Coordinator: Rich Adamy, KA4GFY


First Class Date:  Tuesday March 6, 2018 and ends on May 8, 2018 (10 weeks).
The required FCC Exam will be given on the last session in May.
Class Start Time: 1900 hours until 2100 hours ( 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM)
Teaching Site: Alexandria Police Department Headquarters, 3600 Wheeler Ave, Alexandria, VA (Just off Duke Street about 1 block west of Quaker Lane)
Cost: ARRL License Manual $30.00 + FCC Exam Fee $15.00 + Class Material $5.00 = $50.00. We prefer cash or checks at the first class since PayPal charges us transaction fees.

Licensing Classes

For additional information contact Rich at (703) 969-6615 or ka4gfy@arrl.net.

Rich is assisted by cadre of founding faculty instructors who were electronic and communications specialists in local industry and/or military training centers.

The FCC License Class Syllabus covers 400 question topics from which 35 pool questions make up the license exam. Classes incorporates ARRL PowerPoint Topics & Film Clips portraying historical evolution of radio communications. License practice exam questions are available on the Internet.

Learning International Morse Code is NOT a FCC license requirement, but is highly encouraged.

FCC Title 47 Telecommunications Part 97 Amateur Radio Service Federal Regulations

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Rick Bunn - N4ASX - ARC Shorts Newsletter Editor

Rick Bunn – N4ASX –  ARC Shorts Newsletter Editor

ARC-SHORTS Newsletter

November 2017

Club Repeaters:  53.13 (-) , 147.315 (+) , 444.6 (+) , 224.82 (+) , 927.6 (-25Mhz), and 1282.600(+). All repeaters (PL 107.2)  DSTAR 145.38Mhz, 442.060, and 1284.600, SPECIAL NOTE:  DMR REPEATER PENDING!!!!!!



Our next meeting is November 10th at 7PM at the Police Dispatch Center at 3600-Wheeler Ave.  Just off Duke St on the south side half a block west of Quaker Lane.  Dinner at Atlantis Restaurant at about 5:30 prior to the meeting.  This meeting is the last for the year and we have a bunch of club business we must transact.  First are nominations for and election of the club officers for next year.  Unlike a lot of club’s, we have TERM LIMITS.  This give all a chance to have a say in the way the club is run.   We also need to: establish a budget committee and audit committee and prepare for next year.  We should also talk about the December party.


Our October program was provided by Chief Corey Smedley had of the City’s Emergency Management Office.  He pointed out that we are an important part of the city’s emergency response and he expects to integrate our ARES group and ask us to help with more events in the near future.  The cities EOC will have space for amateur equipment and we will need to move forward with installation of equipment at the hospital. 


We now have a DMR Repeater frequency. It’s on 442.4125 MHz, +5 MHz offset and Color Code 1. N8IK is updating the club’s code plug and programming the club’s DMR radio with the new frequency.

All we have left is to program the repeater, re-tune the duplexers (or order new ones) and install the repeater.

We will keep everybody posted with the progress.

73, Rich, KA4GFY

President’s Corner 

Well, my term as the club president is coming to an end soon. Overall, I’ve had fun being your president. Now it’s time to pass the proverbial torch onto the next generation. With club officer elections coming up at the next club meeting, I beg you to please attend (Friday the 10th at 7 PM) to have your voice heard and counted.

As for operating events, Sweepstakes is being held this coming weekend for CW, 2 weeks later for SSB. For Sweepstakes, your goal is to contact as many ARRL sections and RAC (Canadian) sections as possible within the 30 hour time frame.

See you on the airwaves!

Erik Misavage, KI4BXU

Future Programs 

  • November 10   – Elections
  • December 8th – Annual Christmas / Holiday Party
  • Possible programs: Contesting HF/VHF, AMSAT, AMRAD, RF Interference (power company), Logging programs, Dayton follow up, Marine Corps Marathon.
  • January 12, 2018 — Installation of new officers – Budget review – Selection of chairpersons for Membership, Field Day and planning for the Washington’s Birthday Parade.
  • February 9, 2018 — Washington’s Birthday follow up.
  • March 9, 2018 –
  • April 13, 2018— Field Day Planning
  • May 11, 2018 – Dayton Hamvention
  • June 8, 2018—
  • July 13, 2018 –
  • August 10, ,2018 –
  • September 14,2018  —
  • October 12, 2018 – Planning for 2019, Nominations, budget etc.
  • November 9, 2018 — Elections
  • December 14,2018 – Annual Holiday Party. 

Let me know what you want to hear about.  HELP!!!!  If you have an idea for a program, please let Rick know and he will try to find someone to provide the program.  If you know someone you would like to have present a program, let me know Rick, N4ASX

Hamfests –

The 2nd annual American Legion PGCERA SantaFest is on December 9.  The location is the American Legion Youth Camp in Cheltenham, MD. It’s sponsored by the Prince Georges County Emergency Radio Association and the American Legion.   

