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)

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).

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.