19TH ANNUAL      

"Michigan Summer Family Outing"

JULY 7th & 8th 2017


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 7th 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.
13:00
to
15:00
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!
15:00
to
16:00
SHARES Geoff Richardson, N8CE

SEOC MARS/SHARES operator
Recently FEMA has been encouraging all counties to set up SHARES stations.  Since this is an HF service, in most cases, ARES operators are likely to be the ones setting up and operating these stations. Geoff will tell us about SHARES, equipment and licensing required, and operating procedures.
18:00
to
19:30
DINNER!!! Everyone Pot-Luck Dinner - just bring a dish to pass
19:30 PM Wagon Ride Anyone A wagon ride through the back woods and fields and around the lake.
21:00 PM Campfire Everyone Campfire and any entertainment anyone might muster


Saturday July 8th Schedule of Events
Time Event &
Presenter
Description
08:00
to
09:00
Breakfast Everyone Breakfast gathering will be BYOB (Bring Your Own Breakfast)
09:00
to
09:30
Report on Auxcomm Working Group John McDonough, WB8RCR
Michigan Section EC
The Auxcomm Working Group has been busy over the past year.  The SEC will bring us up to date on what has been happening.
09:30
to
10:00
Building your ARES program Tim Crane, WM8A
Genesee Co. EC
WM8A, has had great success in growing his ARES group in spite of strong headwinds.  Tim will share his secrets to building a successful program.
10:00
to
10:15
BREAK    
10:15
to
12:00
Build a roll-up J-pole Lee Hodges, KC8ITI
Former President Midland ARC
Everyone should have a deployable antenna in the trunk to extend the range of their HT.  Lee Hodges will guide us through building roll-up J-Poles.
12:00
to
13:00
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.
13:00
to
13:30
Great Lakes Hamcon Larry Camp, WB8R
Dale Williams, WA8EFK
We've all heard about the big deal down at MIS in the fall. The Section Manager and Division Director will share the current status with us. www.glhamcon.org
13:30
to
14:15
2017 Statewide Exercise Post-mortem John McDonough, WB8RCR
Michigan Section EC
In June we participated in the 2017 Statewide Exercise. The Section EC, John McDonough WB8RCR will review what we learned from that exercise.
14:15
to
14:30
BREAK    
14:30
to
15:15
S.E.T. 2017 Jack Hutcheson, NX8A
Assistant SEC for training and exercises
Every fall we have a Simulated Emergency Test.  Jack will lead us through a discussion about what we may want to test this coming S.E.T.
15:15
to
15:45
SEOC footprinting Joe Urdzela, K8JJU
SEOC operator
The new SEOC has a killer VHF footprint, quite different from the old SEOC. K8JJU has been working to understand just what our reach looks like, and will share his findings.
15:45
to
16:00
BREAK    
16:00
to
17:00
ARRL Forum Larry Camp WB8R [SM]
and other
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.
18:00
to
19:30
DINNER!!! Everyone Pot-Luck Dinner in the camping area - Please bring a dish to pass
20:00
'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 10th 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:
      Joe Miller - KJ8O
      Affiliated Club Coordinator
      kj8o@arrl.net
      Home Phone: (248)828-0616