2023 Budget Presentation

The 2023 proposed budget will be presented to the membership for review at the September 15th meeting. Comments will be allowed afterwards by contacting treasurer@w3vpr.org and the final draft will is to be acted upon at the October meeting. 

No Open Shack on September 11 and 18

Due to special events and the upcoming Picnic, the Open Shacks scheduled for September 11 and September 18 have been canceled. 

CQ WW WPX Contest 2022 certificate

As noted earlier, Abie Alexander, AB1F, received recognition in the CQ WW WPX Contest 2022. A copy of the certificate is shown here. Abie did so using the club equipment in the shack at Davidsonville. 

Current members can utilize the club equipment with the proper license on open shack days to become more familiar with equipment other than a HT.

Upcoming Hamfests


Get an eyeball with your fellow-Hams, visit vendors at the trade show, stroll thru the tailgate / flea market and join the chat about the latest in Amateur Radio. Please add these upcoming events to your MDC Section Hamfests / Nearby Hamfests. (WV, VA, DE, WPA, EPA, MDC)

ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator Needed

MDC Section SEC is seeking to fill vacant ASEC - Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator.

Fall Technician Training

The Fall Technician class is scheduled to begin on Sunday October 2nd at 1:00pm. This is an entry level class to amateur radio. At the conclusion you should be able to pass the Technician examination.

There is no charge to take the class. You may register at https://www.w3vpr.org/preregister.

. The class will use the ARRL text for Technician licenses, which is available from Amazon.com or the ARRL Store.

September Testing

This is a reminder that license testing this month is on September 10. The AARC team is part of the Laurel VEC and we offer tests for all three licenses. There is no charge to take the test. To pre-register go to the pre-registration page.

September VHF Contest

Of note for VHF contesters is the 2022 ARRL September VHF Contest, which begins on September 10 at 1800 UTC, and concludes on September 12 at 0259 UTC. The new Analog Only categories that were introduced for Single Operator participants in June will continue with this event, so there are plenty of ways to participate, no matter which modes (CW, SSB, or digital) you choose to operate. Operation is allowed on any amateur frequency from 50 MHz to light.

Technician Classes Begin

If you have a friend who wants to become a ham, tell them there are not one, but two courses coming up.  They have their pick.  Both are done locally, via Zoom.

Member News

Abie Alexander, AB1F, was the winner of the Single Operator Unlimited, Low Power 15 meters in the Atlantic Division during the 2022 ARRL International DX Phone Contest that was held in March. 

2022 MDC QSO Party is over

The MDC QSO Party was conducted on August 13. As of August 15 a total of 129 entries had been received. More are expected, as the cutoff date for submissions is 30 days from the date of the contest.

For those who have not submitted, an entry form is required in order to be considered for points and awards.

August 4 meeting speaker: Dr. Michael Carper

Dr. Michael Carper of Ham Radio Deluxe will be the guest speaker (via Zoom) for the August 4 meeting. 

Dr. Carper is the remaining one of three co-founders who founded HRD Software, LLC in 2012. During 2017, he took an active role in managing portions of daily business operations of HRD Software with a focus is on Sales, Support, and Digital Marketing. Today, he sets the agenda product development.

Capital Improvements

On July 21, the club approved a spending motion for funds to put in a gravel parking area near the clubhouse as well as to erect a new tower. These improvements were approved by the DFRC and have tentative approval from the county. 

Club Picnic

Picnic basket gif

The club picnic is back. It is scheduled for September 17, 2022 at the DFRC. Follow the website for information as it becomes available. 

There will also be an equipment sale held on the same day.

MDC QSO Party Help Needed

The club needs assistance with the Maryland-DC QSO Party. If you are able to help with the planning and execution, contact Eric at president@w3vpr.org or the chairperson at mdcqsop@w3vpr.org.

Help Your Club

You are the lifeblood and future of the Anne Arundel Radio Club.

The AARC is always looking for members to volunteer either as a chairperson or a committee member. The possibilities are multiple. There are a few chairperson positions open and committee chairs are always very glad to welcome you aboard. Check out the committees at the Staff List page.

In Person Club Meetings Resume

UPDATED: Beginning with the July 21 meeting, in person meetings at the clubhouse will resume. They will also be presented on Zoom for members who cannot attend in person. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm.

Visitors are welcome to attend and become acquainted with the club and members.

Summer Testing

The AARC offers testing for all license levels throughout the year, except August when the day conflicts with the Maryland-DC QSO Party. The tests are for the Technician, General and Amateur Extra licenses.

You may take more than one test at a time. However, to get get a General License you must pass the Technician test and to qualify for the Amateur Extra you must pass the Technician and General exams.

For details and further information see the License Examinations page.

Field Day 2022 is Here

Join Us on the Airwaves video capture

Field Day has started. Drop by the clubhouse between 2 pm Saturday and 2 pm Sunday. The radios are set up close by and temporary antennas are around the Davidsonville Family Recreation Center grounds. 

Field Day allows any member or even non-members the opportunity to see amateur radio at work (perhaps be ad hoc on the air yourself). And it offers a chance for you to become acquainted with members who may waiting their turn to be on the air or who are providing backup services.

2022 Technician Study Book currently available

The new ARRL Technician study manual is presently available from the ARRL website. The questions from the manual become effective on July 1 and will be the basis for Technician exams through June 30, 2026. At present the only option is the bound version (ARRL has the spiral bound format on order from the printer but they've been delayed).

Available at the ARRL store.