May Meeting

Join us on Monday May 19 at 7:00 for our regular monthly meeting. As usual we will be in the social hall at the Independant Hose Company building 310 Baughmans Ln. in Frederick. We will have a presentation from Lou Popowsky KB3RNT on batteries so don’t miss out. Hope to see you there


Brian AB3RW

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April Update

Thank you to everyone who made our Tabletop/Tailgate event such a success. We had a good turn out and there was a lot of equipment changing hands over the course of the night. We are looking forward to an even bigger event next year. With the approach of summer it is time to begin planning for Field Day. Bring any thoughts or suggestions with you to the next meeting. As a reminder the next meeting is a dinner event at the Golden Corral 5621 Spectrum Dr. in Frederick on Monday April 21. We will be meeting in the private room off to the right side of the building at 6:30. Hope to see everyone there!

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The Big Event

Don’t forget that the FARC is hosting a Tailgate/Tabletop event on Monday March 17 at the Independent Hoe Company Social Hall 310 Baughmans Lane in Frederick. Setup begins at 6:00 and doors open at 6:30. There is no admission fee for the event. Table space is available to club members for free and at a suggested donation of $10 for non-members.

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Calling All Hams

Do you have a lot of knowledge about a specific area of ham radio? Do you have unique experiences to share? Do you have specialized skills? Are you a homebrew enthusiast? If you answered yes to any of these questions we would like to hear from you. FARC is always looking for someone to give a presetation at one of our meetings. Send us an email or add a comment and give us your contact information with some information about your area of knowledge.  This is open to members and non-members alike. Share your knowledge and help expand the hobby.


Brian AB3RW

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We would like to send congratulations to recent addition to the club Tom Kline on his newly minted Tech license and the callsign KC3CEC. Welcome to the hobby there is always room for one more!  Hope to see you on the bands soon.


Brian AB3RW

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February Meeting Notes

At the February meeting plans were finalized for the March 21 Tabletop/Tailgate event at the Independent Hose Company Social Hall 310 Baughmans Lane in Frederick. Setup begins at 6:00 and doors open at 6:30. Table space is free to all FARC members and a $10 donation is asked of non-members. Spread the word and help make this a great event.

The club is planning to have a quarterly dinner meeting at the Golden Corral on Spectrum Dr. in Frederick. The first meeting will be held April 21 at 7:00. Everyone is invited to come out for some good food and fellowship.

Members discussed the possibility of having a regular rag chew net on the 146.640 repeater. We would like to give some experience to new hams, provide an opportunity for members to socialize, and better utilize the club repeater. No date or time have been set and we would appreciate some input from our members. Do we have anyone interested in participating and when is a good time? Feel free to add comments to this post or send us an email through the contact page to let us know how you feel.

For quite some time there have been discussions about holding a Ham Cram session. This would be a day long event where non-licensed individuals could study for the Technician exam. At the end of the day the participants would have the opportunity to take the Technician exam. Anyone interested in helping out please let us know via comments or email. We could use a few people who are VEs to help with the testing process. Get involved and help new people experience the hobby we all love.

Our meeting concluded with a fantastic presentation by Keith Elkin KB3TCB on HSMM-Mesh. He explained the necessary equipment, discussed the possibilities for emergency communication, and he talked about how this developing technology can change the future of Ham radio. For anyone who missed it or would like to find out a little more about this fascinating subject the notes from his presentation can be found on his website .



Brian AB3RW

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MDC Section-wide Net-Update

Due to a miscalculation on the part of the MDC section the Echolink net will be held again on 2/21. The regularly scheduled net is the third Friday of the month. For anyone intested you an log in to the link Wash_DC 6251. There are also several repeaters that fequently link into the network including:

KA2JAI-R on the KB3CMA repeater 442.300(+), PL=107.2 in
> Annapolis, MD
> – WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), PL=156.7, located in Calverton, MD
> – N3HF-L, 443.45(+), PL=151.4, located near Ocean City, MD
> – N3HF-R, 443.45(+), PL=156.7, located near Silver Spring, MD
> – W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), PL=141.3, located near Frederick, MD
> – K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), PL=156.7, located near Sunderland, MD
> – W3SMR, 147.150 MHz(+), PL=114.8, Brandywine, MD
> – N3RO-L, 145.545, Simplex, Frederick Co
> – W3SMD-L, 147.51 Simplex, N. St Mary’s Co
> – K3GMR-R 146.61, No PL, Cheverly, MD


All hams are encouraged to join in and  feel free to share any of the latest news from your neck of the woods.

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Monthly Meeting

Don’t forget our regularly scheduled monthly meeting is Monday Feb. 17 at the Social Hall in the Independent Hose Fire Company building 310 Baughmans Ln. in Frederick. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm so make plans to be in attendence.

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Calendar of Events

Be sure to check out our recently updated calendar for activities of interest to hams in the Frederick area and send us an email if you have anything you would like add.


73 Brian AB3RW

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The Latest News

Do you have some old gear you would like to get rid of? Are you looking for another piece to add to your shack? Then we have the event for you. We will be holding a tabletop/tailgate event on Monday March 17. The event runs from 6:30- 9:00 pm and setu starts at 6:00. Table space is free to all members and available to non-members for a suggested donation of $10. The event takes place in the Social Hall at Station #1 Independant Hose Company 310 Baughmans Lane in Frederick. Admission is free so come one come all.

For those of you who are interested in Skywarn training there are three upcoming sessions for the Skywarn Basics I class. The first is on Thursday February 27 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm  at the Shepherdstown Fire Department 8052 Martinsburg Pike Shepherdstown, WV. To register contact Terri Mehling at (301) 728-3329 or

A second session is being held Saturday March 1 from 1:30-4:30 pm at Martin Hall room 1202 on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. To register for this class go to Questions about this session should be directed to Austin Hope

The final session is scheduled for Thursday March 13 from 6:00-9:00 pm  in the Fire Services Building 6820 Webster St. Landover Hills, MD. To register contact For further information contact Paul Bowling or (443) 924-1355.

73 Brian AB3RW

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