Hamvention QSO Party

Dayton Hamvention logo onlyThe 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.

SVEN and WINFRED ARES Nets Moving to the K4USS Repeater Until Further Notice

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!

73,

Mike – KG4Y (kg4y at arrl dot net)

In Memoriam: Godfrey Miller N8GM

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”

Dayton Hamvention Canceled

FROM THE DAYTON HAMVENTION FACEBOOK PAGE:

The Hamvention Executive Committee has been monitoring the COVID19 pandemic. We have worked very closely with our local and state health Departments.

It is with a very heavy heart the Hamvention Executive Committee has decided to cancel Hamvention for this year.

This decision is extremely difficult for us but with around two months until the Great Gathering we felt this action necessary.

More specific details regarding the closure will soon be posted on our website www.hamvention.org.

Thank you for your understanding in this time of International Crisis.

Jack Gerbs
General Chairman HV2020
JackWB8SCT@gmail.com

COVID-19 Update: Meetings and VE Sessions

Due to Coronavirus concerns and state mandates, the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club will cancel all scheduled in-person club meetings until June 18, 2020. Our first virtual meeting via Zoom on May 7, 2020 went well, so we plan to continue meeting that way 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.

Please stay safe and follow CDC guidelines.

In accordance with urgent social distancing guidelines, our club’s VE sessions will also be canceled until further notice. We still hope things will be better soon and we can hold our famous Berryville Hamfest on the first Sunday in August.

Extra Class Licensing Class To Be Offered In Area

The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group, LARG, will be conducting an 8-week licensing class for the Extra Class beginning Monday, February 3rd. If any Shenandoah Valley ARC club members are interested in upgrading, they are welcome. More information is available at https://k4lrg.org/education/.  All classes will be held at the Leesburg VFW on Monday evenings, 6 PM to 8:30 PM.

Each instructor is either a professional engineer or involved in teaching college-level courses in subjects overlapping amateur radio. This will be a good opportunity to not only upgrade but become better acquainted with the entire area of amateur radio.