W9AB Field Day Results

President Keith Wishmeier WA9S reported that he has submitted the 2019 W9AB Field Day results to the ARRL.

Including Bonus points Keith shows our total at 4386 points, up from 2018 which was 3942 points. So not too bad considering marginal propagation.

Thanks again go out to all who participated in this years Field Day activities.

Special Event Stations to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing

A number of Amateur Radio special event stations will be (or already are) on the air during July to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969.

The list includes:

N8A, until July 24, Midwest VHF/UHF Society, West Chester, Ohio; WB4ICJ, July 14 – 20, Kennedy Space Center; N1A, July 14 – 28, Milford (Ohio) Amateur Radio Club; N4A, July 16 – 25, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Amateur Radio Club; K2M, July 16 – 24, Great South By Amateur Radio Club (honoring those who built the LEM on Long Island); K2CAM, July 16 – 24, Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club;

N5A, July 18 – 21, Razorback Contest Club, Springdale, Arkansas; W3A, July 18 – 23, the National Electronics Museum Amateur Radio Club (K3NEM); W4A, July 19 – 21, Huntsville (Alabama) Amateur Radio Club; K8QYL, July 20, Reservoir Amateur Radio Association; K9MOT, July 20 – 21, Motorola Amateur Radio Club; N0M, July 20 – 22, South East Metro Amateur Radio Club; K1M, July 20 – 28, Stratford Amateur Radio Club; GB5EHL, until July 28, Leicester Radio Society “Eagle Has Landed” commemoration, and PA11APOLLO, until August 2, in the Netherlands.

Search for additional Apollo 11 special event stations on the ARRL website.

K9LAW Repeater Up and Running!

“The KA9LAW Yaesu Digital Fusion DR-1X repeater with an output of 50 watts and operating on 444.175+ (PL=131.8) is now more operational than ever. With the help of K9BQN I have been able to overcome a major desense problem and things seem to be stable.

The repeater is controlled by an Arcom RC-210 controller and I eventually plan to set up a WiresX connection. With the controller, the repeater works in standard FM mode but if one has a Yaesu digital radio and transmits, the controller switches over to the digital mode and passes the digital communication. This allows users with both a traditional radio and a Yaesu digital radio to use the repeater.

I am interested in signal reports and other reports as to the overall operation of the repeater.

Hal Brueseke


Field Day 2019 in the Books.

Another Field Day is in the books. This year was different in many ways. First of all we had a very good attendance by MARC Members, 30 out of 50 members visited the Field Day site, up from previous years. We also had an increase in non-member visitors, about 15. This is based on a sign in sheet, its possible there were others that just didn’t sign in when visiting. Also different was the fact that all of our volunteers actually showed up to help. Field Day is a labor intensive activity, one or two people can’t do it alone, we depend on member volunteers to pull it off.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the volunteers that made Field Day possible.

In charge of planning and executing Field Day were Keith Wishmeier WA9S and Mike Ciesiolka KO9Q. Transporting items between the storage facility and the Field Day site were David Rice AD8WR and Mike Ciesiolka KO9Q. David Rice also maintained the generator during the weekend and coordinated shutdown times for refueling.

Antenna Setup and take down required many volunteers, Jeff Wynegar KA9TOC along with new member Brian McIntosh K8VO spent most of Friday afternoon installing two 80 meter loop antennas. Dennis Whittaker KB9LTS, Tony Kostreba KB9AFW, Tom Pinard WB8WGX, Millard Hill N9QEO and Bill Shaffer W9SUB assisted David Riggs KC9YAV and Keith Wishmeier WA9S with their antennas, one a dipole and the other a Butternut Vertical.

This years Public Information Officers/Greeters set up a booth under a canopy to greet visitors, answer questions and distribute handouts. This table also had the 2 meter GOTA station. They had several visitors this year. Thanks to Barry Keating WD4MSM, Bruno Trimboli WJ9S and Don Neely KB9ERP.

We had two persons that served as Safety Officers, they were Dennis Whittaker KB9LTS and Don Neely KB9ERP. This qualifies us for the 100 point Safety Officer Bonus.

Finally thanks to the following people for providing food for our operators and volunteers. First of all, Jeff Wynegar KA9TOC and Wife Denise for providing and preparing food for Saturday Evening. Also Millard N9QEO and June KC9IIC Hill for providing Donuts and Coffee to get us thru the day until dinner. Also thanks to Brian McIntosh K8VO and Jenna for the Buffalo Chicken Dip and Chips and other snacks. Thanks also to Ann Ciesiolka KD9ATA for making Chile for the Operators to eat overnight and also a Fruit Mix for Sunday Breakfast. Of course Pete Shaw KB9ZRV for making us a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Sunday Morning.

Many of the volunteers also provided personal gear for us to use, such as , Laptop Computers, Radios, Antennas, Table and Canopy, etc. Those contributing were David Riggs KC9YAV, Dennis Whittaker KB9LTS, Jeff Wynegar KA9TOC, Mike Ciesiolka KO9Q and Keith Wishmeier WA9S and Barry Keating WD4MSM.

Our operators and loggers for this year were:

Keith Wishmeier WA9S, Barry Keating WD4MSM, Jeff Wynegar KA9TOC, Mike Ciesiolka KO9Q, David Riggs KC9YAV, Brian McIntosh K8VO, Dennis Whittaker KB9LTS and Bruno Trimboli WJ9S and Tony Kostreba KB9AFW.

Special thanks to two non member operators. Daniel Dews KK9G and Harry Robinson KC9EOT. MARC thanks you for your participation.

I am sure someone has been forgotten, I apologize ahead of time if I did not include you and I thank you for your efforts.

Thank You All

From the MARC Board of Directors

Mike Ciesiolka KO9Q MARC Secretary


On Sunday September 22, 2019 it will be time for Michiana Amateur Radio Club members to come out and serve the community. We will be providing communications for the 7th Annual Riverview YMCA 3 for 3 Triathlon.

Our group of volunteers will be providing communications and safety over the bike and running portions of the triathlon and the YMCA waterfront and pool staff will provide safety during the swimming/kayaking portion of the triathlon. Adult entrants will have the option of swimming or kayaking the initial portion of the triathlon. Adults will swim 200 yards or kayak ½ mile, bicycle 8 miles and run 2 ½ miles. The men’s run this year will change somewhat because of the construction in and around Howard Park. Youth will swim 50 yards, bicycle 3 miles and run ½ mile. The triathlon course runs along the St. Joseph river between Howard Park in South Bend and Logan Street in Mishawaka. The triathlon for adults starts promptly at 8:30 am and the youth portion will follow approximately one hour later. We will have a pre-event net approximately 8:15 am using the 147.390 repeater in South Bend. Our group will have a pre-triathlon meeting to go over last minute information and we will deploy to our positions for the event. We should be done by 11:00 am and on our way.

Volunteers will be needed. MARC member Bob Irish W9RCI is the YMCA 3 for 3 Triathlon Race Coordinator and is now taking names of persons wishing to volunteer for this event. You may contact Bob directly by phone 574-250-7030 or by email robtcirish@sbcglobal.net

Volunteers will need to bring a 2m HT in good working condition, preferably with a gain antenna. HT’s will need to have the 147.390 repeater programmed along with simplex channels just in case. Have batteries fully charged and a backup if you have it.

If you intend to help with this event, get it on your calendar and contact Bob ASAP.

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".