Meet Scholarship Winner Michael Geesaman KJ4SST

Michael Geesaman KJ4SST
Michael Geesaman KJ4SST

The Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club supports the ARRL’s mission of promoting our hobby to younger hams with a $1,000 college scholarship every year that is administered by the ARRL. Every fall, we send out notices to guidance counselors in the high schools of our club’s service area in hopes they will encourage eligible students to apply (see criteria below). The ARRL also promotes its scholarship program. This year’s winner of our scholarship was Michael Geesaman KJ4SST from Lanexa, VA in New Kent County. Michael is entering his Junior year at Old Dominion University. His field of study at ODU is Electrical Engineering. Michael was kind enough to reply to our inquiries about his interests and plans: Continue reading “Meet Scholarship Winner Michael Geesaman KJ4SST”

Program on Network Analyzers 9/17/20

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:

SOLD – Yaesu FT-450AT HF Rig – Local Deal

All: Mark, K4ED, has let me know that this rig has been sold and found a new home as of some time in early September.

Gently used Yaesu FT-450AT (the version including the automatic antenna tuner) including the original box, manual, etc. Radio is original, not modified, and never used mobile. Also Includes the Nifty manual. Rig is for sale because owner has 3 rigs now, and needs to part with one he is no longer using. Seller prefers local sale for all of the obvious reasons. For more details, contact

Field Day 2020: Thumbs Up!

You can’t keep a good ham down, and that was proven with a great Field Day 2020 at the Clarke County Fairgrounds and Tom Sherwood KW4CW’s leadership. Social distancing and other pandemic precautions were taken, but the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club was on the air and well-attended, all things considered. We made over 600 contacts! Continue reading “Field Day 2020: Thumbs Up!”