(Fall Class Schedule)

First Class Date:  Each Tuesday, March 12, 2019 through May 7, 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)
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

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 NOT an FCC license requirement, but is highly encouraged.

FCC Title 47 Telecommunications Part 97 Amateur Radio Service Federal Regulations

Notices of Importance

Click here for your up-to-date copy of the Part 97 FCC rules for Amateur Radio


Rick Bunn - N4ASX - ARC Shorts Newsletter Editor

Rick Bunn – N4ASX –  ARC Shorts Newsletter Editor

ARC-SHORTS Newsletter

March 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 is March 8th at 3600 Wheeler Ave (Police Dispatch Center), at 7PM.

Minutes below.

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

The program for this meeting is the VA. QSO PARTY. The QSO PARTY is 16-17 March 2019. The program covers the rules and changes for this year. The Alexandria Radio Club funds too award plaques and we also try to send in individual logs for a club score.

February MINUTES (Thanks for Mark Bonanno)


  • N4ASK – HF for Beginners
  • GW Parade Notes


  • Membership: 75
  • Repeaters: All running, 220 issue will be rebooted
  • Training: New class starts 3/12, running until 5/7.
  • Trailer: Looks good!

Net Controls

  • 2/14 – Ian
  • 2/21 – Rich
  • 2/28 – Monica
  • 3/7 – Rick

New Business

* Duplexers – Motion Passed for $830 to get duplexer. The new duplexer will improve the performance of our DMR repeater. A new antenna will be installed when weather permits.

* Field Day – Meet on a Monday night at John Marshal Library or Glory Days. Put something on reflector. Ian will get Field Day lot.

* Rich will check trailer for GW parade.

* Repeaters

* Richmond guys recommend a new duplexer.

* We can get the new unit from 2 places

* TxRx – $1,042 => 781.50 + $30 shipping

* Taley – $1,042 => 893.45

* Pat Gray worried that something else is the issue, i.e. the antenna.  Rick N4ASX pointed out that an antenna analyzer was used to check out the coax and the antenna when the DMR repeater was installed and no problems were found. A new antenna has been donated and will be installed when the weather is better.

* We have been invited to have a meeting at the EOC

* Need to RSVP 1 week before we go

* Meet at the Police station and caravan over (2003 Mill Road)

* We will not do this the next meeting. Maybe later.

* Ian will reserve Fiona’s for next year’s holiday party.

Mark Bonanno

George Washington’s Birthday Parade February 18,2019

As we have been doing for many years the club supported the George Washington’s Birthday parade in Alexandria again this year. The club’s turn out this year was better then we’ve had in a few years.

Our support provides a few functions:

1. Provide the changes to the order of march to the reviewing stand

2. Provide communications along the course to help keep the parade on time

3. Provide the reviewing stand with position for the start and end of the parade

4. Provide a ham radio liaison to the police officer in charge of the event.

To do this we established a comm plan that allowed the Marshal’s Liaison team lead by Harry, N4CWP. Harry’s team was to be on 147.315 simplex so that their traffic would not interfere with or be interfered with by traffic for the reviewing stand or the APRS start and end operators.

In order not to interfere with the APRS beacons the APRS operators were given 444.6 Simplex for voice reporting (as a backup) and the reviewing stand.

Originally, we had planned to use the MVARC 146.655 repeater to cover parade wide communications. It was easier to move administrative traffic to 444.6.

Moving the order of march file has always been a problem. In the past we have used 1200 Baud Packet. To send four of five pages on 1200 Packet takes a few minutes, For the past three years, we tried using 1.2GHz D-Star digital. This was much faster but setting up a 1.2GHz link with static IP’s seamed to be a painfully complex effort. Last year, we physically ran a thumb drive with the changes to the reviewing stand from the trailer. THIS YEAR, we tried the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN). AREDN is a 2.4 GHZ MESH using amateur only wifi channels. All of the software but the browser is firm ware in the modified wireless hotspots. With Jeff’s help, we had four units up and running. With this we were able to send the change file in a fraction of a second from the trailer to the reviewing stand.

The club’s volunteers did a great job. I thank the following for a job well done.

  • Jack Hranicky K5OTZ Reviewing Stand
  • Ian Keith N8IK Reviewing Stand
  • Kathryn Appelman KG5YHE Reviewing Stand
  • Rich Morani KW4UJ AREDN Relay
  • Rich Adamy KA4GFY Trailer / NCS
  • Jeff Porter K9VEG Trailer / AREDN
  • Larry Walker KK4CBL Police Liaison
  • Mark Bonanno KM4GML APRS Parade start
  • Ian Bellamy KM4KLD APRS End of Parade
  • Harry Jones N4CWP Marshal Lead
  • William Wilson KM4KLK Marshal Liaison
  • Chris Barnes / family KN4IJF Marshal Liaison
  • Phil Bautista KG5UFE Marshal Liaison
  • Karen Bunn NOCALL Manager, runner, etc.

