ARRL opposed to shortwave data proposal

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio®, as part of its mission to protect Amateur Radio, has filed comments against a proposal that would introduce high-power digital communications to the shortwave spectrum that in many instances is immediately adjacent to the Amateur HF bands.

Filers Seek Extension on Shortwave Petition. ARRL to File Comments.

Since May, ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® has been reviewing the rules proposed in a petition before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from the “Shortwave Modernization Coalition” (SMC). The ARRL Laboratory has been studying the petition out of concern for potential interference to Amateur Radio communications.

Special Event Stations for August 2023

Attached is the listing of special event stations for August.

AARC starts with the ARRL listing but sorts the stations by type, then date.

This month, a new On The Air activity: Volcanoes. 

Happy hunting. 

Club Field Day Results

The club has filed it's Field Day information to the ARRL.

Thanks to all the people for making this a successful event.


A Message from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR

Note: ARRL membership is optional and unrelated to the Anne Arundel Radio Club membership. Many club members are also members of ARRL

Dear ARRL members,

Skywarn class

Do you have an interest in weather? Would you like to be able to help your local National Weather Service office by providing the ground truth on the atmosphere that we observe from radar, satellites and various reporting stations? Then consider attending the SKYWARN® program Basic course.

Abie's Adventures in Armenia

Abie Akexander, AB1F, recently activated Armenia as EK/AB1F. He has put an article about the adventure at

Special Event Stations- July 2023

Attached are Special Event Stations for July.

AARC starts with the ARRL listing and resorts to thematic events first, then date, so that those who specialize in hunting specific events can more easily identify them.

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You may see the captcha prompts on some of the pages that have forms that can be filled out going forward.

Maryland VOTA Volunterrs wanted

As a part of the 2023 ARRL Year of the Volunteer celebration, the portable operation of the W1AW callsign will be occurring in states and territories throughout the United States. ARRL members in each state/territory will be approved to operate their stations during two different weeks in 2023 using the callsign W1AW/x where x is one of the local regions: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, KL, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH7, KH8, KP2, KP3, or KP4. 

Special Event Stations - June 2024

Attached are the Special Event Stations for June 2023. We start with the ARRL listing and reformat the list by the event type then by date.

This month there are two events with a significant number of stations for an event: Coast Guard Auxiliary Anniversary and Ships on the Air/Museum Ships. And there are other special events as well, including one for WWI Code Talkers (Yes World War I).

Good Hunting.


License Exam June 10

As a reminder, the next license exam session will be June 10. The Laurel VE team will be administering the Technician, General and Amateur Extra exams. Preregistration is preferred on the W3VPR website.

Check-in begins around 12:15 pm at the clubhouse, with the tests starting at 1:00 pm.

Marine Corps Marathon 2023

Official volunteer sign-ups for the 2023 Marathon will open up in July. We've already had our first planning meeting with the Marine Corps Marathon Office. The course will be the same as last year as of right now. The field of runners will be back to pre-COVID levels. As of my last discussion with the Program Office, they were pretty close to already being sold out for spots in this year's race.

NHC Annual Test on May 27

The amateur radio station of the National Hurricane Center, WX4NHC (NHC), located on the campus of Florida International University in Miami, will conduct their on-the-air Annual Communications Test on Saturday, May 27, 2023, from 9 AM - 5 PM EDT (1300z- 2100z).

Field Day Sign-up Available

A sign-up sheet for Field Day is currently accessible at signupgenius

AARC Extra Class

The club will again be holding a class for the Amateur Extra license. This year the sessions will be on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 Eastern Time. The class will run from July 12 until November 5, with the exception of September 27.

AARC and USNA testing

On April 12, 2023, the Anne Arundel Radio Club (W3VPR) administered the Amateur Radio Exam to thirty-five midshipmen and one military instructor during a special testing session at the United States Naval Academy.  AARC is a member of the Laurel Amateur Radio Club Volunteer Examiner Coordinator, one of fourteen VECs that serve under the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  The Laurel VEC was established in 1984.

Special Event Stations - May 2023

Attached are the Special Event Stations for May. We start with the ARRL listing and resort by type of eventfor those searching for specific QSL cards or certificates.

Of note this month are three stations commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Radio Communication between the Netherlands and Indonesia, Indianapolis races, and a special event stations for commemorating a silent picture actress.

Good Hunting

ARRL Survey

Dear ARRL Affiliated Club,

This Monday, May 1, ARRL will launch a survey for members, encouraging their participation as we consider a dues increase.

The survey will include some short questions about raising dues and modifying the way some membership benefits are bundled. The survey will also include an opportunity for members to share their feedback.

The participation of every member is important. Please encourage all the ARRL members in your radio club to complete the survey in May.

2023 Ham Bootcamp

The Nashua Area Radio Society's spring 2023 online Ham Bootcamp will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 10 AM to 6 PM Eastern Time. Access to the session will be provided via Zoom.

Ham Bootcamp includes a series of demonstrations and tutorials designed to help newly licensed Technician-, General-, and Extra-class license holders get on the air. Ham Bootcamp is also a great opportunity for hams who are interested in seeing what the hobby has to offer.