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.

Road washout

The short way up to the peak has been washed out so now the only way is to go the long way. Here are a few pics of the washout…



Latest news from FCC

FCC to Require Email Address on Applications Starting on June 29, 2021
12/31/2020
Effective on June 29, 2021, amateur radio licensees and candidates must
provide the FCC with an email address on all applications. If no email
address is included, the FCC may dismiss the application as
“defective.”

On September 16, the FCC adopted a Report and Order (R&O) in WT Docket
19-212 on “Completing the Transition to Electronic Filing, Licenses
and Authorizations, and Correspondence in the Wireless Radio
Services.” The R&O was published on December 29 in the Federal
Register. The FCC has already begun strongly encouraging applicants to
provide an email address. Once an email address is provided, the FCC
will email a link to an official electronic copy of the license grant.
An official copy will also be available at any time by accessing the
licensee’s password-protected Universal Licensing System (ULS)
account.

Licensees can log into the ULS License Manager System with their FRN and
password at any time and update anything in their FCC license record,
including adding an email address. For questions or password issues,
call the CORES/FRN Help Line, (877) 480-3201 (Monday – Friday, 1300
– 2300 UTC) or reset the password on the FCC website.

The only way to refrain from providing an email address on an
application would be to submit a request to waive the new rule,
providing justification for the request. (The FCC would not be obliged
to grant such a request.)

Under Section 97.21 of the new rules, a person holding a valid amateur
radio station license “must apply to the FCC for a modification of the
license grant as necessary to show the correct mailing and email
address, licensee name, club name, license trustee name, or license
custodian name.” For a club or military recreation station license,
the application must be presented in document form to a club station
call sign administrator who must submit the information to the FCC in an
electronic batch file.

Under new Section 97.23, each license must show the grantee’s correct
name, mailing address, and email address. “The email address must be
an address where the grantee can receive electronic correspondence,”
the amended rule will state. “Revocation of the station license or
suspension of the operator license may result when correspondence from
the FCC is returned as undeliverable because the grantee failed to
provide the correct email address.”

2021 Board members elected

The current board is the same as the 2020 board with no new members added to the board. Also the current membership has been updated.

News Flash!

Because of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic the 2020 annual picnic was canceled. Because of this the Parks department contacted us just recently asking what we want to do with the reservation fee that has been in the account for us. We went ahead and set that money to be used for our 2021 reservation of the annual picnic. The date you need to put on your calendar is July 24, 2021. More details will follow as they are formed!

Sunday informational net returns

Be prepared to check into the Sunday night informational net on October 4th at 8:00 pm. Tune in to get the latest information of the repeater and other information that might be of importance to the group. Hope to hear you all then.