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ALEXANDRIA RADIO CLUB FCC LICENSE SCHOOL

Coordinator: Rich Adamy, KA4GFY
ka4gfy@arrl.net

DIGITAL REGISTRATION FORM (Fall Class Schedule)

First Class Date:  Each Tuesday, March 12th 2019 through May 7th 2019.
The required FCC Exam will be given on the last session in December.
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 a 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 incorporate ARRL PowerPoint Topics & Film Clips portraying the historical evolution of radio communications. License practice exam questions are available on the Internet.

Learning International Morse Code is NOT an FCC license requirement, but is highly encouraged.

FCC Title 47 Telecommunications Part 97 Amateur Radio Service Federal Regulations

Rick Bunn - N4ASX - ARC Shorts Newsletter Editor

Rick Bunn – N4ASX –  ARC Shorts Newsletter Editor

ARC-SHORTS Newsletter

December 2018

Club Repeaters: 147.315 (PL 107.2), 444.6 (PL107.2), 224.82 (PL107.2), 53.13 (PL107.2) 927.6 (-25Mhz, PL107.2), and 1282.600 (PL 107.2), DSTAR 145.38Mhz, 442.060, and 1284.600
ALL ARE UP AND RUNNING – HAM IT UP! Get on the air!

SPECIAL NOTE: DMR IS UP AND RUNNING 442.4125 +5Mhz Color Code 1. 

NEXT CLUB MEETING 

Our meeting is held on the 2nd Friday of each month. This month is the annual holiday party at FIONA’S IRISH PUB in KINGSTON SHOPPING CENTER. On DECEMBER 14th at 6PM.

Next Friday, December 14th at 7pm is our annual holiday party in lieu of the normal club meeting.  Please RSVP to n8ik@arrl.net if you plan to attend!

*When*:  Friday, December 14th, 2018 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.
*Dress*:  Guys – look better than you look at a hamfest!  Coat & tie would be nice – this *is* a holiday party.
*Cost*:  $32 per person (includes tax & tip), cash bar is extra.  We don’t need menu choices in advance – just tell your waiter/waitress when they ask!  Menu attached.
*RSVP*:  Names to Ian N8IK no later than Monday, December 3rd at 703-751-0542 or n8ik@arrl.net.  If you show up not having RSVP’d then you buy a round for all!

NOVEMBER MINUTES (Thanks for Mark Bonanno) 

Date:   11/9/2018
Time:  1900h
Location: Alexandria Police Bldg

Presentations

Brent Ruggles – Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, provided a run down on the structure of the Alexandria Emergency Management Office and how ARES can support emergency efforts.  Some discussion was had regarding radio support to CERT operations.

Club Elects New Officers

Congratulations to our club officers for 2019 elected at last night’s meeting.

  • President – Monica KC2IAY (re-elected)
  • Vice-President – Don KI4D (re-elected)
  • Treasurer – Richard KW4UJ
  • Secretary – Mark KM4GML

We want to thank our outgoing officers for their efforts in running the club.

Reports

Treasurer:      (N8IK) – There is money in the bank.  We need to vote on some expenses (see “New Business”)

Membership: 66 (I believe that number contains the 3 new members)

Repeaters:      All repeaters are running well.  Power tripped twice on the DMR repeater.

Training/Education:  We are in the last four weeks of the current class.

Trailer:           All working well.

Net Controls

  • 12/13 – Bonanno
  • 1/10 – Eric
  • 1/3 – Ian (N8IK)
  • 12/27 – Larry
  • 12/20 – Don

New Business

There was a motion to buy:

  •             Linksys router (~$75)
  •             UPS (~$150)

The motion was passed.

50/50 – $56 total – $28 given to Ian (KM4KLD)

Old Business

None

Hamfests.– 

The Prince George’s County Emergency Radio Association’ SantaFest will be held December 8, 2108 at the American Legion Youth Camp, 9201 Surratts Road in Cheltenham, MD.  Talk-in is on the 145.230 MHz repeater (PL 110.9 Hz).  Here is the link:   http://pgares.org/santafest/

The Maryland Mobileers Post Holiday Hamfest in Odenton, MD on January 27, 2019.   I have found some really cool items there.  The location is the Odenton Volunteer Fire Department station on Route 175.  It’s a short drive North on I-95 or 295 (BW Parkway) and East on Route 175.  Talk-in will be on the 146.805 MHz repeater (PL 107.2 Hz).  Here is the link:  https://sites.google.com/site/marylandmobileers/hamfests-1/hamfest-2

The following week, February 2, 2019 is the Richmond Frostfest.  It’s sponsored by the Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society.  The location is the Richmond International Raceway complex.  For those of us who have been around awhile, it’s the old Virginia State Fairgrounds.  Talk-in on the 146.88 repeater (PL 74.4 Hz).  Here is the link: http://frostfest.com/

Training –

It’s hard to believe we have completed another class.  I will provide the results in the next ARC Shorts. 

