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 www.maipn.com. 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 ljfish1@comcast.net.

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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Meeting Canceled

Due to the current weather conditions I think we need to cancel tonight’s meeting. Everyone stay home, stay safe and we will get ready for our fest next month.





February 15, 2016 · ab3rw · No Comments
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Monthly Meeting

Its time for our regularly scheduled club meeting. We will meet in the Social Hal at the Independent Hose Company Fire Station on Baughmans Ln. in Frederick on Monday February 15 at 1900. We are still looking for someone to take over as club secretary and we need volunteers for our fest on March 19.




February 13, 2016 · ab3rw · No Comments
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Once again we will be holding an ARRL sanctioned hamfest. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday March 19 from 8:00-12:00. The action takes place in the social hall at the Independent Hose fire station at 310 Baughmans Ln in Frederick. We will be holding a license exam session and there will be a raffle. Tables are available for $20 through Jeff Fishman KB3FIO by contacting him at ljfish1@comcast.net or by phone at (240) 285-6596 . The talk-in frequency is 146.580. Hope to see you there.


Brian AB3RW

January 17, 2016 · ab3rw · 3 Comments
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January Meeting

The first meeting of the new year will be Monday January 18 at 1900. We are meeting in the social hall at the Independent Hose Fire Station on Baughmans Ln. in Frederick. We are looking for candidates for club officers and we need to work on the 2016 schedule. Hope to see you there.


Brian AB3RW

January 17, 2016 · ab3rw · No Comments
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W3FOA Silent Key

It is with sadness that we note the passing of past club president Steve Bauman W3FOA. From all of us at FARC we send our heart felt condolences to his family. We will save a place for him further down the logbook.

W3FOA 73 de K3ERM we are clear this frequency is all yours.


January 8, 2016 · ab3rw · No Comments
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