At the regular SVARC club Zoom meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 7:30 pm, club member Roger Steyaert K7RXV made a presentation on the topic of network analyzers. These can be used to measure antenna or coax parameters such as SWR, impedance, and loss. They can also be used to characterize and tune filters. A network analyzer is a very useful tool to have if you are building and tuning homemade antennas, filters, or other RF circuits.
Thanks to John AE7YH for providing these “unofficial” links from Roger’s presentation:
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.
On 1/16/20 Mick Stutler, W8BE will show how to make an Arduino Nano controlled USB PTT foot-switch for remote use with the SVARC Flex 6400. It is a easy and fun project that you can do to enhance your remote Flex operations. Come join us!
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.
In observance of Independence Day, there will be no meeting on Thursday, July 4, 2019. We hope you enjoy this national holiday with your family and friends and remember how fortunate we are to live in this great country.
Our next meeting will be Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 pm — important meeting to finalize plans for the Berryville Hamfest on August 4.