ALEXANDRIA RADIO CLUB FCC LICENSE SCHOOL
Coordinator: Rich Adamy, KA4GFY
DIGITAL REGISTRATION FORM (Fall Class Schedule)
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.
For additional information contact Rich at (703) 969-6615 or email@example.com.
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.
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 .
NEXT CLUB MEETING
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 August 10th.
Our program will be Marine Corps Marathon (WD5DBC). Mark KM4GML will also provide us with more on Linex. The MCM is THE biggest and most public of public service events for amateur radio. It takes about 135 operators performing eyes on the course, aid station support, logistics support at food and water stops and organizational support for the Marine Corps’ zone commanders. Additionally 6 meter ARPS has been used to track the progress of the lead runner and the official end of the race.
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.
We had three short programs at the last meeting. First was Mark, KM4GML with an introduction to Linex. Mark pointed out that older computers that Ian, N8IK gave an introduction to the hardware for the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN). The cost to set up a node is less then $200, but it requires that the radio device be reprogrammed to operate on the AREDN (ham radio) channels and in the MESH (self-discovery, ad hoc) network mode. Because this is a 2.4 GHz radio system, propagation is LINE OF SIGHT with foliage being a significant factor. The idea is that you get data at WIFI data rates without interference from commercial WIFI operations. This system looks like a suitable candidate for replacing the D-STAR 1.2Ghz data system at MCM and a way to operate at high data rates in the event the internet (read MA-BELL) goes down. If we have enough interest, we may want to set up nodes around the city to support ARES and to facilitate a larger area network.
We had a short run down on Field Day. Our scores were up but we still need to get some of our newer members on the air. As we are at the bottom of the sunspot cycle, it looks like we did quite well.
Today I was thinking about my goals; general life goals, habits I wish to break, and goals for my hobbies, etc. If you wish, join me in thinking about your ham radio goals if you have any. For myself, I would love to earn WAS and DXCC as well as finally learn CW.
73, Monica, KC2IAY
Berryville is one of the better local hamfests. It’s at the fairgrounds off Rt. 7 and is under the trees, has a fair number of vendors and a big flee market.
This year it was a bit muddy, but the sun was out and while the weather was a bit warm and muggy, it was a good hamfest. Lots of gear of all types for sale. Many of the club regulars were there and it was the type of hamfest where you can catch up with friends you have not seen in years. WV8AA, Andy was their and he has not been to a club meeting in quite a while. He dose live in WEST VIRGINIA, so I understand his absence. Lots of older radio gear and parts.
The club has over 50 members but the same few cover the work of the club. There have been some comments that that core of members actually run the club. The club is made up of it’s total membership. If you have an idea or want the club to take some action or not take action then you need to speak up.
The club has term limits on its officers of two years. The reason for this is that we want fresh leadership and ideas. In order to ease the workload of new officers the club has a robust chairmanship system where some of the members continue to do some of the tasks. The most important one is our Trustee. The Trustee is responsible for the legal operation of our repeaters and other radios. Rich, KA4GFY is our trustee.
We have a membership chair, a newsletter editor, a Field Day chair and others who step forward.
I make this point to impress on our members that there are a lot of things to do in support of the club and I encourage all members to jump in.
73 Rick N4ASX
IMPROVING YOUR HF OPERATING SKILLS
One of the complaints about Field Day has been that there are only 5 operating positions and we have over 50 members. That would imply that each radio should support 10 operators. When operations start at 2PM the radios are usually operated by the team captains. But about 5PM we break for dinner and then many of our members disappear. This may be that there is some mic-fright.
In order to allow for more training on our club radios, I would like to suggest that we pick three or four contests over the next year, leading up to Field Day, to set up a radio or two in a park. We have the trailer with HF and other radios, the club has TWO generators and all we need to do is get a few antennas in the air. The idea would be for some of us who have experience with HF to couch our newer members during a contest to help those new members get the feel of HF operation. At the next meeting we should discuss this and pick a few weekends to set up.
73 Rick, N4ASX
For Sale: (NEW SECTION)
From Steve, K3IZs items Call Rick N4ASX if your interested in the below items:
Steve had a bunch of odds and ends that were not sold at Berryville. These are a few of the items:
2 Meter amp 3 -5 in 25 out – $35
Heil Traveler headset for ICOM radios – $35
Hamsticks for 8 bands – $10 each
223 Mhz J-pole in plastic pipe – $15
Mag mount 2 meter antenna – $10
A memory keyer,
HF Linear Amplifier interface
A homemade Can-Tenna dummy load
A set of speakers for a computer
Lots of wall warts.
