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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New To Ham Radio?



You’ve passed the exam, received your new license and call sign, and now you’re ready to get started. Don’t get overwhelmed! We’ve all been where you are, and you’ll find that other hams would love to help you. When you come to our club meetings, you’ll learn from the programs and you’ll meet all kinds of folks from beginners to very experienced. We hope the links and resources on this page will get you going. Continue reading “New To Ham Radio?”

How To Renew Or Change Your Call Sign/License

This link on the ARRL website breaks it down clearly. Don’t let your renewal go too long — if it’s been expired for more than two years, it’s not eligible for renewal or reinstatement.


“Amateur applications can be filed manually using paper forms or electronically via the FCC website. Filing interactively is easy and the results are immediate. Continue reading “How To Renew Or Change Your Call Sign/License”

ARES Presentation at Club Meeting

After the club meeting on November 3, 2017, Dave Adsit KG4BIR, local ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) Emergency Coordinator, gave an interesting presentation on ARES and how club members can learn more about the organization and activities of Virginia ARES District One. He was joined by the District Emergency Coordinator Greg Butler, KW6GB. Continue reading “ARES Presentation at Club Meeting”

70th Anniversary Special Event Planned

Rich Kennedy K3VAT and Gary Fortun K4GJF are co-chairing the planning committee to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club in 2018. There will be more details as time gets closer, but please mark your calendars and plan to participate fully in this exciting event. Here are the highlights to date: Continue reading “70th Anniversary Special Event Planned”