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.

VE Testing Location Change at Hamfest

The testing on Sunday, August 4, 2019, will be at Clarke County High School (NOT Cooley School as earlier posted). It’s right down the road (towards Berryville) from the Clarke County Fairgrounds (627 Mosby Blvd, Berryville, VA 22611).

Walk-ins welcome. All license classes. Testing begins at 12 noon. Photo ID required. For more information about the exams contact: John Creel WB3GXW@arrl.net or 301-572-5124.

World Amateur Radio Day April 18

Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. <strong>It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.</strong>

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum – far from being a wasteland – could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.

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World Amateur Radio Day 2019