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Nets and Meetings

Fridays 9pm ET

ARES Net Followed by A Skywarn Net on 147.315+ MHz PL 100.0 Hz

08-April-2015, 7pm

Next Club Meeting at K8YSZ's home

1108 Bumbletown Rd. on Bumbletown Hill.


The KCRA has a NEW repeater 443.150 PL100. Give it a try. *************************************************************************


Hi! We wish you a hearty Yooper welcome and thanks for visiting our neck of the woods.

Located in Michigan's northernmost county, the KCRA was originally established in 1983 to provide amateur radio service in rugged and rural Keweenaw County and nearby coastal waters. Today, the K8MDH repeater reaches from Thunder Bay, ON to the Lake Superior shore in Alger and Marquette Counties.

A Big Thank You!

photo by Gary, K8YSZ

A BIG THANK YOU to George Thurner, W8FWG for 28 years of service to the KCRA. George was given a Certificate of Appreciation at the January 2012 meeting of the KCRA. George retired from the Secretary-Treasurer's position on Dec 31 2011.


Hamfest & Swaps

Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association Ham Radio and Electronics Swap and Shop will be held The swap will be held February 7, 2015 at the Negaunee Township Hall, 42 HWY M-35, Negaunee, MI. Doors open at 9 am, close at 2 pm, and admission is $5 at the door. Tables are $6. Contact Fred Mouser, KD8JIP for tables or information. ( 906-360-3326 or email: ) For more Info click here.

CCRAA & KCRA Hamfest & Swap will be Saturday May 9th 2015. 9am to 3pm
At the Chassell VFW 42103 Wilson Memorial Drive (US 41), Chassell, MI 49916.
Admission fee: $3 Table fee: $10
For more info. please contact us at

2015 UP Hamfest August 1st in Escanaba, Michigan Hosted by DCARS and Bay de Noc Community College. Link:U.P. Hamfest 2014!

2015 CopperDog 150

The CopperDog 150 will be February 27 - March 1,2015.

We are look for Radio Communications volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering, would like to sign up for your favorite location, or you have a question or suggestion please contact Communications Director Bill LaBell at

2015 Great Bear Chase

The Great Bear Chase was Saturday, March 7,2015. Link:Great Bear Chase

2014 Copperman Triathlon

The Copperman Triathlon was Saturday, August 2,2014. Thanks to all radio volunteers. Link:Keweenaw Copperman

Field Day 2014

The CCRAA and the KCRA hosted "Field Day 2014" June 28 and 29 at the Houghton County Historical Museum in Lake Linden.

Special Event Station

The Keweenaw County Historical Society's Life-Saving museum Grand Opening was July 20 2013. It was at the Eagle Harbor Marina We operated a Special Event station. Thanks to: Bill KD8JAM, Jeff W9GY, Howard KD8ABP, Gary K8YSZ and Stan WB8QJZ for all your help. Link:Keweenaw History


Spring SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training Schedule

Skywarn is an organization that closely interfaces with the National Weather Service to assist in severe weather preparedness. KCRA is very organized in local Skywarn activities.

Weather Advisories

Click on map for the latest weather.

Latest KCRA News

What's this that I heard about about our APRS network being used for text messaging? Well, for one, you don't have to pay $0.15/message to send one nationwide. Get into APRS now! It's a hybrid VHF packet radio and internet tactical communications system for weather reports, text messaging, and vehicle position reporting. The best thing is that there is an extensive network of digipeaters and internet gateways NATIONWIDE and especially in the Copper Country!


photo by Gary, K8YSZ

A number of us took place in the "Copperman Triathlon" Held at Copper Harbor on Saturday, August 6, 2011, where a picture was taken. The people in this picture left to right are:
Nancy Banfield - KD8FPN
Josh Myles - KC8VEU
George Thurner, W8FWG
Bill LaBell - KD8JAM
Terry Johnson - W8FMR
David Sheffer, KD8CGA
Richard Powers - KA8L
Dennis Royce - K9GIR
Jeff Stricker - W9GY
Carroll Crist - K9JCO

Others who participated but now shown:
Gary Hansen- K8YSZ (the photographer)
Chris Musiel - KB9UCO
Richard Brooks - KB8FCX

Have You Been Licensed 25 Years?

The Quarter Century Wireless Association membership often appeals to amateurs who want to be identified with and associate with some of the best known, respected, proficient and dedicated amateurs in the world. The knowledge that so many well-known amateurs have joined together in this unique non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the best interests of all amateurs, for now and posterity, appeals to many.

QCWA Chapter 219 meets on the air on the second Saturday of the month. The group meets at 3835 KHz +/- QRM at 2200Z (5P Eastern, 4P Central). It's a very informal group. We hope you have a few minutes to join us? (This is the newly formed U.P. of Michigan Chapter.) Secretary: John Anderson, WD8RTH Secretary QCWA Chapter 219

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