Important – Nov 15 Meeting to complete all FEMA Courses for RACES

Starting in January of 2015, you will not be able to complete the FEMA courses online but will be required to do this education in a classroom.  For those of us who have not completed the IS-100b, IC-200b, IC-700a, IC-800b courses, we will be offering a class on November 15 starting at 9:00 AM and going thru each segment.  We will be presenting material on a flat screen TV.  You will need to bring a laptop so that you can individually take the test at the end of each session.  If you are planning on coming, send an email to: – if you don’t have a laptop or iPad/tablet, please let us know as there is a limited supply available.

The lectures will be offered at Glen’s (KD8VSI) office near Munson Hospital in Traverse City. We will provide lunch – grilled burgers. The address is:

5123 North Royal Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684

Click here for directions using Google Maps.  As you turn onto North Royal Drive, look for the third building on the left  – go in the back entrance.

The schedule is:  ICS-100 then test, ICS-200 then test, lunch, ICS-700 then test, ICS-800 then test.


HF Digital Lecture and Files

Thank you John Clements KC9ON for the very interesting lecture on HF Digital Communications for the Cherryland ARC members on October 28th.   John also shared over 2800 files dealing with HF Digital and Ham Radio.  Because he only had a few disks, he is allowing us to post a copy of the disk.  These are all files that can be freely downloaded on the web but are compiled in one place.  Click on the following links for more information.

HF Digital Communication and Ham Files

John’s Web Site

Powerpoint and PDF Presentation on HF Digital Communication



Salvation Army Bell Ringers Needed ! Sign-Up Here!

The CARC has been assigned Saturday Dec. 6 to ring the bell in front of Horizon Books in Downtown TC for the Salvation Army.


The hours we have been assigned are 11am to 4pm. Please consider helping out, it’s a great way to help the CARC show appreciation to the Salvation Army for their assistance, guidance, resources and contributions.


Joe W8TVT ringing the bell for the Salvation Army

Joe W8TVT ringing the bell for the Salvation Army




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