Amateur Radio Licensing Classes 2014

The Kala­ma­zoo Ama­teur Radio Club will once again be con­duct­ing classes for the entry level (Tech­ni­cian) license into the Ama­teur Radio Ser­vice (or “Ham” Radio!), as well as a Gen­eral Class License course for those wish­ing to upgrade!.

“The Ama­teur and Amateur-satellite ser­vices are for qual­i­fied per­sons of any age who are inter­ested in radio tech­nique solely with a per­sonal aim and with­out pecu­niary inter­est. These ser­vices present an oppor­tu­nity for self-training, inter­com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and tech­ni­cal inves­ti­ga­tions.” (FCC Ama­teur Radio Ser­vice Home Page)

A Technician class and a General class will be offered concurrently, on Tuesday nights at the Red Cross. First class will be September 23, 2014, and the last class will be December 2, 2014. (There will be no class November 25 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.) Classes will begin at 7:00 pm. The Technician class will run to 9:00 pm, and the General class will run to about 9:30 pm. There will be a testing session at the Red Cross on December 9, 2014. Classes will be conducted in the lower level of the Greater Kala­ma­zoo Area Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Red Cross, at 5640 Ven­ture Ct., Kala­ma­zoo, MI (Oshtemo Town­ship) (map)


For fur­ther infor­ma­tion and REGISTRATION, click HERE (W8UH.Net)

September 22nd HamFest 2014 Meeting Reminder

The second HamFest 2014 meeting for September will be held Monday evening, September 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the American Red Cross, 5640 Venture Ct. in Oshtemo.

HamFest 2014 is less than 1 month away!

We can always use additional volunteers to help ensure the continued presence of the Kalamazoo HamFest! It's YOUR event! YOUR investment of time and effort will directly affect the benefit to YOUR Amateur Radio community!

Details at

The following evening,the KARC Board of Directors has their monthly meeting at the same location! Meeting begins at 6:30.

S.M.A.R.T. Changes Meeting Location

The Southwest Michigan Amateur Radio Team has elected to change their monthly meeting location from The Blue Dolphin Restaurant to:

The Crew Family Restaurant & Bakery located at 3810 East Cork Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan, near Sprinkle Rd.

For further information on the restaurant, including menus, go to:

Busi­ness por­tion of the meet­ing still begins at 8:30 AM. Mem­bers begin to arrive as early as 7:30 for vis­it­ing and early break­fast order.

Radio Scouting Webinar

(From Jim Wil­son, K5ND at the K2BSA Blog: )

The World Wide Radio Operator’s Foun­da­tion has announced a webi­nar titled “What is Radio Scout­ing and Why Does it Mean to Me?” It is sched­uled for Sep­tem­ber 17 at 9 PM EDT. You can reg­is­ter at

Jim Wil­son, K5ND, will be dis­cussing all things Radio Scout­ing from JOTA to the Radio Merit Badge to the Ama­teur Radio Oper­a­tor Rat­ing Strip. The audi­ence is pri­mar­ily ama­teur radio oper­a­tors within an inter­est in con­test­ing. So Jim will  also talk about how to get on the air and engage in con­ver­sa­tions with the Scouts dur­ing JOTA weekend.

Plan to attend. The webi­nar will also be recorded and posted on the WWROF  (World Wide Radio Oper­a­tors Foun­da­tion) web­site. We’ll pro­vide a link when it is available.


Summits-On-The-Air Weekend — Sept 13 & 14 2014

September 13th & 14th is the annual "Summits-on-the-Air" 2014 Activity Weekend

North America SOTA Activity Weekend is a casual event involving tiny battery-powered radios on mountain summits. It is not a contest but is intended to introduce "Summits on the Air" to newcomers with home stations who try to work summit operators during one or two days. There are no rules regarding power levels, modes or number of bands worked, but please be courteous when more than one station is trying to talk to a SOTA operator on a summit. The SOTA operators have just climbed mountains as high as 14,000 feet; they use low power; and they don't receive on split frequencies.

Check to spot who is on which mountain. Summits are numbered, and you can hover your cursor over the number to see the name and point value for each summit. Expect the website to show activity near 7.032, 7.185, 10.110, 14.342, 18.095, 18.155, 21.350, 24.905, 24.955, 28.420, 146.52, 446.00, and 61 Khz up from the bottom of 20, 15 and 10 meters CW. Participants are invited to collect points toward certificates and trophies offered by the twelve-year-old international SOTA group ( As we learned in past years, this is a barrel of fun for both hill climbers and home operators. See you then.

Also see the SOTA North Amer­ica Yahoo Group