ARC 65th Birthday – City of Alexandria PROCLAMATION issued by Mayor

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Don Lewis, Field Day Chair, Field Day 2019
Alexandria Radio Club, Inc.
P.O. Box 30721
Alexandria, VA 22310

NEWS SUMMARY: The Alexandria Radio Club is hosting the annual Alexandria amateur radio “field day “on June 22-23, 2019. It will also host its 65th Anniversary serving the Alexandria community. Members of the club will work ’round the clock that weekend to set up field radio communication stations, get on the air, and contact thousands of other radio operators in the US and Canada in participation with the American Radio Relay
League’s Field Day 2019.

According to Rick Bunn, club Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Coordinator, Field Day is the annual demonstration of club emergency communications capabilities to support the City of Alexandria. 

“Field Day is a way for hams to get outdoors and have fun under some difficult  conditions,” Rick says. “But it’s also a chance to fine-tune emergency communication skills. We use generators and battery power, and we set up antennas in the field. The idea is to put together self-sufficient, working stations quickly and begin making

Trained amateur radio operators have been effective in establishing emergency communications during floods, fires, earthquakes and other major disasters, including the events of September 11th. Many of these amateur radio operators are members of ARES. In this capacity, they have voluntarily worked by request for a variety of public organizations providing disaster services for the City of Alexandria; and others, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, State and Local Emergency Management Agencies, and the National Weather Service SKYWARN Program.

SUMMARY: Alexandria Radio Club operators (hams) will establish radio contact with thousands of other hams throughout North America in the nation’s largest annual ham radio on-air event, conducted each year.

The Club will also host the 65th Anniversary of club service to the Alexandria community.

WHO: Everyone is invited: Everyone! Young and old, families, technology clubs, and scouting groups are encouraged to visit the Alexandria Radio Club Field Day 2019 event.

WHAT: Club members will set up and operate field radio stations to contact other hams throughout the US and Canada over 24 hours. Visitors are invited to operate radios with Club Members.

WHERE: The Alexandria Radio Club will conduct Field Day 2019 at Joseph Hensley Park, 4200 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304.

WHEN: June 22nd-23rd. Equipment setup begins at Hensley Park on Saturday morning, June 22 at 9:30 a.m.  The 65th Anniversary celebration with a birthday cake and refreshments will take place at 12:00 p.m. Radio operations will commence at 2:00 p.m. and continue until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 23.

WHY FIELD DAY: Participation in the American Radio Relay League’s Field Day. Amateur Radio operators practice communication skills under primitive conditions, with generator and battery-powered equipment and portable antennas. Special awards are given for “alternative” power sources such as solar, wind and methane.  Field Day is a competition as well as a “trial run” for emergency communication skills used during disaster situations. Photo opportunities, interviews, activities of local participants in important national Amateur Radio event. See all Amateur Radio communication modes in action, including voice, code, packet radio, teletype, and satellite.

CONTACT: Don Lewis at ki4d@arrl.net, or check out the Alexandria Radio Club home page at www.w4hfh.org; or https://www.facebook.com/w4hfh, or www.arrl.org/field-day.

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First Class Date:  Each Tuesday, October 8th 2019 through December 10th 2019.
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)
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FCC License School Coordinator: Rich Adamy, KA4GFY

For additional information contact Rich at (703) 969-6615 or ka4gfy@arrl.net.

Rich is assisted by a cadre of instructors who were electronic and communications specialists in local industry and/or military training centers. All are Extra Class licensees and several have commercial FCC licenses.

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 no longer an FCC license requirement, but is highly encouraged.

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Rick Bunn - N4ASX - ARC Shorts Newsletter Editor

Rick Bunn – N4ASX –  ARC Shorts Newsletter Editor

ARC-SHORTS Newsletter

June 2019

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 ( DMR IS UP AND RUNNING 442.4125 +5Mhz Color Code 1.)



Our next meeting will be at our normal location: 3600 Wheeler Ave. (Police Dispatch Center). Meeting starts at 7PM local and runs to 9PM. This month’s meeting program is FIELD DAY. Below, from our Field Day Chair:

There is only one month left before Field Day 2019. The FD19 planning group has been at work for over two months preparing for FD19. The completed FD19 plans will be presented at the June meeting, June 14th. Some of the planning objectives are for:

— 65th Anniversary Celebration
— Promote Digital Mode Operations
— Class 7A Operation
— Maximize Bonus Points
— Sign-up List for Operators
— Enhanced Public Outreach
— Newspapers, TV
— Public Officials
— Youth groups, and Schools
— Promote Arlington Club Participation
— Promote Alexandria CERT Participation
— Explore use of AREDN on Field Day
— ARC 65th Anniversary Group Photo

Key planning events have been the April 10th initial planning meeting, the May 4th Band Captain’s meeting and the recent May 19th digital mode practice session.

