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)

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.

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

SVARC 2020 TRUSTEES:

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

SVARC Christmas Party December 14, 2019

The Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club’s annual Christmas party will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 5:30 pm at the Boy Scout Center in Winchester (107 Youth Development Ct, Winchester, VA 22602). Food will be catered by Shaffer’s Catering and will be available by 6:15 pm. The cost for members and their guests is $5 each. The club will pay the rest. Continue reading “SVARC Christmas Party December 14, 2019”

SVARC Welcomes New Treasurer

Welcome Bradley N3RBU

Photo of Bradley Strite
Bradley Strite N3RBU

For 2018, SVARC President Bill Hyman KK8E is presiding again, with John Kanode N4MM as his Vice President and Carla Repici KJ4NFX as Secretary, but the Club started the year with a new Treasurer, Bradley Strite N3RBU. These officers work hard to keep our club running smoothly, and they need our respect, appreciation, and support.

…and thank you to Sandy KF4EKA

Outgoing Treasurer Sandy Bowen KF4EKA did a terrific job, and we’re grateful to her for her accuracy and attention to detail.

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 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.

Club meetings are the first and third Thursday of each month at the clubhouse at 7:30 pm.  VISITORS WELCOME. CLICK HERE to view or download the club flyer.

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