Ron Appelbey W8RFA is going camping and playing radio!

Sunday afternoon 4/29/18 till ? South Deward Rd. off Mancelona Rd. Stay left at the Y on Deward Rd. Everyone welcome. Come Camp, Hang out, Play radio, What ever. Just going to have a fun time!

Click MAP link below for directions.


Field Day 2018!

Come join us at the University Center Gaylord

80 Livingston Blvd, Gaylord, MI 49735

June 23-24.

We always have a great time. General public is welcome! Come see what we’re all about.

If you are interested in getting your Ham License or upgrading we will be having a testing session on Saturday!

Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

For directions click the Map link below.


Testing Tuesday 5/8/18 6:30pm

Gaylord Regional Airport.

We are having Testing Sessions at our Club Meetings every other month!




Spring 2018 Skywarn Spotter Training

Skywarn spotter training classes have been scheduled for spring 2018. These classes are free and open to everyone – no pre-registration necessary. Please click the link below for more details and to find a class near you.

As a reminder, Skywarn training is required at least once every three years to remain in our active spotter database.

If you have any questions, please call the National Weather Service at (989)-731-3384 or email

Additional questions or comments should be sent to or call NWS Gaylord at 989-732-9306.


Otsego County Skywarn Spotter Talk

When: Tue, May 1, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: Otsego County EMS Rescue, 100 McLouth Rd, Gaylord, MI 49735, USA (map)

The February Club Meeting will be held at the Gaylord Bowling Center and we will be bowling right after the meeting.

We will be Raffling The Yaesu FT-101E At The Gaylord Bowling Center!

Thank W8RPM Ron Odenwald For Setting This Up For Us!

1200 Gornick Ave, Gaylord, MI 49735

Click Here For Map

Meeting starts at 6:30 pm


$4 a line ( game )

$3 shoe rental

Pay $15 up front get 1.5 hours of unlimited bowling, shoe rental, pizza and pop.

We’re Going To Have A Great Time!

 We Always Do!

President: Randy Savoix W1WRS

Top Of Michigan Amateur Radio Club Annual Christmas Party!

December 15th at 6:30pm. $20.00 per person.

Covers Banquet Room, All You Can Eat Buffet and Tips.

Great Food! Great Time with Great People! Looking forward to seeing you there!

We Are Looking For A Head Count To Tell BJ’s so PLEASE R.S.V.P. By December 1st To

Official times are 0000Z-2359Z Saturday December 2nd. That translates to 7:00PM Friday evening (Dec 1st) to 7:00PM Saturday evening.

In actuality some of the GMARC group meets up in the afternoon to throw up and antenna or two, breaks off for dinner, then the fun begins around 7PM. We usually are done by 3PM on Saturday.

We will be holding this at the EOC classroom at the UC Center.

Winter Weather Spotter Talks
National Weather Service
OCTOBER 25TH 6:30 p.m.
100 McLouth Road, Gaylord, Michigan

With one of the most active winter weather seasons in the United States, residents of Northern Michigan have to be prepared for changeable and sometimes severe winter weather. Michigan is one of the few states in the country which experience lake effect snow. Lake effect snow occurs when cold air crosses the still relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes, picking up moisture and depositing it over northern Michigan. With the lakes unfrozen for much of the winter, the lake effect snow machine creates staggering snowfall totals of more than 15 feet in some locations. This makes northern Michigan a unique and challenging location for winter weather, for both residents and weather forecasters.

If you are interested in learning more about winter weather in the Great Lakes, we encourage you to attend this presentation. The class is FREE, open to everyone and will last approximately 90 minutes.

Topics covered this year include:

➢ Winter precipitation types. How does snow, freezing rain, and sleet occur?
➢ Snow measurement and reporting
➢ National Weather Service winter product changes and simplification
➢ A look back at the winter of 2016-2017
➢ Winter outlook for this year
➢ Winter folklore

For details on other winter talk dates and locations, please visit the NWS Gaylord Outreach Page at:

You may also call the NWS office with any questions at 989-731-3384.

A few interesting Michigan winter records

* Most snow in one winter: 390 inches Delaware (Keweenaw Peninsula) 1978-1979
* Record low temperature: -51 degrees Fahrenheit Vanderbilt February 9, 1934
* Record snow depth Lower Michigan: 68 inches Kalkaska February 15, 1985
* Record snow depth Upper Michigan: 117 inches Eagle Harbor January 27-31, 1948

John KC9ON will be there and doing a Fox Hunt and working with the kids.. I’m sure John would like some support if anyone would like to show up and help out with the kids introducing them to Amateur Radio. Should be a fun time!

They are planning for approximately 600 people this year and it is being held behind the Gaylord Middle School Outdoor Environmental learning site/Aspen Park on Saturday, July 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

If interested contact John KC9ON.

Click Here For Directions.