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ARRL Field Day 2014 was 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 had three stations set up in the clubhouse. This year, we again had a respectable number of contacts and a good turnout of interested parties. We had some loggin problems that slowed us down on Saturday evening but still were able to demonstrate amateur radio with great operating and plenty of practice for operating in the upcoming 13 Colonies Special Even. As always, there was fun and consumption of great food--we hope you came out and helped us celebrate on the air. Do join us again in 2015 for the "FUN CONTEST".

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 will again participate in the Maryland/DC QSO Party 2014 in August--details to follow.

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.
The closing Special Event will be held in September, 2014.
 
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: US-send SASE; DX-send SAE w/$1USD or use bureau). Our mailing address is" 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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