Pico Ballooning on the West Coast

I am still fly balloons but now from Berkeley. I have taken up pico ballooning using cheap party balloons and homebrew trackers. My last flight lasted almost 2 weeks and landed on the ground in Turkmenistan and it’s last packet was received in Finland. All on 10 mW of solar powered 20 m WSPR. Check out sf-hab.org for more info. 73 Martin W6MRR (formerly KB3UJQ)

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Remote controlled HF station

HacDC Amateur Radio Club remote controlled HF Station includes a Kenwood TS-590S, a Cushcraft A3S three element yagi (20 15 10 meters) and a M2 seven element Six meter yagi at 65ft. $200.00 annual membership contact w3hac.hacdc@gmail.com (visit www.remotehams.com for software download)

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Malawi and Comoro Island Dxpedtion by K6ZO

December 12, 2020

Don Jones has returned from Africa. He spent 55 days in Malawi and 9 days in the Union of Comores. Don made a total of 16,000+ contacts. He is licensed as 7Q6M in Malawi and D60AB in Comores.

This is my antenna system in Malawi…A Hex-beam covering 20-17-15-12-10 meters and a 40 meter rotary dipole.

The Comoro Islands is a great place to operate ham radio.
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Malawi Dxpedition November 21 to 28, 2019

Members of HacDC Amateur Radio Club will be operating from Embangweni in Northern Malawi.  Look for us on 160 to 10 meters, SSB, CW, and digital modes.  We will be participating in the CQ World Wide CW Contest.  Our call sign is 7Q6M.  For more information, visit qrz.com/db/7q6m

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YOTA 2018 SOUTH AFRICA August 8-15

HacDC Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring two youngsters from Malawi and two youngsters from Uganda, who will be participating in “Youngsters on the Air” Summer Camp in South Africa.  This is a week long event providing youngsters between the ages of 16-25 the opportunity to learn more about amateur radio and to meet other young amateur around the world. The Youngsters On The Air “Summer” Event is an annual event that takes place in a Region 1 country. South Africa will be the first country to host this event outside of Europe.  Activities include: Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio launch, amateur radio development lectures, kit building, and various other amateur radio related activities.

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Malawi Amateur Radio operator visits HacDC Amateur Radio Club

We had the opportunity to host Junior Nyirongo, 7Q7JN from Malawi Republic.  This picture was taken at the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club dinner in Rockville, MD.  Junior works at Embangweni Mission Hospital in Northern Malawi.

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Visiting the “Goat Farm” Contest station NR4M Presentation Wednesday, March 14th @ 7:30pm

I will be giving a presentation on my trip to “The Goat Farm” Contest Station, which is located on a 60+ acre ranch in Locust, VA.  Visit NR4M.com 




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Holiday Fun – Potluck Dinner Meeting Tonight

Hello, all. As a reminder, we will be having our pot-luck holiday dinner meeting tonight, Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the club. I am looking forward to seeing you all there.

73 de Jeff / KB3ZUK


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Special Event Presentation Planned for October 21, 2017

The HacDC Amateur Radio Club is planning for a very special presentation to be held on October 21, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC.  This event was originally scheduled for May, but was cancelled on the day of the event due to rain.  We are finalizing our official permit with the NPS at this time for the event, but anticipate no problems, since it is essentially a re-issuance of the initial request, which was approved.

Stuart Thomas / KB1HQS will be our very special guest.  During the 2016 ARRL National Parks on the Air initiative, Stuart earned top honors by racking up over 500 activations. He will be giving us a hands-on demonstration in the field of the types of equipment and antennas he utilized to help him achieve his first place status in the initiative. In addition to being an accomplished author and experienced outdoorsman, Stuart is a recognized expert in the area of mobile and portable amateur radio operations. He wrote the section on Portable and Mobile Operation in the “ARRL Operating Manual – 11th Edition”; articles for “QST” Magazine; and has a book in progress with the League on portable and mobile operations.

To find out more about Stuart, please go to his website: www.kb1hqs.com

After the demonstration station is set-up and the presentation is finished (approximately one hour), we will use the opportunity to activate the park under the World Wide Flora and Fauna Parks on the Air Program – Park Number KFF-0656, ending no later than 5:00 PM. In the event of RAIN, we will be forced to cancel, as the equipment he will be utilizing is not water resistant.

We will be meeting at Rock Creek Park, near the benches in picnic area 23 (black circle with the number “23” in the picture below), which is located just to the South side of the Tennis Center.

Keep in mind that there are several ways in which to gain access to the area, but the physical address to the tennis center itself is: 4850 Colorado Ave, N.W., Washington, DC 20011

This should be a GREAT TIME! Lots to see, learn and do. ALL ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME AND PARTICIPATE.

Even if you don’t have an amateur radio license, there will be licensed amateur operators available to help you make your first contacts on the air!!!

Like all of our amateur radio meetings, this event is FREE TO ATTEND!

Please note:  If you plan to bring your own food or beverages, glass containers and balloons are not permitted in the park.  Also, nothing may be staked into the ground nor attached to any natural or man-made structure (for example, you may not attach hammocks to trees, erect tent covers that use poles that stake into the ground, use lawn umbrellas that stake into the ground, etc.).  If you have any questions about the event, please call me.  My contact information is listed below.

Thanks. We hope to see you there!

“73” (Best Wishes) – Jeff Dahn / KB3ZUK

President / HacDC Amateur Radio Club

Mobile (240) 304-9148

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Presentation for August 9, 2017 Meeting at 7:30 PM / HF Digital Modes by Andrew Beard / AB3U

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM, Andrew Beard, AB3U, will be bringing in his KX2 and giving us a live presentation of various HF digital modes. He will demonstrate how transmissions appear “on the waterfall”, how they sound and display the timing of the exchanges between various popular HF modes.

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