May, 2021 meeting

Club Vice President Bill N3WD opened the April, 2021 meeting. A turnout of fourteen people. Neil W3ZQI Secretary read the March meeting minutes. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report; post office box renewal is due. We welcomed new attendee John KD3H. HAMFEST: Some volunteers have signed up for two-hour shifts at the hamfest; several more would be appreciated. Food chits and water will be available for the volunteers. Truck of Deliciousness has been named the food vendor–featuring breakfast selections. Masks at the hamfest should be worn when close to others. E-mail announcements of the hamfest are planned (Neil W3ZQI asked for anyone’s help with Mail Chimp). NEW BUSINESS: A TS850 was purchased for repair and subsequent sale as a source of funds. In-person meetings are desired but the main meeting will continue via Zoom for the time being. Perhaps a supplemental meeting at a restaurant. INFORMAL: Dave AB3TE spoke of his Rig Expert for antenna analysis and some recent experiences. Tom KC3RJR and Alicia KC3RJQ spoke of their condo antenna options. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary

April, 2021 meeting

Club Vice President Bill N3WD opened the April, 2021 meeting. A turnout of nineteen people. Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the March meeting minutes and provided Treasurer Dave AB3TE’s report; (he joined in later). Modest spending again during the month; the treasury balance steady. We welcomed new attendee Amanda who is interested in emergency preparedness and plans to assist with our Disaster Prep webpage section. Our hamfest is formally a GO for 2021. There are few other area hamfest for 2021 so this is good for our plans. We are in negotiations with a food vendor. Masks at the hamfest would be expected but hard to enforce. Several stepped up to our call for Hamfest volunteers for two-hour shifts. Tom KC3RJR and Alicia KC3RJQ agreed to do 2 meter talk-in at the site. Jim WB3DJU will provide a PA system. Some volunteered to sell tickets. While overnight access is possible, no restrooms are available until the event. Marty KC3PPV spoke of high SWR problems with his ICOM radio. Suggestions were made and two offered to meet with him for diagnosis. Henry KB1PE was welcomed from absence; he mentioned that the National Electronics Museum is still on restricted access. New attendee Julian KD2DOI was welcomed and will be in contact with Jim W3BBE regarding emergency medicine. Alicia KC3RJQ and Tom KC3RJR’s plans of a HF station configuration were well received. Bill N3WD achieved a sweep of all of the special event stations for the final episode of Last Man Standing. Dave AB3TE gave an informative update on the operation of an HF mag loop antenna and its popularity— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

Operating Course: 11 Thursdays by ZOOM from April 15, 2021 6:30 pm.

The National Electronics Museum is sponsoring its well-received Operating Course again starting April 15, 2021 and running each Thursday for 11 weeks from 6:30 to 9:30 EDST on Zoom.   There is no charge for participation.  The purpose of these classes is to provide information to help licensed radio amateurs to participate in the many on-the-air activities available in the hobby.  The presenters are very experienced in their topics—many are nationally known experts—and they will be available to answer your questions following the presentations.   The exact order of presentations will be determined and published in the next few weeks.   These are independent presentations, and participants are free to participate in any or all of the evenings.   Feel free to pass this announcement along to others, but we request that all prospective attendees register by emailing Tom Christovich at tom.christovich@gmail.com . You will receive confirmation of enrollment and the Zoom link for attendance by reply email.  Here is a tentative list of topics:

All About Operating-an Introduction

Amateur Radio Organizations: Local, National, and International clubs, societies and groups devoted to specific aspects of amateur radio

Ham Radio Operating Award Hunting—from working Lighthouses to the DXCC Challenge

DXing

QSLing

VHF/UHF Weak Signal Work

Remote Station Control Over Internet

CW in the No-code Era

Digital modes

Imaging Operating

Contesting

Logging Software

HF Propagation

Amateur Satellite Comms

Portable (backpacking) Operation, including Park and Summits

Setting Up an HF Station

Emergency and Public Service Communications (ARES and RACES)

Traffic Handling

Lightning Protection and Grounding

73, Rol Anders, K3RA

March, 2021 meeting

Club Vice President Bill N3WD opened the March, 2021 meeting. A recent turnout record of twenty people. Neil W3ZQI Secretary read the February meeting minutes. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report; again, modest spending during the month. In the webpage report, Neil W3ZQI is seeking someone to further develop the Disaster Prep webpage and also put out a call for photographs. Our 2021 hamfest continues in a holding pattern dependent upon state guidelines for maximum attendance. Most every area hamfest ahead of our date has been cancelled. No rush yet on final decision for our event (decision can be by late May). No food vendor yet; might not have time to arrange for one. Masks at the hamfest would be expected but hard to enforce. Not sure of potential attendance; much pent up demand but will people come? No old business discussed. James Baker is seeking assistance on clearing ham gear by his father; Jim WB3DJU and Jon KC3PPV will follow up. Joe W3TTT has been appointed ARRL EC for Baltimore City/Baltimore County. He now has moderator privileges on our e-mail reflector to assist in communications. Bill N3WD spoke again of ARES and RACES missions and differences. Mutual support was offered by several meeting attendees. Tom and Alicia are now KC3RJR and KC3RJQ respectively–Congratulations! Informal: Tom KC3RJR/Alicia KC3RJQ asked further about 2-meter antennas and expected range. Frank W3LPL’s contest station was mentioned–see videos at You Tube. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary

