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02/06/2014

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ARRL Field Day 2014 will be held on June 28-29, 2014 at the BARC clubhouse in Owings Mills. The objective of Field Day is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. We will have three stations set up in the clubhouse. Food, balloons, and fun were there as well. Last year, 431contacts were made along with consumption of plenty great food--we hope you came out and helped us celebrate on the air. Do join us again this year for the "FUN CONTEST".

13 Colonies Special Event:

Our club station, W3FT, has been selected for the Baltimore sister event commemorating the writing of our National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner in 1812. Look for us on the HF bands during Independence Week (July 1-6) of 2014. We have plenty of room for operators.

Maryland/DC QSO Party 2013 was August 10-11, 2013 with our club operating from the BARC clubhouse in Owings Mills. The objective of the Maryland/DC QSO Party is to put Maryland on the airwaves by working as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands). Worked All States enthusiasts love these QSO parties.
This year, we worked 48 states (missed Delaware and Alaska). We worked 18 Maryland Counties and 9 DX stations. 760 contacts - 15 clubs, 52 Mobiles, 40 QRP and 653 Standard Stations for a total of 97,090 points. Thanks to Art, KB3ZNL, he made 70 contacts and N3WD Bill made the other 670.

A hearty thank you to the operators and visitors during the event: Charles KC3ANJ, Kelly KC3APF, Don K3DON, Hale N3NYC, Dave KB3ZXQ, Eff WB2JNA, Frank W3FGD, Val W3VAL, Bernie Moll, Russ N3YI, Jim WI3N (ARRL Section Manager), Jim WB3KAS (ARRL Asst. Section Manager), Jim WB3KAS (ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator), Wanda KA3AHI (ARRL Assistant Section Manager), Brian N3VN, Randy KG3N, Bill N3UKI, Joe KB3UHP, Lee AE3S, Art WB3ZNL, Terry K3RBT, Bill N3LLR (ARRL Director Altantic Division), Pam KB3SVG, AL W3YRS (Maryland Emergency Management Agency Director), Bill N3WD, Sharon K3DUH, and Trish N3DUH.

Special Event Station -- Opening of the War of 1812. W3FT was on the air Friday June 15, 2012 through Sunday June 17, 2012.
We had a grand time at the facility inviting new people in the community to learn about amateur radio. We had hotdogs and burgers on the grill and people on the air celebrated the start of the WAR of 1812. The blue Angels flew over the Baltimore Harbor, Ft. McHenry was rockin', and we were lighting up the air waves. This event was in preparation for the 2014 celebration that is planned. It will help advertise the event and it gets folks in the mode of operating a special event which is the total opposite of contesting and normal operating habits. We hope you came out to join us. The contact count was 1,668. Since then we have responded to hundreds of QSL card requests, both stateside and DX.

 
W3FT Special Event QSL card

A special thanks to our special event operators and loggers: Keon KE3HAY, Bill N3WD, Frank KB3SBQ, Val W3VAL, Hale N3NYC, Neil W3ZQI, Bill NB3B, Sharon K3DUH, Bernie, Henry KB3NYW, Jim WB3DJU, Mitch K9GOO, and Russ N3YI. And of particular note, special thanks to Trish N3DUH for design of our special event QSL card.

We proudly use DXLabs Suite for general (master) logging, QSLing, and operating. N1MM and N3FJP software are used for various contests.

QSL any of our contacts by sending SASE (DX send SAE and $1USD or via bureau) to Baltimore Amateur Radio Club-W3FT 12360 Owings Mills Blvd-Suite D, Reisterstown, MD 21136. Logbook of the World is loaded promptly. OMISS and 3905 contacts are fine by their respective bureaus.

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