Field Day Reminder
ARRL Field Day is this weekend, June 28-29, 2014. The HPARC’s participation will be from Camp Hazel Woods at 6379 Holdridge Rd in Holly, MI. See map for detailed location. Members will meet enroute for breakfast at 8 AM at the Big Boy Restaurant at 4940 S Balwin Rd in Lake Orion–within sight of Great Lakes Crossing at the Baldwin Rd exit of I-75 (map).

After breakfast, the group will proceed to the site and commence setup at about 10 AM. The event runs from  2 PM Saturday until 2 PM Sunday local time at which time the teardown will commence.

Everyone is invited to operate, set up, tear down, any of the above, or just socialize. This is ostensibly an excercise to prepare for a communications emergency, an outreach event to the public,  and North America’s biggest ham radio social event rolled into one masquerading as a contest. So whether you’re new to ham radio, or interested in public service events, or a veteran contester, or just want to hang out with some friends and play radio for the weekend, there’s something for everybody.

Volunteers Needed For Oak Apple Run

Mike Van Buren WD8S, Coordinator of Volunteers for the Oak Apple Run, is seeking additional volunteers to assist in communication for the series of races to be held in the streets of Royal Oak on Saturday, May 31. HPARC has been supplying communication for this event for more than 25 years. The need for volunteers has grown steadily from 5 people 25 years ago, to the 41 required for this year’s event.

If you can help by participating along the course on 147.51 MHz simplex, from 6:45 until about 11 AM, contact Mike at There will be a pre-race meeting on Wednesday, May 28 at 6:30 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Royal Oak where specific assignments will be made, pizza and soda will be served and tee shirts will be distributed.

Bill Reilly K8DRV (SK) 1970-2014

Bill Reilly K8DRV (SK)

Bill Reilly K8DRV became a Silent Key on May 8, 2014 losing his most recent battle with cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife Tina.

Bill had been licensed since 1996, first as KC8DRV and eventually upgrading to Amateur Extra in 2010. Bill was active on the DART repeater and in the HPARC and had served as its Second Vice President. He was also a member of USECA. Bill enjoyed portable and mobile HF operation, as well as operating digital modes at Field Day.

K8DRV operating portable

Visitation is at Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home (13650 E 15 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights) from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM Saturday May 10 and from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Sunday May 11. Service is at 10:00 AM Monday, May 12 at Fellowship Chapel (12875 E 14 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights). Interment wil be at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.


K8SDK’s Antarctic Operation

Steve Kaatz K8SDK will present a program on his maritime mobile expedition to Antarctica, featured in the March 2014 issue of QST. In December 2012, Steve took a ten day cruise from the southern tip of Argentina to the Antarctic Peninsula. He’ll talk about operating from the bridge of the National Geographic Explorer, with a friendly ship’s crew but unusual limits on when he could go on the air. He’ll also describe the spectacular sights he saw.

ARISS Video Now on YouTube

A video about the HPARC ARISS project is now on YouTube thanks to Tony Gallucci N8VR. Enjoy!


Despite having to be at the school early in the morning after working late the night before on last minute preparation, the team pulled off a nearly perfect contact with the International Space Station. With strong signals until just before our anticipated loss of signal time at the horizon, all 22 students who had prepared questions for Commander Koichi Wakata were able to ask their questions and hear the answers. Even Dr. Catherine Neuhoff, the principal of MMSTC, got to ask an impromptu question before the assembled crowd gave a big cheer and we signed off with NA1SS.

You can see a video of the contact as well as the report by TV Warren News on the Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center website.


Because the snowfall on the regular meeting night forced the closure of Hoover School, the March meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 19 at the regular time and place.

Jerry Begel W9NPI will present another installment in his series on wireless history. Click the graphic below for a more detailed view.

Thank You, Vendors, Attendees and Volunteers for Another Successful Swap

With the cooperation of the weather, the 48th annual Hazel Park ARC Hamfest was held on Sunday, January 12, 2014.The club offers its heartfelt thanks to all the vendors, attendees, and volunteers who made the event a success.

New License Class to Start in January

The Hazel Park Amateur Radio Club will host a General Class Amateur License Course

WHEN: Mondays, from January 20, 2014 to April 28, 2014
TIME: 7 PM to 9 PM for 15 weeks

City of Oak Park Recreation Center
14300 Oak Park Blvd.
Oak Park, MI 48237

COSTS: FREE Instruction. License Manual ($25) and Oak Park Room Fee ($15), both payable at the first session
BONUS: FCC License Exam at Last Session ($15 fee)
Registration: Necessary, by January 10, 2014
Prerequisite Preferred: Technician Class Amateur Radio License, or CSCE showing Element 2 exam credit.
Contact the Instructor: Wallace Murray KE8HR at

November Meeting Program

Larry Koziel K8MU will give a presentation prepared by Graham Shirville G3VZV and David Johnson G4DPZ on the FUNcube-1 satellite. The program is particularly timely because the satellite is presently at the launch site in Russia awaiting a scheduled launch on November 21, 2013.

Sweeps Reminder You need 83 sections this year for a "clean sweep." November is ARRL Sweepstakes month. The oldest domestic radio contest dating back to 1930 makes its 2013 appearance for CW at 5 PM local time Saturday November 2 for a period of 30 hours. Be careful of the finish time since daylight savings time ends during the middle of the contest! The phone portion begins two weeks later on November 16. The ARRL offers a pin to any station that makes 100 or more contacts in either of the Sweepstakes weekends, and a mug to those that work a “clean sweep” of all 83 ARRL sections. The club covers the cost of the pins and mugs for its members, so get on the air and have some fun this month. Rules and lots more information is available from the ARRL website. From the ARRL website on the history of Sweepstakes:

…the oldest domestic contest, beginning in January 1930, it was called “The All-Section Sweepstakes Contest.” It was truly a relay contest with 1 point for sending a complete message with at least 10 words of text in correct message format and 1 point for receiving a similar message. Most stations worked were not in the contest and had to be schooled (on the air) on the desired info exchange. Sixty-eight sections were possible and 48 sections participated. The contest ran for 14 days on 80, 40, and 20 meters–mostly CW but some phone entries. The first winner was W1ADW with a whopping 153 QSOs in 43 sections–when did he have time to sleep? (Thanks, SS Manager, Larry K5OT)

WAS Award for W8HP The club recently received the ARRL’s Worked All States Award for contacts made with the club call, W8HP. Thanks to Murray KE8UM, who maintains our Logbook of the World account.