SVEN – Moving Back to 146.82 MHz on July 13, 2021

During the July, 6th, 2021, occurrence of the Shenandoah Valley Emergency Net (SVEN) that has been held on the 145.39 MHz K4USS repeater, a poll was conducted among the participants of the net that proposed moving back the Club’s 146.82 MHz W4RKC repeater starting on July 13th, 2021. Having failed to duplicate the conditions that have previously plagued the Club’s repeater to the point of making it unusable for nets, the proposal was made to attempt holding the net on the 146.82 MHz machine with the option to move the net back to the 145.39 MHz K4USS repeater should another episode occur. A unanimous consensus of the eight participants in the SVEN was achieved, resulting in a democratic process of the actual likely participants in the net. If you have the interest, are equipped and authorized by the FCC to operate in the 2 meter amateur band, we would welcome your presence on Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM local time in the SVEN. If you need the details to access the Club’s 2 meter repeater, please find them on the Club’s Open Repeaters page. Please stop by if you can!

SOLD – Yaesu FT-450AT HF Rig – Local Deal

All: Mark, K4ED, has let me know that this rig has been sold and found a new home as of some time in early September.

Gently used Yaesu FT-450AT (the version including the automatic antenna tuner) including the original box, manual, etc. Radio is original, not modified, and never used mobile. Also Includes the Nifty manual. Rig is for sale because owner has 3 rigs now, and needs to part with one he is no longer using. Seller prefers local sale for all of the obvious reasons. For more details, contact mark@k4ed.net.

SVEN and WINFRED ARES Nets Moving to the K4USS Repeater Until Further Notice

If you attempted to join into the SVEN on 3/31 at 7 PM, you probably shared in the experience that resulted in Net Control (and Net Manager Tony, KM4HUE) moving the net to the K4USS Repeater (145.39 MHz) mid-stream. The noise levels at the W4RKC 146.82 MHz repeater receiver when the squelch was open were not able to be overcome with sufficient signal strength to create high enough signal-to-noise ratio to facilitate even minimally-intelligible voice communication at that time. Tony’s quick thinking moved the net to the idle K4USS repeater at 145.39 MHz (minus offset direction, CTCSS tone 146.2 Hz), and several of those attempting to participate in the net followed suit.

Following the net, I discussed the issue with Tony, and then had a conversation with Royce. The consensus is to that until further notice, the SVEN will continue to meet as normal, but with one change – the net will be conducted on the K4USS repeater. The day of the week remains Tuesday, and the time remains 7:00 PM local time. This is expected to be temporary until the W4RKC club repeater can be troubleshot and remediated of whatever ailments it is found to be suffering. The K4USS repeater sits about 3/4 of a mile southwest (down the same ridge) of the W4RKC repeaters on North Mountain, and should have similar coverage characteristics.

Similarly, Dave, KG4BIR, the ARES Emergency Coordinator for Winchester and Frederick County (Virginia) has also opted to move the Sunday night 8:30 PM ET nets to the K4USS Repeater in similar fashion as the SVEN. One thing to remember about the ARES net is that it is on the repeater with one caveat – on the last Sunday of the month, the net is held on a simplex frequency  (147.510 MHz) in lieu of using repeaters.

If you require assistance configuring your personal equipment to access the K4USS repeater, please reach out to me or others in the club so that you might be assisted via e-mail, over the air, or over the telephone. In honoring the idea of not contributing to the risks of the current pandemic, I will politely decline invites to meet in person until such is deemed no longer a high risk activity, and would encourage others to do the same.

Thank you for your participation in this net, and if you are not a net participant, please consider joining us on Tuesday evenings!

73,

Mike – KG4Y (kg4y at arrl dot net)

Next SVARC Meeting Special Guest Speaker – Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH

Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH portrait
Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH

On Thursday evening, August 15th, 2019, at 7:30 PM, the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club is pleased to host Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, to speak to us regarding the future of amateur radio enforcement since the discontinuation of the official observer program.

Riley is no stranger to the rules enforcement business. He held a position for many years at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) leading the Enforcement Bureau’s efforts to maintain order on the amateur radio bands. Following Riley’s retirement, the activity of the Enforcement Bureau seemed to drop off. The American Radio Relay League’s (ARRL’s) Official Observer program was discontinued last summer, to be replaced with the Volunteer Monitoring Program.

We look forward to hearing from Riley about the Volunteer Monitoring Program, and invite you to join us at the club house to come hear it for yourself.

The 2019 Richmond Frostfest Report

On the very chilly first Saturday morning in February of 2019, many SVARC members were up well before sunrise, and on the road. Where were they headed? Off to the Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. What would be the reason for otherwise seemingly sane people to leave the friendly confines of a warm, comfortable bed before daylight to brave the single digit temperatures for a two-and-a-half hour (plus or minus) drive to our Commonwealth’s capitol city? Continue reading “The 2019 Richmond Frostfest Report”