Extra Exam Study Class – online – Begins Jan 18 – Must Register to attend

Rol Anders K3RA, one of our neighbors in MD, sends the following

A FREE, weekly, live, Amateur Radio Extra Class Licensing course on Zoom
will begin on Thursday, January 18, 2024, and will run through Thursday,
March 28.  There will be 11 sessions.  The three-hour sessions will
start at 6:30 PM Eastern Time.  Sessions will be recorded.  Those
attending should hold (or be studying for) the General Class Amateur
Radio License.  These are the classes that we have been holding for
years sponsored by the National Electronics Museum.  Please publicize
this with anyone that you think would be interested.  Those wishing to
attend should email roland.anders@comcast.net.

Technician Exam Study Class – online – Begins Jan 17 – Must Register to attend

From ARRL Virginia News: 

The Albemarle Amateur Radio Club will offer an online class to prepare
applicants for the Technician Class FCC license exam. The class will be
conducted via Zoom on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM from 17 January
2024 through mid-March. An exam session will be scheduled shortly after
the end of the course. The classes are free, but students should
purchase a copy of the ARRL’s Ham Radio License Manual – 5th
edition, available from

Persons interested in registering for the class should send an email to
Hank Perritt, K9KDF, hperritt@gmail.com. The Zoom link will be provided
to those who register.

JOTA + GOTA October 21st at W4RKC Clubhouse – Join us!

A young girl operating a radio under the watchful eye of a licensed ham radio operator.

Update 10/26 from Jamboree on the Air

Weekend Statistics:

“A record 600,000 of you registered

That includes 7,000+ Scout Groups from 149 countries

1,200 Scout Groups shared their radio call signs!”


The Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club invites members of the public to join us to GOTA! Get on the Air.

We will be hosting several field radio stations to help local Scouts earn their merit badge for Amateur Radio.

If you are not a scout, never self-identified as one, but would like to experience getting on the air and making some contacts with other scouts and other amateur radio operators around the country and world, stop by for a few minutes and say “hello”

•This is a free event.

•Non licensed persons will be using the club’s callsign, W4RKC, under the
guidance of a licensed radio amateur.

•All ages are welcome to join us.

•The Scouts will have priority on the radios

•Location: 2925 Grace Street Winchester, VA 22601

•Parking in the rear of the clubhouse – look for the antennas!

Find out more about Amateur Radio:


Learn more about the annual Jamboree on the Air:


Space Weather Mini Course: Analyses of Space Weather Events in the 20th Century and BeyondSpace Weather

Presented by Heliophysicist and Radio Amateur [WX6SWW] Dr Tamitha Skov, this is a 3 hour 20 minute mini course entitled Analyses of Space Weather Events in the 20th Century and Beyond, including a discussion of the 1859 Carrington Event. The Carrington Event was a massive solar flare that caused havoc and burned the infrasctructure of the Telegraph communications system and caused Auroras to be seen as far south as the Tropics. Normally Aurora are found around the higher latitudes including North and South Pole.   In relation to Amateur Radio and especially low, medium and high frequency communications [HF], GPS satellites and communications systems our Sun has tremendous potential to affect not only our communications in space, but also our infrastructure on the Earth. 

Please consider supporting Dr. Skov’s efforts to inform and contribute a greater understanding to the importance of how our star, the Sun affects our planet Earth.


Find more videos of Dr. Skov on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/SpWxfx

Here website is: https://www.spaceweatherwoman.com/

Dr. Skov’s Podcast can be subscribed to here: https://www.spaceweatherwoman.com/feed/podcast/


3rd Party Resources to learn more: 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] Space Weather Prediction Center: https://swpc.noaa.gov

Learn more and study Space Weather: https://www.nasa.gov/spaceweather

Earn a Degree in Space Weather – Millersville University: https://www.millersville.edu/swen


Welcome to a fascinating part of being a Radio Amateur. Apply to join us! You’ll be glad you did! 

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ARRL Helps Radio Amateurs Comply with New RF Exposure Evaluation Rules

From ARRL.org – 

ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® provides free, comprehensive resources to help radio amateurs ensure they are compliant with the new RF exposure rules.

On May 3, 2021, new FCC rules governing RF exposure evaluations went into effect. While the exposure limits were not changed, the requirement to conduct an evaluation was made more broadly applicable to amateur licensees. A 2-year transition period was implemented to allow existing amateur licensees to conduct evaluations and make any changes necessary to ensure that their station complies with the exposure rules. On May 3, 2023, the transition period ended. All licensees must now conduct evaluations of their current station and reassess compliance when making changes to their stations that would affect exposure going forward.

As detailed in a May 2023 QST article by Greg Lapin, N9GL, the rules now require amateur radio operators to perform station evaluations. The Amateur Radio Service is no longer categorically excluded from certain aspects of the RF exposure rules, and licensees can no longer avoid performing an exposure assessment simply because they are transmitting below a given power level.

The ARRL website features an RF Exposure landing page with resources, such as an RF exposure calculator, the entire RF Safety section from the 100th Edition of the ARRL The Handbook, a video explaining the topic, FAQs about the subject, and more. These tools and resources are available to the public without an ARRL membership or website account.

For further assistance with technical matters, ARRL members enjoy the additional resources of the ARRL Technical Information Service, and access to the experts within the ARRL Lab.