Dues and Donations information can be found here. 

Memberships are valid January 1st thru December 31st.

Amateur Radio “Field Day 2024”

Members of the COPPER COUNTRY RADIO AMATEUR ASSOCIATION and the KEWEENAW COUNTY REPEATER ASSOCIATION would like to say thank you to The Houghton County Historical Society for allowing us to hold the 2024 ARRL Field Day event at your site.
It was a great success. We had lot of people show up.

And Thank You to all who showed up and many of you that helped to make it a success.

On January 6,2024 the Keweenaw County Repeater Association changed its call sign from K8MDH to W8FWG in memory of the late George R. Thurner. Thanks again for all you did for this club and the Ham radio community. 73 RIP.

A Big Thank You!

To George Thurner, W8FWG (SK) for his many years of service to the KCRA, CCRAA and to the Ham radio community.

George’s Obituary can be found here.


George Thurner Memorial Page



The 147.315 repeater has been upgraded to a Motorola MTR2000 with an ACC RC-96 Controller.

Autopatch has been re-enabled. (As of 06/03/2023)

Also, the 443.150 repeater has been taken off the air.

Nets and Meetings

The Keweenaw County ARES Net is on Fridays at 9pm Followed by A Skywarn Net on 147.315+ MHz PL 100.0 Hz

The Houghton County ARES Net will be on Wednesdays at 8:00PM.
On the 88 repeater (146.880 MHz- with a PL of 100.0 Hz)

The Ontonagon County ARES Net will be on Wednesdays about 8:30PM-8:45PM.
On the 67 repeater (146.670 MHz- with a PL of 100.0 Hz)

Next Meeting Date: July 13th, 2023, 11:30am at The Hut (In Kearsarge).

The KCRA will meet the second Saturday of each quarter.

Meetings are open to all interested in Amateur Radio.

Technician HAM Classes:   Thanks to Don W8PSP for teaching the classes! In the 2022 session we had 25 new Hams and in 2023 there was 10. For a total of 35!

Don W8PSP and Simon KE8TXD did an interview for “Copper Country Today”

Aired on January 22, 2023

Copper Country Today Archives – Keweenaw Report

New Copper Country Ham Directory 2022

FCC Application Fee Instructions

Detroit Free Press- Article on local Hams.

Check the Open Sky Project. At openskiesproject.org

2019 Chassell Ham Swap Meet sponsored by the CCRAA, BCRA and KCRA grand prize raffle winner. John Kemppainen N8BFL (right) receives his prize a Yaesu FTM-400XDR/DE from CCRAA treasurer Randy McClellan KE8DCK.

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 W8FWG repeater reaches from Thunder Bay, ON to the Lake Superior shore in Alger and Marquette Counties.

A Big Thank You!

To Gary Hansen, K8YSZ(SK) for his many years of service to the KCRA and as the Keweenaw County EC.

Meet and Greets

Most weeks a group meets on,

Tuesdays at The Miners Café (Laurium) at 9:00am,

Thursdays at Burger King (Calumet) at 2:00pm and

Saturdays The Hut (Kearsarge), The Miners Café (Laurium) or The Loading Zone (Lake Linden) at 11:30am.

(Give a call on the 315 to see if anyone is going)

Thank You

The KCRA would like to thank Keweenaw County for hosting our repeaters at Mount Horace Greeley. (Calumet Air Force Station)

We would also like to thank Pasty.net for supplying us with power and a phone line.


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

Live Keweenaw Web Cams (pasty.com)

What is “Ham Radio”

The Radio Amateur’s Code

The Radio Amateur is CONSIDERATE…He/[She] never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others. LOYAL…He/[She] offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, the IARU Radio Society in his/[her] country, through which Amateur Radio in his/[her] country is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE…He/[She] keeps his/[her] station up to date. It is well-built and efficient. His/[Her] operating practice is above reproach.

FRIENDLY…He/[She] operates slowly and patiently when requested; offers friendly advice and counsel to beginners; kind assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the marks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED…Radio is a hobby, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC…His/[Her] station and skills are always ready for service to country and community.

– adapted from the original Amateur’s Code, written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928




Amateur Radio “Field Day 2024”

WHO/WHAT: Members of the COPPER COUNTRY RADIO AMATEUR ASSOCIATION and the KEWEENAW COUNTY REPEATER ASSOCIATION will be participating in the national amateur radio Field Day exercise, June 22-23. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of amateur radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

WHEN: From 2pm Saturday, June 22, to 2pm Sunday, June 23.

WHERE: Houghton County Historical Society

53102 Hwy M-26 Lake Linden, MI 49945

For more information about Field Day or amateur radio, visit kcra-mi,net or ccraa.net or arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.




Saturday October 5, 2024

KBIC Senior Center  (Ojibwa Senior Citizens Center)

208 Main Ave. Baraga, Mi

9 AM – 1 PM  (set up: 8 AM)

Admission: $5, Tables $10 – Plenty of tables available, no need to pre-order tables (trunk sales of larger items – OK)

Under 18 (and students) free admission

Snacks, coffee, and soft drinks available

Addition information:  contact Jeff W9GY  jeffw9gy@pasty.net
                                               Bill KD8JAM kd8jam@charter.net


CopperDog 150

The 2024 CopperDog 150, CopperDog 80, CopperDog 30, and CopperDog 15 have been cancelled.

The CopperDog 150 will be March 1-3, 2024.

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 Coordinator Bill LaBell at billlabell@copperdog150.com.

We will be operating special event station K9C on popular HF bands, See QRZ.com for QSL details.

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend!

This Years dates: 0001 UTC 17 AUGUST 2024 TO 2400 UTC 18 AUGUST 2024 (48 hours)

This year K8L we will be operating from:

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse US0017

Swap & Shop

Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association of Marquette County

Swap & Shop Saturday September 16, 2023

We are hoping that the beginning of summer is soon, and the end of summer is a long way off in the distance, but we’d like you to mark your calendar now for our annual Swap & Shop that has been moved to September 16, 2023. For ages we held this event in February, but plans are to host it annually in the fall.

Other than that, everything is the same. Location is the Negaunee Township Hall on M-35 just south of the U.S. Hwy 41 and M-35 intersection. Times are 0900 to 1300. We’ll have lots of door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Refreshments will be available.

Here is only a small sample of what will be on our club table. I realize it is scheduled down the road somewhat but please mark your calendar now, so you don’t miss it. Please let your club members be aware of our upcoming Swap & Shop.

Also does anyone need a sales table at our event? Contact Greg KI8AF at ki8af@arrl.net