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| August 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
W4AVA repeater, 146.625 MHz (-600) tone 107.2.
All Amateur Radio operators are welcome to participate in the net.

Register for the Marine Corps Marathon

| July 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

The signup for hams for the 40th Marine Corps Marathon is OPEN!

The Arlington Radio Service Club has participated for many years in the Marine Corps Marathon. We encourage any member of our club (or non-member ham) who is able to help out to do so.

There are two locations where you have to sign up. The first is the MCM website

Image of a runner from https://pixabay.com/en/runner-run-running-woman-runner-546896/

After you are done there, please go to the MCM Ham website and signup:
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If you have problems with the MCMHAM site, please
email Howard, WD5DBC with the problem and we will get it resolved.

Also, we are still looking for additional hams to join the planning committee and help with the planning. If you are interested in helping with the planning, please let WD5DBC know.

We’re looking forward to hearing you on the air for the MCM!

With Just a WSPR

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

We were just passed along a great article: With Just a WSPR by Dan Romanchik, KB6NU. If you’ve never read about WSPR, it’s a great way to see which bands are open. Read the snippet below regarding this mode and follow the link to read the full article.


It’s really amazing what you can do with computers in amateur radio, and there’s been an explosion in the number of digital modes. One interesting mode that I’ve recently been introduced to is WSPR, which is short for Weak Signal Propagation Reporting. The protocol and the original WSPR program was written by Joe Taylor, K1JT, and is designed for sending and receiving low-power transmissions on the HF bands to test propagation paths.

Read the whole article here

Ronald KJ6JZW in the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon

| October 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

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In this year’s Marine Corps marathon, Ronald, KJ6JZW, acted as Arlington EMS Liaison.

It’s W4AVA’s 10th Birthday!

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

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10 Years ago, Arlington County RACES was formed and along with it, W4AVA was registered with the FCC. Through the support of our county and the work of our most active club members, we are now the proud caretakers of our Nation’s Capital’s most powerful and widest area coverage repeater system!

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Join the 57th Jamboree on the Air This Saturday!

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Scout Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) is an on-air event centered around scouting. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other members of scouting work with ham radio mentors to make contacts on the air. This is one of the best ways to get the Amateur Radio merit badge.

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This world-wide event is in its 57th year and it is intended to introduce scouts to ham radio, and let them talk to other scouts around the world, or around the country. There is a companion event, Jamboree On The Internet.
Lots of information at http://www.scouting.org/jota.aspx

Some of the calling frequencies the JOTA website above lists include:

  • 40M – 7.190
  • 20M – 14.290
  • 15M – 21.360

KI4YBH will be setup with scouts at the LDS Church, 2034 Great Falls St, Falls Church, VA, hoping to get on the air at 0700, until 2200.

All pictures in this post were taken at special event station W4B.

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King George County Repeater Work

| September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

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The new repeater in the old cabinet… Significantly more sensitive than the old MFS5000 Motorola.

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Left to right: Steve, Dale, Wes, Dwayne. Northern Neck ARC repeater committee members. Pic taken by Dave Jordan, WA3GIN.