2016 KARC Board of Directors Announced!

The 2016 KARC Board of Directors line-up was determined at the Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 26. The results are as follows!

PresidentDavid MossKE8DI
Vice PresidentDon BattsWE8UPJ
SecretaryGary ThompsonKD8RMD
Treasurer/MembershipDustin ThomasN8RMA
TrusteeJohn TuckerWB8ZVV
Member-At-LargeFred DevriesAC8ED
Member-At-LargeJim “JeRB” BuchananK8WPI

We would like to recognize the effort and commitment shown by our outgoing Board members, Scott Lemmer – KD8RCI, Bryan Staufer – KD8PXQ and Gary Wightman – WA8MCD, and thank them for all of their work and investment in our club and the area Amateur Radio community. Thank you!! Thank you also to our immediate Past President, Fred Devries – AC8ED, who will be finishing his term as one of the two Members-At-Large.  To email any of the current officers, click HERE or on the Officers tab above.



January 2016 Annual Elections/Meeting

From Membership Secretary, Scott-KD8RCI:

Please do not forget this Thursday January 21, 2016 is the monthly KARC meeting.  We will have a guest Speaker, Luis Ortiz – K8EME, speaking on Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) communications.  This should prove to be very educational!  We will also be having elections, your dues must be paid prior to the election in order to vote or run for a position.  If you are not sure if you’ve paid please check with me (KD8RCI – KD8RCI [at] W8VY [dot] Org).  Hope to see you there.


The Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club would like to invite anyone interested in Amateur (or Ham!) Radio to attend one of our regular monthly meetings. There you can meet someone you might have spoken with on the repeater, get more information about becoming a “Ham” radio operator, or just learn more about the hobby from a presentation given at the meeting. We meet on the third Thursday of every month at 7 PM (6:30 PM if you’d like to socialize!) at the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross, 5640 Venture Ct. in Kalamazoo.

HamFest 2016 Workgroup Meeting

From Ed Halcomb – KD8WAV, HamFest 2016 Chair:

The next HamFest Workgroup meeting will be held at the American Red Cross building in Kalamazoo on February 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM. These meetings are open to all members of the sponsoring clubs, the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club and the Southwest Michigan Amateur Radio Team. Any/all constructive input is welcomed! Questions may be directed to Ed at KD8WAV [at] KalamazooHamFest [dot] Org. Hope to see you there!


W8VY 147.00 Repeater Operational

From NK8X:

The repeater has been repaired and has run for more than 12 hours without a problem.

Therefore, ARES/RACES/Skywarn ops will return to this repeater. (if necessary)


1. Net tonight at 7:30. It would be a good idea to test the Richland and Downtown inputs when you check in.

2. There is a possibility of high wind tonight after 11pm. Power outages are expected, although trees without leaves are much less of an issue than if this occurred during the summer.

Art NK8X

W8VY 147.00 Repeater Issue

Per Art Snapper – NK8X,

The 00 repeater has a transmit audio problem. Possibly a controller issue.

Any ARES/RACES/Skywarn traffic will be on the 147.04 repeater until further notice.