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

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

ARC-SHORTS Newsletter
November 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.)


Our next meeting is November 8th. 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 Duke Street about 1 block west of Quaker Lane.  Informal talk in on the 147.315 repeater.

The nominating committee has come up with the following candidates.  Remember that anyone who would like to run for a position can be nominated at the meeting.

Present candidate list:

President – Lewis Donovan (Don) K4ID
Vice President – Mark Bonanno KM4GML
Treasurer – Richard Morani KW4UJ
Secretary – William H Wilson KM4KLK

In addition, we need to set up the Field Day committee:

Food Lead
Band Leaders
Generators and structures

This is a BIG club with over 80 members.  It only works if all participate and all speak up.
73 Rick


Our program was provided by Mike Washville – Cold War Technology and You – Mike is a volunteer at the Cold War Museum and also one of the folks who has kept our repeaters up and running.  Mike is also an Honorary Life Member of the club. 

We also must prepare for the December Party at Glory Days, and we need to elect next year’s officers. 

Meeting minutes for Octoberr 2019 ARC Meeting

Date: 10/11/19
Time: 1900h
Location: Alexandria Police Dispatch Center

As we hope to make use of the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) mesh network systems at the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), and many of our members have been playing with this system over the last year.

Ian, N8IK, who has been doing a great deal of research on how to covert commercial units to the AREDN MESH mode and into updating the firmware for these units gave a great presentation on AREDN and how to set these units up.  Several members brought their units and they were set up around the room to create a mesh network.  Ian was able to forward MESHCHAT and Iperf onto several units. 

Additionally, he demonstrated a dual band (2.4 and 5 GHz) router that allowed those with cell phones to pick up the 5GHz router and see the AREDN units. 

We hope to get relay nodes for AREDN up around the city and connected to the City’s EOC and other key points so that if the internet goes DOWN we can provide a networks for emergency management.

CONGRATULATE Ted and Roy for their joining QCWA.

’73 Rick

Hamfests –

The next hamfest in our area is the SantaFest in Cheltenham, MD on December 7, 2019.  It’s sponsored by Prince Georges County ARES and The American Legion.  Here is the link: http://www.pgares.org/

Training –           

Our Fall, 2019 class started on October 8 with 13 students.  Everyone is very enthusiastic and willing to learn.  They ask great questions and share ideas with each other.  What a great class.  I expect everybody will pass with flying colors.  Don’t forgert the exam on Dec 10.   If you are currently a Technician or General and have always wanted to upgrade, here is your chance. 

If you are like many of us and studying on your own doesn’t always produce the results you want, feel free to come to class anyway.  You can work on your material and we will be glad to help you reach your goal.  It does work.  One of our instructors did just that.

Contests – 

  • Nov 10 – North American SSB Sprint.  Exchange is other station’s call, your call, serial number, your name and state.
  • Nov 16 to 18 – ARRL Sweepstakes, SSB.  Exchange is the other station’s call, serial number, precedence, your call, check (year first licensed) and section.
  • CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW.  Exchange is RST and CQ zone.  We are in zone 5.
  • Dec 6 to 8 – ARRL 160 meter contest.  Exchange is RST and ARRL/RAC section.
  • Dec 7 and 8 – FT8 Roundup.  Exchange is RST and state.
  • Dec 14 and 15 – ARRL 10 meter contest.  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.  ARRL now uses a web application for contest log submissions.  Here is the link:   http://contest-log-submission.arrl.org/  Be sure to convert your file to Cabrillo format before submitting.  Most logging programs support the Cabrillo format.

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.  If the contest asks for a club affiliation, the Alexandria Radio Club is on the list of contest clubs.  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.

State QSO parties are a great introduction to contesting.  Most are low-key and the exchange is limited.  

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 am still looking for a permanent place to install the Motorola MTR-2000 repeater for coverage in Old Town.  Once we find a place to put it, I can apply to TMARC for a UHF repeater pair.  TMARC has opened up another 1 MHz between 441.000 and 442.000 MHz.   

The DSTAR and DMR repeaters continue to get a lot of use. 

As always, ham it up and get on the air.

73, Rich, KA4GFY


Short reminder, ANYONE can be an ARES volunteer, Training is primarily the FEMA on-line IS-100,200,700 and 800 classes about 30 minutes each and the ARRL ARES class which is optional.  You can volunteer without these classes.  Training for members also includes our weekly nets and public service events.  If you wish to volunteer send an E-Mail to Rick, N4ASX N4ASX@arrl.net

One last Item – I will stay on for a few more months as ARES EC, but I am ACTIVLY looking for a replacement person to become the Emergency Coordinator (EC).   It would be good if that person has experience with ARES, has taken IS100,200,700 and 800 as well as the ARRL ARES class.  This all can be done after you volunteer.  The EC leads the Alexandria ARES, supporting the City, Alexandria Hospital and Alexandria Red Cross.  The EC is also the interface to neighboring ARES organizations and answers to the District EC, WD5DBC, Howard.  If you have the time and are interested call me.

73 Rick N4ASX
ARES emergency coordinator.

44th Marine Corps Marathon

Well, It rained like mad, but the 44th MCM is now done.  For me this was my 34th MCM.  The leadership group did a good job of getting the amateur radio support organized.  Always some ways to make it better.  Those inputs should be entered into the www.mcmham.org website under volunteer, After Action inputs.

This event takes upwards of 135 ham radio operators and it’s always good when the operators are not OJT. 

Because of the rain, there were more injuries so ham radio support became much more important.  Hams are the eye’s and ears on the course.  They also provide digital communications for the Aid Stations.  This is done by D-STAR high speed digital on 1.2GHz using the ICOM ID-1 radios but I understand that this mode can be used with the new ICOM 9700.  Back up for the D-Star digital is 9600 baud packet.  This year I had problems with the log on, but the RF connection was solid.  A new addition this year was Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN).  Apparently, it was a partial success and may need some refinement to link to the medical database.

Several other club members participated.  Many thanks.  This  is a very public event and our support is very well received. 

William KM4KLK was out in the rain at MM17.5 and noted that it was a wet day for him. 

He provided the following pictures:

Future Programs


  • November – Elections and planning for 2020
  • October – AREDN show and tell – Demo – BRING YOUR AREDN node and laptop.
  • November – Club Elections – New President and Vice President.
  • December – Party


  • January – Mike Washville (Tentative) on Cold War tech in use today.
  • February – Washington’s Birthday planning – Mark (Tentative) on Lenix
  • March –
  • April –
  • May –  Field Day planning and preparation meeting
  • June –
  • July –
  • August –
  • September –
  • October –
  • November – Elections
  • December – Party

At this time, I do not have a lot of programs for next year.  YOU DON’T NEED TO PRESENT; just suggest a topic you would like 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.

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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.

Sample format

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