Benzie County: Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC)

 Hello and Welcome 


disasters-collage-2  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 season. In preparation for this, NWS Gaylord has scheduled a number of Skywarn Spotter Training Classes across the area. These classes are free and usually last about 90 minutes. There is no need to pre-register. click here to see locations




 It is with deep sadness as I tell you that fellow BARF’er John Barnhill, K8DRJ has passed.  I was notified and confirmed with his family that John went Silent Key on Sunday Feb 8, 2015.  This was a photo of John at our Dec 14 Christmas party in Honor, MI.  His service was held in Marion Ohio.  73  SK de BARF.  Obituary



 Rob W8REJ has been doing research and has found a way to stop gas build up problems in generators.  Check it out.



 Yaesu Fusion










Thanks to all that have supported  and  contributed to the fund over the years.  The 2 meter system is now running Digital and Analog on 147.040 pl 114.8. Turn on your Receiver PL or tone squelch so you don’t hear the digital traffic.  

Thanks to a donation from KI8KR- Don, we have been approved for another fusion repeater.  This will go into service on 440 and will back up the 2 meter if need be.  We expect due to back orders about 2 months before we see the system.  

We will receive new 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.


fusion2251`5This photo shows all the fusion repeaters so far in the U.S.A. As of Feb 25, 2015 there are 221 listed.






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







Lake Ann Winterfest 15

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 5   A r e a   H a m f e s t s  


IMG_4469Marshal                        Mar 14                 click here

Cadillac ARC               May  2                  click here

Dayton                          May 15-17           click here

IRA MI LINK                 June 6                  click here  

 Findlay                        Sep                       click here  

Adrian ARC                 Sep 20                  click here

Ft Wayne                        Nov                   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.