February 19th KARC Meeting CANCELED!

Due to the cur­rent weather sit­u­a­tion, the Gen­eral Mem­ber­ship meet­ing sched­uled for Thurs­day evening the 19th, has been can­celed and resched­uled for next Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 26th. Same time, same place!

The monthly Board meet­ing is still sched­uled for next Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 24th at 6:30 PM, also at the Red Cross.

ARRL Field Day 2015 Field Day Packet Now Online


The com­plete 2015 ARRL Field Day packet is now online. There are no rule changes for 2015. Field Day 2015 takes place June 27 – 28.

Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful Cen­ten­nial QSO Party with on-the-air activ­ity at an all-time high, we are very excited for this year’s event and hope that indi­vid­u­als and clubs will carry their enthu­si­asm over to Field Day,” said ARRL Con­test Branch Man­ager Matt Wil­helm, W1MSW.

ARRL Field Day is the most pop­u­lar on-the-air event held annu­ally in the US and Canada. On the fourth week­end of June, more than 35,000 radio ama­teurs gather with their clubs, groups or sim­ply with friends to oper­ate from remote locations.

Par­tic­i­pants are encour­aged to reg­is­ter their Field Day oper­a­tions using the FD Site Loca­tor. Field Day gear will be avail­able by March 1.

If you have ques­tions about Field Day, e-mail, or call 860−594−0232.


W8VY 147.000 Repeater Downtown Link

Sev­eral peo­ple have reported issues with rapid key­ing of the repeater.  As a result, the Down­town link has been turned off until the exact source of the prob­lem can be found.


John AC8JW

2015 KARC Officers Elected

Annual elec­tions were held on the 15th of Jan­u­ary to fill 3 board posi­tions. Nom­i­nees were Fred Devries — AC8ED (Incum­bent), Bryan Staufer — KD8PXQ (Incum­bent), Don Batts — WE8UPJ, and Gary Thomp­son — KD8RMD.

When the votes were tal­lied, Fred and Bryan had been reelected, and Don Batts had made the board for the first time!

Gary, although you didn’t make it this time, thank you very much for your will­ing­ness to step up and get involved.

The annual elec­tions are to the board, but not to spe­cific posi­tions. The offi­cers are elected by the board mem­bers them­selves at their fol­low­ing meet­ing. The Jan­u­ary board meet­ing (post­poned until Feb­ru­ary 3rd due to weather!) resulted in the fol­low­ing offi­cer line-up for 2015:

The Board:

  Pres­i­dent  -  Fred DeVries  AC8ED

  Vice-President  -  Don­ald Batts  WE8UPJ

  Sec­re­tary  -  Bryan Staufer  KD8PXQ

  Trea­surer  -  Gary Wight­man  WA8MCD

  At large  -  Scott Lem­mer  KD8RCI

  At large  -  James “JeRB” Buchanan  K8WPI

  Trustee  -  John Tucker  WB8ZVV

Offi­cers can be con­tacted through the Offi­cers page on this site, at:


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.