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IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting

July 23–28, 2023 • Portland, Oregon, USA

23-28 July 2023 • Portland, Oregon, USA


23-28 July 2023 • Portland, Oregon, USA

Amateur Radio at IEEE AP-S/URSI 2023

In 2015, the IEEE AP-S/URSI Symposium held its first-ever Amateur Radio breakfast meeting and began inviting Radio Amateurs to supply their call sign when they register so that it can be displayed on their conference badge. Given the very favorable response, we continued these initiatives through 2019, then again since 2022, with our efforts supported by the AP-S Education and SIGHT Committees.

ARRL will be publishing stories about our Amateur Radio activities at IEEE AP-S/URSI 2023. These activities will include:

Amateur Radio Operators Breakfast
Date/Time: Monday, 24 July, 07:00 - 08:00
Location: Willamette 1 (Hyatt Regency Portland)
Fees: Complimentary, but advance registration required.

The Amateur Radio Breakfast Meeting is open to all conference participants who hold an amateur radio call sign, but pre-registration is required. The intent of the gathering is to support incorporation of amateur radio into IEEE AP-S/URSI publication, conference, and outreach activities.

For more information, please contact Dave Michelson, VA7DM at dmichelson@ieee.org

Amateur Radio Exhibit and Special Event Station
Date/Time: Tuesday-Wednesday, 25-26 July, 09:00 - 18:00
Location: Exhibit Hall A (Oregon Convention Center)

The Portland Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a booth in the exhibits area. Please drop by to learn about amateur radio activity in Portland, ARRL programs, and the HAMSCI citizen science program.

For more information, please contact Dan Presley, N7CQR at n7cqr@w7lt.org

FCC Amateur Radio License Exam
Date/Time: Wednesday, 26 July, 13:00 - 16:00
Location: Willamette 2 (Hyatt Regency Portland)
Fee: $15.00

Volunteer Examiners from the Portland area will be on site to administer FCC Amateur Radio License Exams to registered attendees of the 2023 AP-S/URSI Symposium. In order to take the exam, you will need to add this to your advance registration. Additional details can be found below.

For more information, please contact Dan Presley, N7CQR at n7cqr@w7lt.org

Local Amateur Radio Stores and Attractions

While in the Portland area, you might want to check out:

11 14405 SW Pacific Highway,
Portland, OR 97224
10AM-5:30PM Mon – Sat, Closed Sun
e-mail: portland@hamradio.com
Tel: (503) 598-0555

13489 SW Karl Braun Dr,
Beaverton, OR 97077
10AM-4PM – Sat only
Tel: (503) 644-0161

Local Nets

While in the Portland area, you might want to check out some local amateur radio nets including:

Oregon Emergency Net
The Oregon Emergency Net meets daily on or near 3980 kHz at 1800 local time.
All Amateur Radio operators holding a General class or higher license are welcome to check in.
Tri-Band Net, Portland and Vancouver
2m Net 144.240 KK7N CN85tn Mon 19:00 7dB collinear, 12 el Yagi, mainly vertical, 170W SSB Weekly ham activity of general and technical info; goes until 7:45 or 8 pm, and moves to 6m
6m 51.140 KK7N CN85tn Mon 19:45 4 el yagi or vertical (to accommodate check-in's polarity) at 25 feet, 35-75w SSB Weekly ham activity; net begins after 2m net finishes, and moves to 70 cm, have been doing this net over 25 years
70cm Net 432.110 KK7N CN85tn Mon 20:15 Vertical only, 70W SSB, CW To promote 432 activity; net begins after 6m net finishes
2m QLF Net 144.140 AB7TU CN85qj Wed 20:00 50W, vertically polarized CW Speeds above 10 wpm
2m Digital 144.174 N7LKL CN85pm Thu 20:00 Horiz or vertical FT-8 and other Open net to promote 2M digital. FT-8 for first 20 min, then other digital modes. No net control. Coordinate via n6sjv.org
2m Net 144.240 CN87vr
Sun 20:00
Tue 20:00
See Pacific NW 2m Net above, covers Portland as well
1.25m Net 222.100 KK7N CN85tn Wed 19:30 Both horiz and vertical capable, 350W ERP SSB Weekly ham activity
Additional information regarding amateur radio exams

There are three FCC amateur radio license classes - Technician, General and Extra. On your application, which we recommend you complete in advance, you will be able to make your selection.

There is no longer a Morse code requirement. The web sites http://www.kb6nu.com/study-guides/ and https://hamexam.org are valuable sources of study information.

The FCC released a Public Notice on March 23, 2022, stating that the amateur radio application fees, including those associated with Form 605 application filings, would become effective on April 19, 2022. The Federal Communications Commission's authority to impose and collect fees is mandated by Congress.

The $35 application fee, when it becomes effective on April 19, will apply to new, renewal, rule waiver, and modification applications that request a new vanity call sign. The fee will be per application.

If you plan to sit for the exam, you will need the following:

  1. An NCVEC Form 605. Do not use the FCC Form 605. The form must have your FCC registration number on the form. The form may be downloaded here.
  2. To obtain a FRN, please go to https://www.fcc.gov/help/getting-fcc-registration-number-frn-universal-licensing-system-uls.
  3. At the exam, please present a legal photo ID (driver's license or a passport). If no photo ID is available, bring two original forms of identification. No photocopies will be accepted. These may include a non-photo ID/driver's license, birth certificate (must be a certified copy), local library card, local utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names you, or a postmarked envelope addressed to you, with your current mailing address, as it appears on your Form 605.
  4. If you are testing for an upgrade, bring either the original and a copy of your current license, or the original and a copy of the certificate of successful completion of an examination from a previous session.
  5. Two (2) #2 pencils, with erasers, and a pen.
  6. A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed. You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session. Slide rules and logarithmic tables are acceptable, if they're free of notes and formulas. Cell phone must be silenced or turned off during the exam session and the phones' calculator function may not be used. In addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices and all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability, may NOT be used.