forget the August meeting to be held on August 10th, at 7pm, in the
cafeteria of BAMC in Menominee. Last month we were one short of a quorum
(we need 12 members), so no official business was conducted. Let’s hope for
a full business meeting this month, so please make every effort to attend this
meeting of your club Thanks. See you there.
(b) Final Summer picnic update
(c) Special event station weekend plans
(d) Nominating committee report
(e) Future VE session?
(f) Emergency government director news
(g) other business as may come up
reminder that club dues can be paid at any time now for the next calendar
year, (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) They are still $15 per person, or $22.50 for
family membership. Also, if necessary, you may update your membership
information with Jim K8IR. We would like to have dues complete by Dec.
1, for inclusion in the official club online roster.
National VEC group has approved a change in future Morse code testing,
effective July 1, 2001. The only options that an applicant for a 5wpm
endorsement have are:
(a) having at least 25 consecutive correct characters, or....
(b) answering correctly at least 7 out of 10 written questions on the code test.
No longer will an applicant have the option of answering multiple choice
questions as a means of passing the code element. Individual VE teams have the option of implementing this sooner, but as of July 1, 2001, all code tests will only allow the two options listed above.
FCC, ULS, AND CORES, OR LONGING FOR THE DAYS OF FORM 610…
many of us are still trying to figure out
the FCC's Universal Licensing System, the FCC is now coming up with a
new system called CORES, for Commission Registration System. It's supposed to
eventually make it easier to conduct licensing and payment (!) activities with
the FCC. You may have recently
received a letter from the FCC with a new FCC Registration Number (FRN) of
your very own from the CORES database, which will be needed to access the ULS
system. Confused? Yes, me, too. Here's
an article from a recent ARRL Letter that further discusses this topic:
THAN ONE-FIFTH OF HAMS ARE ULS-REGISTERED
The FCC has confirmed that fewer than one-fifth of US Amateur Radio licensees--including club stations--are registered on the Universal Licensing System. The FCC deployed the ULS for the Amateur Service just under a year ago, although registration has been available far longer.
During his comments at the Dayton Hamvention FCC forum, Linn encouraged amateur licensees to register with ULS to "lock in" their FCC records. ULS registration, he said, "protects your call sign within the system" and could prevent it from inadvertently being deleted or reissued due to a filing error.
All amateurs must be registered with the ULS in order to file applications with the FCC, even for such routine matters as a change of address or a license renewal. Registration requires that licensees supply a Taxpayer Identification Number, or TIN--a Social Security number for an individual. Some amateurs have protested that requirement citing privacy concerns, but the FCC has maintained that it's bound by the Debt Collection Improvement Act to require it.
Last month, the FCC announced that it has begun implementing the new Commission Registration System, or CORES. Registration in CORES eventually will replace ULS registration, although the FCC has not indicated just when the switch will occur. CORES registration also will require registrants to
supply a TIN. Those already registered in ULS need not register again in CORES, however. The FCC says the ULS will continue to be the primary Amateur Radio licensee database and the only means to file applications and updates.
The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau recently announced expanded hours for ULS technical support. ULS users may now reach the FCC Technical Support Hotline, 202-414-1250, from 7 AM to 10 PM weekdays. Weekend service is newly available. On Saturdays the Hotline will be available from 8 AM until 7 PM and on Sundays from noon until 6 PM (all times Eastern). Users
also may contact tech support via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, to access the ULS or to register, visit the FCC's ULS
Congratulations to the following couples who are celebrating wedding
anniversaries in August....
Bob & Margie Schrader, Aug. 3
Jim & Joan Callow, Aug. 17
Dwight & Connie Bossellman, Aug. 22
Bob & Carolyn Johnson, Aug. 23
These people are observing birthdays...
Shannon Sievert, Aug. 11
Lisa Haskell, Aug. 13
Dwight Bossellman, Aug. 22
Luthardt, August 15.
Gary Luthardt, Aug. 24
Maxine Drees,Aug. 27
to Peninsula Office Equipment of Menominee for printing the hard copy version
of The Ground Wave.
AND MENOMINEE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MINUTES
meeting for July 13, 2000 was called to order at 7:09PM by President K8IR Jim.
minutes for the June meeting were published in the July Groundwave. The
Treasurer's report was presented with a balance in the checking acconunt $143.02
and the savings account $583.49. Total assets $726.51.
presented a report on problems with the repeater antenna that is presently being
used for the 2-meter system. Saturday June 10 the noise was so great that the
skywarn net had to be moved to the Crivitz repeater. Ed KG8CX had to use the
input frequency in order to copy stations checking in. After the net on Sunday
Jim contacted KC8DOA and he reported that the standing wave had increased. Some
members did discuss the problem over the air and decided to order the Diamond
antenna to be installed during the next week when a tower climber would be doing
some work for KC8DOA. The antenna came in on Wednesday but weather conditions
did not permit any tower climbing. The antenna has not been installed yet. This
is a dual band antenna. The commercial antenna will be ordered and the diamond
antenna will be used for the UHF repeater and as a back up antenna.
reported that the club maybe able to get a grant from the M&M Community
Foundation. Our name is on the list for applications which will be issued in the
fall. The awards will be issued after the first of the year and the money will
be issued in May.
the raffle situation Lynne reported that in Michigan it is $25.00 and Wisconsin
is $50.00 a year for a license. Also the paper work is less in Michigan. She
will get the paper work on this.
summer picnic is August 13 and reservations must be in by July 30.
special event station will be on September 16 and KG8CX contacted Jim Mans. This
will take place at Green's Campground. The hours will be noon to 5pm for the
special event station.
day was a successful event held at W9YQ's home. Found out that the club
generator was working great. Three stations were operating off of it and almost
government real event took place and Ed, Jeff, and Lynne took part in it. Lynne
presented a report on it. One thing that did come about was utilizing the need
for a fanout list for calling out telephone numbers during an emergency.
the election of officers coming up we need a election committee. N8LHB Tom and
ED KG8CX nominated for the election committee.
meeting was adjourned at 7:40PM
by Gary W Luthardt KG9AD Secretary
at the meeting:
Gary Luthardt KG9AD
Lynne Rynish N8OSK
Arde Nelson KA9WAR
Larry Buchholz N9OSF
Keith Tonn N9PQV
Kurt Berge K8BKA
Jeff Rymer N9PQU
Dwight Bossellman W9YQ
Mark Boesen N9YKT
Nathan Luthardt KB9NNV
Dave Arnold W8DXX