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  • 03/17/2019 12:20 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Please allow me to use this opportunity to inform you that my mother K8ZJU passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, as a result of her long battle with kidney failure. Her memorial service has already been held. Should you desire for any reason, here is a link to her obituary:!/Obituary 

    Thank you.

    Thomas Stoner

  • 03/12/2019 22:09 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Our 2019 Skywarn presentation was excellent. Thank you to the National Weather Service for putting on a great presentation. Thank you to the guests that came out to see the presentation. Hopefully, you found it informative and maybe think about trying out ham radio. 

    For those of you who missed the meeting here is the 2019 Spotter Information Sheets 

  • 03/07/2019 17:34 | John Roberts

    Dear Motor City Radio Club.. It is with a heavy heart that i inform you of the passing of Bruno  WA8DHP.

    Bruno was a current member of the Livonia amateur radio club, and Past member / President of the MCRC\,  President in 1967 - 1968.  It was always a joy to hear Bruno check in on the MCRC 2 meter net he will be truly missed. We will observe a moment of silence during the net on Tuesday 3/12/2019  Full info on visitation and services can be found below...   73"s Bruno from the Board and members of the Motor City Radio Club

  • 02/16/2019 12:59 | Woody Kirkman (Administrator)

    The Spring 2019 SkyWarn Spotter Newsletter is now available from the NWS Detroit / Pontiac office.

    Spring 2019 SkyWarn Spotter Newsletter
  • 02/05/2019 20:57 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Starting March 9th and running for ten weeks. 

    The MCRC will offer the Technician Amateur Radio instructional class at for FREE at the Bacon Library in Wyandotte. 

    Full information about the class. Can be found here.

  • 01/29/2019 15:52 | Woody Kirkman (Administrator)

    The FCC is Back in Business


    [UPDATED: 2019-01-29 @ 2115 UTC] In the wake of the more-than-month-long partial government shutdown, the FCC said today that it would be tackling the backlog of applications already in the queue over the course of a couple days. The FCC had earlier indicated that it would resume processing Amateur Radio applications starting today. Subsequently, the Commission requested that the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) give the agency time to work through its already-pending backlog, before ARRL VEC submit any additional new files. Information released before the shutdown said the FCC would take the first day it was open, which was Monday, January 28, to get idle systems up and running again.

    “The FCC has resumed all operations since the partial funding lapse has ended,” the FCC said via Twitter on Monday. 

    The ARRL VEC now is awaiting word that it can transmit the some 2,300 pending Amateur Radio applications it has in the queue, many of them from 325 ARRL VEC examination sessions that took place during the shutdown or immediately prior to it. These do not include files that the other 13 VECs may be waiting to upload to the Universal Licensing System (ULS). ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, said the ARRL VEC won’t send all its pending files until it’s sure the system is working properly.

    “We had some files already pending in their system, and then also uploaded a few new files into their system today to see if anything is happening yet,” she said earlier. Once the FCC gives the okay, “we are sending all of our files!” Somma said.

    In a January 28 Public Notice addressing filing deadlines, the FCC pointed out that its filing window, mail operations, and electronic filing systems have been unavailable or unsupported during the partial shutdown, “except for filings necessary for the protection of life and property and filings related to spectrum auction activities.”

    The FCC had announced in early January that all filings that would have been due during the suspension of operations, including applications to the ULS, would become due on the business day following the resumption of normal operations, January 29. “If the Commission is unable to restore electronic filing systems on the day the government reopens, the Commission may issue another Public Noticefurther extending filing deadlines.” The January 28 Public Notice said the Commission now is extending those deadlines by 1 day. “Thus, deadlines for all filings that would have been due from January 3 through January 29 are now extended until January 30, 2019,” the FCC said.

    If an Amateur Radio license recently had expired or was about to expire before the shutdown, the licensee could apply for license renewal via the ULS and continue to operate while the FCC was closed, with the filed application remaining in limbo. Licensees who waited until the FCC reopened to apply will have 2 days to submit a renewal application before the license is considered to have expired in the FCC database.

    The resumption of normal FCC operations means the FCC’s January 30 open meeting will be an in-person session. The Commission had made provisions for a teleconference should the shutdown not be over by the meeting date. The FCC said, however, that due to the funding lapse, items initially included in the tentative agenda published on January 3 would not be considered at this week’s meeting, which would address only “Commission announcements.” 

  • 01/22/2019 17:18 | John Roberts
    The Motor City Radio Club regrets to share the news of the passing of Jim Baker  N8RWK

    Jim was an active member of the MCRC and Past President until retiring from Great Lakes Steel in 2001 and moving to the Jackson area. After moving to Jackson he wasted no time and became active in the ham radio community there, 

    Most notably the Cascades Amateur Radio Society where he was the current President and Net Manager

    The MCRC offers its condolences and prayers to the many family members, friends  and the Cascades Amateur Radio Society.. We will all miss Jim..

    Full obituary is available here:


  • 12/04/2018 20:16 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    If you haven't already, Check out the YouTube channel Mr. Carlson's Lab

    He does excellent videos on electronics and ham radio repair. I watched this video on repairing and modification of an FT-1000MP

  • 10/30/2018 21:10 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    We are doing the next simplex tonight. 

    Tune your radio to 147.24 

    Turn OFF your offset and turn OFF your PL tone and PL tone squelch. 


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