Report from Don, KI4D – Field Day 2019 Chair
It was a gorgeous weather weekend with over 70 members and guests participating with smiles.  Please upload additional photos for GIF update at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/GNnGTjp5V7N232ih9

ARC 2019 Field Day Photos

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(Fall Class Schedule)

First Class Date:  Each Tuesday, October 8th 2019 through December 10th 2019.
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

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 no longer 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


Registration for Ham Radio Support of the 44th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is now open.

Arthur hosted a “Marine Corps Marathon” Ham Radio Volunteers presentation.

The MCM is the largest regular amateur radio public service/emergency communications event in the Washington, D.C. area. This year’s Marathon is on October 27.
We look forward to having you join us in support of the Marathon.
Any questions may be directed to me at wd5dbc@arrl.net // Howard WD5DBC Kerry // WA4BQM for the MCM Ham Leadership Team

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Rick Bunn – N4ASX ~ Editor ARC Shorts Newsletter (Digital FT8 Op. @ 2019 Field Day)

ARC-SHORTS Newsletter

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


 Our next meeting is AUGUST 9th. We meet at 3600 Wheeler Ave in Alexandria at 7PM and the meeting ends, more or less, at 9PM. Many members get together at Atlantis Restaurant in the Bradlee shopping center at 5PM for dinner prior to the meeting. The Bradlee shopping center is on the south side of RT. 7 just east of 395, 3600 Wheeler is off of Duke Street about 1 block west of Quaker Lane. Informal talk in on the 147.315 repeater.
Our next program is to be provided by our own Ed, W4EDF on HF digital operations


Just got back from the Hamfest. Several members of the club attended.
Rich, KA4GFY, Ian N8IK, Jay NV3W, Jack KE7VOU, Matt and Son KN4IJZ, Harry N4CWP, Larry K4LDW, Shawn KA3RQR, Richard KW4UJ, Wilson KM4KLK, Don, KI4D, Rick N4ASX, Erik KI4BXU, Jack W4JJ
Weather was great, lots of radios, lot of OLD radios,


Our program was provided by Jack W4JJ. Afghan Amateur Radio License, T6LC was granted from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on 2 December 2009 and operated until 8 March 2010 Combat DX-pedition is complete. I understand it was one of our best programs. Thanks Jack!
Meeting minutes for July 2019 ARC Meeting
Date: 7/12/2019
Time: 1900h
Location: Alexandria Police Dispatch Center
The July meeting program was provided by Jack Parker, W4JJ on operations in Afghanistan and Don KI4D provided a run down on Field Day. I was not able to attend, but I understand we spent a few extra bucks on our anniversary party. Our scores were better than we’ve done for a few years. Don did a GREAT job.
Rich talked about the two Motorola radios donated to the club and is having them programmed. He is also moving forward on the 444.9 MHz repeater to be installed in the trailer.

Hamfests –

If you are looking for a road trip over the Labor Day Holiday, check out the Shelby Hamfest, on August 30, 31 and September 1, 2019 at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, in Shelby, NC. Talk-in will be on the 146.880 (no PL) repeater. Here is the link: <http://shelbyhamfest.org/index.html> http://shelbyhamfest.org/index.html
The VA Section Convention in VA Beach is on September 7, 2019 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/> http://virginiabeachhamfest.com/
The St. Mary’s County Amateur Radio Association TailgateFest takes place on October 5, 2019 at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department in Hollywood, MD.  Here is the link: <http://www.k3hki.org/tailgate-fest-2019/> http://www.k3hki.org/tailgate-fest-2019/
The Columbia Amateur Radio Association’s CARAFest is on October 6, 2018 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD. It’s near the intersection of I-70 and Route 32. Here is the link: <http://www.carafest.org/> http://www.carafest.org/

Training –

 Our Fall, 2019 class will start on Tuesday, October 8 and end December 3, 2019. There are already students lining up, so if you know someone who is looking for a class to earn their first license or upgrade to General, let them know. Our last class had an impressive 100% pass rate.

Contests –

* August 10 and 11 – Maryland – DC QSO Party. Exchange is class and state. Most of us operating from home are a “Standard” station.
* August 17 and 18 – North American QSO Party, SSB. Exchange is name and state.
* August 18 – ARRL Rookie Roundup, RTTY. Exchange is name, 2 digit year you were first licensed and state.
* August 24 to August 26 – Hawaii QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
* August 24 and 25 – W/VE Islands QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
* August 24 and 25 – Kansas QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
* August 24 and 25 – Ohio QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
* August 31 to September 1 – Colorado QSO Party. Exchange is name and state.
* September 1 and 2 – Tennessee QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
* September 7 and 8 – Nebraska QSO Party. Exchange is state.
* September 14 to 16 – ARRL September VHF Contest. Exchange is 4 character grid square. Most of us are in FM18.
* September 14 and 15 – Alabama QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state * .
* September 14 and 15 – Texas QSO Party. Exchange is RSTA and state.
* September 21 and 22 – New Hampshire QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
* September 21 and 22 – Washington State Salmon Run. Exchange is RST and state.
* September 21 and 22 – New Jersey QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state.
* September 21 and 22 – Iowa QSO Party. 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 allocations.

Repeaters –

The club repeaters are all up and running. We will have to resume the follow-on net on one of the other repeaters after the Thursday net on the 2 meter analog repeater.
I will have an update on our newly obtained Motorola MTR-2000 repeater at the club meeting. It will be programmed for the TMARC shared non-protected pairs (442.900 MHz) to be used at public service events such as GW Birthday Parade. Since it is a shared non-protected pair, the plan is to use PL on both the input and output. We will use the club standard (107.2 Hz).
As always, ham it up and get on the air.
73, Rich, KA4GFY


The City’s EOC continues to develop. The City’s radio shop is installing an HF antenna and the two VHF/UHF antennas. The city purchased a Kenwood TS-480HTX, a Kenwood TMD-710G and an ICOM ID-5100. When these are installed we will have HF, 6 meters, 2 meters (FM/Packet/D-Star/APRS) and 440 (FM/D-Star/Packet/APRS) capability the antennas allow us to add 6 meter FM and 1.2Ghz to the desk as well.
We have 14 volunteers out of a club of 83. We don’t have a lot of emergencies, but having a credible group is important. We expect to work with CERT as Alexandria builds up it’s CERT volunteer numbers, we also work with Red Cross and Alexandria Hospital.
If you would like to volunteer, you do not have to have prior training, but it is expected that within a reasonable amount of time you take the FEMA IS 100,200, and 700 classes. Each one takes about 20 to 30 minutes.
You can find the ARES volunteer from on the ARRL website or ask Rick, N4ASX.
73 Rick
ARES emergency coordinator.

Future Programs 2019

  • August – Ed W4EDF – Digital HF operations
  • September – Jim Wilson – Some history of the Alexandria Radio Club
  • October –
  • November – Club Elections – New President and Vice President.
  • December – Party
    At this time, I do not have programs for August, September or October. 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 – 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.

Sample format

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