February, 2021 meeting

Club Vice President Bill N3WD opened the February, 2021 meeting. A turnout of eighteen people. Neil W3ZQI Secretary read the January meeting minutes. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report; again, modest spending during the month. Our 2021 hamfest remains in a holding pattern dependent upon state guidelines for maximum attendance. We can print flyers on demand which is wise since area hamfests this year are still in doubt. The 2021 Dayton Hamvention has been cancelled. No rush yet on final decision for our event. No old business. Joe W3TTT requested use of the 146.67- repeater for weekly ARES Hospital Nets (Balto City/Balto County); approved so far. Two other existing nets are CATS ATV on Wednesday evening at 9:00 pm. and backup for Orioles 9:00 am daily. Bill N3WD further explained ARES and RACES. Marty KB3MXM is a contact. Post-meeting, informal chit-chat: new member Tom asked about light FM repeater activity and how to improve what he hears at his condo. Peter AA3BR was perplexed with intermittent transmit failures with his ICOM 7400. Consensus was an active “busy channel avoidance” feature. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary

January, 2021 meeting

Club Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the January, 2021 meeting. A turnout of nine people. Neil W3ZQI Secretary read the December meeting minutes. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report; again, modest spending during the month. We continue plans to hold our 2021 hamfest which remains dependent upon state guidelines for maximum attendance. We have the ability to print flyers on demand. Most area hamfests up to April have been cancelled. No new business. Post-meeting, informal chit-chat: Bud W3LL said that Dayton was still a go and he spoke of making his travel arrangements. With antenna system woes, he is restricted to 80M. Bud mentioned free remote desktop software: Google Desktop Remote. Dave AB3TE spoke of his Yaesu FT2980 HT. Jim W3BBE spoke of Maryland hospital readiness with CHATS — Neil W3ZQI Secretary

December, 2020 meeting

Club Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the December, 2020 meeting. A turnout of 13 people. Neil W3ZQI Secretary read the November meeting minutes. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report; modest spending during the month. Still planning to hold our 2021 hamfest; dependent upon state guidelines for maximum attendance. Post-meeting, informal chit-chat Marty KC3PPV asked for CW scheds as he improves his code speed for CW Ops. Several folks spoke on CW expertise. Marty is also having an SWR issue with his main radio–tips were given for diagnosis. Bud W3LL gave a short history of radios visible in his camera image and spoke of antenna work. Robin AA3SB stressed the importance of copyright awareness. Bill N3WD spoke of the new sunspot cycle and propagation. A big welcome to new attendee Al KC3QLP. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary — Note: Membership dues for 2021 continue due as of October 1st. The renewal form is on the club webpage–Members section.

November, 2020 meeting

Club Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the November, 2020 meeting. A turnout of 13 people. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report. In response to our continuing concern about an in-person meeting site and storage expenses, Jim WB3DJU mentioned that the Phoenix church has new leadership and might be more open to discussions. Neil W3ZQI Secretary read the October meeting minutes. Planning continues for the 2021 hamfest; the 2021 flyer redesign is done; pending printing as needed. More annual events are gone from the 2021 hamfest/event calendar, notably January/February. Richmond and Orlando did cancel. Don N3FQC spoke of the planned revival of Baltimore County RACES for emergency response. After the meeting, informal chit-chat covered the ARRL Sweepstakes contest, Joe W3TTT’s informal 80 meter net on Wednesday, Neil W3ZQI mentioned the CATS (Chesapeake Amateur Television Society) project to stream ATV net activity to the Internet, Bill N3WD did a demonstration of the popular PSKReporter resource, Don N3FQC asked about ISIS satellites, and Jim WB3DJU has a spare R390A receiver looking for a good home. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary — Note: Membership dues for 2021 continue due as of October 1st. The renewal form is on the club webpage–Members section.

October, 2020 meeting

Club Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the October, 2020 meeting. A turnout of 14 people. We welcomed newcomer Don N3FQC. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report. Dave AB3TE advised that monthly storage costs continue as our largest recurring expense and that such expense has gone from $66 to $72 monthly. Neil W3ZQI Treasurer read the September meeting minutes. Planning continues for the 2021 hamfest; a small supply of flyers will be provided by Bill N3WD to get us past the two January time-frame area hamfests. A number of annual events are already notably missing from the 2021 hamfest/event calendar. Membership dues for 2021 are due as of October 1st. The renewal form is on the Members web page. The club post office box is checked regularly with some dues checks already arrived. Neil W3ZQI asked about alternate revenue sources. Some discussion took place with raffles appearing to be an interesting opportunity but equally plagued by non-modest licensing/permit requirements. An alternate storage facility or outright reducing our storage requirements (by sale or raffle) were both discussed. After the meeting, informal chit-chat covered license exams, CW, and the 3905/OMISS nets. Bill N3WD spoke of various operating awards earned by his extensive on-air time. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary

