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

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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

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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.

Return to Hybrid Meetings Proposed

The club is hoping to resume hybrid meetings beginning in July. This means members would be able to attend both in person or by Zoom. Watch the website or the President's emails for more information and the date this will happen.

Maryland-DC QSO Party 2022 Rules

The Maryland-DC QSO Party rules for the coming contest are presently online here.

For full information, see the Maryland-DC QSO Party page.


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Many thanks and much appreciation to Maryland Delegates Mr. Boteler and Mr. Buckel and their staff.

Narrative –
Local Government - Regulation of Amateur Radio Station Antenna Structures
Requiring that an ordinance adopted by a county or municipality to regulate amateur radio station antenna structures may not preclude amateur radio communications, must accommodate amateur radio communications, and must constitute the minimum practicable regulation to accomplish the purpose of the ordinance.

Maryland QSO Party Coordinator Needed

The club is in need of a person to serve as the Chairman of the Maryland-DC QSO Party. We are the hosts of the annual event and provide a plaque to the club that initiates the most contacts and points (AARC as the host is ineligible). All other participants are acknowledged by a certificate of participation.

The process is largely automated as a Python program tallies the final score as well as software to help with the mailing. Information is on the website, click here.

Extra Training Needs Extras

Are you an Amateur Extra? 

Keith, AE3D, is seeking Extras to narrate brief topics that will be a part of the upcoming AE class lectures. If you have the time to record a brief presentation on an Extra topic contact Keith at learn@w3vpr.org. The topics are pre-written.


HB 331 on Amateur Radio Antennas to Take Effect

On Friday, May 27, Governor Hogan notified the Speaker of the House of Delegates that HB 331 on the regulation of amateur radio station antennas will take effect without his signature. 

Article II, Section 17(c) of the state constitution allows such bills duly passed to become law if not vetoed or signed by the governor.

RigExpert correspondence

Dear Eric Berman,
We feel supported

The RigExpert brand comes from Kyiv, Ukraine.

Therefore, with the beginning of Russian aggression against Ukraine, our team received hundreds of emails from all over the world.

Each such appeal contained words of support to Ukraine and the RigExpert team.

Radio amateurs from all over the world offered us their help: shelter for Ukrainian families, financial assistance, offices, information support, and much more.

Such unprecedented support inspired us then and gives us wings now.

Presentation on Working the FM Satellites

The May 5, 2022 presentation was on Working the FM Satellites by Chris  Mishaga, KB3IBI. The presentation can be accessed by clicking this link.

2021 MDC QSO Party Award Presented

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Open Shack

One of the benefits of membership in the Anne Arundel Radio Club is the ability for members to use the Club station radios during Open Shack Sundays. 

The Shack radios are an Icom 7300, IC 9700, Yaesu FT-991A, Kenwood TS-570 and a Flex. And members can access digital communications as the club has hot spots available for DMR, D-STAR and Fusion.

The operating schedule for Open Shack is posted here