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
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ALEXANDRIA RADIO CLUB
FCC LICENSE SCHOOL
DIGITAL REGISTRATION FORM
(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.
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.
Notices of Importance
Click here for your up-to-date copy of the Part 97 FCC rules for Amateur Radio
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!
SPECIAL NOTE: DMR IS UP AND RUNNING 442.4125 +5Mhz Color Code 1.PLEASE USE OUR REPEATERS.
NEXT CLUB MEETING
Our next meeting is July 12th. We meet at 3600 Wheeler Ave in Alexandria at 7 PM and the meeting ends, more or less, at 9 PM. Many members get together at Atlantis Restaurant in the Bradlee shopping center at 5 PM 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.
This meeting we will host Jack W4JJ. Afghan Amateur Radio License, T6LC was granted from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on 2 December 2009 I closed my station on 8 March 2010 Combat DX-expedition is complete. Jack came out to Field Day.
June Meeting MINUTES
Location: Alexandria Police Dispatch Center
June meeting was dedicated to FIELD DAY PLANNING ACTIVITIES:
There is only one month left before Field Day 2019. The FD19 planning group has been at work for over two months preparing for FD19. The completed FD19 plans will be presented at the June meeting, June 14th. Some of the planning objectives are for:
- — 65th Anniversary Celebration – (N4ASX comments) Great success!
- — Promote Digital Mode Operations – Two Stations running FT-8 with our over 150 contacts
- — Class 7A Operation – Experiment – some work needs to be don on co-site interference
- — Maximize Bonus Points – Think we did well.
- — Sign-up List for Operators – Mixed reaction – We need to find a way to get MORE of our operators to OPERATE!!!!
- — Enhanced Public Outreach – Visits by CERT, Chief Smedley and his CW, Ray Whatley and Brent Ruggles and a proclamation from the Mayor.
- — Newspapers, TV
- — Public Officials
- — Youth groups, and Schools
- — Promoted Arlington Club Participation
Field Day 2019 Chairman Don – KI4D
This year’s Field Day was a grand departure from what we had been doing for the past 10 years. First, Don asked to take on the duty as the Field Day Chairman. He spent a great deal of time and energy making sure that Field Day 2019 goals were established, and a detailed plan put in place to make Alexandria Radio Club’s 2019 Field Day combined with the 65th Anniversary inclusive and more productive event.
Starting with the idea that we have over 80 members and need to have as many of our newer members operate as possible. But as the saying goes you can lead a ham to a radio but you cannot make him operate. That said many of our members who had not operated at Field Day previously spent time at the radios. Check this goal off as accomplished. Not all of the comments are in, but I think we can do more next year to provide some HF radio practice operations to get even more operators on the AIR.
Goal 2 was to celebrate our 65th anniversary. Don did a great job, first by including the city administration in the event by bringing the club’s anniversary to the attention of the mayor. This resulted in a proclamation that bares out the importance of Amateur Radio and the Club’s support to the city in the past. We don’t have a lot of emergencies in Alexandria, but our club has continually served the Alexandria community in various capacities. This point was highlighted by the city’s new Fire Chief and the Emergency Management team dropping by, The Alexandria CERT Lead came by and operated our radios! Thanks Doctor Marjorie Windelberg!
Goal 3 was to demonstrate our readiness to operate in an emergency environment. Many would say that with modern communications, amateur radio in no longer relevant. This shows many people don’t have a good appreciation of the variabilities of Internet or infrastructure-based communications. Field Day shows that we can communicate, by voice, digital, and even CW with NO preplanned infrastructure. We had solar power, battery power, and our generators. Even when one of our generators failed to operate, we had power for all of our stations. It looks like our digital operation lead by Ed, W4EDF, was a great success.
We did have some issues with co-site interference. Seems like the hot band was 40 meters and at one time on Saturday we had the GOTA station, the 40 Meter SSB station, the CW station and the digital station all on the band. The digital station unfortunately did not have the ability to turn off the AGC so each close in signal caused the digital unit to drop out. That’s just how the bits work.
We have nearly a year to examine the interference problem and come up with the best solutions for next year for how to operate multiple modes on a limited number of bands.
Another issue is that by 9 PM or so, MOST of our members had disappeared and did not reappear until 7 AM or so Sunday. This left the few who stayed up all night to operate. A great deal of effort was made to get NEW operators on the air and give them a chance to operate. I realize that the hours from 9 PM to 7 AM may not be PRIME TIME, but it’s a good time for a new operator to learn.
Please send Don, KI4D, your inputs on Field Day 2019 in the hopes that next year we can do an even better job.
73 Rick N4ASX
- July 13 and 14 – IARU HF World Championship. Exchange is RST and IARU zone. We are in Zone 8.
- July 20 and 21 – CQ Worldwide VHF Contest. Six and two meters only. Exchange is 4-character grid square. We are in FM18.
- July 20 and 21 – North American QSO Party – RTTY. Exchange is name and state.
- August 3 and 4 – ARRL 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest. All VHF/UHF bands above 222 MHz. Exchange is 4-charater grid square. We are in FM18.
- August 3 and 4 – North American QSO Party – CW. Exchange is name and state.
- August 10 and 11 – Maryland – DC QSO Party. Exchange is class and state. Most of us operating from home are a “Standard” station.
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.
- July – T6LC / W4JJ – Operations from Afghanistan
- August – Ed W4EDF – Digital HF operations
- September –
- 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
In April we had Jason talk about the Cold War Museum in Vint Hill. He pointed out that the museum is FREE on weekends. I would like to suggest that we hold our September meeting not on Friday evening, but shift to Saturday Morning at the Cold War Museum. We can discuss at the next meeting.
Early next month is the Berryville Hamfest on August 4, 2019 at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds. It’s sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club. They feature a barbecue lunch that is well worth the trip. We can arrange caravaning and carpooling for anyone who like to travel in a group or needs a ride.
Our Fall 2019 class is in the planning stages. We plan to start on 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.
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.
Thanks to Chris, KN4DHD, for obtaining the Motorola MTR-2000 repeater for the club. The plan is to install it in the trailer. We will get it programmed for one of the TMARC shared non-protected pairs to be used at public service events such as GW Birthday Parade.
As always, ham it up and get on the air.
73, Rich, KA4GFY
I have had a few questions about our ARES group. First, How many volunteers do we have. I have a list of 15, but it has not been updated for a LONG time. If you would like to volunteer for Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) in Alexandria. There are just a few things to consider.
1 – You cannot volunteer for more then one area. If we were to have a wide spread (i.e. weather) event, where more then one area was affected, some EC would be short a volunteer as you can ONLY volunteer for one at a time.
2 – You can volunteer with NO training, but it is expected that you will complete FEMA IS 100, 200 and 700. It is also beneficial to take the ARRL ARES class.
3 – Gear is not an issue. You can volunteer at any license class and at any experience level. If you only have a two-meter handheld, then the EC will know when you fill out the ARES volunteer form and your assignments will be made with that in mind.
4 – We ask that all volunteers check into the club net at least once a month and participate in at least one drill or public service event per year.
5 – All you need to do to volunteer is have a willingness to help in those rare occasions when we are needed.
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.