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 www.HamExam.org hamstudy.org hb6nu.com or aa9pu.com 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 www.laurelvec.com you can find a schedule of upcoming exams. Best of luck.

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Brian AB3RW

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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.

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Brian AB3RW

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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.

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Brian

AB3RW

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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 Meetup.com. Come join us.

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Brian AB3RW

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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 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.

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Brian AB3RW

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