Motor City Radio Club - W8MRM

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  • 09/08/2017 21:02 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Nominations for the new club officers are in. For the October election you will be asked to vote for the following:

    President - Don K8THU

    Vice-President - Rick KE8BPZ

    Secretary - Denise KC8HDX or Chuck KI8CS

    Treasurer - Dale WA8FRD

    Be sure to be at the meeting in October to cast your ballot. 

  • 07/19/2017 20:44 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    If you are ordering from the ARRL please be sure to select to receive some free promotional filers. We can use these fliers to promote ham radio and the ARRL at our educational and testing sessions. 

    **** Instructions on getting fliers ****
  • 07/15/2017 08:18 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    The Brookhaven National Laboratory Amateur Radio Club is hosting a special event to celebrate the Lab's 70th Anniversary. It is also the 100th Anniversary of Camp Upton Army camp, the property on which BNL resides. The BNLARC will operate beginning Sunday, July 16, 2017 and continue through Saturday, July 22, 2017. A Schedule of operating times and frequencies will be listed on our Special QRZ page at A copy of the special certificate is also viewable on this page. A link will be provided on this page for all contacts to request an email containing the pdf certificate back to you. Give us some time to enter all log entries into the certificate database. 

    For any additional information or questions please email

    We are looking forward to working as many clubs as we can. The Laboratory is holding a special Summer Sunday open to the community to kick this off - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. We will be on the air during this time period to start our week-long special event station - K2BNL - Listen for us.

  • 06/27/2017 08:28 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Our friend and club member David W8DON has become a silent key. 

    Information can be found here

    Please keep his family in your thoughts. 

  • 04/20/2017 23:26 | Woody Kirkman (Administrator)

    You can now register for your 2017 Field Day T-Shirt and Friday night steak.  T-Shirts are $15.00 and Steaks are $5.00.

    Registration is available in the Event section under Field Day 2017 or by clicking on the link below.

    Order T-Shirts and Steak Here

  • 04/04/2017 21:18 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Ed Hare, W1RFI, - ARRL


    ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, has promised to give us the real "inside" information about what goes on in the ARRL Lab.  He has a presentation that is chock full of information about the day-to-day things that happen in Lab when nobody is looking. Ed claims that every word is true, even the tall tales, but some of them involve fishing, so we suspect that a few of them may be a bit, um... well... exaggerated. Ed tell us, however, that will tell a few tales that you will never read about in the pages of QST!  Much of the work of the Lab has lately been related to EMC and interference problems, so Ed will give us the insider view on the problems facing Amateur Radio and what is being done to try to address them.


    Ed Hare, W1RFI, is employed by ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio. After an industry career in product testing, he came to work at ARRL HQ in 1986.

    He started as ARRL’s "Product Review" test engineer, moved on to becoming ARRL’s "RFI guru" (notice his call!) and he now holds the position of Laboratory Manager. Over the years he has written quite a number of RFI articles, ranging from articles for QST and the "ARRL Handbook" to articles about the practical aspects of RFI that have appeared in professional trade journals.

    He is also one of the authors of the ARRL "RFI Book" and the author of the ARRL's book on RF exposure, "RF Exposure and You." He is very active holding a seat for Amateur Radio on various industry committees, serving as a voting membership on the IEEE EMC Society Standards Development and Education Committee, the ANSI accredited C63® EMC Committee as Chair of Subcommittee 5 on Immunity, and is the IEEE EMC Society Vice President of Standards, representing ARRL and the interests of Amateur Radio as industry standards are developed.

    He is a member of the IEEE Standards Association, the IEEE EMC Society and the Power Engineering Society. His personal operating interest is QRP CW, where Ed’s motto is …….. “Five Watts is a Lot of Power!”  He is presently doing work on HF using 10 milliwatts, reporting 30 states worked, all in the ARRL CW Sweepstakes.    Email:

    The meeting and dinner are free but, please register so we have an accurate count for the restaurant. 

    Register on-line at:

    Date: 20 April 2017

    Time: 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

    Al Ameer Restaurant

    2100 N. Haggerty

    Canton, Michigan 48187

  • 03/31/2017 19:26 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

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  • 03/28/2017 11:57 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    We have an official Field Day Location!

    Field Day 2017 will be at Centennial Farms on Grosse Ile! 

    We are very excited to have locked down a place to hold our event. The site looks amazing from the Google spy in the sky.

    Many many thanks go to Don K8THU for securing the location and working out all of the details. 

    Check out the Field Day blog for up to date news of interest. 

    73 - KD8HFX

  • 03/09/2017 10:53 | Woody Kirkman (Administrator)

    Due to the building being sold, the Ham Radio testing location has been moved from the Glenwood United Methodist Church to:

    First United Methodist Church

    72 Oak St

    Wyandotte, MI. 48192

    The church is located on the northwest corner of Oak and Biddle in Wyandotte.  Parking is on the north side of the church and is accessed from 1st. St.  Use the north entrance facing the parking lot.

  • 03/06/2017 21:16 | John Roberts

    It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Carl N8LLB.  

    On behalf of the Board of the MCRC  73 's Carl 

    the following is the obituary from the Monroe News 

    Carl H. Brinkmeier, age 90, of South Rockwood, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
    Born on May 9, 1926 in Monroe County, Michigan, he was the son of Carl and Anna (Woitzel) Brinkmeier. 
    On May 26, 1945 he married Madeline Campbell in St. John Lutheran Church, Waltz, Michigan.
    Carl was a farmer in the local area for 65 years, he also owned and operated Carls Airport on Sigler Road, had his pilot license for 65 years and was a Ham Radio Operator.
    He was a lifetime member of the Flat Rock Elks Lodge1731 and the Breast Bay Gun Club. He had a cottage in Rapid River were he loved to spend time camping and hunting. 
    Carl was preceded in death by his parents, wife and son, Thomas Brinkmeier.
    Surviving are his sons, John (Marjorie) Brinkmeier of Newport and James Brinkmeier of S. Rockwood, 5 grandchildren, Paul Brinkmeier, Bonnie Fallon, Jaime Brinkmeier, Jeff Jackson, Michelle Johnson; 6 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild and another one on the way.
    Friends may visit in the Arthur Bobcean Funeral Home, Carleton Chapel on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 1:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. 
    Funeral Services will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Rev. James Williams will officiate the service. Burial will be in Ash Cemetery, Ash Township, Michigan.
    In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the ProMedica Hospice. 
    Condolences @

    Published in Monroe News on Mar. 4, 2017


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