Newcomers are always welcome!
Events and activities quick summery. Details are below or on the AARC Event Calendar
27sep14 (Sat) - Annual Picnic and mini swap meet. Noon. (There will be a fox-hunt before the event, details are below)
27sep14 (Sat) - HF-nØØbs (after the picnic and swap meet, ~ 2:00 to 4:00p or so, see blurb below)
28sep14 (Sun) - Kit-building, troubleshooting and repair
28sep14 (Sun) - (support) Annapolis Run for the Lighthouse (Quiet Waters Park)
28sep14 (Sun) - (support) TRI 4 The Chesapeake (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.)
02oct14 (Thu) - Member meeting at the clubhouse. 7:30p
05cot14 (Sun) - (support) Strider's Metric Marathon
09oct14 (Thu) - Board meeting at the clubhouse. 7:30p (We have an "open door" policy for board meetings.)
11oct14 (Sat) - (Free) FCC License Exam for Amateur Radio.
16oct14 (Thu) - Member meeting at the clubhouse. 7:30p
18oct14 (Sat) - [non-AARC event] GOTA 2 Mesh Prince Georges ARES/RACES training [UPDATE (new date)]
26oct14 (Sun) - Kit-building, troubleshooting and repair
help still needed!
Les tells me that we have two races scheduled for the same day, September 28, 2014, due to the recent rescheduling of the TRI 4 The Chesapeake and Duarthlon. (It was originally scheduled for Mary 25 and then canceled due to poor response from the runners.)
The other race is the Annapolis Run for the Lighthouse (Half Marathon & 5K). The Lighthouse run will be at Quiet Waters Park. The TRI 4 the Chesapeake Sprint and Duathlon will be at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.
We're going to be spread pretty thin, so please help out if you can. We'll take *any* licensed amateur, and we have loaner HT radios if needed. Come practice your emergency communication skill-set. Contact Les (KH6CUJ)
Our annual picnic will be held at the picnic shelter down from the clubhouse on September 27th, 2014 @ Noon. As usual, the club will be cooking up hotdogs, hamburgers and maybe something more. We ask that you bring a dish to share. Last year we had almost 30 people, we expect a few more this year. Come out and see your friends face to face for a couple hours!
In addition, we will be having a mini tailgate / swap meet while we eat. Everyone has some items that might find more use in the shack of someone else in the club. Bring them out and sell/swap/barter with folks you know and no hassles of shipping. The club will provide tables on a first come, first served basis. Please email me @ AB3RY@arrl.net to reserve one. If it rains, the tables will be set up in the clubhouse. You are responsible for "manning" your table and handling the sales. The club is not charging for the tables, but, as always, donations are gratefully accepted.
Update on the fox-hunt
Start time is exactly 10:00. Start location is at the Clubhouse. There will be a kick-off at 09:45 to give frequency and discuss strategy.
The hunt will end at exactly 12:00 ... All will return to Clubhouse.
You will be looking for a 15 milliwatt transmitter, so bring your best game. It will be easily identified by the tones and cw id.
Frequency will be disclosed at 09:45 ... It is a 2 meter transmitter.
YOU DO NOT NEED A LICENSE TO PARTICIPATE ! It's a receive-only event.
Jim was at the meeting yesterday sporting a brand new AARC polo shirt with his call sign on it. The shirts are available in multiple sizes and colors and can be ordered in quantity 1 sized lots (i.e. one shirt). Please contact Jim (KB3NQY) to order.
Volunteer operators are needed for the Strider's Metric Marathon at Southern High School on Sunday OCT 5. Ron Boller (N3WOF) will be your Race Communications Coordinator for this race. If interested in working this event please send an Email to Ron: email@example.com.
Further information on the race can be found at the Strider's web site: http://annapolisstriders.org/2014/RaceSchedule.html .
Are you a beginner, an apartment-dweller, or ham shack deficient? Overwhelmed by such concepts as QSOs, grey-line propagation and Maximum Usable Frequency? Unsure of where to turn?
We're here to help.
HF-nØØbs is a casual group of people related to the Anne Arundel Amateur Radio Club working to bring the goodness of HF to the radio-active deprived masses. You don't have to stay exclusively on UHF/VHF any longer.
The idea is to open up the ham shack at the clubhouse in Davisonville Maryland to new hams, Technicians, beginners, Boy Scouts, or to anyone interested in ham radio. We can't guarantee propagation conditions in advance, but we'll have "Elmers" and control operators on hand so you can get on the air and stay legal with the FCC. We might be doing a contest, or we might start working on your DXCC, it all depends on the day and the session.
While the idea is to be "drop-by friendly", it might be a better idea to send me a private email and let me know you're coming to a session. (I'd really hate to close a session early due to band conditions and have you show up 15 minutes later.) Emails help me gauge interest and plan when sessions happen. Contact Mark W2PAW at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Greetings from Phoenix, AZ!
Today (9 Sep) was out last full day in Moab. So I decided to share some images from this trip. Some plans did not evolve as hoped/planned. Mostly this was due to the weather resulting from Hurricane Norbert(?). Lots of rain, flash floods and mud slides.
Tomorrow (10 Sep) we head to Prescott Valley to meet with our realtor and then make our official visit with the developer. Before that we may shoot one more sunrise. Mesa Arch in Canyonlands NP? Or in Arches NP? Don't know yet. WX is supposed to be great albeit cooler than recent days.
I will be operating holiday style from various locations again in Ecuador as HC1GVT from September 4 thru September 20, 2014. Look for me on the spotting nets and QSL via KK4GV direct or LOTW to HC1GVT. If I am signing portable and you use LOTW, upload the QSO as I am working it, for example HC1GVT/HC2. This will make the QSO match in LOTW. Ecuador requires that I sign with my portable location when outside of HC1.
73, Rick KK4GV
Here is the September issue of the Ham Arundel News.
Logs and Summary Sheets keep rolling in via e-mail. Historically we receive about 50% of them by e-mail and the rest via the Postal Service. So now the clock is ticking down to the cutoff date for receiving logs. After that we'll validate the submissions and announce the winners in each category.
- Field Day 2015 will be held 27-28 June!
Greetings to all!
Alright already! I know that's not the logo for Field Day 2015 so just pretend it is.
Speaking of Field Day, as of today (11 Aug 2014) there are only 319 days left until the start of the operating phase.
OMG! I just realized that we can start setting up in only 318 days.
FIELD DAY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!"
In preparation for Field Day the next big operating event is the phone version of the ARRL November Sweepstakes.
ONLY 95 DAYS
Can you feel the excitement building?
Your Field Day Team
The 2014 version of the Maryland-DC QSO Party is over! Put a fork in it because it's done!
We received our first log and summary sheet just after 9:00pm on Saturday and they've been rollin' in ever since.
The comments we're seeing so far:
- Not many MDC stations on the air
Few if any mobile stations from MDC
Not much CW activity
We started operating at Noon with a single station working Phone and rotating between 40M-10m. !0m and 15m were pretty dead.
In June, 2014 with Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) as the sponsor and
Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) as co-sponsor, HR 4969 - the "Amateur
Radio Parity Act of 2014" - was introduced into the 113th Congress.
This bipartisan effort would direct the FCC to extend the "reasonable
accommodation" provisions for Amateur Radio antennas to include all
types of land-use regulation, including deed restrictions and
The Atlantic Division is sponsoring a webinar on HR 4969. ARRL General
Counsel Chris Imlay W3KD and ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco