Serving Radio Amateurs in Michigan's Washtenaw & Wayne Counties

Author: WB8TKL

ARROW DMR repeater up and running

Panoramic view of Ann Arbor from WoTo

A small contingent of worker bees swarmed in on the Wolverine Tower penthouse and performed a number of tasks, the main task being to remove the 443.5 NBFM repeater and replace it with a Motorola DMR repeater on the same frequency.

Since no Internet connection is active to the site at the moment, it is not linked with any other DMR repeaters. So use Timeslot-2, TalkGroup-2, for LOCAL access. Dinesh reconfigured the DMR repeater to attach to our “future” network connection. Please refer to this guide for programming your DMR radio:

I also took some time to reseat the exciter and receiver cards in the Motorola MSR2000 146.96 repeater (’cause it doesn’t hurt to scrape those 30-year-old connectors from time to time). I also gave the guys a tour of the penthouse and the rooftop so they have a better idea of the “future” Heliax replacement project, and WHY it is delicate to work above the boilers and HVAC that support the building. NOT to place to drop a tool or a bundle of Heliax onto 🙁

The process of gaining access and the support we got from building maintenance was EXCELLENT !!!

The following fine folk showed up onsite to perform the work: WB8TKL Jay, AB3DC Dinesh, AC8TO Don, and K8UCH Mitch. Ulysses N4IYL was on his HT a few miles away to give us signal reports.

– Jay WB8TKL

ARROW General Monthly Meeting- September 10th

The next General Membership Meeting will be held this Wednesday, September 10th in room BE-172 on the WCC campus.  Doors open at 7pm for eyeball QSO’s, with the business meeting starting at 7:30pm followed by the presentation at about 8pm.

<B><I> Whether it’s Cold or whether it’s Hot, We will have Weather, whether or not </I></B>

Yup, this month’s presentation will be about weather, weather instruments, the DO’s and DONT’s of their placement, how some weather data is calculated and collected, and we will cover the CWOP – Civilian Weather Observation Program.  We will show how to participate in this network using inexpensive weather instruments and inexpensive Linux computers and Bash scripts.  Other geophysical instruments such at Sferics, Geiger Counters, and atmospheric gases measurement sensors will be covered.

If you enjoy Weather, this is the meeting for you!


MW Flea Market & Hamlay Finfest

The Maker Works Flea Market will be held Saturday September 7th from 11am thru 4pm. It will be held at 3765 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. This event is FREE.

The Hamley Finfest will take place Sunday September 8th. Doors open at 7:30 AM. See for additional information.

ARROW General Meeting – Wed May 8th

ARROW General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, May 8th, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

To be held at:

Washtenaw Community College
4800 E Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Room BE-172


This months presentation will be on the subject of Emergency Communications (EMCOMM) services provide by the Washtenaw county “Amateur Radio Public Service Corps” (ARPSC) – a joint organization of the “Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the “Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service” (RACES). Other related organizations such as NTS, Skywarn, DHS/MSP, AUXCOMM, and Washtenaw county Emergency Management will be discussed.

If you are all interested in the EMCOMM services we as Hams provide to our communities nation wide, this is the presentation for you!

Argus Eyes article about the HVARA

December, 1952, from the Argus Eyes newsletter. The Huron Valley Amateur Radio Association (HVARA), with its 55 club members shows off its converted bus as a mobile communications command vehicle.

The HVARA is the organization that gave birth to the ARROW (then called “Amatuer Radio Repeaters Of Washtenaw) when repeaters first became popular.

Click here for the Argus Eyes article

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