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.




Armed Forces Day Crossband Communications Test

Set for Saturday, May 13


US Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard stations will participate in the annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Communications Test on Saturday, May 13. This annual HF communication interoperability event, sponsored by the Department of Defense since 1934, challenges Amateur Radio operators to contact military stations across the US.

The event marks the 66th annual Armed Forces Day (AFD), officially on May 20. The AFD Crossband Military-Amateur Radio event takes place a week earlier in order to avoid schedule conflicts with those attending Hamvention.

Radio amateurs will transmit on Amateur Radio frequencies and listen on military frequencies, while military stations will transmit on military frequencies and listen on Amateur Radio frequencies. The annual event tests two-way communication between radio amateurs and military stations (authorized under §97.111 of the Amateur Service rules). It features traditional military-to-amateur crossband SSB voice, CW, practice using legacy interoperability waveforms, and the opportunity for participating hams to utilize more modern military modes, such as MIL-STD Serial PSK and Automatic Link Establishment (ALE). Military stations and Amateur Radio stations are authorized to communicate directly on certain 60-meter interoperability channels — 5,330.5, 5346.5, and 5,371.5 kHz.

Select stations will transmit the Armed Forces Day message using Military Standard mode M188-110A. Amateur Radio operators may download software to receive the broadcast.

Shortwave listeners are welcome to participate. Complete details, including stations, times, and operating modes are on the US Army MARS website. Read more.





N2LAH, George has gone Silent Key April 17, 2017.  More details read here.








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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. 



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.






The Benzie County office of Emergency Management’s  FaceBook Page Link  click here 

 The Benzie County office of Emergency Management’s WebPage  click here






Greg, K8GL Cherryland 17

Cherryland 17











2 0 1 7  A r e a   H a m f e s t s



W8QQQ Area Hamfests   click here  

 Feb                  Cherryland Hamfest 

May 6             Cadillac  ARC 

May 19-21     Xenia Hamvention

Sep 19            Adrian ARC           

Nov                 Fort Wayne







Fusion repeaters


The photo on right shows all the fusion repeaters so  far in the U.S.A. As of March 27, 2016 there are 1427 









 The map to the left shows the 43 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. 








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