Hamvention QSO Party

Dayton Hamvention logo onlyThe Dayton Hamvention for 2020 has been canceled. WWROF, in cooperation with the Hamvention organizers, wanted to create a fun way for people to celebrate the Hamvention experience over the air – the Hamvention QSO Party.

In memory of Ron, W8ILC, who became a silent key just two days after the Hamvention 2020 cancellation announcement. Ron had attended every Hamvention since the beginning.

This is a 12 hour fun event on Saturday of Hamvention May 16, 2020.

CLICK HERE for more info on rules, bands, operating hours, etc.

In Memoriam: Godfrey Miller N8GM

Amateur radio and the Shenandoah Valley Radio Club lost a valued and respected individual when Godfrey Miller, N8GM, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. For about a year, he had been taken care of with love and respect at Lake Manassas Health and Rehab long term facility in Gainesville Virginia. Godfrey’s long-time friend and fellow ham, Royce W3IF, stayed in touch with Godfrey after he moved away from Winchester and often reported back to the club on how Godfrey was doing.

Father, husband, friend and Navy veteran, Godfrey grew up in Winchester VA and joined the Navy in 1956. He loved working as a Mass Communication Specialist, Radio Man and traveling the world. His love of amateur radio stayed with him his entire life. Continue reading “In Memoriam: Godfrey Miller N8GM”

Dayton Hamvention Canceled


The Hamvention Executive Committee has been monitoring the COVID19 pandemic. We have worked very closely with our local and state health Departments.

It is with a very heavy heart the Hamvention Executive Committee has decided to cancel Hamvention for this year.

This decision is extremely difficult for us but with around two months until the Great Gathering we felt this action necessary.

More specific details regarding the closure will soon be posted on our website www.hamvention.org.

Thank you for your understanding in this time of International Crisis.

Jack Gerbs
General Chairman HV2020

COVID-19 Update: Meetings and VE Sessions

Due to Coronavirus concerns and state mandates, the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club will cancel all scheduled in-person club meetings until June 18, 2020. Our first virtual meeting via Zoom on May 7, 2020 went well, so we plan to continue meeting that way until it is safe to gather at the clubhouse. The club Secretary will send out links to these meetings to club members. If you are not a club member but would like to attend, please use the CONTACT FORM on this website.

Please stay safe and follow CDC guidelines.

In accordance with urgent social distancing guidelines, our club’s VE sessions will also be canceled until further notice. We still hope things will be better soon and we can hold our famous Berryville Hamfest on the first Sunday in August.

Extra Class Licensing Class To Be Offered In Area

The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group, LARG, will be conducting an 8-week licensing class for the Extra Class beginning Monday, February 3rd. If any Shenandoah Valley ARC club members are interested in upgrading, they are welcome. More information is available at https://k4lrg.org/education/.  All classes will be held at the Leesburg VFW on Monday evenings, 6 PM to 8:30 PM.

Each instructor is either a professional engineer or involved in teaching college-level courses in subjects overlapping amateur radio. This will be a good opportunity to not only upgrade but become better acquainted with the entire area of amateur radio.

2020 SVARC Officers

2020 is off to a great start with our 2020 officers in place and taking the reins of the club. Shown above, left to right

Vice President: Ross Slater, KE4BCN
President: John Kanode, N4MM
Treasurer: Rob Kinsley,  NT4S
Secretary: Steve Pederson KN4IOU


Gary Fortun, K4GJF
Larry Miller, KB6VAA
Sandy Bowen, KF4EKA

Thank you to the outgoing officers and trustees for their service to our club:

Mick Stutler, W8BE, outgoing Secretary
Bradley Strite, N3RBU, outgoing Treasurer
Sam Long, W4WSE, outgoing Trustee