Coordinator: Rich Adamy, KA4GFY

DIGITAL REGISTRATION FORM (Fall Class Schedule to be Announced)

First Class Date:  Tuesday September 27, 2016 and ending December 6, 2016 (10 weeks).
The FCC Exam will be given last session in May.
Class Start Time: 19:00 hours until 21:00 hours ( 7 PM to 9 PM)
Teaching Site: Alexandria Police Department HQs, 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

FCC License Levels

For additional information contact Rich at (703) 969-6615 or email.  Rich is assisted by cadre of founding faculty instructors who were electronic and communications specialist in local industry and/or military training centers.

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

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
(Up-to-date July 14, 2014)

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Rick Bunn - N4ASX - ARC Shorts Newsletter Editor

Rick Bunn – N4ASX –  ARC Shorts Newsletter Editor

ARC-SHORTS Newsletter

July 2016

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 8th.  We do not have a program other than to review Field Day. My guess is that many of our members will be on vacation, but look forward to seeing you all.  One of the items that comes up from time to time is what members are working on or experimenting with.  I think this would be a good meeting to have our members tell us about their projects.  Lots of interest in the small computers and projects.  Others are building QRP rigs and still others are working on antennas.  Please bring something to spark conversation and share what you’ve learned.

President’s Corner

Hello, all! If you participated in Field Day, I hope you had some fun. One thing about ham radio is that there are plenty of things available to do if you don’t have the means or ability to operate continuously. For example, I help in sorting and sending out DX cards for the Sterling Park club. There are volunteer examiners helping out grading ham exams for new hams and those wanting to upgrade their privileges. There are the hamfest organizers, too. I’m just getting started in mentioning non-operating activities that hams do.



This was our  last meeting before Field Day and we used it to make sure we were set to go.  More on Field Day in another article.

We’ve purchased an ICOM MKIIG with all of the options installed from Ian, N8IK and we will install it in the trailer along with a mobile HF antenna.  For those that did not see the trailer it is now very well equipped for any eventuality.  We may need to replace our two 80AHr batteries as they were down to 8 Volts on Field Day.


Ian, our Field Day lead has run off to Florida to visit family, so I will humbly try to provide some insights into our Field Day effort.

First, the turn out from the club was good with more members operating then we’ve had for a while.  Thanks to all who came out and helped out with set up and operating.

Band conditions were not very good and it wasn’t just us, other clubs were having the same problem.  When the sun fails to produce we lose the high HF bands.  In the past would would talk about sacrificing a Novice class member to the sun god for good conditions but without any Novices we had no one to sacrifice!  All in all we still did a fine job.

Rich, KA4GFY worked out of the trailer on 75/80 meters on his dipole and made over 100 contacts.  This is a very challenging band as you must avoid the nets and the regulars who demand a frequency “just in case a friend drops in”.  This station was also great for our new hams to get started on HF.  More on the trailer later.

Rick, N4ASX set up the 40 meter station using Ian’s 34’ vertical and that station went over 100 contact despite the new operators who don’t understand that a sideband channels takes up 2-3 KHz. The Ten-Tec Eagle did well. Maybe a dipole next year will help.  Ian, N8IK put his IC-706MKIIG to work on 40 meter CW on Sunday and added to our score (CW counts for 2 points per contact.  I’m still hearing the CW…

Harry, N4CWP set up his 756 Pro II on 20 meters, what a nice radio!  Not sure how many contacts,  but on his water pipe vertical I think it did well.

Jay, NW3V was up on the club’s IC-746 on 15 meters and worked hard but the band conditions were not good.  Jay set up a dipole as a sloper.

Tom, KJ4FUU and Erik, KI4BXU worked on 10 meters and again the that band was so bad that you had to wonder if the antenna was connected.  Not for lack of a very valiant effort.

This was the year when he had lots of younger hams who learned a great deal about Field Day and HF operations.  Nathaniel, KM4UAD made at least 30 contacts on 75 meters and his sister Abigail Youhas, KM4UAC made a few as well.  Nathaniel has already upgraded to General class under the tutelage of his mom, Isha, KW4UK who became an EXTRA class at our last testing session.  Her OM is a Tech, but I’m betting that he will be an Extra before long.  Casey KM4GMQ and Zea KM4GMP were also on the air.  Their dad Mark KM4GML was also working hard.  Great to see younger hams participating.

Steve, W8RJH was our food chair again this year and truly outdid himself.  I hope he found some time to operate.  Steve, keep the food and coffee going for ALL of Field Day and this made Field Day a very fine affair indeed.

Ted, W9TCE was not only working hard on the radios, but had a steady supply of his famous lemon aid.  Without that Field Day would not be as great as it was.

