Cabin Fever Hamfest

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

7:00 am- 1 pm CST

LaPorte Civic Auditorium

1001 Ridge St, LaPorte, Indiana

Talk-In 146.610- (131.8)

MARC will have a Club Table available to MARC Members who would like to bring some items to sell, it will be available to paid members at no charge other than the General Admission. Keep in mind that you will have to share the space with other members. Also if you want to just come and hang out at the MARC table; that’s ok too.

Free Parking, Food Concessions, Door prizes and VE Testing!

MARC Breakfast

MARC held it’s first Breakfast on Saturday January 19th at The Farmhouse Restaurant on IN 933N. The following members showed up despite the poor weather conditions. Keith WA9S and wife Mary, Mike KO9Q and Ann KD9ATA, Bob W9RCI and Lin K9LIN. Also present were Rod KC9NAS and David KC9YAV. the Food was good and Service was excellent. The roads were not as bad as the media made them out to be. The next Breakfast will be the third Saturday in February. Check the Calendar for all MARC Events.

Time to Pay your MARC 2019 Dues!

MARC Members:

According to the Bylaws of MARC, dues are payable annually on January 1st. several members have not yet paid their dues for 2019. Please check your membership card to determine if your dues are current.

To continue to grow and improve, the club needs your help and membership. Many of the MARC activities planned throughout the year are subsidized by the club and are therefore available only to Paid members. So check your membership card today and if it has expired, mail your check for $25.00. Add an additional $2.00 for each additional member in your household that wants to be a member. Make checks payable to MARC and mail before January 31, 2019. You may also pay at the January Social Meeting at WNIT . Membership Applications are downloadable on the Home Page.

Michiana Amateur Radio Club, Inc

300 W. Jefferson Blvd.

South Bend, IN 46601

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".  

ARRL, FCC Discussing Issue of Uncertified Imported VHF/UHF Transceivers


ARRL has taken a minor exception to the wording of a September 24 FCC Enforcement Advisory pertaining to the importation, marketing and sale of VHF and UHF transceivers and is in discussion with FCC personnel to resolve the matter. The Enforcement Advisory was in response to the importation into the US of certain radio products that are not FCC certified for use in any radio service, but identified as Amateur Radio equipment.

“While much of this equipment is actually usable on Amateur bands, the radios are also capable of operation on non-amateur frequencies allocated to radio services that require the use of equipment that has been FCC-certified,” ARRL said. “Such equipment is being marketed principally to the general public via mass e-marketers and not to Amateur Radio licensees.”

ARRL said the upshot is that the general public has been purchasing these radios in large quantities, and they are being used on the air by unlicensed individuals. “

“Radio amateurs have complained of increased, unlicensed use of amateur allocations by people who are clearly unlicensed and unfamiliar with Amateur radio operating protocols,” ARRL said. But while it supports the general tenor and intent of the Enforcement Advisory, ARRL said it disagrees with the FCC on one point.

“In several places, the Enforcement Advisory makes the point that ‘anyone importing, advertising or selling such noncompliant devices should stop immediately, and anyone owning such devices should not use them,’” ARRL pointed out. “The Advisory broadly prohibits the ‘use’ of such radios, but our view is that there is no such prohibition relative to licensed Amateur Radio use — entirely within amateur allocations — of a radio that may be capable of operation in non-amateur spectrum, as long as it is not actually used to transmit in non-amateur spectrum.

ARRL has had extensive discussions about this issue with FCC Wireless Bureau and Enforcement Bureau staff, and those discussions are ongoing.

“It is important to protect the flexibility of the Amateur Service as essentially an experimental radio service, but it is also very important to stop the unlawful importation and marketing of illegal radios in the United States and the use of those radios by unlicensed persons,” ARRL maintained. “We will keep our members informed as our discussions with FCC on this subject continue.”