The next hamfests won’t be until next year.  We start off the year with the Post Holiday Hamfest on January 28, 2018 in Odenton, MD.  It’s sponsored by the Maryland Mobileers and is located at the Odenton Fire station on Route 175 in Odenton.  Talk in is on the 146.805 MHz repeater with a 107.2 Hz PL.  Info at https://sites.google.com/site/marylandmobileers/hamfests-1/hamfest-2. 

Training –

It’s hard to believe we are halfway through our latest class.  We started off on October 3 with 15 students and added a few more the next week.  Don’t forget the exam on December 5, 2017.  If you have been wanting to upgrade, let me know so I will be sure to have enough materials on hand.

Contests –

  • November 4 through 6 – ARRL Sweepstakes – CW.  Exchange is other station’s call, serial number, precedence, (power), your call, check (year 1st licensed), section. 
  •  November 11 and 12 – Kentucky QSO Party.  Exchange is RST and state.
  • November 12 – North American Sprint – SSB.  Exchange is other station’s call, your call, serial number, your name and your state. 
  • November 18 through 20 – ARRL Sweepstakes – SSB.  Exchange is other station’s call, serial number, precedence, (power), your call, check (year 1st licensed), section. 
  • November 25 and 26 – CQ World Wide DX Contest, CW.  Exchange is RS and CQ zone.  We are in CQ zone 5.
  • December 9 and 10 – ARRL 10 Meter contest.  Exchange is RST and state.  This s a great contest for Technicians.  Most of the SSB activity is the Novice/Technician sub band 28.300 to 28.500 MHz.
  • December 17 – ARRL Rookie Roundup, CW.  Exchange is your name, 2 digit year you were first licensed and state.

Don’t forget, be sure to send in your log within 5 days after the contest ends for all ARRL sponsored contests.

Repeaters – 

We now have a frequency pair for the DMR repeater.  We have been assigned 442.4125.  The Color Code is #1.  N8IK has been working with the DMRVA folks in Richmond to get us connected to their network.  They are very eager to have us join them.  Check out their web page at www.dmrva.org to see what they have available in the network.  There is also very good information on DMR as well as coverage maps for all the repeaters in the DMRVA network.  They have coverage from Blacksburg to Wallops Island to Northern Virginia.   

If you have been interested in dabbling with digital voice, but the cost of a DSTAR or Fusion radio is off putting, DMR may be your answer.  A handheld DMR radio is about half the cost of a DSTAR handheld and even less in some cases.

I will send an email to the club reflector and in ARC Shorts once the repeater is up and running.  Also, I am sure N8IK will update the “club” codeplug with the new frequency/color code and talkgroups.  We will need to schedule a DMR 101 class at a meeting early next year.

Be sure to use the club repeaters and log those contacts with other club members for the year-long club QSO Party.  Each band and mode counts as a separate contact.  The club repeaters are all up and running.  Make 2017 the year you try a new band or mode.

As always, ham it up and get on the air.

73, Rich, KA4GFY 


Our club has MORE repeaters then just about any other general interest radio club. Look at the banner at the start.  BUT, if you listen to the repeaters they are so quite you wonder if they are working.  Rich, KA4GFY and I (N4ASX) came up with an idea.  Lots of folks played with the ARRL’s National Parks On the Air.  This was a yearlong contest so there was no rush. So we think a contest that get’s folks in the work each other and others over a year would be fun.

To make the contest fair, we will have classes for each type of operator: 2 Meter HT only, Dual Band (2/440) only, 2 Meter Mobile/Base only, Dual Band Mobile/Base only, All bands.  Points are awarded for working club members who have been (within the last two years) or are club members.  You can work club members on each repeater, on simplex on each VHF/UHF band and work them on any mode (D-Star, Packet, PSK-31, CW, SSB, AM, etc.)  So, you can work a member many times but only once per band using the same mode.  We will go from June 10th 2017 to June 10th 2018.  We encourage the use of LOTW, but you can use any logging program or paper.  For those who are not members they too can participate but points are awarded for working Alexandria Radio Club members.  A club member will get a point for non-members they work on our repeaters.

Hope your keeping your logs up to date.  This contest is open to all.

73 Rick N4ASX


 MARS/ARES HF event 

Elements of the US Department of Defense will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.

“This exercise will begin with a notional massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and internet connectivity,” Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement.

During the exercise, a designated DOD Headquarters entity will request county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Army and Air Force MARS organizations will work in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.

