April Social Meeting

The MARC April Social Meeting took place on Thursday the 25th. We had an excellent presentation on Solar Topics and Propagation from Carl Luetzelschwab K9LA who happens to be the ARRL Central Division Vice Director. Carl is quite knowledgeable on the subject, Carl was assisted by his wife Vicky AE9YL. President Keith Wishmeier brought members up to date on the latest news concerning the club. There was the usual 50/50 drawing won this month by George Palmer KD9GXA. Plenty of good snacks were consumed after the presentation. Some members hung out to socialize but most just left. Once again attendance was down with only 19 members and 1 guest present.

An Old School Electronics Parts Store in Benton Harbor Michigan

Looking for a good old fashioned Electronics Parts Store, a retail store where you can go in and look around. One still exists, Benton Electronics Supply, Inc. located in Benton Harbor Michigan on Main Street just off of Business 94. This is about a 35 minute drive from South Bend. They are open Monday thru Friday. They have a good selection of connectors, resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, IC Chips and some Vacuum Tubes. Tools and chemicals, wire, switches and project boxes. They are also a Rohn Tower Dealer. What they don’t have they can probably get for you. Pricing is about like Radio Shack but much better selection.


8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Monday thru Friday

Benton Electronics Supply, Inc.

1465 E. Main St.

Benton harbor, MI 49022

269-925-0069 www.bentonelectronic.com

Article by Mike KO9Q

Message to MARC Members from James Wades WB8SIW

 James Wades

Email Address: jameswades@gmail.com

Subject: Assistance with Telegraph Activities

Message: Hello:

As President of the Morse Telegraph Club, an association of retired railroad and commercial telegraphers, former telegraph industry employees and others with an interest in the history of telegraph, I am contacting radio clubs in the Michiana area to seek volunteers with an interest in telecommunications history, who may want to assist with a forthcoming project.
In the coming months, our organization will be constructing telegraph exhibits at the Heston Steam Museum at Heston, Indiana. In addition to building a historically accurate telegraph office at the railroad depot, we will also be recreating a portion of the "War Department" telegraph office from the movie "Lincoln" using the original materials from the movie set. This will be a functional telegraph relay office, which will be activated for special events, such as during Civil War encampments at the museum and so forth. Our goal is to have sufficient volunteers from the surrounding ham radio community to staff these exhibits on occasional weekends or during special events.
Volunteers would be available to explain the history of telegraphy to visitors and, if they desire, demonstrate the use of the instruments. Some knowledge of CW or land-line telegraphy in either American Morse Code or International Morse Code would be helpful, but is not absolutely necessary. Volunteer radio amateurs will be provided with background on telegraph history, talking points, and will be familiarized with the use of the instruments in the office, which will also have some interactive components, which do not necessarily require a knowledge of land-line Morse. In other words; all that is required is some background as a CW operator and an interest in history, railroads or steam engines!   We start construction on the depot telegraph office this week.  It should be completed by the end of April. The relay office will take longer, but should be done by the end of June. The museum runs the narrow gauge railroad and other exhibits summer through autumn, or basically Memorial Day through early October. There are some special events afterward, such as Halloween trains, Christmas trains, and so forth. Ideally, if we could get perhaps a dozen volunteers from throughout Northwest Indiana, Southwest Michigan and perhaps the Chicago area, most volunteers would only need to contribute a day or two per season. It's actually very enjoyable; meeting people, explaining telegraphy to children (and adults), and providing a few nuggets of historical context in the process. 

Those interested can contact me at: jameswades@gmail.com
Thank you!
James Wades (WB8SIW)
International President,
Morse Telegraph Club, Inc.

New to Field Day? START HERE!

Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

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Universal Licensing System

In the early days of the Universal Licensing System (ULS), deployed in the Amateur Service on August 16, 1999, the FCC registration and filing systems were not easy to navigate. Now, however, the FCC has taken great strides to make ULS and COmission REgistration System (CORES) easier to use.

The FCC has done a very good job of updating their Web page and there is a specific section for the Amateur Radio Service. The FCC has even devoted a page to common filing tasks which offers instruction on filing electronically via the ULS.

If you wish to conduct business with the FCC, you must first register through FCC CORES. Upon registration, you will be assigned a Federal Registration Number (FRN). This number will be used to uniquely identify you in all transactions with the FCC. Effective December 3, 2001, the use of a Federal Registration Number (FRN) became mandatory.

You must be registered in CORES and be issued an FRN before you can use ULS to renew your license, change your address, obtain a duplicate license, or use any of the other services that the FCC offers. Not sure if you have an FRN? Check your license to determine if it’s been assigned an FRN.

If you are already registered in FCC CORES, and if you have a FRN and know your CORES Password no further action is required. You can go directly to the Online Filing page, where you’ll select "Log In" to file a transaction with FCC using the ULS. You will be required to supply your FCC assigned FRN and your Password to renew or update your license.

If you are NOT registered in FCC CORES and do not have a FRN, you will need to sign up for one.

If not already registered in CORES, go to the FCC Amateur Radio Web site and choose "REGISTER AND RECEIVE YOUR FRN".