Benzie County: Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC)
H e l l o a n d 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.
O N T H E A I R
BENZONIA BACK ON THE AIR 442.600 PL 100.0
The First Antenna party saw a crew of 6 including Jason from Crystal Mountain. A loader was acquired and used to mount the C channel and mast to the light pole. The second party of 5 got the job done. Thanks to Stu at Tree Tops Service for the affordable buck and great service. See the rest of photo’s under photo’s 2016 tab.
F I E L D D A Y 2016
2016 Field Day with W8REJ, KD8RTE and K8VY setting up Day of. Check out all the pictures in the photo tab.
BENZIE ROTARY SUNRISE BIKE RIDE
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Many thank you’s from the organizer’s of the 2016 Benzie Sunrise Rotary Bike Ride. From AA4R, Bill thank you for your contiuned support of this fun event. Thanks to W8REJ, Rob / N8QVQ, Justin / KD8ZTM, Dennis/ W8TVC, Dave/ K8RCT, Ernie/ KJ4KFJ, Dave/ KD8RTE, Deb/ KG8CW, Mike/AA4R, Bill and Frank Post, Benzie OEM, for the use of the Comm Van.
LAST FIXED STATION EQUIPED
KG8CW, Mike (above left) installing new antenna at the Benzie Bus Garage/ Warming shelter. A fine job of building a cabinet/desk by AA4R, Bill. (Above right) shows the installed equipment. Also helping was KJ4KFJ, Dave and KD8QYE, Dick.
A R E A C O V E R A G E
This is what were hoping for with the 3 Phase repeater upgrade. 147.040 will be moved to a location of 1140 AGL. This map is theory only and we will publish a more scientific map upon activation and testing. On the right are some of the local repeater.
Find out more about this year long event honoring the National Parks in the United States of America. Read More
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 6 A r e a H a m f e s t s
Sep 18 Adrain ARC Swap click here
Oct 8 Straits Area ARC click here
Nov 12 Ft Wayne Hamfest click here
W8QQQ Area Hamfests click here
The photo on right shows all the fusion repeaters so far in the U.S.A. As of September 2, 2016 there are 1203 listed.
The map to the left shows the 38 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.