Field Day – Heads Up!

One of my suggestions was to have the club set up in one of the local parks when the weather gets warmer to allow our newer members to operate HF radio under Field Day conditions.

I would like to suggest that we do our FIRST meeting at 9AM on March 9th.

We can determine a good park at the March 8th meeting. I can bring a Ten

Tec Eagle and a rotatable 20 meter dipole for one station. If someone has a 40 or 75 meter antenna, we can put up easily, I can also bring one of the club radios. Need a few ELMERS to come out as well to help set up and couch our new operators.

Thanks to Chief Smedley for sending a letter to the Parks and Recreation people supporting our use of the park for Field Day.

Ian has agreed to submit the letter and the applications for the park, MANY THANKS Ian!!!

Don, KI4D is our Field Day chair and we hope to get more folks operating on Field Day.

73 Rick N4ASX


Not sure which park we will use but on March 9th about 10AM we will set up in a local park to practice HF operation. The purpose it to allow those who are not familiar with HF operations to come out and get some air time. Let Rick, N4ASX, know if you plan to attend at the next meeting.

Hamfests –

March 24 is the date for this year’s Vienna Wireless Society’s Winterfest.  It’s a nice hamfest close to home. If you have equipment that needs a new home, we will have a few tables to sell your excess equipment. One added bonus this year, Winterfest is not on the same weekend as the VA QSO Party.


It’s not too early to start thinking about Hamvention. There is a group of Alexandria Radio Club members who make the pilgrimage every year to the largest hamfest in the US. This year’s Hamvention takes place on May 17 through May 19, 2019 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Convention Center in Xenia, OH.

We have been traveling out on Wednesday before Hamvention to take in the US Air Force Museum or some of the other museums and some pre-Hamvention activities in the Dayton area on Thursday.

I have 4 rooms reserved in Fairborn, OH. The cost works out to be about $110 per person per night for the hotel, about $40 for gas, $22 for the ticket, around $100 for food and add whatever you bring home from Hamvention. If you are interested in going, please let me know before April 15 so I can order tickets.

There are many reasons people go to Hamvention. The manufacturers often bring out new equipment at Hamvention. The flea market is amazing. There are first class forums on all kinds of ham radio topics. It has been said, “If you can’t find it at Hamvention, you probably don’t need it.” All kinds of ham radio related items in one place.

Training –

Our next class is scheduled to run from Tuesday March 12, 2019 through May 7, 2019. If you know of someone who wants to be a ham, send them our way.

We are already getting inquiries about the next class and the class is filling up. If you know of a future ham, send them our way. I can’t help but think some very positive news items about hams has raised awareness about what we do.

Contests –

  • March 9 and 10 – Oklahoma QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • March 9 and 10 – Idaho QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • March 10 and 11 – Wisconsin QSO Party. Exchange is state.
  • March 16 and 17 – Virginia QSO party. Exchange is serial number and county (or city)
  • March 16 and 17 – Louisiana QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • March 24 – North American SSB Sprint. Exchange is Other station’s call, your call, serial number and state.,
  • March 30 and 31 – CQ World Wide DX Contest, SSB. Exchange is RS and serial number.
  • April 6 and 7 – Florida State Parks on the Air. Exchange is state.
  • April 6 and 7 – Missouri QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • April 6 and 7 – Mississippi QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • April 13 and 14 – Texas State Parks on the Air. Exchange is RST and state
  • April 13 and 14 – New Mexico QSO Party. Exchange is name and state.
  • April 13 and 14 – Georgia QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • April 13 and 14 – North Dakota QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.

Be sure to participate in the VA QSO Party March 16 and 17. Even if you only have a handheld radio, you CAN participate and help the club’s score.

One of the folks from Sterling Park ARC will be talking about the VA QSO Party at the March meeting.

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 box..

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 allocation.

Repeaters –

The new duplexer for the DMR repeater has been ordered and should be received soon. We will install it as we get to the hospital.

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

73, Rich, KA4GFY

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 allocation.

The 220 Repeater has a problem with Audio output. The repeater will be pulled out of service and will be repaired and put back in service as soon as possible.

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

73, Rich, KA4GFY

Future Programs


  • March – VA QSO PARTY
  • April – Vint Hill Farms (Tentitive)
  • 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


With a club of 72 members, I would like to ask those who are willing to join ARES. The commitment is only that you are agree to tale a few FEMA on line classes (abut and hour of your time) and be called upon in the unlikely event that there is an need for amateur radio support to the City, the Hospital or Red Cross when there communications systems are overwhelmed.

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.

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.

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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