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. He asked me to share this message: 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.
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!
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Due to Coronavirus concerns, the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club will cancel all scheduled club meetings for March and April. Club officers will reevaluate if meetings will resume in May at the end of April. Please stay safe and follow CDC guidelines.
The Winter Fest and Dayton Hamvention have been canceled.
In accordance with urgent social distancing guidelines, our club’s VE sessions will also be canceled until further notice. We certainly hope things will be better soon and we can hold our famous Berryville Hamfest on the first Sunday in August.
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 will hold a special on-air event as W4W beginning on Friday, May 3, 2019, at 8:00 pm until Sunday, May 5 at 7:59 pm local times. The club will be set up at Jim Barnett Park on Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Club members will be at the site operating as W4W.
For more information, contact GaryK4GJF or Sandy KF4EKA.
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.
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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