Welcome to the SVARC!

Founded in 1948, the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club, Inc. is one of the oldest established radio clubs in the U.S. We are an ARRL Special Service Club, we support the local A.R.E.S. (Amateur Radio Emergency Services System), and we proudly host the famous Berryville Hamfest, now in its seventh decade.

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Presentations at Club Meeting 2/15/18

We will have three short presentations:

  1. the first on the Yaesu Radio Fusion which is the technology used in our repeaters
  2. a video of Bouvet Island where the DX expedition was headed before the ship had an engineering casualty and had to sail away, and l
  3.  the President will also give a short report on how to get your wire antennae high into the trees just using air and PVC pipe.

Hope to see you at the meeting.

Bill KK8E

Note from Secretary Carla Repici KJ4NXF: I just want to add that Don Repici @3HTJ was an early pioneer in shooting wires into trees with a bow and arrow in a Fairfax subdivision against traffic. 🙂

Volunteers Needed for 70th Anniversary Event

Gary Fortun K4GJF reported that QST was sent in for the W4RKC call sign and Rich Kennedy had done the same for the other call sign. Event QSL cards will be ordered.

Volunteers are needed. Here’s a message from our President Bill KK8E: “Please volunteer to help with the 70th year Anniversary events the club is hosting this year. We especially need a good solid group of energetic people for the special event station. Please contact Gary W4GJF or Rich K3VAT and be able to assist them as required. Sign up sheets will be made available for not only the manning of the club station during the event but also with the QSLing the hundreds of QSOs I hope we are able to make, and anything else they need.  Thank you all in advance. “

There is a sign-up sheet at each meeting to sign up for all kinds of help.

Sandy Bowen KF4EKA is taking a vote on the venue for the banquet. April 14 is a possible date, so mark your calendars and save the date. Thank you, Sandy, for all the work you do.

Air Force MARS Event Needs Volunteers

Check out the website of Air Force MARS Northeast HERE. “MARS is not only the fourth planet from our sun, it’s also the name for the Department of Defense’s contingency communications program.” MARS stands for Military Auxiliary Radio System.

Their annual event is Friday September 28, 2018 to Sunday, September 30, 2018. They’re looking for volunteers, so if you’re interested, contact:

Ronald B. Cohen K3ZKO, AFA3HQ
752 Wisteria Way
Collegeville, PA 19426-4175
215-379-5338 – Home/Cell

The conference website is: www.afmarsneconference.net


Don’t Miss 2018 Virginia QSO Party March 17-18

Gordon Miller NQ4K
Gordon Miller NQ4K

SVARC welcomed Gordon Miller NQ4K back this year to tell us about the 2018 Virginia QSO Party, which will be held 17-18 March 2018. He gave his presentation at our regular club meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.

Gordon challenged us as individual hams, and as a club, to participate and try to win some of the many plaques available in a wide range of categories. Saturday hours have been extended by two hours, so review the information and rules in the links below. Continue reading “Don’t Miss 2018 Virginia QSO Party March 17-18”

SVARC Welcomes New Treasurer

Welcome Bradley N3RBU

Photo of Bradley Strite
Bradley Strite N3RBU

For 2018, SVARC President Bill Hyman KK8E is presiding again, with John Kanode N4MM as his Vice President and Carla Repici KJ4NFX as Secretary, but the Club started the year with a new Treasurer, Bradley Strite N3RBU. These officers work hard to keep our club running smoothly, and they need our respect, appreciation, and support.

…and thank you to Sandy KF4EKA

Outgoing Treasurer Sandy Bowen KF4EKA did a terrific job, and we’re grateful to her for her accuracy and attention to detail.

In Memoriam: John Richard Boyd, Sr.

Silent Key

John Richard Boyd, Sr.

Former SVARC member John R. Boyd, Sr., 86, died January 25, 2018, after a 12-year battle with Alzheimer’s. John Kanode N4MM and Royce Crocker W3IF paid tribute to John at our club meeting on February 1.

John served in Korea in the Air Force and had a distinguished career with the U.S. government in Washington, DC. Upon retirement, he was awarded the prestigious Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award.

He retired to the Shenandoah Valley with his wife Jackie in 1983, serving his community and his church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring John by donating to one of these charities:

  • Orchard Ridge Benevolent Fund (TVOR, 400 Clocktower Ridge Dr., Winchester, VA 22603
  • Opequon Presbyterian Church (217 Opequon Church Lane, Winchester, VA 22602)
  • Alzheimer’s Association

Online condolences may be left at www.jonesfuneralhomes.com.

Presentation on Virginia QSO Party at Feb. 1, 2018 Club Meeting

SVARC welcomes Gordon Miller NQ4K back this year to tell us about the 2018 Virginia QSO Party, which will be held 17-18 March 2018. He will give his presentation at our regular club meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at 7:30 in the clubhouse. Continue reading “Presentation on Virginia QSO Party at Feb. 1, 2018 Club Meeting”

SVARC Scholarship Announcement in QST

Our club, last year, voted to establish a $1,000 annual scholarship to be administered by the ARRL Foundation with a preference for candidates from our geographic service area. The members were enthusiastic about investing in the future of our hobby by encouraging licensed hams to continue their education. The first scholarship will be awarded this Spring, 2018.