Motor City Radio Club - W8MRM

Club News

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  • 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. 

  • 03/15/2020 19:25 | Woody Kirkman (Administrator)

    GREENE CTY SHERIFF: Just received word that the 2020 Dayton Hamvention has been cancelled.

  • 03/13/2020 10:27 | Woody Kirkman (Administrator)

    The Ham Radio VE Test session scheduled for Saturday, March 14th has been canceled due to health concerns.

    Woody Kirkman N8MWQ

  • 03/13/2020 07:59 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    The general membership meeting and Skywarn training for tonight have been canceled.

  • 02/29/2020 18:12 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    The club was contacted by the estate of K8SGI. They are having an estate sale on March 5, 6 and 7. As part of the sale there are a number of ham radio items that some of you may be interested in. 

    Here is a link to the sale

    Take a look at some of the pictures and see if there is anything you would like. 

    Lets help this family find good homes for all of their fathers treasured gear.

    -73 KD8HFX

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