Coordinator: Rich Adamy, KA4GFY


First Class Date:  Tuesday October 3, 2017 and end December 5, 2017 (10 weeks).
The FCC Exam will be given on the last session in December.
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

July 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 next meeting is July 14th at 7 PM 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.  Our program this month will be provided by K7VOA on Voice of America. 


Our June meeting focused on Field Day and on the DMR repeater project.  Planning for Field Day included who has what gear, ensuring that antennas were available, making sure we had a way to get our gear up to the pavilion.  All the planning paid off.  It looks like I may have failed to send our club class info last month.

Congratulations to all who passed their tests and received an amateur license or who upgraded at our last test session.


Our 2017 Field Day went well.  Thanks to our leadership Eric KI4BXU and Ian N8IK for keeping us on track. 

We operated 5A and conditions were much better on last year.  With the use of two good radios on 40 meters we had a CW and SSB station on 40 at the same time.  Jay and those who helped him racked up a good score on 15 meters.  Same goes for 20 meters and 75 meters.  All had a good time with good weather and great food provided by Steve W8RJH.  Thanks Steve for working so hard.

We also want to thank Chief Smedley for arranging the use of the park for us again this year and for coming out to operate with us.

73 Rick

Future Programs

  • July 14th  – VOA Program
  • August 11th  – Other digital radio systems (Need help with system fusion, P25 and DMR)
  • September 8th  – City EMS or Radio Shop
  • 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 know someone you would like to have present a program, let me know Rick, N4ASX

Hamfests –

The Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club’s Berryville Hamfest is August 6.  Mark your calendars.  It’s not a big hamfest, but they have great barbeque, lots of shade under the trees and there are always deals to be had.

As if you need an excuse to go to the beach, the Virginia Beach Hamfest (also known as the Virginia Section Convention) is September 9, 2017.  The location is the Virginia Beach Convention Center, which is right off I-264 close to the waterfront.  

Training –

Our next class is scheduled to start October 3 and end December 5, 2017.  If you know somebody who has always wanted to get their ham radio license, let them know.  The cost is still $50 and includes the book, test fee and class materials.

Contests –

  • July 15 and 16 – North American QSO Party, RTTY.  Exchange is your name and state.
  • July 15 and 16 – CQ Worldwide VHF Contest.  Exchange is 4-character grid square.  Most of us are in FM18.
  • August 5 and 6 – ARRL 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest.  Exchange is 6-character grid square. 
  • August 5 and 6 – North American QSO Party, CW.  Exchange is your name and state.
  • August 12 and 13 – Maryland-DC QSO Party, CW, SSB and digital.  Exchange is entry class and state.  For those of us operating from home, we would be a “standard” station.
  • August 19 and 20 – North American QSO Party, SSB.  Exchange is your name and state.

Repeaters –

In case you missed the June meeting, I announced that the club will soon be the proud owner of a DMR repeater to add to our stable of repeaters.  I applied to TMARC for a frequency pair and am waiting with baited breath for an email from TMARC with the new frequency pair.  I will send an email to the club reflector with the particulars once we hear from TMARC.  This is really good news to anybody with a DMR radio because there are not that many DMR repeaters available in Alexandria.  To connect to other DMR repeaters through the internet, we will share a phone line with the DSTAR repeaters through a router.  This will make a total of 11 repeaters the club owns. 

Don’t forget DSTAR.  The server upgrade project is still on track.  We will let everyone know when that happens so anybody with newer DSTAR radios such as the ID-51A+2, ID-5100 and the ID-4100 will be able to do call sign routing. 

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.


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.

Rules are not yet set in stone.  We can discuss at the next meeting.

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 6 PM 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.

Sample format

ARRL Radiogram Sample

ARRL Radiogram Sample

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