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 w3hac.hacdc@gmail.com if you want to be part of the fun!  Bring you kids!

visit https://www.nps.gov/whho/index.htm

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 marriott.com/wasfp.  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 (w4zyt.don@gmail.com) 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 w4zyt.don@gmail.com to register or for questions.  Come and join your fellow brass pounders for a pleasant and memorable event!

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Tom Horne, W3TDH speaking about “SKYWARN” May 11th @ 7:30 pm

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Hi my name is Tom Horne, W3TDH.   I will be speaking on How Amateur Radio can best assist the Weather Service Skywarn Program.  I will do a quick review of what weather events meet the criteria for being reported and some examples of reports that are unhelpful.  I will also review what are the positions within the Skywarn Coordinating Team that are always filled by active Skywarn participants who are also Amateur Radio Operators.

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CQ World Wide WPX CW Contest May 25 to 27

 

cq_logo large HacDC Amateur Radio Club is participating in the CQ World Wide WPX CW Contest.  The objective of this event is to contact as many amateur radio stations and call sign prefixes as possible during the contest period.  The contest period is 48 hours, beginning Friday,  May 25 at 8 pm local time and ends Sunday, May 27th at 7:59 pm local time.  We are looking for operators.  Please contact us at w3hac.hacdc@gmail.com

 

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CQ World Wide WPX Ssb Contest this Weekend (March 26-27)

Please join us this weekend in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest. HacDC Amateur Radio Club will be operating as a multi operator, single transmitter low power station.  Join us for the FUN.

I. Objective: For amateurs world wide to contact as many amateurs and prefixes as possible during the contest period.

II. Period of Operation: 48 hours. Single Operator stations may operate 36 of the 48 hours – off times must be a minimum of 60 minutes during which no QSO is logged. Multi-operator stations may operate the full 48 hours.

III. Bands: Only the 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21, and 28 MHz bands may be used. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged.

IV. EXCHANGE: RS(T) report plus a progressive contact serial number starting with 001 for the first contact. Note: Multi-Two and Multi-Unlimited entrants use separate serial number sequences on each band.

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Two New Videos Featuring HARC Members Available

Two new videos produced for HacDC Amateur Radio Club are now available.

  • The first is a new tutorial series entitled “Paper Hams Unite – Elmers to the Rescue”.  This is the first (Episode 1: Understanding Frequencies and Meters) in a series of helpful tutorials that will talk about all aspects of ham radio. We’ll be digging deeper into the practical, technological, scientific, and historical aspects of amateur radio.  This first video features Elmers Don Jones (K6ZO) and Susan Meckley (W7KFI), hosted by HARC member Darrell Johnson (KC3FZT).

  • The second video is HARC’s participation in the CQ Worldwide CW Contest that took place in November of 2015.  It features Don Jones, Susan Meckley, and Bruce Haupt (K3MYI).

More videos will be available soon.

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Marty Pittinger, ARRL Section Manager speaking March 9th

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ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio in the US. Founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim as The American Radio Relay League, ARRL is a noncommercial organization of radio amateurs. ARRL numbers within its ranks the vast majority of active radio amateurs in the nation and has a proud history of achievement as the standard-bearer in amateur affairs. ARRL’s underpinnings as Amateur Radio’s witness, partner and forum are defined by five pillars: Public Service, Advocacy, Education, Technology, and Membership.

 

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St. Lucia Island Dxpedition Presentation February 10th @ 7:30 PM

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David Bern, W2LNX will be speaking about his amateur radio Dxpedition to Saint Lucia Island.  This trip was sponsored by BUDDIPOLE Antenna Manufacturing Company.

Don Jones, K6ZO will be speaking about “What is a Dxpedition”.

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WEEKLY NET

Weekly Net has temporarily moved to 145.110 (-600 PL100)

The W3HAC VHF net has moved to 145.110 (xmit -600 PL Tone 100)

Net Info

When: Monday 9 pm
Frequency: 145.110
PL Tone: 100

Purposes of the W3HAC net

– To exchange announcements related to the radio club;
– To practice effective formal net operations by rotating the net control role;
– To publicize our group and answer questions from hams interested in joining our club, attending our events, operating our station in contests and testing for radio licensure at our club;
– To discuss topics circulated in advance of interest to our membership.

( January 24, 2016)

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