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 a 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 incorporate ARRL PowerPoint Topics & Film Clips portraying the historical evolution of radio communications. License practice exam questions are available on the Internet.

Learning International Morse Code is NOT an 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

March 2018

Club Repeaters: 147.315 (PL 107.2), 444.6 (PL107.2), 224.82 (PL107.2), 53.13 (PL107.2) 927.6 (-25Mhz, PL107.2), and 1282.600 (PL 107.2), DSTAR 145.38Mhz, 442.060, and 1284.600 ALL ARE UP AND RUNNING – HAM IT UP! Get on the air!


SPECIAL NOTE:  DMR IS UP AND RUNNING 442.4125 +5Mhz Color Code 1.


Our next meetings March 9th program will be the VA QSO PARTY.   Our meeting is held on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Alexandria Police Dispatch Center at 3600-Wheeler Ave.   Just off Duke Street just east of Quaker Lane.  The meeting starts at 7 PM and ends at 9 PM.  Many of our members have dinner at Atlantis Restaurant in the Bradlee Shopping Center on the south side of Rt 7 just east of 395 most arrive around 5:30. Our program presenters are invited to join us.


Our February program our program will be provided by Mark Braunstein WA4KFZ. Mark used MESHNET as an experiment during the last MCM.  Unlike the past MESHnet briefs, Mark showed new equipment that included the ability to use a MESHnet on Amateur Radio frequencies which avoids interference from shared WIFI channels.  The cost of these hotspots is about $200.  We may see this expanded for the next MCM and may be a solution to digital communications at other public service or ARES events.  The group working this is the AREDN or Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network

Meeting Minutes

Date: 2/9/18

Time: 7:00pm

Presentations:  AREDN Test at the Marine Corps Marathon presented by Mark, WA4FZ and club members shared their projects that they have been working on


  • Treasurer: Bills have been paid and club membership cards are available
  • Membership: Chairman was not present
  • Repeaters: 2.20 audio was low, everything else is up and running
  • Training: Next class starts March 6th
  • Trailer: All good and running

Net Controls:

  • 2/15/18: Rich, KA4GFY
  • 2/22/18: Don, KI4D
  • 3/1/18: Young Ian, KM4KLD
  • 3/8/18: Bonanno Family, KM4GMQ(P and L)

Other Business: Maintenance Site Project was voted and approved on to clean the repeaters twice a year

If you didn’t make it to this meeting, we hope to see you at the next one! The next meeting is this Friday, March 9th, 2018 at 7pm. Hope to see you then!

– Casey Bonanno , KM4GMQ

President’s Corner

Greetings hams!  I wanted to let everyone know that there will be a CERT training course starting Thursdays April 5- May 24th with an exercise on May 26th.


Stay safe out there and 73,

Monica, KC2IAY

Washington’s Birthday Parade

The day was a bit wet, but not as cold as it has been in the last few years.  We did not use D-Star or Packet for order of march, but we did use APRS, but there was no one on the reviewing stand who would keep the computer up, so it went to sleep, and no one used it.

Another issue was parade volunteers who did not understand what we were doing for them.  I have already sent the organizer a note on this and next year we will better plan our operation with the organizers.

Many thanks to the following who came out on a holiday to support this event:

  • Rich KA4GFY
  • Harry N4CWP 
  • Larry KK4CBL
  • Mark KM4GML
  • Don KI4D
  • Rich KW4UJ
  • Ian N8IK
  • Ian KM4KLD
  • Wilson KM4CLK

73 Rick N4ASX

Future Programs

  • March 9, 2018 – VA QSO PARTY Program
  • April 13, 2018—  Amateur Radio Support to Porto Rico – Gary Sessums KC5QCN
  • May 11, 2018 – Dayton Hamvention, WINLINK 2K, WINLINK RMS and WINMOR
  • June 8, 2018— Field Day Prep meeting
  • 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 next hamfest on the calendar is the Vienna Wireless Society’s Winterfest on March 18, 2018.  It’s located at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College just west of the beltway on Little River Turnpike (Route 236)    It’s a nice hamfest close to home.  If you have equipment that needs a new home, we always have a few tables to sell your excess equipment. Here is the link:  http://viennawireless.net/wp/events/winterfest/  Talk-in will be on the 146.910 MHz repeaters (-600 kHz, no PL)

The Frederick Amateur Radio Club is holding their annual FredFest on March 24.  Frederick, MD is a short drive up I-270.  It features FREE admission.  Here is the link:


If you would like to head South, The Raleigh Amateur Radio Society’s annual RARSFest is taking place March 31, 2018.  It’s held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in the Jim Graham Building.  A good way to do this hamfest would be to drive down the night before and stay overnight.  Here is the link:


It is not too early to start to think thinking about Hamvention.  This year’s event takes place May, 18, 19 and 20.  There is one space open in the Alexandria Radio Club rooms this year.  There may still be rooms available in some of the outlying areas, but those will fill up fast as Hamvention gets closer.  There were over 29,000 people at last year’s Hamvention.  Here is the official Hamvention link:  http://hamvention.org/.

As an added bonus, the US Air Force Museum is rolling out the restored B-17 bomber “Memphis Belle” in a ceremony on Thursday, May 17.  So, Thursday is museum day.  Here is a link to that event:      http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Boeing-B-17F-Memphis-Belle-Exhibit-Opening-May-17-2018/

It always amazes me the number of hams who visit the Air Force Museum on Thursday and not just from the US.

As of press time, I have 1 space left out of the four rooms booked at the Hampton Inn Fairborn, which is right down the road from the USAF Museum and a short drive from the Greene County Fairgrounds.  I plan to order the tickets by April 15 or when the rooms are full.  Let me know ASAP if you are planning on going.

There may be some rooms available on the outskirts of the Dayton area along i-75 and I-675.  With the events at Wright Patterson AFB and the USAF Museum, rooms are filling up.  There are NO rooms available in Fairborn, even one at $356 per night.

Training –

Our next class is scheduled to run from Tuesday, March 6, 2018, through May 8, 2018.  If you know of someone who wants to be a ham, send them our way.  The class is filling up, but there are spaces left.  I can’t help but think some very positive news items about hams has raised awareness about what we do. 

In case you missed it, there were a couple of short videos about ham radio operators in emergencies.  One was produced by the California Department of Emergency Management and the other was produced by NBC News’ “Left Field.”  The latter was produced in Hawaii to showcase what hams d in emergencies.  As luck would have it, the news crew was there during the missile scare in Hawaii.  

Contests –

  • March 10 and 11 – Oklahoma QSO Party.  Exchange is RST and state.
  • March 10 and 11 – Idaho QSO Party.  Exchange is RST and state.
  • March 11 and 12 – Wisconsin QSO Party.  Exchange is state.
  • March 17 and 18 – Virginia QSO party.  Exchange is serial number and county (or city)
  • March 17 and 18 – Louisiana QSO Party.  Exchange is RST and state.
  • March 24 and 25 – CQ World Wide DX Contest, SSB.  Exchange is RS and serial number.
  • April 7 and 8 – Florida State Parks on the Air.  Exchange is state.
  • April 7 and 8 – Texas State Parks on the Air.  Exchange is RST and state.
  • April 7 and 8 – Missouri QSO Party.  Exchange is RST and state.
  • April 7 and 8 – Mississippi QSO Party.  Exchange is RST and state.
  • April 8 – North American SSB Sprint.  Exchange is the other station’s call, your call, serial number, your name, your state.
  • April 14 and 15 – New Mexico QSO Party. Exchange is name and state.
  • April 14 and 15 – Georgia QSO Party.  Exchange is RST and state.
  • April 16 and 16 – North Dakota QSO Party.  Exchange is RST and state.


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

REMEMBER to support the CLUB’S score for contests by providing Ian N8IK your info (Name, Callsign and Grid Square location) and submit your scores for the contests you play in.  Contesting is one way we show that we are using our frequency allocations.

Repeaters – 

In addition to the regular Thursday night net on the 147.315 repeaters, there was a proposal in last month’s ARC Shorts to do a follow-on net on other ARC repeaters.  The rotation would include other analog repeaters as well as the digital repeaters.  This will not only provide a little activity on the other repeaters but will also help everybody with the year-long Worked All ARC Members contest.  Each new band and mode counts as another contact.    

The club repeaters are all up and running.  As always, ham it up and get on the air.

