ALEXANDRIA RADIO CLUB
FCC LICENSE SCHOOL
DIGITAL REGISTRATION FORM
(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.
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.
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.
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ARLX001 Third Wednesday Monthly Communications Exercises Set
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Special Bulletin 1 ARLX001
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT January 3, 2019
To all radio amateurs
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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.
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.)
ALL ARE UP AND RUNNING – HAM IT UP! Get on the air!
NEXT CLUB MEETING
Our next meeting is February 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 BradLess shopping center at 5:30 PM or so.
The program for this meeting has not been confirmed.
(Thanks to Mark Bonanno)
Presentation – Budget
Treasurer – (N8IK one last time)
Repeaters – Have been checked and are in good shape.
Training/Education – Class in May
Trailer – All good. Rubberized paint donated by Dave
Net Controls –
- 1/17 – Bonannos
- 1/24 – Rich
- 1/31 – Don
- 2/7 – Monica
New Business –
- FrostFest 2/2
- St. Patrick’s Day Parade – (Float ONLY, No comm support requested)
- Date/Time 3/2 at 12:30
- Don made a motion to put in a float (trailer?). The motion was passed.
- Dave volunteers to pull the float
- Monica will put in the application
- Washington’ Birthday Parade (Comm support REQUESTED)
- Date/Time 2/18 9AM at the Fire Training Center
- Meet with Parade staff at 11AM
- Parade Start 1PM
- Parade end ABOUT 2:30 PM.
- APRS tracking
- Digital reporting of parade order of march changes
- Shadow parade staff.
- Lunch after the parade.
50/50 – $47
No Old Business
- Budget Passed
- Webmaster – all current
- Don made a motion to send a real paper letter to our representative. Monica will sign the letter as el presidente!
- Rich – Will provide a quote for a DMR duplexer to replace what we have.
- Don gave us an update on the current HAM related legislation
- Old VA HAMs can hit their repeater with a phone app.
Mark Bonanno KM4GML
The Alexandria Radio Club is growing, that’s a good thing! There are a few things that we need to think about. While we have a good turn out and we have tried to have good programs, we also have the same 10 members taking the initiative. The club needs to have MORE members contribute to the meetings, to events, express their opinions on topics, events, and programs.
There will always be those who step up and those who sit back. But a club is made up of ALL of its members and to be representative of that membership all should contribute.
Many members feel they need to ask to be allowed to contribute. Those members do NOT need to ask. Jump in and speak up. If you think, the club should do some activity then bring it up at the meeting.
I have a second home in Florida and there is a great club that covers this area. But, like our club, they have about 10 percent of the club who are the “GO TO” guys for getting things done. While they took a BIG hit when within 4 months, they had 5 of those “GO TO” guys become SK’s. Closer to home, there are clubs that don’t have officer term limits and the same folks stay on as officers. In two cases, when these long time officers left, the clubs lost their way and lost membership. This is one reason we have a two year limit on our officers. Another is to keep the leadership new and fresh.
Two parades are coming up and a good turn out would be great. Ham Radio is in danger. Many don’t know about amateur radio, many think our technology is OLD and obsolete. Our members know better.
Another issue has been Field Day. This is our time to show the public what ham radio can do. It’s also a great time to train for emergency operation.
The club leadership is elected not be the older members but by ALL the members and they represent all the members.
Field Day – Heads Up!
Field Day is June 22-23, 2019. In years past, we have had 5 stations up covering all the major HF bands (WARC bands are not part of the event.)
The purpose is to operate under emergency conditions, Temporary antennas and supports, NO commercial power for 24 hours. How well we do is based on some factors we can control and some we cannot. We cannot control the weather, or the solar weather. We may find that there is very little activity on 10 and 15 meters.
What we can control is: keeping all of out transceivers up and operational through out the 24 hour period. I would like to suggest we adopted some of the lessons we learned from our neighboring club. The Vienna Wireless club is a contest club with many more members then we have but some of what they do may help us.
1 – Each radio has a VOLUNTARY schedule. Members can sign up for a block of operating time, so that more can be guaranteed operating time.
