Amateurs to be involved in Asteroid Bounce Experiment

The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) will be conducting a research campaign/experiment on December 27, 2022, with transmissions between 1100 - 2300 UTC (0200 - 1400 AKST).

Legislation introduced for digital bandwidth limit

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 9664) on December 21, 2022, to require that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) replace the current HF digital symbol rate limit with a 2.8 kHz bandwidth limit.

Amateur Extra Class

A free, weekly, live, Amateur Radio Extra Class Licensing course on Zoom will begin on Thursday, January 12, 2023, and will run through Thursday, March 23.  There will be 11 sessions.  The three-hour sessions will start at 6:30 PM Eastern Time.  Sessions will be recorded.  Those attending should hold (or be studying for) the General Class Amateur Radio License.  These are the classes that we have been holding for years sponsored by the National Electronics Museum.  Please publicize this with anyone that you think would be interested.  Those wishing to sign up should email

Santa on the Air

As Christmas approaches, many amateur radio clubs carry out an annual tradition of helping kids talk directly to Santa Claus while he is still at the North Pole before his big ride.

Radio Amateur Code

The Radio Amateur Operator

...He/[She] never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

...He/[She] offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs,
local clubs, the IARU Radio Society in his/[her] country, through which
Amateur Radio in his/[her] country is represented nationally and

Maryland Mobileers Donation

As noted in the December newsletter, the Annapolis Striders donated $2,500.00 to the club as a thank you for providing communications support for their events.

As a thank you to the Maryland Mobileers who helped with the events the AARC Board of Directors voted unanimously at their December 8 meeting to send $500.00 to the Mobileers.

General Test Pool effective July 1, 2023

The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators' (NCVEC) Question Pool Committee (QPC) has released the 2023 - 2027 General Class FCC Element 3 Syllabus and Question Pool to the public. The new General Question Pool is effective July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2027.

FCC OKs Ham-Military QSOs for Pearl Harbor Day

The FCC has approved an ARRL request to permit contacts to be made between amateur stations and military stations in commemoration of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on December 6 and 7. 

2022 Holiday Party

The Annual December Party will be on December 18, 2022.

The Location will be the Scout Building at the DFRC (Just down the Hill from Radio Clubhouse).

Time 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

We will be serving assorted Sub sandwiches, individual chips, and snack cakes. Drinks will also be provided.

All of the food will be individually wrapped.

Please RSVP at the link sent in the President's November 30 email and note if bringing children age 12 and below. In the comments section note whether they are a boy or a girl along with their ages.

ARRL #GivingTuesday Results

Through the generous contributions of donors, ARRL exceeded our #GivingTuesday goal, raising over $25,000. This support will extend ARRL's reach to grow and encourage our community of young radio amateurs. Giving Tuesday was November 29, 2022, and is a growing annual movement encouraging individuals and organizations, like ARRL, to come together to unleash the power of radical generosity. Many ARRL programs and services are not covered by membership fees alone.

December is Youth Operators Month

On December 1, 2022, YOTA begins a month-long, special event to celebrate young amateur radio operators -- YOTA Month 2022. YOTA is Youth or Youngsters on the Air. Amateur radio operators aged 25 and younger will be on all bands using all modes throughout the month to make contacts around the world. In 2021, YOTA participants worldwide made 119,516 contacts, surpassing their goal of 100,000 contacts.

Special Event Stations for December 2022

The AARC provides a listing of special event stations for those persons who want to pursue either a QSL card or certificate by making ccontacts with the club or group. The listing is by interest area and date within that interest.

ARRL: Support Young Hams on #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is November 29, 2022 – a growing annual movement where individuals and organizations, like ARRL, come together to unleash the power of radical generosity. Many ARRL programs and services are not covered by membership fees alone. Your contributions have a tremendous impact on ARRL’s ability to promote and protect amateur radio and better serve its members. You can donate to ARRL now at

Santa Net

For the 17th consecutive year, The 3916 Nets will be presenting The Santa Net on 3.916 MHz. Good girls and boys can talk to Santa Claus, via amateur radio, nightly at 7:15 PM (Central) starting Friday, November 25, 2022. The Santa Net will run nightly at 7:15 PM Central through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2022.

Pete Thomson (KE5GGY), of The 3916 Nets, commented on The 3916 Santa Net. He said, "Christmas is our favorite time on 3916. In our first year, we connected 4 or 5 kids with Santa. Now we’re expecting over 1,000 children to talk to Santa through the magic of Amateur Radio."

Skywarn Recognition Day Set for December 3, 2022

The annual SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD)   on-the-air activity will take place Saturday, December 3, 2022, from   0000 to 2400 UTC. For US time zones, activity begins on the evening of   Friday, December 2, 2022.

Club elections

The club election was held at the November 17 meeting. As there were no additional nominations, the slate was elected by acclamation. 

The President for 2023 is Bill Ryan, N3RY. Bill currently serves as a Director-at-large and is Director of the Laurel VEC Team at the club, as well as one of the control operators for the Holly Net. 

Dayton Hamvention 2023 Theme

Dayton Hamvention® 2023 is just over 6 months away, and next year's Hamvention team has selected "Innovation!" as the event theme.

The team reports that, in just one word, the theme encompasses the world of amateur radio today. "There are so many exciting 'Innovations!' worldwide in amateur radio. We want to capture the spirit, and we expect to see many of these throughout the coming year and presented at [Hamvention 2023]," said Hamvention 2023 spokesperson Michael Kalter, W8CI.

Tower work coming

Pending good weather, new antennas will be installed on November 21 at Davidsonville. This includes a new linking antenna between the Davidsonville 2-meter and the Curtis Bay 2-meter repeaters as well as replacing damaged antennas.

ARRL Podcasts

The latest episode of the ARRL On the Air podcast features details from avid satellite operator Sean Kutzko, KX9X, about how to get started on the amateur satellites - an activity that's available to hams of all license classes.

Listen to ARRL Audio News, available every Friday. ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week's top news stories in the world of amateur radio and ARRL, along with interviews and other features.

Calvert Amateur Radio Association Conducts Simulated Emergency Test

On October 15, 2022, the Calvert County Auxiliary Communications Services of Maryland, associated with the Calvert Amateur Radio Association (CARA), conducted a Simulated Emergency Test (SET).

The test was designed to evaluate the capability of a county-provided, amateur-band radio system that uses Kenwood TM-V71A transceivers and Remoterig RRC-1258 hardware over the county-secure intranet to a tower site in Barstow, Maryland.