Benzie County: Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC)

 Hello and Welcome 


small_collage-disaster  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.








  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.  





Spring is coming and with it, severe weather.  See the level of winds that are possible in your area.







 Yaesu Fusion Mode C4FM










Thanks to all that have supported and contributed to the fund over the years.  The 2 meter system is running Digital and Analog on 147.040 pl 114.8. Turn on your Receiver PL / tone squelch so you don’t have to listen to the digital traffic.  If you do hear the digital and wish to talk just id the system will bring the digital users over to FM.

Now in operations in Frankfort, thanks to a donation from KI8KR- Don, we are running another fusion repeater.  KJ4KFJ, Dave and KI8KR, Don are working on the WiresX remote for the 2 meter repeater.  Stay tuned for the fun.  

We have receive new fusion digital user equipment  compliments of the Grand Traverse Band of  Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.   Their grant will allow us to equip the EOC, POMH and the COMM VAN.  It will also give 10 of our 17 members equipment.    Read more about fusion.


fusion0526miThe photo on right shows all the fusion repeaters sofusion0526us far in the U.S.A. As of May 26, 2015 there are 409 listed.

 The map to the left shows the 10 fusion systems now in Michigan.  Now 146.86 in Traverse City is on the air with Fusion.  444.725 Empire coming online soon.




 Check out the new Alternate Power Page click here.  We will expand this page with donations from those with knowledge of the subjects.





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











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. 



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IRA MI LINK                 June 6                  click here  

 Findlay                        Sep 13                      click here  

Adrian ARC                 Sep 20                  click here

Ft Wayne                    Nov  14                 click here                   




Surplus Radios are coming online 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.














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.