Coordinator: Rich Adamy, KA4GFY

DIGITAL REGISTRATION FORM (Fall Class Schedule to be Announced)

First Class Date:  Tuesday March 8, 2016 and ending May 10, 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


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 JUNE 10th.  This meeting will be our FIELD DAY planning meeting.  Ian, N8IK is our Field Day chairman and will review the plans.  

We will run 5A (report is 5A VA).  We will have 5 HF stations each run by a band captain.  The job of the band captain is NOT to operate the radio for 24 hours, but to manage the station.  Help our members operate the station and the logging program. 

We encourage all of our members, no matter what your license class, to come out and to operate for a  few hours.  If you see a station in operation and what to operate, the best way to do it is to approach the member operating and offer to log and to be next to operate.  As a courtesy, we need to share the radios and operating time, so a hand off every hour or so would give all of our members a chance to operate during Field Day. 

I’m looking for good programs.  If you have a lead, please let me know and I will see what I can do. 

President’s Corner 

Greetings to all. Hope you’re getting ready for Field Day on the weekend of the 25th and 26th. Some clubs treat Field Day as a very serious contest, but our club treats it more as a fun get together where we operate our rigs. 

On a side note, I will not be present at the next two club meetings. If I don’t see you at Field Day or Manassas, see you in August! 



We talked a little about Field Day.  Ian has rounded up all the station captains and reminded all that the station captains are not going to operate the radios for 24 hours but are in charge of making sure the station is complete and there to help those unfamiliar with HF operations or with that radio to learn. 

Rich, KA4GFY, provided a great D-Star brief based on the powerpoint slides presented at the Dayton Hamvention.  As many of us have D-Star equipment, this was good info.  Rich, thanks for a very complete and timely presentation. 

For those who wanted to get their D-Star handhelds updated with the latest list, Rick, N4ASX had his laptop with the RT systems software and updated several of the member’s radios. 


You may have noticed that the above Field Day article is the same as last month’s with a few updates.  Our club has over 50 members and many past members who come out to visit on Field Day.  Field Day is not just a contest, but an emergency preparedness drill and training event.  Two months ago we had Gary tell us about amateur radio support after Katrina.   The idea of having an catastrophic event that requires HF communications to communicate outside the local area is not as farfetched as one would think.  In the event that commercial power goes out, we may have to use HF radio to communicate both at distance and locally.  So,  our 5A set up will allow us to see firsthand how each of the major HF bands operates during a 24 hour period.  During the day some bands are better than others and in the evening and during the night the lower bands can really surprise you.  Come out to help set up at 10AM on Saturday and plan to come out sometime during the 24 hours of operation to try at least one station and if you can try more than one station.

Hamfests –

This month is the Manassas Hamfest and Maker Technology Show, sponsored by The Olde Virginia Hams.  Its on Father’s Day, June 19, so note the date change.  The location is the Prince William County Fairgrounds in Manassas.   The fairgrounds are located on Rte 234, Dumfries Road just outside Manassas.  Talk in on 146.97 and 442.200 MHz repeaters.  Both use a 100.0 Hz PL.

Training – 

Our latest class concluded with 20 candidates earning either a new license or upgrading to a higher class license.  

Technician –

  • James J. McGlothin          KM4TZQ
  • Walid Boonprasit              KM4TZR
  • Peter Mandaville              KM4TZS
  • James G. McGlothin         KM4TZT
  • Keven Cobb                        KM4TZU
  • Zachary Munoz                 KM4TZV
  • Kevin Dunlop                     KM4TZW
  • Edward Kang                     KM4TZX
  • Charlie Cashion                KM4UAA
  • Manuel Rodriquez            KM4UAB
  • Abigail Youhas                  KM4UAC
  • Nathaniel Youhas             KM4UAD
  • Andrew Youhas                 KM4UAE
  • John Maldonado               KM4UAF

 General –

  • Scott Granado                   KM4RDR
  • Mychele Brickner              KM4TZY
  • Robert Brickner                 KM4TZZ

Extra –

  • Richard Morani                KW4UJ
  • Isha Youhas                       KW4UK
  • Michael Fagan                   KR4WE

Be sure to listen for them on the air and say hello.  

Contests – 

  • June 4 and 5 – Alabama QSO Party.  Exchange is RST and state. 
  • June 11 through 13 – ARRL June VHF Contest.50 MHz and up.  Exchange is 4 character grid square.  Most of us are in FM18.
  • June 18 and 19 – West Virginia QSO Party.  Exchange is RST and state.
  • June 25 and 26 – ARRL Field Day.  It’s not really a contest, but an emergency preparedness exercise.  The goal is to communicate with as many other stations as possible over the course of the weekend under less than ideal conditions, like the aftermath of a disaster.  The Alexandria Radio Club will be located at Joseph Hensley Park in Alexandria.

Club Repeaters – 

The Alexandria Radio Club owns more repeaters than other club in the area.  We have repeaters on every ham radio band between 6 meters and 23 cm.  Here is a great opportunity to try a new band.  With the exception of the 23 cm repeater, all our analog repeaters are commercial grade equipment which should run for many years with minimal work.  

The 23cm amateur band is about as high in frequency as most people go in their ham radio career.  For many years, equipment had to be constructed.  The amateur satellite folks use this band for an uplink.  Here in the US, we use 23 cm for weak signal work, FM repeaters, satellites and ATV, as well as other modes. 

Like all of our bands above 420 MHz, we share it.  Believe it or not, we share 23 cm with aircraft surveillance radar.  With a good antenna, you can hear radar pulsing through our repeater frequency.  It doesn’t cause a problem.  We are not sure which airport that belongs to. 

With the popularity of drones, many drone operators want video of their airborne adventures.  Unfortunately, the manufacturers of the airborne video equipment thought our 23 cm band was a good place to park.  They never asked anyone, they just did it.  Here is a good example of repeaters all over the country on 23 cm would have forced them to look elsewhere.  The good news is they are not too prevalent in this area and because they are unlicensed, they have to put up with any interference we give them. 

The Alexandria Radio Club has one of the very few 23 cm FM voice repeaters in the DC area.  There is one in Haymarket that we can hit from our area with a good antenna.  The only other 23 cm repeaters are all DSTAR digital. 

Our repeater consists of 2 Yaesu 23 cm mobile radios (no longer made) and a Connect Systems controller in between.  It runs 10 watts into a 15 dB gain antenna, with an ERP of about 320 watts.  ICOM used to manufacture a 23 cm FM repeater, but discontinued it.   Most repeaters in Japan are on 23 cm, but supposedly there is not enough of a market in the US to sell 23 cm FM repeaters here.  However, taking a look in the ARRL Repeater Directory, it shows 23 cm repeaters all over California. 

Alinco manufactures a 2 meter, 70 cm, 23cm FM handheld.  They seem to be the only manufacturer producing non-DSTAR equipment for 23 cm.  ICOM has discontinued the ID-1 mobile radio, which does both DSTAR and analog.  The ICOM America folks at the Dayton Hamvention did not know what would be replacing the ID-1.  With more hams in Japan than the US, it looks like too lucrative a market to toss away.   If you can find a retailer with an ID-1 in stock, they are going at practically fire sale prices.  

Our repeater has good coverage around Alexandra and some coverage outside the immediate area.  Overall, the 23 cm band is good for general use. 

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

73, Rich, KA4GFY 

Future Programs 

  • June – Field Day final prep.
  • July – VHF Contesting (tent.)
  • 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.  At this time the group meets at SMASH BURGER At Van Dorn and Pickett St. Parking around the back of the building off Pickett.




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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