April Meeting

The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Frederick Amateur Radio Club will be held on Monday April 15th at the Independent Hose Company #1 310 Baughmans Lane (near Rosemont Ave.) in Frederick, MD starting at 7:00 PM local time.  You do not need to be a member or a licensed amateur radio operator to attend, you are welcome to come and check us out.  If you’re interested in getting your amateur radio license we can offer pointers on the process and have several members who received their first license within the last year.  For anyone who is already a licensed amateur and needs talk in assistance a few members of the club typically monitor the club repeater at 146.640 MHz (negative offset, PL tone 156.7 Hz) prior to the meeting.

Expected topics of discussion for the upcoming meeting include two upcoming public service events, the March of Dimes walk in Frederick on Sunday April 28th and the Hike Across Maryland on Saturday May 4th, as well as plans for Field Day 2013 scheduled for June 22nd and 23rd.


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Upcoming Hamfests

There are two Hamfests in April that are within reasonable driving distance of Frederick.

On Saturday April 6th is the “Greater Baltimore Hamboree and Computerfest” which is held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium, Maryland 21093.  For those who are not familiar with this location it is just north of the Baltimore beltway, and is about a one hour drive from Frederick.  The following Saturday, April 13th is the York Hamfest, which is held in Spring Grove, PA at Porters Community Fire Company, 1199 Porters Road, Spring Grove, PA 17362.  Spring Grove PA is between Hanover and York PA, and is about a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Frederick.

Please feel free to use the comments section on this post if you would like to discuss carpooling to either of these events.

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Paypal Links are Now Active – 20 MAR 2013

We have started to accept both “Donations” which is active on the right border, and annual “Membership Dues” which is active on the “Membership” page through PayPal.

We hope this enhances the convenience for our members.

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Next Monthly FARC Meeting – 15 APR 2013

Next Meeting – 15 APR 2013 – To be covered in the meeting is final information for the upcoming scheduled ARES events slated for:

28 APR 2013 – March of Dimes Walk, Baker Park, Frederick. Short event, always fun, usually from 07:00ish to 11:00ish.

04 MAY 2013 – Hike Across Maryland, Location is several checkpoints along the length of the Appalachian Trail from the Pennsylvania border to the West Virginia border.

The Hike is a large “All Day Event” and several people will be needed.

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There are several people looking at locations for “Field Day” with VP Ben Nardi taking the lead. It was  noted that “exposure” of the club activity in a public venue, with easy access is more important than number of contacts, while both are important, exposure to the public is much better for us as it promotes interest.

Also discussions of potential additional activities will I am sure will happen.

We look forward to seeing as many of our current members there, as this should prove to be an interesting meeting, and concerns the FARC moving forward.

More details to follow.

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