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  • 03/31/2018 07:24 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    In 1928 the first radio broadcast to police car radios began at the police station on Belle Isle.  (See the above 1928 Detroit Free Press article.)   We are now preparing to celebrate the 90th anniversary of that achievement. 

    50 years ago the IEEE placed a historical plaque at the Belle Isle police station building.  Approximately 10 years ago the APCO ( https://www.apcointl.org/about-apco.html ) also supported the placement of a historical marker near the building.  

    Plans are in place for member of the local IEEE Section, the APCO, and members of the Amateur Radio community ( http://www.arrl.org ) to visit to Belle Isle between 10 AM and 4 PM on April 7th to hold re-dedication ceremonies for both plaques. 

    Bill Boyke (N8OZV) of the Ford Motor Company, Tin Lizzy Amateur Radio Club has registered special event Amateur Radio Station, 'K0P' (Kilo Zero Papa)  with the FCC, and is working on commemorative QSL cards. 

    We expect to see participation from several local Amateur Radio clubs in the form of operation of low power (QRP) emergency radio communication equipment and simple wire, loop or vertical antennas.  All this equipment is small, easily portable and will be unobtrusive and completely removed at the end of the day.

    Antennas:

    The DNR's rules, in the “Michigan State Parks on the Air” program prohibit using trees in state parks to hang antennas. There's very good reason, disease spores can easily live on wire or rope that can be transmitted from tree to tree. 

    Reference: http://www.mspota.org/protect-our-parks/

    So, we should see lots of Verticals and Loop antennas, along with Poles & Inverted ‘Vs’, etc. 

    But, no antennas in trees on Belle Isle! 

    This is a unique opportunity to see Amateur Radio at work and to view its place in emergency communications at this re-dedication event on Belle Isle.  It can also be a great 'pre Field Day' event to help Hams get emergency equipment, antennas, generators, etc. out of moth balls and back to work. 

    Plans are for a 10 AM setup and operate through 4 PM for pack up. 

    The original station call sign from the FCC for this station was W8FS.  That call is now held by Lowell Price of Grand Blanc, and he has been invited as a 'special representative' for the day.  

    The gathering arrangements are:  

    ·         Time - 10:00 AM through 4 PM.

    ·         Location - Parking lot & grounds around the Belle Isle Police Station building.

    ·         NOTE: A Michigan State Park pass on your vehicle license plate is needed to enter Belle Isle, (unless entry is by foot or bicycle or public transportation.)   

    ·         Water & Rest Rooms at the Aquarium, about 0.36 miles, or about a 15 minute walk away….so…  

    ·         Plan for a picnic type day and bring water, food, sunscreen and a shade hat. 

    For the Amateur Radio Community, as you arrive, we have some organizational business to conduct:

    ·         Once you arrive please switch to Simplex Frequency 146.52

    ·         We plan to operate “Station K0P” with multiple rigs and operating frequencies / Times / Modes / so we are developing a Scheduling system to maximize everyone’s on-air time.  

    Collecting contact information for the QSL cards.  

    Driving Directions:  

    Entrance to the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle is at the junction of E. Jefferson Ave. and E. Grand Blvd.  

    (The nearest Interstate highway junction appears to be the I-375 spur from the I-75, and E. Jefferson Ave.) 

    Note: Most major roads on the island are one way, so pay attention to the signs. 

    Cross the bridge, and stay to the right avoiding the construction. 

    As you enter Belle Isle proper, you are directed to the right onto Sunset Drive.  

    Stay to the left as Sunset Drive divides to become Casino Way.  Stay left! 

    Turn left onto Central Ave.

    Follow Central Ave. past Muse Road, Picnic Way and Fleming Street. 

    Approach the status of Major General Alpheus Starkey Williams (no relation) at the junction of Central Ave. and Inselruhe Ave. 

    Stay to the right of the statue, and circle to the left around the statue, effectively turning left onto Inselruhe Ave. 

