Be sure to mark Saturday, July 30th on your calendars for the Central Michigan Amateur Radio Club’s 2016 “OUTDOOR” HAMFEST!! It will be a great time for Ham Radio, Computer, and Electronic equipment enthusiasts and their families! Once again, it’s going to be held at the Holt Christian Church located at 2424 Washington Road in Lansing, Michigan from 8am-1pm (Vendor set-up at 6am). Admission is only $4.00 per person, with kids 15 years and under getting in FREE! There will be VE testing available (starting at 11am with walk-ins welcome), a forum on Digital Communications, and a GOTA station. They have a lot of great prizes this year, as well, with the Grand Prize being a Yaesu FT-2900R/E Mobile 2-Meter Radio! They’ll also have lots of good FOOD hot-off-the-grill and plenty of cold drinks! And don’t forget to stop by the ARRL table and visit with Larry Camp/WB8R, our Michigan Section Manager! Everyone please be sure to come out and visit the CMARC’s 2016 “OUTDOOR” HAMFEST!! “We have everything, but the ROOF!!”

For any questions about the Hamfest, please contact Clyde Tompkins at (517) 489-2014 or k8cpt [at] qsl [dot] net, or you can always visit CMARC’s Club website at to download a colorful outdoor hamfest flyer

Download (hamfest-1.pdf, PDF, 479KB)

Lowell Amateur Radio Youth Club Hamfest – 2016

Saturday, July 16th, 8 A.M. to 12:00 Noon
Hamfest Location:
Lowell High School
11700 Vergennes St.
Lowell, MI 49331
Admission: $5.00
Elementary, Middle, & High School – Free

Advance Table Sales:
Two 5′ Tables & Admission: $12
One 5′ Table & Admission: $9
At the Door Table Sales:
Two 5′ Tables & Admission: $15
One 5′ Table & Admission: $12

Friday, July 15th: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 16th: 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
V.E. Exams at 10:00 a.m.:
Walk-ins welcome


Al Eckman
725 Bowes Rd Apt K6
Lowell, MI 49331
aeckman [at] lowellschools [dot] com
Refreshments sold
Drawing for a cash prize of $100
Tower Electronics
Sponsored by the Lowell Amateur Radio Youth Club: K8LHS

2016 Field Day Archive

Here is a video with some stats and pictures from 2016 Field Day for those who could not make it or those who want to relive the fun.

Dustin Thomas, N8RMA

Field Day 2016 is Here!

From your club President:

Hello fellow Hams,

Well you all probably know that Field Day is this weekend – one of the most if not THE most exciting events of the Ham Radio year!

We will be at Flesher Field on 9th Street in Oshtemo again this year.

Looks like we will have stations on 40 meter phone, 40 meter CW, 20 Meter Phone, 20 meter CW, 15 meter Phone and 75 meter Phone.  We will also have a VHF/UHF station and possibly a Get on the Air (GOTA) station.

There is still plenty of room for folks that want to help during all or part of the weekend.  We especially need some more folks to operate 75 meters during the night time hours and some CW operators at any time seemed like the biggest operating needs.

Saturday dinner will be a cookout with Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, and corn on the cob.  Bringing some side dishes to pass would be great.  This is also a good time for families or guests to join us.

Hope to see everyone make it out to Field Day whether for just a few minutes, a few hours or for the duration!

2016 KARC President
President [at] W8VY [dot] Org

See previous posts for links to map and further information!

Amateur Radio Field Day 2016 - Open To The Public!

Members of the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club and the Southwest Michigan Amateur Radio Team will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 25 – 26 at Flesher Field, 3664 S 9th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 in Oshtemo Township.

Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2015.

“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio.

“But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club and Southwest Michigan Amateur Radio Team, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Kalamazoo County and throughout Southwest Michigan.

For more information about Field Day, visit or email Info [at] W8VY [dot] Org