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The 2022 Marine Corps Marathon is Open for Volunteers

| September 15, 2022 | 0 Comments
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The 2022 Marine Corps marathon is open for ham volunteers. The marathon will be on October 30th. This event is the largest regularly held public service/amateur radio volunteer event in the area. It will be the first in-person marathon in two years. Because of demand, there will also be a virtual option in addition to the in-person marathon on the course. Amateur radio operators will, of course, help with the runners on the the in-person course.

Ham radio volunteers partner with the MCM organizers to provide communications assistance along the course to help ensure that the participants are safe and healthy. They observe what is happening on the course and report back to the race organizers. The call for volunteers is open to any amateur radio operator who would like to join.

If you’d like to participate, you can do so at the MCM Ham website.

You must sign up to help out.  The signup process has two parts: you must sign up through the ham signup site so we know what your capabilities are, and through the Marine Corps Marathon volunteer site to be an official MCM volunteer.  While you can sign up in either order (ham first, MCM second or MCM first and ham second),

In many of the past years, the ARPSC has been a supporter of the marine corps marathon. We have provided volunteers and use of our repeater system to help with logistics of the race. Radio amateur volunteers help ensure that runners are safe by helping communications between aide stations and other similar communications-oriented methods.

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With our The W4AVA Repeater System’s excellent footprint, it has been a great asset to ensure that the marathon has working communication during the event.

It’s W4AVA’s 15th Birthday!

| August 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

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15 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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RACES Training

| October 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

As you probably know, there is a significant overlap between members of the ARPSC and Arlington County RACES. Our RACES is sponsored by Arlington County’s Office of Emergency Management. our goal is to provide support to augment county communications in the case of an emergency.

To join RACES, there are several steps:

  1. Get Training in RACES
  2. Take a RACES test
  3. Submit your application and receive a background check from the Arlington County Police

RACES Training is available on our website. The training provides for you to learn about several important topics including emergency communications, emergency preparedness and communications procedures.

We are not often activated to help out in an emergency. When one is in such a situation, the training that he/she has had really pays off. Thanks to training and our regular net exercises, our emergency nets can be well-run and and organized.

We look forward to your review of the training materials and your application to help support Arlington.

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

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.