Benzie County: Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC)
H e l l o and W e l c o m e
This site supports the efforts of amateur
Radio ARES/RACES operators in Benzie
County by providing a link and in-sight of
public service, communications
and disaster preparedness.
Armed Forces Day Crossband Communications Test
Set for Saturday, May 13
US Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard stations will participate in the annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Communications Test on Saturday, May 13. This annual HF communication interoperability event, sponsored by the Department of Defense since 1934, challenges Amateur Radio operators to contact military stations across the US.
The event marks the 66th annual Armed Forces Day (AFD), officially on May 20. The AFD Crossband Military-Amateur Radio event takes place a week earlier in order to avoid schedule conflicts with those attending Hamvention.
Radio amateurs will transmit on Amateur Radio frequencies and listen on military frequencies, while military stations will transmit on military frequencies and listen on Amateur Radio frequencies. The annual event tests two-way communication between radio amateurs and military stations (authorized under §97.111 of the Amateur Service rules). It features traditional military-to-amateur crossband SSB voice, CW, practice using legacy interoperability waveforms, and the opportunity for participating hams to utilize more modern military modes, such as MIL-STD Serial PSK and Automatic Link Establishment (ALE). Military stations and Amateur Radio stations are authorized to communicate directly on certain 60-meter interoperability channels — 5,330.5, 5346.5, and 5,371.5 kHz.
Select stations will transmit the Armed Forces Day message using Military Standard mode M188-110A. Amateur Radio operators may download software to receive the broadcast.
Shortwave listeners are welcome to participate. Complete details, including stations, times, and operating modes are on the US Army MARS website. Read more.
N2LAH, George has gone Silent Key April 17, 2017. More details read here.
04 on the Mountain
Benzie County running Fusion C4FM
Thanks to everyone that has supported and contributed to the repeater fund over the years. Benzie County repeater system is running Fusion digital /analog on 147.040 pl 114.8 (Crystal Mountain) and 442.600 (Benzonia) pl 100.0. A special Thanks to the Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians for Grants to complete this upgrade.
Read more about Yaesu fusion.
Check out the Alternate Power Page click here. We will expand this page with donations from those with knowledge of the subjects.
Not a Amateur radio operator or you have your amateur license but not your ARES/RACES certifications. Find out how to earn your license and certifications from the ARRL link above under training and join the Benzie County ARES/RACES team. Get Started here.
The Benzie County office of Emergency Management’s FaceBook Page Link click here
The Benzie County office of Emergency Management’s WebPage click here
2 0 1 7 A r e a H a m f e s t s
W8QQQ Area Hamfests click here
Feb Cherryland Hamfest
May 6 Cadillac ARC
May 19-21 Xenia Hamvention
Sep 19 Adrian ARC
Nov Fort Wayne
The photo on right shows all the fusion repeaters so far in the U.S.A. As of March 27, 2016 there are 1427
The map to the left shows the 43 fusion systems now in Michigan. Now 147.040 and 442.600 in Benzie County. The 146.86 and 444.400 in Traverse City, 444.725 Empire and 146.780 in Manistee are on the air with Fusion.
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