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W3VPR In The Community -- Amateur Radio To The Rescue

W3VPR In The Community -- Amateur Radio To The Rescue

Today (July 22, 2020), an alert amateur radio operator (an AARC member) was able to do a radio assist to a fellow HAM in distress. Sometime between Noon and 1:00pm, the local HAM answered what he thought was a normal CQ contact, that escalated quickly. The caller had been out walking, and was overcome by the heat. He began to not feel well, but his cell phone was dead. Luckily, he had a handheld with him, and called out to anyone on the 147.075 repeater for assistance.

Field Day 2020 is History

In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were still able to conduct Field Day at the DFRC this year, be it a scaled down version.  Under the excellent direction of Brian Mary, K3HMX we cut back to 3A knowing that we would have less participants.  This enabled us to operate from the picnic pavilion, which was very enjoyable for all.  Many of those present expressed a desire to use that location again next year if possible.

ARRL January VHF Contest

VHF Log Periodic to Get a Workout

The ARRL's annual January VHF Contest begins 1900 UTC (2:00pm) Saturday January 18th and runs through 0350 UTC on Monday, January 20th (10:50pm Sunday EST).  This will be the first prolonged test of the AARC's Log Periodic located on the west tower and antenna that covers 6 meters, 2 meters, 1 1/4 meters and 70 centimeters using the 3 rigs from operating position number one.     

Do radio for a living

This is a GS-12/13 entry level at $83,398 to $128,920 per year.

The incumbent performs "watch duty" and serves as a technical authority providing technical assistance and guidance to communication systems users to resolve radio interference complaints and problems; and collects radio signal analysis information.  Uses radio signal analysis equipment deployed throughout the United States to collect, correlate, analyze, characteristics of radio signals involved in interference problems, distress or safety-related signals or other radio signals involved in other high priority activities such as law enforcement or national defense, to include HF, VHF, and UHF.   Collects radio signal analysis information; analyzes complaints, inquires, and comments from multiple sources; investigates compliances with the Commission's rules and regulations; and determines the appropriate actions utilizing FCC's remote high frequency network of radio direction finders and radio signal analysis equipment.  Develops definitive technical solutions concerning telecommunications system architectures, interoperability, expansion potential, and overall end-to-end compatibility and net centricity.  Interacts with public, licensees of various radio services, private industries, other government agencies, and representatives of foreign governments.  Represents the Bureau in meetings within and outside the agency.  Conducts formal and on-the-job training of co-workers, new recruits, clients, and USTTI participants.


Full-Scale Active Assailant Exercise

On Wednesday, December 11th, 2019, the Annapolis Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Annapolis Fire Department (AFD), and the Annapolis Police Department (APD) will be conducting a Full-Scale Active Assailant Exercise and we need YOU to help us! 

Volunteers will play the roles of victims, survivors, and family members. Youth under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Annapolis OEM will provide free food for all volunteers.