Space Shuttle Columbia Special Event Station K5C

The Space Shuttle Columbia crashed over Nacogdoches and East Texas on February 1, 2003. Hundreds of Amateur Radio operators came to Nacogdoches to assist authorities in finding and recovering the shuttle wreckage. To honor those hams and in memory of the brave astronauts who lost their lives that day, NARC has hosted a special event every year on the first Saturday in February. The club will again have stations on the air this year February 3 – 4 using the special callsign K5C. Please look for us. We would love to work you. All contacts will be confirmed via LOTW.

Next NARC Meeting February 7, 2018

The next NARC monthly meeting will be on Wednesday February 7th  in the Parish Hall of Christ Episcopal Church beginning at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 for socializing prior to the meeting.  2018 dues are due. Just $24 covers it for all licensed Amateurs in a family for the year.

Lots happening. Come be a part of it all.

Hope to see you there.


W5NAC_RepeatersThe club recently acquired two new Yaesu DR-1X repeaters, funded by NCEC, to replace the existing equipment at the City Communications site on Powers Street. This includes the 146.840 VHF repeater and the 440.050 UHF repeater.

The Yaesu DR-1X is a very versatile synthesized radio, able to operate on either 2M or 70CM, and is digital capable. We have both repeaters currently configured to accept either analog (FM) or digital input, and to transmit analog FM. Digital input is automatically converted to analog. As both repeaters are identical, this also provides backup if one unit should fail. The repeater controller logic is built into the radio so an external controller is not required.

As those using the new repeaters have already noticed, there is no courtesy tone, nor is there voice ID. All identification is in CW.

The installation of the new equipment was made April 22. 2015 with a number of club members participating. Many thanks to Rusty KD5GEN, Tom W5TV, Mike KF5KEY, Robert KC4LUY, and special thanks to Tim KE5PQJ who brought with him a couple of strong young guys from Commercial Bank who took care of the heavy lifting.

This information appears in the May 2015 edition of the Nacogdoches Amateur Radio Club Newsletter. View the entire newsletter here.

FCC Database Search, Printing copies of your License

Earlier today N5DUX sent an email about wanting to print a copy of an Amateur Radio License on high quality paper. It seems that the FCC no longer cares that people take pride in attaining their license and has stopped providing the license at all.

To print a Reference Copy of your license, you will need to find yourself in the FCC’s database.

Go to and enter your callsign in the box in the middle of the page, then click the “Search” button.


After much whirring and clicking a result page will appear. Click on the Callsign on the left side of the table.


Finally, click on the Reference Copy link at the top of the new page.


Your browser will either open your license in a PDF or ask you what you want to do with the file. This reference copy has a watermark that clearly tells everyone that it is a REFERENCE COPY.

There is a way to get a copy that does not have the watermark. It is a little more involved, so pay attention…..

While on the License page above, click in the address bar of your browser and hit the “End” button on your keyboard. You are looking for the ‘licKey=805256’

Now, go to this page and change the licKey to the one that you found above.

Now you have a reference copy without the watermark.


Andy Delgado, KE5EXX

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