Annual Meeting Reminder — January 2015 (Elections)

Just a reminder, the monthly  Gen­eral Mem­ber­ship meet­ing is this Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 15, 2015, at the South­west Michi­gan Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Red Cross, (just a name change — same place where all monthly meet­ings are held!) . The Jan­u­ary meet­ing also dou­bles as the KARC “Annual Meet­ing”, where elec­tions will be held to fill 3 posi­tions whose terms are expiring.

Mem­ber­ship Dues for 2015 were due in Octo­ber and must be paid by/prior to the elec­tions to be eli­gi­ble to vote. (There will be time at the meet­ing prior to the election).

Doors should be open by 6:30 PM, and the meet­ing will begin at 7:00 PM.

There will also be time to make any addi­tional nom­i­na­tions for indi­vid­u­als to join the Board of Direc­tors for the next 2 years. (Nom­i­na­tions can only be made with the nominee’s con­sent) Per the club bylaws, these are elec­tions TO THE BOARD, NOT to spe­cific posi­tions. The offi­cers will be elected by the Board mem­bers them­selves at the first Board of Director’s meet­ing for the new year, sched­uled for Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 20, 2015, also at the Red Cross.

If you have any ques­tions, please con­tact one of the club offi­cers. They may be emailed through the links on the “Offi­cers” page of this site, or click HERE.

PRB-1 Contact Governor Snyder’s Office

Greetings to the hams of Michigan: 
As you know, both the Michigan Senate and the House of Representatives
have unanimously passed Senate Bill 493, which is known to the hams of
Michigan as the “PRB-1” bill. Our bill was passed on the last day
of the legislative session and is now in the Governor’s office for
his consideration and hopefully his signature.
If we cannot get this bill signed by Governor Snyder, the bill will die
and we will be faced with having to start all over again in the 2015 –
2016 legislative cycle. I know that many of us have worked very hard to
get our bill to this point and now we need to push it over the top. 
Here is where we come in. We need to contact the Governor’s Office of
Constituent Relations in two ways: at the Governor's website and by
Our message is simple: “I respectfully encourage Governor Snyder to
sign SB 493.” 
This message needs to be sent via the Governor's website at: 
This web site will take you a form to be filled out. Easy to do and
painless. No need to compose your comments. Simply use the provided
By telephone at 517-335-7858, simply tell the person answering the
phone “This is (your name) and I am a resident of (your city, town,
village, or township) and I respectively encourage Governor Snyder to
sign Senate Bill 493.” 
This is the same message sent by two methods. Both are equally
Don’t forget to take advantage of the “family plan”. Encourage
your family members that are of voting age to follow this process.
Generally speaking, we can greatly expand our impact by asking family
members and friends to follow the same procedure. 
Please spread the word. Send this out on your Facebook page and to your
club members and to your ham friends. 
Time is of the essence and preferably we would like to blanket both the
website and the telephone lines on Monday, December 29. If you cannot do
this on Monday, then do it on Tuesday. If you can’t do it on Tuesday,
then do it on Wednesday. The important thing is to visit the website
and fill out the form and to make that phone call. It is do or die for
our bill. 
Please send a short email to wa8qje [at] arrl [dot] net and to wb8r [at] arrl [dot] org to
advise us that you have taken these steps and how many non-ham family
members and friends did the same. 
Thank you once again for all of your efforts to get this important bill
signed into law.
Larry, WB8R
Michigan Section Manager 
ARRL Michigan Section
Section Manager: Larry Camp, WB8R
wb8r [at] arrl [dot] org

Urgent PRB-1 Update and Final Push to the finish line

Please read BOTH requests con­tained herein!!

Thank you again for your inter­est in this very impor­tant project, and please acknowl­edge your fel­low men and women Hams who have put end­less hours of effort into this under­tak­ing. Please take a look at for the back­ground and addi­tional infor­ma­tion on Michigan’s “grass roots” effort to advance our com­mu­ni­ca­tion abil­i­ties not only for the bet­ter­ment of our hobby in gen­eral, but more impor­tantly, to improve our abil­i­ties to pro­vide assis­tance to our fam­ily, friends, neigh­bors and the pub­lic in gen­eral in their time of need!

