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 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

May 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 . 



Our next meetings MAY 11th program will be the Rick Bunn N4ASX. Rick will give a short course in WINLINK 2000 and WINLINK RMS. WINLINK 2K is a system that allows e-mail to be sent either via internet or via radio, both VHF and HF. VHF traffic is sent via packet using one of a few programs, with the most popular is WINLINK RMS (RMS Express). In our area all you need is a 1200 baud TNC a 2 meter radio and a terminal with the software.  WINLINK RMS is free, but a donation to help with the network is requested. If you have a Kenwood ARPS radio you already have a packet TNC and radio.

Rick would also like to review the ARDEN MESH NET idea and find out if others are interested.

Our meeting is held on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Alexandria Police Dispatch Center at 3600-Wheeler Ave. Just off Duke Street just east of Quaker Lane. Meeting starts at 7PM and ends at 9PM.

Many of our members have dinner at Atlantis Restaurant in the Bradlee Shopping Center on the south side of Rt 7 just east of 395 most arrive around 5:30. Our program presenters are invited to join us.


Our February program our program will be provided by Gary Sessums KC5QCW who gave us a brief on the ARRL’s support to Porto Rico. ARRL asked for 50 volunteers and had thousands of volunteers. Of those volunteers ARRL sent 22 operators who were supplemented by local amateur radio operators. One of the important take aways was the need to be flexible and not all of what you may be asked to do may be beyond operation of amateur radio equipment. More important is the integration of amateur radio into the broader communications systems.

Meeting Minutes

The meeting started at 7PM with Gary Sessums presentation on ARRL’s support to Porto Rico after the hurricanes.

The business meeting followed with some discussions on Field Day and other topics.

Dayton and other events are coming soon. 

President’s Corner

I will be unable to attend May’s monthly meeting, and Don, KI4D will run the meeting. I look forward to seeing all of you at June’s meeting and at Field Day.

73 and stay safe,
Monica, KC2IAY

Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network AREDN

A few months ago, we had a briefing on AREDN and how it was used as part of the Marine Corps Marathon as a test. The most important elements were the commercial components are inexpensive and can be had without sorting through which routers are usable and which are not. The costs are in the $200 range when the dust settles. The second is that there are WIFI channels reserved for amateur use. The city is interested in a commercial MESH system and I will be talking to their rep soon.

If we are interested, it might be important to find out how many members are interested in getting the equipment and what we need to set up nodes to allow for the network to cover our area.

I figure that AREDN will be at HAMVENTION, so I will investigate what is needed or if the system is turn key. We may be able to do a group buy. I sent the club program to the list.

Let’s talk about this at the next meeting.

73 Rick

Future Programs

  • May 11, 2018 – WINLINK 2K, Rick Bunn N4ASX
  • June 8, 2018- Dayton Hamvention, Bob Anderson program, Field Day Prep
  • meeting, Post HAMVENTION reports.
  • July 13, 2018 – Post Field Day.
  • August 10, ,2018 –
  • September 14,2018 — City Emergency Service and ARES
  • October 12, 2018 – Planning for 2019, Nominations, budget etc.
  • November 9, 2018 — Elections
  • December 14,2018 – Annual Holiday Party. (Fiona’s ??)

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 Maryland FM Association’s Memorial Day Hamfest is May 27, 2018. It’s held at the Howard County Fairgrounds, just off MD Route 32, on Route 144 in West Friendship, MD. Talk-in on the MFMA repeaters, 146.760, 224.760 and 444.000 MHz (all PL 107.2 Hz). Here is the link: http://www.marylandfm.org/Hamfest.htm.

The Olde Virginia Hams Hamfest in Manassas coming up on June 3, 2018. It’s a short drive out to the Prince William County Fairgrounds on Route 234. Talk-in will be on the OVH 146.970 MHz repeater (PL 100.0 Hz). Here is the link: http://manassashamfest.org/manassashamfest_002.htm

Later in June and just in time for those last-minute Field Day needs, is the Father’s Day Hamfest in Upperco, MD on June 17, 2018. It’s sponsored by the Baltimore Amateur Radio Club. The location is the Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Carnival Grounds in Upperco. Talk-in will be on the Baltimore ARC’s 146.670 MHz repeater (PL 107.2 Hz). Here is the link: http://www.w3ft.com/BARC%202018%20Hamfest.pdf

Training –

We do not have the results of the most recent class in this edition of ARC Shorts because the deadline was before the exam. We will have the results next month. Plans are underway for the next class starting in early October 2018.

Contests –

  • * May 5 and 6 – 7th call area QSO Party Exchange is RST and state.
  • * May 5 and 6 – Indiana QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • * May 5 and 6 – Delaware QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • * May 5 and 6 – New England QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • * May 12 – Arkansas QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • * MARS / Amateur Radio Cross Band test.(see input below)
  • * June 2 and 3 – Kentucky QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • * June 9 thru 11 – ARRL June VHF Contest. 50 MHz and up. Exchange is
  • 4 character grid square.
  • * June 16 and 17 – West Virginia QSO Party. 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 allocations.

