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Events and activities at the AARC:

Newcomers are always welcome!

Events and activities quick summery. Details are below or on the AARC Event Calendar

14may15 (Thu) - Board meeting at 7:30 PM (We have an open meeting policy)
21may15 (Thu) - Ike's "Pre-Sale Sale" from 6:30 to 7:00 PM to get rid of the "Boat Anchors" and possibly lawnmowers etc.
21may15 (Thu) - Club meeting at 7:30 PM, newcomers always welcome. Used Equipment Sale! Come one, come all!
24may15 (Sun) - Kit-building, troubleshooting and repair, 1 to 4 PM.
24may15 (Sun) - For this month only, the Mesh working group will meet concurrent with Kitbuilding. 1 to 4 PM. Thanks Raven.
30may15 (Sat) - ZOOMA Marathon and 10k Races (see below)
13jun15 (Sat) - (free) Exams for your FCC amateur radio license. Details here.
13jun15 (Sat) - HF-nØØbs is almost always right after the exams, about 2 or 2:30 PM until at least 5 PM. Come operate the club station, no license required.
27-28jun15 (Sat-Sun) - Field Day! Field Day! Field Day! (Yes, it's that close.)

Ike asked me to post the inventory and terms and procedures for the Used Equipment Sale:


ZOOMA Marathon and 10k Races

This is a race for women, sponsored by ZOOMA. The course starts and ends at the Naval Academy Stadium in Annapolis and runs through the streets of Annapolis.

There will be 6 to 8 aid stations along the course, and a medical station at mile 6. Operation will be on the AARC repeater, (147.105/R1 CTCSS: 107.2 Hz.)

Parking for ham volunteers will be provided.We will need to provide approximately 25 hams and two sag vehicles. Volunteers are being requested both from CARA and the Anne Arundel County Radio Club.

There are 2500 entrants expected with approximately 1900 in the 10k and 600 in the marathon. The event begins with a mass start at 7:00 and has a 3.5 hour time limit.

For information on ham participation,please contact Steve, KB3RRJ, at kb3rrj@gmail.com.

For more information on the race, itself, go to http://zoomarun.com/annapolis/.

A letter from Jennifer:

From: Jenn Creager
*Date: May 9, 2015 at 8:19:43 PM EDT

Hi Mike,

Thanks for asking -- yes I will continue to check Rick's email from
time to time. Just so you have it, my email address is
jccolorist@gmail.com and Cody's is

In lieu of condolences, Cody and I would love to hear from anyone who
can share with us their favorite memorable stories about their
experiences with Rick over the years. These stories bring us much joy
during this difficult time. Please feel free to pass this along to

Jenn and Cody

__ Regularly Scheduled Events. __

Club Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 7:30 to 9PM at the clubhouse located at the Davidsonville Family Recreation Center in Davidsonville, MD
Free License Exams every 2nd Saturday of the Month - Check in at Noon, Exams at 1PM - At the clubhouse - Contact Steve (K3BAY) k3bay@w3vpr.org
HF-nØØbs is almost always right after the Free License Exams, at about 2 or 2:30 PM every 2nd Saturday of the Month. We open up the Club's ham shack and make contacts. Beginner friendly.
Contact Mark W2PAW
Weekly AARC 2-Meter Net on 147.105 (Typically linked to 147.075 and 444.400) every Wednesday at 8 PM - All Welcome
2 meter Morning Commuter Net on 147.105 (Typically linked to 147.075 and 444.400) every morning 6:30 to 9
This is the famous Holly-net. Pre-Holly-net starts at 5 AM or so.
Mesh working group 1 to 4 PM Every 2nd Sunday at the clubhouse
Contact Giff K1GAH
Kit-building, troubleshooting and repair 1 to 4 PM Every 4th Sunday at the clubhouse
Contact Raven/KB3MUV

-Mark (W2PAW)
(Updates, corrections, additions? Need to contact a member and can't open the Roster? Please email me at w2paw@w3vpr.org)

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Free Amateur Radio License Exams

The 2nd Saturday of every month
Registration Starts at Noon --- Exams begin at 1:00pm
Click here for information and directions: http://www.w3vpr.org/node/50
Contact Steve/K3BAY to register k3bay@comcast.net

AARC Club MemberWeb Admin

FCC to Stop Charging for Vanity Licenses

According to a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) released on 21 May, the FCC is eliminating the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however, until required congressional notice has been given. This will take at least 90 days. As the Commission explained in its NPRM, Report and Order, and Order (MD Docket 14-92 and others), it's a matter of simple economics.

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Memorial Day

On this memorial day let us pause to remember everyone that fought and died so that we may all keep our freedom. If you meet a veteran on the air or as you go about your daily routine, please thank them for their service. I want to personally thank all the veterans that are members or former members of the Anne Arundel Radio club.

-Jon Graefe KB3ZVO
AARC Secretary

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May 2015 Issue of the Han Arundel News

Here is the May 2015 issue of the Ham Arundel News

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Sad news

It is with a heavy heart that I pass on the news that Rick Creager, KK4GV, became a Silent Key Monday afternoon. Rick was a long-time club member, mentor, and outstanding ambassador for the Amateur Radio community.

You'll recall his excitement about retiring to the Pacific coast of Ecuador, finally making the move in early March. He came into his house yesterday shortly after noon and told Jennifer he was having chest pains. He collapsed before they could head to the local hospital. Emergency help arrived quickly, but there was nothing that could be done. He was 61. (more...)

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444.4 machine is back up!

Thanks to John Williams, K8JW, the 444.4 repeater is operating normally and linked as usual. There was an issue with the controller that has been resolved.



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444.400 MHz repeater undergoing repair

The 444.400MHz linked repeater was transmitting repeating tones over the past couple of days. The repeater has been powered down pending repair.

The 147.105MHz and 147.075 MHz repeaters are still operational and unaffected by this change. Notice will be posted once the 444.400 MHz repeater has been repaired.

Jonathan Graefe KB3ZVO
AARC Secretary

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April Issue of the Ham Arundel News

Here is the April edition of the Ham Arundel News

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Repeater low tempature alarm


I have had the opportunity to visit the clubhouse and investigate the low temperature alarm the repeater was transmitting. Apparently someone had set the thermostat at 50 degrees. The repeater is set to alarm at about 56 degrees. I reset the temperature to 58 degrees and confirmed that the heat pump is operational. Soon the repeater cleared the temp alarm.

A reminder to all who use the clubhouse to set the thermostat to 58 degrees heat when leaving, otherwise someone will need to take time out of their day to investigate any alarms/repeater messages that occur.

--Jon Graefe
AARC Secretary

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