Amateur Radio License Testing - July 2015

Test­ing for all classes of Ama­teur Radio licenses will be offered this Sat­ur­day,  July 18th. Test­ing is held at the Kala­ma­zoo County Sheriff’s Depart­ment, 1500 Lam­ont Ave, Kala­ma­zoo, MI 49048.

Test­ing begins at 8:30 A.M.

Please park in the street and go through the park­ing lot at the LEFT end of the build­ing to the door near the base of the radio tower. One of the Vol­un­teer Exam­in­ers will be there to direct you to the test­ing room!

For addi­tional infor­ma­tion, please con­tact John Tucker (WB8ZVV) via e-mail at wb8zvv [at] gmail [dot] com or phone (269) 324‑9085.

KARC Membership Meeting — July 2015

The Kala­ma­zoo Ama­teur Radio Club would like to invite any­one inter­ested in Ama­teur (or Ham!) Radio to attend our July 2015 Gen­eral Mem­ber­ship meet­ing. There you can meet some­one you might have spo­ken with on the repeater, get more infor­ma­tion about becom­ing a “Ham” radio oper­a­tor, or just learn more about the hobby from a pre­sen­ta­tion given at the meet­ing. We meet on the third Thurs­day of every month (this month on the 16th!) at 7 PM (6:30 PM if you’d like to social­ize!) at the South­west Michi­gan Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Red Cross, 5640 Ven­ture Ct. in Kalamazoo.
Hope to see you there!!

CMARC’s 2015 “OUTDOOR” HAMFEST — Lansing, MI

(From the Cen­tral Michi­gan Ama­teur Radio Club!)

Greet­ings Ham Enthu­si­asts,

I KNOW you’re all look­ing for­ward to attend­ing CMARC’s 2015 “OUTDOOR” HAMFEST on Sat­ur­day, July 25th, because it’s going to be a day FULL of FUN for Ham Radio, Com­puter, and Elec­tronic equip­ment enthu­si­asts, as well as their fam­i­lies! Once again, it’s at the Holt Chris­t­ian Church located at 2424 S. Wash­ing­ton Road in Lans­ing, Michi­gan from 8am-1pm (Ven­dor set-up at 6am). Admis­sion is still only $3.00 per per­son, with kids 15 years and under FREE!! Admis­sion for Vendors/Sellers is also still $3.00 each and that includes 1 sales space (addi­tional sales spaces are $5.00 each). The “RF ADAPTER GUY” will be back as well as our local Inde­pen­dent “Amsoil” Dealer, plus many more.

We’re hav­ing VE test­ing (11am – Walk-ins are Wel­come!); a GOTA Sta­tion (Get On The Air) for unli­censed vis­i­tors so they can find out why Ham Radio is such a fun Hobby; a Forum on “APRS FOR YOU & ME!” with a time for Q & A from 9am-10:30am. We also have a lot of great hourly prizes again this year, and our Grand Prize is a Yaesu FT-60R Dual-Band HT, which will be drawn at 1pm and mailed, if you’ve already left!) We even have some really nice Ladies prizes for all the Ladies that attend!

We have Donuts and Cof­fee in the morn­ing and later on be sure to stop by the Food Tent where we’ll have BBQ Pulled Pork Sand­wiches, Hot Dogs and Brats fresh off the grill with all the trim­mings. So if you can’t find some­thing to buy, sell, or trade — you’ll def­i­nitely find some­thing good to eat!!

While you’re hav­ing fun shop­ping and rag chew­ing with your friends, please don’t for­get to stop by the ARRL table and visit with Larry Camp WB8R, our Michi­gan Sec­tion Man­ager. Talk-in for the event will be on the 145.39 repeater (100 Hz PL). To reg­is­ter for a Ham­fest sales spot, or if you have ques­tions, please con­tact Julie McLain/KB8ZXR via the con­tact infor­ma­tion below. I’ve attached our flyer for your con­ve­nience or to share with your Club and friends.


Julie McLain KB8ZXR

2015 CMARC “Out­door” Ham­fest Chairperson

Pres­i­dent, Cen­tral Michi­gan Ama­teur Radio Club

(517) 694‑0812

KB8ZXR [at] aol [dot] com

Down­load (2015-Outdoor-Hamfest-Flyer.pdf, PDF, 253KB)

Field Day 2015 Set-up / Dave Nawatny KC8WLD Memorial

From WA8MCD:

This week­end, June 27th and 28th is the annual ARRL Field Day. This year’s event will be held at Flesher Field, 3664 S 9th St, in Oshtemo Town­ship. Every­one is invited to attend. There will be plenty of oppor­tu­ni­ties for hams to make con­tacts or to socialize.

This year we will also have a GOTA (Get On The Air) sta­tion, so non-Hams can expe­ri­ence what it’s like to be a Ham and talk to oth­ers around the country.

Setup starts early Sat­ur­day morn­ing with sta­tions going on air at 1800 UTC (2pm) Sat­ur­day, until 1800 UTC (2pm) Sunday.


At noon on Sun­day, the Michi­gan 5th Dis­trict Radio Ama­teur Civil Emer­gency Ser­vice (RACES) trailer will be ded­i­cated in Dave’s name in recog­ni­tion of the many con­tri­bu­tions that Dave made to RACES, the Michi­gan 5th Dis­trict and Kala­ma­zoo County Emer­gency Management.

Pat Wright, Emer­gency Man­ager for Kala­ma­zoo County will be mak­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion. Every­one is encour­aged to attend the cer­e­mony at the RACES trailer which will be at the Flesher Field site.

See you there, Gary WA8MCD

Kalamazoo HamFest 2015 Workgroup Meeting — June 2015

The June, 2015 Ham­fest Work­group update/progress report meet­ing will be held this Mon­day, June 15th at 6:30 PM, at the South­west Michi­gan Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Red Cross. The Chap­ter build­ing is located at 5640 Ven­ture Ct., Kala­ma­zoo Michi­gan 49009 (Oshtemo Twp). Keep in mind that there is a mas­sive amount of con­struc­tion still in progress at the US-131/Stadium Drive interchange/bridge with some ramp closures.