FRN required prior to exam

From: ARRL Web site <>
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: .

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

The instructional video can be found at, .

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 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

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

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


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.

SPECIAL BULLETIN: Clarification of FCC $35 Fee Collection Start Date

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…)


Oregon ShakeAlert Kick Off – March 11th


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 or Lincoln County Emergency Management – What’s Happening Now .

KG7EAB: Thanks for a great year

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.
73 all

N8MFE Antenna Project

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.

Charlie N8MFE

Winter Field Day – N7OY

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 daron@wilson.organd 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: Map and address to the house are here:

ZOOM Information:

Meeting ID: 869 4818 1687   Passcode: 594930