Silent Key

It is with much sadness that I announce the passing of Dick Christin W3HNL. Dick was a long time member of the local ham community, a regular participant in the local nets and top notch ham operator. Dick was a wonderful, knowledgeable ham and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. 73 my friend we will look for you further down the log. K3ERM clear and standing by.

Funeral Details:

Tuesday Oct. 13th.
Viewing at 10am-11am, and Service at 11am.

Stauffers Funeral home
1621 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702
Tel: 1-240-608-6094

Brian AB3RW

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Another Successful Ham-In-A-Day and testing session

Our first virtual Ham-In-A-Day class went very well.  It was a little different not being in a physical room with the class but we took advantage of the virtual tools in Zoom to present images, details and examples on the screen.

After the virtual testing session we had an in-person testing session for everyone in the class (and a couple more).  We have another testing session this Saturday the 19th @ 10am for anyone that is wanting to test for a new license or an upgrade.

Here is a picture that was taken during the testing session:


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2020 Simulated Emergency Test

We are looking for volunteers that would like to participate in the ARES 2020 Simulated Emergency Test.

This year the SET will be checking on NOAA water gauges.  It will require a drive to one of the 5 gauges that are in Frederick County and reporting on status and location and sending in a picture.

This document has all of the details for the SET: 2020 MDC SET Plan

If you are interested in having some fun on October 10th and getting out doing some outside fun with radio please let me know (mike [at] k3do [.] com)


Frederick County MD ARES EC

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Our Next Ham-In-A-Day class

Hi everyone, we have had lots of questions about when we are going to have our next Ham-In-A-Day class.  We have been pushing it off because we cannot meeting in person in large groups.  We have decided to try our next class virtually using Zoom on September 12th, 2020.  It will not be the same as being in person but will probably work our just as well because it will be easier to share the slides, etc.

We will also have a testing session after the class.  The testing session will have to be in person and we are going to do it at my house again because that worked out well last time.

Here are the details:

When: September 12th, 2020
Where: Zoom
Class starts at 8:00am and will go probably till about 4:00pm
Testing starts at 6pm at 4222 Catholic Church Rd, Knoxville MD. 21758

For more details visit:

On that page there are details about how to register, what you need to do prior to class, etc.



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