Contrary to what you may have heard or read, the collection of
application fees for the amateur radio service and certain other
services will NOT begin on April 19, 2021.
Although April 19, 2021 is the date the rules in the FCC Report and
Order adopted last December generally take effect – i.e., one month
after the R&O was published in the March 19, 2021 Federal Register –
certain parts of those rules, including collection of the application
fees for the amateur radio service, will NOT begin on that date.
The effective date for new amateur radio fees has not yet been
established. The FCC explicitly states in the published Notice that the
fees will not take effect until:
* the requisite notice has been provided to Congress; AND
* the FCC’s information technology systems and internal
procedures have been updated; AND
* the Commission publishes [FUTURE] notice(s) in the Federal
Register announcing the effective date of such rules.
The League’s counsel for FCC matters estimates that the effective
start date for collecting the fees will be some time this summer, but
regardless of the exact timing we will have advance notice. Stay tuned
for further developments on this.
Keep in mind that one can only renew their amateur license within 90
days in advance of the expiration date. If you, or a club station
license you are trustee for, are within that 90 day window now, I’d
renew as soon as possible to avoid the new fee.
If you are thinking of switching to a vanity callsign, I’d also
seriously suggest you apply for that special callsign sooner rather than
later. (Of course, if you are an Extra class seeking a new shorter 1X2
or 2X1 callsign, competition for those calls in the future MIGHT be a
bit less due to the new fees! We’ll see…)
When disaster strikes, being prepared can make a big difference. A preparedness tool called ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System will be activated in Oregon on March 11. Already in place in California, ShakeAlert detects significant earthquakes quickly and sends an alert to people before shaking arrives at their location. The time between receiving the alert and feeling the shaking, gives people critical seconds to protect themselves.
No action needs to be taken on March 11 and no sign up is required. These important alerts come automatically on most cell phones making a distinctive sound and a text message that reads “Earthquake Detected! Drop, Cover, Hold On. Protect Yourself.” The ShakeAlert message is available in Spanish for phones set to receive alerts in that language. Another way to receive ShakeAlert notices is to download the QuakeAlertUSA mobile app.
While there is no way to know when an earthquake will strike, the precious seconds of advance warning provided through ShakeAlert will give people time to take protective actions to reduce risk, minimize casualties and reduce damage.
Learn more at shakealert.org or Lincoln County Emergency Management – What’s Happening Now .
I am writing to thank all of our local stations for all of the friendship, laughs, information and technical help. Today marks just about one year since I found my way back into amateur radio. I am amazed at how much I have learned and how much fun it has been for the last 12 months.
When I originally received my Technician and then General ticket back in June of 2013, my shack had only a few pieces of equipment. A power supply, FT-2900 (as a base VHF radio), FT-60, Baofeng UV-5RE and a Kenwood TS-590S.
I did a lot of VHF, but never did get an HF antenna installed before life kept me too busy for HAM (late 2014 – 2019). I am so happy that I set my shack up again in February 2020 anticipating that I would have a lot more time when I retired June 30, 2020.
And what a year it has been – VHF, HF, APRS, WinLink, DSTAR, Fusion, CW and more. And great groups too – LCARC and ACS.
This is a picture of my shack today. It needs a clean up because I have had so many interests going on at once. Some stations may notice that I need to complete my station grounding.
So again, thank you to all of those that have provided amazing help. And that you to all stations that have participated in our various nets. I do not even know what some of you look like so I am looking forward to when we can get back to safely getting together in person.
Testing a home brew 70cc antenna. Location is Crestview above Waldport. Radio Yaesu FTM 7250D at high power (50 watts). Attempting to contact 440 repeaters on Mt. Hebo, Mary’s Peak and Florence. One success: 440.900 on Mt. Hebo, a linked repeater. A station in Coos Bay came back with a sound check. Intention is to mount antenna at home shack. Antenna made locally by expert antenna builder, Brian Jones, using as the horizonal mast a bamboo section (!), light, non-conducting and impervious to coastal weather. Other materials: copper directors, wood, etc.