Again this year, a military station on the east coast and the Fort Huachuca, Arizona, HF station will conduct a high-power broadcast on 60-meter channel 1 (5,330.5 kHz) on Saturday from 0300 to 0315 UTC. New this year will be an informational broadcast on Sunday, on 13,483.5 kHz USB from 1600 to 1615 UTC. Amateur Radio operators should monitor these broadcasts for more information about the exercise and how they can participate in this communications exercise, English said.

“We want to continue building on the outstanding cooperative working relationship with ARRL and the Amateur Radio community,” English said. “We want to expand the use of the 60-meter interop channels between the military and amateur community for emergency communications, and we hope the Amateur Radio community will give us some good feedback on the use of both the 5-MHz interop and the new 13-MHz broadcast channels as a means of information dissemination during a “very bad day” scenario.

Encourage all who have HF listen and coordinate on 147.315. 


We have a club with 57 members and only 14 of those members have volunteered to support ARES.  Volunteering means that the Alexandria ARES Emergency Coordinator can call you when one of our served agencies (City, Red Cross and the Alexandria Hospital) call on us to provide communications support for either drills or real events.  To volunteer, ask Rick, who is our EC, and provide contact and equipment so that you can be called if needed.  Like all volunteer activities, if you cannot participate then just say so when asked. 

Chief Smedley pointed out that there may be as many as 14 events where ARES and the club may be asked to provide communications.  The more volunteers the better we can provide support.  We meet at the City’s facility and supporting the city is our way of paying the rent as it were.

Our weekly nets served two purposes.  The first is to pass traffic of interest to amateur radio operators and to the club. The second is to practice net procedures.  For those who have been loaned a city ID-51A plus, part of the loan agreement is to check in to the net at least once a month.  The EC does keep a track of who checks in to meet that requirement.

There are many public service events where amateur radio plays an important part in providing communications.  Not all of them are supported by the Alexandria Radio Club.  They are great practice in preparing for emergency communications.  You don’t know how you and your gear will function in an emergency until you try it and yourself!

73 Rick N4ASX 

Social Events

Monday Night Burgers – There is a group that gets together at 6:15 PM on Mondays at a local burger joint.   Mark up on the 147.315 repeater and join them for the fun.  Mark up on the repeater about 6PM and join the group.  The location does change!  IF you have a good spot, you might make a suggestion.


Amateur Radio Parity Act

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UPDATE FROM: Don, KI4D February 11, 2016

This is a short update on progress of HR#1301, the Amateur Radio Parity Act in the House.  The House Bill is attached.  Over the last couple of days, the bill markup received passage on a voice vote in the Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.  This weekend the at the ARRL National Convention, February 12-14, at the Orlando HamCation, ARRL representatives will be on hand to help visitors to generate letters of support to members of Congress.

You are invited to Amateur Radio Roundtable, a new series of W5KUB.com live weekly webcasts.  The webcast is every Tuesday night at 9:00 PM EDST (0200 UTC Wednesdays) at W5KUB.COM. To watch click on Live Events and sign in with your existing User Name and Password.

Amateur Radio Roundtable is an informal discussion of all aspects of ham radio with the intent of allowing viewers to watch this live webcast or be a guest via Skype or Google Hangout.  A question and answer session with viewers will follow each topic.

The show covers all aspects of ham radio; such as, balloon launches, Satellite, go-kits, emergency communications, SDR, digital modes, DXing, home brewing, and much more. This week’s guests include Arnie Shatz, N6HC, a team member of many great DExpeditions; Eric William discussing SRD; and Franc Dunatov, ZL1SLO, discussing Special Event operations from New Zealand.

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Lots of activation possibilities in this area.

All – this is a critical time for survival of hopes that amateur radio will have the same rights and privileges as, or parity with, commercial radio interests regarding antenna installations in communities across the U.S.   ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has issued an urgent call for League Members to contact Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation members representing their states to urge their support of S. 1685, the US Senate version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015.  Action on this legislation in the Senate is scheduled this week.

Neither Virginia Senator Warner or Senator Kaine is on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, however, they could be persuaded to be a co-sponsor S. 1685 as is Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, who is also not a member of the Committee.  See link below for ARRL details.

If the legislation becomes law, radio amateurs living in antenna-restricted communities would have the opportunity to negotiate with homeowners associations to install antennas that reasonably accommodate Amateur Radio communication.

Taking the time out to contact our Virginia Senators for support of S. 1685 would contribute to passage of this legislation, and may contribute to amateur radio capabilities to support to the public in case of emergencies.   Phone numbers are listed below,

  • Senator Mark Warner
  • 475 Russell Senate Office Building
  • Washington, DC 20510
  • Phone: 202-224-2023
  • Senator Tim Kaine
  • 231 Russell Senate Office Building
  • Washington, D.C. 20510-4607
  • DC Phone:    202-224-4024
  • DC Fax:    202-228-6363

–Don, KI4D

Be sure to copy and submit the practice emergency message each week.

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