Club meeting on Monday June 17th

** IMPORTANT if you’d like to have an active role in Field Day prep, please join us at 6:45 so we can hash out some of the details **

Hello Everyone!  Please join us for the June edition of Frederick Amateur Radio Club meeting, coming this Monday June 17th at 7pm.  We meet in the social hall of the Independent Hose Company, located at 310 Baughmans Lane in Frederick.  Parking and entrance to the social hall is in the rear.  In addition to planning Field Day, we’ll have a presentation by Justin AB3E: Choosing an Interface for Digital Modes.

We invite all members of the greater community to join us – no need to be a member or a licensed amateur; a vague interest in radio communications is good enough!

While it’s best to join in person, sometime that’s not possible.  Next best is to join via Zoom using this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86031809702?pwd=bkFCM0pYL0g1RndpZVNjd01rN2FYQT09

We hope to see you there!

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Field Day Field Day Field Day June 22 & 23!
Shine up the antennas and charge the batteries – it’s Field Day season!  The Frederick County Amateur Radio Club (www.frederickarc.org) invites you to visit us on weekend of June 22/23 at Remsberg Park in Middletown (7408 Holter Rd, Middletown), as we participate in the national Amateur Radio Relay League (www.ARRL.org) annual Field Day. During Field day, radio enthusiasts nationwide set up temporary communications stations. This allows operators to both hone their skills and ensure adequate preparedness in the event of an emergency. We welcome visitors to come ask questions, give it a try, and generally hang out. Our setup begins early in the day, but actual operations go from 2pm Saturday until 2pm Sunday (yes, we go all night). Stop by any time to say hello.
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Volunteer to support Northeast Endurance Team Challenge 2024 on June 22th

The Columbia Amateur Radio Association (aka CARA – web here: https://www.columbiaara.org) has been requested to provide communications support for the Northeast Endurance Team Challenge 2024 equestrian endurance event on the weekend of June 22-23, 2024 at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area located in Elkton, MD.  This is a 24 hour event (7:00 A.M. – 07:00 A.M.) that includes 100 mile, 75 mile, 65 mile, 50 mile and 25 mile courses.

All support locations will require use of transportable VHF/UHF radios, antennas, power and HTs.  All stations are at remote locations that do not have power (quiet generator use permitted).  Some locations are near restrooms or portable toilets.  While most locations are accessible via paved or unfinished roads some locations are best accessed via vehicles with 4WD.

Yes, this is Field Day weekend!  We are going to do our best to provide volunteers who support this event with the opportunity to camp out and work Field Day from event support locations (i.e. during slow times).

Though several event support positions will require 18-24-hour support there are many positions that require less than 12 hours support, and a few positions that require less than 6 hours support.  Depending upon the number of volunteers who sign up and their availability – we will create support shifts for the positions that require more than 6 hours support so folks do not have to commit their entire Field Day weekend to this event unless they would like to do so.

We are working with the event organizers and Fair Hill staff to permit volunteers who support this event to arrive on Friday (June 21st) to camp out and set up stations, as appropriate, prior to the event.  Likewise, we are working to permit volunteers to remain at camp and/or support locations through 4:00 P.M. on Sunday (June 23) so they can work Field Day from their camp locations.  Additional information will be passed along as it becomes available.

We are currently expecting 175-225 participants along with their support crews.

Communication support will include:
Recording and conveying rider numbers to net control for general tracking purposes
Providing information regarding the general pace of activities
Advising when assistance (medical, horse transport, etc.) is needed
Conveying information to riders – as they pass, when necessary

In many ways, this is similar to a 24-hour ARES drill!

There will be pre-event information and coordination meetings (Zoom) on Tuesday evenings in June beginning at 7:30 P.M.  Zoom information will be passed to volunteers when they sign up.  Please plan to attend at least one of these meetings.

Please refer to the following Google Form to sign up -> https://forms.gle/B63ffTgJt85r45UF8

The CARA Lead for event is Andy Protigal (N3AWP) – see qrz.com for email address.

Best

Andy (N3AWP)

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May 2024 Club Meeting on Monday May 20th

Come one, come all to the May 2024 Frederick Amateur Radio Club on Monday May 20th at 7PM.  We meet in the social hall of the Independent Hose Company, located at 310 Baughmans Lane in Frederick.  This month, we’ll have a presentation by Brad KC3VAF who will discuss:  VarAC: A modern HF P2P real-time chat application for the ham radio operator.

Meetings are open to anyone with even an inkling of interest in amateur radio – all are welcome.

While it’s best to join in person, sometime that’s not possible.  Next best is to join via Zoom using this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86031809702?pwd=bkFCM0pYL0g1RndpZVNjd01rN2FYQT09

We hope to see you there!

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Club Meeting Monday April 15th

Come one, come all to the April edition of the Frederick Amateur Radio Club, scheduled for Monday April 15th at 7PM.  We meet in the social hall of the Independent Hose Company at 310 Baughmans Lane in Frederick – parking and entrance both at rear of building.  After a short business meeting, we’ll review hidden transmitter foxhunting skills and tips, presented by our own Tony KC3MBE.  We’ll be able to use these skills at the foxhunt on Sunday April 21st – details here:  https://frederickarc.org/hidden-transmitter-foxhunt-april-21st/

As always, visitors from the surrounding community are encouraged to join us – absolutely no need to be a member or licensed radio operator.  As always, joining us in person is best.  But if that’s just not possible, join via zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86031809702?pwd=bkFCM0pYL0g1RndpZVNjd01rN2FYQT09

We hope to see you there!

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