Fox Hunt

It looks like another weekend of poor weather. The Fox Hunt will be pushed back to Saturday June 11. The location is still at the Heritage Farm Park on Devilbiss Bridge Rd in Walkersville at 1300.

May 18, 2016 · ab3rw · No Comments
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Getting Licensed

Quite frequently I get asked by non-hams about getting licensed. The short answer is; pass a license exam and get a callsign. That’s a bit too simple but it’s the truth. This leads to a much more in depth answer.

There are numerous study guides and websites that can help get you ready for the exam. The ARRL study guide is a good place to begin. Gordon West also has a great study guide and he produces an audio version that’s perfect for the long commute.

A simple check of Google or any other search engine will produce a wealth of sites dedicated to helping you get ready for the big day. Take a look at or are all good places to get help. Start taking practice exams until you feel confident with your knowledge.

The final step is to find an exam session. Our club is offilliated with Laurel VEC. Their exams are always free and they get fast results. If you check their website you can find a schedule of upcoming exams. Best of luck.


Brian AB3RW

May 17, 2016 · ab3rw · No Comments
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Field Day

The big day is fast approaching. For this year’s Field Day we will be setting up in the parking lot at the WalMart on Guilford Dr. in Frederick. We are looking for operators throughout both Saturday and Sunday. If you have a preference to time please contact myself of Mike Myers K3DO. We will be coordinating times to make sure that we have coverage on both days. The club will also have a cookout for all members from 1600-1900 on Saturday. We will provide the food just bring a non-alcoholic beverage. Further details are coming soon.


Brian AB3RW

May 16, 2016 · ab3rw · No Comments
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Fox hunt change

Due to the possibility of storms tomorrow the fox hunt has been moved to the following weekend May 21. Same time same location.




May 13, 2016 · ab3rw · No Comments
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May Miscellany

Don’t forget that we will be having a foxhunt on Saturday May 14 at the Heritage Farm Park on Devilbiss Bridge Rd. in Walkersville. We will meet at the front parking lot at 1300 as long as the weather holds out. Next Monday May 16 will also be our regularly scheduled club meeting. Join us at the social hall at the Independent Hose fire station at 300 Baughmans Ln at 1900.

We are also proud to announce that FARC swag can now be purchased online. Just follow this link FARC Store for t-shirts, phone cases, drink containers and much, much, more all with the FARC logo. For anyone who participates in testing with us you can also get an FARC Laurel VEC t-shirt. Show the world you are a member of the club.

Finally, we are developing an online presence via social media. You can now find the club on Facebook as well as Come join us.


Brian AB3RW

May 9, 2016 · ab3rw · No Comments
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April Update

i would like to thank Keith Elkin KB3TCB for his fantastic presentation on the Mid Atlantic IP Network at our last meeting  if you aren’t familiar with the group take a look at their web site at It’s definitely worth a look see. We Look forward to working with Keith in the very near future.

Field Day is fast approaching. This year it is on June 25-26. We will be setting up in the parking lot at the WalMart on Guilford Dr. in Frederick and the club will be cooking burgers and hot dogs to thank our members for helping make this years hamfest such a successful event. Be sure to drop by and work a few stations during the event.

Back by popular demand we will be having a fox hunt on Saturday May 14 at 1300. We will be meeting at the front parking lot at the Hertage Farm Park on Devilbiss Bridge Rd. in Walkersville. This event is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Frederick County ARES will be providing communication support for the March of Dimes walk again this year. Jeff is in need of several more operators with an ht to help out. The walk is in Middletown on Sunday May at 1330 so plan to be there at least a half an hour early to get your assignment. We will be using 146.580 simplex. If you are interested in helping out please contact Jeff Fishman via

our new Yaesu Fusion repeater should be arriving next week and I will post details on its installation as soon as they become available.


Brian AB3RW

April 22, 2016 · ab3rw · No Comments
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Monthly Meeting

Our regular FARC monthly meting will be held this Monday April 18 at 1900. We will be meeting in the social hall at the Independent Hose fire station 300 Baughmans Ln. Keith Elkin KB3TCB will be presenting information on his latest efforts in digital connectivity. For those who are interested FARC now has a presence on both Facebook and Meetup. Keep up with the latest happenings via social media.


73 Brian AB3RW

April 16, 2016 · ab3rw · No Comments
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Post Fest Update

I would like to thank everyone who helped to make Fredfest a huge success and a big thanks to those who volunteered their time to help things run smoothly. Your contributions are much appreciated. We had a great turnout and a lot of gear changed hands over the course of the morning. On the testing side we added two new hams and had five who upgraded. We are looking forward to doing this again next year.

In other news, the club has decided to upgrade the 448.425 repeater in the very near future. We will be putting in one of the Yaesu System Fusion repeaters. This will give us C4FM and WiRES-X capacities and should help us connect to the world in new ways.


Brian AB3RW

March 25, 2016 · ab3rw · No Comments
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Fred Fest Update

Due to the overwhelming request for tailgating tables at next Saturday’s
Fredfest, we’ve decided to take email reservations (much like a restaurant).
Since space is limited, just email me your request for how many tables you
want ($20 for two, and $5 for each additional with a maximum of four) and we
will hold your tables until 0730 on Saturday. Tables are approx. 8′ long.
The doors open at 0700 for tailgaters, so the earlier you queue up, the
better your selection.
We’ll take reservations until 1800 on Friday. Email me with your request at

March 14, 2016 · ab3rw · 2 Comments
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Fred Fest

Fred Fest is fast approaching so here are all of the details inquiring minds need to know.

Venue – Everything is set for the use of the Social Hall at
Independent Hose (where we normally meet) from 0630-1200 on Sat., 3/19.
Tables will already be set up from the night before by St. Thomas More
Academy’s bingo games. However, we may have to stack and redeploy the chairs
they use, so we need 4-6 helpers at 0630 and 1230 to help with this.

Sellers – Can begin purchasing their tables at 0630
and start setting up at 0700. The club treasurer should give each tailgater
a receipt for however many tables they purchase. We’ll be selling them for
$20 for 2 tables, and $5 for each additional table. If a FARC member has an
item or two to sell, he can use the club table. But if he has more, he
should purchase his own table(s). Two or more members can always go in
together on table purchase.

Food – The folks with St. Thomas More Academy have agreed
to man their bingo food table and provide coffee and other drinks,
donuts/bagels in the AM and then hot dogs around lunch. What they sell will
benefit their charities.

Raffle – We will be selling chances ($1 for 1, $2 for 3, $5
for 10) for ARRL gift certificates and other prizes. All volunteers will
receive 3 chances. Drawings will be every hour.

VE Testing – Free exam session for Tech, General and Extra class starting at 9:00.

Talk-in – will be on 146.580 simplex.

This will be the premier event in Frederick so don’t miss out.

Hope to see you there


Brian AB3RW


February 29, 2016 · ab3rw · 2 Comments
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