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.







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. 






It is with sadness I report the passing of George Laubach, KG8ZA.  This picture is from 2011.  George took up wood working and was seen in Frankfort Saturday mornings during Farmers Market.   73 SK  Read Obituary






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Cheers and laughts were enjoyed by all that attended.  See the rest of the pictures in the photos tab.











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.














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.










The photo on right shows all the fusion repeaters so far in the U.S.A. As of January 24, 2016 there are 886 listed.


 The map to the left shows the 31 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.





 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


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Feb 13  Cherryland ARC Traverse City click here

May          Cadillac Hamfest   click here

May          Dayton MegaFest  click here


October     Straits Area ARC  click here

Nov  14     Ft Wayne  HAMFEST   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.