SMCARA 2015 2-Meter Antenna Build and Test Contest


SMCARA 2015 2-Meter Antenna Build and Test Contest


  1. Build a homebrew 2-meter antenna.
  2. Compete for highest measured forward gain against other homebrewed antennas built by members of the SMCARA .

Antenna Design

  1. Antenna categories for awards are:
  2. Vertically Polarized
  3. Horizontally Polarized
  4. Antennas may be based on existing design or may be an experimental design.
  5. Antennas are to be homebuilt using off the shelf materials and hardware and/or material and hardware fabricated by the builder.
  6. Antennas shall be of single-boom design.
  7. Commercial antenna kits assembled by the builder are not eligible for awards.
  8. Antenna gain will be evaluated and measured at a nominal frequency of 146.52 MHz
  9. Total cost of the antenna parts shall not exceed $150

Antenna Gain Testing

  1. Antenna gain testing for homebrew antennas submitted under this contest will take place during the 2015 SMCARA ARRL Field Day Activities.
  2. Commercial antennas, which are not part of this contest, may be submitted for testing as time permits once testing of the homebuilt antennas is completed.
  3. Gain measurements as recorded by the gain measurement team are final.


  1. All participants will receive a certificate of participation noting antenna design type, measured forward gain, and standing.

Sign-up for the SMCARA email reflector


To sign up for the St. Mary’s County Amateur Radio Association’s email reflector got to

Under the area “Subscribing to SMCARA” enter the following:
Email Address, Name (optional),  Password (so you can come back and change you options),  Confirm your password and Lastly answer the question “Would you like to receive list mail batched in a daily digest? Yes / No

Once you have filled out the form click “Subscribe” and your request will be sent to our administrator for approval.

Once approved you will be able to send messages to and it will be reflected to the other subscribers. Just remember pictures and attachments will not be forwarded.

Local Frequencies (St. Mary’s County)


Saint Mary’s county area repeaters:
Two meters:
146.640 MHz Negative Offset PL 146.2 (Located in Lexington Park, MD)
145.350 MHz Negative Offset PL 156.7 (Located in Prince Frederick, MD.  Wide area coverage)
147.420 MHz SIMPLEX Echolink. PL 156.7 (Located in Leonardtown)
146.600 MHz SIMPLEX D-Star Hotspot. (Located in Lexington Park)
147.195 MHz Positive Offset D-Star (Located in Hollywood, behind the VFD.)

70 Centimeters:
443.050 MHz Positive Offset (Located in Lexington Park)

The list I have is from 2009 so if there are any others please send me an email at with the updated information.

Amateur Radio Examination Session, Saturday, May 2, 2015

Amateur Radio Examination Session, Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 10 AM. Those interested in taking their exam are asked to RSVP by contacting Eric Heard N3UH via email

Exams Offered:
Technician, General and Extra Class

Patuxent River Naval Air Test Museum located off of Three Notch Road (235) and Peg Road at Gate 1 of the Patuxent River NAS

What to bring:
Exam session fee $14  (Cash / Checks accepted. Checks made out to Eric Heard)

Bring copy of you Amateur Radio license (if any) Note: an extra copy of the your license (speeds up the examination session processing)..

Filled out NVEC Form 605 dated day of examination, if you have it. (speeds up the examination session processing). I can provide an electronic copy of the form if needed.

2 forms of ID– i.e Drivers License, Passport, photo ID etc…

Certificate of Successful Completion (CSCE) from qualified VEC i.e.(ARRL, W5YI) etc… (if any)

Other  Amateur radio element credit i.e. pre March 21, 1987 Technician License for General class element 3 credit (if any)




Simple calculator. –I should have a few extra if needed. NO SMARTPHONES OR TABLETS.


Earth Day Update – Change!

This is an update on the Earth Day event at the Westmoreland State Park.
Due to a schedule conflict at the park, the Ham Radio/Earth Day Event at the Westmoreland State Park has been moved one week to the weekend of April 25.
I hope this does not pose a problem for those of you planning on attending. ( but maybe it will be warmer)
Also due to this change, the weekend Technician Ham Class and Test session at Stratford Harbourhas been moved up a week to April 19-20.
Please spread the word on these date changes.