Hadfield VA3OOG/KC5RNJ and NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn KE5HOC, already
aboard the ISS. (ARRL
ARRL reported that in early March Microsoft
blocked e-mail to the more than 20,000 members who use the arrl.net
e-mail forwarding service to forward e-mail to Microsoft domains (hotmail.com,
msn.com, live.com and outlook.com). The
situation was mitigated as of March 10.
(ARRL stories 1
US Postal Service (USPS) introduced a
new Global Forever First-Class Mail
International stamp. Priced
at $1.10 each and offered in a pane of 20, the new stamp offers a single
price for any First-Class Mail International 1-ounce letter to any country
in the world, as well as 2-ounce letters to Canada.
The USPS no longer sells International
Reply Coupons (IRCs). (USPS
to NASA, the current solar cycle #24 should hit its “solar max”
sometime in this year, but so far solar activity has been relatively low.
According to an article
by NASA’s Dr Tony Phillips, this period of quiet has led some
observers to wonder if forecasters missed the mark.
Solar physicist Dean Pesnell has a different explanation: “This is
solar maximum. But it looks
different from what we expected because it is double peaked.”
Pesnell noted similarities between the current cycle and Solar Cycle
14, which happened between February 1902 and August 1913 and experienced a
double peak. If the two cycles
are in fact twins “it would mean one peak in late 2013 and another in
ARRL UHF/Microwave Band Plan Committee is seeking comments on proposed
plans for the 5 and 10 GHz bands. Comments
should be submitted via email by April 30.
FCC issued an order granting a temporary waiver to transmit communications
on amateur service channels above 30 MHz using single time-slot Time
Division Multiple Access (TDMA) systems.
The temporary waiver was granted pending the resolution of a related
rulemaking proceeding. (ARRL
FCC resignations: FCC Chairman Julius
Genachowski and Commissioner Robert McDowell both announced that they would
be leaving the Commission. McDowell
announced his resignation during the FCC’s open meeting on March 20, while
Genachowski made his announcement in remarks to FCC staff on March 22.
The resignations leave 2 Democrats and 1 Republican on the
Commission. The FCC is directed
by five commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate
for five-year terms, except when filling an unexpired term.
The president designates one of the commissioners to serve as
chairman. Only three
commissioners may be members of the same political party, and none can have
a financial interest in any commission-related business.
A Florida ham was issued a $25,000 fine for operating an unlicensed radio
transmitter interfering with a county sheriff department.
story). The FCC decided to
reduce the fine of a Philadelphia ham from $4,000 to $3500 “for apparently
willfully and repeatedly operating his amateur radio station on the
unauthorized frequency 26.71 MHz at his residence”.
April 4 – Board Meeting
April 18 – Club Meeting
April 20-21 – Michigan QSO
April 20 – Milford
May 2 – Board Meeting
May 11 – Ham Breakfast
May 16 – Club Meeting
May 17-19 – Dayton
22-23 – Field Day
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