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  • 04/20/2017 23:26 | Woody Kirkman (Administrator)

    You can now register for your 2017 Field Day T-Shirt and Friday night steak.  T-Shirts are $15.00 and Steaks are $5.00.

    Registration is available in the Event section under Field Day 2017 or by clicking on the link below.

    Order T-Shirts and Steak Here

  • 04/04/2017 21:18 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Ed Hare, W1RFI, - ARRL


    ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, has promised to give us the real "inside" information about what goes on in the ARRL Lab.  He has a presentation that is chock full of information about the day-to-day things that happen in Lab when nobody is looking. Ed claims that every word is true, even the tall tales, but some of them involve fishing, so we suspect that a few of them may be a bit, um... well... exaggerated. Ed tell us, however, that will tell a few tales that you will never read about in the pages of QST!  Much of the work of the Lab has lately been related to EMC and interference problems, so Ed will give us the insider view on the problems facing Amateur Radio and what is being done to try to address them.


    Ed Hare, W1RFI, is employed by ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio. After an industry career in product testing, he came to work at ARRL HQ in 1986.

    He started as ARRL’s "Product Review" test engineer, moved on to becoming ARRL’s "RFI guru" (notice his call!) and he now holds the position of Laboratory Manager. Over the years he has written quite a number of RFI articles, ranging from articles for QST and the "ARRL Handbook" to articles about the practical aspects of RFI that have appeared in professional trade journals.

    He is also one of the authors of the ARRL "RFI Book" and the author of the ARRL's book on RF exposure, "RF Exposure and You." He is very active holding a seat for Amateur Radio on various industry committees, serving as a voting membership on the IEEE EMC Society Standards Development and Education Committee, the ANSI accredited C63® EMC Committee as Chair of Subcommittee 5 on Immunity, and is the IEEE EMC Society Vice President of Standards, representing ARRL and the interests of Amateur Radio as industry standards are developed.

    He is a member of the IEEE Standards Association, the IEEE EMC Society and the Power Engineering Society. His personal operating interest is QRP CW, where Ed’s motto is …….. “Five Watts is a Lot of Power!”  He is presently doing work on HF using 10 milliwatts, reporting 30 states worked, all in the ARRL CW Sweepstakes.    Email:

    The meeting and dinner are free but, please register so we have an accurate count for the restaurant. 

    Register on-line at:

    Date: 20 April 2017

    Time: 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

    Al Ameer Restaurant

    2100 N. Haggerty

    Canton, Michigan 48187

  • 03/31/2017 19:26 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    If anyone is interested.

  • 03/28/2017 11:57 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    We have an official Field Day Location!

    Field Day 2017 will be at Centennial Farms on Grosse Ile! 

    We are very excited to have locked down a place to hold our event. The site looks amazing from the Google spy in the sky.

    Many many thanks go to Don K8THU for securing the location and working out all of the details. 

    Check out the Field Day blog for up to date news of interest. 

    73 - KD8HFX

  • 03/09/2017 10:53 | Woody Kirkman (Administrator)

    Due to the building being sold, the Ham Radio testing location has been moved from the Glenwood United Methodist Church to:

    First United Methodist Church

    72 Oak St

    Wyandotte, MI. 48192

    The church is located on the northwest corner of Oak and Biddle in Wyandotte.  Parking is on the north side of the church and is accessed from 1st. St.  Use the north entrance facing the parking lot.

  • 03/06/2017 21:16 | John Roberts

    It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Carl N8LLB.  

