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

April 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 April 13th program will be the Garry Sessums, KC54QCN. Gary gave us a program on how Florida ARES help out in Mobile Alabama after Katrina, He was again in the thick of it when he volunteered to support relief efforts in Porto Rico. He will give us a brief on what they did.

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 Gordon NQ4K who gave us a brief on the upcoming Virginia QSO Party. We, as a club, made a poor showing last year, so this is our year to work better. EVERYONE who submits a report on the contest gets a certificate. Lots of awards as well. Randy WB4MJF has challenged us to do as well as a club as he did as an individual. The easiest logging program is the FJP software, but if you want a registered copy that can handle more than 30 QSOs, you need to buy it a week in advance

Meeting Minutes 

President’s Corner 

Hamvention is coming up May 18-20. I’ve yet to make the pilgrimage there (maybe next year!) I hope that everyone going has an excellent time and I look forward to hearing about how it went. 73, Monica, KC2IAY 

Future Programs 

  • April 13, 2018— Amateur Radio Support to Porto Rico – Gary Sessums KC5QCN
  • May 11, 2018 – Dayton Hamvention, Bob Anderson program
  • June 8, 2018— Field Day Prep meeting, WINLINK 2K, WINLINK RMS and WINMOR
  • July 13, 2018 – Post Field Day.
  • August 10, ,2018 – FT-8 and other digital modes
  • September 14,2018 —
  • October 12, 2018 – Planning for 2019, Nominations, budget etc.
  • November 9, 2018 — Elections
  • December 14,2018 – Annual Holiday 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 youwould like to have present a program, let me know Rick, N4ASX

Hamfests – 

The next nearby hamfest on the calendar is The Great Hagerstown Hamfest on May 5, 2018. It’s sponsored by the Antietam Radio Association. It’s located at the Washington County Agricultural Center, MD Route 65, Sharpsburg Pike, near Hagerstown, MD. Talk-in is on 147.090 MHz repeater (PL 100.0 Hz). Here is the link: https://w3cwc.org/hamfest.  

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.

Don’t forget the Olde Virginia Hams Hamfest in Manassas coming up on June 3, 2018.

More details next month. 

Training – 

Our current class started March 6 and concludes May 8, 2018 with the exam. If you have been thinking about upgrading your license and want to take an exam, let me know so I will have enough materials on hand. You can send me an email at ka4gfy@arrl.net <mailto:ka4gfy@arrl.net> . 

Contests – 

  • • April 14 and 15 – New Mexico QSO Party. Exchange is name and state.
  • • April 14 and 15 – Georgia QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • • April 15 and 16 – North Dakota QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • • April 15 – ARRL Rookie Roundup. Exchange is name, two year digits you were first licensed and state.
  • • April 21 and 22 – Nebraska QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • • April 21 and 22 – Michigan QSO Party. Exchange is serial number and state.
  • • April 21 and 22 – Ontario QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • • April 28 and 29 – Florida QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • • 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.

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. 

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



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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.

Sample format

ARRL Radiogram Sample

ARRL Radiogram Sample

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