Bowie Wireless Association Net

There is a new talk net on the W3VPR Davidsonville repeaters.

The Board of Directors has agreed to allow the Bowie Wireless Association to use the 147.105 and 444.400 repeaters for their weekly net. Both repeaters have a positive offset and have a PL tone of 107.2.

The net will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm Eastern time.

The Bowie Wireless Association Net was previously held on the K3ERA repeater, but the W3VPR Davidsonville repeaters are more accessible to many members. The Bowie club is presently considering their own repeater in the future.

Bill introduced to allow amateur radio antennas in HOAs

On January 30, 2024, US Senators Roger Wicker (MS) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) introduced S.3690, the Senate companion bill to H.R.4006, introduced last June. Both bills reflect the Congressional campaign efforts by ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® to eliminate homeowner association land use restrictions that prohibit, restrict, or impair the ability of an Amateur Radio Operator to install and operate amateur station antennas on residential properties they own.

World Radio Day - February 13

World Radio Day 2024 will be on February 13, and this year's theme is, "A Century Informing, Entertaining and Educating."

World Radio Day was first celebrated in 2012, following its declaration by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference. It was subsequently adopted as an International Day by the United Nations General Assembly. Amateur radio is included in the celebration.

JAXA Moon Lander Transmitting Morse Code

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully landed their Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) on January 19, 2024. Just before touchdown, SLIM released two small lunar surface probes, LEV-1 and LEV-2.

LEV-2 collects data while moving on the lunar surface, and LEV-1 receives the data.

Skywarn Basics Class in April

NWS Baltimore/Washington has a Skywarn Basics class tentatively scheduled at the PG County EOC in Landover, MD on April 18, 6-8 pm.

This is a prerequisite for classes for winter weather, severe weather and tropical weather specific to Maryland, DC and portions of Virginia and West Virginia.

To register, go to https://www.weather.gov/lwx/skywarn

New Club Net

There's a new club net: the Afternoon Talk Net.

It is similar to the Holly Net, except it's in the afternoon between 4-6 pm on the Crownsville repeater, 147.075+ PL 107.2 as well as Echolink (K3HRT-R node).

Kids Day - January 6 2024

Twice a year, ARRL offers an event designed to promote Amateur Radio to our youth. Share the excitement with your kids or grandkids, a Scout troop, a church or the general public!

Kids Day is designed to give on-the-air experience to young people and hopefully foster interest in getting a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children.

Status of CQ Magazine

ARRL® has heard from many members concerned about their print subscriptions to CQ magazine. CQ magazine is not an ARRL publication, however ARRL members enjoy the ability to pursue earning the CQ Worked All Zones (WAZ) and Worked All Prefixes (WPX) awards through Logbook of The World (LoTW).

CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, acknowledged the delays in delivering CQ magazine. He indicated that the November and December issues are delayed but plans are to get them out to the readership as soon as circumstances permit.

Service Hours Reporting Unavailable

The page for submitting Service Hours is temporarily offline. I am redoing it because it has become overly complex with 40 categories of entry, some only pertaining to a single person.

I'm also considering replacing it with a fillable PDF form.

Contrary to belief, the service hours are internal, as only organizations deemed a charity need to track this for their exempt tax filings.


Santa Net

Santa Net is back on 3.916 MHz for the 18th year! Starting Friday, November 24th, good girls and boys can talk to Santa Claus, via amateur radio, nightly starting at 7:05 PM (Central). The Santa Net will run every night through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2023.

Pete Thomson (KE5GGY), of The 3916 Nets, commented on The Santa Net. He said, "What started 18 years ago as a small gathering on Christmas eve has really grown over the years. This year we expect to connect around 1,000 kids with Santa.”

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2023 SkyWarn Recognition Day

The 2023 SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) is December 2 from 0000z to 2400z.

The event honors all SKYWARN storm spotters and amateur radio operators for their contributions to the National Weather Service (NWS) during severe weather. Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication to the NWS and emergency management when normal communications fail.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website is now updated with the SKYWARN registration form, mapping form, and rules and information you'll need to check in for this year's event.

ARRL lauds FCC approval of wider signal rate

ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® reports that earlier today, the FCC Commissioners unanimously voted to amend the Amateur Radio Service rules to replace the baud rate limit on the Amateur HF bands with a 2.8 kHz bandwidth limit to permit greater flexibility in data communications.

“The Federal Communications Commission today adopted new rules to incentivize innovation and experimentation in the amateur radio bands by removing outdated restrictions and providing licensees with the flexibility to use modern digital emissions,” announced FCC.

W1AW will be closed November 16

W1AW will be closed to visitors on Thursday, November 16 for building maintenance. The station's regular operating schedule, including code practice and bulletins, will not be affected. W1AW will reopen on Friday, November 17 at 8:00 am Eastern time.

Veterans Day Special Event Stations

Special event stations will offer many opportunities for amateur radio operators to honor Veterans and make contacts for Veterans Day.

The K1USN Radio Club will be on the air on Saturday, November 11, 2023, to show their appreciation for those who have served in the military. The club station is located at 85 Quincy Avenue in Braintree, Massachusetts. K1USN will be on the HF bands on SSB, CW, and FT8, and they will begin operating at 1300 UTC and run until 2100 UTC. K1USN QSL cards will be available for all who contact the station.

2024 Officers Elected

The following persons were elected for the 2024 board by acclamation on November 2:

President - Bill Ryan, N3RY
Vice President - Greg Witmyer, KC3SEG
Secretary - Dave Rawley, N3AT
Treasurer - Kevin McGee, KC3SGL
Director - Chris Hale, N3VBN
Director - Dave Ernest, W3RDE
Director - Will Muzlera-Mooney, KA3UQQ

60 Meter Band Proposal

Those of you who have heard me speak about the threats facing Amateur Radio know that my greatest concerns facing our League are loss of spectrum, loss of antenna rights, and ever increasing RFI. Of these, the most urgent is the threat to our current 60 meter privileges.

Why should you care? Whether or not you are active on 60 meters, the proposed 10 dB reduction in power from 100 watts to 9.5 watts is the most sweeping reduction of HF privileges in decades. This erosion of our rights is a slippery slope which will embolden the FCC to remove or modify more HF privileges.

ARRL New Book on POTA

ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® has a new book to help radio amateurs enjoy one of the fastest growing communities within the hobby. Participants in Parks on the Air® (POTA) have built one of the most vibrant on-air communities in contemporary ham radio. Park hunters comb the airwaves for activators operating from the lawns of sprawling public mansions, stoops at urban historic sites, forest glades, rocky mountaintops, seaside beaches, and just about any state or federal park in the country — and many entities abroad.

How to give signal reports

The attached file was originally in the Ham Arundel News, June 2021. It originated as a presentation the author gave on Grant's Elmer Net, a regional weekly net Elmering both new and experienced hams. The author was net controller and Presenter at the time. He gave us permission to print his presentation.