Motor City Radio Club - W8MRM

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  • 04/29/2020 17:31 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    This week we are going talk antennas. Kimball has some intersting and informative information for us. What is it??? You will need to join us to find out.

    Topic: Learn A Thing Wednesday

    Time: April 29 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 789 523 1132

    If you plan to attend, please drop me a note via email. KD8HFX(at)


  • 04/19/2020 17:55 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    We've posted some great new items in the Member Swap section of the website. 

    • 2 HT kits that include 2m amplifiers. 
    • A single 2m amplifier
    • 2 scanners, great for creating a APRS node
    • An Icom 2m mobile rig that is in amazing condition. Great for a backup radio or to get you started. 

    If you are interested in any of these items please contact me via email KD8HFX(at)

    In an effort to minimize contact during the C-19 outbreak we will be asking you to pay via the website. A no contact exchange of goods can be arranged after payment.

  • 04/14/2020 13:45 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Reminder for everyone that this weekend is the Michigan QSO party. 

    We have some info posted on the events page

    If you are going to work the party, please visit the events page and register. That will help us know who participated. 

    73 - KD8HFX

  • 04/14/2020 13:10 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    This week we are going to try some hands on PSK31 operation. We are going to attempt to receive some PSK 31 on 10m. If you're set up for it we will make some simple and quick QSOs. 

    Topic: Learn A Thing Wednesday

    Time: April 15 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 789 523 1132

    If you plan to attend, please drop me a note via email. KD8HFX(at)


  • 04/05/2020 09:37 | Kimball Williams

    The following courtesy of Daniel Mouer Wa4GSD of the Long Island CW Club.

    Temporary Ham Radio Q-Codes for our times:

    QLD: I am locked down.
    QUA: I am quarantined.
    QPD: I am in the middle of a pandemic.
    QTP: I have toilet paper. Want to trade for a new car?
    QFC: I am flattening the curve.
    QHG: I need a hug.
    QSH: I am sheltering in place.
    QHS: I have hand sanitizer. Want to trade for two new cars?
    QSD: I am observing social distancing.
    QCV: I hate Coronavirus.

  • 04/01/2020 19:58 | Kimball Williams


    From Ralph Katz, AA8RK, Public Info Coordinator for ARRL Mi Section, ARRL:

    A sample of some social nets in Southeast MI:

    how often         EDT        Freq City Description
    Daily 10:00 146.960     Ann Arbor FM net on W8RP repeater
    Daily 14:00 443.500  Ann Arbor Statewide DMR net on Brandmeister 3126
    Daily 19:00 146.960  Ann Arbor FM net on W8RP repeater
    Thursday 20:00 146.960  Ann Arbor FM Maker net on W8RP repeater
    Daily 19:30 28.310  Hazel Park SSB rag chew
    Tuesday 20:00 145.450  Chelsea FM Net on WD8IEL repeater

  • 03/25/2020 19:07 | Lawrence VanBelle

    Bob K8HV was taken by ambulance to Wyandotte Hospital with difficulty breathing earlier this week. For privacy sake I will not share explicit details.

    He was NOT diagnosed with COVID-19. and was treated and responded very well to treatment.  I was able to get him all of the well wishes that were expressed on the 24MAR20 Net. I will update as I have more information.

    28MAR20 update, Bob is still in Wyandotte Hospital still recovering, I have not heard that he has been moved out of ICU. He is reported as being in good spirits.

  • 03/23/2020 16:23 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    I'm going to try and hold a 1 hour learning session each Wednesday. This week topic will be related to using some of the little used features of the website. 

    Topic: Learn A Thing Wednesday

    Time: Mar 25, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 789 523 1132

    I'm looking for other interesting topics that we can go over. Please email me your ideas or if you are interested in presenting something. 

  • 03/20/2020 14:34 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Your board met yesterday via a video conference call. In attendenace was 

    W8BJZ - John - President
    AC8KD - Bruce - Vice-President
    W8RFC - Bob - Parliamentarian
    KD8HFX - Jim - Trustee

    K8HV - Bob - Chair of Education Committee

    The focus on the meeting was dealing with the current Covid-19 situation and how to keep members engaged. A few points to take away from the discussion. 

    ALL General Membership meetings, board meetings, and breakfasts for the month of April are CANCELED. 

    The board will begin meeting every other Thursday via web conference for a quick status report and to discuss the changing situation. 

    We are looking for ways to continue to engage members and potential members. The following ideas were discussed

    • Continuing the General class instruction via the repeater or simplex
    • Club participation in the Michigan QSO party 
    • Continuing the nightly informal check in net. Each night between 1900 and 2100 hours. 
    • Weekly web casts on ham related topics. First one will possibly be a work session for FT-8 or other digital modes.

    As of right now the FOX HUNT for May is still ON. You can look for some potential changes to the rules and how the hunt will operate as we won't be meeting for breakfast prior to the hunt.

    73 - KD8HFX

  • 03/17/2020 19:38 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    As we are all dealing with the prospect of a few weeks in semi-isolation. It is important for our mental health to keep in contact with friends. We are asking that members take some time each night between 1900 and 2100 to sit in front of their radio and put out a {My Call} Listening there is a chance that someone out there needs a bit of social interaction. Have a five or ten-minute rag chew. Make sure your fellow ham is doing well. This isn't a formal net. It is an opportunity to connect and make this time of isolation a little less lonely.

    I'm going to due my best to be at the radio for some part of each night. Hope you will find some time to do the same. 


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