Author Archives: Mike N7ONP

About Mike N7ONP

Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club, President 2021 Lincoln County Auxiliary Communications Service, CERT Liaison Central Coast CERT, President Amateur Extra License

Field Day: Aggregate Club Score

I’ve heard some questions that I think might relate to this “Temporary Rule Waiver.” This concerns the “aggregate club score,” not the official score under the Club call sign. It’s also important to label your club affiliation with the exact same text as the club uses, or it will not count.

Temporary rule waiverFor Field Day 2021, an aggregate club score will also be published, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club (similar to the aggregate score totals used in ARRL affiliated club competitions). Ordinarily, club names are only published in the results for Class A and Class F entries, but the temporary rule waiver for 2021 allows participants from any Class to optionally include a single club name with their submitted results following Field Day. For example, if Podunk Hollow Radio Club members Becky, W1BXY, and Hiram, W1AW, both participate in 2021 Field Day — Hiram from his Class D home station, and Becky from her Class C mobile station — both can include the radio club’s name when reporting their individual results. The published results listing will include individual scores for Hiram and Becky, plus a combined score for all entries identified as Podunk Hollow Radio Club.

Yes, there will be Yaesu Fusion and GMRS Zoom meetings

Yes, it’s Field Day weekend, but we will still have the Yaesu Fusion and GMRS Zoom meetings Friday morning, June 25. Fusion is at 10 am and GMRS at 11:00. To avoid having to close one meeting and open another, both meetings will use the same link:

Topic: GMRS Group (follows Yaesu Fusion Group):  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84728519386 Meeting ID: 847 2851 9386

Fusion will start at 10:00. At 11:00, the GMRS folks will arrive. I will create breakout rooms so the Fusion folks don’t have to leave if they have more to discuss. GMRS folks can also come early if they like.

We’ll try this, and if it works it will be our plan going forward.

Field Day 2021

ARRL Field Day is June 26-27, always the fourth full weekend in June. Lincoln County (Oregon) Amateur Radio Club will once again hold its Field Day event at Toledo Waterfront Park. Setup will begin Friday afternoon, with the actual event beginning at 11 am on Saturday. Demobilization will be Sunday morning.

Join us on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82341474435?pwd=anp6K1BQc2N5dExvNlBwbVhQYzVVZz09 The link will be up at least periodically, not necessarily the entire time, focusing on Saturday afternoon activities.

Meeting ID: 823 4147 4435

Passcode: 004606

Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/P7McjUcdfCjEXJJS9

Use this link to a short survey to “register” your intention to attend some or all of the Club’s Field Day 2021:
https://forms.gle/kpLnLw4pk7uWSMrW8

Planning sessions for Field Day take place on Zoom each Wednesday at 12:30, through June 30. Join using this Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82295281560?pwd=cVFuZnMwaHQxbGlyVTBHdUhRSCsyZz09

FRN required prior to exam

From: ARRL Web site <memberlist@www.arrl.org>
Date: Tue, Apr 27, 2021 at 4:58 PM
Subject: ARLB014 FCC Auto-Registration Feature for Exam Applicants to be Discontinued.

Auto-registration in the FCC Commission Registration System (CORES)
amateur radio exam for candidates using a Social Security number
will be discontinued on May 20, 2021. Applicants must use an FCC
Registration Number (FRN) for all license transactions with the FCC.
Examinees must register in CORES and receive an FRN before exam day.
Starting on May 20, electronic batch filed applications that do not
include a candidate’s FRN will be rejected. The Social
Security/Licensee ID Field will be disabled.

The CORES website can be accessed at:

https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do .

An instructional video provides step-by-step instructions on how to
establish a CORES account, which is necessary for licensees to make
administrative updates and download electronic license
authorizations.

The instructional video can be found at, https://www.fcc.gov/rofrn .

After June 29, all filers must provide an email address on all
applications. When an email is provided, applicants will receive an
official electronic copy of their licenses once granted (allow
incoming email from authorizations@fcc.gov). If no email is provided
when filing on or after June 29, applications will be rejected. ARRL
VEC suggests that those without access to email to use the email
address of a family member or friend.

Further information about providing an email address can be found
at,

http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-to-require-email-address-on-applications-starting-on-june-29-2021
.

Licensees need to log in to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) to
download their authorizations. The FCC no longer issues paper
copies.

Amateur Radio Community Invited to Take Part in MARS Exercise on 60 Meters

04/07/2021

Radio amateurs are invited to take part in the MARS exercise now under way until April 10 in support of the US Department of Defense. The five USB channelized 60-meter frequencies are available for interoperability (communication between services).

By convention, Channel 1 is designated the calling channel. This convention is established to train the amateur radio community to reach out on Channel 1 in times of national emergency for information from the federal government.

The amateur radio community utilizes 60 meters on a secondary basis with federal agencies.

This and similar 60 meter interoperability exercises are conducted during the first full week of each month. Air Force MARS has Sunday, 0501 UTC through Wednesday, 1701 UTC. Army MARS picks up Wednesday, 1701 UTC through Saturday, 0501 UTC. There is no service crossover.

The operating convention for MARS 60-meter interface with the amateur community designates Channel 1 as primary. For the purpose of this exercise, Air Force MARS phone operations will originate on Channel 1, digital and CW operations on Channel 2. If congestion occurs, either mode may direct their traffic to Channels 3 – 5. The only authorized digital modes are CW, M110A, Olivia, MT-63, MFSK-16, FT-8, and RTTY. M110A will likely have little or no use in this exercise.