Monthly Michigan Section News Summary
- Greetings Michigan Amateurs:
2010 MICHIGAN QSO PARTY April 17-18, 2010. All Michigan amateurs are
invited to mark their calendars for Saturday, April 17, 2010 for the 2010
Michigan QSO Party (MiQP). This is the one weekend a year when Michigan
amateurs are in the limelight, as amateurs from across the USA and around the
world are looking for QSOs with us. This is a great opportunity develop HF
operating skills, represent the great state of Michigan and last but not
least, have a bunch of fun. Even if you don't consider yourself a contest
operator, you'll probably find it's a blast to jump in to work the throng who
will be looking for Michigan QSOs. If you've ever operated on Field Day,
you'll certainly be ready for MiQP.
The operating period is a convenient twelve hours long, from noon local
time (1600Z) until midnight local (0400Z) here in Michigan. Stations outside
of Michigan may only work Michigan stations, while Michigan stations may work
anybody. Activity takes place on the 80 thru 10 meter bands, on both phone
and CW. The exchange is simple: a sequential QSO number (starting with 1,
then 2, 3...) and your location (county for Michigan stations, and state,
province or "DX" for others). A station may be worked once per band and
mode, with CW QSOs counting two points and phone QSOs counting one point
(just like Field Day). Multipliers are states, provinces, and Michigan
counties, counted once on phone and once on CW. Final score is total QSO
points times total multipliers. See the MiQP website at http://www.miqp.org
for complete rules.
MiQP offers an extensive awards program, with handsome plaques awarded for
the in-state winners of the major categories. Certificates are awarded for
the top single-operator score in each Michigan county, and there is a
simultaneous competition for Michigan clubs where scores of its members are
combined into an aggregate score for that club. There are also categories
and awards for mobile and multi-operator stations.
The separate category instituted in 2008 for Emergency Operation Center
(EOC) stations has become a permanent part of MiQP, and continues in 2010. A
handsome MiQP plaque will be awarded to the highest scoring EOC station and
certificates for second and third place. The MiQP rules defining an EOC
station are essentially the same as for Field Day - "Michigan entries located
at an established EOC site, activated by an individual or group, utilizing
either permanent or temporary equipment and antennas". This category was
specifically created to encourage EOC stations to participate, and to
recognize their contributions. Eight EOC stations from around the state
participated in 2009.
We are also continuing the "MiQP Rookie Of The Year" plaque instituted in
2007, which is awarded to the top single-operator score submitted by a
Michigan station who has never participated in MiQP before.
There is a wealth of information about the Michigan QSO Party available on
the MiQP website at http://www.miqp.org, such as official log and summary
sheets, results from past years, and free logging software. Questions about
MiQP can be directed via e-mail to: miqp@.... There is also an e-mail
reflector for those interested in MiQP - details are on the web site at
http://www.miqp.org/MiQP_Reflector.htm. We hope to see a great turnout of
Michigan amateurs on the air on April 17th! 73, from the MiQP Organizing
THE NEW HAMS DINNER was held for the 15th time at Fire Mountain, at
Muskegon. The occasion is to welcome new hams to the area and newly licensed
hams to the western Michigan area. The event is sponsored by the Lowell ARC,
The Grand Rapids ARA, The MDXA and the Michigan ARA. This year two new hams
were welcomed to the area. This is also the time when clubs present their
awards for individual achievement. This year, the MDXA awarded its "Pillars
of Society" award to Major Patrick McPherson WW9E. He was instrumental in
the creation and administration of S.A.T.E.R.N., The Salvation Army Team
Emergency Radio Network and he was recognized for this important achievement!
The Michigan Amateur Radio Alliance presented its "West Michigan Ham of the
Year" to Bill Zaidel N8VWI. Bill is one of those special hams whom you do
not notice until something needs to be fixed. Bill was instrumental in
helping start an Operation Care Coffee stop and has stepped forward to do the
work that the rest of us cannot do. This was the 11th year of awarding the
PRB-1 UPDATE I meet many Michigan hams at hamfests across the state and am
often asked "What can I do to help get HB5556 passed. Consistently, the
answer has been "Write to your representative to ask for support for the
bill." I often wonder how much this request is followed. We are all in this
together as fellow ham operators. What affects one of us in one community
may not necessarily affect all of us immediately, but if each community
legislates against antenna systems with impunity, eventually there will be an
impact. Perhaps you are a new Technician and not on the HF bands today, but
what about a year from know? Will you be holding your new General Class
License with burning desire to install a tower only to face a zoning
ordinance that says you cannot have one? As a Tech, will you discover the
fun of VHF/UHF SSB operation and find that you cannot install a decent
antenna system? Please check the PRB1 web page http://www.prb1michigan.org
for updates. We are asking all Michigan hams to write their State
Representative to encourage support for HB5556.
HAMFEST Listings in Michigan for the next few months -- The ARRL Michigan
Section plans to represent the League at these upcoming functions and we hope
to see you there:
Mar 20 Marshall Apr 3 Lowell (ARGYL)
Apr 17 Milford May 1 Cadillac
June 5 Hudsonville June 6 Chelsea
June 19 Midland Jun 20 Monroe
Aug 7 Escanaba/UP Sept 19 Adrian
Oct 17 Kalamazoo
REPORTS: Here are ARPSC stats for February: Total number of ARES members:
1897, Number of EC/ROs reporting: 30, Drills, nets, tests and training
sessions: 199, Public Service Events: 372, Emergency Operations: 12, Total
number of ARES operations: 294. Total Operator Hours: 3768, contributed
dollar value: $68,244.
NETS: Michigan nets reporting for February (in order of traffic count): QMN,
MiVHF, MiTN, MACS, SEMTN, UPN, TMMTN, GLETN, WSSBN, Hiawatha, Kent County Red
Cross, MiARPSC, Chelsea. The Michigan NTS reported 1833 Operator hours
worth $33,198 in February.
Station Activity Reports (SARs) for February, 2010: WB8WKQ 713, WB9JSR 698,
KB8GT 275, K8RDN 269, K8LJG 160, NX8A 91, WB8RCR 46, KD8CYK 36, K8VFZ 33,
KD8HPF 24, W8QZ 18, KD8LZB 14, W8RNQ 13, WD8USA 13, W8ERV 2.
Public Service Honor Roll Reports (PSHRs) for February, 2010: KB8GT 305,
WB8RCR 230, WB9JSR 195, K8RDN 185, NX8A 155, K8MFK 145, WD8USA 135, WB8WKQ
120, KD8CYK 76, W8ERV 67, K8VFZ 67, W8QZ 40, KD8HPF 24.
73 until next month,
ARRL Michigan Section
Section Manager: Dale R. Williams, WA8EFK
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