Get an FRN!

Richard, KD7BBC, recently posted this to the HamRadioHelpGroup Yahoo Group:

It consistently surprises me how many people aren’t aware that instead of giving the VE team your SSN you can get an FCC Registration Number (FRN) and give it to them.

To try to help combat this, I have written up a blog post with images to help people get an FRN number.

I *strongly* recommend that anyone planning to take an exam get an FRN before going to the exam session; it’s not that you can’t trust the VE team, it’s more that it’s not a good idea to have that kind of personal information floating around anywhere, and likely the VE team would rather not have to deal with it either.

I agree with him. Before you take the Tech test, get an FRN and give that to the VE team.

Two hams busted for 14.313 MHz activities

If you operate 20m phone at all, you probably avoid 14.313 MHz. I know I do. Now, two hams, Michael Guernsey, KZ8O and Brian Crow, K3VR, have been busted by the FCC for their activities on that frequency. The Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) citing … [Continue reading]

FCC allows partial credit for expired licenses

You may have heard that the FCC has approved a rules change with regard to expired licenses. Yesterday, the ARRL sent out an e-mail for VEs explaining how this is supposed to work: Information regarding FCC Rule changes The FCC has revised the … [Continue reading]

Operating Notes: (Un)Clubs, certificates, W100AW


Over the weekend, I made a few QSOs of note: WB2KQG. 20m wasn't in great shape when I called CQ on 20m CW on Saturday from the museum, but I managed to raise Vinny, WB2KQG. When I called up his QRZ.Com page, I found the banner below and a link to … [Continue reading]

Do you have a cool QSL?


Do you have a cool QSL that you'd like to share with KB6NU.Com readers?  If so, send me a scan, and I'll add them here. Now, here's a couple new ones for my collection of QSLs from stations whose call spell words: Greg was working a special … [Continue reading]

ARRL prez calls for hams to support for HR.4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act

In a video, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has issued an urgent call to action to all radio amateurs to get behind a grassroots campaign to promote co-sponsorship of HR.4969, "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014." HR.4969 would require the FCC to … [Continue reading]

From my Twitter feed: SDR, KX3 news, IoT

SWLing @SWLingDotCom Designing a truly portable SDR #shortwave #swl #dx   QRZ Now @QRZnow Elecraft Says It’s 2 Weeks Away! #hamradio   Internet of Things @iot4all Pinoccio: Mesh All The … [Continue reading]

ARRL to sign MOA with FEMA, PRB-1 to extend to HOAs?

FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate, KK4INZ

In addition to the news about a new director for the Great Lakes Division, this week's ARRL Letter also had two other items of interest: ARRL, FEMA to Sign Memorandum of Agreement at National Centennial Convention The ARRL and the Federal … [Continue reading]

ARRL Great Lakes Division Leadership Changes

Dale Williams, WA8EFK

Here's an interesting item from Thursday's ARRL Letter. I know Dale fairly well, and served as his Affiliated Club Coordinator for a few years when he was the Michigan Section Manager. I would encourage all of you to bombard him with your concerns … [Continue reading]

Amateur radio in the news: WRTC 2014, clubs


Bozeman resident to compete in world radio competition. There is an old saying among the licensed amateur radio operators that says, “When all else fails, ham radio goes through.” And this month, Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, will go through with the 2014 … [Continue reading]