Program on Network Analyzers 9/17/20

At the regular SVARC club Zoom meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 7:30 pm, club member Roger Steyaert K7RXV made a presentation on the topic of network analyzers. These can be used to measure antenna or coax parameters such as SWR, impedance, and loss. They can also be used to characterize and tune filters. A network analyzer is a very useful tool to have if you are building and tuning homemade antennas, filters, or other RF circuits.

CLICK HERE to view or download Roger’s presentation in PDF format: “Antenna Analyzers/Vector Network Analyzers: Overview of antenna analyzers and inexpensive VNAs”

CLICK HERE to download Roger’s presentation in PowerPoint format.

Thanks to John AE7YH for providing these “unofficial” links from Roger’s presentation:

SOLD – Yaesu FT-450AT HF Rig – Local Deal

All: Mark, K4ED, has let me know that this rig has been sold and found a new home as of some time in early September.

Gently used Yaesu FT-450AT (the version including the automatic antenna tuner) including the original box, manual, etc. Radio is original, not modified, and never used mobile. Also Includes the Nifty manual. Rig is for sale because owner has 3 rigs now, and needs to part with one he is no longer using. Seller prefers local sale for all of the obvious reasons. For more details, contact

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!”

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:


Gold Sponsors:

DX Engineering
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.