The next class is scheduled to begin March 12, 2019 and end May 7, 2019.  We are already starting to get requests for information on the next class. 

The new General question pool becomes effective on July 1, 2019.  If you are interested in upgrading to General and have been studying the current questions, be sure to take the test before July 1. 

As part of the regular test question updates, the Extra question pool will change July 1, 2020. 

Contests –

  • December 8 and 9 – ARRL 10 Meter Contest.  Exchange is RST and state.  Technicians can operate phone in this contest!
  • December 16 – ARRL Rookie Roundup, CW.  Exchange is name, 2 digit year first licensed and state.
  • January 5 and 6 – ARRL RTTY Roundup.  Exchange is RST and state.
  • January 12 and 13 – North American QSO Party, CW.  Exchange is name and state.
  • While not contests, don’t forget two operating activities in January. 
  • January 1 – Straight Key Night.  A friendly on-air event.  Instead of sending RST for the signal report, use “SKN” to clue listeners in as to what is going on.
  • January 5 – Kids Day.  Invite a youngster to your shack to introduce them to amateur radio.  Let them talk to other kids.

Don’t forget, be sure to send in your log within 7 days after the contest ends for all ARRL sponsored contests.  ARRL now uses a web application for contest log submissions.  Here is the link:   http://contest-log-submission.arrl.org/  Be sure to convert your file to Cabrillo format before submitting.  Most logging programs support Carillo.

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.  If the contest asks for a club affiliation, the Alexandria Radio Club is on the list of contest clubs.  Contesting is one way we show that we are using our frequency allocations.

Contests may not be your thing, but contests are a great way to show outside interests we do use our valuable spectrum.  By showing we use our spectrum, other services will have a hard time proving that we don’t use our spectrum and it’s up for re-allocation to someone else. 

Contests can also be a great way to become introduced to HF communications.  While it can be intense, pick the contest and jump in.  Most contests have a limited exchange so it is usually easy to get what the other station needs.

State QSO parties are a great introduction to contesting.  Most are low-key and the exchange is limited.  

Repeaters – 

 In addition to the regular Thursday night net on the 147.315 repeater, there was a proposal in the February 2018 ARC Shorts to do a follow – on net on other ARC repeaters.  The rotation would include other analog repeaters as well as the digital repeaters.  Be sure to check in.

The club repeaters are all up and running.    The Alexandria Radio Club has analog, DSTAR and DMR repeaters.  No other club in the area has that many repeaters.  As always, ham it up and get on the air.

73, Rich, KA4GFY

Future Programs

December 14,2018 – Annual Holiday Party.   (Fiona’s)

2019

  • January – D-Star and DMR, Budget and
  • February –  Operation from Afghanistan
  • March – VA QSO PARTY
  • April –
  • May – Field Day Planning
  • June –
  • July –
  • August –
  • September –
  • October –
  • November – Club Elections – New President and Vice President.
  • December – 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

Training –

The next exam is December 4.  If you are thinking about upgrading to General or Extra, let me know so I can save you a spot.

The new Technician question pool became effective on July 1 and the questions have been updated to cover areas today’s Technicians will be doing once licensed.  The General question pool will change July 1, 2019 and the Extra question pool will change July 1, 2020.

Contests –

December 8 and 9 – ARRL 10 Meter Contest.  Exchange is RST and state

Don’t forget, be sure to send in your log within 7 days after the contest ends for all ARRL sponsored contests.  ARRL now uses a web application for contest log submissions.  Here is the link:   http://contest-log-submission.arrl.org/  Be sure to convert your file to Cabrillo format before submitting.  Most logging programs support Cabrillo.

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.  If the contest asks for a club affiliation, the Alexandria Radio Club is on the list of contest clubs.  Contesting is one way we show that we are using our frequency allocations.

Social Events

Monday Night Burgers  (The Old Glory on Duke Shopping Center next to Giant) – 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 suggest it to the group.

Trailer construction of ARC Trailer

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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.
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 EVENTS PLANNED FOR AMATEUR RADIO ENTHUSIAST
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!   <https://www.arrl.org/npota> https://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

https://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-president-urges-blast-of-support-for-senate-version-of-amateur-radio-parity-act
–Don, KI4D


WEEKLY NET REQUEST:
Be sure to copy and submit the practice emergency message each week.

Sample format

ARRL Radiogram Sample

ARRL Radiogram Sample

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