NEWS

UPCOMING MEETINGS

The monthly McARCS planning meetings are held via Zoom.

The next meeting is scheduled for May 13th 2024 at 6 PM.

* Everyone is Welcome *
Please Mute Mic when not speaking

Join us on ZOOM https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83894184251?pwd=jjPjn2NxBTEXyTygkdNni3uxtqMGB7.1
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Meeting agendas and minutes can be found in the Resources section.


JUNE 2024 TEST SESSION

A test session will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, June 15th at the Lake County Office of Education in Lakeport. If you are interested in testing, please contact McARCS. If you would like to participate as a volunteer examiner, please contact Nick KI6RIT.

For links to video recordings of the technician and general-class license training sessions, click here.

ALERT: Effective April 19th 2022, the FCC will be implementing a $35 application fee for new license applications. Upgrading an existing license to a higher class is exempt. The fee is in addition to the $15 test fee. Volunteer examiners (VEs) won't be collecting the application fee; you will need to make payment to the FCC directly. Click here for more information.


NET UPDATES

There have been some changes with the regional nets over the last month or so:

  • Swap Net - The net schedule has changed from weekly to the first Thursday of the month due to lack of items being posted and lack of response to a request for a second net control to split duties with
  • Trivia Net - A fun trivia net is being run by Mike, KC6MGM, weekly on Thursdays at 7:30 PM, with the exception of the second Thursday of the month as that's when the WARS net runs
  • APRS Net - A net utilizing APRS will begin running as a pilot on Wednesdays starting May 8th from 5 PM to 7:30 PM. To check in, send a message to AE6LJ on 144.390 MHz from a radio with APRS capabilities (no APRSdroid!). If successful, you should get an automated response. If participation is high enough, this may become an official net.

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APRIL 2024 TEST SESSION RESULTS

On Saturday, April 27th, a test session was held in Ukiah. Of the six people that tested, four passed - two new technician-class, one new general-class (technician/general in one sitting!), and one upgrade to extra-class.


LAUGHLIN RIDGE REPEATER SITE REPAIRS

Repairs have been made on the equipment hosted at the Laughlin Ridge repeater site located between Willits and Redwood Valley. The WIN System repeater on 147.120 MHz is operational again, as is the APRS repeater. A Winlink packet node on 145.050 MHz has also been added. Thank you to everyone that worked on this project!


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