Motor City Radio Club

Club News

Post your news and and links here.  This is a great way of keeping people up to date on the latest happening in the club.

  • 12/13/2022 21:47 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    We received a message from a youth services librairan who was working with 10 - 14 year old children on a history project. They used our website for some of the resources and got the kids excited. The email from Evelyn is below. A student wanted to share a link on the history of the car radio.

    Please enjoy the letter from Evelyn. I'm adding the link to our club links page as well.

    I would just like to say a quick word of thanks! As a youth services librarian running a fun radio and broadcasting history class for 10-14 year olds, I've been able to get some great use out of your Amateur Radio Club's resource links lists during these times of remote learning. We were even able to use some of this information for our most recent group project! Thanks so much for sharing!

    I hope you don't mind, one of our youngest, Dylan has also asked me if I could share an article that he and his father found together recently on The History of the Car Radio with you, which includes a great timeline featuring the large-scale radio broadcasting boom of the 1920's, the invention of the first radio for military purposes, the form and function of early car radios, etc. I've included it below if you'd like to review!

    We noticed you didn't have this one listed yet, but Dylan was actually the one to bring up that this could be something you might like to include for others who may also come across your information and have an interest in radio history.

    If you find you're able to use this one, would you please let me know? We're meeting tomorrow and I would absolutely love to surprise Dylan if you are able to do so - I'm hoping to keep spirits up in light of the past few year's events and I think it would make him proud to know he was able to 'pay it forward' on a topic he's passionate about (we're big on this principle in our group) and maybe even show his father their contribution if it ends up being included.

    Thanks again for all your help here,
    Evelyn Williams

  • 12/13/2022 21:21 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    The results of the November Sweeps Inter-Club Challenge is in. 

    The challengers of K8SB N8KAM WB8AFO and KD8HFX did come out victorious in the challenge. That isn't to say that all of the participants weren't winners in the challenge that set for themselves. 

    Congratulations to John N8KAM for pulling down a clean sweep in Phone sweeps. 

    What is the next challenge to be? Can anyone say Michigan QSO Party?

    CW **** Phone
    Team 1 K8SB 79,920 K8SB 8,800
    N8KAM 12,654 KD8HFX 13,250
    N8KAM 42,000
    WB8AFO 4,020
    Totals 92,574 68,070 160,644
    Team 2 N8ZFH 11,600 AC8KD 12,192
    K8VA 11,520 K8THU 15,450
    KC8ZIQ 2
    KE8AQW 5,330
    N2WXD 390
    N8ZFH 30,530
    Totals 23,120 63,894 87,014

  • 12/13/2022 20:36 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    The Wyandotte Bacon Memorial Library and the Motor City Radio Club will present a series of 10 classes for the amateur radio technician class license.

    Classes will take place on Saturdays beginning January 21 thru March 25 2023.  10 am to 12 noon at the library.  Please note we will need a minimum of 6 students to hold these classes. 

    Please contact Bob Lawrence  at 313-629-4472 or e-mail to register.  You may also register by calling the library after January 1, 2023  There phone is 734-246-8357

    A test session will be on April 1 at 10:00 am at the library.

    The text for the class is the ARRL license manual.  Cost is $24.71  You may order the text when you register.

    I hope to hear from you.  Bob Lawrence  K8HV

  • 11/23/2022 14:29 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Join us for a night of friends and fellowship.

    Registration is OPEN

  • 10/15/2022 08:00 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Please welcome our new officers for 2022 -2023

    President Bob Cunningham W8RFC

    Vice-President Bob Lawrence K8HV

    Secretary Rena Bakitis KE8NKC

    Treasurer Craig Dunn N2WXD

    Congratulations to the new officers. We look forward to the next year and the great things to come.

  • 09/10/2022 15:20 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    From Mark W8MCW

    FERMIX (FERMI) EXERCISE Tuesday September 20, 2022 will start sometime after 9am (FEMA is running the drill)  and will be done before 2pm.

    How can you help?  Be available for check-ins on the Monroe K8RPT repeater 146.72  - 600 offset 100 Hz PL.

    Open to any licensed amateur radio operator who can reliability reach the Monroe repeater, from Downriver, you will need an outside antenna.

    Check-ins will occur every 15 minutes after the hour and 15 minutes before the hour. This will be a directed net, and operators should advise the net control station if securing your station.

    Please keep all net radio transmissions short and concise. The Monroe & Ida repeaters will not be available for normal amateur use during the drill.

    Upon check in you will be asked if you can be available for a SIMULATED assignment, you don’t have to do anything, other than to try to stay on the net.

    You may be told you are assigned to a location, remember THIS IS A DRILL, do not go to the location.

    So if you are around your radio Tuesday September 20, you are welcome to help out.

  • 09/10/2022 07:14 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Members, I'm please to share with you that we have a full list of nominations for the 2022- '23 class of MCRC board members. 

    For the office of President
    Bob Cunningham W8RFC

    For the office of Vice-President
    Bob Lawrence K8HV

    For the office of Secretary
    Rena Bakitis KE8NKC

    For the office of Treasurer 
    Dale Poblenz WA8FRD
    Craig Dunn N2WXD

    Elections will be held at the next General Membership meeting on October 14, 2022

  • 09/07/2022 20:51 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    I was asked to post the following list of items for sale from a silent key. 

    Ic706 mkiig with hand mike $300 add desk mike $350

    Ic 718 with desk mike $400

    Ic 730 with hand mike $50

    Kenwood tm-281 $60

    Rf concepts rfc 2-117 $70

    Simpson 260 with case $50

    Astron power supply rs20a $75

    Astron power supply rs 35a $90

    Heathkit sa2060a with manual $200

    Dawia cn720b    $50

    Dawia cn801       $50

    Dawia    140-525 mhz swr meter $50

    If you are interested in any of these items. Contact me and I'll pass along your interest to Jerry N8KUH. 

    - Jim

  • 07/19/2022 21:14 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Form club member Steve Rush - N8KFC has become a silent key. 

    He passed peacefully in his sleep. 

    No services 

  • 07/19/2022 21:07 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    It is with much sadness that we inform the members of the club that Donnie - KB8ZHL has become a silent key. 

    Memorial and obituary information can be found here 


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