    Inselruhe Ave.is a two way street, so traffic can approach from both directions! 

    Discover the old Belle Isle police station building immediately on your right.  (GPS coordinates of 42.340419, -82.986598)

    You are there!  

    For more information contact Kimball N8FNC - k.williams@ieee.org




  • 03/12/2018 12:06 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    It is with sadness that we must pass on the news that our friend John - W8MIR has become a silent Key. 

    Visitation Wednesday March 14, 2018 from 11:00 am until the time of Mass at 12:00 p.m. at St Frances Cabrini Church 9000 Laurence Avenue, Allen Park, MI 48101. 

    More information can be found here.

    Our thoughts are with his family. 


  • 02/17/2018 17:53 | John Roberts

    ill start taking guesses for when the Alloy Gutter Ice Burg will be no more and celebrate the coming of spring during the Tuesday Night Net, Feb 27 2018 

    Select your date and wait.... just one person per date and no early check-ins to get your guess in..

    Feb 13th  just after the storm.



    Feb 20th After them 60 degree days.


    March  12th  Solid block of ice...





    March 20 2018.....  First day of spring... it wont be long now..



  • 02/08/2018 08:43 | Kimball Williams
    All Amateur Radio Class Instructors:  

    Please plan to get together at 6:30 on Friday 2/9/2018 at the MCRC meeting  to discuss your perception of how the classes are going, how your students are progressing and where we need to take the classes from this point to help our students achieve their greatest success.  

    Some discussion topics:

    • Topic progress vs the original planned schedule
    • Class attendance 
    • Class materials / tools / facilities
    • Communications - Instructors before class
    • Communications - Students between class
    • Other topics?  

    I look forward to a focused and productive discussion with you all.  

    Regards,

    kw N8FNC 

  • 01/16/2018 21:10 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that we announce that Ray, N8TYA has passed away. 

    Right now we don't have any additional details but will keep all the members informed as new information about his passing and any arrangements are available. 

  • 10/10/2017 21:19 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

      2017-2018 Election Proxy

    General Elections for Club Officers class of 2017 - 2018  

    This proxy will allow the person designated here to act as my agent for the purpose of voting in

    the MCRC’s general elections at the General Membership meeting, to be held on October 13, 2017

    I authorize my agent to receive and cast the ballots reserved for me.

    The proxy vote cast by my agent will be counted as if I cast it myself.

    Full Name of Voting Member: ___________________________

    Voting Member Call: __________________________________

    Full Name of designated agent: _________________________

    Call Sign of designated agent: __________________________

    I, ___________________, affirm that I authorize the above named as my official agent for the

    purpose of voting in the Motor City Radio Club 2017-2018 General Election

    Signed _____________________________________________ Date: ____________ 


  • 09/13/2017 08:16 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    2017 Field day results have been tallied and sent off to the ARRL. Here is just a brief overview of what our report looked like. 

    W8MRM  - Motor City Radio Club #1

    558 phone contacts worth 1,116 pts.
    Bonus points totaling 980 pts.

    Total score of  2,096 pts.

    W8GTZ - Motor City Radio Club #2

    239 phone contacts worth 239 pts.
    34 digital contacts worth  68 pts. 
    Total QSO score  614 pts.

    Bonus points totaling 750 pts.

    Total score of  1,364 pts.

    Great job everyone!!!

  • 09/08/2017 21:02 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Nominations for the new club officers are in. For the October election you will be asked to vote for the following:

    President - Don K8THU

    Vice-President - Rick KE8BPZ

    Secretary - Denise KC8HDX or Chuck KI8CS

    Treasurer - Dale WA8FRD


    Be sure to be at the meeting in October to cast your ballot. 

  • 07/19/2017 20:44 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    If you are ordering from the ARRL please be sure to select to receive some free promotional filers. We can use these fliers to promote ham radio and the ARRL at our educational and testing sessions. 

    **** Instructions on getting fliers ****
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