CANCELLED! Aug 20-21 NPOTA activation


Apologies for the late notice –

Due to 100% chance of rain today and 60% chance of rain Sunday we have decided to postpone the NPOTA activation of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore from Pierce Stocking.

Those planning to participate have met and agreed to make another attempt on Saturday September 10th.

There will be another sign-up sheet sent out soon and we hope that this might better fit your schedule and maybe you can participate!

FEMA Drill 8/18

FEMA is having a full-scale exercise on August 18
from 6PM to 8PM at the Traverse City Airport.

The Salvation Army will be deploying the mobile canteen and could use a couple of us to volunteer to help serve coffee and snacks.

If you would like to assist the Salvation Army, please send me an email.

Ernie, K8RCT

Do you have what it takes… to be NET CONTROL?

The CARC is looking for people interested in being Net Control Operator for the Monday Evening Social Hour nets on 146.860- (PL 114.8)


Mike W8VPC has been doing a greag job and has been the Control Operator for most of the recent CARC MESH nets on Monday Nights.


We would like to have more than just a few people who have had at least SOME experience running a social net.

The MESH NET is an easy-going social radio NET. It is not a strict or directed net and follows a very open format.

This is a good opportunity to gain some experience in leading a radio net.

PLUS — you get to use the club callsign W8TCM while you are running the net! How cool is that?!

There’s even a pre-written script to follow (if you wish), a concise guide, and a place online to record who checks in and any important announcements or other noteworthy news.

Homer-Ham-RadioIf you have interest in being NET CONTROL for the MESH net some Monday night, please click here !  (or email )


EVENT: Aug 20-21 National Parks On The Air!


The Cherryland Amateur Radio Club will be activating the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on August 20 and 21.

This is part of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service.

We will be setting up at overlook site number 11, which has a wonderful view of the Empire Bluffs and Lake Michigan. The view is to the Southwest from the site.

We will need several operators to staff the station over the two-day event. This will be a fun activity for the club as there is a great demand for making a contact with the National Parks. I’ve read some letters to the editor of QST asking East Coast stations to remain on the air on 20 meters longer so the West Coast stations have a chance to work them. Wow, we are rare DX!

At this time I have found us a good shelter (like the CW canopy we had at Field Day), table, small generator and antenna (Buddipole). I think we also have a TS450 for a rig and I think Joe, W8TVT, is bringing along his solar powered VHF station. It would be great if we could find a solar array that could power the HF station.

Also, any mobile stations would be welcome. We can operate on different bands and the site has plenty of parking and space to spread out.

Also, although we can’t stay at overlook 11 overnight (the road is closed), anyone wishing to camp in the park campground may be able to have free camping. I’m checking to see if we can also get free day passes for all the operators’ vehicles.

I will get a sign-up sheet out next week and hopefully we will have enough operators to staff the station for the two days. Please mark your calendars and plan to come out and operator.




June Monthly Meeting: WPBN-WGTU overview by Jim Marco, W8JGP

For our June 28 Meeting Program we have the pleasure of hosting Jim Marco, W8JGP. Jim is the Chief Engineer for WPBN-WGTU, which some of you may recognize as “TV 7&4” up on the hill just off M-72.

WPBN-WGTU is an ABC Television affiliate owned and operated by Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Inc. which is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the US today.

WPBN-WGTU has graciously hosted the Cherryland Amateur Radio Club’s 2-meter and 70-centimeter repeaters for many years, starting in early 1980.

This (hosting our repeaters) is just a drop in the proverbial bucket of the different outreach programs and public services that Sinclair and WPBN-WGTU offer to the Traverse City are and surrounding communities.

Jim will offer a presentation on these programs and services, present an overview of the station and some of its history, and will also share some of the juicy technical details behind running a flagship broadcasting station in the area. We hope you can attend, this program is sure to be fascinating! See you there!

We will also have a report on the Field Day activities that happened this past weekend. Wow, what a weekend! This had to be the best Field Day that I have ever attended. Our Field Day band captains will give a run down on each of their stations.

The whole Field Day was a success because everyone was working together to make it happen. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the club effort. I know there are many people who made Field Day as success (I think more than 30 hams showed up) but I would like to thank the following people for their special efforts:

First of all there is the Kiessel family who generously let us use their orchard as our Field Day site, Glen Johnson who cooked up special meals (yummy lobster and ribs) for the folks, and Chris Parish for furnishing the solar power array that powered all the stations for the whole 24 hours.

We have some upcoming events that we want to discuss at the meeting. First of all there is the annual summer picnic that is held in July. Also, the Salvation Army has asked for our assistance in two events.

The first event is “Christmas in July” which is a fundraiser for the Salvation Army. We are asked if we could ring the kettle bells for this event. We’ve been offered our favorite site, the Horizon bookstore. The dates are July 15th-16th from 10 AM to 6 PM. The Salvation Army has been our main served agency and has supported our club by letting us use the clubroom and also host our meetings. Let’s show them our support on July 16th. I’ll have a sign-up sheet at the meeting.

The second event is a youth event down in Rockford Michigan on July 9th. They are looking for some hams to come and monitor the event, which I think is a long distance foot run for youth.

So, as you can see, we have an interesting meeting on Tuesday at 7:00 PM at the Salvation Army. Coffee and donuts provided (I’m still digesting ribs!)

Ernie, K8RCT