On-the-air

ARRL Field Day for 2021 is June 26-27, 2021. This is the largest on-air amateur radio event in North America. Members of our club and the Baltimore Radio Amateur Television Society (BRATS) were hosted in 2018 and 2019 at a facility made available by Steve KA3ZMN who provided a first-rate operating environment for a multiple transmitter activity, complete with generator power, an impressive selection of antennas, and great food. A big thank you to Steve for his tremendous effort in making these events so effective and enjoyable for the two clubs. With guidance from the ARRL, the 2020 event particularly promoted covid-19 safety by emphasis on home emergency powered stations; typically run by single operators. Group gatherings were more of a challenge, please join in for 2021.

Maryland/DC QSO Party is held annually; next one is in August 2021. Help put Maryland “on the map”. All modes are supported.

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

Confirmations for any of our contacts-W3FT: US-send SASE; DX-send SAE w/$1USD or use the bureau. For any direct mailing, an SASE or postage is required. Our mailing address is Baltimore Amateur Radio Club-W3FT, P O Box 120, Reisterstown, MD 21136; please mark your inbound envelope with the event name (if applicable). Logbook of the World is loaded promptly after any contacts are made.

The BARC Repeater System is available for anyone to use. The repeater has a primary input frequency of 146.07 Mhz and output is 146.67. The PL tone is 107.2. With multiple receive sites in the Greater Baltimore area, coverage is excellent. A big thank you to Phil N3CDY for his years of effort in maintaining the system.

If the Repeater goes down, please try simplex as we will monitor BARC Simplex Frequency 146.550 mhz., 40M on 7.195 mhz, and 75M on 3.910 mhz.

Education: Classes to Prepare for Licensing Exams

General Class Classes by Rol K3RA on Zoom begin Thursday November 5th., and run for 9 sessions (with holiday breaks), ending January 21st.  Sessions will start at 6:30, and run 3 hours.  No charge, of course.  These are the classes sponsored by the National Electronics Museum that they have been holding for years. Those wishing to sign up should email Rol K3RA at roland.anders@comcast.net .

Check out these education opportunities in the Maryland/DC area: http://www.arrl-mdc.net/Classes.htm . In particular, the Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum (ARCNEM); the Columbia Amateur Radio Association (CARA); Antietam Radio Association; the Anne Arundel Radio Club; the Montgomery College Chapter of the IEEE and Montgomery Amateur Radio Club also hold classes.

ARRL link to amateur radio license classes in the area.

ARRL link to amateur radio license examinations in the area.