73, Rich, KA4GFY


Citizens Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are the true FIRST RESPONSE to a disaster.  Should we have a disaster that covers a large area (think weather or other large disasters), the Emergency Management (EM) Fire, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Police will be tied up and those in the affected areas will need to have a core of people trained to do those simple yet lifesaving functions until the Fire/ES/EMS/Police can get to that area.  This includes organization, pulling victims from structures, shutting down water, electrical and gas in damaged structures, some firefighting, some first aid.  When time is critical it falls to the citizens to react.  CERT training provides basic knowledge to help when needed.   As Amateur Radio Operators we are trained to follow an organized approach to providing service.  Our communications skills in the face of a disaster aid in coordination, identifying needs and sharing knowledge.  ARES can work with CERT teams as members of a local team to provide communications between a CERT team and first responders.   I, as ARES EC, encourage all who live in Alexandria, to take the CERT training and those in live in Fairfax to take their CERT training. 

73 Rick



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 quiet 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 gets’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 you are keeping your logs up to date.  This contest is open to all.

73 Rick N4ASX


Our next ARES training / Public Service event will be Washington’s Birthday Parade on February 19th (on the Monday president’s day holiday.).  I don’t think we will do the order of March this year, but I would like to set up APRS using APRS HTs and a display at the reviewing stand.   I have not talked to Joe Shumard (city coordinator) yet but will do so this week.

We will be using 2 meters HTs and the Trailer at the beginning of the parade and a mobile station at the reviewing stand.  Could use about 10 operators.  We will meet at the Fire Training Center (Nanny J Lee Center) off Franklin Street at 9 AM to coordinate assignments and provide the latest handouts.  Need to be on site at Parade Start/Finish by 11 AM when the police close the roads down. The parade will start at 1 PM (between 12 and 1 PM we will help the parade marshals coordinate the parade order and who shows up and who does not show up.

We hope to get permission to use the Mt. Vernon 146.655 (PL 141.3) repeater for the parade, but we will also use 147.315 both repeater and simplex as needed prior to parade start.  With DMR in the trailer, we may also set up on Alex Local to see how well it covers Old Town as an experiment. 

The parade ends around 2:30 or so and the club budget includes lunch afterward.  We will try to meet after the parade at Atlantis Restaurant.

More details at the club meeting this Friday.

Communications for ARES

As amateur operators, we get caught between the need to use new technology and the cost of that new technology.  One of these new technologies is DMR.  This has the ability to allow us to communicate over a network that works Statewide when needed using a DMR UHF handheld, we can also use it like a local UHF repeater.  The drawback is that is a bit more complex than regular FM.

If you have a packet TNC in your shack, and some of us use it only for APRS, you also have the ability to use WINLINK 2000.  We will have a program on WINLINK in the near future, but it’s a way to send e-mail via your packet station into the internet and receive e-mail sent to you once you are registered into the WINLINK system.  WINLINK also has HF gateways that are used when the INTERNET GOES DOWN and can also be used via internet FTP if radio fails.  TNCs can be had inexpensively and attached to your standard 2 meter FM radio.  The WINLINK EXPRESS program is free, but they would like a small donation to register. 

MESH net uses WIFI channels and modified WIFI routers to create a network covering a very wide area.  We will hear more about that at the next meeting.   Your radio for this would be your laptop with WIFI.

Just some thoughts on the progression of the hobby.

73 Rick N4ASX

Social Events

PROPOSAL We have MORE REPEATERS than any other club in the area, but they sit unused for days even months at a time.  In order to get those who have the gear up on the air I would like to suggest that we set up a time after our Thursday night net, for each repeater.  For those who don’t know our NORMAL CLUB NET is each Thursday at 8 PM local time on the 147.315 repeaters.  I know that the most of our members do not have radios for all of our repeaters, but I’m going to suggest the following schedule: 


  • First Thursday of the month – 444.6 (107.2)
  • Second Thursday – 224.82 (107.2)
  • Third Thursday – 6 meters (53.13, 107.2) many of you have HF radios that work on 6 meters.
  • Fourth Thursday – D-STAR 2 meter 145.38Mhz W4HF  C
  • Fifth Thursday –  DMR (Alex Local). 

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 repeaters 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 suggest it to the group.


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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.

Looks like fun!   <http://www.arrl.org/npota> http://www.arrl.org/npota
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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