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CERT Training announcement

posted Dec 23, 2009, 5:58 AM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:46 AM ]

The Shiawassee County Emergency Management / Homeland Security Office is now trying to determine the possibility of conducting additional Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) training. See:http://local.nixle.com/alert/635294/

New Translate Feature

posted Dec 21, 2009, 7:12 AM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:45 AM ]

To make it easier for people around the globe to read our site, we've installed a new translate feature.  Now, whenever someone visits our site with a computer set to a language other than English, they will be given the option to translate the content into the language of their choice.  All they have to do is click on the translate link at the bottom right-hand side of the page. When clicked, a new bar will appear at the top giving the option to translate the site into a different language.  There are presently 64 languages available.

New Video

posted Dec 11, 2009, 8:43 PM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:46 AM ]

A video of the installation of the wireless link at the W8SHI site has been added to the videos page.

Skywarn Recognition Day

posted Dec 2, 2009, 3:25 AM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:46 AM ]


For the last 11 years SKYWARN teams across the country have taken to the
airwaves for SKYWARN Recognition Day, a nationwide
event sponsored by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay
League which promotes awareness of the SKYWARN
program and recognizes the contributions of the amateur radio community. This
24-hour event offers an opportunity for hams
around the world to make contact with National Weather Service offices across
the country. Participants making at least one
contact with a NWS office are eligible to receive a full-color certificate.
Additionally many NWS will be offering QSL cards.
Details are available on the SKYWARN Recognition Day web site.


During the event, amateur radio operators visit participating NWS offices and
contact other radio operators across the world. 
It is estimated that more than 100 NWS offices including the National Weather
Service in White Lake will be participating in this
year's event. SKYWARN Recognition Day will be held at the White Lake National
Weather Service office beginning on December 4th at
7:00 PM and last for 24 hours.

D-Star, EchoLink and IRLP are just a few of modes people can utilize to contact
NWS offices during SKYWARN Recognition Day.
Many NWS offices will be on 2 Meters, 440 MHz, HF bands.
This year NWS Detroit K8DTX located in White Lake Mi will be utilizing
D-Star and the new Michigan Reflector 24C. Many of the Michigan D-Star repeaters
will be linking to the new reflector.

All operators are welcome to contact all NWS stations via radio or stop by. You
can stop by for a few minutes or stay for a while,
and operate the radios. You'll find that we are not die hard contesters, but
perfectly content kicking back and talking about the
weather or radio and you'll find the NWS forecast team is very willing to answer
your questions and show you around the weather center.



New Programming File

posted Nov 28, 2009, 3:48 PM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:46 AM ]

A programming file for the ID800 has been posted on the Files page by W8TEK.

D-Star Etiquette

posted Nov 23, 2009, 3:36 AM by Alan Langdon   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:46 AM by Robert Wilcox ]

D-Star Etiquette

Dstar is a new communications mode that requires a little bit different way of operating.

One of the biggest is when you are ragchewing you need to wait a lot longer between transmissions. Remember that after the person you are talking to un-keys wait a little longer than you think you should to give someone else time to break in to the conversation.

Another one is when you are using APRS. If your radio is set to have the repeater 2 operating and you have the gateway programmed into it then you should not have your APRS set to automatic transmit. It will transmit while others are talking and at times comes in R2D2 their speech. You can still get your APRS signal out by keying your mic once in a while when there are no conversations on the repeater.

Stay tuned for any other things that may come up.

Cross Band Info

posted Nov 20, 2009, 4:30 AM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:46 AM ]

Information on cross-band d-star operation has been posted by N8NOE in the FAQ page.

Eaton County Repeater Update

posted Nov 7, 2009, 3:21 PM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:46 AM ]

Brian ( kc8wka ) and Jeff ( n8hee ) installed a 30 watt amp on the UHF D-star repeater in Eaton County ( 444.275 ).

Gratiot County Repeater Update

posted Nov 6, 2009, 11:37 AM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:47 AM ]

KD8IEK in Ithaca is now on the air, KG4ULP reports. He and KC8OUF got the controller programmed today.

New Videos

posted Nov 6, 2009, 8:16 AM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:47 AM ]

We have added 2 new videos, Programming DSTAR Part 1 and 2. Here

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