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Ronald KJ6JZW in the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon

| October 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

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


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!







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.


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

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.



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.

The Safe Way to Enjoy CW with your Wine

| September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments


CQ’s July Editorial: Emergency Communication is not just Public Service

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

July 2014 CQ Magazine Cover

CQ’s July Editorial rebuffs ARRL’s inartful attempt to downgrade Emergency Auxiliary Communications Volunteers to a basic Public Service category!

What’s in a name? The name we give to what we do greatly influences how people perceive it. From things like car accidents to supporting local government communications in an disaster, we definitely provide an effective means of emergency communications. Arlington County Races was activated in the 2012 Drecho storm that came through. When 911 didn’t work, we were stationed at fire stations providing needed communications between the county government and its residents.

Rich Moseson, W2VU, reacts in his editorial to the ARRL’s efforts to de-emphasize emergency communications as a term and replace it with public service communications. Rich makes some great points in his editorial. We encourage you to check out what he wrote in the July 2014 CQ Magazine.