Amateur Radio Classes to Start July 12th 2014


The St. Mary’s County Amateur Radio Association has just received permission to use the J.F. Taylor Conference Center for yet another round of classes!

We are once again going to offer all three license classes Technician, General and Amateur Extra.

The class schedule proposed is as follows: (exam dates are subject to change)
Technician: July 12, 19, 26 with exams on Aug 2nd. (class is 4 weeks total)
General: July 12, 19, 26 Aug 2 with exams Aug 9th. (class is 5 weeks total)
Amateur Extra: July 12, 19, 26 Aug 2, 9 with exams on the 16th. (class is 6 weeks total)

Class Times: 9am – 1pm

Here are the links to the students materials for the classes:
Technician (entry level): Technician Book
General (must have at least Technician license): General Class Book
Amateur Extra (must have at least a General Class license): Amateur Extra Book

We highly recommend getting the materials ASAP and begin reading. This way class time can be more effectively used as review and hands on training.

Thanks to SPARC (Southern Patuxent Amateur Radio Club) and LDG Electronics for those who take the Technician Class and pass their Technician exams they will receive a new handheld transceiver for free.

Those interested should contact Dan Metcalf (KB3UUN) via email at to register.

The J.F. Taylor Conference Center is located:
22188 Three Notch Road
Lexington Park, MD 20653

SkyWarn Training Rescheduled for July 23, 2014


For those interested in SkyWarn training a class has been scheduled to take place in St. Mary’s County. The SkyWarn class has been scheduled for July 23rd 2014 from 6pm to 9pm at the Charlotte Hall Library located at:

37600 New Market Road
Mechanicsville, MD 20622

We are still taking names for seats in the class so for those interested in attending this class either contact Dan Metcalf ( or Gerald Gardiner ( to reserve a spot.

ARRL Membership for New Members and Renewals


As you consider becoming an ARRL member or renewing your ARRL membership please consider doing it through the club. Here is why:

ARRL Affiliated Clubs receive a commission for every new ARRL membership and renewal they submit to ARRL Headquarters.
  • Clubs retain a portion of the dues for each regular membership submitted to ARRL Headquarters:
    • Clubs retain $15 for each new membership OR lapsed membership (of two years or more). A NEW MEMBER is defined as any individual who has never been a member of ARRL or any individual who has not retained a membership for two or more calendar years prior to the application submission.
    • Clubs retain $2 for each renewal. A RENEWING MEMBER can renew at anytime, even before their current membership term expires.
  • Family, Blind or 21-and-under discounted memberships are not applicable for any discount.

ARRL Member Renewal Form

Club’s Paypal account is ready for use.


If you find it easier to transfer funds rather than dealing with cash as I do then we have a easy way for Due’s and Donations to be paid / made. During our July meeting the club voted to have a Paypal account created and tied to the Treasurer’s email account so here are the details:

The payer needs to have a paypal account. It is free to sign up.
Once logged into your account click on SEND MONEY at the top of the Paypal page.
Our email is

You should have two options #1:purchase services or #2:send $ to family and friends.
Please choose #2, to avoid having the club having to absorb the $0.88 per $20 dollars transferred.
From there follow the instructions a presented be Paypal.

ARRL Field Day 2014 (June 28-29)

Field Day LogoJune 28 – 29 2014 is the day. The Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsored Field Day is a yearly event that allows us to demonstrate to the public our ability to communicate with out the need for commercial power. Field Day can also be a day to invite those who would be interested to come out and get on the air and communicate with other Amateur Radio Operators around the United States and Canada. They might even get the occasional DX. Mark your Calendars and come out and play.

Field Day for the St. Mary’s County Amateur Radio Association will be held in and behind the Bingo Hall which is located behind the Hollywood Volunteer Fire House in Hollywood, MD. The Communications Tent and Antenna setup will take place starting 0900 Saturday morning. Radio Operations do not begin until 1400 local time. We have added a build project where those interested can build an SO-239 connector antenna as shown below.

If you are interested in building on of these antennas please contact Dan Metcalf via by Thursday 26 June 2014 to reserve a kit. See you there and have FUN!SO-239 Antenna