February 2018 Meeting – MI Public Safety Comm System

Join us for the February meeting of the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club at the Red Cross Chapter House on Thursday, February 15 at 7 p.m.

Al Melon (N8KLI) of the State of Michigan DIT will speak about the Michigan Public Safety Communication System (MPSCS) and the public safety radio network on 800 MHz. This is the “largest in the U.S.”

Skywarn Training – Kalamazoo/Calhoun Counties

Skywarn Training for Spring 2018 will be held on Saturday, February 24 from 10 a.m. until noon at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek. There will not be training in Kalamazoo this winter or spring. If you have questions, contact our Emergency Coordinator, Gary Wightman wa8mcd@w8vy.org Ask about ride sharing. You do not need to be a ham to participate.

LoST 2018 Schedule Released

The LoST or Line of Sight Team Schedule for 2018 has been created. You can download it Here. LoST is an event held on Wednesday evenings to practice portable and emergency communications techniques. Hams deploy to various locations throughout Kalamazoo County and use portable equipment to “check-in” to the Kalamazoo County Public Service Corps Net.

Technician Amateur (Ham) Radio Licensing Class

If you are interested, or know someone who is interested, in learning material for Technician Amateur Radio Licensing (entry level ham radio licensing), please contact John Tucker (WB8ZVV) either by email wwb8zvv@gmail.com or phone (269-324-9085) leaving a message after the generic “no one home” message if John does not answer the phone.

The class will be held at the SW Michigan Red Cross Chapter in Kalamazoo, MI. It will be taught in the traditional format for a couple of hours on Tuesday nights from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm starting September 24 and running until December 10. Students may take the official licensing test (all multiple choice questions) on December 10.

Contact John if you or someone you know is interested in the class. Also contact him if you have questions about amateur (ham) radio, licensing, or the class.

If you have questions about our club, its activities and events, do not hesitate to use the email addressed secretary@w8vy.org

September 2019 Meeting – DX Engineering Contesting Skype Presentation

oin us for the September meeting of the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club at the Red Cross Chapter House on Thursday, September 19 at 7 p.m.

Our club offers a special live Skype presentation and interaction with DXengineering owner Tim Duffy (K3LR). We will hear about amateur radio contesting and Tim’s world famous Contesting Station (K3LR).

You and other club members and friends are invited to this event. The event is FREE.

Please pass the word about our club and this meeting to your friends. We post information about events on W8VY.ORG and on our Facebook page Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club (click on Events). We also have a calendar on our website.

If you have questions about our club, its activities and events, do not hesitate to use the email addressed secretary@w8vy.org

Volunteers Needed for Custer’s Last Stand Bike Race

The Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club has decided to support this bicycle racing event.

The race is scheduled for Saturday, October 5 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. At Ft. Custer Recreation Area. You will need to have a park pass to enter the state park or an entrance fee will be charged.

We already have a list of volunteers, but need more. Volunteers should expect to support race checkpoints and other locations using HT radios on VHF/UHF simplex frequencies. If you would like to volunteer or need more information, please send email to president@w8vy.org.

Here is a map of the race course. Click on the link to see the Ft. Custer Race Map.

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February 2019 Meeting – DX Engineering Amplifier Skype Presentation

Join us for the February meeting of the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club at the Red Cross Chapter House on Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m.

Our club offers a special live Skype presentation and interaction with the DX Engineering staff. We will hear about amplifiers, how they work, amplifier characteristics and when to use them. The first 30 people that arrive and attend the presentation will get DXengineering hats. Join us at our gathering. Spread the word about the event and invite your friends.

September 2018 Meeting – Silent Auction & Fall Planning Meeting

Join us for the September meeting of the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club at the Red Cross Chapter House on Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m.

We are going to have a Members Only hamfest before the October hamfest to allow members a chance to purchase items from the old AVCOM trailer at the meeting. It will be a silent auction with a minimum bid on each item. Please bring cash or check. Sorry, we cannot accommodate credit or debit cards.

The meeting will also allow us to chat and plan for our fall meeting schedule.