QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Aug. 8-9, 2020

A First for Ham Radio!

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).

Register by July 24, 2020, to receive early bird prize incentives. “Free Attendee Early Bird Tickets.”

Mark your calendar!

August 8 and 9, 2020

August 8, 0100 Zulu (GMT) for keynote speaker, Dr. Scott Wright, K0MD

August 7th and 9th, 1500 Zulu  USA Speaker Tracks start. Check individual Exhibitor Booths for their hours, but most will open at 1500 Zulu on Saturday and Sunday.

CLICK HERE for the amazing line-up of speakers and topics — terrific for those getting started in Ham Radio.

CLICK HERE for exhibitor information and pricing

CLICK HERE for all the details and for links to register.

Sponsors of this event to date:

Platinum Sponsor:

ICOM

Gold Sponsors:

FlexRadio
rtSYSTEMS
DX Engineering
Elecraft
RFinder
GigaParts
RigExpert
NCG Company

Spread the word. This is a great way to support our hobby and become more proficient when we can’t gather in person.

 

Field Day 2020: Thumbs Up!

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.

CLICK HERE for SVARC’s Field Day Page.

CLICK HERE for ARRL’s Field Day Page

Field Day 2020 at Clarke County Fairgrounds
Tom KW4CW at work
Gary K4GJF
Gary K4GJF
Field Day 2020 at Clarke County Fairgrounds

Field Day 2020 is a “Go”

Field Day at Clarke County Fairgrounds

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.

See our website Field Day page for more information: https://svarc.us/field-day/.

For overall ARRL information about Field day, click here: http://www.arrl.org/field-day.

Food will not be provided

Bring your own food, snacks, and beverages. There will probably be a grill if you want to bring hamburgers or hotdogs to cook on it.

For more details, contact Tom Sherwood KW4CW.

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.

SVARC Christmas Party December 14, 2019

The Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club’s annual Christmas party will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 5:30 pm at the Boy Scout Center in Winchester (107 Youth Development Ct, Winchester, VA 22602). Food will be catered by Shaffer’s Catering and will be available by 6:15 pm. The cost for members and their guests is $5 each. The club will pay the rest. Continue reading “SVARC Christmas Party December 14, 2019”

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”

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.