After the resignation of our club president earlier this year, that position has been vacant, with Vice President Slater serving as acting president.
Pursuant to the club’s constitution, the board has appointed Ross Slater to fill the president vacancy for 2020. This was officially announced in the virtual club meeting Thursday, June 4, 2020. We will conduct an official vote at our next zoom meeting scheduled for 18 June at 7:30pm to confirm the club’s acceptance for this appointment. All eligible voting members are encouraged to attend so we can be sure to have a quorum. The Zoom link will be sent out before that meeting.
The club has decided they can safely conduct Field Day this year on June 27-28, even under the safety constraints of a 10-person limit. Because of managing the attendance, please let the club secretary know if you plan to attend and/or operate so a schedule can be set up.
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!
MEETINGS: We will meet virtually using Zoom 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 to request the access link.
BERRYVILLE HAMFEST:The 2020 Berryville Hamfest has been canceled. In response to the safety concerns and various COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club’s Hamfest Committee has decided to cancel the Berryville Hamfest scheduled for August 2, 2020. We tried hard to make it work and surmount all the obstacles, but we could not ensure the quality event our attendees have come to expect. We are sorry to disappoint the many people who look forward to the Hamfest on the first Sunday in August each year. We WILL see you all on August 1, 2021!
VE TESTING: Our club’s VE sessions will be suspended until further notice—at least until October. Please contact VE Coordinator John Kanode N4MM or leave a message in this Contact form of this website. To find other VE testing sites through ARRL listing, CLICK HERE.
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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.