Challenging times call for creative solutions, and here’s a cool one: an ARRL-sanctioned virtual amateur radio expo with renowned speakers, exhibitors, and special conference rooms built on a virtual reality platform.
Non-geek translation: You can do this from the comfort of your own home (desktop, laptop, tablet, or computer).
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!
Thanks to John Foote W3GX for these great photos above and below. Tom KW4CW has already submitted our results. CLICK HERE to view/download the stats.
Mark your calendars next year for the fourth full weekend in June: June 26-27, 2021.
The club has decided they can safely conduct Field Day this year on June 27-28, even under the safety constraints of a 10-person limit. Because of managing the attendance, please let the club secretary know if you plan to attend and/or operate so a schedule can be set up.
The Dayton Hamvention for 2020 has been canceled. WWROF, in cooperation with the Hamvention organizers, wanted to create a fun way for people to celebrate the Hamvention experience over the air – the Hamvention QSO Party.
In memory of Ron, W8ILC, who became a silent key just two days after the Hamvention 2020 cancellation announcement. Ron had attended every Hamvention since the beginning.
This is a 12 hour fun event on Saturday of Hamvention May 16, 2020.
CLICK HERE for more info on rules, bands, operating hours, etc.
If you attempted to join into the SVEN on 3/31 at 7 PM, you probably shared in the experience that resulted in Net Control (and Net Manager Tony, KM4HUE) moving the net to the K4USS Repeater (145.39 MHz) mid-stream. The noise levels at the W4RKC 146.82 MHz repeater receiver when the squelch was open were not able to be overcome with sufficient signal strength to create high enough signal-to-noise ratio to facilitate even minimally-intelligible voice communication at that time. Tony’s quick thinking moved the net to the idle K4USS repeater at 145.39 MHz (minus offset direction, CTCSS tone 146.2 Hz), and several of those attempting to participate in the net followed suit.
Following the net, I discussed the issue with Tony, and then had a conversation with Royce. The consensus is to that until further notice, the SVEN will continue to meet as normal, but with one change – the net will be conducted on the K4USS repeater. The day of the week remains Tuesday, and the time remains 7:00 PM local time. This is expected to be temporary until the W4RKC club repeater can be troubleshot and remediated of whatever ailments it is found to be suffering. The K4USS repeater sits about 3/4 of a mile southwest (down the same ridge) of the W4RKC repeaters on North Mountain, and should have similar coverage characteristics.
Similarly, Dave, KG4BIR, the ARES Emergency Coordinator for Winchester and Frederick County (Virginia) has also opted to move the Sunday night 8:30 PM ET nets to the K4USS Repeater in similar fashion as the SVEN. One thing to remember about the ARES net is that it is on the repeater with one caveat – on the last Sunday of the month, the net is held on a simplex frequency (147.510 MHz) in lieu of using repeaters.
If you require assistance configuring your personal equipment to access the K4USS repeater, please reach out to me or others in the club so that you might be assisted via e-mail, over the air, or over the telephone. In honoring the idea of not contributing to the risks of the current pandemic, I will politely decline invites to meet in person until such is deemed no longer a high risk activity, and would encourage others to do the same.
Thank you for your participation in this net, and if you are not a net participant, please consider joining us on Tuesday evenings!
Amateur radio and the Shenandoah Valley Radio Club lost a valued and respected individual when Godfrey Miller, N8GM, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. For about a year, he had been taken care of with love and respect at Lake Manassas Health and Rehab long term facility in Gainesville Virginia. Godfrey’s long-time friend and fellow ham, Royce W3IF, stayed in touch with Godfrey after he moved away from Winchester and often reported back to the club on how Godfrey was doing.
Father, husband, friend and Navy veteran, Godfrey grew up in Winchester VA and joined the Navy in 1956. He loved working as a Mass Communication Specialist, Radio Man and traveling the world. His love of amateur radio stayed with him his entire life. Continue reading “In Memoriam: Godfrey Miller N8GM”
MEETINGS: We will meet virtually using Zoom until it is safe to gather at the clubhouse. The club Secretary will send out links to these meetings to club members. If you are not a club member but would like to attend, please use the CONTACT FORM on this website to request the access link.
BERRYVILLE HAMFEST:The 2020 Berryville Hamfest has been canceled. In response to the safety concerns and various COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club’s Hamfest Committee has decided to cancel the Berryville Hamfest scheduled for August 2, 2020. We tried hard to make it work and surmount all the obstacles, but we could not ensure the quality event our attendees have come to expect. We are sorry to disappoint the many people who look forward to the Hamfest on the first Sunday in August each year. We WILL see you all on August 1, 2021!
VE TESTING: Our club’s VE sessions will be suspended until further notice. We hope to offer VE testing BY APPOINTMENT ONLY starting in August. Please contact VE Coordinator John Kanode N4MM or leave a message in this Contact form of this website.
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