Notices of Importance

January is “dues month” for most club members. Check or cash at the next club meeting on January 11th is preferred. PayPal is also an option – click on the “Join/Renew” button above. If you have an “auto-renew” with PayPal please cancel it – chances are you set it up against an old email account.


ARLX001 Third Wednesday Monthly Communications Exercises Set

Special Bulletin 1 ARLX001
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT January 3, 2019

To all radio amateurs

ARLX001 Third Wednesday Monthly Communications Exercises Set
FEMA Region 10 will conduct monthly communications exercises
(COMMEX) on the third Wednesday of each month, starting on January
16, 1730 – 1900 UTC. Amateur Radio operators are invited to take
part. The intent of these exercises is to test and exercise
interoperable communication (federal/state/local/tribal/Amateur
Radio) during a major disaster in which the communication
infrastructure is significantly damaged or destroyed.

FEMA Region 10 will use the call sign WGY910. Other stations
associated with agencies and organizations that provide response
support in accordance with the National Response Framework are
encouraged to participate.

The COMMEX will use these “dial” or “window” frequencies on 60
meters – including 5,330.5 kHz, 5,346.5 kHz, 5,357.0 kHz, 5,371.5
kHz, and 5,403.5 kHz – as part of the exercise. The area of
operation is the continental US.



Coordinator: Rich Adamy, KA4GFY


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

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

January 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

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


Our meeting is held on the 2nd Friday of each month – 11th January 2019


We start off the year with the Post-Holiday Hamfest on January 27, 2019 in Odenton, MD.  It’s sponsored by the Maryland Mobileers and is located at the Odenton Fire station on Route 175 in Odenton.  Talk in is on the 146.805 MHz repeater with a 107.2 Hz PL.  Info at https://sites.google.com/site/marylandmobileers/hamfests-1/hamfest-2. 

Richmond Frostfest

Next month is the Richmond Frostfest, also known as Virginia State Convention on February 2, 2019.  It’s held at the Richmond Raceway Complex.  It’s just off Chamberlayne Avenue (Route 301) and Azalea Avenue.  For the past few years, we have been meeting in Fredericksburg for breakfast and traveling to Richmond as a group.  We can certainly continue with the tradition.  Talk-in is normally on the RATS 146.880 MHz (PL 74.4 Hz) repeater.  Info at www.frostfest.com.

This is a great hamfest where many of the club members CARPOOL, let’s see what we can organize at this month’s meeting.  I will send out details on the breakfast arrangements later in the month.  

Farther out in March is the Vienna Wireless Society’s Winterfest.  It’s a nice hamfest close to home.  If you have equipment that needs a new home, we always 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.  Yeah!

Training –

We completed our Fall 2018 class with many of the original class members completing the course and a few folks joining us for testing. 

The results are:                                                                                                                     

  • Scott Dougan                    KN4RDV                  Technician   
  • Jonathon Kerr                   KN4RDW                 Technician
  • Rodger Strauss                 KN4RDX                  Technician
  • John Weaver                                 KN4RDY                 Technician
  • Edward Faulk                    KJ7CSM                   General
  • James Albertus                 KC3MOS                 Technician
  • Andrew Boyle                    KN4PJH                   General
  • John Weise                       N4NPG                    Extra

Be sure to welcome them to the hobby when you hear them on the air.

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 a few people signing up.  I can’t help but think some very positive news items about hams has raised awareness about what we do. 

Contests –

  • January 12 and 13 – North American QSO Party, CW.  Exchange is your name and state.
  • January 19 and 20 – North American QSO Party, SSB.  Exchange is your name and state.
  • January 19 through 21 – ARRL January VHF Contest. 50 MHz and up.  Exchange is 4 character grid square.
  • February 2 and 3 – Vermont QSO Party.  Exchange is RST and state.
  • February 2 – Minnesota QSO Party.  Exchange is name and state.
  • February 2 and 3 – British Columbia QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
  • February 3 – North American Sprint – CW.  Exchange is other station’s call, your call, serial number, your name, state.
  • February 11 through 15 – ARRL School Club Roundup.  Exchange is RST, class and state.
  • February 16 and 17 – ARRL International DX Contest, CW.  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.

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 – 

We recently replaced some equipment at our digital site which improves the capabilities of the DSTAR and DMR repeaters.  Our 2-meter DSTAR repeater is proving to be very popular with a lot of traffic coming through the reflectors.  The 2-meter repeater is normally linked to Reflector 62C, but can easily be linked to any other reflector.  You can also link the 70 cm and 23 cm repeaters to any reflector as well.  Those repeaters are not normally linked to any reflector. 

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

73, Rich, KA4GFY

Future Programs


  • January – D-Star and DMR, Budget and
  • February –  Operation from Afghanistan
  • March – VA QSO PARTY
  • April –
  • 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

Social Events

Monday Night Burgers  (The Old Glory on Duke Shopping Center next to Giant) – 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.

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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