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 a picture twice and you will see the full sized edition.
Picture from http://www.illw.net/.
Light houses on the air. Rob W8REJ will be chairing this event after several years of no operations from Point Betsy Lighthouse. Lets make this a banner return year with lots of fun in the sun. Contact Rob, W8REJ for more info and to help.
Field Day 2015 is now a pleasant memory. From set up, the picnic and the Sunday afternoon cleanup crew.
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.
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.
The photo on right shows all the fusion repeaters so far in the U.S.A. As of July 28, 2015 there are 525 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.
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
CADILLAC HAMFEST CADILLAC HAMFEST
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.
2 0 1 5 A r e a H a m f e s t s
Findlay Sep 13 click here
Adrian ARC Sep 20 click here
Ft Wayne Nov 14 click here