NPOTA Activation by HacDC ARC Member

From KB3ZUK on 8/21/16

Good evening, all. I am happy to report that the family and I arrived safe and sound to Chincoteague Island, VA this afternoon and got the lay of the land. Hopefully, I will have a good nights rest and be ready for a full day of radio madness, activating Assateaque Island /- SS01 / for the 23rd time this year starting tomorrow, August 22, 2016 at approximately 1000 AM (1400 HRS UTC). I will start operations on 20M phone, then move to 40M phone and try other HF bands depending upon conditions, trying to stay within the General portions of the band whenever possible to allow maximum opportunities for contacts. I will also try to post my starting of each day’s activities and starting band/frequency on Twitter and mobile coverage allows on the ARRL’s NPOTA Page: @ARRL_NPOTA

I plan on spending a full day of operations as a single operator, manually logging contacts in the field, taking minimal breaks. Depending upon interest, what my family does in the meantime (and my stamina) I hope to operate until at least 5:00 pm (1900 UTC).

Again, depending upon interest and family plans, I may return again for another day of operations on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 for a similar period as on August 22. I may have one final period of brief operations on Wednesday, August 23, 2016 before returning home.

I would GREATLY appreciate making your contacts and/or having you SPOT me and NOTE ME AS NPOTA SS01 on your networks of choice (DX Spot, DX Spider, etc.). This is my first vacation with my family since 2009 due to my illness. I was able to go this year because this NPOTA event gives me something to do out of the sun while my family enjoys the beach but then affords us our evenings together. I look forward to activating the park so you can add it to your list of national parks you have worked on the air.

73 de KB3ZUK – Jeff Dahn

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National Parks On The Air @ The White House-Centennial Celebration

HacDC Amateur Radio Club will be “on the air” from President’s Park (NPOTA #DZ10) August 25, 2016.  We will be making contacts on 40-10 meter cw, ssb and digital modes from 14:00 UTC to 21:00 UTC.  (10 am to 5 pm local time).  We have been issued the special one by one call sign of “W3H” for this event.  Our exact location will be 400 ft NW of 15th St NW and Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC.

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Spaceblimp Tuesdays @ HacDC 7PM

Spaceblimp Tuesday is a weekly gathering at HacDC and remote web conferencing where we invent and build the next HacDC high altitude balloon.


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Sid NH7C speaking at HacDC August 10th @7:30pm


Sid NH7C  will be presenting on “Amateur Radio integration in Disasters”.  Sid is with the Department of Interior.

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Buddi-Pole Antenna and Elecraft K3 Mini Demonstration- July 27th @ 7:30pm



This is a show and tell meeting.  We will be demonstrating the Buddi-Pole Antenna and how to tune it using a MFJ Antenna Analyzer.  We will also be demonstrating the Elecraft K3-Mini remote control head, using the W7DXX online remote base.  The RF deck, 1.5kw amplifier, 100 ft tower and log periodic antenna is located in New Mexico.

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Arrl Exam Session Monthly at our “Ham Shack”

HacDC Amateur Radio Club has a team of nine volunteer examiners.  Exam sessions are on the second Saturday of each month at 11 am.  Doors open at 10 am for coffee and conversation.


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Anthony Stevens (DC CERT) speaking July 13th at 7:30 PM

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Anthony Stevens from the DC Government will be speaking about the CERT program.  Serve DC’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer program trains citizens to be better prepared to respond to emergencies in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can  provide critical support to first responders, immediate assistance to victims and can help organize spontaneous  volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the community safety.

CERT training is free and open to anyone who lives, works or congregates in the District of Columbia. Classes include:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Safety
  • Medical Operations and First Aid
  • Search and Rescue
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism
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Arrl Field Day June 25-26

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HacDC Amateur Radio Club is participating in Arrl Field Day June 25, 26.  Join the fun as we set up an amateur radio station at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington DC.  Set up begins Saturday June 25th at 11 am.  Contact us at w3hac.hacdc@gmail for more information.

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Arrl Kids Day/ National Parks on the Air at President’s Park (White House)


W3H at Presidents Park NPOTA DZ10

K6ZO and KC3CIF operating from Presidents Park DZ20.

