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Find us on 28.450MHz then 147.555MHz Sundays, now @ 2000EST

448.5250 Digital Yaesu Fusion Reapeater


    Meet us at the Fort Washington Medical Center, Fort Washington, Maryland 20744  

FWARC FIELD DAY14 on 28-29 June 2014 at the

Nanjemoy Creek Environment Education Center


8 NOV 14

  • Meet at 6707 Groveton Dr., Clinton, MD. - behind the building -0845

  • Meet other hunters - cross load if needed

  • Tune in 146.430MHz (Fox) and 147.150MHz+ PL 114.8 (Admin/Repeater)

  • Prepare directional antennas and compass and listen for the first clue at 0900

  • Record most likely direction "fan" (strongest direction + and - 15 degrees)

  • Draw the fan or your map and stretch it as far as theoretically possible

  • Identify another suitable direction finding location and move to it

  • Listen on the 10s and repeat the direction finding process from two or more locations

  • Identify where the fans intersect

  • Move to the suspected area and attenuate the signal to get a narrow fan by:

    • ​using a poor signal location

    • using a poor antenna

    • using an attenuator

    • using an off frequency

    • sheilding your antenna

    • using no antenna

  • Repeat the direction finding process until you find the fox!

Field Day at Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center 2014

Kids Day at Fort Washington Park 2014

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL):

ARRL is offering a day to promote Amateur Radio to the youth. Amateur Radio is the recreational and emergency use of radios to serve, educate and communicate. Kids Day will be held on 21 June 2014 across the nation. For more information go to:


The Fort Washington Amateur Radio Club (FWARC):  

FWARC will host Kids Day 2014 in the MDC area at Fort Washington National Park, 10am to 6pm - area B1. Outdoor grills and charcoal will be provided. Bring food, drinks, and sunscreen. There will be a drawing for a new Baofeng dual band, handheld radio around 5pm. You do not have to be present to win, just fill out a card during check in. You will be notified if you have won and shipping/delivery will be made. Hope to see you there. Let us know if you are able to join us and for more information email FWARC at:


Local Area Hams:

If you are an Amateur Radio Operator and would like to contribute, you are quite welcome to bring out your portable/mobile radios, special equipment, and antennas for show and tell. Please bring your own power sources if you have your own. This will be an outdoor event with limited power sources. Please let us know if you you like to help with Kids Day in any way. We could use your help. Also, if you would like to donate radio equipment for additional prizes for the drawing, donations are welcome. Thank you.


"Prize Pot" - Donated prize items:

Contact us if you would like to donate to the prize drawings. Email


1. New Dual-band Baofeng UV5R HT 

2. Ham Radio for Dummies (paperback) - New

3. Transmitter Hunting (paperback) - New





FWARC activities include:

10am - 12pm - FCC Amateur Radio License Exams

12pm - 5pm - BSA Radio Merit Badge Counseling

12pm - 5pm - Radio "Fox Hunting" or Direction Finding

 5pm -  UTC - Prize Drawings


ARRL activities include:

2pm - 6pm - Long Distance HF Radio Communications 2pm - 6pm - Local VHF Radio Communications

2pm - 6pm - Morse Code Communications


Park Entrance Fee:

3-day Basic Entrance Fee

$5.00 per private vehicle

$3.00 per individual

Free for Military and Dependents (must show CAC)

$10 Lifetime pass for senior citizens


Directions to the event:


From I-95/495 take exit 3, Indian Head Higway South/MD 210. Travel about 4 miles to Fort Washington Road, turn right. The park is located at the end of the road.


From Waldorf, MD: MD228 to Indian Head Highway/MD210 North. Turn left onto Old Fort Road. Continue to end of road, at the stop sign turn left onto Fort Washington Road, continue to park entrance.


Useful Links:


What is Amateur ("Ham") Radio?


Amateur Radio YouTube Video:


"Discovering Amateur Radio"


Amateur Radio Licensing:


Girl Scouts and Amateur Radio:


Boy Scout of America Radio Merit Badge: