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 SEPTEMBER 12th. 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 (this was moved from the August meeting to allow Art W4ART to present the MCM pitch.)


Marine Corps Marathon OCTOBER 27th ALL DAY! NEED VOLUNTEERS 

Our program for August was by Art, W4ART. Art is a member of the MCM ham radio leadership team. The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is a very important public service event. It is one of the most complex operation and it’s also great training for anyone who wants to provide any form of emergency or public service support to the community. There are 30,000 runners and for 2019 they are adding additional length to the class for a SUPER MARATHON. This will mean the need for more eyes on the course and at least one more Medical Aid Station.

Most of the positions only require a 2 meter FM radio a Dual band may be helpful, but not a requirement. Most of the communications are via local FM repeaters close to the course. The Net Control Stations are on high ground and if the repeater fails the NCS in most cases will be able to work you simplex.

For those who volunteer a few points to keep in mind.

  • – It’s a long day for most of the volunteers. You will need to have enough batteries to run your radio for up to 12 hours. Most HT’s can run on a 12 Volt cord.  A gel cell or a battery pack made up of C or D cells will last a long time. If you only have an HT that’s OK, make sure you put that in your sign up information.  A good antenna is a must.  A mag mount is much better than a rubber ducky. If you must use a rubber ducky add a counterpoise – 19” of wire on a ring connector between the antenna connector and the antenna will help your
  • – Parking can be a problem at some points in the course, but most of the time you can work out of your vehicle, again make sure you make a point of that when you sign up. If you have medical issues, limited walking range, other needs, make that clear as
  • – If you have D-Star or Packet capability you may want to volunteer to support an AID STATION. If you do not have an ID-1 you may still be able to support an AID STATION with 9600 Baud Packet radio. If you have a Kenwood TM-D710 you can run 9600 Packet with no problem. In the past, I have used Packet when the D-Star link had problems, not a website but fast. One line for each patient and it goes into the same
  • If you’re interested in AREDN, MCM expects to try using AREDN but this is secondary at this time. They will be adding two new locations for this year and need Aid Station digital operators.

MCM Set up

There are three race nets, two in DC and one in VA.  The race nets connect the mile and half mile operators, food stops, water stops, turn points to NCS. Primary function is to report runners down, or any other issues on the course within their areas. If time permits you can report the passage of the first runners and the passage of the end of the race.

The medical net is tied into an internet server run by the Marine Corps. Data is passed to the server when a runner checks into an AID STATION. This can be done on D-Star 1.2GHz data, 9600 Baud Packet or if you can make the connection via AREDN.

As I said earlier, this is a complex operation. Ham radio Operators need to check in at 3 or 4AM and need to be heading for their assigned points. You can depart the course when the last runner vehicle passes your location. So, you can calculate your departure time by assuming a 15 minute line starting at 8AM. In departing you will need to avoid the active racecourse. YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE EXPERIENCE to work this event.  There will be a course dress rehearsal in the Columbus Day weekend, this is mostly for the Aid Stations but it’s a good time to find your assigned location.  Also, a good time check your radio on the course.

This event NEEDs at least 135 operators. If you can volunteer, PLEASE DO. You get a nice shirt, lunch, and a great place to view 30,000 plus folks running in one BIG (26.2 mile) circle.

Meeting minutes for July 2019 ARC Meeting 

Date: 8/9/19 Time: 1900h
Location: Alexandria Police Dispatch Center

The August meeting program was provided by Art Feller W4ART on Marine Corps Marathon (see above). The originally scheduled program, Ed, W4EDF on HF digital operations, will be the September program

Rich talked about the two Motorola radios donated to the club and is having them programmed. He is also moving forward on the 440 MHz repeater for the trailer, or we may install it in OLD TOWN for local HT use (GW Parade, etc.)

SPECIAL THANKS TO RICH, KA4GFY for the following inputs.

Hamfests – 

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/

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/

Looking ahead to December 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 will start on Tuesday, October 8 and end December 10, 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 – 

  • September 14 to 16 – ARRL September VHF Contest. Exchange is 4 character grid square. Most of us are in
  • September 14 and 15 – Alabama QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state
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  • September 14 and 15 – Texas QSO Party. Exchange is RSTA and
  • 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
  • September 21 and 22 – Iowa QSO Party. Exchange is RST and state
  • September 28 and 29 – Maine QSO Party. Exchange is RST and
  • September 28 and 29 – CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY. Exchange is RST, CQ zone and
  • October 5 and 6 – California QSO Party. Exchange is serial number and
  • October 12 13 – Nevada QSO Party. Exchange is RST and
  • October 12 and 13 – Arizona QSO Party. Exchange is RST and
  • October 12 and 13 – Pennsylvania QSO Party. Exchange is serial number and ARRL
  • October 12 and 13 – South Dakota QSO Party. Exchange is RST and

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.

Through the generosity of one of our repeater gurus, we have obtained a pair of Motorola G1225 Radius mobile radios, cabling and controller to make a mobile repeater for the club trailer. It is programmed with the TMARC Shared Non-protected pair on 442.900 MHz with 107.2 Hz PL both in and out. I will work on installing them before we need the portable repeater for any events. The best part is these radios will run on 12 VDC, making them very compatible with our trailer.

I am also 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 another 1 MHz between 441.000 and 442.000 MHz.

As always, ham it up and get on the air. 73, Rich, KA4GFY


I announced that I was stepping down as ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) at the end of the year. I think we have a volunteer for the positions but will wait to announce it until it is finalized.

My reason for stepping down is that I now spend 4 months out of the year in Southwest Florida and so I’m not available for a good part of each year. I will still support ARES and public service events in Alexandria, but regardless a new leadership is always a good idea.

I am NOW in Cape Coral Florida and we just got lucky! It looks like hurricane Dorian is going up the coast and will not affect this part of Florida but make no mistake the hams in this area are well prepared. The Fort Myer Club has a strong ARES organization and part of that is that they have pre-assigned positions for this type of an emergency.

While we were not expecting Dorian to arrive until Monday or Tuesday, Last Thursday this group was already making preparations for both support locally and if needed to travel to the east coast to support operations wherever needed. We, in Alexandria, are very lucky in that we don’t have the natural disasters that can befall other parts of the country.  We still must be prepared.

  • – Do you have your ‘go-kit(s) ready to go?
  • – Radios, batteries, antennas both at home and ready to go if needed? 3 – Personal items ready to go?

4 – Is your QTH ready to survive and support you and your family in an emergency?

Another item that came up with this hurricane was the call for volunteers from other areas including our own. There is now a requirement for volunteers (IS-100,200,700 and 800) all told they may take a day or too to complete. I will also recommend the ARRL ARES Course. More on that information on that later. In addition, the National Weather Service still have their Skywatch program.  All should take the basic class.

Whether or not you volunteer to support ARES, it is always good to be prepared for whatever comes up.

73 Rick N4ASX

Future Programs 


  • September  – Ed W4EDF – Digital HF operations
  • October – Jim Wilson – Some history of the Alexandria Radio Club November – Club Elections – New President and Vice President.
  • December – Party


  • January – February – 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 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.

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.

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