2 – We separate the radios from those wanting to socialize. It’s hard for operators to make contacts with others chatting and worse yet, the operators tend to get into the local conversations, and this takes time away from the radios.
Other suggestions I’ve heard
3 – Allow each operator to use the mode they want to use. If you want to work CW, bring a key or keyer or set of paddles. If you want to work sound card, bring the computer and interface.
4 – Set up training sessions in Alexandria Parks on Saturdays in March, April and May so that our new operators can get some HF air time. The club has 5 HF radios, we can find portable antennas (I have a vertical and a home brew 20 meter dipole. Others may have antennas that can be put up quickly.
Any changes are up to the club and the appointed club field day chair.
The club has radios or members can loan radios for each station. Antennas are up to the lead operators for each station. We stay at 100 watts output to gain points for not operating at high power.
The club has two 2KW generators and some members have generators as well.
The above is ONLY THE OPINION of N4ASX and does not represent the position of the club leadership.
73 Rick ~ N4ASX
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. Yeah!
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 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.
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.
- 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.
- February 23 and 24 – South Carolina QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state
- March 2 and 3 – ARRL International DX Contest, SSB. Exchange is RST and state.
- 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 17 and 18 – Virginia QSO Party. Exchange is serial number and county (or city).
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.
We are looking at replacing the duplexer on the DMR repeater. This should improve the performance of the repeater.
The club repeaters are all up and running. As always, ham it up and get on the air.
73, Rich, KA4GFY
- January – D-Star and DMR, Budget or Operations from Afghanistan
- February – Operation from Afghanistan or Digital Operations
- 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
We have two public Service events coming up.
Washington’s Birthday Parade
When: Monday February, 18,2019
Where: Meet at the Fire Training Center (back of the Nanny J. Lee Community Center) at 9AM
Mission: We will provide the trailer at the start of the race and a team at the Reviewing Stand, shadows for the marshals and parade organizers, two ARPS operators for the beginning and end of the parade. The marshal shadows will collect changes from each parade division and provide the changes to the trailer, so that we can consolidate the changes and send them to the reviewing stand.
Frequencies: We will use the 146.655 (PL 143Hz) with 147.315 as back up.
- 9AM meet at Fire Training Center to get the trailer and car pool to the parade root. Parking at Start is very limited.
- 11AM Police CLOSE the streets.
- 12 noon Parade starts to organize.
- 12:45 Collected Changes should be worked up by the marshals
- 1PM – PARADE Start. At this time all changes need to be provided to the trailer. The marshals should mark up their order of march for each division so we can edit the list on the computer and send it digitally to the reviewing stand.
- The APRS operator for Start of March should start
- 2:30 PM Parade ends. Operators gather at Trailer and go to Lunch / Hot Wash.
- If you can support this effort, please e-mail Rick N4ASX. N4ASX@cox.net. We need 12 operators.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 2nd
We will put the trailer behind a truck and use it as a float to promote the Alexandria Radio Club.
More details later. If you can volunteer let Rick N4ASX know. Parade usually starts early and ends in a few hours. WE HAVE NOT BEEN ASKED TO PROIVDE RADIO SUPPORT, but we will coordinate on 146.655 repeater and 146.46 SIMPLEX.
Unit staging runs from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM on March 2nd. Please refer to your parade instructions for additional information.
Vehicles that are registered to appear in the parade do not need special passes. Just identify yourself and your vehicle when you arrive at staging.
The Ballyshaners do not provide parking passes or assistance for vehicles not appearing in the parade.
We will meet at the Fire Training Center at 10AM to pick up the trailer and set it up for the parade. We will need to get in line for the parade. We can open the rear door if we can make it safe and secure.
Look forward to having a good turnout for this parade.
73 Rick ~ N4ASX
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!
I would like to thank our new club Secretary Mark, KM4GML for sending in the detailed minutes of the last meeting and to Rich, KA4GFY for his inputs on Contests, Training, Hamfests and Repeaters.
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.