    On behalf of the Board of the MCRC  73 's Carl 

    the following is the obituary from the Monroe News 

    Carl H. Brinkmeier, age 90, of South Rockwood, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
    Born on May 9, 1926 in Monroe County, Michigan, he was the son of Carl and Anna (Woitzel) Brinkmeier. 
    On May 26, 1945 he married Madeline Campbell in St. John Lutheran Church, Waltz, Michigan.
    Carl was a farmer in the local area for 65 years, he also owned and operated Carls Airport on Sigler Road, had his pilot license for 65 years and was a Ham Radio Operator.
    He was a lifetime member of the Flat Rock Elks Lodge1731 and the Breast Bay Gun Club. He had a cottage in Rapid River were he loved to spend time camping and hunting. 
    Carl was preceded in death by his parents, wife and son, Thomas Brinkmeier.
    Surviving are his sons, John (Marjorie) Brinkmeier of Newport and James Brinkmeier of S. Rockwood, 5 grandchildren, Paul Brinkmeier, Bonnie Fallon, Jaime Brinkmeier, Jeff Jackson, Michelle Johnson; 6 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild and another one on the way.
    Friends may visit in the Arthur Bobcean Funeral Home, Carleton Chapel on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 1:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. 
    Funeral Services will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Rev. James Williams will officiate the service. Burial will be in Ash Cemetery, Ash Township, Michigan.
    In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the ProMedica Hospice. 
    Condolences @

    Published in Monroe News on Mar. 4, 2017

  • 02/28/2017 20:48 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    It is time to start taking signups for times to log and operate the W8GTZ station for Field Day 2017. 

    Below are two links, one for operating and a second for logging. Please select the times you wish to operate or log for the station. 

    Please keep in mind that because W8GTZ is the casual station, you may be asked to surrender your some of your time to a member of the public who wants to try amateur radio. This is an opportunity for you to share your knowledge and help the person make some contacts of their own. This station is here to have FUN and get people excited about the hobby we love. 

    Over the next few weeks Dale, WA8FRD, will be reaching out to select club members to ask them to commit times to operating out contesting station W8MRM. 

    Operate W8GTZ

    Logging W8GTZ

  • 02/16/2017 21:38 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    The first committee meeting for FD17 is scheduled for Thursday February 23rd at 7pm. We will meet at Joe's Hamburgers on Biddle in Wyandotte.

    If you want to be part of the committee please let me know

    -73 Jim KD8HFX

  • 01/30/2017 12:23 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    One of the locations we are investigating is the Metro Parks. We have started our conversations with them and one issue that came up is access to the park after hours. 

    The park officially closes at 10pm and does not open again until 7am. 

    For those of you who may wish to operate in those late hours would you be willing to tough it out for the entire time between 10pm and 7am or is this a deal breaker that would exclude using the Metro Park location?

    We need some feedback quickly!!! Please reply in the forum and or email me


    - 73 

    Jim - KD8HFX

  • 12/15/2016 19:29 | Woody Kirkman (Administrator)

    Obituary for Norman McAtee

    Norman McAtee, age 76, of Brownstown, passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
    Born on November 15, 1940 in Wayne, Michigan, he was the son of Vinton and Frances (Hartman) McAtee. On June 19, 1964 he married Cathie Lessard in the EUB Port Creek Church, Carleton, MI.
    Norman served in the U.S. Navy from June, 1959 to June, 1963.
    He was employed with Northwest Airlines for 33 years from January 9, 1964 until his retirement on October 1, 1997.
    Norman was a member of the First United Methodist Church Flat Rock, Motor City Radio Club and Flat Rock Kiwanis. He enjoyed family activities, fishing, traveling and games of chance.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers (Harlow and George).
    Surviving are his wife, Cathie McAtee of Brownstown; two daughters, Christine (Christopher) Kindred of Ocoee, FL and Carlene Pike of Brownstown; three grandchildren, Meghann, Elanor and Samuel of Ocoee, FL; brother, Phillip McAtee and sister, Ruth Claxton of Ypsilanti; three grand critters (Murphy, Penny and Libby).
    Celebration of life services will be held at First United Methodist Church, 28400 Evergreen St., Flat Rock on Saturday, December 17, at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Dana R. Strall will officiate the service. Cremation has taken place.
    In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory, may be made to: the First United Methodist Church Flat Rock, Michigan Heart Association or National Kidney Foundation. 

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