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

December 2017

Club Repeaters:  147.315 (PL 107.2), 444.6 -5MHz offset (PL107.2), 224.82 -1.6MHz offset (PL107.2), 53.13 -1 MHz offset(PL107.2) 927.6 -25Mhz,( PL107.2), and 1282.600 – 12Mhz offset (PL 107.2), DSTAR 145.38Mhz -600KHz offset, 442.060 -5MHz offset, and 1284.600 -12MHz offset


Our next meeting is December 8th. This is the annual Christmas / Holiday Party at Fiona’s Irish Pub in Kingstown.  Starts at the normal time, but it’s good to get their a little early and socialize.  Bring a gift for the gift swap.  If you have an idea for an award for one of your fellow members, let Rick, N4ASX know and he will print one up.

Alexandria Radio Club
Annual Dinner Party
When:  Friday, December 8th, 2017 at 7pm.
Where:  Fiona’s Irish Pub, 5810 Kingstowne Center in the Kingstowne Shopping Center across from the Top Golf or the Walmart.  Plenty of parking with no antenna height restrictions.  This is one where you can bring your significant other if he or she will put up with us.
Dress:  Guys – look better than you look at a hamfest!  Coat & tie would be nice – this is a holiday party.
Cost:  $33 per person (includes tax & tip), cash bar is extra
Menu: Ian can tell you when you call him to make your reservations if you promise to dress for the party.
RSVP:  Names to Ian N8IK no later than Monday, December 4th at 703-751-0542 or n8ik@arrl.net.  If you show up not having RSVP’d then you buy a round for all!
Optional Gift Exchange:  If you’d like to participate please bring a wrapped gift not exceeding $10 in value.  Doesn’t have to be ham radio related.


Our NOVEMBER meeting… 

President’s Corner 

Hello, all. This is my last monthly notes for my term of office. I just wanted everybody to know that I had a blast being your club president. I hope that things continue to go smoothly with my more than capable successor, Monica – KC2IAY.

73 DE KI4BXU Erik Misavage


Congratulations to the new officers and thanks for taking a leadership position.

President – KC2IAY – Monica H Wilson
Vice President – KI4D- Donovan J Lewis, Sr
Secretary – KM4GMQ – Casey L Bonanno
Treasurer – N8IK -Ian H. Keith

For all members, please thank our new officers and give them your support. 
Thank you Erik, Monica, Ian and Casey for their time and a great 2017 for the club.

We should also thank our various sitting chairpersons:

  • Rich KA4GFY – Club Trustee, Chief instructor
  • Harry N4CWP – Membership
  • Ian N8IK – Field Day
  • Ted – 50/50 fund raising

Future Programs 

  • December 8th – Annual Christmas / Holiday Party
  • 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 –, After action on Marine Corps Marathon use of MESHnet. Mark Braunstein WA4KFZ
  • March 9, 2018 – VA QSO PARTY Program, Washington’s Birthday follow up.
  • April 13, 2018— Field Day Planning, WINLINK 2000, or Gary Sessoms on Ham Radio support to Porto Rico.
  • May 11, 2018 – Dayton Hamvention and club projects. Or WINLINK / PR report.
  • June 8, 2018—  Field Day prep, 
  • July 13, 2018 –
  • August 10, ,2018 – DXing,  HF and VHF contesting (still looking for a good speaker from NCDXA or other source.
  • September 14,2018  —  City Emergency Management / ARES
  • 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.  Info at   http://pgares.org/santafest/index.html 

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.

Richmond Frostfest

Whiles it’s a couple months away, don’t forget the Richmond Frostfest, also known as Virginia State Convention on February 3, 2018.  It’s held at the Richmond Raceway Complex.  It’s just off Chamberlayne Avenue (Route 301) and Azalea Avenue.  For the past few years, we have been meeting in Fredericksburg for breakfast and traveling to Richmond as a group.  We can certainly continue with the tradition.  More details next month,   

This is a great hamfest, many of the club members CARPOOL,  let’s see what we can organize at the January meeting. 

Training –

It’s hard to believe we are almost done.  We don’t have the results at press time because the deadline was too early.  We e will have the results next month. 

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.  We are already getting inquiries about the next class.  I can’t help but think some very positive news items about hams has raised awareness about what we do. 

Contests –

  • 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.
  • January 13 and 14 – North American QSO Party, CW.  Exchange is your name 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 you info (Name, Call sign 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 allocation.

Repeaters – 

We now have a frequency pair for the DMR repeater.  We have been assigned 442.4125.  The Color Code is #1.  Thanks to the hams at Wireless, our repeater is now programmed.  The duplexer has been ordered and should be here soon.  Once we know when to expect it, we will schedule a work party and install the repeater in the cabinet housing the now un-needed 6 meter transmitter and UHF link receiver.  The DMRVA folks were able to see our router over the internet, which is connected to the DSTAR router.  This is a BIG deal.  We won’t need a second DSL line to run the DMR repeater.  

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.  The DMRVA website has codeplugs available for download that include our repeater and other new ones in Virginia.  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 


The next EVENT for ARES and the ALEXANDRIA RADIO CLUB is the Washington’s Birthday Parade.  We will need at least 10 volunteers.  We will again set up some form of digital link from the trailer to the reviewing stand and if we can an APRS display for the reviewing stand.  What we might do is set up WINLINK 2K and send the revised list to the reviewing stand as an E-MAIL.

If you can volunteer on MONDAY February 19th, 2018.  If we can figure out the logistics we may put the trailer in the parade as a float.  Depending on how fast we can complete the parade work and move to the parade route.

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.

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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