Thank you for being there!

Chip Locke

Hol­lis B. Locke II, WB8ALW
Michi­gan ARRL Sec­tion Affil­i­ated Club Coor­di­na­tor
ARRL, the national asso­ci­a­tion for Ama­teur Radio™
(H) 269.216.9999
© 269.998.8122
WB8ALW [at] ARRL [dot] Net


Urgent PRB-1 Update and Final Push to the fin­ish line

Greet­ings to the Hams of Michigan:

On the morn­ing of Decem­ber 9, 2014, the Michi­gan House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Energy and Tech­nol­ogy Com­mit­tee held a hear­ing on SB 0493 with a sub­se­quent roll call vote. The results of that vote was a unan­i­mous pos­i­tive vote and SB 0493 has been reported out of Com­mit­tee favor­ably to the House floor for the bill’s third read­ing and a vote in the days ahead. This unan­i­mous vote matches the unan­i­mous votes our bill received in the Sen­ate Com­mit­tee and the Sen­ate floor.

After the vote on the House floor, if suc­cess­ful, the last stop on this long jour­ney is the Governor’s Office!

I am ask­ing that every­one send another let­ter (below) to their Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in a final push to com­plete our task at hand. Even if you have sent a let­ter (s) pre­vi­ously, now is the time to send it again in order to accom­plish our goal. More let­ters just empha­size how impor­tant this issue is to the hams of Michigan.

If you would like some PRB-1 back­ground, you can visit our web­site at

You can find your Representative’s email address here:

Once you have copied his or her email address, open your email pro­gram and paste the address of your Rep­re­sen­ta­tive into the TO: line.

Then in the CC: line, enter these two email addresses; wb8r [at] arrl [dot] org and wa8qje [at] arrl [dot] net.

Copy and paste the let­ter below into the email body, make the nec­es­sary adjust­ments to get your Representative’s name and address (find that info on their web­site) and then put your infor­ma­tion at the bot­tom of the letter.

Review to make sure all is com­plete and click ‘Send’.

We have this last push to get us over the top! Please help your ham and non ham friends to send a let­ter. Get your spouse and vot­ing age chil­dren to email a let­ter as well. We need to let our rep­re­sen­ta­tives know that we want them to vote yes on this bill.

One last thing: Please accept my per­sonal thanks for all of your sup­port and efforts over the many years that we have been work­ing hard to get where we are today.



Larry Camp, WB8R
ARRL Michi­gan Sec­tion Manager

ARRL, the national asso­ci­a­tion for Ama­teur Radio™
(H) 517.278.0406
© 517.617.4883
wb8r [at] arrl [dot] org
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The Hon­or­able [First Name, Last Name]
[City, State, Zip]

Re: SB 0493

Dear Rep­re­sen­ta­tive [Last name]:

As your con­stituent, I urge your sup­port for SB 0493.

This bill was recently assigned to the House Energy & Tech­nol­ogy Com­mit­tee and in a Com­mit­tee hear­ing on Decem­ber 9, 2014 the bill was passed unan­i­mously out of Com­mit­tee. The his­tory of this bill is unan­i­mous pas­sage in both Sen­ate Com­mit­tee and the Sen­ate floor and now the House Com­mit­tee as well. There is very broad sup­port for SB 0493. The next step is the House floor in the next few days.

