Software Defined Radio (SDR)
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The Charles County Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special events station from the Dr. Mudd house in Waldorf MD. Operation will be on April 18th and 18th on the 17M phone band. Primary frequency will be 18.140MHz.
Charles County has a rich history pertaining to the Civil War, and several local connections with the escape of John Wilkes Booth. The addition of a special events station will allow operators from around the world to join in on the commemoration!
QSL requests can be sent to:
K3SMD Lincoln 150
P.O. Box 169
La Plata, MD 20646
Due to the April monthly meeting falling on Good Friday, the meeting has been rescheduled for April 10th. Please update your calendars and we will see you next Friday!
During the meeting we will plan our the events and signups for the Lincoln 150 Special events station
The Charles County Amateur Radio Club will be hosting its next monthly meeting on Friday, February 6th at 7:00.
Tim Morgan, chief of tourism & special events for Charles County will be stopping by to discuss with us the planned events for the 150th Commemoration of the Lincoln Assassination. Charles County has a rich history pertaining to the Civil War, and several local connections with the escape of John Wilkes Booth.
Stop by our meeting on at the Charles County Rescue Squad located at 2 Calvert Street in downtown La Plata this Friday at 7:00!
Sorry it has been a long time since we have updated our information.
Hope everyone had a good New Year, and got lots of goodies! We will be postponing our January, 2015 meeting until Friday January 9th. Due to the proximity to New Years, the club decided to move the meeting back one week to allow more members to return home from vacation and have a chance to come by!
We will be discussing the year past, and looking forward to the year ahead!
Feel free to bring by and projects or presents the large Man-in-Red has left for you for a show and tell!
Meeting will be January 9th at 7:00, located at the Charles County Rescue squad, 2 Calvert street, La Plata MD.
Friday, September 5th the Charles County Amateur Radio Club will be having its monthly meeting, starting at 7:00. The meeting will be at the Charles County Rescue Squad building, located at 2 Calvert Street in beautiful downtown La Plata.
An overview of this years Field-Day Event from a RF view will be the main presentation by Mark, KC4AFU.
This talk will provide a look at this years Field Day site examining both the Near Field energy distribution and the far-field antenna patterns of the various antenna configurations used during the event.
Coupling between the various antennas will be explored as well as examining the Power Density (W/M2) calculated in and around the shelter area based on various transmitted power levels.
Explanation of both the ideal dipole and monopole characteristics will be presented and will be compare to the calculated patterns over a real ground (i.e.. Dirt…)
Note: No Maxwell’s equations were harmed during the making of this presentation….
This Friday, August 1st the Charles County Amateur Radio Club will be having its monthly meeting, starting at 7:00. The meeting will be at the Charles County Rescue Squad building, located at 2 Calvert Street in beautiful downtown La Plata.
Mesh networks and their applications will be the feature presentation given by Keith Elkin, KB3TCB. Come down to learn about a cool new venture in ham radio! See you there!
Posting a reminder that our next meeting is coming up this Friday, 11-July. Meeting will be held again at the Charles County rescue squad in beautiful downtown La Plata.
The website has been updated to include more hamfests and two re-activated repeaters in the area. See the calendar of events page and the repeater/net page for the updated information!
We had a great Field day this year, and we will have our logs submitted into ARRL soon!
See you in 2015!
As a reminder, our monthly meeting will be held on July 11 this month due to the fourth of July holiday!
Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
Though it looks like a weekend of camping and continuous radio communication, the ultimate purpose of Field Day is to test the emergency preparedness skills of all who attend. Stations attempt to operate from non-grid power (typically using generators and batteries) while establishing contacts with other stations participating in Field Day.
Field day will be held June 28-29, 2014 and is the largest emergency preparedness drill in the country!
CCARC will again be holding Field Day at the Laurel Springs Park in
La Plata, Maryland.
The Red Pin above indicates the pavilion where we will be located. Use the zoom controls on the left hand side for a better view, and scope out the pavilion where we will be located this year!
The event is open to all club members, and the public is welcome and encouraged to stop by.
Visit the ARRL website for more information about Field Day!
Learning several lessons from last year, we aim to improve our operational skills as well as our effectiveness at communication!
The current plan is to operate in the 3A category, which means that we can have three simultaneous transmitters operating from a generator (or other non commercial power!) Bands that are planned for use are 20M, 40M, and 80M. Single Sideband as well as Digital operation will be utilized this year! Below is a diagram showing the intended location for our antennas. Antennas have been setup to minimize interference with each other as best as is possible.
And a last bit on extension cords: Make sure you have the right size for your power requirements!
See you at Field Day or on the air!