2021 Picnic

First-Time Exam Applicants Must Obtain FCC Registration Number before Taking Exam

Beginning May 20, 2021, all amateur examination applicants will be required to provide an FCC Registration Number (FRN) to the Volunteer Examiners (VEs) before taking an amateur exam. This is necessary due to changes the FCC has made to its licensing system.Amateur candidates who already have an FCC license, whether for amateur radio or in another service, already have an FRN and can use the same number. All prospective new FCC licensees, however, will be required to obtain an FRN before the examination and provide that number to the volunteer examiners on the Form 605 license application. An FCC instructional video provides step-by-step instructions on how to obtain an FRN through the FCC’s COmmission REgistration System (CORES).The FRN is required for all new applicants to take an amateur exam and is used afterward by the applicant to download the license document from the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS), upgrade the license, apply for a vanity call sign, and to submit administrative updates (such as address and email changes) and renewal applications.In addition, after June 29, all applications will be required to contain an email address for FCC correspondence. Applicants will receive an email direct from the FCC with a link to the official electronic copy of their license whenever a license is issued or changed. ARRL VEC suggests that those without access to email to use the email address of a family member or friend. Licensees will be able to log in to the ULS using their FRN and password to download the latest version of their license at any time. The FCC no longer provides paper license documents.

Sunday night net to be taking a vacation

The weekly Sunday night informational net will be on vacation starting May 3, 2021. The last net of this season will be May 2, 2021 and hope to hear you all. We plan on resuming the net sometime in October 2021. Please keep checking here on the web site for any further details during the summer months. Also be on the lookout for any news on the annual picnic and other goodies.

Interference problem

Here is an email from Jeremy AG7WT as to what he found on a trip to the peak this morning 4/10/21.

Here is what I found wrong with the north link antenna today.  This is the second time this has happened in the last couple years along with the backup repeater antenna.  They are both mounted on the same pole on the ice bridge.  Now that it has happened twice I think that’s enough to warrant moving them.  We will have to repare the north link antenna and buy the other antenna but do have the feed line and connectors to do the rest.  I will have to look at where we can put them on the tower and make a list of necessary hardware we will need to mount them, shouldn’t be much. 

On a side note Shane Whistler of Whistler communications was up there with his crew working on the lemay-pacific disposal radio system that is located in the same room as us.  They had feedline damage.  So that might be the interference we have been or at least contributing to it.

Pictures from the holiday’s work on the peak.