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today adopted new rules to incentivize innovation and experimentation in the amateur radio bands by removing outdated restrictions and providing licensees with the flexibility to use modern digital emissions,” announced FCC.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

Upcoming State QSO Parties

For state QSO party enthusiasts, there are several opportunities to participate during the next couple of weekends.

ARRL Requesting Comments on FCC 60 Meter Proposal

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® is asking that all radio amateurs urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to continue the existing use of the 60-meter band. A public comment period is open until October 30, 2023. ARRL encourages expressions of support to the FCC for the current 100 W ERP power limit (instead of reducing the power limit to 15 W EIRP) and continuing secondary access to the current channels. 

New ARRL Newsletter - NTS

There's a new newsletter in the ARRL repertoire as of this week. The first issue of The NTS Letter was published on October 3, 2023. The NTS Letter is a monthly digest of all things related to the ARRL National Traffic System®.

Upcoming General License Class

Rol Anders is on the team that selects the questions for licensing tests:

Persons nominated for 2024 club office

The current people have been nominated for office beginning January 1, 2024:

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

Nominations will continue to be accepted through November 2.

2023 Amplitude Modulation International Jamboree

The 2023 Amplitude Modulation International (AMI) Jamboree will be held over the Thanksgiving weekend, starting at dusk on November 24 and ending at dawn on November 27.

Amateurs needed for Solar QSO Party

ARRL is proud to partner with HamSCI to help promote participation in the Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP). SEQPs are a series of global experiments -- and you can be a part of them. Solar eclipses will pass across the continental United States on October 14, 2023, and April 8, 2024. 

During these celestial events, you can join thousands of fellow amateurs as part of the largest crowd-sourced event for ham radio scientific exploration. The SEQP is part of the Festivals of Eclipse Ionospheric Science and is for learning more about how the ionosphere works.

Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club 2023 RadioFallFest

The Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club (MAARC) that meets in Ford Hall at the Davidsonville Recreation Center will be holding its annual RadioFallFest event at the Davidsonville Recreation Center on October 15 beginning at 8 am. 

At least 20% to 25% of the items at the auctions and flea markets are Amateur Radio related, and about a third of the MAARC members are Hams.

The RadioFallFest details are on the MAARC website is

Flyers for the upcoming TECH class


Here is a link to some PDFs for the upcoming tech class.

Please email distribute to any who may interested.

Suitable for printing.

you may have to loginto a google account to access.






CARAFest on October 1


Sunday, October 1st, 2023

7am-noon - RAIN OR SHINE

Howard County Fairgrounds

2210 Fairgrounds Rd, West Friendship, MD 21794

For more information or to pre-purchase admission, vendor, and tailgater tickets go to


ARRL opposed to shortwave data proposal

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio®, as part of its mission to protect Amateur Radio, has filed comments against a proposal that would introduce high-power digital communications to the shortwave spectrum that in many instances is immediately adjacent to the Amateur HF bands.