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

January 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 January 12th at 7 PM at the police dispatch center, 3600 Wheeler Ave.  Just west of where Quaker Lane intersects Duke Street.

Lots of stuff going on.  Our DMR repeater is up and tied into the DMR network.   Ian, N8IK, will give us a more complete rundown on code plugs and updates to the DRM radios.  Additionally, we have a DMR radio to install in the club trailer and may want to use DMR for the Washington’s Birthday Parade. There IS a program planned for this meeting, but I’m in Florida and away from my computer, so it will be a surprise.

Don’t forget the pre-meeting dinner get together at Atlantis at 5:30PM before the meeting 

President’s Corner  

About three years ago I stumbled into a monthly ARC meeting, new to VA and freshly re-interested in radio.  I was welcomed into this club and now have somehow been elected President of it.  It is thanks to ARC and it’s wonderful members that I’ve kept my interest in the hobby and I am honored to give back to it.  This is such a great community, and I am better off having met all of you.  Whether you are a new member or a veteran of the ARC ranks- my door is open to you, ask me questions, give me suggestions, let me know of any concerns you may have.  I certainly don’t have all (or even many) of the answers but I will find them for you.  I hope this year is an excellent one for all of us.

73, and stay radio active

Monica, KC2IAY

P.S. Here is a silly video for your amusement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo-4w9A6sVE

State Law SB74

There is a proposed change to the law regarding handheld device use while driving.  This law is designed to stop texting and other distracted driving, but it also affects Ham Radio in that we would only be exempt during emergencies, drills, and public service events approved by the Department of Transportation. To add salt to the wound, CBers are exempt.  The club has a committee working on talking to our delegates but recommend all members contact their delegate and tell them how important Amateur Radio is to public service and for emergency preparedness.

Future Programs 

  • 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.

Below are tentative programs, looking for ideas from members…

  • 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 another 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 –

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

Next month is 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.    Info at www.frostfest.com.

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

Farther out in March is the Vienna Wireless Society’s Winterfest.  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. 

Training –

We completed our Fall 2017 class with many of the original class members completing the course and a few folks joining us for testing. 

The results are:

Christopher Barnes                         KN4IJF           General

Thomas Mayo                                   KC3KME       Technician

Taylor Darden                                  KC3KMD       Technician

Michael Hall                                      KN4IDB         General

Jason Rainey                                   KN4IJE          Technician

James Rorick                                    KC3KHH       Extra

Celia Garin                                        KN4IJD          Technician

Luis Degado                                     WP4PWV      General

Julia Fletcher                                    KE8JMO        Technician

Louis Ward                                        KN4IDC         General

Steve Deweese                                KN4IJG          General

Joe Fleming                                      KC3KMC       Technician

Matthew Brown                                KN4IJH          General

Be sure to welcome them to the hobby when you hear them on the air.

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 and a few people signing up.  I can’t help but think some very positive news items about hams has raised awareness about what we do. 

Contests –

  • January 13 and 14 – North American QSO Party, CW.  Exchange is your name and state.
  • January 13 and 14 – North American QSO Party, SSB.  Exchange is your name and state.
  • January 27 – Montana QSO Party.  Exchange is RST and state.
  • February 3 and 4 – Vermont QSO Party.  Exchange is RST and state.
  • February 3 – Minnesota QSO Party.  Exchange is name and state.
  • February 4 – North American Sprint – CW.  Exchange is other station’s call, your call, serial number, your name, state.
  • February 12 through 16 – ARRL School Club Roundup.  Exchange is RST, class and state.
  • February 17 and 18 – ARRL International DX Contest, CW.  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, 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 – 

Our DMR repeater is now on the air.  Thanks to N8IK, KF4MTV and N4ASX at the installation party and to the folks at DMRVA for making this happen as quickly as it did.  Also, thanks to W9TCE who assisted with testing the 70 cm DSTAR repeater while installing the DMR repeater.  We proved that both repeaters could be on the air at the same time without interfering with each other.  We were on the air 2 months after receiving our pair from TMARC. 

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.

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

73, Rich, KA4GFY

Above on the left is the new DMR repeater in it’s new home. On the right is our Trustee Rich KA4GFY checking out the new installation.

Above on the left is the new DMR repeater in it’s new home. On the right is our Trustee Rich KA4GFY checking out the new installation.

The DMR now shares the DSL hookup with the D-Star repeaters.  It costs the club $70 a month for the internet connection.  If you use D-Star or DMR, please consider a donation for keeping the DSL line up.  As not all members of the club have this equipment, we try not to make this a club budget item but ask those who use it to support it. 


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.

CONTEST CLOSES NOVEMBER 9, 2018 with your submission of a contest log.

73 Rick N4ASX 


ARRL is making changes to ARES.  We will have to register with ARRL and we will be given some kind of “number” to identify our organization.   No details yet, but we will send out a new registration / volunteer form for all when we know what information they want.

The next public service activity is the WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY PARADE.  It’s scheduled for MONDAY February 19th.  We will need about 12 operators.  Don’t know yet if we are going to report changes to the order of march, but we should be prepared to do it.  We may try packet using WINLINK 2K or D-Star. 

For many hams, packet radio died after the internet came into being.  But, there is a rise in the need to be able to send digital traffic when Ma Bell’s backbone is not available.  WINLINK 2K is a completely radio system that can be used on VHF or HF when regular telecommunications systems are down.  But it can also be used like DMR or D-Star with gateways into and out of the internet when that is available.  We will have a program on WINLINK this year but the best way to learn is to download RMS EXPRESS and look at some of the tutorials on U-tube.  The nice thing is that you can fill in FEMA and ARRL forms and use attachments like you would on e-mail and send to e-mail addresses via packet, or other supported modes.

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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