September, 2020 meeting

Club Vice President Bill opened the September, 2020 meeting. A turnout of 15 people. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report. Dave AB3TE advised that monthly storage cost continue as our largest recurring expense. Neil W3ZQI Treasurer read last the August minutes. Planning has begun for the 2021 hamfest; initial effort will be creation of flyers. Membership dues for 2021 are due as of October 1st. The renewal form is on the Members web page. The club post office box is checked regularly. Recently joined member Marty KC3PPV is now on the air. He, Robin AB3SB, and Mike K2TPZ are avid proponents of CW. Jon KC3PAN joined in from his hospital bed after recent surgery (great club spirit and best wishes for speedy recovery). Leo N3AEG and Gordon KC3LWO spoke of their experiences with DMR handheld radios. Dave AB3TE mentioned difficulties keeping rig control running with his ICOM 7300 and DXLab Commander so has been using his MFJ RigPi in the interim. Bill N3WD spoke of the recent NAQP-RTTY and the upcoming PA-QSO Party. Neil W3ZQI spoke of the CATS/BRATS ATV repeater linking project. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary

August, 2020 meeting

Club President Hale N3NYC opened the August, 2020 meeting. A turnout of 15 people. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report. No mention of State financial filings. Dave AB3TE advised that monthly storage cost are our largest recurring expense. We are on schedule for the 2021 hamfest. VP Bill N3WD recapped his effort in this year’s 13 Colonies on-air event which represents the 13 US colonies plus bonus stations. Many worked Bill as K3F. New attendee Tom was welcomed to the meeting and given info for continued contact with the club. Recently new member Marty is now a General class and KC3PPV. He updated the group with the status of his station and spoke of his grounding project. Bud W3LL recapped his involvement in the recent NAQP-RTTY Contest and advised that the Maryland QSO Party is coming up soon. KC3NLC spoke of his moon bounce project and is application for a new vanity call now that he passed the Extra exam. Bill N3WD provided a narrative, particularly for Tom’s benefit, on contesting, the QSL card bureau system, and the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC) . — Neil W3ZQI Secretary

John Chitwood, K3RGB, SK

K3RGB John S. Chitwood
St Petersburg, FL 

QCWA # 32728
Chapter |32|20|222|

First Call: KN3RGB issued in 1961

Got interested in shortwave radio when my grandfather brought a 17 tube Zenith radio (broadcast band to 18 MHz) to my parents. home in the mid-1950s. While I really I enjoyed listening to shortwave broadcasts, I enjoyed listening to ham stations on 40 and 75 meters AM even more. In the summer of 1960, I saw an ARRL novice license manual for sale at Ship.N.Shore radio in Ocean City, MD, so I bought it. Joined the radio club in high school (Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Radio Club/W3CDI), and learned Morse code. Studied the license manual, took the test, and received my Novice license, KN3RGB, in 1961.

I got right on the Novice bands (80 and 40) using a Hallicrafters S-38E and a one tube (117L7) crystal controlled transmitter that I built in a steel index card box. I also immediately began preparing for the General Class exam. It took me 4 visits to the FCC field office in Baltimore until I passed my 13 wpm receiving test. On that same 4th visit, I passed the written test and received my General Class license, K3RGB. This was followed by my Advanced Class license, and, some years later, after studying for the written test, and listening to W1AW code practice broadcasts, I earned my Extra Class license.

I was a frequent operator at W3CDI, taught code classes and license classes and served as Secretary and then President of the club. Joined the Baltimore Amateur Radio Club in which I served as Secretary for a couple of years. I was named as Club.s trustee for the Foundation for Amateur Radio. I was then elected to serve as the Secretary of the Foundation for Amateur Radio for a term or two.

Became the EC of the Baltimore Area AREC (now ARES), and was a member of the Baltimore City Civil Defense radio team in the 1960s.

Although not ham radio related, between April and September 1964, I was employed at Radio Baltimore WCAO where I served as a control room engineer, production studio engineer, and a maintenance engineer. While attending college, I was hired by NASA.s Goddard Space Flight Center as a student trainee and then after graduation, as an electronics engineer at NASA, from which I retired in 2001.

Joined QCWA in 2004 as a member of chapter 20. Later, also became a member of chapter 222 and 32.

Served as a member of the Foundation for Amateur Radio.s Scholarship Committee from 1972 to 2018. Assumed the responsibility of managing the Committee.s funds in the early 2000s, and was then elected Treasurer of the Foundation for Amateur Radio, a position in which I served until November 2018.

After moving to Saint Petersburg, FL in late 2015, I am still in the process of getting my station set up, but I have been continuously active on 80 . 10 meters mobile, VHF and UHF, and APRS. Now, residing in the Tampa Bay area, I am a member of chapter 32 where I am doing my small part in revitalizing the chapter as interim secretary.

73,
John/K3RGB

November 25, 2019