HacDC Amateur Radio Club is celebrating Arrl Kids Day and the 100th centennial of the National Park Service.  This event takes place June 18th, 2016.  Look for us on 14270, 7270, 14042 and 7042 khz from 1800 to 2300 utc (2 -7 pm) January 18th, 2016.  NPOTA  activation #DZ10.  Contact us at if you want to be part of the fun!  Bring you kids!


The President of the United States lives in a National Park

Every president except George Washington has called the White House and its surrounding grounds his place of work, rest, and solitude. Recognizable around the world, the White House stands as a symbol of democracy. The White House and its park grounds serve not only as the seat of the executive branch of government of the United States of America, but also as an iconic place for civil discourse.


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2016 CW Weekend June 3-5

CWops Team Members — VP8ORK South Orkney Islands DXpedition
Tom (ND2T #110), Wes (W3WL #868), John (VE3EJ #513), Jerry (WB9Z #707), Ralph (K0IR #519), James (9V1YC #66), Don (N1DG #2), Nodir (EY8MM #815)

The 2016 CW Weekend will take place June 3-5 at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, Virginia.  This is open to all hams or others with an interest in CW or Morse code communication – FOC, CWOPS, SKCC, the Morse Operators Society, and FISTS.  It is predominantly a social event and provides a great opportunity to connect with old friends, make new ones, and enjoy those eyeball QSOs with folks you have worked on the bands for years.

As in years past, we’ll kick off with an informal pizza dinner on Friday evening, followed by a brunch on Saturday morning hosted by Jim N3JT and Nina KE4PSV at their home in McLean.  Dinner will follow that evening at Clyde’s in Tyson’s Corners.  There will be a hospitality suite with refreshments at the hotel on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Sunday morning, many attendees meet informally at the hotel restaurant for breakfast before heading home or on to other activities.  It is likely that Frank, W3LPL, will make a tour of his world class contest station available Sunday afternoon if there is interest.

Early June is a nice time of year to visit the Washington, DC area, and the schedule allows plenty of time for sightseeing, shopping, and socializing, or visiting with family and friends.

A block of rooms has been set aside at the Fairview Park Marriott at a special rate of $ 99.  You may reserve by calling the hotel at 800-228-9290 (be certain to mention you are with the “North American CW Weekend party).  Reservations may also be made online at  The special booking code for our group is “NACNACA.”  The special rate is available from June 3d through June 6th.

There will be a modest registration fee of $ 15 per person or $ 25 per couple to cover refreshments and the hospitality suite, payable by check to Don W4ZYT [1517 W. Little Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452-4717].  Further information is available from Don, W4ZYT ( and will be posted on the FOC and CWOPS web sites..

We really do look forward to seeing lots of CW folks at this gathering.  Talk it up, mark it down, and come!
The annual North American CW Weekend will be held 5-7 June 2015 in the Washington, DC area.  This is a month later than in previous years, to allow for a broader participation.  The CW Weekend is for Morse code aficionados of all stripes:  members of FOC, FISTS, CWOPS, Straight Key Club, and Morse Telegraph Society, or any individual with a special interest in Morse code communication.

Rooms have been reserved at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, Virginia, at the special rate of $99 per night.  The special rate will be honored a day before and two days after the weekend for CW Weekend participants.  A hospitality suite will be available at the Marriott for socializing and libations on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Contact  Marriott reservations at 800-288-9290 or 703-849-9400 and specify “The North American Radio Weekend.”

The Weekend kicks off with an informal pizza dinner on Friday, followed Saturday morning by brunch hosted by N3JT at his McLean home.  The afternoon is free for touring or shopping.  Cocktails and dinner follow at 6 pm at Clyde’s Restaurant at Tyson’s Corners.  We generally meet on Sunday morning at the Marriott for an informal breakfast before heading home.  On Sunday afternoon, tours of the world famous W3LPL station and antenna farm may be available by prearrangement with Frank.

The late spring is a pleasant time in the nation’s capital, and there are numerous sights, museums, and world-class shopping centers within easy access to the hotel.  A modest registration of $25 per person is requested to defray the cost of the hospitality suite and refreshments.  Contact W4ZYT, Don, at to register or for questions.  Come and join your fellow brass pounders for a pleasant and memorable event!

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