Frederick ARES and The Frederick Amateur Radio Club will be providing
communications for both the Tour De Frederick on Aug. 15th,¬† and the Gran
Fondo Bike Race on Sept. 20th. We need operators with a mobile or HT 2M rig
willing to man the checkpoints/timing stations listed during the event.
We’ll plan on using the FARG 146.730 –¬† (PL 141.3) repeater for both events.
For Tour De Frederick, here are the checkpoints and times:
There are three rides on Saturday 32, 62, and 100 miles.
100 Mile starts at 06:30
62 Mile starts at 07:00
34 Mile starts at 08:00
Radio operations would probably commence at about 06:30 at Deleplaine, and
continue until late in the afternoon once all of the SAG vehicles have
There are 6 sites if you include the Delaplain Visual Arts Center as the
start and finish area. The rest are:
Rocky Point Creamery 4323 Tuscarora Road, Tuscarora (09:00-11:00)
Rocky Ridge Park on Motter’s Station Rd, MD 76 (07:30-10:00)
Rinker Family Front Yard at 7627 Utica Rd, Thurmont (09:30-14:00)
Sachs Covered Bridge on Water Works Rd Gettysburg, PA (08:30-11:00)
Emmitsburg Community Park on Willow Drive (09:30-11:30)
Rocky Point Creamery is used as the rest stop for the 36 miles ride. It is
the only ride and rest stop south of Frederick.
The 62 and 100 miles rides head north, and the 100 miler goes up to
For Gran Fondo:
Times¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† Operators (name, call, cell #)
Time 1 – Hamburg Rd.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† 0825-0925
(.4 mi. NW of Bethel Rd.)
Time 2 – Park Central Rd.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 0900-1045
(.6 mi. N of Foxville Rd.)
Time 3 – Intersection of Hamp-¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† 0950-1230
ton Valley and Crystal Fountain
Time 4 – Intersection of Wolfs-¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1145-1400
Ville and Highland School Rds.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1400-1610
Net Control –¬† (Start/Finish)¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 0800-1700
Thomas Johnson Ct.
Sweep Vehicle¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† 0800-1200
Jeff Fishman KB3FIO – 240-285-6596
For the locations with longer hours, we will try and limit the shifts to 4
hours. As always, you don’t have to be a member of ARES, FARC, or MADXRA –
just a ham willing to lend a hand.
Please let me know if you’re available and what assignments and times you’d
Jeff Fishman KB3FIO
FRED ARES EC
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.
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.
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‚Äôs 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‚Äôt 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!