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.

 

 

 

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BENZONIA BACK ON THE AIR 442.600 PL 100.0

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Crystal Mountain

 

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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

 

 

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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

 

 

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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 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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

 

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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

 

 

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 Check out the Alternate Power Page click here.  We will expand this page with donations from those with knowledge of the subjects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  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.

 

 

 

 

 

KC8PCQ,KJ4KFJ,W8TVC AND

 

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

 

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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

 

 

 

Fusion repeaters

 

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.

 

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 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. 

 

 

 

 

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Ham Radio Operators please email me with your call first and last name and your email address. kg8cw79@yahoo.com.  I will put you into the registered user data base and confirm your email with your password.