Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) Presentation—April 8th at 7:30 pm

  • Richard Bunn, N4ASX will be speaking about Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES).  The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Visit for more information.


    About me

    First licensed as WN2FMF in high school in 1971, Now N4ASX issued in 1978.  Very active with the Alexandria Radio Club and the Pentagon Amateur Radio Club.  ARES EC for City of Alexandria.  Operate HF/VHF/UHF All modes, as well as D-Star.

    DXCC on 10/15 and 20, WAS.

DXing Radio Contest March 27-29

On Friday, March 27 at 8pm, the public is invited to join us as HacDC Amateur Radio Club (HARC) participates in the CQ WPX (Worked All Prefixes) Contest, where we attempt to contact as many stations as possible, with as many different call sign prefixes as possible over 48 hours.  We hope to contact 1000+ stations from 100+ countries during this major contest event which ends Sunday, March 29 at 8pm.  Join us at

The contest’s objective is to expand knowledge of radio propagation on (HF) bands, improve operating skills, and improve station capability.  Read more on HARC’s site or at contest sponsor CQ Magazine.  Visit for rules, etc.

*DXing [from DX, the telegraphic shorthand for “distance”] is the hobby of receiving and identifying distant radio or television signals, or making two way radio contact with distant stations in amateur radio, citizens’ band radio or other two way radio communications. — (Wikipedia)

HacDC Wins LulzBot Mini 3D Printer in Hackerspace Giveaway

LulzBot LogoHacDC was selected as one of 32 hackerspaces to win a brand new LulzBot Mini 3D Printer with supplies and support in the LulzBot 4th Annual Hackerspace Giveaway. The LulzBot Mini will substantially contribute to HacDC’s growing modern toolset, including 3D printers, CNC Milll, and Laser Cutter. If are are interested in 3D printing or would like to learn more about it, be sure to join Julia Longtin for her weekly 3D Thursdays. Also consider joining HacDC’s IRC channel.

Thank you to LulzBot and their continued support of hackerspaces everywhere!

Our next speaker…..Jesse Alexander, WB2IFS—Join us March 11th at 7:30pm.


Need help getting started with HSMM-Mesh (  Want to find out about applications of HSMM-Mesh? Wanna find out if that old WRT54G router in the back of your closet can be reborn as a High Speed MultiMedia (hsmm-mesh) network node?  Is your hsmm-mesh node lonely with no one to mesh with? (Awwwww) Have an extra node you want to sell/trade?

Join Mesh “Elmer” (Mesh-mer?) Jesse Alexander WB2IFS/3 for a chance to colearn and coteach about wireless meshes in amateur radio. Dust off that old WRT54G/GS/GL (Versions 1.0 – 4.0) and bring it in with your laptop for a chance to play!

About me:  Jesse Alexander, WB2IFS, is a former Bell Lab engineer, working on the early cellular communication and wifi systems. He is also an award winning poet, maker, tinkerer, and volunteer emergency communicator. Mr. Alexander graduated Cum Laude and Tau Beta Pi with Bachelors of Science and Masters of Engineering degrees in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, Washington, DC. He is a senior member of the IEEE Professional Communications Society, Prince George’s County Amateur Radio Emergency Service/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, Community Emergency Response Team of Clinton, Maryland.

We will also discuss the implications of the end of support for the BBHN firmware running on Linksys/CISCO WRT54s in April 2015. I’ll also bring the Ubiquiti router that I upgraded. EOS does not necessarily mean EOL for WRT54s.