Here are some of the details of the rea­sons for this bill:

The pro­lif­er­a­tion of cell phone tow­ers has moti­vated county and munic­i­pal
gov­ern­ments to become increas­ingly aggres­sive in restrict­ing the erec­tion of
com­mu­ni­ca­tion struc­tures. Rec­og­niz­ing this issue, the Fed­eral
Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (FCC) issued a rul­ing in 1985 enti­tled PRB-1,
which states that local author­i­ties must “rea­son­ably accom­mo­date”
res­i­den­tial ama­teur radio sta­tion instal­la­tions. Unfor­tu­nately, local
plan­ners and zon­ing offi­cials do not typ­i­cally con­sider fed­eral rul­ings and
gen­er­ally focus on state laws. Cur­rently, thirty other states, includ­ing
Wis­con­sin, Illi­nois, Indi­ana and Ohio have addressed this issue by cod­i­fy­ing
the pro­vi­sions of PRB-1, (Ama­teur Radio Pre­emp­tion, 101 FCC 2d 952), into
state statutes. At this time PRB-1 has not been cod­i­fied into Michi­gan
state statute.

Your sup­port for SB 0493 will address this issue in the State of Michi­gan,
ensur­ing that in times of need ama­teur radio oper­a­tors will be able to
com­mu­ni­cate effec­tively. For over 100 years, Ama­teur Radio has pro­vided
emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tions to the pub­lic in times of nat­ural and other
dis­as­ters. All of our time, equip­ment, and effort dur­ing such times are
gladly donated by Ama­teur Radio vol­un­teers. It is with­out cost to the cit­i­zens of Michigan.

In 2013, ama­teur radio oper­a­tors pro­vided vol­un­teer hours to the cit­i­zens of the
State of Michi­gan worth $2,700,000. Help us to ensure that this crit­i­cal
method of com­mu­ni­ca­tions is avail­able when it is most needed.

I ask you seri­ously to con­sider the fol­low­ing in your deci­sion to sup­port SB

This is not an attempt to set new legal prece­dent or give Michi­gan hams
priv­i­leges not already sup­ported by FCC reg­u­la­tions. This bill sim­ply
assures that Michi­gan state law reflects the fed­eral rules regard­ing Ama­teur
Radio Sta­tions. Con­se­quently, any local county, city or other munic­i­pal
gov­ern­ment cre­at­ing ordi­nances regard­ing antenna restric­tions, radio
fre­quency power lim­its or reg­u­lat­ing ama­teur radio sta­tions will be made
aware that a fed­eral rule exists. These enti­ties can then use this rule as
a guide with­out spe­cific or addi­tional restric­tions being placed upon them.
The finan­cial impact of SB 0493 has been deter­mined to be neu­tral to both
state and local governments.

Your lead­er­ship is imper­a­tive and is respect­fully requested on this
impor­tant issue. Please sup­port this com­mon­sense leg­is­la­tion and advise me of
your opin­ion on this impor­tant issue. Thank you for your time and
con­sid­er­a­tion of this request.

With sin­cere appreciation,

[Writ­ten Signature]

[First, Last Name], [Call­sign]
[City, State, Zip]
[Tele­phone Num­ber, if desired]
[email address, if desired]

(Of all the com­mu­ni­ca­tions that we have done in the past, this one is the most impor­tant. Thank you for your efforts and hard work. Let’s push this one over the top!)

Decem­ber 12, 2014

Greet­ings to the Hams of Michigan:

On the morn­ing of Decem­ber 9, 2014, the Michi­gan House of
Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Energy and Tech­nol­ogy Com­mit­tee held a hear­ing on SB
0493 with a sub­se­quent roll call vote. The result of that vote was a
unan­i­mous pos­i­tive vote and SB 0493 has been reported out of Com­mit­tee
favor­ably to the House floor.

Pro­ce­du­rally, the next step is for the Major­ity Floor Leader to bring
our bill for­ward before the House for its sec­ond read­ing, which lays
the ground­work for the bill to have its third read­ing and sub­se­quent
vote by the mem­bers of the House. This is the last step before the
Governor’s desk for his signature.

While we gen­er­ally try to only con­tact Con­gress­men and Con­gress­women
that rep­re­sent us as indi­vid­u­als, there are times where we need to
focus all of our efforts on a group or on an indi­vid­ual. We did this
with a suc­cess­ful cam­paign to com­mit­tee mem­bers to encour­age action and
this is another time to focus our energy.

