TBARG Meeting October 27, Thursday, at 6:00 PM

Burgers and Planning – We will be grilling burgers at Glen’s office (5123 N Royal Drive) at 6:00 PM and discussing future plans for emergency communications.  We have a lot to talk about – establishing an updated list of interested TBARG members, interactions with Munson, Grand Traverse Emergency Management, CERT development for Grand Traverse County, Benzie CERT training, and planning future training exercises.  This will be an important meeting to establish the future of TBARG.  Your input is needed!

Please send an email (gtskywarn@gmail.com) if you are planning to come so we know how to plan for food.

Glen Johnson – K8SGZ

Winter Weather Spotting Classes

NWS Gaylord will begin winter weather spotter classes in October, continuing through the middle of November. These classes are free, last about 90 minutes and are open to everyone.

Some topics they will cover this year include how the warm Great Lakes this year may impact the winter, winter forecast challenges in the Great Lakes, snow measurement techniques, a winter re-cap of last year and a winter outlook for this year.

If you are interested in learning more about winter weather in the Great Lakes, we encourage you to attend one of these classes.

  • Please go to the link below for details on the talks including dates, times and locations.
  • If you have any questions about anything, contact the office at 989-731-3384.


Additional questions or comments should be sent to w-apx.webmaster@noaa.gov
or call NWS Gaylord at 989-732-9306.

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.
  • Scott Rought – January 2016 Lecture on QRP – click here.
  • Chris Parish – February 2016 Lecture on Solar Power – click here.
  • Greg Suma – May 2016 – Radio Contesting – click here.

Got Radio? $39 to $53

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 Muskegon to Mackinaw Bridge (75 repeaters).  For $39, you get the Baofeng UV-5R radio with a 3800 mAh battery.  For $53, get the radio, 3800 mAh battery, and 14.5 inch antenna (which greatly improves the radio).  We purchase them from Amazon, program and charge them, and sell them at cost plus a $3 donation to the Cherryland ARC.  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 75 Local Repeaters Programmed into the Radio; 2 Simplex frequencies
  • The ability to scan local police and fire analog frequencies
  • Listen to broadcast FM stations
  • 7 NOAA Weather Stations; 2 Coast Guard frequencies (16 and 22) are also included

You can buy one at the monthly meetings or send an email to cherrylandarc@gmail.com to reserve one for you.  You can pick it up at my office in Traverse City Monday thru Friday if you can’t make the Swap or monthly meetings.

If you have already bought one, bring it to the monthly meeting and I will load the “updated” list at no charge.

Glen K8SGZ