We need everyone who can possibly participate to do this ‘simplex exercise’ at 11am on Saturday. It’s our part of Winter Field day that everyone can do. Get on 146.580, exchange your information and log the contact, and see if you can make another contact.
Here are your options:
1. N7OY Club station – attached is the document with a rough schedule and placeholders for the people that have committed to being there. As you can see, we have room for a few more people, and Sunday morning we could use a couple more. We have one spare bedroom at the rental house if anyone else wants to stay up late and make contacts and sleep over. We should have an HF voice station, an HF digital capable station with laptop and programs on it, and a VHF station on 146.5800. It’s not too late, if you think you might want to come join us in Newport please email directly firstname.lastname@example.org let me know times and I’ll update the schedule.
2. Mobile…ish – one feature of the rules is that you can operate mobile with your callsign and have your points go the club as well. You operate using your callsign, your exchange is simply 1O for outdoor, OR for Oregon. So an exchange would go like this:
- “CQ Winter Field Day, CQ Winter Field Day, this is N7HQR”
- “N7HQR this is KD7YGN”
- “KD7YGN this is N7HQR please copy One Oscar Oregon”
- “N7HQR this is KD7YGN please copy One Oscar Oregon”
- “Thanks and good luck”
Now…that contact is worth one point. But, you were on battery power, so you get an extra 1500 bonus points for being on battery power! But wait, there’s more. You were also ‘outdoor’ so you get another 1500 bonus points. But wait, there is even more! Since you are NOT operating from ‘home’ you get another 1500 bonus points! So you have 4500 bonus points, now you made one contact so that is one more point, and if you kept your transmitter power under 10 watts that is a multiplier of 4 so the one contact point becomes 4 points.
3. Home – again you can operate at home and have your points contribute to the club as well. So without leaving the house, you can simply put your radio on 146.580 at 11am on Saturday and call CQ Winter Field Day!. You can still get 1500 bonus points if you are on battery, one point for each contact, and 4 points for each contact if you are using less than 10 watts. Attached is a spreadsheet that you can fill out with the required details for Winter Field Day. If you make a couple contacts, that really helps us, and I will take the information you entered on the spreadsheet and complete the log in the correct format for you so you don’t have to bother with that. Don’t worry about the points, I’ll enter that in the software and tally it all up. If you decide to participate more and want to use one of the computer logging programs, please work with me when you are done so we are sure to get the details correct and can get the points. Hope you can participate, please let me know if you have questions, we’ll be on the air as N7OY at 11am on Saturday on 146.580.
Description Document with Schedule and Zoom address: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gGh9GfTgZ4EC4t49A119iECMrNj4hv9x1AkHX4HrvQM/edit?usp=sharing Map and address to the house are here: https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1R2vW7yuUuRZGEEmdHg3mi5SX3j5-LmYOS1W122I-J0o/edit?usp=sharing
Meeting ID: 869 4818 1687 Passcode: 594930
Participating can be as easy as calling out on the national FM simplex calling frequency, 146.520. SSB, CW and other modes are also used. More information an the ARRL website:
How to identify parts for the beginner
By: Joe Joncas WA7MHB
Approximately 45 minutes for beginners
We ordered 10 of these for the club. If we are out the Pixie kit can be bought at https://www.pixiekits.com
You can find useful information there and many other kits and supplies.
The FCC has adopted a fee schedule, reducing the proposed $50 license fee for new licenses, renewals, and vanity call signs. An ARRL article is here.
Interestingly, the Report and Order also reduces the fee for a GMRS license to $35, making it much more affordable. The Report and Order may be downloaded here.
Thanks everyone! We have more paid memberships for 2021 than we have had for some time. We will start banging the drum for 2022 dues in November or December.
Club dues for 2021 remain at $20 for an individual and $30 for a family. Download the Membership Form here.
Times, links, and frequencies for meetings and nets:
This information has been moved to a separate page.
- Lunchtime Net each Monday-Friday at noon on 145.370 with 167.9 tone:
- Weekly Club Net each Tuesday (except the 2nd Tuesday) at 7:30 pm on 145.370 with 167.9 tone.