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  • 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. 

  • 10/12/2018 21:32 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    The ballots have been counted and I'm pleased to share with you the new board of the MCRC for 2018-2019.

     President:  Don Novak - K8THU
     Vice-President:  Rick Hardy - KE8BPZ
     Treasurer:  Dale Poblenz - WA8FRD
     Secretary:  Denise Keeler - KC8HDX

  • 10/09/2018 17:34 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Just a reminder to everyone who checks into the Tuesday night information net. The WY8DOT repeater has been removed from its normal location and is now set up in a temporary location. Due to the current location and height of the antenna; you will more than likely have to turn up your power or check in from something more powerful than an HT with a rubber ducky antenna. 

    Frequency and PL settings are all still the same. 147.24 + PL 100

    You will also notice that there is no courtesy tone at the end of a transmission.  There is a brief squelch burst that follows when someone unkeys from the repeater. 

    As there is also no digital voice recorder (DVR) on the temporary repeater; KD8HFX will be monitoring the repeater tonight, starting at 2000. If you wish to get a signal report give him a call. 


    PS - ECHO LINK is still up OR Members may also want to join us on the MCRC IRC chatroom

  • 10/02/2018 21:03 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Our magnetic car signs are in. We have 24 of them. They are going to be sold for $25 each or 2 for $40. KD8HFX will have them at the general membership meeting in October.

    Check out the Page 9 of the September Spark Gap for a picture of the magnetic sign.

  • 09/04/2018 21:06 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    Sign the petition here

    NIST station WWV and sister stations are among the oldest radio stations in the United States, having been in continuous operation since May 1920. The station has transmitted the official US Time for nearly 100 years and is an instrumental part in the telecommunications field, ranging from broadcasting to scientific research and education. Additionally, these stations transmit marine storm warnings from the National Weather Service, GPS satellite health reports, and specific information concerning current solar activity, and radio propagation conditions. These broadcasts are an essential resource to the worldwide communications industry. This petition requests continued funding of these stations be maintained into the 21st century and beyond to ensure future operations.

  • 08/17/2018 14:04 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

    The MCRC Birthday Special Event Station is going to be an exciting way of celebrating the clubs 86th birthday. 

    Rick KE8BPZ has been kind enough to host club members at his QTH for the event. If you are interested in operating the W8MRM Special Event Station please register with this link.


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