16TH ANNUAL      

"Michigan Summer Family Outing"

JULY 9, 10, 11 and 12th 2015

will again be held at the

318 S. Sage Lake Road, Hale, MI 48739


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--- Jay WB8TKL

What is the Michigan Summer Family Outing?
    The Michigan Summer Family Outing is a 4-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.

    Come join your fellow Hams and their families for one, two, three, or all four days!


In honor of the following:
1) Being one of the top interests with both visitors to, and residents of, Michigan
2) A famous Michigan hard rock singer is one of its main spokespersons
3) Enthusiasts oftentimes take weeks off of work to participate in this activity
4) A sucessful day results in driving home with a "trophy" strapped across the hood of your car

So as an important part of the sport of Hunting, we would like to set the Theme for 2010 to be: Camouflage

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories at the group campfire Saturday evening:
1) Best dressed/camouflaged couple or individual
2) Best camouflaged trailer
3) Best camouflaged vehicle

(NO guns, knives, or firearms, please!! We are ONLY interested in Camouflage)

Thursday July 8th Schedule of Events
Time Event &
2:00 PM Begin Check-In Everyone check-in starts
6:00 PM Social Everyone Social gathering, Pot Luck Dinner, and fun
9:00 PM Campfire Everyone Campfire and social gathering

Friday July 9th Schedule of Events
Time Event &
Breakfast Everyone Breakfast gathering will be BYOB (Bring Your Own Breakfast)
10:00 AM 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. It will send a long CW ID periodically and then go silent for a few minutes. 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 capture the Fox!
NOONISH LUNCH!!! Everyone Lunch (free/donation) - Lunch meats, bread, and fixin's will be provided -or- bring your own -and- feel free to bring a dish to pass or supplies to share.
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
DRG/AMPRnet Update Jay Nugent WB8TKL Many changes have taken place in the Michigan AMPRnet Packet Radio Network all across the state. Jay will bring us up to date on those changes and let us know what new technologies are in the works, including D-Star, NetROM, and HSMM-MESH. And for those that have never used the Michigan AMPRnet, a short tutorial will be offered.
2:15 PM
3:15 PM
HSMM-MESH WiFi Networking under Part 97 Steve Gladden N8LBV Steve will show us how off the shelf WiFi products can be flashed with new software allowing them to be used as dedicated 2.4 GHz Spread Spectrum 'nodes' in an Ad-Hoc MESH network. These Nodes automatically discover one another and set up routes to one another forming a Meshed Network.
3:30 PM
4:30 PM
Emergency Management Ontario [EMO] Denny VE3EUI Denny who lives on the Canadian side of the Soo, serves as the Ontario/Michigan liaison for Emergency Management Ontario [EMO]. EMO operates similarly to RACES, and was developed out of a need for cross-border communication. Denny will discuss the modes of operation together with objectives, and the management structure of who can operate, etc.
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
DINNER!!! Everyone Pot-Luck Dinner - just bring a dish to pass
7:30 PM Orientation & Briefing Everyone Orientation and briefing
9:00 PM Campfire Everyone Campfire complete with entertainment

Saturday July 10th Schedule of Events
Time Event &
Breakfast Everyone Breakfast gathering will be BYOB (Bring Your Own Breakfast)
with Eggs, Pancakes, and Sausage grilled up by our own Chef Rick!
NTS Traffic Handling Jean Young AC8AR Being both a Net Manager and an Assistant Emergency Operations Officer with the Army MARS program, Jean is uniquly qualified to present on how NTS as well as MARS Traffic are handled quickly and efficiently by their respective networks on a daily basis.
LUNCH!!! Everyone Lunch (free/donation) - Lunch meats, bread, and fixin's will be provided -or- bring your own -and- feel free to bring a dish to pass or supplies to share.
Open Source software for Hams John McDonough WB8RCR John will discuss the many free Open Source Ham Radio related software projects available. For example there are tools that provide RF footprints (splat), antenna modeling, circuit analysis, digital modes (PSK31, etc.), and much much more.
Microwave Forum Lloyd Ellsworth NE8I Lloyd will do a Show & Tell of the "Rover" station he uses in the various microwave contests. He will also show us various other microwave stations he uses both in the field and at home, and will show us how to get started operating in these exciting millimeter bands.
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.
DINNER!!! Everyone Pot-Luck Dinner - Ham will be provided, just bring a dish to pass
Musical Entertainmet
Everyone Campfire, Entertainment, Prizes, 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 11th Schedule of Events
Time Event &
Sunday Service Anyone Interdenominational Service performed by Denny VE3EUI
Breakfast Everyone Breakfast gathering will be BYOB (Bring Your Own Breakfast)
with Eggs, Pancakes, and Sausage grilled up by our own Chef Rick!
Auction Everyone Auction of any donated items. Monies will go towards covering costs of this years and/or future years Outings.
Pack Up
Everyone Clean up of area, pack up and off grounds
(as another group comes in at Noon to use the park)


  1. All parties, whether preregistered or not are required to stop at the registration site at the campgrounds upon arrival before setting up your site
  2. If you are staying in the Lodge, you will need to bring your own bedding, pillow(s) and personal care items such as towels
  3. There will be hot dogs, sausage, drinks, and snacks available on Friday evening and Saturday lunch for those wishing to purchase. If you prefer to provide your own food, please plan on providing your own food and meals for Thursday evening, Friday morning, Friday evening, Saturday lunch and Sunday breakfast (remember to come share at the pot luck meal) .
  4. If you are coming up for just the day on Saturday, please let Jay WB8TKL (Registration and Finances) know if you will need a lunch on Saturday. Also let him know if you would like to have a meal provided on Friday evening.
  5. It is requested that at least the main member of your party attend the orientation on Friday evening. Rules and guidelines will be gone over at Orientation.
  6. As we get larger every year it becomes necessary for us to ask for volunteers to help out. Please volunteer to help with bathroom cleanup, lodge/kitchen cleanup on closing day.

Meals, Room & Campsite Reservations:
      Improved Campsites        @ $19.00 per site per day
      Unimproved Campsites      @ $13.00 per site per day
      Beds In Lodge (bunk-beds) @ $16.00 per bed per day

      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 main course 
      as well as other operating expenses.  We Thank You!

Please fill out the RESERVATIONS form for campsites, or for beds in the lodge, as early as possible. They are first-come, first served. Also let us know how many in your party will be needing meals so that we may be better prepared.

Some scenes from around the grounds:

Presentations and some pictures from last years outing (2009):

More pictures from the 2009 "Michigan Summer Outing"

Presentations and pictures from 2009:
Presentations and pictures from 2008:

Nearby Attractions - Something for Everybody!:

How to get there:

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 146.52 simplex. 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 on 52 in case you need assistance.

For more information contact:
      Jay Nugent  WB8TKL
      1316 Oak Street, Ypsilanti, MI  48198
      (734)484-5105 (noon until 4am - Yes, AM!)