While not a contest, don’t forget the Armed Forces Day Crossband Test on May 12, 2018. It’s our chance to communicate with MARS stations located at military facilities in the US. KI4D sent out information via email and the ARRL webpage has details and a link for information.

Repeaters –

In addition to the regular Thursday night net on the 147.315 repeater, there was a proposal in the February 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. This will not only provide a little activity on the other repeaters but will also help everybody with the year-long Worked All ARC Members contest. Each new band and mode counts as another contact.

The club repeaters are all up and running. As always, ham it up and get on the air.
73, Rich, KA4GFY

2018 MARS CROSSBAND Exercise.


The Army Military Auxiliary Radio System will host this year’s Armed Forces Day Crossband Test, scheduled for May 12, 2018. This annual event is open to all radio operators, and will not impact any public or private communications. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this event, which is only an exercise scenario, designed to include hobbyist and government radio operators alike.

The AFD Crossband Test is a unique opportunity to test two-way communications between military communicators and radio stations in the Amateur Radio Service (ARS), as authorized in 47 CFR 97.111. these tests provide opportunities and challenges for radio operators to demonstrate individual technical skills in a tightly-controlled exercise scenario that does not impact any public or private communications.

Military stations will transmit on selected military frequencies and will announce the specific ARS frequencies monitored. All times are ZULU (Z), and all frequencies are Upper Side Band (USB) unless otherwise noted. The frequencies used for the test will not impact any public or private communications, and will not stray outside the confines of the exercise.

The following stations will be making two way radiotelephone contacts with stations in the ARS between the time periods listed on the frequencies listed in Kilohertz below.

  • AAZ / FT HUACHUCA, AZ 1500Z – 2359Z 5,330.5 14,438.5 18,211.0
  • AAC / BARROW ARMY RESERVE CENTER, KY 1300Z – 0100Z 5,346.5 7,542.0
  • 13,963.5 20,920.0
  • ABH / SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HI 1600Z – 2300Z 5,357.0 14,438.5 18,272.0
  • 20,997.0
  • ABM1 / CAMP ZAMA, JAPAN 1500Z – 0100Z 14,487.0 20,994
  • ADB / CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA 1500Z – 0100Z 14,487.0 20,994
  • WAR / PENTAGON WASHINGTON, DC 1200Z – 2400Z 5,357.0 13,963.5 18,211.0
  • 24,760.0 USB + CW
  • WUG-2 / ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, TN 1300Z – 0200Z 5,403.5 13,910.5 18,293.0
  • 20,973.5 USB + CW
  • AIR / ANDREWS AFB 1200Z – 2400Z 4,517.0 7,305.0 15,807.0 20,740.0
  • AGA2SY / HANCOCK FIELD, NY 1200Z – 2400Z 4,575.0 7,540.0 13,993.0
  • AGA5SC / SCOTT AFB, IL 1600Z – 2300Z 3,308.0 4,872.0 7,545.0
  • AGA9TR / TRAVIS AFB, CA 1600Z – 0100Z 5,346.5 7,329.0 13,996.0 14,411.0
  • 7,375.5 13,498.0
  • NMC1 / COAST GUARD ISLAND, ALAMEDA, CA 1700Z – 2359Z 7,542.0 15,740.5
  • 22,924.5
  • NIIW / USS MIDWAY CV-41 SAN DIEGO, CA 1400Z – 0400Z 4,013.5 5371.5 7,493.5
  • 14,383.5 18,211.0
  • NWKJ / USS YORKTOWN CV-10 CHARLESTON, SC 1200Z – 2200Z 4,000.0 7,360.0
  • 14,663.5
  • NEPM / USS IOWA BB 61 LOS ANGELES, CA 1500Z – 2359Z 4,043.5 6,903.5
  • 14,463.5 18,293.0
  • NWVC / LST-325 EVANSVILLE, IN 1200Z – 0400Z 4,007.0 6,913.0 9988.5
  • 13,974.0
  • NSS / US NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS, MD 1300Z – 0200Z 4,038.5 5330.5 7,533.5
  • 9,447.0 14,487.0 17,545.0 USB + CW

An AFD test message will be transmitted utilizing the Military Standard (MIL-STD) Serial PSK waveform (M110) followed by MIL-STD Wide Shift FSK (850 Hz RTTY) as described in MIL-STD 188-110A/B.

Technical information regarding these waveforms is provided at: http://www.n2ckh.com/MARS_ALE_FORUM/MSDMT.html.

The AFD test message will also be sent at 0300Z in Continuous Wave (CW) mode (refer to the far right column in the table below). The message will be transmitted on the following frequencies in Kilohertz and at the listed times:

Frequency (kHz) 1400Z 1420Z 1440Z 1500Z 1900Z 1920Z 1940Z 2000Z 2200Z 2220Z 2240Z 2300Z 0300Z (CW) 5,346.5 NWVC 7,540.0 13,506.5 AGA2SY WAR ACC AAZ ADB 17,443.0 ACC AGA2SY WAR AAZ AGA2SY

For those who wish to document their contacts with a QSL card, go to http://www.usarmymars.org/events and complete the request form.

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 suggest it to the group.

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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.

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

–Don, KI4D

Be sure to copy and submit the practice emergency message each week.

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