Going on in 2017

by KG8CW on August 30, 2017


I hope everyone’s summer has been a nice one.  We were knee deep in cherry hauling this year and it was a gruelling 7 weeks.  The weather has been cool and wet.  I understand the apples are ready some 3 weeks early.  The tree’s on the way downstate were turning.  As we head towards fall there are a few things coming up.

First is the S. E. T. which is used as training for us to use and become proficient with our equipment.  All the Benzie locations have Yaesu FTM 400’s and if your not running one then you need to brush up before hand.  We will have a refresher class after breakfast in October and will cover all the fusion radio’s.  There is a refresher class on MI-Cims which is for RACES only members to understand the changes that have been implemented.  Lastly towards the end of the year is the  final meeting held as a Christmas Dinner with spouses invited.  Remember to check into the Wednesday night net.  This is a weekly update on dates and times for events known and impromptu that may interest you.

Cyrstal Mountain repeater has been working normal this year after the power supply was replaced after a long winter of noise.  Benzonia still limping along and in need of work.  Frankfort works and will remain at POMH unless something comes along.  With these three repeaters we can cover and double cover most of Benzie county which is why we have redundancy built in.

Remember to let Dave KJ4KFJ know if you would like to volunteer for call out’s like missing person’s, over due boaters and the like.  They had a successful missing persons find this year and as RACES we can man the Comm Post for CERTS.

Until next time, 73

Mike, KG8CW



Crystal Mountain Repeater

by KG8CW on December 3, 2016

The Benzie County 147.040 has been moved to Crystal Mountain.  The Foot print as of press time is mobile’s can work it from Glen Arbor, North of Elk Rapids around M-48, Cadillac, Manistee and Traverse City downtown.  This is a big increase from are distorted covered up signal from the Water Tank in Benzonia.  The Cell antenna’s have covered up half of the antenna and injected a mixed amount of noise into the system.  It did not help our feed line was damaged and the shield broke 3/4 the way around.  We will refurbish that site with a dual band antenna that is above the Cellular antenna’s and new 1 1/4 hardline.  We will use the Fusion UHF repeater, linking it to Crystal and Frankfort.  We will use the Benzonia site for WIRES which is a internet access point for the radio’s.

Mike, KG8CW



2 0 1 6 a Look Ahead

by KG8CW on February 3, 2016


I would like to thank you! the folks that make the ARES/RACES program move forward here in Benzie County, MI.  This Past Year saw many events that people stepped up to chair or operate in.  This is the blood that makes the group tick.

I would like to welcome two new members of the ARES/RACES program.  K8SGZ Glen and K8RCT Ernie both from Traverse City.  This brings our numbers up to 19.

A look ahead to 2016 we have a new mission statement.  We as ARES/RACES are now part of a two part group within Benzie County Emergency Management.  Along with CERT (Civilian Emergency Respose Team) make up a group of volunteers that can augment paid personnel that could be used in their field of training.  We are looked on as the civilian communications group.  We still conduct ourselves within the ARES and or RACES guidelines but we can become more involved in the art of communications.

From the ARES/RACES side this year we are committed to The Cherry land Swap.  This is our only source of funding for the year.  Please donated any radio type equipment to be sold on the tables.  By all means if you have a personal piece of equipment you wish to sell, we can do that to.  More stuff draws more eyes.

BARF will be moving our voice VHF repeater as soon as we can.

We will be having a joint Benzie/ Grand Traverse County exercise in the future.  Goals are not firm but the theory is we should have a running idea of their radio set and equipment and they ours.

We have our monthly Training/Breakfast in Beulah.

We will again activate for the Benzie Rotary Sunrise Bike ride.

We will have a Field Day exercise.

We will be active in the year long National Park events.

We hope to work the Lighthouse event at Point Betsey.

This year CERTS have ask for assistants in Fire Works Crowd control in Frankfort, as you may have guessed July 4.  This event has grown to 14,000 people and requires many hands.

We need to put up an HF ant at Paul Oliver and Fix the one on the EOC.

We need to rehang feed-line inside the water tower.


So as you can see we need some time donated to get this list done.

I wish each of you a great 2016 and will be working along side in many of these events.

73, Mike