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Do you enjoy puzzles? Science, Technology, Engineering, Math? How about finding new friends far and wide?
If so, amateur radio may be a “thing” for you!
Thank you for visiting the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club website! Here’s what you should know about us:
- We are one of the oldest Amateur Radio Clubs in the United States, first established in 1948!
- We are the home of the World Famous Berryville HamFest, always the first Sunday of August! Radio amateurs from far and wide have come together for community, fellowship, new parts, gear and pre-owned treasures since 1953.
- We meet on the first and third Thursday monthly at 7:30 in our clubhouse. Please visit our Club in-person or remotely via Zoom during one of our meetings to say “hello”. Use our contact page to request the meeting link.
- Our radio room features a FlexRadio 6400 and ICOM 9100. Both radios can be operated for send and receive by club members anywhere on the Earth with an internet connection.
- Read more about the Club, or, Contact us with questions.
News & Updates updated 9/5/23
—Weather / Space Weather / Propagation—
National Weather Service SkyWarn Weather Spotter Training: https://www.weather.gov/lwx/skywarn
ARRL Contest Corral Calendar [.pdf] September 2023
DX Spotting Reports via DXHeat
—Upcoming Conventions / Hamfests—
This is a replay of the ARRL Roanoake Division Town Hall from Thursday September 14, 2023.
Playtime: 58m. Playback begins 2m 37s
– Explanation of Dues Increase
– Why a subscription fee for print issues of QST
– Washington regulatory & legislative update
– VOTA and W1AW portable operations remaining in 2023
Also, NJ4Z walks us around W1AW with a live Video Tour!
For more information visit:
American Radio Relay League: ARRL.org
ARRL Roanoke Division: https://www.arrl-roanoke.com/
ARRL North Carolina: https://www.ncarrl.org/
ARRL Virginia: http://www.arrlva.com/
ARRL West Virginia: https://wvarrl.com/
Photo of Patsy Cline removed after event to respect her family’s wishes. We greatly appreciate their support of our event.
Thank you to everyone who participated!
Join us on the air September 8-10 for a celebration of singer Patsy Cline’s birthday. Listen for callsign W4V. On Saturday 9/9 we will be operating at Patsy Cline’s home in Winchester, VA from 10AM-4PM Eastern [1400-2000 UTC]. Our club members will be on Phone, FT4 and FT8. Help us spot on dxheat.com/dxc. Find out more and jot down our intended frequencies for the event at w4rkcpatsycline.com
The Columbia Amateur Radio Association (CARA, K3CUJ) is pleased to announce that the annual CARA Fest is on Sunday, 1 October 2023 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland. We are emailing all the local club POCs and editors listed with ARRL to request your help in spreading the word. The key information is pasted below for your convenience, and our flyer is attached if you would like to share it.
CARA is also pleased to provide indoor tables for our fellow clubs to spread awareness of their activities, free of charge. If you have not already been in touch with us to coordinate an information table, you may book a complimentary table on the Tickets page of the CARA Fest website, let me know and I will put you in touch with our coordinator.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your support!
Wendy Sauvageot, K3TBD
CARA Fest Communications
It’s a wrap! And it was a great hamfest. Weather was perfect and attendees were clearly in the mood to get out and find some great gear. Besides some new vendors, the Berryville Hamfest featured a new program called TechTalk all morning — short learning sessions for novices and experience hams alike. Topics included: getting your first license, operating QRP, ham and astronomy, lightning and your home, and a dramatic demo of Scott KE4WMF’s VW Rover.
There was a truly impressive showing of SVARC club members who came both days to set up, manage, and clean up. Thank you, each and every one.
John WD4GEK was the first to get his pictures out so you don’t have to wait to get a taste for the great day we had. To check out his album CLICK HERE.
ARRL Action Request: Commercial Interests Petition FCC for High Power Allocation on Shortwave SpectrumARRL Action Request:
The ad hoc group “Shortwave Modernization Coalition” petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow data communications on multiple bands within the HF 2 – 25 MHz range with up to 20 KW, including in bands immediately adjacent to spectrum allocated to the Amateur Radio Service. This group appears to represent high-speed stock trading interests.
ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® is treating the petition as a subject of concern for its members and the greater Amateur Radio Service. ARRL Laboratory staff are studying the matter from a technical standpoint, including analysis of transmitted signals potentially interfering with Amateur Radio communications on Amateur Radio spectrum. The results from this expert review are being finalized and will inform ARRL’s filed comments on the matter.
The FCC has assigned the petition RM-11953. Comments are due by July 31, 2023, and reply comments by August 15. While the petitioners exclude the amateur bands, high power operations on immediately adjacent bands are proposed.
A copy of the petition is at: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/1042840187330/1 (PDF).
From Amateur Radio Newsline – 14 July 2023 https://www.arnewsline.org/
Young amateurs in the Americas are getting ready for an out-of-this-world experience at the Youth on the Air camp in Ontario, Canada between July 16th and the 21st: The campers have a scheduled contact with the International Space Station on Tuesday, July 18. Meanwhile, they’ll also get to experience the thrill of being chased by callsign hunters by activating VE3YOTA. They go on the air starting Sunday July 16th and don’t go QRT until Friday July 21st. There’s also a satellite station for them to operate and they’ll be on the air to experience contact with the birds on Wednesday July 19th.
Parks on the Air activity is expected to play a big role for the kids too: Fifteen QRP stations will be on the air on Tuesday, July 18th from 1900 UTC to 2100 UTC and Thursday July 20th from 1300 UTC to 1600 UTC. They will activate a two-for-one POTA location, the Central Experimental Farm National Historic Site, VE-5095, and the Rideau Canal National Historic Site, VE-4882.
Don’t forget to catch the opening day ceremonies via their webstream on Sunday July 16th at 2100 UTC, featuring keynote speaker Phil McBride, VA3QR, president of the Radio Amateurs of Canada.
More information: https://youthontheair.org/ottawa2023/
Parks on the Air https://parksontheair.org
YOTA POTA activations July 18 1900 UTC – July 20 1300 UTC
VE-4882 Rideau Canal National Historic Site
VE-5095 Experimental Farm National Historic Site
YARC – Young Amateurs Radio Club
Join YARC on their Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/yarc