Coordinator: Rich Adamy, KA4GFY


First Class Date:  Each Tuesday, October 2, 2018 through December 4, 2018.
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

November 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

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


 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.  The next meeting is NOVEMBER 9th 

This month is our last business meeting of the year and we will hold elections for next year’s club officers.  Our current President and Vice President have served one year and have agreed to run for a second term.  Our Secretary and Treasurer have served two terms and due to our by-laws, they cannot serve next year.  The nominating committee has come up with replacement candidates, but anyone interested may be nominated from the floor at the meeting.

Additionally, we hope to get feedback from those who participated in the Marine Corps Marathon and provide that feedback to the MCM Leadership committee. 

Other issues to discuss include:  next years programs, club activities and input for the budget.

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.

October Meeting Minutes

There was no program for the October meeting, but there was a great deal of discussion on the Marine Corps Marathon.  So, expect that we will have a great after-action session this month.

Future Programs

  • 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


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 are halfway through the current class and we still have the same number of students we started with.  We even had one student sign up after we got started.

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 –

  • Nov 17 and 16 – ARRL Sweepstakes, SSB.  Exchange is the other station’s call, serial number, precedence, your call, check (year first licensed) and section.
  • November 24 and 25 – CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW.  Exchange is RS and CQ Zone (we are in zone 5).
  • 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.

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 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. 

During the weekend of November 3 and 4, the power cycled at the digital repeater site, shutting down the DSTAR system.  The repeaters are emergency power and on an uninterruptable power supply (UPS).  However, the UPS is very old and failed to maintain power to the computer.  When power was restored, the computer tried to reboot and failed.  N8IK visited the site and restarted the computer. 

One of the agenda items for the November meeting will most likely be replacing the UPS for the DSTAR repeaters.  

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


Seems like we go from Summer to Winter in a few short weeks.   We have very few weather emergencies in our area and that is a GOOD THING!  However, we must aways be prepared.

As we get closer to winter, we need to check our go kits, are your radios ready?  Are your vehicles able to operate in wintry weather? 

First consideration is how your equipped at home.  Extra water, a few days of food in the house,  maybe backup power.  THEN, are you ready to support ARES should we have a need.

We do NOT self-deploy but wait until we are asked to support the City, Hospital, Red Cross or to support a neighboring jurisdiction.

Our weekly club nets are designed to give all of our club members and in particular ARES volunteers.  A few rules to keep in mind:

1 – Check in but listen first to avoid doubling.

2 – Key the mic and wait a second or two.  We get a lot of 4… check ins and the Net Control misses the prefix.

3 – If you cannot stick around for the second round of comments, please advise the Net Control so the net knows to move on.  In the past the rules on formal nets were that you needed to “check out”, not just disappear.

4 – It’s a good idea to keep a pad of paper handy to take notes and also good practice to copy the check in list, so you can take over should the Net Control Station need to leave the air.

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.

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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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