We had two generators that ran well and powered all 5 of our stations,  Don, KI4D had his generator but it developed a fuel leak and we were not able to use it, but we did make good use of the fuel he had.

Part of Field Day is to see what works and what fails.

Out outstanding guest was Chief Corey Smedley who is our Alexandria Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Chief.  Not sure if we put him on the air, but I think he got a better understanding of our capabilities.  Look forward to seeing him at one of meetings in the near future.  Chief thank you for your help on getting the park and taking your time to come out.

The weather was outstanding. Last year we had to deal with 3” of rain, in previous years we dealt with heat over 100 degrees, this year the weather could not have been better.

I know I’ve missed a lot of folks who contributed greatly to our Field Day, thank you all for participating, without a good turn out Field Day would not be as great an experience as it was.

73 Rick N4ASX


The next hamfest in the area is the Shenandoah Valley ARC’s Berryville Hamfest on August 7.  The location is the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds.  It’s a n easy drive out Route 7.  You will see the fairgrounds on the left as you get closer.  Make the left at the light (Business Route 7) and look for the hamfest on your left.  Talk in on the W4RKC 146.820 repeater (146.2 Hz PL).


Our next class is scheduled to start in late September.  We are looking at around September 27 and ending December 6, 2016.  If you know of somebody who has wanted to be ham, let them know about our class.  The cost is still $50, which includes the book, test fee and class materials.

Contests –

  • July 9 and 10 – IARU HF World Championship.  CW and SSB.  Exchange is RST and zone.  We are in ITU zone 8.
  • July 16 and 17 – CQ Worldwide VHF Contest.  CW and SSB, 6 and 2 meters.  Exchange is 4 character grid square.  Most of us are in FM18.
  • July 16 and 17 – North American QSO Party, RTTY.  Exchange is name and state.
  • July 30 and 31 – RSGB Islands on the Air, CW and SSB.  Exchange is RST and serial number.
  • Aug 6 and 7 – ARRL UHF Contest.  All Modes, 222 MHz and above.  Exchange is 4 character grid square.  Most of us are in FM18.

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

73, Rich, KA4GFY

Sad News

It is with deep regret that I report the passing of two outstanding members of the amateur community in our area.

Dr. Dennis Bodson, W4PWF, long time Vice President, and founding member of the Arlington Amateur Radio Club has become a Silent Key.  Dennis was a world class authority on antennas, and HF ALE,  He worked for the Defense Communications Agency.  Dennis was also very active in ARRL and had been an speaker at our club meetings for many years.

Dick Harman, WA4USB, also passed last week. Dick was a major force in the Mt. Vernon Amateur Radio Club, he was the repeater trustee for 146.655, very active with ARES and with MVARC.  Dick would make the 6.655 repeater available to us when there were public service events in Alexandria and set it up in net mode when needed.

Both of these gentleman optimized what an amateur operator should strive to be.  Their contributions are lasting and we will miss both of them.

73 Rick


I’m working with Chief Smedley on getting the city’s radios installed.  The hospital is working on a way to install their gear.  The trailer will get some upgrades before the weather gets too oppressive which include the installation of a newly acquired IC-706MKIIG, Tarheel II antennas and some clean up of the current installation.  The solar cells seem to have failed, so we will see what we can do to check that out and make sure the battery system is working.  Some basic maintenance is also in order to make sure that the rain stays out of the trailer.  The goal is to have it always ready when needed.

For those who have volunteered as ARES members,  Please send my your IS100,200,700 and 800 certificates if you have completed the courses and not already done so. ONLY IS 100 is mandatory, based on FEMA requirements.  I will pick up the city’s background check forms for all members prior to the next meeting and we can get those up to date.  The background check is required by FEMA for those who would work in EOC, or at shelters.

I have the pics taken by Wilson KM4KLK and Harry, N4CWP and will continue to make up ID badges for ARES members.  If you live in the City of Alexandria,  I would ask that you take the next CERT class.  You can than provide liaison communications for CERT efforts via ARES when needed.

Marine Corps Marathon is in October, but the volunteer website is up.  It’s an ALL DAY event, MCM needs over 130 volunteers.  If you can, sign up.  If you work on the Virginia side of the course you will need to be checked in before 4AM.  For those on the DC side, you may be able to check in as late as 6AM.  When the race passes your post you will be able to leave.  Assignments are based on your equipment, experience and your request.  When you fill out the volunteer form you can request your assignment.

73 Rick

Future Programs

  • July – Club member projects
  • August – DX Contesting (tent.)
  • September – HF Portable Operations (tent.)
  • October – ARES ops and City interface
  • November – Club Elections
  • December – Club 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.

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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