Dayton Hamvention 2021 Canceled

From the Hamvention website:

Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision to cancel Hamvention 2021. Hundreds of volunteers have been working to do everything necessary to bring this Hamvention to the many amateur radio enthusiasts and vendors who support the Dayton Hamvention.

Vaccine distribution both in the United States and around the world is lagging behind what was planned. In addition, the emergence of a more communicable form of the COVID-19 virus increases the potential for further public health problems in the next few months. We make this difficult decision for the safety of our guests and vendors.

Those who had their tickets, inside booths or flea market spaces deferred last year will be deferred again. Those who purchased 2021 tickets, inside booths or flea market spaces will also be deferred. If you desire a refund instead please email and we will contact you.

Stay tuned for information about a QSO party for the 2021 Hamvention weekend. We are looking forward to the 2022 Hamvention!!!

Executive Committee, Dayton Hamvention 2021

NEW ARRL Virginia Section Website

From the ARRL Virginia section news:

This new site will offer a one stop shop for all current and important Virginia ham radio news. Sections for ARRL HQ news, VA club news, Contest news, DX news, ARES news, as well as other sections like builder tips, etc.

There will be opportunities for posting up-to-the-minute events and news for all sections. Being an interactive site will give these opportunities to everyone.

This site is being created by and for hams and will be moderated by the same hams.

Mobile operator in Virginia? Please Read & Print. Put in your vehicle[s].

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Effective January 1, 2021, all residents and travelers in the State of Virginia are prohibited from holding or operating a communications device while on Virginia’s highways.  

Thankfully due to the intercession of Virginia Section of, and the ARRL Amateur Radio operators and operators of Citizens Band Radio are exempt from operating these specific devices while on Virginia Highways. 

Please print and keep a copy in your vehicle[s] with Amateur Radio equipment, and, for good measure, a copy of your FCC Amateur Radio license.  

If you need a fresh copy of your FCC license, find directions and links to the FCC here at ARRL. [ ]

Hat tip to the Virginia Section of the ARRL for this information.

Not a member of the ARRL? Join or renew today!

Honoring KF4EKA

How sad we are that our beloved club member Sandy KF4EKA (Sandra Lee Ritter Bowen) is now a Silent Key. A native of Frederick County, Sandy earned her undergraduate degree from Bridgewater College and her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Virginia. For 31 years, she was a highly respected and popular elementary school teacher, serving in Warren, Frederick, and Fairfax Counties. She was a mentor not only to her students, but also to new teachers.

Sandy KF4EKA with our two youngest club members: Meghann KN4KTU (L) and Audrey KN4CHI (R)

What I (Elizabeth W4EHC) will always remember most is her smile, her warmth, and her positive attitude. She could get things done—and get others to pitch in—better than anyone I’ve ever known. She was an encourager and a cheerleader. Even in her illness, she inspired me with her never-failing hope, faith, and courage.

Sandy died on November 23, 2020. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carrie Virginia Bowen, and a brother, Leslie Daniel Ritter. She is survived by her children Edward Bowen, III, and Mary Chiu and their families, including several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sandy’s name can be made to the Blue Ridge Hospice at 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601.

Sandy was a vibrant and valuable member of SVARC. Our best tribute to her will be to continue her legacy of kindness and service, inside and outside of the Club.

Sandy Bowen KF4EKA
Sandy KF4EKA handing out door prizes at the Club’s 70th anniversary banquet in 2018.