I am ask­ing that every­one email a let­ter (below-copy and paste into
your email pro­gram) to Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jim Sta­mas, who is the Major­ity
Floor Leader to ask him to bring SB 0493 for­ward to the House floor for
its 2nd read­ing and its sub­se­quent 3rd read­ing and a vote before the
house. In addi­tion, tele­phone calls will also be helpful.

If these actions do not take place, we will start all over again in the
new leg­isla­tive year. That is how impor­tant this call to action is.
Please send a copy of your let­ter to wb8r [at] arrl [dot] org and
wa8qje [at] arrl [dot] net.

We need all hams in Michi­gan to con­tact Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sta­mas by email
and tele­phone and he can be reached at:

Jim­Sta­mas [at] house [dot] mi [dot] gov

(517) 373‑1791
Toll Free: (800) 626‑8887

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Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jim Stamas

153 Capi­tol Build­ing
P.O. Box 30014
Lans­ing, MI 48909

Dear Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Stamas,

SB 0493 has been reported favor­ably out the House Energy and Tech­nol­ogy
Com­mit­tee and is wait­ing to be brought for­ward for its sec­ond read­ing
and its third read­ing and sub­se­quent vote by the mem­bers of the House.

This bill was unan­i­mously approved by the Sen­ate Energy and Tech­nol­ogy
Com­mit­tee, the entire Sen­ate, and again by the House Energy and
Tech­nol­ogy Com­mit­tee. This bill has broad sup­port and needs to come
forth for con­sid­er­a­tion and a vote in the House of Representatives..

I am ask­ing that you ensure that SB 0493 comes before the House in the
wan­ing days of the 2014 Leg­isla­tive session.

Thank you for your consideration,

[First Name Last Name] [Callsign]

[Address] [City, State, Zip]

[Email Address]

[Phone Num­ber] (if you wish)

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Of all the com­mu­ni­ca­tions that we have done in the past, this one is
the most impor­tant. Thank you for your efforts and hard work. Let’s
push this one over the top!

73,   Larry

Larry Camp, WB8R
ARRL Michi­gan Sec­tion Man­ager
ARRL, the national asso­ci­a­tion for Ama­teur Radio™
(H) 517.278.0406
© 517.617.4883
wb8r [at] arrl [dot] org

Call to Action — Senate Bill 0493

Decem­ber 3, 2014

To the hams of Michigan:

This mes­sage below from our State Gov­ern­ment Liai­son Ed Hude, WA8QJE is a call to action for what we hope will the last time for PRB-1 in Michigan.

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To my fel­low Michi­gan Ama­teur Radio Oper­a­tors,  As I write this,
Michi­gan Sen­ate Bill 0493 is sched­uled for a hear­ing on Thurs­day, Decem­ber 4, 2014, before the House Energy & Tech­nol­ogy Committee.   

I want to per­son­ally thank each and every one of you for writ­ing to the Com­mit­tee Mem­bers as well as your House Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for your District.

Once again I am urgently ask­ing for your help. We need each and every one of you to com­mu­ni­cate once again to your cur­rent State of Michi­gan House Rep­re­sen­ta­tive urg­ing them to vote for swift pas­sage of Sen­ate Bill 0493. 

I can­not empha­size how impor­tant your help is needed once again. I as well as your Sec­tion Man­ager Larry Camp and Com­mit­tee mem­bers have spent many hours, count­less tele­phone calls and vis­its with our elected offi­cials work­ing at get­ting Sen­ate Bill 0493 passed. 

Never before have we come this far. Please pass this notice on to every Michi­gan ama­teur radio oper­a­tor, to every ama­teur radio club, to your spouse, to your fam­ily, to short­wave radio enthu­si­asts and every­one
else that you know that is of vot­ing age.. 

Let’s get Michi­gan Sen­ate Bill 0493 passed now by writ­ing to your
Michi­gan House Rep­re­sen­ta­tive now! 

