16TH ANNUAL      

"Michigan Summer Family Outing"

JULY 10th & 11th 2015
(please note the reduction from 4 days to 2 days)


will again be held at the

WOODLANDS CONFERENCE CENTER AND CAMPGROUNDS
318 S. Sage Lake Road, Hale, MI 48739

 


What is the Michigan Summer Family Outing?
    The Michigan Summer Family Outing is a 2-day fun-filled event hosted by your ARRL Michigan Section Staff and paid for totally from donations, involving fun events for the whole family! Camping, RVing, Canoeing, Horseshoes, Water Slide, Rock Climbing Wall, Hiking, Volleyball, Softball, Boating, Swimming facilities are available all day every day of the outing for your pleasure (canoeing, swimming and boating involve safety issues that will be addressed at the outing). Hayrides around the 420 beautiful acres will be arranged and announced. There will be games, campfires, and sing-a-longs for all to enjoy. And of course, there will be ARPSC training and other informative seminars available on both Friday and Saturday for any who wish to participate.




Friday July 10h Schedule of Events
Time Event &
Presenter
Description
NOONISH LUNCH!!! Everyone Lunch gathering in the camping area. Some lunch meats, bread, and fixin's may be provided -and/or- bring your own. Feel free to bring a dish to pass or supplies to share.
1:00 PM
to
3:00 PM
Fox Hunt The "Fox" A hidden transmitter (the "Fox") will be mysteriously placed somewhere within the 420 acres of the Woodlands Campground. It will be on the 2-meter band and most likely will be FM. In your mission Mr. Phelps, should you decide to accept it, is to find the "Fox" before anyone else does. This will earn you the "Foxey" award to be presented at the Saturday evening campfire.

So bring your HT, bring your Direction Finding antenna, bring your friends and work as a team or work individually to locate the Fox!
3:00 PM
to
4:30 PM
HF Digital Modes Steven Smith WA8LMF The Digital modes on HF, such as PSK31, MSK, Olivia, etc. are becoming the next best way to moving 'digital' information from station to station. Steven WA8LMF will be showing us how these digital modes work, what equipment is needed (typically a PC with Soundcard and an audio interface, and a little bit of FREE software). I anticipate that there might even be a LIVE demonstration!
6:00 PM
to
7:30 PM
DINNER!!! Everyone Pot-Luck Dinner - just bring a dish to pass
7:30 PM Wagon Ride Anyone A wagon ride through the back woods and fields and around the lake.
9:00 PM Campfire Everyone Campfire and any entertainment anyone might muster


Saturday July 11th Schedule of Events
Time Event &
Presenter
Description
08:00
to
09:30
Breakfast Everyone Breakfast gathering will be BYOB (Bring Your Own Breakfast)
10:00
to
11:00
HF Pactor John WB9JSR
Michigan Digital Relay Station
John will explain HF Pactor, The National Traffic System Digital, and WinLink 2000, both of which can be valuable assets in a major incident
11:30
to
12:30
LUNCH!!! Everyone Pizza and Pop will be available (please feed the DONATION can!). Some folks may choose to bring your own meal. Please feel free to bring a dish to pass or supplies to share.
1:30
to
2:00
Non-Federal Interoperability Frequencies John WB8RCR John will discuss why we may want to use the non-Federal Interoperability frequencies and when we are permitted to use them
2:00
to
2:30
Personnel Accountability John WB8RCR - Accounting for personnel and equipment is a key part of mobilization, and especially demobilization. John will present tools for easing this often overlooked task
2:45
to
3:45
ARRL Forum Section Staff All Section Staff and Division Leadership and Guests are welcome to participate in an open discussion regarding happenings in Amateur Radio and within the Great Lakes and Michigan Section.
4:00
to
5:00
Recent D3 Activations Buffy Carr K9FSR
Emergency Management Coordinator, Alcona, Ogemaw, and Oscoda counties
Buffy will report on several activations this year in the northern counties of District 3
6:00
to
7:30
DINNER!!! Everyone Pot-Luck Dinner in the camping area - Please bring a dish to pass
8:00
'till
late
Campfire Everyone Campfire, Entertainment, "Fox" award, and more!!!!
Bring out your musical instruments and join in! If you can carry a tune, or only a bucket, join in and have fun!


Sunday July 12th Schedule of Events
Time Event &
Who
Description
08:00
to
10:00
Breakfast Everyone BYOB - Breakfast, that is! Pot-Luck breakfast in the camping area.
10:00
'till
Noon
Cleanup
and
Pack Up
Everyone Clean up of area, pack up and departure.





Meals & Campsite Reservations:
      Improved Campsites        @ $22.00 per site per day
      Unimproved Campsites      @ $15.00 per site per day
      (NOTE:  We will not be using the Bunkhouse/Conference Center this year)

      NOTE: For those wishing to stay in West Branch, there are several
            motels available to choose from.


      Meals are all Pot-Luck, so there is no charge.  But a Donation jar will
      be set out for anyone wishing to help offset the cost of the use of the 
      park and the pole-barn as well as other operating expenses.  We Thank You!




Some scenes from around the grounds:




Nearby Attractions - Something for Everybody!:




How to get there:

WOODLANDS CONFERENCE CENTER AND CAMPGROUNDS
318 S. Sage Lake Road
Hale, MI 48739

(in Ogemaw County near the Iosco County line)



Directions: Take I-75 (North or South depending on where you are coming from) to M-55 exit #215 (to West Branch). Go East on M-55 (thru downtown West Branch) 17 miles to F-19/Sage Lake Road (CITGO Gas Station on the corner). Go North about 4 miles until you see an archway over a driveway on the West side of the road that says: "THE WOODLANDS"


The GPS coordinates of the campgrounds are:
            N 44-19.503
            W 83-55.865

And the GridSquare is: EN84ah

Talkin: We will make every attempt to have a talk-in station on the 146.94 repeater. But with such a long event and no idea when people will be arriving, it would be impractical to make someone sit at a talk-in station when there are so many things they could be doing. But we will do our best to have someone within earshot of a rig in case you need assistance.




For more information contact:
      Jay Nugent  WB8TKL
      1316 Oak Street, Ypsilanti, MI  48198
      wb8tkl@arrl.net
      (734)484-5105 (until midnight)