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President’s Message to the Membership, May 2016

Mike KiefferWe are still in the planning for 2016 Club activities at the present time. We have 2016 Hamfest and 2016 Field Day in the final planning stages. Jim Linn is planning Hamfest and Bill Schroeder is planning Field Day. Please contact them if you wish to help in getting ready for those events.

We need all the regular positions for Hamfest, but we need to identify the food service workers now. We need individuals identified and committed quickly to approve the food purchases. See Jim WB8RRR at 513-831-6255 or wb8rrr@arrl.net. If we do not have sufficient food workers identified, we will not be able to have food service for 2016 Hamfest.

We need assistant Safety officers for the time period 8pm through close of Field Day. See Ron Brooks vicepresident@w8mrc.com 2016 Field Day Safety Officer. All materials are provided and this is an easy job. We need safety coverage for the entire event or it will be canceled.

The May meeting presentation is: “Transistors”, by Dr. Jack Purdum.

We need nominations for 2017 President of MARC. I am not planning to run in 2017. As always, nominations for the other officers are welcome.

The club officers are also planning the clubs budget for 2016/2017. We welcome suggestions for purchases that complement our clubs mission of education and fellowship in the radio arts. Please forward any suggestions to any club officer. You may email any officer at:

  • president@w8mrc.com
  • vicepresident@w8mrc.com
  • secretary@w8mrc.com
  • treasurer@w8mrc.com

Our treasurer, Chris Spiess, wants me to remind everyone that 2016 membership dues are now payable. You can give Chris cash or check at a meeting or check by mail (MARC PO BOX 100 Milford, OH 45150). You can also pay via PayPal at www.w8mrc.com. To remain active on the roster, as a member, payment must be received by 3/31/16.

Thank you!
Mike Kieffer(KD8OUT), President
Ron Brooks (AC8MA), Vice President
Mark Tannert(WN8U), Secretary
Chris Spiess(AE8TT), Treasurer

President’s Message to the Membership, April 2016

Mike KiefferWe are deep in the planning for 2016 Club activities at the present time. We have 2016 Hamfest and 2016 Field Day in the planning stages. Jim Linn is planning Hamfest and Bill Schroeder is planning Field Day. Please contact them if you wish to help in getting ready for those events.

We still need a “Safety Captain” for Field Day. This person will be responsible for inspecting the event, before opening. We have a “check list” to make this easy. The Safety Captain will also coordinate the Safety Designee(s) that will be on-site during the event to make sure we proceed safely. We need to fill these positions to ensure the event can move forward. Please contact Mike Kieffer, president@w8mrc.com to volunteer. No special skills are required.

Our April meeting presentation is “Modulation; What good is it and why do I need it?”, by Mike Kieffer KD8OUT.

The club officers are also planning the clubs budget for 2016/2017. We welcome suggestions for purchases that complement our clubs mission of education and fellowship in the radio arts. Please forward any suggestions to any club officer.

You may email any officer at:

  • president@w8mrc.com
  • vicepresident@w8mrc.com
  • secretary@w8mrc.com
  • treasurer@w8mrc.com

Our treasurer, Chris Spiess, wants me to remind everyone that 2016 membership dues are now payable. You can give Chris cash or check at a meeting or check by mail (MARC PO BOX 100 Milford, OH 45150). You can also pay via PayPal at www.w8mrc.com.

Thank you!

By, Mike Kieffer(KD8OUT), President and Ron Brooks (AC8MA), Vice President.
Officers Mark Tannert(WN8U), Secretary and Chris Spiess(AE8TT), Treasurer.

Why You Should Get Your Extra Class License

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

The Amateur Extra Class license is the highest class of license in the United States, and perhaps the world. Many hams—even hams that live outside the U.S.—aspire to pass the test and be awarded one.

There wasn’t always an Amateur Extra Class license. The Extra class license, as we know it today, was created as part of the 1951 license restructuring, that also created the Novice and Technician Class licenses. (In 1951, the Novice license was the “beginner’s license.” To get a Technician Class license, you had to pass the written test that General Class operators had to pass.)

Although it gave an operator no additional privileges, to get an Extra Class license, one had to:

* Pass a 20 wpm code test (Generals had to pass only a 13 wpm code test).
* Pass a longer and more difficult written examination than the General Class exam.
* Have at least two years of experience as a licensed radio amateur.

Today, without the code test and the experience requirement, many hams upgrade to Extra Class as soon as they can. Some even pass the Technician Class, General Class, and the Amateur Extra Class exams in a single test session.

So, what’s the attraction? Why should you upgrade to Extra?

One of the reasons that you should upgrade to Extra is that you get use of the entire 80 m, 40 m, 20 m, and 15 m bands. Portions of those bands, such as 3.6 – 3.7 MHz in the 75m band and 14.150 – 14.175 Mhz in the 20m phone band, are reserved exclusively for Extra Class licensees. Extra Class operators also have exclusive privileges in the CW portions of the 80 m, 40 m, 20 m, and 15 m bands. These are the frequencies where the DX stations hang out.

Another reason to get your Extra Class license is that only Extra Class licensees can administer General Class and Extra Class license exams. General Class operators can become Volunteer Examiners (VEs), but they are only allowed to administer Technician Class exams.

Another reason you might want to get an Extra Class license is to get a fancy vanity callsign. Only Extra Class operators can apply for 1×2 or 2×1 callsigns, such as W8RP or KT8K. A short, snappy callsign can help you work more DX or improve your contest scores.

Whatever your reason, studying for the Extra Class exam will open your eyes to many aspects of the hobby that you may not be familiar with. And, as you work your way through the material, you’ll learn things that make you a better amateur radio operator and enable you to enjoy the hobby more. It’s not easy, but in the end, an Extra Class license will help you have more fun with amateur radio.

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Dan, KB6NU is the author of the “No Nonsense” line of amateur radio license study guides, a prolific blogger (www.kb6nu.com), and an active CW operator in the Extra Class portion of the HF bands. If you have any comments, questions, compliments, or complaints, email him at cwgeek@kb6nu.com.

President’s Message to the Membership, March 2016

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FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Petition That Seeks 80/75 Meter Adjustments

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New Amateur Extra Question Pool Puts Greater Emphasis on Digital, SDRs, Propagation

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K8ZRH on the North Country Scenic Trail

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