Green Bank Observatory STEM Educator will speak to SVARC

At its March 4, 2021 membership meeting, we’re delighted to welcome Luci Finucan, who is part of the STEM Education team at Green Bank Observatory in Green Bank, WV. A physics major with graduate work in education, Luci is one of a few international ambassadors accepted into an elite STEM education program called the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP) .

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Election of Officers and Guest Speaker 10/01/20

Election of officers

At our next club meeting this Thursday 10/01/20, we’ll have our annual election of officers, so please look for your Zoom link sent out by email later this week. We’ll need a good turnout to get a quorum for voting.

If you are not a member but would like to attend the Zoom meeting, please leave a message on the contact form of our website:


President: Ross Slater KE4BCN
Vice President: Rich Kennedy K3VAT
Treasurer: Tom Sullivan AK4AZ
Secretary: Stephen Pederson KN4IOU
Trustee: Carl Dennis NX3A

Thanks to Tom Brownlee AF2D and his nominating committee for their good work.

Guest Speaker Bud W2RU

We welcome Bud Hippisley W2RU, Roanoke Division Director. Bud will be with us at our meeting on Oct. 1, 2020 to give us a report on ARRL and an update on division news.

Special Officer Election June 18

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.


SVARC Secretary

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.