MSUARC on Facebook

MSUARC Facebook PageThe Michigan State University Amateur Radio Club has a storied history. founded in 1919. MSUARC is one of the oldest university clubs in the country. Currently located in 2121 Engineering Building on the MSU Campus, the shack is open to members at any time and welcomes visitors whenever a member is available. In addition to our website, MSUARC has a more regularly updated Facebook page. Check out the eclectic contend there.

ARRL Letter January 22, 2015

From the American Radio Relay League – Editor: Rick Lindquist, WW1ME

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Paperless Licensing Debuts February 17

FCC.govThe ARRL reports that, “Starting February 17, the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The Commission has maintained for some time now that the official Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record that exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS), although the FCC has continued to print and mail hard copy licenses. In mid-December the FCC adopted final procedures to provide access to official electronic authorizations, as proposed in WT Docket 14-161 as part of its ‘process reform’ initiatives.”

Honored to Serve

Scott WestermanOurs is a hobby that ebbs and flows. There are years when other dimensions of our adventures take priority over our love for the amateur radio art. Such was the case for much of my time as a telecommunications executive. Nearly 9 years ago, Brian, N5ZGT, inspired me to bring ham radio back to the forefront of my life. And it’s been a central part of it ever since.

I’ve continued my association with the Rocky Mountain Hams group from afar. Technologies like D-Star, D-Rats and DMR make that a breeze. And it’s been great fun running school club round-up and sweepstakes at our historic Michigan State University club station, W8SH.

The ARRL has been a common thread throughout. I had the privilege of volunteering with the headquarters crew at the League’s Dayton presence several years ago, got to know the RSGB leadership there and discovered some common career trajectories with League COO Harold Kramer, WJ1B. League CEO Dave Sumner, K1ZZ is a fellow Spartan.

So I was deeply honored when President, Kay Craigie, N3Kn invited me to serve on the League’s PR committee with the king of Radiosport, Sean Kutzko, KX9X, at the helm. The League is, as ever, at the forefront of the communications art and I look forward to being part of it’s continuing evolution.

Scott Westerman – W9WSW

School Club Roundup – February 9/13 2015

School Club Roundup

About The ARRL School Club Roundup

Objective: To exchange QSO information with club stations that are part of an elementary, middle, high school or college. Non-school clubs and individuals are encouraged to participate.

Sponsored by the ARRL, its Hudson Division Education Task Force and and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC) to foster contacts with and among school radio clubs. Read the rest of this entry »

Newsline: Launch Date for Fox 1A Announced

Fox-coin-crop-e1411863052839The long awaited launch of amsat’s Fox-1A ham radio satellite will take place on August 27th. The Fox 1A will be carried to orbit on board a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on a flight for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The exact launch time has not been announced. (Via Amateur Radio Newsline)

New Mexico Tech Fest

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio LogoMy New Mexico compadres have a superb Tech Fest planned for Saturday February 28, 2015 at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Event Center located at 1100 Louisiana Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. It’s sponsored by Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, New Mexico. This ARRL sanctioned specialty operating event will feature:

  • Construction Techniques for Ham Radio Experimentation (Chuck Adams K7QO of Phoenix, AZ)
  • HF propagation and Spaceweather: The Whats, Whys, and Hows (Paul Harden NA5N of Socorro, NM)
  • Extreme Low Power Communications – QRSS (Cash Olson KD5SSJ and David Hassall WA5DJJ of Las Cruces, NM)
  • Electrostatic Discharge (ESD): Protecting Your Equipment from the Invisible Threat (Jay Skolnik KD5RKK, P.E., CPM, CPI, of Albuquerque, NM)
  • How to Build Simple VHF Gain Antennas (Jim Duffey KK6MC of Cedar Crest, NM)
  • An Introduction to Software Defined Radios (Larry Goga AE5CZ of Albuquerque, NM)

The program continues to evolve to be sure to visit the event webpage for the latest information.

The ARRL Letter – January 22, 2015

ARRL LogoRick Lindquist, WW1ME, Editor

[Note: Clicking on the story links below will take you to the news article as it appears in The ARRL Letter on the ARRL website.]

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ARRL: Michigan Passes, Governor Signs Antenna Accommodation Legislation

ham_antennaTen years of work within the ARRL Michigan Section have culminated in an Amateur Radio antenna bill that mirrors the “reasonable accommodation” provisions of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy. Michigan Gov Rick Snyder signed the measure, Senate Bill 0493, into law on January 15, creating Public Act 556. Senator Rick Jones sponsored the bill. ARRL Michigan Section Manager Larry Camp, WB8R, said Michigan is the 31st state to have a PRB-1 bill on its books.

“The current PRB-1 Team has been working for 3 years to get this accomplished,” he said. “Our bill endured four votes on its way to becoming law — Senate and House committees and the Senate and House floors. Each vote was unanimous.” Read the rest of this entry »

DXLab Demo – W8JRK

DX Lab SoftwareTo the Lansing Amateur Radio Lunch Bunch

Fred (KF9U) and I are planning to get together soon at Fred’s shack to share ideas about how we’re using the DXLab suite of computer applications.  Anyone currently using DXLab or just interested in how the programs operate is cordially invited to join with us.

DXLab consists of eight different programs which “speak” to each other.  You can opt to use any one or more of the individual programs.

DXKeeper – Logging, QSLing, award tracking, etc.
SpotCollector – Integrates up to 6 DX clusters, audio announcements, etc.
Pathfinder – QSL info
DXView – Beam headings, sunrise/sunset times, DXCC progress, etc.
Commander – Transceiver/rotator control
PropView – Propogation predicting/forecasting
WinWarbler – digital mode interface, voice memory keyer, etc.
Launcher – Installs new DXLab applications, etc.

DXLab was developed (and continues to be further developed) by Dave (AA6YQ).  It is freeware, has significant documentation, and is  supported by a very active reflector (

Fred and I will be at next Wednesday’s lunch and will be setting the date/time for a get-together during lunch.  Please let us know (at lunch or via email) if you’d like to join with us.

73 –

Joe  W8JRK