A few battery chargers.
Listed by Craig K4GOR
- Icom IC 765 $600
- Yaesu FT-1000 $1100
- Yaesu FT-736 S400
- Kenwood SM220 $300
- Drake L7 $800
- Heath SB200 $300
- Collins 30S-1 $1600
- Collins 51-S1 $900
- Collins 75-S3C $400
- Collins 75-S1 $150
- Collins 32-S3 $400
- Collins 32-S1 $150
- Henry 4K Ultra $2500
If interested contact me by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Listed by Rick, N4ASX
- Ten Tec Corsair II station, Radio has 1.8Khz and 500Hz filters, External
- VFO and matching speaker and power supply – $600
- MFJ 1.5KW tuner -$100
- Astron 20A 12 Volt Power Supply $40.
I have a few Midland Commercial radios that can be programmed on a Windows computer free to a good home. I have ONE 6 meter 100 watt unit that has been programmed with 22 channels. This does not seem like a great deal of memory, but there are not a lot of repeaters on 6 meters and only a few simplex channels. I have a 100 channel 2 meter radio , 40 watts and a 440 Mhz 22 channel 40 watt radio. FREE to a good home. I may even have the programming software and some programming cables.
73 Rick N4ASX, N4ASX@cox.net <mailto:N4ASX@cox.net>
THE NEXT GENERATION OF HAMS
Below is Matt, KN4IJH’s harmonic getting into the gear.
- August 10, ,2018 – MCM and 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 VA Section Convention in VA Beach is on September 8, 2018 in VA Beach, sponsored by Tidewater radio Conventions. 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/
The Columbia Amateur Radio Association’s CARAFest is on October 7, 2018 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD. Its near the intersection of I-70 and Route 32. Here is the link: http://www.carafest.org/
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.
- August 11 and 12 – Maryland – DC QSO Party. Exchange is class and state.
- Most of us operating from home are a “Standard” station.
- August 18 and 19 – North American QSO Party, SSB. Exchange is name and
- August 19 – ARRL Rookie Roundup, RTTY. Exchange is name, 2 digit year you
- were first licensed and state.
- August 25 and 26 – Hawaii QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
- August 25 and 26 – W/VE Islands QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
- August 25 and 26 – Kansas QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
- August 25 and 26 – Ohio QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
- September 1 and 2 – Colorado QSO Party. Exchange is name and state.
- September 1 and 2 – Alabama QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
- September 2 and 3 – Tennessee QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
- September 8 through 10 – ARRL September VHF Contest. Exchange is 4
- character grid square.
- September 15 and 16 – Iowa QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
- September 15 and 16 – New Hampshire QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
- September 15 and 16 – Washington State Salmon Run. Exchange is RST and
- September 15 and 16 – New Jersey 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.
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.
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.
I have seen discussions on the ham radio websites and even heard on our repeaters about digital voice modes i.e. DSTAR, DMR, System Fusion, P25 and which one will become the “standard.”
DSTAR and System Fusion were created for ham radio. There are some capabilities unavailable on DMR. DMR was designed for commercial users who don’t understand a lot about radio and hams have adapted it to their use, in true ham fashion. P25 is not as popular among hams, but there are dedicated users.
Some hams have said they are holding off buying any digital radios until one mode becomes more popular than the others. You may be waiting a long time.
Depending on who you are listening to or reading, the proponents of each digital mode will tell you theirs is overtaking the others and theirs will become the “standard.” A big part of that is where you are. One mode catches on in a particular area once a club or an individual takes the plunge to put a new repeater featuring a new mode or a new band. Hams start buying equipment for that mode and band and it becomes popular in that area.
Let’s not forget a big part of ham radio’s reason for being is experimentation. By using any different modes at once, we are experimenting. There is plenty of room for all the modes, including ones that haven’t been invented yet.
I know what some of you are thinking, there is no room for any more repeaters, so how can we have room for different digital modes? Easy, go to one of the other VHF or UHF bands besides 2 meters or 70 cm.
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
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
Amateur Radio Parity Act
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.
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
WEEKLY NET REQUEST:
Be sure to copy and submit the practice emergency message each week.