Early Pictures from the 2022 Berryville Hamfest

It was perfect weather and a great crowd — over 1200 attendees and just under 200 tailgaters — plus all the indoor and pavilion vendors. Here are some preliminary photos from John WD4GEK: https://jacjr.smugmug.com/Berryville-Hamfest-2022/n-b5F6xL.

And these captured a nice moment in the visit to the Hamfest from Dr. Jim Boehner N2ZZ, ARRL’s Roanoke Division Director, when he presented an award to Ross KE4BCN with John N4MM and Carl NX3A:

Berryville Hamfest 2022 — indoor tables still available!

Berryville Hamfest 2022 — indoor tables still available!

The 2022 Berryville Hamfest is almost here: Sunday, August 7! Everyone’s ready to get out and get together and see some STUFF! We’ll have it all — commercial vendors for your new amateur radio equipment, antennas, cable, and parts, hats, badges, shirts, and so much more (SEE LIST OF INSIDE VENDORS), and tailgaters all over the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville, Virginia, for those treasures and bargains you’ve been looking for.

New Berryville Hamfest Website: www.berryvillehamfest.com

Check out our new website for information on the event, vendors attending, and answers to the most frequently asked questions. And if you have a question that needs answering, use the CONTACT FORM. Check it out and tell your friends!

7/22/22 Update: Indoor Table Space Available!

We still have a few spaces available in the Horticulture and Arts & Crafts Building (and ONE table available in the Ruritan Building). Fill out the no-obligation request form HERE to let the Vendor Coordinator (Mick W8BE) know what you’d like. But act soon — we have to submit our table rental order to ensure we have enough tables.

Field Day 2022 is almost here!

Field Day 2022 is almost here!

CLICK HERE for all the latest information about SVARC’s Field Day operations at the Clarke County Fairgrounds this weekend, June 25-26. Help us spread the word. Invite local government representatives and influencers. Especially invite anyone interested in learning more about Amateur Radio. We’ll have an educational display and literature available. Tell your social media friends and use hashtags #ARRLFD and #SVARCFD.

This year, we’ll be operating 3A and have purchased new laptops and a new antenna to ensure everyone’s operating experience is better than ever. We need operators to make contacts from 2pm Saturday to 1:59pm Sunday. Even if you can only come for a little while, please join us and help us earn more points.

There are some changes this year. Our Field Day Page has all the details. Here are some pictures from past SVARC Field Days:

Field Day
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Special Event Station K4S: Operating 90 Feet Down

Special Event Station K4S: Operating 90 Feet Down

The Woodstock Amateur Radio Group, spearheaded by Carl Dennis NX3A and supported by several SVARC members from Shenandoah County, operated Special Event Station K4S from inside Shenandoah Caverns in Quicksburg, VA, on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, from 9AM to 5PM each day. The event was to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Shenandoah Caverns.

The station was set up 90 feet underground at the foot of the stairs where tour groups descended from the main building. Setup was a big undertaking, with 260 feet of coax from the off-center-fed 80-meter dipole down to the station’s ICOM 7300.

In spite of the high noise level, well over 250 contacts were made to stations throughout the United States as far west as California as well as in Canada and Puerto Rico. We later learned that many stations heard us and tried to call, but we couldn’t pull them out of the noise. Certificates were available for those contacting K4S during the event in exchange for a QSL card and an 8.5 X 11 SASE.

We got lots of looks and a few questions from tourists passing by. Literature about Amateur Radio was offered to those interested. Joe Proctor of Shenandoah Caverns was extremely enthusiastic about the special event station being a part of their anniversary events planned throughout the day that culminated in an impressive fireworks display Saturday evening.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this unique event.

Shenandoah Caverns On-the-Air, Spring 2022
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Winterfest March 27, 2022

WINTERFEST and the ARRL VA Section Convention for 2022:  The Hams of Vienna Wireless Society (VWS) are hosting their annual hamfest – WINTERFEST – on Sunday, March 27th at the Annandale Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College starting at 8am, and it looks to be bigger and better than ever. 

The hamfest includes tailgating, a vendor fair with over 40 vendors and 100 tables,
and some great door prizes.  For the 2nd year, VWS is also hosting the
Section Convention.  The Section Convention is both in-person and
virtual, via Zoom.  Details can be found at:
https://viennawireless.net/wp/events/winterfest/

Advanced tickets for the in-person event are $10 ($15 at the door).   This is a great
opportunity to connect with hams from around the Commonwealth. Dean KK4DAS, President of the Vienna Wireless Society, and his leadership team will be there, as will the new Section Manager.  They are looking forward to meeting many of you if not in
person, then via Zoom.

2022 Virginia QSO Party – Let’s Do This!

2022 Virginia QSO Party – Let’s Do This!

CLICK HERE for 2022 Virginia QSO Party information. This includes links to everything you’ll need to participate, including lists of logging software.

The NEW PLAQUE is Virginia Mobile Multiple Operator Multiple Transmitter.  This new category allows multiple transmitters on the air at any given time. i.e., two stations operating concurrently. Alternatively for the really enthusiastic, a station could use a bus or mobile home and have as many radios on the air.  This differs from our current rules which state “Mobile – Single or Multiple individuals operating Mobile under a single call sign with only one transmitter on the air at a time.”  Thanks to Justin, NB3A, for proposing this new category.  Our rules will be updated to reflect this new category.

Certificate:  The USS Wisconsin Radio Club (N4WIS) designed the certificate for the 2022 Virginia QSO Party.  The certificate will be mailed to all Virginia stations who submit a log and all Non-Virginian stations who include “CERTIFICATE: YES” in their submitted log.

Here’s a 2022 pre-party briefing with lots of stats and info: CLICK HERE.

Thanks to John Huggins KX4O who joined us via Zoom at a club meeting last month to tell us about Virginia QSO Party. Don’t miss our own Carl Dennis NX3A who will be sharing more party excitement at our club meeting this week — March 17, 2022.