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.

2020 SVARC Officers

2020 is off to a great start with our 2020 officers in place and taking the reins of the club. Shown above, left to right

Vice President: Ross Slater, KE4BCN
President: John Kanode, N4MM
Treasurer: Rob Kinsley,  NT4S
Secretary: Steve Pederson KN4IOU

SVARC 2020 TRUSTEES:

Gary Fortun, K4GJF
Larry Miller, KB6VAA
Sandy Bowen, KF4EKA

Thank you to the outgoing officers and trustees for their service to our club:

Mick Stutler, W8BE, outgoing Secretary
Bradley Strite, N3RBU, outgoing Treasurer
Sam Long, W4WSE, outgoing Trustee

Fort Valley Endurance Ride Communications Update

This event will be held Friday the 25th and Saturday the 27th. There have been changes to the trail and information needed by amateur radio volunteers. We’re pasting some recent email communication below, but please make sure you’re in touch with SVARC liaison Duane Martin, KK4BZ, for the latest information. Continue reading “Fort Valley Endurance Ride Communications Update”

SVARC Clubhouse Work Day Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019

Hey everyone — we’ve got a long list of “To Do” items that involve maintenance of our valuable clubhouse, and some of them really need to get done before winter weather sets in.

We’d like to knock as many of them out as possible by inviting as many club members as possible to come Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at 9am.  Please let Gary Fortun K4GJF know if you can’t come then but would still like to help.

Special Presentation from Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH

Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH and Ross Slater KE4BCN
Speaker Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH and SVARC VP Ross Slater KE4BCN (left)

The clubhouse was at full capacity, and we were treated to an excellent and interesting presentation by Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH on the ARRL’s recently-launched Volunteer Monitors (VM) program. Hollingsworth is overseeing the development and implementation of this program, which will replace the Official Observers (OO) program. Continue reading “Special Presentation from Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH”

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.

Special Kenwood 950S Drawing To Be Held At Hamfest

Come to the Berryville Hamfest this Sunday at the Clarke County Fairgrounds and buy a chance (buy LOTS of chances!) for this Kenwood 950S with the DSP 10 option. Also included with the radio is a Rigblaster plug and play. This equipment is in excellent working order. Manuals and original boxes are included.

Rigblaster Plug and Play

This drawing is used to support SVARC and is not part of the regular hamfest drawing. The winner must be present for the drawing to be held before noon.