CARC Annual Christmas Dinner Party

animated-christmas-hd-wallpapers-cool-desktop-images-widescreenHo Ho Ho, it’s that special time of year again!

The Cherryland ARC will be holding it’s annual Christmas Party on December 1st this year. We usually try and hold the event on the second Tuesday in December but the Elk’s club was already booked for that date.

Again this year the Elks will let us choose from their regular menu which is much less expensive than their banquet menu. In addition, we have a lot more choices to choose from. 

We usually start gathering around 6:00 PM to share a little “cheer” and do what we do best – rag chew! There will be the annual Ham of the Year award given out during the party. This is always a secret until the award is given. Heck, even I don’t know who the recipient is going to be this year.

So, mark your calendars for December 1st, 7:00 PM (gather at 6pm) at the Traverse City Elks club.

The location is the Elks Lodge #323 in Traverse City, at 625 Bay Street, Traverse City MI, 49684 – this is the junction of US-31 and M-72. (See for more information on the location.)

And BE SURE you.….

Click here to register!

73 and Merry Christmas!

Ernie, K8RCT


Bell Ringers Needed – Nov 28, 10am-4pm

logoIt’s time to ring the bell again!



For the past several years we have supported the Salvation Army by ringing the kettle bells on one day before Christmas. The Salvation Army has been a good partner for us by letting us use the building for our meetings as well as letting us use a room for our projects. Now it’s our chance to show our appreciation by ringing the bell!

I have done this for the past several years and it is actually FUN. I get to talk to lots of very nice folks who are all in the Holiday spirit. Just dress warm!

We will be ringing the bell on November 28th (Saturday) from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in front of Horizon Books. Please sign up for an hour shift and help us show our appreciation for the Salvation Army!

Please click on this link ( to sign up!.


Need a New Hand Held Ham Radio? $30

Yes – $30.  Cherryland ARC has planned to keep a steady supply of Baofeng UV-5R VHF/UHF Ham radios available for purchase at our monthly meetings and events.  This is a great beginner/backup radio pre-programmed for repeaters from Grand Rapids to Mackinaw Bridge (120 channels).  We purchase them from Amazon, program and charge them, and sell them at cost.  If you are interested in Ham Radio (the club can help you to get your Technician license) or a “been-there-done-that” Ham operator, this is a great deal.  The radio package includes:

  • Our Version of a Quick Start Guide and Suggested Accessories
  • Printed List of 120 Local Repeaters Programmed into the Radio
  • Printed List of the Radios Menu Options
  • NOAA Weather Stations Included

But wait, there’s more.  For $17 you can get a 3800 mAh battery.  This doubles the battery power, lengthens the radio, and gives it a great solid feel.

You can just buy them at the meetings or send an email to to reserve one for you.

Glen K8SGZ

Cherryland ARC Lecture Series

Missed the monthly Cherryland ARC meeting?  Catch the monthly lectures:

  • County Hunters – May 2015 Lecture – click here.
  • Mike Flynn KC8GW – April 2015 Lecture on Yaesu SystemFusion – click here.
  • Mike Leger W8PQ – March 2015 Lecture on Antenna Modeling – click here.
  • Chris Parrish KD8MTT – February 2015 Lecture on J Pole Antennas – click here.
  • Warren Lange W8KAN – September 2015 written lecture notes – click here.

Streaming Audio from the Club Repeaters – Online Now!

Broadcastify - W8TCMIf you’re like me, sometimes your schedule is so busy that you just can’t get to the radio to check into the MESH Net, or maybe you are stuck in a basement or at work and wish you could listen to the repeater. Well – dread no more, I have a solution to your woes!

I was wondering what to do with some extra hardware that I was playing with after a repeater interfacing mock-up I was working on a couple of months ago. Without going into a lot of technical detail, I was able to reconfigure some older systems, repurpose a couple of scanning receivers that my wife will no longer allow me to set up in main rooms in our house, and configured it to stream audio from both repeaters live to the internet!

That’s right – if you have internet access, you can listen to the W8TCM Repeaters Live! Thanks to the folks at (in partnership with broadcastify) you can listen for free, and I can stream it to their servers for free. You can search for “W8TCM” right from the main page and find it, or you can use this link:

IOS app

IOS app

At the time of writing, from the webpage you are able to stream into Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, iTunes, or Winamp. There is also a Java player and a web-based player. There is an app called “Scanner Radio” in both the Android Google Play and IOS Apple App Stores

– for free!

So – enjoy the repeater audio, whether you’re stuck in a basement or miles away!

– 73 Joe N8CN