Sterling Park VA – Technician License Examination Preparation Class

The Sterling Park, Virginia Amateur Radio Club [SPARC] will be hosting an on-site Technician Class Test Preparation Class and Exam.

Dates: January 21-22, 2023


January 21 Class: 0800 1730 hrs.

Sunday 22 January 2023: 1300 hrs. (for class members) and 1400 hrs. (for exam-only candidates)

Fees: There is no fee for participation in the Technician License Preparation Class.


Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Eastern Loudoun Station, 46620 E. Frederick Drive, Sterling, VA 2016


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Warren County Virginia Fire and Rescue is partnering with the National Weather Service to provide free training, to anyone in the community.  The Skywarn Basic Storm Spotter class is scheduled for Friday December 16th, 2022, from 6 to 9pm. At the Public Safety Building Community Room, 200 Skyline Vista Drive, Front Royal, Virginia 22630. 

Please register at:

Basic I is a good general overview of what it means to be a spotter as well as the basics of the different weather phenomenon that impacts the Mid-Atlantic. Upon completion of the course, you will be registered in the program by the National Weather Service. You will receive a spotter code from the NWS within 6 weeks.

Training in Basics I includes:

  • The Basic Organization of the National Weather Service

  • The Role and Importance of the Skywarn Spotter

  • Reporting of Hazardous Weather

  • NWS Products and the Watch/Warning/Advisory system

  • Thunderstorm, Flooding, Tropical, and Winter Weather Threats

The Role of the Amateur Short-wave (HAM) Radio in the

Spotter Program

Please register at:

Chasing the Backstory of Mountaintop Portable

Steve WG0AT is a well-known Summits on the Air activator. His excursions to the top of SOTA summits to operate mountaintop portable with his to goats, Peanut and Rooster is legendary. But there is so much more to his story. Steve has been operating from the top of mountaintops long before the existence of SOTA. So what was that like? What was the motivation? How have things changed? Join us as we talk with Steve about those early days.

Remembering Pearl – Special Event Stations

December 7 in 2021 marks the 80th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Below are the published special event stations commemorating this week.

 Dec 7, W4AVM, SS American Victory, Tampa Bay, FL

Frequency: 14.265


Dec 7, NI4BK, 14:00- 22:00Z, , Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

Frequency: 7.208 

Operating two stations aboard Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, the Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club hosts a worldwide ham radio operator event commemorating the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. The Battleship is NI4BK, and HAM operators may contact the ship via voice, digital and Morse code. NI4BK looks forward to hearing from YOU!  Radio operators making contact will receive a special postcard verifying the contact.

For information, contact Allan Pellnat, or call 910-799-1694.


Dec 7 NEPM, 1600-2359 UTC, Battleship IOWA

Frequencies SPLIT: 14.781.k KHz USB / Listen on 14343.0 USB

With operating authorization from the Navy’s 3rd Fleet Spectrum Manager, Battleship IOWA Amateur Radio Association, Inc. and the IOWA’s Innovation and Engineering Team will activate the ship’s legacy Navy call sign, NEPM, on December 7, 2021 in memory of Pearl Harbor Day. Operation will be from 1600 to 2359 UTC.

NEPM will TRANSMIT on 14781.5 KHz using J3E USB and listen on 14343.0 KHz J3E USB. Amateurs are reminded that they may NOT transmit on 14781.5 KHz. If there is traffic on 14343.0 KHz, the NEPM operator will advise of an alternate frequency where he is listening.

 QSL’s will be available if a SASE is provided. NEPM, NI6BB. or NE6PM are all listed on and any route will get your request to the QSL manager. Please visit BIARA’s website at for more information about radio operations aboard the Battleship IOWA soon to be the home of the National Museum of the Surface Navy.


Dec 3-Dec 13, W2W, 1300Z-2200Z, , Baltimore, MD. Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum.

Frequencies: 14.241 | 14.041 |  7.241 |  7.041

Certificate & QSL. W2W-Pearl Harbor, P.O. Box 1693, MS 4015, Baltimore, MD 21203. Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum (ARCNEM) will operate W2W in commemoration of the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day and the role of electronics in WWII. The primary operation will be Dec 3-Dec 7 with additional operation possible during the Dec 8-Dec 13 period as operator availability permits. Operation on 80M (3.541, 3.841) and digital modes possible during event. Frequencies +/- according to QRM. QSL and Certificate available via SASE; details at


Dec 11, NI6IW, 1700Z-2359Z, USS Midway Museum Ship Special Event: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day San Diego, CA. USS Midway (CV-41) Museum Ship.

Frequencies: 14.320 | 7.250 PSK and CW on various HF bands DSTAR on various reflectors.

QSL. USS Midway Museum Ship COMEDTRA, 901 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. Please check spotting networks to find us on HF. Consult to find our call sign NI6IW and Reporting Note to see what reflector we’re using. Note: Typical QSL turn-around time is 4 to 6 weeks after receiving a request with SASE.

The following websites may be helpful to locate active frequencies and other Pearl Harbor Special Event stations:

Listen in on the web via a web-based SDR – software defined radio:


FCC’s 2019 R&O on RF Exposure Standards

FCC’s 2019 R&O on RF Exposure Standards

UPDATE from Rich K3VAT:

In the last SVARC Zoom Meeting (4/15/2021) during the VP Report, I mentioned that: “The FCC has announced that rule changes detailed in a lengthy 2019 Report and Order governing RF exposure standards go into effect on May 3, 2021. The new rules do not change existing RF exposure (RFE) limits but do require that stations in all services, including amateur radio, be evaluated against existing limits, unless they are exempted. For stations already in place, that evaluation must be completed by May 3, 2023.

Additionally, I mentioned that a large part of future SVARC Program Presentations would be centered around this very important topic because it affects every amateur using any kind of radio transmitter whatsoever.  I am currently watching the ARRL.ORG website for updates that will be passed along.  For the first presentation on May 6, 2021, I’ve chosen a 20-minute YouTube by Dave Casler, KE0OG.