We are asking that all club members attend our 65th Anniversary event so that the group photo will tell a story about how the club doing. Arlington Amateur Radio Club members will be participating in our FD19 again this year, and we are looking forward to a big turn-out for our 65th Anniversary celebration.

Please consider volunteering for any of the positions that need filling. Also, we will need many volunteers to help setup, operate, take down and cleanup. Please help if you can.

KI4D, FD19 Chair

Prior to the meeting, many of us, have dinner at Atlantis Restaurant in the Bradlee shopping center at 5:30 PM or so.


Meeting minutes for May ARC Meeting
Date: 05/10/2019 Time: 1900h
Location: Alexandria Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

This was a SPECIAL meeting. We were invited to visit the NEW EOC. The main room has monitors so that all the city’s managers can keep track on multiple information sources. The EOC is run per FEMAs Incident Command structure. Most of our ARES volunteers are familiar having taken the FEMA home study classes.)

The Alexandria ARES is a part of the city’s disaster plan and we will have ONE desk in the EOC. Antennas for HF/6/2/1.25/.7 Meter bands will be set up. The city has purchased an TS-480HTX, ID-5100 and TMD710A radios which we will help the city install on site. The antennas are still in the works. The city purchased a Cushcraft D4 Rotatable dipole for 40,20,15 and 10 meters and an Alpha Delta 40/75 wire dipole. The problem with HF may be getting these two antennas high enough above ground to be effective. We may look at a vertical antenna on the roof in place of one or both antennas. Something to talk about at our July meeting.

Our members asked many questions and got great answers from Mr. Brent Ruggles.
The EOC is located within the confines of the Alexandria Detention Complex, so access will be strictly limited, the city is still working on this. I have been asked to provide nominations for those ARES volunteers who will need access to the EOC in time of emergency.

Future Programs


June – Field Day planning and brief.
July – T6LC / W4JJ – Operations from Afghanistan
August – SUGGESTION, We move our meeting to Saturday morning to meet at the Cold War Museum around 10AM.
September –
October –
November – Club Elections – New President and Vice President.
December – Party

At this time, I do not have programs for August, September or October. 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.

In April we had Jason talk about the Cold War Museum in Vint Hill. He pointed out that the museum is FREE on weekends. I would like to suggest that we hold our August meeting not on Friday evening, but shift to Saturday Morning at the Cold War Museum. We can discuss at the next meeting.
Rick, N4ASX


I’m still looking for someone to step up and take over the Emergency Coordinator position. I would like to step down after 17 years. I am working on a handover package. The EC needs to meet the ARRL requirements for the position, be familiar with the ARES mission and able to work with our served agencies (City, Red Cross, Alexandria Hospital).

2019 American Diabetes Association (ADA) Tour de Cure. On June 2nd, I supported the annual ADA Tour de Cure. This is an event where bicyclists volunteer to raise money for diabetes research by riding one of several pre planned routes. ADA asks for support from amateur radio operators to provide communications for this event. As aways, this is to provide both logistics and safety communications. I’ve been doing this event for a while on and off, when asked, for several years. This year the weather was perfect until the very end of the day when thunderstorms threatened to descend on the western part of the courses. We passed very little safety traffic but a fair amount of logistics traffic.

The one thing that surprised me was the lack of ham radio volunteers. Many of our new hams say they want to be involved with public service and emergency communications, but we could have used about 5 more operators. Maybe it was the lack of publicity… If you wait for the real thing and don’t practice with these types of events you will NOT be ready when a real emergency happens. In Northern Virginia, we do not have the hurricanes, fires, mudslides, flooding and other natural disasters that befall other parts of the country.

This may be why we have 14 ARES volunteers with a club count of 82. Also, ARES is not a club activity per say, but any ham radio operator in the Alexandria area may volunteer. Don’t sit back and think, I don’t need to practice, I’ll be ready. Do you know what repeaters we would use in an emergency?

Have you practiced in FORMAL nets and learned formal net procedures? How is your traffic handling? How is the condition of your GO KIT? Is your HT programmed? Do you have spare batteries? Whom would you communicate with? The next BIG event is the Marine Corps Marathon. This is an ALL DAY effort with a need for over 135 volunteer operators. You do not need to be an ARES volunteer to volunteer for this effort. What you will need is the right equipment for your assignment. BUT, our ham radio organizers ask for what you have and make assignments based on your gear and ability. You can sign up to volunteer NOW by going to WWW.MARINEMARATON.COM and volunteering AS A HAM RADIO VOLUNTEER. You will then go to WWW.MCM.ORG to provide the info needed for background check and for fitting you to an assignment. At that site you can specify what type of assignment you want.

We just found out that Chief Corey Smedley, who was the City’s Emergency Manager has been promoted to take over as Chief of the Alexandria Fire Department. Congratulations to Chief Smedley and we will miss you, but know that your replacement, while your replacement will have big shoes to fill, will continue your fine work.

Field Day – Heads Up!
Field Day – Is Just Around the Corner!

