CORES UPDATE

In a Public Notice issued on 27 May 2022 (attached), the FCC announced that Legacy CORES will be retired on July 15, 2022 at 6 pm.

Once Legacy CORES is retired, users will be unable to make any changes to their FRNs in that system, including resetting their passwords.

Legacy CORES should not be used for creating new FRNs even though it will remain open through July 15, 2022. 

You should direct your applicants for a new license  to register in CORES2 and then apply for an FRN.   fcc.gov/cores

Legacy CORES users (including licensees who provided their SSN in lieu of applying for an FRN when they applied for their license) are encouraged to establish an FCC username account in the FCC User Registration System, and then to access CORES2 to associate their FRN(s) with their username. 

Other Commission systems will continue to allow access using the FRN and password established in the Legacy CORES. Users may also log in to these systems using an FRN and username password, established in CORES2. 

Over time, Commission systems that have not yet transitioned will be updated to require a username and password obtained through the FCC User Registration System and may redirect users to use CORES2 to associate their FRN(s) 

with a valid FCC username. Future system transitions will be handled at different timeframes through separate notifications. 

Payment and Payment-Related Transactions

Users that need to pay annual regulatory fees, view Red Light status details, pay Universal Licensing System (ULS) fees, and complete payments for all FCC filings and fees will be required to use a username and password 

with an FRN associated with a username in CORES2 to authorize these transactions according to the following timetable: 

In the image below, the Pay Fees link will transition to CORES2 Username and Password on 26 August 2022.

When you click on Pay Fees today, you are offered two payment options as shown in the image below.  

After 25 August 2022, when you click on Pay Fees you will be taken here:

Mark’s Shack

Mark’s Shack looks like a nice set up. If you’d like to share a pic of your shack you can send it to me at colbra.usmc@gmail.com. It can also be seen by clicking on the “Shacks” link at the top of the page.

New Repeater!

There’s a new repeater set up in Maben.

We have a new repeater at the Maben Fire Tower installed by the Magnolia ARC K5DY. The 2 meter frequency is 147.315+ with a tone of 110.9 and the 70cm frequency is 444.325 with a tone of 110.9

It’s located on the west side of Oktibbeha county off of the Maben Sturgis Road. The repeater appears to have good coverage.

Tape measure Yagi Antenna

Mark, KI5GIG, has an interesting project of building a Yagi antenna out of a tape measure that he’d like to share with us. Below is a link to the instructions and he will share more at the next meetings and he will have a limited number of kits to purchase at the 2022 Field Day which you can assemble at that time with assistance when needed.

Yagi Antenna

Emergency operation tips

While our area is under a severe weather threat, we came across a good function on your radio to keep handy; The reverse function.

As weather conditions deteriorated, transmissions were becoming scratchy and often unreadable. Remember, all stations are “remote nodes” on a network. If the Net Control asks for a calling station to repeat, hit your reverse function and see if you can pick them up. If you can, relay that back to net control; Now we’ve got an even broader net. Something to think about, and practice.