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 16 members equipment.    Read more about fusion.                          


fusion1002miThe photo on right shows all the fusion repeaters so far in the U.S.A. As of October 2, 2015 there are 633 listed.

 The map to the left shows the 21 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.





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

 The September Blood Moon 2015.








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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The Straits Area Amateur Radio Club will be holding it’s annual Swap and Shop on October 3rd in Petoskey from 8:00 to 11:00. Emmanuel Evangelical Church 620 Emmet St. (corner of Grove and Emmet). Entry $5 Tables $5. Contact kg8jk @ for more info.  


Ft Wayne                    Nov  14                 click here                   



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Feb           Cherryland ARC Traverse City

May                     Cadillac Hamfest

May                      Dayton MegaFest




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.