Benzie County: Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC)

 Hello and Welcome   



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.


Remember you can click on most pictures twice and you will get the full size edition.













Point Betsie on the air 2015 and Rob, W8REJ.  See the rest of the photo’s click here
















Field Day 2015 is now a pleasant memory.  From set up, the picnic and the Sunday afternoon cleanup crew.  Click here for more photo’s







The Benzie Sunrise Rotary has honored us with Bronze Level Sponsorship for our support in communications during the bike ride.

Thanks to all that made this bike ride a safe success.  Click here for Bike Ride Page.







Some perspective on our antenna issue.  That dude up there is 6’2″.














Benzie County running Digital Mode C4FM








Thanks to everyone that has supported and contributed to the repeater fund over the years.  Benzie County repeater system is running Digital  and Analog on 147.040 (Beulah) and 442.200 (Frankfort) both use pl 114.8. Analog users turn the PL on both your RX and TX.

RACES  has received new digital user equipment in cooperation of the Benzie County Office of Emergency Management and the Grand Traverse Band of  Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.   This grant will allow Benzie County  ARES/RACES to equip the EOC, POMH and the COMM VAN.  It will also give 10 of our 17 members equipment.    Read more about fusion.

WI0OK repeater 444.725 in Empire is now up and running on fusion.  The link is down until further notice.                           


fusion0818miThe photo on right shows all the fusion repeaters so far in the U.S.A. As of August 18, 2015 there are 562 listed.

 The map to the left shows the 16 fusion systems now in Michigan.  Now 147.040 and 442.200 in Benzie County. The 146.86 in Traverse City and 444.725 Empire is on the air with Fusion.





 Check out the new 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.





Another February in Benize County

Remember BARF has a FACE BOOK page.  Just search in face book and ask to join or  click here .

 Just another February morning in Benzie County









Surplus Radios are coming on-line for Packet



Several of the radio’s are being used for packet radio here in Benzie County.  Packet is an old form of email that uses “RF” instead of the internet.  Remember “When all else fails HAM RADIO prevails“.








The Benzie County office of Emergency Management’s  FaceBook Page Link  click here 

 The Benzie County office of Emergency Management’s WebPage  click here








See all the Cadillac pictures (Click here) in the photo’s tab 2015 above.  Thanks to WA8ZWJ, Keith for taking the photo’s. 


Below Dayton Hamvention the Mecca of Radio each year.











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 Findlay                        Sep 13                    click here  

Adrian ARC                 Sep 20                  click here

Ft Wayne                    Nov  14                 click here                   







Ham Radio Operators please email me with your call first and last name and your email address.  I will put you into the registered user data base and confirm your email with your password.