Field Day 2019 and the 65th Anniversary Celebration is now only just two weeks away. The Field Day Planning Group has been steadily working behind the scenes putting together detailed planning to make Field Day 2019 and the Anniversary celebration a success.

Digital mode practice sessions conducted on Sunday mornings have provided a capability for club Field Day operation of two digital mode stations, one on 20 meters and one on 40
meters. The addition of two digital mode stations means that W4HFH will be operating as Class 7A this year which is different from previous years’ operating as Class 5A. The digital mode stations will focus on the FT-8 mode and the digital modes Fldigi allows such as PSK-1, OLIVIA and RTTY.

For those who would like to sit down and operate radios at one of the club stations, a sign-up link will be provided allowing those interested to pick the station and time of their choice.

The big event on June 22nd will be the celebration of the 65th Anniversary of the Alexandria Radio Club. There will be a cake cutting ceremony at 12-noon to celebrate this event. The press media have been notified of this event, and attendance by the City of Alexandria Administration and the public have been invited. The 65th Anniversary shirts we ordered have been received and will be available for pickup just before the next meeting.

Field Day 2019 plans will be presented at the June monthly club meeting on June 14th by Don Lewis, KI4D, Field Day 2019 Chairman.  We will need setup and cleanup help from all club members. Also, if you have equipment that you can loan to the Field Day effort, let Don know. don.ki4d@gmail.com. If you would like to assist Wilson (KM4KLK) with the Field Day food service, let Don know!
73 Rick N4ASX

Hamfests –

The Old Virginia Ham Hamfest in Manassas is on June 15, 2019. It’s in a new location
this year, the Manassas Park Community Center. It’s mostly indoors, so rain won’t be a
problem this year. Here is the link:

Just in time for those last minute Field Day needs, is the Father’s Day Hamfest in
Upperco, MD on June 16, 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:

Looking ahead is the Berryville Hamfest on August 4, 2019 at the Clarke County Ruritan
Fairgrounds. It’s sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club. Here is
the link:
https://svarc.us/hamfest/. They feature a barbeque lunch that is well worth the

The Alexandria Radio was represented at Hamvention this year. N8IK, W9TCE,
KW4UJ, KV3W and KA4GFY all made the trip this year. No major purchases were
made, but we did our best to contribute to the Dayton economy.

ARRL introduced a new app for your smartphone. You could add forums to your
calendar, maps to particular vendors and even check on the hourly prize drawings.
Some of the highlights included Elecraft introducing their K-4 transceiver. Yaesu
introduced the new FT3-DR Fusion radio. FlexRadio introduced new MultiFlex

The ARRL member forum was well attended and ARRL introduced the new Volunteer
Monitoring Program. There was also a robust discussion about the Amateur Radio
Parity Act.

With the Alexandria Radio Club heavily into digital voice communications, we took in the
DSTAR and DMR forums. Still no word from Kenwood on when they will introduce a
mobile version of the D74 handheld. On the DMR side, we learned how to write your
own codeplug for a DMR radio.

We were able to use a portable repeater set up in the flea market area by a couple of
Roanoke area hams that was linked to the DMRVA Virginia Statewide talkgroup and
have a QSO with N4ASX from the fairgrounds during the day.

Next year’s Hamvention is May 15 through 17. I have already reserved rooms for next
year. In looking at hotel websites, there are already places sold out, so if you are
planning on going, book your room now.

Training –

Our Spring 2019 class wrapped up with a 100% success rate for everyone who took the
exam. We had a few people from outside the class join us to take their exam as well.
The results are:

Roger Mitchell KN4UOS Tech
Eric Howard KN4UOT Tech
Bryant Smith KN4UOU Tech
Lillian Cheng KN4UOV Tech
David Hill KN4UOW Tech
Christopher Milner KC3NMX Tech
Ross Haynes KN4UOX General
Garner Bennett KN4TDA General

When you hear them on the air, be sure to welcome them to ham radio.

Contests –

June 1 and 2 – Kentucky QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
June 8 and 9 – ARRL June VHF Contest. Exchange is 4 character grid square.
June 15 and 16 – West Virginia QSO Party. 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 and be sure Alexandria Radio Club is in the club affiliation

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.
There are also a couple of other noteworthy activities in June. June 15 is Kids Day. It’s
an opportunity to expose young people to the magic of ham radio and allowing them an
opportunity to get on the air and talk with other kids.

June 22 and 23 is ARRL Field Day. It’s not a contest, but an emergency
preparedness exercise. We are looking to improve our score this year and we really
need operators for the overnight shift. 80/75 meters and 40 meters are definitely the
places to be late at night on Field Day.

Repeaters –

The club repeaters are all up and running. We will have to resume the follow-on net
on one of the other repeaters after the Thursday net on the 2 meter analog repeater.
As always, ham it up and get on the air.
73, Rich, KA4GFY

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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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

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