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Events and activities at the AARC:

Newcomers are always welcome!

Events and activities quick summery. Details are below or on the AARC Event Calendar

06nov14 (Thu) - Member's meeting at the clubhouse. 7:30p (foxhunt presentation by Bruce Strackbein-WR3Q)
07nov14 (Fri) - Memorial Service for Greg N2IQT SK
08nov14 (Sat) - (Free) FCC License Exam for Amateur Radio.
08nov14 (Sat) - (Multi-club foxhunt. Details TBA)
08nov14 (Sat) - (support) Rosaryville Veteran’s Day 50K.
09nov14 (Sun) - (special location, see below) AARC Mesh working group 1-4p
13nov14 (Thu) - Board meeting at the clubhouse. 7:30p (We have an "open door" policy for board meetings.)
15-16nov14 (Sat-Sun) - ARRL SSB "November Sweeps" contest at the clubhouse! Details to come.
20nov14 (Thu) - Member's meeting at the clubhouse. 7:30p (20 meter antenna build party led by Giff K1GAH)
23nov14 (Sun) - Kit-building, troubleshooting and repair
04dec14 (Thu) - Member's meeting at the clubhouse. 7:30p (Movie of Hamfest presentation on SolderSmoke and BITX, by Bill Meara-N2CQR)

The Memorial Service for Greg (N2IQT SK) will be held on Friday November 7, 2014 between 4:00 to 6:00 pm at his home in Annapolis MD. The address is 708 Sydney Terrace Annapolis MD 21401. The burial service will be at the Crownsville Veterans Cemetery located at 1122 Sunrise Beach Rd. in Crownsville, MD 21032 starting at 2:30 pm.

Lee Wishard K3VOX

The W3VPR mesh networking group will meet on the WB and A trail for the 9 Nov meeting. We'll do range testing with a variety of antennae. Bring you mesh nodes, batteries and HT's. Stay tuned for more details.

Giff's antenna build party is during the regular member meeting night at the clubhouse, November 14th. The cost is $20, and the design is from the Dec 2013 issue of QST. Please reserve your materials beforehand by emailing Giff at k1gah@arrl.net.

Are you thinking about the "November Sweeps"? I'm split between running it as a general event or running it as HF-nØØbs specific one. So far I have more than one HF-nØØb that has expressed interest in an event at some future date and one Elmer who will participate in the Sweeps some capacity but doesn't want to run the show. Contact me at W2PAW@w3vpr.org or contact the club board with your ideas and thoughts, or start a forum post.

We will again be supporting the Rosaryville Veteran’s Day 50K this upcoming November 8th at Rosaryville State Park, Upper Marlboro, MD.

We’ll need to be in place before the 8 AM start and the event runs well into the afternoon, so it would be good to have relief operators. The event is unusual in that it's on a Saturday, so if you haven't been able to help out due to prior Sunday commitments, now is your chance.

Please let Paul W4ATN know as soon as possible if you will be able to help with this race.

Jim was at the meeting the other day sporting a brand new AARC polo shirt with his call sign on it. The shirts are available in multiple sizes and colors and can be ordered in quantity 1 sized lots (i.e. one shirt). Please contact Jim (KB3NQY) to order.


Are you a beginner, an apartment-dweller, or ham shack deficient? Overwhelmed by such concepts as QSOs, grey-line propagation and Maximum Usable Frequency? Unsure of where to turn?

We're here to help.

HF-nØØbs is a casual group of people related to the Anne Arundel Amateur Radio Club working to bring the goodness of HF to the radio-active deprived masses. You don't have to stay exclusively on UHF/VHF any longer.

The idea is to open up the ham shack at the clubhouse in Davisonville Maryland to new hams, Technicians, beginners, Boy Scouts, or to anyone interested in ham radio. We can't guarantee propagation conditions in advance, but we'll have "Elmers" and control operators on hand so you can get on the air and stay legal with the FCC. We might be doing a contest, or we might start working on your DXCC, it all depends on the day and the session.

While the idea is to be "drop-by friendly", it might be a better idea to send me a private email and let me know you're coming to a session. (I'd really hate to close a session early due to band conditions and have you show up 15 minutes later.) Emails help me gauge interest and plan when sessions happen. Contact Mark W2PAW at w2paw@w3vpr.org

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Free Amateur Radio License Exams

The 2nd Saturday of every month
Registration Starts at Noon --- Exams begin at 1:00pm
Click here for information and directions: http://www.w3vpr.org/node/50
Contact Steve/K3BAY to register k3bay@comcast.net

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House Update


The next-to-last check has been delivered to the builder. Next week (27-31 Oct) our house should added to the "build queue" and depending on how many builds are scheduled ahead of us, construction could start the week of 3 November or the week of 10 November.

With a 120 "business day" build schedule and minimal delays due to weather, construction of our house could be done in late April or early May.


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I will be back in Ecuador next week, Oct 25 - Nov 1. Check the spotting nets for HC1GVT on the air. I will try to get on during the CQ World Wide contest but Saturday and Sunday are travel days so the opportunities will be very limited. During the rest of the week I may have more time. May not have email this time.

73, Rick KK4GV

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New House Update - Good News & Bad News


This is kind of a mixed update

Earlier this month we visited Prescott to select 30+ options to our new house. First we visited a Design Center (11 hrs) and then we followed up the next day with the sales rep (3 hrs). One of the options was an upgrade of the A/C from 13 SEER to 14. However, the sales rep informed us that the builder was going to make the 14 SEER A/C a standard feature but wasn't sure how soon. He suggested we defer that upgrade and he would try to get us included into the upgrade ahead of the implementation date.

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October Issue of the Ham Arundel News

Here is the October Issue of the Ham Arundel News.

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Official Results of the 2014 Maryland-DC QSO Party

The Official Results of the 2014 Maryland-DC QSO Party have been posted, congratulation to the following winners:


Non-MDC Club: W3GV

See you August 8th-9th, 2015!

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How This Journey Started

In 2007 Brenda and I were flying back from Denver. We took advantage of an overbooked situation on United and were given two free tickets to take a later flight.

Over the next couple months we pondered where we might fly to using our free tickets. We narrowed the search to major cities west of the Mississippi River (e.g., New Orleans, Dallas, San Diego, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco plus 3-4 other places.).

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Only 3 More Visits to Arizona

This past week Brenda and I spent a few days in Prescott, AZ. The purpose of this visit was to finalize the selection of the various upgrades and options for our new house.

We had initially selected possible 33 options and upgrades. Our options and upgrades were divided into two categories:

    • Must Have
    • Probable

To select our options, our visit was split between the design center used by the builder of our new house and the sales office.

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Greetings from Moab, UT

Today (9 Sep) was out last full day in Moab. So I decided to share some images from this trip. Some plans did not evolve as hoped/planned. Mostly this was due to the weather resulting from Hurricane Norbert(?). Lots of rain, flash floods and mud slides.

Tomorrow (10 Sep) we head to Prescott Valley to meet with our realtor and then make our official visit with the developer. Before that we may shoot one more sunrise. Mesa Arch in Canyonlands NP? Or in Arches NP? Don't know yet. WX is supposed to be great albeit cooler than recent days.

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