Welcome to the University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club

Meeting Dates, Rooms, Events, and Contests for Winter 2019

UMARC meets on the third Thursday of each month. Join us for food, news updates, and a presentation on interesting topics related to amateur radio. Everyone is welcome to join us at our club meetings. Some updates from the year can be found below:

Upcoming events:

Sixth (March) club meeting –  Thu, 3/21/2019 6:30 – 8:30pm 1200 EECS

Our March club meeting will have a presentation about Thermionic Vacuum Tubes, presented by Ul, N4IYL. Below is a teaser slide for the presentation.

Michigan QSO Party Contest – Late April, dates TBA.
More information to come.
(April meeting sometimes wanted, decided on later)
Year in review…
Informational mass meeting  – Thursday September 13, 2018, 6pm-7pm, 1014 Dow (email didn’t get sent out, oops)
First club meeting – Thursday September 20, 2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm, 1303 EECS Presentation: Pencil Inductors – N9KIT
KB6NU Technician License Class + VE Test Session – Saturday, September 29, 2018 8:30am-5:30pm, 1311 EECS
Second club meeting – Thursday October 18, 2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm, 1303 EECS
Third club meeting – November 15, 2018, 6:30m-8:30pm, 1311 EECS
(no meeting December – winter break)
Fourth club meeting – Thursday January 17, 2019 6:30pm-8:30pm, 1200 EECS (Topic: “FT8: The Digital Explosion in Amateur Radio” – Don, AC8TO)
ARRL School Club Roundup Voice + Morse Code Contest – Feb 11 – Feb 15
An annual classic. Score points against other elementary schools, high schools, and college clubs across the US. More info on ARRL’s page
Fifth club meeting – Thursday February 21, 2019 6:30pm-8:30pm, 1200 EECS (Topic: “Grounding and Bonding” – Tim Duffy / DX Engineering over over skype)
KB6NU Technician Class + VE Test Session – Saturday, February 23, 2019
Classes start promptly at 9AM in 1303 EECS. Please come prepared, more info on KB6NU’s site

Above: Joel Thurtell, K8PSV demonstrating the Zenith 100-R for the club after his presentation. Jan 2018.

Parking Info

​For those driving to North Campus, I’m sorry to say that parking has gotten a bit more challenging.  UM has increased the hours of enforcement of parking permits on a couple of lots.  Both the NC27 lot (by the Walgreen Drama center) and the NC60 lot (by the Lurie Engineering Center) are now enforced until 8 pm, so you could get a ticket if you park in them without a UM “blue” or “gold” permit.  Fortunately there are still two other good options.  Lot NC48, on Hayward near Murfin is probably the best choice.  It is free after 5 pm and almost always has plenty of space in the evenings.  The best route is to go down the steps out of the east side of the parking lot, pass the Beyster building on the right, and then take the outdoor stairway underneath the Beyster building down to the diag area.  Turn left and go to the west entrance of EECS.  The left green line drawn on the attached parking map shows this route.  Another possibility is to park in lot NC28 behind the Space Research Building; that lot is also free after 5 pm.  From there, exit the parking lot to the west, come down the hill to the corner Hayward and Beal, then cross Hayward and follow Beal down to the east entrance of EECS.  The right green line drawn on the map shows this route.
Don – AC8TO

Learn about Ham Radio, Join the Club!

Communicate with other site stations around the world using U-M’s amateur radio station W8UM, obtain your own FCC Amateur Radio License, and get involved in an exciting hobby that you’ll enjoy for a lifetime.

Check out this flyer (pdf) describing our club.

Also, be sure to get on our e-mail list, so you’ll get announcements of upcoming meetings and events around the W8UM “shack”.