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.

Meeting Dates Through 2019 – Corrected

Thanks to Mick Stutler W8BE, here’s a CORRECTED list of meeting dates for 2019 in case any of you wants to mark your calendars. It’s always the first and third Thursday of the month at 7:30pm at the clubhouse unless we let you know otherwise:


Special Program at Tonight’s Meeting 6/21/18

Please let’s have a great turnout on this Thursday night’s meeting for Mr. Lynn Miller’s presentation on Emergency Preparedness and Ham Radio. Mr. Miller is the Emergency Management Director for Winchester. I plan to have an abbreviated business meeting and skip committee reports unless we have an urgent item to address. Field Day info from Tom Sherwood will be addressed after the presentation ends.

Speaking of Field Day, we will be circulating a sign-up sheet for the Picnic attendance during the meeting. We’ll need an accurate head count of members and guests who are planning to attend. The club plans to furnish burgers, dogs, chips, drinks and potato/macaroni salads. Any suggestions for alternate foods can be noted on the sign-up sheet.

Please attend the picnic and plan to operate at Field Day this weekend at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville. Hope to see you there.


Bill KK8E

Presentations at Club Meeting 2/15/18

We will have three short presentations:

  1. the first on the Yaesu Radio Fusion which is the technology used in our repeaters
  2. a video of Bouvet Island where the DX expedition was headed before the ship had an engineering casualty and had to sail away, and l
  3.  the President will also give a short report on how to get your wire antennae high into the trees just using air and PVC pipe.

Hope to see you at the meeting.

Bill KK8E

Note from Secretary Carla Repici KJ4NXF: I just want to add that Don Repici @3HTJ was an early pioneer in shooting wires into trees with a bow and arrow in a Fairfax subdivision against traffic. 🙂

ARES Presentation at Club Meeting

After the club meeting on November 3, 2017, Dave Adsit KG4BIR, local ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) Emergency Coordinator, gave an interesting presentation on ARES and how club members can learn more about the organization and activities of Virginia ARES District One. He was joined by the District Emergency Coordinator Greg Butler, KW6GB. Continue reading “ARES Presentation at Club Meeting”