A man was riding his motorcycle along a California beach when suddenly the sky clouded above his head and, in a booming voice, the Lord said, "Because you have TRIED to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish".
    The biker pulled over and said, "Build a bridge to Hawaii so I can ride over anytime I want."
    The Lord said, "Your request is materialistic, think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking; the supports required to reach the bottom of the Pacific and the concrete and steel it would take! It will nearly exhaust several natural resources.  I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things. Take a little more time and think of something that could possibly help mankind."
    The biker thought about it for a long time. Finally, he said, "Lord, I wish that I and all men could understand women; I want to know how she feels inside, what she's thinking when she gives me the silent treatment, why she cries, what she means when she says nothing's wrong, and how I can make a woman truly happy."
    The Lord replied: "You want two lanes or four on that bridge?"



50th Anniversary of the Mackinac Bridge
- Special Event Alert!

St. Ignace, Michigan.  Contact Diane Scalzi, WI8K, 586-337-5226,

Amateur radio clubs and individual hams across Michigan are invited to get involved in this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the single symbol of Michigan best-known around the world.
This very exciting special event will be on the air from 2:00 to 9:00 on Friday July 27 and 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday July 28.  We are looking for operators (of any class), loggers and people to work the public contact stations.  Volunteers are needed beforehand to create signage and visitor-oriented exhibits, help locate or provide site equipment (tents, tables, chairs, desk lamps, etc.) and tend to the hundreds of details needed to make this event successful.
Please check your schedules and mark these dates.  If you think you'd like to work at the event, please tell us now so we can plan for antennas and rigs and operating shifts.
We encourage clubs to send up "squads" of two people to take a shift as an operator/logger team.  Individuals are welcome to book in for open shifts.
The event station will be located at Bridge View Park at the St. Ignace end of the bridge, right behind (and west of) the State Police post.
Event sign-up, pointers to the overall celebration and more technical details about the event operations design are here: St. Ignace, Michigan.

Time to get on board!  This event says "Michigan" and is one of the most natural themes imaginable for celebrating our state. This is a great time to bring the grandkids and younger hams in for a great shared experience.  Check your calendars, check the website and just do it.

From Dale Weaver's Newsletter

Magic Band Opens Wide to Allow Cross-Band
Transatlantic Contact:

On Monday, June 25, there was a big opening to Europe on 6 meters (50 MHz), also known as the "magic band." In most areas, the opening started in the local US mid-morning, lasting until dark. According to QST column author of "The World Above 50 MHz" Gene Zimmerman, W3ZZ, "Many areas of the country that do not normally work Europe, including the Midwestern states, West Texas and Colorado, worked stations in Europe. At one point near the end of the opening, stations on the East Coast of the US were working stations in Hawaii on the Big Island." In this opening, Mike Smith, VE9AA, in New Brunswick was on 50 MHz when he worked Nigel Coleman, G7CNF, on CW cross-band; Coleman was on the 70 MHz band (4 meters) in England. Zimmerman said, "Though a few cross-band contacts were made via F2 propagation during the sunspot maximum period in the 1970s, this is believed to be the first 50/70 transatlantic cross-band contact ever made on multi-hop sporadic-E propagation." RSGB VHF/UHF Manager David Butler, G4ASR, concurred: "It certainly isn't the first United Kingdom-North America 4 meter/6 meter cross-band QSO, but it probably is the first via multi-hop sporadic-E." In North America, 70 MHz is channel 4 on television sets. Watch a YouTube video of the contact posted by VE9AA at <>, and G7CNF's version with some audio enhancements at <>.


HR 462

    The support for HR 462, a bill supporting amateurs, has been not  been as strong from the amateur community as needed. Write to your Representative in support and send a copy to your Great Lakes Director, Jim Weaver K8JE at That copy can have a greater effect than the original when both are sent.
    A companion bill to HR 462, S.1629, has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Mark Pryor from Arkansas.  Writing in support  of S.1629 should be delayed until called for by the ARRL.

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