Motor City Radio Club - W8MRM

Club News

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  • 02/28/2017 20:48 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    It is time to start taking signups for times to log and operate the W8GTZ station for Field Day 2017. 

    Below are two links, one for operating and a second for logging. Please select the times you wish to operate or log for the station. 

    Please keep in mind that because W8GTZ is the casual station, you may be asked to surrender your some of your time to a member of the public who wants to try amateur radio. This is an opportunity for you to share your knowledge and help the person make some contacts of their own. This station is here to have FUN and get people excited about the hobby we love. 

    Over the next few weeks Dale, WA8FRD, will be reaching out to select club members to ask them to commit times to operating out contesting station W8MRM. 

    Operate W8GTZ

    Logging W8GTZ

  • 02/16/2017 21:38 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    The first committee meeting for FD17 is scheduled for Thursday February 23rd at 7pm. We will meet at Joe's Hamburgers on Biddle in Wyandotte.

    If you want to be part of the committee please let me know

    -73 Jim KD8HFX

  • 01/30/2017 12:23 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    One of the locations we are investigating is the Metro Parks. We have started our conversations with them and one issue that came up is access to the park after hours. 

    The park officially closes at 10pm and does not open again until 7am. 

    For those of you who may wish to operate in those late hours would you be willing to tough it out for the entire time between 10pm and 7am or is this a deal breaker that would exclude using the Metro Park location?

    We need some feedback quickly!!! Please reply in the forum and or email me


    - 73 

    Jim - KD8HFX

  • 12/15/2016 19:29 | Woody Kirkman (Administrator)

    Obituary for Norman McAtee

    Norman McAtee, age 76, of Brownstown, passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
    Born on November 15, 1940 in Wayne, Michigan, he was the son of Vinton and Frances (Hartman) McAtee. On June 19, 1964 he married Cathie Lessard in the EUB Port Creek Church, Carleton, MI.
    Norman served in the U.S. Navy from June, 1959 to June, 1963.
    He was employed with Northwest Airlines for 33 years from January 9, 1964 until his retirement on October 1, 1997.
    Norman was a member of the First United Methodist Church Flat Rock, Motor City Radio Club and Flat Rock Kiwanis. He enjoyed family activities, fishing, traveling and games of chance.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers (Harlow and George).
    Surviving are his wife, Cathie McAtee of Brownstown; two daughters, Christine (Christopher) Kindred of Ocoee, FL and Carlene Pike of Brownstown; three grandchildren, Meghann, Elanor and Samuel of Ocoee, FL; brother, Phillip McAtee and sister, Ruth Claxton of Ypsilanti; three grand critters (Murphy, Penny and Libby).
    Celebration of life services will be held at First United Methodist Church, 28400 Evergreen St., Flat Rock on Saturday, December 17, at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Dana R. Strall will officiate the service. Cremation has taken place.
    In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory, may be made to: the First United Methodist Church Flat Rock, Michigan Heart Association or National Kidney Foundation. 

  • 12/08/2016 22:20 | Anonymous

    I Just received this email;


    This is Carla Pike, daughter of Norman McAtee (KB8EXV). I am sorry to have to tell you that Norman passed away earlier this week, on December 5 :( My parents were actually on the flight to Hawaii when it happened. My mom, Cathie, flew home today.

    He is being cremated in Hawaii and then sent back home. We are planning on a celebration of life service for Saturday, December 17. The service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 28400 Evergreen, Flat Rock, MI. We will be meeting with the pastor early next week to confirm the time. There will be a luncheon after the service, also at the church.

    I'll contact you again once the time of the service is decided. Please spread the word to let the other members of the radio club know. In lieu of flowers, the family would rather have donations go to the American Heart Association, the National Kidney Foundation, or to the First United Methodist Church of Flat Rock.

    Thank you,

    Carla Pike (daughter) &

    Cathie McAtee (Norman's wife)

  • 09/30/2016 09:56 | Dale Poblenz (Administrator)

    You must have your money in for the Club dinner by the next meeting.

    October 14, 2016

    The cost is only $20/person

    The dinner will be:

    November 12th  at Sportsmen’s Den on Sibley in  Riverview. Arriving  at 6:00pm, and serving dinner at 6:30pm. 

    Menu choices are:

    New York Strip Steak               

    Las Vegas Chicken

    Perch & Shrimp Combo             

    Shrimp Scampi

    Chicken Parmesan

    As expected, baked potato, vegetable, salad, garlic  bread, water, soft drink ,Iced Tea, & Coffee refills are included with your dinner.   



  • 09/24/2016 09:56 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    The proxy form for the October Elections are now available online. Simply print and complete the proxy form. Give the proxy form to your designated proxy. 

    Hope to see you all at the meeting on the 14th. 

  • 09/15/2016 16:49 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    We have been informed that Bill Riley W8KZP has become a silent key today. 

    Services will be Wednesday, 7pm at the Trenton Masonic Temple.

  • 09/13/2016 22:02 | John Roberts

    Hello, All Hams & Friends,


    Most of you should have received at least one notice from Brian Frost, who is Coordinating Radio Communications  for the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon, on October 15 (5K/Kids Run) and October 16 (Marathon/Half Marathons/Relay). Brain worked alongside Kevin Gilday last year.

    This is our biggest event of the year, and one the Kevin was most concerned with. Organizers are expecting 30,000 runners!   We need every possible ham, along with other volunteers who are comfortable using a radio.  Since we use commercial channels, operators do not have to be licensed hams, and we can supply the radios.


    I know some of you don’t like signing up for events, especially online.  So it is most important that we know who plans to attend either or both days.  The plan is to have the trailer down at MDOT, as in the past.  There are only a  few changes to the course (ex. away from the Greyhound station). There is also a need for course marshals – a good opportunity for non-radio friends and family to help alongside us..


    PLEASE – let us know as soon as possible if you plan to attend and which days. And if any friends or family will join you.  Also, it would help for me to get your shirt sizes. 

    Likewise, indicate if you have already, or plan to, sign up on the Marathon website:




    Thank you for responding promptly.

    Thank you to all of you who have already let me know, one way or another, whether you will be able to play.

    Sandy Allen, KD8UTR

     You can also e-mail John KC8CRK at

    Find out more about the Freep Marathon at:

  • 09/10/2016 08:44 | Deleted user

    The following members were nominated for MCRC officer positions:

    President -  Bruce Menning AC8KD

    VP -            Ralph Nagy KA8KGW

                      Bob Rehahn AC8DZ

                      Ray Shovoly N8SLJ

    Secretary - Gloria Harland KC8FVS

    Treasure -  Dale Poblenz WA8FRD


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