Benzie County: Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC)

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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.





Estate Sale KG8ZA SK after the BARF breakfast April 30, 2016.   Details to follow.







Find out more about this year long event honoring the National Parks in the United States of America.  Read More









Remember wide coverage link system for Michigan has the current footprint.  Traverse city link works very well for the tri-county area.










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 (Beulah) and 442.200 (Frankfort) both use pl 114.8. 













 The Benzie County ARES/RACES has received a grant in 2016 to finish the digital upgrade of users started in 2015.  We would like to thank  The Grand Traverse Band of  Ottawa and Chippewa Indians for this grant.  These grants have allowed Benzie County  ARES/RACES to equip the EOC, POMH, COMM VAN, Benzie Bus garage and its active users with fusion equipment.     Read more about Yaesu fusion. 




Congratulations to Dave KJ4KFJ

whom was selected the Volunteer of the year Award for the State of Michigan.  See the Well wishers during the presentation Tues Oct 13, 2015 at the Benzie County Board of Commissioners meeting.













Alternate Power




 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.





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


May 7      Cadillac Hamfest   click here

May 20    Dayton MegaFest  click here

June 4   IRA Grand Rapids  click here

Sep 18     Adrain ARC Swap   click here

Oct 8       Straits Area ARC     click here

Nov  12  Ft Wayne  Hamfest   click here




Fusion repeaters


The photo on right shows all the fusion repeaters so far in the U.S.A. As of March 3, 2016 there are 956 listed.









 The map to the left shows the 35 fusion systems now in Michigan.  Now 147.040 and 442.200 in Benzie County. The 146.86 in Traverse City and 444.725 Empire are on the air with Fusion.







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.