Paddle Antrim needs Volunteers this weekend!

Antrim County ARPSC (ARES/RACES) needs assistance with the Paddle Antrim event this weekend!

6 operators are needed for each day:
Friday Sep. 15
Saturday Sep. 16

(Fri, 15th) Ellsworth to Bellaire
Fridays event starts in Ellsworth around 8am, lunch in Central Lake and finish in Bellaire around 4pm. the route goes through Ellsworth lake, Wilson Lake, Benway Lake, Hanley Lake and Intermediate Lake.

(Sat, 19th) Bellaire to Elk Rapids
Saturdays event starts in Bellaire around 7am, Lunch in Alden and ends up in Elk Rapids Saturday afternoon. This route takes boaters through Lake Bellaire, Clam Lake, Torch Lake, Torch River, Lake Skegemog , Elk Lake and then Elk River.

What we’ll be doing:
Our assignments would be spotters to notify staff where the kayaks are located along the course and if there is a problem that will require 911 etc. we will position spotters at bridge crossings. There is one location we could position someone that involves walking in and sitting on the dock at Grass River Natural Area.

There is going to be a party after the event ends on Saturday Afternoon at Shorts Brewery in Elk Rapids.

Freq: Mancelona Repeater, 147.38+ aka “THE K8WQK”
We will be using the Mancelona 2 meter repeater and will have the use of MSPSCS network (AKA the state 800 system)

We also will need to monitor a marine channel for the sweep Kayaks.

There is a Google + group for Antrim County ARPSC so feel free to join..

Paddle Faster, I hear Banjos!

For more information or to volunteer,
Mike W8VPC –
ph: 2315448181 (text message OK)

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.
  • Larry Camp – October 2016 – ARRL lecture – 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 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