Santa’s Visit at the 2022 SVARC Christmas Party

We had about 50 members and guests at the Christmas party in December — if you weren’t there, we missed you, and you missed a very fun visit from Santa. He seemed to know exactly who had been naught or nice during the year! Thanks to John and Frances Royo for being our official photographers.

Christmas Party & Silent Auction 12-17-22

Christmas Party & Silent Auction 12-17-22

We’re really doing it!

Club members are invited to bring your family and come celebrate the season with us on Saturday, December 17, 2022, starting at 5:30 at the Boy Scout Center (107 Youth Development Ct, Winchester, VA 22602). We’ll have a social time and eat between 6 and 6:15.

Shaffer’s will cater our buffet meal again with a fabulous menu of: ham with pineapple sauce, sliced roasted turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing balls, country green beans, cranberry salad, rolls, Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting, cherry pie, and coconut cream pie. The total cost with tax, delivery, and gratuity is about $20 each, and the club is picking up all but $10 each. There is no charge for members or members’ children under fifteen.

If you haven’t already, let Elizabeth Cottrell W4EHC know if you can go and how many in your party. She needs a final count by December 7. CLICK HERE to email her.

Silent Auction Fundraiser

Silent Auction spelled out
Words SILENT AUCTION composed of wooden dices. Auction gavel on the table in the background. Closeup

Duane Martin KK4BZ is organizing a silent auction as a club fundraiser. He’s looking for good quality donated items, large or small. This doesn’t have to be just amateur radio items — just something someone else might be willing to bid on. Please email Duane for more information or to let him know you have something to donate.

Support your club and get to know other members and their families. Hope to see you on December 17.

National Scout Jamboree Volunteers Sought

National Scout Jamboree Volunteers Sought

The Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club received the following request on our website contact page. In the spirit of community service, we’re passing it along in case anyone reading this might be interested:

From: Jason Zeibel, National Scout Jamboree
Subject: Ham Radio and the BSA


My name is Jason Zeibel (N1JZ) and I am a ham radio operator from Clifton, VA and an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 1345G in Burke, Virginia. I will be on the K2BSA staff for next summer’s 2023 National Scout Jamboree. The jamboree typically happens every four years. It was supposed to be in 2021, but was postponed two years due to COVID, so it has been six years since the last one. K2BSA is an amateur radio organization dedicated to the scouting movement:

Check out our website from previous jamborees:

I’m sure many of you have had QSOs with us over the years!
The National Scout Jamboree is coming up on 19-28 July 2023.
It will be held in West Virginia at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reservation.


New ARRL Radio Lab Will Inspire Your Ham Shack!

Posted courtesy of ARRL [ ]

Introducing the brand new ARRL Radio Laboratory, W1HQ! Join Jherica Goodgame, KI5HTA, as she walks you through everything there is to know about this newest edition to ARRL Headquarters.

The ARRL Radio Lab is an innovative test space designed to reshape the way we imagine and build a ham radio shack. From a decluttered workspace and a digital user interface to be able to remote into the station from anywhere, W1HQ is a step toward the future of amateur radio. Produced by Alex Norstrom, KC1RMO

Antennas being used for W1HQ:

JK Antennas XR5-JK, Multiband Yagi for 10, 12, 15, 17 & 20 meters

Cushcraft A50-5S, 6-meter Yagi Verticals

•Guy wires: Phillystran 2 meters, 70 centimeters, 23 centimeters

•Rotator: M2 Antenna Systems OR2800 Series Azimuth Rotator


•Rohn 55G Series Guyed Tower, 40-feet

Equipment being used inside of W1HQ:

Elecraft K4 Transceiver FlexRadio

Flex-6400 Signature Series SDR Transceiver

FlexRadio Power Genius XL amplifier

Icom IC-9700 HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver

•Green Heron Engineering LLC Rotator Controller, RT-21

•Green Heron Engineering LLC Rotator Controller Az/El, RT-21azel

•Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer Kit

Early Pictures from the 2022 Berryville Hamfest

It was perfect weather and a great crowd — over 1200 attendees and just under 200 tailgaters — plus all the indoor and pavilion vendors. Here are some preliminary photos from John WD4GEK:

And these captured a nice moment in the visit to the Hamfest from Dr. Jim Boehner N2ZZ, ARRL’s Roanoke Division Director, when he presented an award to Ross KE4BCN with John N4MM and Carl NX3A:

Ham Gear For Sale-updated list

SVARC Club member Duane Martin KK4BZ has been helping Mike Jessop WB3JVD and his wife Maggie prepare Mike’s amateur radio gear for sale. The Jessops are downsizing and dealing with health issues. Duane has meticulously cataloged the gear and taken pictures of each piece. We’ve uploaded the list and numbered pictures to a Google Docs folder which can be found if you CLICK HERE. If you want to buy anything, please contact Duane KK4BZ ( Anything not sold by this weekend will be taken to the Berryville Hamfest SVARC Club table.

We’re showing the list below and you can CLICK HERE to find the list of pictures of each item: