Reminder

Just a reminder of the FARC 2m net on the 146.640 repeater this Wednesday night at 19:00. This net wis held every other Wednesday. The net is open to any and all hams so be sure to check in. The next FARC meeting is a dinner meeting at Flaming Grill on West Partrick near the Kmart. We will be meeting there at 18:30 on Monday May 18th. Hope to see you there.

73

Brian

AB3RW

May 12, 2015 · ab3rw · No Comments
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FARC Net

Don’t forget the first FARC 2m net on the 146.640 repeater this Wednesday night at 19:00. This net will be held every other Wednesday. The net is open to any and all hams so be sure to check in. The much anticipated return of the 147.060 repeater has occured. I am sure that everyone is happy to see this repeater back on the air. The weekly Frederick County ARES net has moved back to the .060 repeater.

 

73

Brian

AB3RW

April 27, 2015 · ab3rw · No Comments
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April Update

I want to give a big thank you to Phil Stalnaker (W3ICF) and his son John (N3VTV) for the great presentation on D-Star at the April meeting. With the help of Rolan Clark (W3FDK) and John Snow (W3ATR) we got a good overview of D-Star. They could easily have continued for several more hours on the subject and hopefully they will return some time in the future.

Next month we will be meeting at the Flaming Grill next to Kmart on West Patrick St. We will meet at 18:30 so bring your appetite. We need to set dates for Foxhunts. I think a date in September would be great and possibly set one up for April next year so that we can have two of them next year. Any comments please let me know or bring them with you. We will also be hosting a regular club rag chew net on the 146.640 repeater every other Wednesday at 19:00. The first net will take place on Wednesday April 29 and it is open to any and all hams. Lets knock the cobwebs off the repeater and have some social time.

Over the past few years Mark Whitmore (AB3KS) has done a fantastic job as our treasurer. He has put in a lot of work returning the club’s non-profit status and we owe him a debt of gratitude. Mark has requested that we find a new treasurer so if anyone is interested in the position please let me know.

We are also still looking for people to help out with the March of Dimes Walk on April 26 at the Urbana Park and the Hike Across Maryland on the Appalachian Trail Saturday May 2. The hike is a major event that takes place every two years and we could really use a few more operators for this event. You don’t have to be a club member or member of ARES to participate. Any and all help will be much appreciated. Contact Jeff Fishman KB3FIO for further information.

73
Brian
AB3RW

 

April 21, 2015 · ab3rw · No Comments
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Upcoming Events

With the warmer weather comes the annual events that need radio communication and this year is no exception. The first event is the March of Dimes Walk. This year it will be taking place at the Urbana District Park on April 26 from 09:00-12:00. We need 4-6 operators in addition to net control. We will be operating on 146.580 simplex. This is a great way for new hams to get some experience working with net control.

The second and larger event is the Hike Across Maryland. The hike takes place on Saturday March 2 starting in Pen Mar and ending down in Harpers Ferry, WV. We need operators to staff a total of 10 checkpoints at different times throughout the day. We will be operating in shifts for any checkpoint open more than 3-4 hours. The frequencies are yet to be determined due to the current situation with the K3MAD repeater. Further information will be passed along as it becomes available. The checkpoints and times are:

Pen Mar 0500-0630

High Rock 0515-0730

Raven Rock Rd. 0600-0830

Ensign Cowell Shelter 0630-1200

Boonsboro Rd. 0845-1300

Washington Monument 0900-1530

Lambs Knoll 1000-1630

Gathland 1130-1915

Weaverton 1345-2030

Harpers Ferry 1300-2100

We have coverage for Pen Mar and Harpers Ferry for ops. ARES membership is not required to participate. If you are available to help out during these events please contack Jeff Fishman KB3FIO at (240) 285-6596. Any help will be much appreciated.

73
Brian
AB3RW

April 11, 2015 · ab3rw · No Comments
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Testing Testing 1…2…3

We are please to announce that FARC will be offering license testing sessions. We have become affiliated with Laurel VEC and hope to meet the needs of hams wishing to upgrade or anyone wishing to get their first license. As with all exams handled by Laurel VEC the testing will be free of charge. Our next scheduled testing session is August 17 at 6:00 pm and will be held in the Social Hall at the Independent Hose Company fire station located at 310 Baughmans Ln. in Frederick. An Additional session is scheduled for November 23 at 6:00 pm. We are still looking for hams who are willing to become VEs to assist in these sessions.

73
Brian
AB3RW

April 6, 2015 · ab3rw · No Comments
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April Meeting

Our next regularly scheduled club meeting will be on Monday April 20 at 7:00. We will be in our usual location in the Social Hall at the Independent Hose Company fire station on Baughmans Ln. in Frederick. We will be welcoming Phil Stalnaker W3ICF who will give a presentation on D-Star. Hope to see you there

73

Brian

AB3RW

April 4, 2015 · ab3rw · No Comments
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Weekly ARES Net

Due to the recent problems with the 147.060 repeater the weekly ARES net will take place on the club repeater 146.640. Check back for updates as they become available.

73

Brian

AB3RW

April 4, 2015 · ab3rw · No Comments
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March Update

A big thank you to everyone who helped to make our Big Event a huge success last night. We had great turnout and a lot deals were made over the course of the night. FARC also held a license testing session last night. I would like to send a very big thank you to George Brown K3GBB for helping to make the session a success. Looking ahead to our next meeting April 20 Phil Stalnaker W3ICF will present his rescheduled presentation on D-Star. Hope to see you there.

73

Brian

AB3RW

March 17, 2015 · ab3rw · One Comment
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THE BIG EVENT

Its finally here! The Indoor/Tailgating Event will take place on Monday March 16 at the Social Hall in the rear of the Independent Hose Company 310 Baughmans Ln. in Frederick. Doors open at 6:00 and we will be offering items for sale, license testing, door prizes and more. Admission is free to all! Non-members can reserve two tables for $20. With the dwindling number of ham fests in Maryland this looks to be the event of the season. Hope to see you there!

73
Brain
AB3RW

March 11, 2015 · ab3rw · No Comments
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January Update

At our January meeting the club elected officers for the coming year. Emmett Bonner WA4UWD is once again the Secretary, Gary “Smitty” Smith N3DCA is our new Vice President and Brian Rozelle AB3RW returns as President. Plans were made for our March event. We are looking for members to assist in setting up for the event and to help with testing at the event.

We will also welcome Phil Stalnaker W3ICF and several others with an informative presentation on Icom radios and D-Star at our February meeting. Anyone wishing to learn a little more about either of these topics are invited to join us Monday February 16 at 7:00 in the Social Hall at the Independent Hose Company fire station on Baughmans Ln. in Frederick. Hope to see you there

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Brian AB3RW

January 26, 2015 · ab3rw · No Comments
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