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

July 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 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 July 13th.  We will have a run down on how we did on Field Day,  Mark KM4GML will give us an intro to Linex and Larry will give us a brief on his 20 meter phased array antenna.  Lots going on,  Please attend.

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.

Field Day

I was not at Field Day, but I understand it went well.  More on that at the next meeting. 

Future Programs

  • July 13, 2018 –  Post Field Day.  Larry on the Field Day 20 meter phased array antenna. Mark on Linex. Infor on AREDN exercise
  • August 10, ,2018 – Mark on Linex….
  • 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 


The next hamfest in our area is the Berryville hamfest on August 5, 2018, sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club.  It’s a very nice hamfest under the trees at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds, just off Route 7.  Don’t forget the great BBQ lunch.  Our very own Erik, KI4BXU will be an inside vendor.  Talk-in is usually on the 146.820 MHz repeater (PL 146.2 Hz).  Here is the link:   http://svarc.us/hamfest/

Don’t forget the VA Section Convention in VA Beach on September 8, 2018 in VA Beach, sponsored by Tidewater .  Its right off I-264 near the VA Beach oceanfront at the VA Beach Convention Center.  Talk-in is on the 146.895 (PL 141.3.Hz) repeater.  Here is the link:   http://virginiabeachhamfest.com/

Training –

Our next class starts on October 2 and ends December 4, 2018.  If you know of anyone interested in becoming a ham, let them know.  

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.

Contests –

  • July 14 and 15 – IARU HF World Championship.  Exchange is RST and IARU zone.  We are in Zone 8.
  • July 21 and 22 – CQ Worldwide VHF Contest.  Six and two meters only.  Exchange is 4-character grid square.  We are in FM18.
  • July 21 and 22 – North American QSO Party – RTTY. Exchange is name and state.
  • August 4 and 5 – ARRL 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest.  All VHF/UHF bands above 222 MHz.  Exchange is 4-charater grid square.  We are in FM18.
  • August 4 and 5 – North American QSO Party – CW.  Exchange is name and state.
  • August 11 and 12 – Maryland – DC QSO Party. Exchange is class and state.  Most of us operating from home are a “Standard” station.    

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.

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.

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. 

The club repeaters are all up and running.    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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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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