Richmond Amateur Radio Club

RARC remote radio station W4FJ back in operation

W4BXI radio shack

After diagnosis, a visit to the ICOM hospital (no illness found), rewiring the power leads, and using a higher amperage power supply (gift of K4ZUV) the ICOM-7100 and RCForb software are up and working. Regular user W4BXI is giving it a real workout. His new “shack” is shown here. For those in retirement facilities, this is the future.

Saturday Seminars still available

Registration for the license preparation classes has ended. Those Saturday Seminars not yet given are open.

  • D-Star Setup & Operations Apr 7 $10
  • Remote-control station intro Apr 14 $10
  • DMR Details Apr 28 $10
    All seminars $20

To attend, fill out a registration form (RARC Radio School Registration form Spring 2018-3), send a note to so the instructor knows to expect you, and show up at 9am at the classroom with your $10 in cash or a check.

Saturday morning seminars

Registration for these seminars is Tuesday February 27, 7 to 8pm.

The seminars are 9am to noon

  • NEC Antenna Modeling Mar 3 $10
  • D-Star Setup & Operations Apr 7 $10
  • Remote-control station intro Apr 14 $10
  • DMR Details Apr 28 $10
  • All seminars $20
    Note: one seminar is included at no extra charge with the Tuesday license prep classes

Spring Radio School license class registration February 27

Radio school iconLicense classes

Tuesday nights, 7 to 9pm, March 6 to May 8, 2018


  • Technician (first license)
  • General (second license)
  • Extra (highest license)

Each class cost $20 plus the ARRL textbook that costs $30. At registration the book will be ordered for you and delivered the first night of class

You can click the registration form here: RARC Radio School Registration form Spring 2018-1. The optional receipt is here: RARC Radio School Registration receipt 2018-1

You can (1) download the registration form and use the forms feature of your PDF reader to type the information or (2) print it and fill out the paper. There will be blank forms at registration.

Bring it with you to registration or mail it with a check (address on the form)

Recently elected RARC leaders installed

These members were elected at the October meeting and installed at the annual banquet on November 3.

  • President Jim Bates, K8OI, (804) 690-9143, jlbates4 at gmail dot com
  • Vice President George Golding, W3PPY
  • Treasurer Ken Leidner, WV0L
  • Secretary Tom Newman, KJ4LVC
  • Director Allan Johnson, WA3J
  • Director Tom Flippin, KD4CMK
  • Director Win Grant, WA4SSG
  • Director as past president David Robinson, KJ4LHP

Left to right, Tom Flippin, KD4CMK, Win Grant, WA4SSG, David Robinson, KJ4LHP, George Golding, W3PPY, Ken Leidner, WV0L, and Jim Bates, K8OI

At the bottom right the evening’s speaker, Henry Hassell, K4LMY, told of his boat-building and the adventure of sailing the circuit up the east coast, the bottom of eastern Canada, down the Ohio to Florida and then back to Virginia.

The next week former Treasurer Richard Arnold, WA4FEH, left, was seen transferring the RARC funds from the trunk of his car to that of the newly-elected Treasurer Ken Leidner, WV0L. Richard had been treasurer for about 14 years.

30 km or Bust – high altitude balloons, Franklin Military Academy, and ham radio

Norm Marshall, KN4CZZ, used ham radio to launch, get pictures, and track a balloon in his “30 km or Bust” project for the Franklin Military Academy where he teaches chemistry and computers. It is a Richmond public school. The October launch worked well with the balloon landing in a tree on the Northern Neck. He and some fellow teachers retrieved it a week later. The instrumentation was in good and re-usable condition. Stand by for the spring. One successful balloon launch deserves another.

To see more pictures, go to balloon pictures. You can learn more about this special school at FMA website and FMA Facebook page.


History of Radio slides

The history of radio – and a museum to go with it – is a passion for RARC member John DeMajo, K5HTZ. In edition of his series in the RARC monthly newsletter, he presents it as a series of slides. Some have asked for the slides. You can get a PDF copy by clicking radio_history.