“1921 Transatlantic Tests” program Dec. 2

“1921 Transatlantic Tests” program Dec. 2

The club presentation for the Dec 2nd meeting is a 38-minute YouTube video by Frank Donovan,  W3LPL, on “The 1921 Transatlantic Tests.” This should coincide nicely with a Special Event taking place on December 12th (details below) on 160M.  Frank does his usual great job mixing history with amateur radio operations.

— from ARRL HQ:  “ARRL and RSGB will activate special event stations for 6 hours (0200 – 0800 UTC) on December 12 for the 160-Meter Transatlantic Centenary QSO Party. The RSGB will activate GB2ZE from Scotland, with a team of stations from the GMDX Group sharing operating duties. ARRL will activate W1AW. The stations will operate only on CW. If transatlantic propagation holds up, the stations may continue to operate beyond 0800 UTC.”

Watch THIS PAGE for special events commemorating the centennial.

You might enjoy reading “The Story of the Transatlantics” by the Editor of QST Magazine in February 1922, just two months after the original event.

Side Note: I will be active for this Special Event, hoping for a QSO with GB2ZE.

73, Rich, K3VAT

Back at the Clubhouse June 17, 2021

Back at the Clubhouse June 17, 2021

After a membership survey, the decision has been made to start meeting back at the clubhouse (2925 Grace St., Winchester, VA 22601) at 7:30pm. For those who prefer to continue with remote attendance, the club Secretary will send out Zoom links.

You are welcome as a guest, either in person or by Zoom. In person, just come when you can. If you aren’t a member and want the Zoom link, please use the CONTACT FORM on this website to request it.

Learn About Space Weather

Learn About Space Weather

At our club meeting on April 15, 2021, Rich K3VAT showed two short YouTube videos:

  1. Tim Duffy, K3LR Interview with Dr. Tamitha Skov, the Space Weather Woman 05/2017. Tim introduces Dr. Skov, who tells us how she got started in the physics of the sun and what she does for her day job. CLICK HERE to view video.
  2. Dr. Tamitha Skov on Space Weather – Filament Slingshot 2/21/2021. Dr. Skov gives a presentation covering a number of current radio propagation-related topics all using vibrant and dynamics graphics and charts to help the radio amateur community understand the science of helio-physics and radio propagation. CLICK HERE to view video.

Everyone in attendance enjoyedthis interesting program. If you’d like to attend any future meetings as a guest, contact our Secretary, Stephen Pederson KN4IOU (spederson (at) rma (dot) edu or leave a message using the contact form of this website.

Green Bank Observatory STEM Educator will speak to SVARC

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) .

UPDATE after presentation: Here is the public link about the Greenbank Radio Telescope Facilities: it’s a beautiful, 12-page color PDF with many of the facts and figures that Luci shared with us. Continue reading below for more about the observatory and about Luci.


Election of Officers and Guest Speaker 10/01/20

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: https://svarc.us/contact-us/


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.

Election of Officers and Guest Speaker 10/01/20

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