73, Edward Hude, WA8QJE

Michi­gan State Gov­ern­ment Liaison 

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Here is how to send cor­re­spon­dence to your Rep­re­sen­ta­tive:  In order
to make things eas­ier to locate and write your rep­re­sen­ta­tive, please
go to

Once there, click on Sam­ple Let­ters. Click on locate your
rep­re­sen­ta­tive which will take you to their web page where you can find their email address. 

On the same Sam­ple Let­ters page, you can find the text of a let­ter that
you can use by cut­ting and past­ing into your email pro­gram. Don’t for­get to include your Representative’s name and address and your name, call
sign and address. 

Please don’t delay in send­ing your let­ters out. Time is of the essence
as the last day of this leg­isla­tive term is Decem­ber 18. After that, we have to start all over again. We don’t know for sure when the floor vote will be held, so we want to max­i­mize the impact of our let­ters. We need to pull out all the stops here in order to get this project com­pleted for the hams of Michigan. 

I echo Ed’s thanks for all of your efforts and urge you to respond to
our request. 


Larry, WB8R
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ARRL Michi­gan Sec­tion
Sec­tion Man­ager: Larry Camp, WB8R
wb8r [at] arrl [dot] org

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2014 is December 6

SKYWARN Recog­ni­tion Day 2014 gets under way at 0000 UTC on Sat­ur­day, Decem­ber 6 (Fri­day, Decem­ber 5 in US time zones). This will be the 16th annual event. Co-sponsored by ARRL and the National Weather Ser­vice (NWS), the 24-hour event rec­og­nizes the vital pub­lic ser­vice con­tri­bu­tion that Ama­teur Radio oper­a­tors make while work­ing with NWS offices dur­ing severe weather events. It also is aimed at strength­en­ing the bond between Ama­teur Radio oper­a­tors and local NWS offices.

The vol­un­teer SKYWARN pro­gram com­prises nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spot­ters — many of them radio ama­teurs — who iden­tify severe storms and pro­vide NWS fore­cast­ers with reports of local weather con­di­tions dur­ing severe weather events. On SKYWARN Recog­ni­tion Day, Ama­teur Radio oper­a­tors visit National Weather Ser­vice offices and con­tact other sta­tions in the US and around the world. WX4NHC at the National Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter in Miami will be among the NWS sites on the air for the occasion.

SKYWARN Recog­ni­tion Day is not a con­test. The object is for sta­tions to exchange some basic infor­ma­tion with as many NWS sta­tions as pos­si­ble on 80 meters through 70 cen­time­ters (exclud­ing 1.25 meters). Repeater con­tacts are per­mit­ted. Sta­tions exchange call signs, sig­nal reports, loca­tions, and a one– or two-word descrip­tion of the weather at their respec­tive locations.

At KC0NWS in Kansas City, Mis­souri, SKYWARN Recog­ni­tion Day 2013 par­tic­i­pants included a mix of CW, phone, and PSK.

More than 70 ama­teur sta­tions are expected to be on the air from National Weather Ser­vice offices across the US, and some will use spe­cial event call signs. They will oper­ate on var­i­ous modes includ­ing SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. While work­ing dig­i­tal modes, these spe­cial event sta­tions will append “NWS” to their call signs (eg, N0A/NWS). It is sug­gested that a licensed non-National Weather Ser­vice vol­un­teer serve as a con­trol oper­a­tor for sta­tions set up at NWS offices.

The VoIP SKYWARN and Hur­ri­cane nets will par­tic­i­pate in SKYWARN Recog­ni­tion Day. The weekly VoIP SKYWARN/Hurricane Prepa­ra­tion Net will meet 1 hour ear­lier on Decem­ber 5, prior to the offi­cial start of SKYWARN Recog­ni­tion Day. The weekly net and net acti­va­tions for hur­ri­canes employ the EchoLink *WX-TALK* Con­fer­ence server Node #:7203 which is inte­grated with IRLP Reflec­tor 9219.

Addi­tional details about SKYWARN Recog­ni­tion Day are avail­able on the SKYWARN Recog­ni­tion Day web page.