ARRL Field Day, held the last full weekend in June each year, is an opportunity for all hams to join in an operating event. If you are a new ham or maybe you’re just a little rusty, Field Day is a chance to get on the air and learn by doing. If you are a more experienced ham, here is a chance for you to share your knowledge and expertise with others.

Field Day works best when members volunteer. What are your strong points? What are your not so strong points? You say you don’t have a clue about any of this stuff? No problem. Here is an opportunity to learn.

Step One: Come to the NARC meeting June 2nd. Listen to and join in the discussion on Field Day. Figure out how you can help and volunteer.

Step Two: Stay tuned for more info.


The next monthly meeting of the Nacogdoches Amateur Radio Club will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. The meeting will be held at the Nacogdoches City/County EOC. The book raffle will be held, with everyone present receiving a raffle ticket at no charge. There may be other surprises. Check back here for more information.

2021 dues are now past due, but can still be sent to the club Secretary/Treasurer by mail or in person. Note that dues are just $20 per year and cover all licensed Radio Amateurs in a family.

Please direct any questions to the club Secretary at

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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