Coordinator: Rich Adamy, KA4GFY


First Class Date:  Tuesday March 7, 2017 and ending May 9, 2017 (10 weeks).
The 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

May 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




Our March meeting is April 14th at 7PM at the Police Dispatch Center at 3600 Wheeler Ave.  Just off of 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.  We do not have a program for May, but it would be a good meeting to discuss Field Day, ARES and club activities.  Rich is working on a D-Star 201 program and we may set up a Skype program from the founder of DX Engineering.  We also have a few DX videos that might be interesting. 


Our March program was provided by Ian, N8IK on DMR.  Ian provided a great deal of information to help and went one step further in demonstrated how to add the required contacts list to the radios and also provide those who have a CS750 with his code plug.  Ian’s presentation helped demystify DMR.  I expect that someone will install a DMR repeater in the area soon and we can play with another mode.

Hamfests –

The next hamfest in our area is the Maryland FM Association’s Memorial Day Hamfest at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD on May 28, 2017.  The fairgrounds are located just off I-70 at Routes 32 and 144.  In fact, you can actually see the fairgrounds from I-70.  Talk-in will be on the MFMA’s 146.760 MHz repeater (PL 107.2 Hz). 

The Manassas Hamfest and Maker Technology Show takes place on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the Prince William County Fairgrounds.  It’s a short drive from Alexandria.  Talk-in will be on the Olde Virginia Hams 2 meter and 70 cm repeaters, 146.970 and 442.200.  Both use 100.0 Hz PL.

The Baltimore Amateur Radio Club’s Father’s Day Hamfest will be on June 18, 2017.  Location is the Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company in Upperco, MD.  

Training –

Our current class wrapped up on May 9.  We will have the results for the June ARC Shorts.

Contests –

  • May 13 and 14 – Arkansas Party.  Exchange is RST and state.
  • June 3 and 4 – Alabama QSO Party.  Exchange is name and state.
  • June 10 through 12 – ARRL June VHF Contest.  50 MHz and above.  Exchange is 4 digit grid square.  Most of us are in FM18.
  • While not a contest, don’t forget the annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test on May 13, 2017.  It’s one of the few exceptions in the FCC rules allowing us to communicate with stations in another radio service.   There is no formal exchange other than a friendly conversation and exchange of signal reports.  Many of the military operators are also hams themselves, so they tend to be very good at QSLing.  Details are on the ARRL’s website:  http://www.arrl.org/news/armed-forces-day-crossband-military-amateur-radio-communications-test-is-may-13

Repeaters –

If you are a DSTAR user, don’t forget you can link any of the 3 voice repeaters to any reflector.   Before you link to another reflector, you will need to unlink the repeater and then link to the reflector or repeater of your choice.  Reflector 62B is now listed as Virginia Permalink Repeaters.   In the future, we will default to 62B.  However, during Hamvention weekend, we have Marshall link one of our repeaters (2 meters or 70 cm) to 38C, the Dayton Hamvention Reflector. 

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


It’s not too early to start planning for Field Day.  Chief Smedley has agreed to sponsor us so we can use the park for both Saturday and Sunday.  We hope to get the same location as we have had for the last three years.  Erik, our president, has agreed to be our Field Day chairperson. 

We have a club of 50 members, the club provides the food, so plan to come out and operate!

This is a combination of an HF contest and emergency exercise.  There is no need to be an experienced HF operate, this is the best training you can get on HF.  We only have four or five station and we can use the club’s HF gear if folks don’t want to bring out gear.  The club has one generator and some of the members have generators so no power problems. 

Logging will be using laptops and N3FJP Field Day software which works very well. We have a club license so no need to buy the software.  All you need is to operate for a few hours and/or log for another operator.  Bring the kids, we will put them ON THE AIR.

For the last several years, Steve has been our food chair, but this year we are looking for a new volunteer.  We’ve not seen Steve for a while.

We have the park with the help of the city EMS chief and Parks and Rec.

73 Rick

Future Programs

  • May 12th  Field Day, Club Activities, Projects and DX video….
  • June 9th  – Field Day Planning
  • July 14th  – City EMS (Tent.)
  • August 11th  – Other digital radio systems (Need help with system fusion, P25 and DMR)
  • September 8th  –
  • October 13th  –
  • November 10th  –  
  • December 8th – Annual Christmas / Holiday Party

Possible programs: City EMS and Radio system, D-Star part II, Antenna Modeling, Contesting HF/VHF,  AMSAT,  AMRAD, RF Interference (power company), Logging programs,  Dayton follow up, Marine Corps Marathon.

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 known someone you would like to have present a program, let me know 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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