2021 Virginia QSO Party – Let’s Do This!

SVARC welcomed Gordon Miller NQ4K back this year to tell us about the 2021 Virginia QSO Party, which will be held 20-21 March 2021:

– Saturday: 10 AM to Midnight (VA local time)
– Sunday: 8 AM to 8 PM (VA local time)

Gordon gave his presentation at our regular club meeting on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. CLICK HERE to see Gordon’s entire slideshow that includes stats about the Virginia QSO Party, maps, and interesting trends since it began. Page six shows some of the interesting questions they have received and the answers.

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Virginia QSO Party Presentation Feb. 4

SVARC welcomes Gordon Miller NQ4K back this year to tell us about the 2021 Virginia QSO Party, which will be held 20-21 March 2020. He will give his presentation at our regular club meeting on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at 7:30 in via Zoom. If you are not a member and would like to attend, please leave a message on the Contact Form of this website.

  • CLICK HERE for Virginia QSO Party Summary and information

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 tickets@hamvention.org 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

Radio Data Collection Request During Solar Eclipse

HamSCI (www.hamsci.org) is looking for amateur radio operators around the world to help collect propagation data during the December 14 eclipse across South America. Data collection requires an HF radio connected to a computer.

There will be 24-hour practice runs on November 21 and December 5. The main data recording will run from December 9-16, to ensure an abundance of control data.

Details of the experiment may be found here:

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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! Continue reading “Field Day 2020: Thumbs Up!”