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Thanks for the Opposition

As a result of opposition by the Ham Radio Community and others to the FCC's recent license fee proposals, the FCC has lowered the proposed fee from $50 to $35.  Not the perfect answer many had hoped for but a direct improvement.  Details have not been finalized by the FCC, and we are told that we will get 30 days notice before such new rules are implemented. 

What this tells me, is that if you want to get a new license, upgrade your current license, or apply for a vanity call sign, now is the time to do it as you still have a chance to do so before the $35 fees go into effect.

The Envelope Please....

The Anne Arundel Radio Club is proud to announce the winner of the very first Maryland Club Membership Participation Trophy based on entries from the Maryland DC QSO Party 2020.  And the winner is:

The Northeast Maryland Amateur Radio Contest Society

Pulse Point

There is a new web appication that allows you to see emergency calls in Anne Arundel County.

It is called Pulse Point . After defining the area or agency you can then select what types of incidents you would like to be notified of.

W3VPR In The Community -- Amateur Radio To The Rescue

W3VPR In The Community -- Amateur Radio To The Rescue

Today (July 22, 2020), an alert amateur radio operator (an AARC member) was able to do a radio assist to a fellow HAM in distress. Sometime between Noon and 1:00pm, the local HAM answered what he thought was a normal CQ contact, that escalated quickly. The caller had been out walking, and was overcome by the heat. He began to not feel well, but his cell phone was dead. Luckily, he had a handheld with him, and called out to anyone on the 147.075 repeater for assistance.

Field Day 2020 is History

In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were still able to conduct Field Day at the DFRC this year, be it a scaled down version.  Under the excellent direction of Brian Mary, K3HMX we cut back to 3A knowing that we would have less participants.  This enabled us to operate from the picnic pavilion, which was very enjoyable for all.  Many of those present expressed a desire to use that location again next year if possible.

ARRL January VHF Contest

VHF Log Periodic to Get a Workout

The ARRL's annual January VHF Contest begins 1900 UTC (2:00pm) Saturday January 18th and runs through 0350 UTC on Monday, January 20th (10:50pm Sunday EST).  This will be the first prolonged test of the AARC's Log Periodic located on the west tower and antenna that covers 6 meters, 2 meters, 1 1/4 meters and 70 centimeters using the 3 rigs from operating position number one.