W8VY Repeater Downtown Link Once Again Up and Running!

As of approx­i­mately 2:20 PM this after­noon, Thurs­day Novem­ber 20th,  the W8VY Repeater Down­town Link is once again on the air! The new link equip­ment was oper­a­tional for a few days some weeks ago, but needed some addi­tional adjust­ments, so was removed for fur­ther maintenance.

Try it out! 147.00 minus off­set and a CTCSS (PL) of 127.3hz

Thank you again to every­one involved in this project.

W8VY Repeater Downtown Link is Back!!

As of approx­i­mately 2 PM this after­noon, the W8VY Repeater Down­town Link is back on the air! The link was taken off the air months ago due to the demo­li­tion of the build­ing under it on the cam­pus of West­ern Michi­gan Uni­ver­sity, leav­ing a hole in cov­er­age for lower power trans­mit­ters any­where in the down­town val­ley area.

Another loca­tion was arranged, new equip­ment was pur­chased and installed, with the final piece of equip­ment (antenna) brought online this afternoon.

Thanks to Art Snap­per — NK8X, James “JeRB” Buchanan — K8WPI, Ron Schubot — N8CML, John Math­ieson — AC8JW, and Jack Price — KA8AOB for their com­bined con­tri­bu­tions in time, mate­ri­als and/or labor. (This list isn’t nec­es­sar­ily all-inclusive. Updates will be made as necessary!)

Try it out! 147.00 minus off­set and a CTCSS (PL) of 127.3hz

Thank you to every­one involved in this project.


UPDATE 10÷19÷14: The new down­town link is tem­porar­ily out of ser­vice from Octo­ber 19th until fur­ther notice, due to the need for some final main­te­nance and read­just­ment before being per­ma­nently returned to ser­vice!

HamFest 2014 Sunday!!

HamFest 2014 is this Sunday, October 19, our 32nd year.

Just think of the technology difference between then and now...!!!

The HamFest 2014 Workgroup is pleased to report that table sales are at 80% and we have added a few new vendors this year! Among them are SeeMe CNC 3D Printers, TechCare-TronLabs, The HAM-sters and  DEBCO Electronics. They join our veteran vendors, some of whom are Chicago Surplus, Electronic Assembly Equipment, Amateur Accessories, Grace Technology,  Dit and Dash,  and more. For links to these companies, click HERE to see the Kalamazoo HamFest 2014 Vendors list.

As of Wednesday evening, there are only 32 tables left!!

Don't wait, see KalamazooHamfest.com!!!

32nd Annual KALAMAZOO HAMFEST is October 19, 2014!!

Save the Date!

32nd Annual KALAMAZOO HAMFEST is October 19, 2014

Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairgrounds, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, Mi.

Featuring the Kalamazoo Makers Guild

 Ham Radio and electronics enthusiasts from the Great Lakes Region will converge at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds.  This year we are also featuring the Kalamazoo Makers Guild who will exhibit several of their current projects that promotes interest in Electronics.

The Hamfest sports over 20,000 feet of selling area and there is ample room for FREE trunk sales outside.

 As in recent years, the Hamfest follows the Antique Radio Show held the day before at the same location. Many of the vendors participating in the Antique Radio show stay, leaving their tables all set up and participating in the Hamfest on the 19th.

All tickets are just $5.00

DON’T forget to turn in your ticket stub to win a door prize.

VE testing will be at 10am, along with DXCC and WAS card checking.

Wonder if your radio is putting out full power? Have it checked on our test bench.

Forums this year are:

9:00 - 9:30     ARRL

9:30 - 11:00   HF Digital Radio

11:00 -12:00  Kalamazoo Makers Guild

  Contact us at:


info [at] KalamazooHamFest [dot] com

You can also give us a call at (269) 205-3560

ARRL Simulated Emergency Test Set for October 4 – 5 Weekend

(From NK8X, the Ama­teur Radio Pub­lic Ser­vice Corps’ Kala­ma­zoo County Emer­gency Coor­di­na­tor: ” Kalamazoo’s local S.E.T. exer­cise will be Sat­ur­day Octo­ber 4th, from 9:30am to 10:30am. Both Kala­ma­zoo and the State’s sce­nario will be cen­tered around unusual weather. The fol­low­ing fixed loca­tions should be staffed: EOC, Borgess, Bron­son, WMAC/MEDCOM, and the Amer­i­can Red Cross Chap­ter House. There will also be tasks for indi­vid­u­als that are not at these loca­tions. More infor­ma­tion should be forth­com­ing. 73, Art”)

The national ARRL Sim­u­lated Emer­gency Test (SET) is slated for the Octo­ber 4 – 5 week­end, although the win­dow for local and regional exer­cises is Sep­tem­ber 1 through Novem­ber 30 each year. All groups con­duct their events over the course of 48 hours. The SET is a nation­wide exer­cise in dis­as­ter response and emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tion, admin­is­tered by ARRL emer­gency coor­di­na­tors and net man­agers, in which vol­un­teers respond to a mock emer­gency or dis­as­ter, such as an earth­quake or hur­ri­cane. Mem­bers of the Ama­teur Radio Emer­gency Ser­vice (ARES), the Radio Ama­teur Civil Emer­gency Ser­vice (RACES), the National Traf­fic Sys­tem (NTS), SKYWARN, the ARRL Field Orga­ni­za­tion, and other groups work together to plan and develop sim­u­lated emer­gency and dis­as­ter sce­nar­ios, in con­sul­ta­tion with the var­i­ous served agen­cies that rely on radio ama­teurs dur­ing emergencies.

The SET gives vol­un­teer pub­lic ser­vice com­mu­ni­ca­tors the oppor­tu­nity to focus on their capa­bil­i­ties, strengths, and weak­nesses while inter­act­ing with NTS nets. It also pro­vides a pub­lic demon­stra­tion — to served agen­cies such as the Red Cross, state and local emer­gency man­agers, and the news media — of the value that Ama­teur Radio pro­vides. The SET helps radio ama­teurs gain com­mu­ni­ca­tion expe­ri­ence using stan­dard pro­ce­dures and a vari­ety of modes, under sim­u­lated disaster-response con­di­tions. Par­tic­i­pat­ing groups earn points toward an over­all SET score, adding a com­pet­i­tive com­po­nent to the activ­ity. Results are listed in QST (see pages 71 – 73 the July issue of QST for the 2013 SET results). Visit the ARRL Pub­lic Service/Field Ser­vices page and click on “SET Score Card” for an expla­na­tion of how points are earned.

Many ARES groups across the coun­try will be par­tic­i­pat­ing, and all ARES mem­bers are invited to sup­port the national SET and their local ARES group’s activity.

Dur­ing this year’s SET, par­tic­i­pat­ing ARES/NTS mem­bers can earn SET bonus points by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ARRL Cen­ten­nial QSO Party. Dur­ing the Octo­ber 4 – 5 SET week­end, ARES and NTS field mem­bers and appointees are encour­aged to get on the air and call “CQ Cen­ten­nial.” The exchange is sig­nal report, name, loca­tion, and your des­ig­na­tor. There will be a spe­cial bonus for groups that include Cen­ten­nial QSO Party par­tic­i­pa­tion. Each sta­tion mak­ing at least 5 con­tacts is worth an addi­tional 3 points toward  your group’s SET score. Those tak­ing part in a SET on another week­end may par­tic­i­pate on the national SET week­end and count it later (or sub­mit an amended SET report form).