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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

April 11, 2018, 7pm

Next Club Meeting at K8YSZ's home

1108 Bumbletown Rd. on Bumbletown Hill.

Dues for 2018 are payable in January

The membership application can be filled out in Adobe Reader (Not in your browser) and printed.

Download a membership application here.


The KCRA has a NEW repeater 443.150 PL100. (Yeasu DR-1X)

Houghton: Cross-Band Repeater to the 315: 449.315 MHz simplex PL 100.0 Hz



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.

Portage North Entry Cam

This cam is located at the home of Jeff W9GY and over looks the North Entry of the Portage Canal.



Ham License Plate

Ham License Plate order form for MI Secretary of State

New Hams

Name Call Class City / State
Charles W Jackson KE8DUK G Calumet, MI
Ben A Jackson KE8DUN T Calumet, MI
Bruce P Jackson KE8DCJ E Calumet, MI
Randy D McClellan KE8DCK G Chassell, MI
Diane K Taylor KE8DUO T Hancock, MI
Joseph A Dowd KE8DUP T Lanse, MI
Mariah M McLeod KE8DUQ T Houghton, MI
Cole R Gingras KE8DUR T Houghton, MI
Chester E Ennis KE8DUS T Calumet, MI
Mary H Sears KE8FEU E Hancock, MI
Matthew Kotila KE8FKY T Calumet, MI
Timothy T Sears KE8GRW G Hancock, MI
Christopher R Ellsworth AC8YW E Chassell, MI
Winifred S Lierman KE8HWS T Houghton, MI

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. (George is the current Secretary)


Michigan QSO contest

2018 Saturday, April 22, 201. The contest period runs from 1200 EDST to 2400 EDST (16Z Saturday until 04Z Sunday UTC)

Gary K8YSZ will host again this year. All are welcome to join in.

The KCRA will used the W8K Special Event Call Sign for the Michigan QSO contest.
Thanks to Gary K8YSZ for hosting this event. Click Here for 2015 Pictures.

Hamfest & Swaps

CCRAA , KCRA & BCRA Hamfest & Swap will be Saturday April 28, 2018. 9am to 1pm
At the Chassell VFW 42103 Wilson Memorial Drive (US 41), Chassell, MI 49916.
For more info. please contact us at


Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association Ham Radio and Electronics Swap and Shop will be held The swap will be held February 3, 2018 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.

2018 CopperDog 150

The CopperDog 150 will be March 2-4,2017.

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

2018 Great Bear Chase

The Great Bear Chase was Saturday, March 10, 2018.
Thank You to all who volunteered. Link:Great Bear Chase If you are interested in volunteering please contact Christopher Van Arsdale-KD8RAV at

Field Day 2017

The CCRAA and the KCRA hosted "Field Day 2017" June 24 and 25 at The Historic Quincy Mine Site on Quincy Hill.

Thanks to all who helped out.

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.


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

Education Corner

Ham Radio on the International Space Station

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