Marilyn Shenk – Silent Key

Marilyn Shenk, N8UUJ is now a “silent key”.  Marilyn is the wife of Bill, W8PIT.  She passed away on April 19th with Bill and her three daughters (Sue, Nancy, and Barabra) at her side.  They are being serviced by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.  Memorial services will take place on Friday, April 22 at 11 AM.  Obituary is on the funeral home web site.

Joe Novak

Interlochen Bike Tour

One of the goals that the CARC has set for this year was to participate in a public service event. Well, we have been invited to participate in a bike ride event at Interlochen in May. There will be several different routes, the longest being 35 miles. They need some volunteers to operate as SAG (safety and guidance) patrol along the bike route and also they have some road intersections that need volunteers.

We are very early in the planning stage but if you are interested in participating in this event, please mark your calendar for May 21st I will provide more information as the planning progresses.

So I know I will be a volunteer and I hope you will join me for the bike event. Charge up your HT batteries…

Oh yes, the event is a sponsor for the Interlochen Public Library.
73, Ernie
K8RCT

Cherryland ARC April Meeting Cancelled

The regular meeting of the Cherryland Amateur Radio Club scheduled for April 26th has been cancelled!

The National Weather Service is holding a SkyWarn training session on the same evening as our regular club meeting. I encourage all our members and family to attend this training – it is special this time!

The NWS has an excellent program on the disastrous wind event that took place in our area last summer. It nearly wiped Glen Arbor off the map. They are still recovering.

I saw this program last month in Benzie County and it was eye opening. Once you see it you will appreciate SkyWarn and our ham radio involvement even more.

Here are the details of the training!

Grand Traverse County Spotter Training

When – Tue, April 26, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Where – Grand Traverse County Health Department, 2600 Lafranier Road, Traverse City, MI 49686, United States.

I’ll be there and hope to see you there!

73,

Ernie, K8RCT

Why Upgrade from Technician to General?

Why should I upgrade my ham radio license from Technician Class to General Class. What’s the big deal!

Well, have you ever woken up your wife in the middle of the night to tell her about the contact you had just made on the repeater? No? Neither have I!

However, I did wake up Jennifer this week in the middle of the night to tell her that I had just made radio contact with VK0EE down on Heard Island in the Antarctic Ocean! I had been trying to make a contact with an expedition (called DXpedition) for the past three days and finally had made a contact! What a thrill to hear “K8RCT – 599- Thank you- VK0EK”! Wow, the thrill is still there! Jennifer thought the good news could have waited until morning – hi!

This contact was made with a simple dipole type antenna at 30’ and 100 watts of power.  This is about as simple HF system as you can get. Cheap and easy to install.

However, you do need to upgrade your license to at least General Class in order to work the HF bands (yes, there are a few operating privileges for Technician Class in the HF bands).

The General Class license opens a whole new world of amateur radio. You can chase DX (distant stations – my passion), operate on the regional nets, not just the local repeaters, chew the rag with stations all over the US and the world, operate in various radio sports (contests) like the upcoming Michigan QSO party, and use the various digital modes to make contacts. It’s a whole new world!

So if you are interested in upgrading to General Class, you have an opportunity starting on Wednesday evening, April 13th. The classes will begin on Wednesday evening, April13 and continue for eight weeks. The class will start at 7:00 PM and each class will take about two hours. Classes will be held in the training room for New Approaches Center, 5123 N. Royal Drive in Traverse City.

The classes will be combination of both workbook study and practical instruction.

Although there is no charge for the class, participants must have a copy of the American Radio Relay Leagues (ARRL) General Class workbook, version 8 (Version 8 is new this year so old workbooks are out of date) This workbook can be purchased directly from the ARRL from their website at https://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-General-Class-License-Manual-8th-Edition or from Amazon. This workbook is essential for taking the class.

At the conclusion of the workbook-based classes, the Cherryland Amateur Radio Club will administer a special FCC exam session for participants. Students passing the exam will have their FCC license upgrade to General Class. The classes will then continue with instruction on the practical operation of a ham radio station.

To sign up for the Technician Ham Radio classes, just send an email to cherrylandarc@gmail.com with your name on it to enroll for free.

I hope to see you at the class!

 

73,

Ernie, K8RCT

General License Classes

The Cherryland Amateur Radio Club will be offering Amateur Radio General Class license class beginning in April. The class will teach radio theory and operating techniques for students who want to upgrade their license from Technician to General class.

The General Class Amateur Radio licenses allows many more operating privileges than the Technician Class license. It will open a whole world of new experience by allowing the licensee to operate in High Frequency amateur radio bands. Instead of just chatting on the local repeater systems, the General Class ham can talk to the world!

The classes will begin on Wednesday evening, April 13 and continue for eight weeks. The class will start at 7:00 PM and each class will take about two hours. Classes will be held in the training room for New Approaches Center, 5123 N. Royal Drive in Traverse City.

The classes will be combination of both workbook study and practical instruction.

Although there is no charge for the class, participants must have a copy of the American Radio Relay Leagues (ARRL) General Class workbook, version 8 (Version 8 is new this year so old workbooks are out of date) This workbook can be purchased directly from the ARRL from their website at https://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-General-Class-License-Manual-8th-Edition or from Amazon. This workbook is essential for taking the class.

At the conclusion of the workbook-based classes, the Cherryland Amateur Radio Club will administer a special FCC exam session for participants. Students passing the exam will have their FCC license upgrade to General Class. The classes will then continue with instruction on the practical operation of a ham radio station.

To sign up for the General Ham Radio classes, send an email with your first and last name to:

cherrylandarc@gmail.com

 

Ernest Abel, President

Cherryland Amateur Radio Club