Coordinator: Rich Adamy, KA4GFY


First Class Date:  Tuesday September 27, 2016 and ending December 6, 2016 (10 weeks).
The FCC Exam will be given last session in December.
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 ka4gfy@arrl.org.

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

November 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



 The primary program for the next meeting will be to elect next year’s club officers and discuss the club party in December.  Mark KG4GMQ may be able to give us some more on Raspberry Pie projects. After the national elections, this election should be a piece of cake. 

President’s Corner 



In getting ready for the Marine Corps Marathon, I found out that, no matter how organized you think you are, there are always NEW things to find.  Very much like field day.  The list for an aid station includes: 1.2 GHz D-Star, 2/440 D-Star, 2-meter packet (9600) and (optional) 6 meter APRS.  Next on the list is antennas and supports. Than power and distribution.  The aid station is supposed to have a generator, but I will take a new 80AHr batter and a small AC inverter for the computers.  Oh, yes, two computers, had one fail about 10 years ago and now take a spare.  At this point I had all the station stuff, but you still need to think about “office” stuff, A note book with all the operations stuff that was sent out,  a few manual pages for the radios, two chairs, a card table.  Funny how it all adds up.  

Of course, MURPHY does live!!  I took a backup computer and in the process of unloading the truck in the dark, I ran over it.  Tech refresh at N4ASX.  Good thing it was the backup computer.  One of my leads to one of the four radios popped a fuse and again, no spares.  Another thing to add to the list for next year.  


Jack, KE7VOU gave us a program and demo on JT65.    N4ASX will set up the OTHER station so we can make a connection on JT65 so Jack can show us what makes JT65 a good mode.  In addition a short introduction to HF radio to sound card interface was discussed.  Two interfaces make it easy.  The Tigertronics Signalink USB and The RigBlaster family of interfaces.  Unlike Packet or APRS you don’t need a TNC but you can either use the sound card in your computer or an external device with a sound card included. 

Hamfests –

The next hamfest in our area is the SantaFest in Cheltenham, MD on December 10, 2016.  It’s sponsored by the American Legion and Prince George’s County Emergency Repeater Association.  The location is the American Legion Youth Camp, 9201 Surratts Road in Cheltenham, MD.   Talk-in will be on the 145.230 MHz repeater (PL 110.9 Hz).

It’s not too early to start thinking about the Maryland Mobileers Post Holiday Hamfest on January 29, 2017.  The location is Odenton Fire Hall on Route 175 in Odenton.  Talk-in will be on the 146.805 MHz repeater (PL 107.2 Hz).

Training – 

Our current class is winding down, with just 4 classes left.  The last class on December 6, 2016 is also the exam.  If you want to upgrade your license, let me know and we will make sure there is room for you.   The next class should be starting in early March 2017.  

Contests – 

  • November 19 and 20 – ARRL November Sweepstakes, SSB.  Exchange is a serial number, Class, Your Callsign, Year First Licensed and Section. 
  • November 26 and 27 – CQ Worldwide Contest, CW.  Exchange is RST and CQ zone.  We are in zone 5. 
  • December 10 and 11 – ARRL 10 Meter Contest.  Exchange is RS(T) and State. 

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

73, Rich, KA4GFY 


A fair number of our members participated in this year’s Marine Corps Marathon.  The race went very well with most patients presenting with minor problems.  Due to the staggered start the race seamed to go a little longer, but I was at a little different place this year and for the first time John and I got to see the runners go by.  Thanks to the leadership team for their organization of a very complex and very public service activity. 

Future Programs 

  • November – Raspberry Pie part II – Club Elections
  • December – Club Party
  • January – Packet Radio
  • February – VHF Contesting (tent.)
  • March – Antenna modeling (tent.)
  • April – ??
  • May – Field Day Planning
  • June  – ??
  • July – ??
  • August – ??
  • Sept. _ ??

 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.

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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ARRL Radiogram Sample

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