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Amateur Radio License Testing – Dec. 27

NEMARC is having a free Amateur Radio license test session on Tuesday evening, December 27th at 7 PM.

Pre-registration is recommended – email Doug Wittich at N3VEJ@arrl.net


Tuesday, December 27th at 7:00 PM


Harford County Sheriff’s Office
Southern District Office Building
1305 Pulaski Highway, Edgewood, MD 21040 (map)

This is just east of Md 152 on US 40, Eastbound side.

If you are new to Ham Radio and don’t currently have an FRN, please  apply for an FRN now. We will need that for registration. It is quick and painless. Go to http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls and click the Register button. It will lead you through the steps.

This page can also be used to see if you already have an FRN. You can also call the FCC FRN Help Line: 877-480-3201 (Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. ET). If you don’t have an FRN, we will have to use your Social Security Number and we really prefer not to have to do that. Remember that you only need to bring a photo ID. There is no need to bring copies of your FCC license to upgrade, and there is NO FEE!

In the event we cancel the session because of the weather, we will email and call everyone that is pre-registered. If the weather is questionable, please call me before you leave home.

I will be accessible by cellphone at 443-794-0735 including up until 7 PM on Tuesday.

Doug Wittich, N3VEJ

Amateur Radio Technician Level License Class

Pre-registration REQUIRED for classes & testing. The class is limited to 20 students. To pre-register please email registration@k3ars.org

This is an intense two day course that covers all of the material necessary to pass the exam to obtain a Federal Communications Commission Amateur Radio Technician class license.  License testing is offered on the third day.

The Technician class license is the entry-level license of choice for most new ham radio operators. There is no Morse code requirement.

To earn the Technician license requires passing one examination totaling 35 questions on radio theory, regulations and operating practices. The test consists of 35 multiple choice questions that requires a 70% passing grade.

The license gives access to all Amateur Radio frequencies above 30 megahertz, allowing these licensees the ability to communicate locally and most often within North America. It also allows for some limited privileges on the HF (also called “short wave”) bands used for international communications.

Kent County Amateur Radio Society (K3ARS)

Galena Volunteer Fire Company
90 E Cross St., Galena, MD 21635 (map)

January 17 – 19, 2017, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Required Materials:
Technician Class Manual, 2014 – 2018 by Gordon West
Cost $21.95 (store)

Other questions please feel free to contact:

Bill Clark
Email: n3dou@k3ars.org
Phone: 443-480-0671

Useful Skill: The Lineman Splice

“Learn how to make one of the most robust wire splices around, the Lineman’s Splice. The join is stronger than any other part of the wire connection, and is the approved splicing technique of NASA.”

2016 March of Dimes – March of Babies Event

Harford County ARES is supporting the March of Dimes/March of Babies event on Sunday 24 April from 8:00 AM to approximately 11:00 AM.  The walk is 2.7 miles in the town of Bel Air.

Jeff, KB3LFG and myself attended a planning meeting on this event and are requesting participation from Harford County and Cecil County Amateur Radio Operators.

Our duties will be similar to last year which is to call for assistance if any walkers need help and report on their progress. I think using handy talkies and a simplex channel 146.520 will be adequate but if not, we can use the Harford County 2 meter analog repeater, 146.775, -, pl 146.

After the walk there will be food and entertainment.

If you can help us, please email Jeff KB3LFG or Ted W3YR

March of Dimes / March for Babies

ARES Report Form Webinar

The ARRL recently held an ARES report form webinar on March 1st. The hour-long webinar was recorded and has been uploaded to the ARRL YouTube channel. Everyone interested in emergency communications is encouraged to watch the video.

Video of the March 1, 2016 ARRL webinar on the new ARES reporting forms. ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U; ARRL Field Services Supervisor Steve Ewald, WV1X, and ARRL Emergency Preparedness Assistant Ken Bailey, K1FUG were the hosts.

This webinar covered the following forms:

FSD-157 — Public Service Activity Report
FSD-212 — EC/DEC Monthly Report
FSD-96 — SEC Monthly Report

The webinar reviewed how to fill out these forms, who should complete them, where the information goes, how the information is used, and why good reporting is critical. The future of ARES reporting was also discussed.

View the webinar here:

RACES Volunteers Needed for Peach Bottom Exercise

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, evening:

The sheltering portion of the federally evaluated Peach Bottom Exercise will be held on March 30, 2016 in the evening.  RACES radio operators will be needed to staff the RACES Room/EOC, the shelter at Patterson Mill High School, and a Reception Center.  The actual exercise will begin around 7 PM, but we will need to report to our facilities earlier than that.  Anyone available to participate in this exercise on the evening of March 30, please email Jeff Matthews.

Skywarn Class Being Offered in New Castle County, DE

From the Mount Holly NWS office:

The National Weather Service will be hosting a Skywarn storm spotting class on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 6:30 PM to approximately 9:00 PM at the New Castle County Emergency Operations Center. This class is one of the few the National Weather Service will be hosting in 2016.

All weather spotters that need their 2 year refresher and all interested members of the community are welcome to attend.

Pre-registration is required and more information can be found at class.mthollyskywarn.com

Registration is maxed at 150 seats. We hope to see you there!!

Harford ARES net – March 8, 2016 at 8:00 PM

To all:

Tuesday, 8 March 2016 at 8:00 PM, we will have a ARES net on the Harford County 2 meter analog repeater, 146.775, -, pl 146.

All Amateur Radio Operators in and around Harford County are encouraged to check in.


Ted Wieworka, W3YR, Harford County ARES Emergency Coordinator