Motor City Radio Club - W8MRM

Club News

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  • 01/22/2019 17:18 | John Roberts
    The Motor City Radio Club regrets to share the news of the passing of Jim Baker  N8RWK

    Jim was an active member of the MCRC and Past President until retiring from Great Lakes Steel in 2001 and moving to the Jackson area. After moving to Jackson he wasted no time and became active in the ham radio community there, 

    Most notably the Cascades Amateur Radio Society where he was the current President and Net Manager

    The MCRC offers its condolences and prayers to the many family members, friends  and the Cascades Amateur Radio Society.. We will all miss Jim..

    Full obituary is available here:


  • 12/04/2018 20:16 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    If you haven't already, Check out the YouTube channel Mr. Carlson's Lab

    He does excellent videos on electronics and ham radio repair. I watched this video on repairing and modification of an FT-1000MP

  • 10/30/2018 21:10 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    We are doing the next simplex tonight. 

    Tune your radio to 147.24 

    Turn OFF your offset and turn OFF your PL tone and PL tone squelch. 

  • 10/12/2018 21:32 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    The ballots have been counted and I'm pleased to share with you the new board of the MCRC for 2018-2019.

     President:  Don Novak - K8THU
     Vice-President:  Rick Hardy - KE8BPZ
     Treasurer:  Dale Poblenz - WA8FRD
     Secretary:  Denise Keeler - KC8HDX

  • 10/09/2018 17:34 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Just a reminder to everyone who checks into the Tuesday night information net. The WY8DOT repeater has been removed from its normal location and is now set up in a temporary location. Due to the current location and height of the antenna; you will more than likely have to turn up your power or check in from something more powerful than an HT with a rubber ducky antenna. 

    Frequency and PL settings are all still the same. 147.24 + PL 100

    You will also notice that there is no courtesy tone at the end of a transmission.  There is a brief squelch burst that follows when someone unkeys from the repeater. 

    As there is also no digital voice recorder (DVR) on the temporary repeater; KD8HFX will be monitoring the repeater tonight, starting at 2000. If you wish to get a signal report give him a call. 


    PS - ECHO LINK is still up OR Members may also want to join us on the MCRC IRC chatroom

  • 10/02/2018 21:03 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Our magnetic car signs are in. We have 24 of them. They are going to be sold for $25 each or 2 for $40. KD8HFX will have them at the general membership meeting in October.

    Check out the Page 9 of the September Spark Gap for a picture of the magnetic sign.

  • 09/04/2018 21:06 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Sign the petition here

    NIST station WWV and sister stations are among the oldest radio stations in the United States, having been in continuous operation since May 1920. The station has transmitted the official US Time for nearly 100 years and is an instrumental part in the telecommunications field, ranging from broadcasting to scientific research and education. Additionally, these stations transmit marine storm warnings from the National Weather Service, GPS satellite health reports, and specific information concerning current solar activity, and radio propagation conditions. These broadcasts are an essential resource to the worldwide communications industry. This petition requests continued funding of these stations be maintained into the 21st century and beyond to ensure future operations.

  • 08/17/2018 14:04 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    The MCRC Birthday Special Event Station is going to be an exciting way of celebrating the clubs 86th birthday. 

    Rick KE8BPZ has been kind enough to host club members at his QTH for the event. If you are interested in operating the W8MRM Special Event Station please register with this link.

  • 08/17/2018 11:24 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    We have a new list of equipment for sale in the members swap section of the website. 

    Check it out. Items for Sale


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