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.

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.

Amateur Radio Licensing Classes Forming


It is that time of year again where the St. Mary’s County Amateur Radio Association is sponsoring classes for those interested in getting their first Amateur Radio License or to upgrade a current license.

Classes will be held at the J.F. Taylor Conference Center Next to PAX NAS Gate #1 on route 235 (22188 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653). We will be offering classes for the entry level Technician license as well as upgrade classes for the Gereral Class and Extra Class licenses. There is NO FEE for the classes except for the cost of the books which the students are responsible for obtaining (details below) and a $14.00 exam fee due on the day of the exam.

Class schedules are as follows:
Technician (Entry Level):

February 14th – 9am to 12pm – Class Session #1
February 21st – 9am to 12pm – Class Session #2
February 28th – 9am to 12pm – Class Session #3
March 7th – 9am to 12pm – – Class Session #4
March 14th – 9am – Exam Day

General and Extra Classes (Upgrades):

February 14th – 9am to 12pm – Class Session #1
February 21st – 9am to 12pm – Class Session #2
February 28th – 9am to 12pm – Class Session #3
March 7th – 9am to 12pm – Class Session #4
March 14th – 9am to 12pm – Class Session #5
March 21st – 9am to 12pm – Class Session #6
March 28th – 9am – Exam Day

All of the material required to take and pass your exam will be covered during the classroom sessions. We will be using the Gordon West Teaching Materials once again and we encourage those interested in taking the classes to purchase the books that match up with the teaching materials. Those materials can be found at the following locations:


We also encourage those interested to get their books early and begin reading. If you are interested in attending one of these classes please send an email to Dan Metcalf at to reserve your seat. Seating will be limited as we are limiting the class sizes to 10 students per class. Good Luck!

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.