About Us

 

History of our club

Founded in 1948 as a nonprofit clubdedicated to the advancement and enjoyment of amateur radio operators in the northern Shenandoah Valley, the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club, Inc. (SVARC) is one of the oldest established radio clubs in the U.S. We are an ARRL-affiliated Amateur Radio Club, we support the local A.R.E.S. (Amateur Radio Emergency Services System), and we are the home of the famous annual Berryville Hamfest, now in its seventh decade of operation, always the first Sunday in August.

How to join SVARC: http://svarc.us/how-to-join-svarc/

When we meet

The S.V.A.R.C. meets at 7:30pm ET on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at the clubhouse at 2921 Grace Street in Winchester, VA. After a short business meeting, there is an interesting and informative program. Visitors and guests are very welcome to attend a meeting and learn more about joining the club.

MEETING DATE CHANGE: Beginning in January, 2018, the meetings will be held on the first and third THURSDAY of each month. Still at the clubhouse and still at 7:30pm.

Our Clubhouse

The club is fortunate enough to own it own clubhouse. It is located at 2921 Grace Street in Winchester, VA 22601. To get to the Clubhouse, from WalMart on Pleasant Valley Rd. head south. When the road turns into two lanes, it will bend to the left. Go 1-1/2 blocks and turn right onto Grace St. The clubhouse is the fourth house on the right. You’ll be sure to see the towers and antennas if you look up!

Our Ham Shack

We have two well-equipped rooms available so members can come and operate the club station. When contests and special events roll around, we’re ready! We also enjoyed having the station available for elmering (teaching new hams) and for demonstrating our hobby when visitors come.

Our open repeaters

The club operates two coordinated amateur radio repeaters, using the club call sign W4RKC—one on the 2-meter band and the other on the 70-centimeter band. CLICK HERE to learn all about them, their coverage, their location, their usage, and who can operate them.

American Radio Relay League Affiliation

The Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club has been affiliated with the American Radio Relay League for a very long time. The club recognizes the contributions and efforts made by the League to ensure the existence of the amateur radio service be perpetuated with much of the work done predating this club’s existence. It is likely that without the League being there in the early days of 20th century to intervene on behalf of, and represent the interests of the hobbyists, that amateur radio as a service recognized worldwide wouldn’t exist as we know it today. There are so many facets of amateur radio that the League has bolstered and supported through time that overlap with the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club’s charter and purpose that it seems natural to affiliate with a fine organization such as the American Radio Relay League, to the point of recognition at the Special Service Club level.

Many members of the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club are also members of the American Radio Relay League, with some being life members. Others have hold or have held positions within the ARRL organizational structure and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), with one member having served on the ARRL Board of Directors, currently holding the title of Honorary Vice President.

This club values its relationship with the ARRL, and encourages all ham radio operators to consider joining the ARRL membership.