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

Renewing Your License

You may renew your license within 45 days prior to its expiration date. Currently there is no fee required to renew your license, though a $35 fee will be implemented in the near future. Once your license expires, you may not legally operate (transmit), though here is a 2 year grace period during which you may renew your license without being required to retest, and retaining your all sign.

  • Under “Filing” heading, click on “File Online”
  • Enter FRN and password
    • Your FRN is on your license, or
    • Click on “Check your license” and
    • Search by your call sign
  • If you don’t have an account set up … 
  • On the left, under “My Licenses,” click on “Renew Licenses”

Key FCC links:

Friday Forums!

Our array of Friday morning meetings has been rearranged. The 1st Friday will be for regularly scheduled meetings of the LCARC Board. The 2nd Friday will combine the D-star and Yaesu Fusion meetings into a Digital Voice meeting, including DMR if there is interest. We have the flexibility to set up breakout rooms to have separate meetings at the same time, as necessary. The 3rd Friday will be the “Other” meeting, incorporating Packet, other digital modes, or most anything of interest. On the 4th Friday, the “Zoom Master” hosts a GMRS meeting. This one is not a Club event (since it’s not Amateur Radio), but anyone with an interest is welcome.

All these meetings take place at 10:00 am. the comprehensive list with links is below:

Friday Forums

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): 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: 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:

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

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