Get ready for 8 Meters?

You may find yourself wandering along the bands one day in USB [ Upper Side Band ] on your way up to the “Magic Band” of 6 Meters and suddenly find yourself listening to a conversation [QSO ] around 40.660 MHz to 40.700 MHz. This band is new to Amateur Radio, and primarily known as the Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) band.

Croatia was recently added to a very limited list of countries with amateur radio operators with an experimental license for 8 Meter Band. Croatia becomes the fifth country, following Ireland, Slovenia, and South Africa. Lithuania has added spot frequencies, similar to 60 meters in the United States, for experimentation purposes. Find out more information from the blog of EI7GL.

-Credit to the and Southgate Amateur Radio News

NEW ARRL Virginia Section Website

From the ARRL Virginia section news:

This new site will offer a one stop shop for all current and important Virginia ham radio news. Sections for ARRL HQ news, VA club news, Contest news, DX news, ARES news, as well as other sections like builder tips, etc.

There will be opportunities for posting up-to-the-minute events and news for all sections. Being an interactive site will give these opportunities to everyone.

This site is being created by and for hams and will be moderated by the same hams.

Mobile operator in Virginia? Please Read & Print. Put in your vehicle[s].

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Effective January 1, 2021, all residents and travelers in the State of Virginia are prohibited from holding or operating a communications device while on Virginia’s highways.  

Thankfully due to the intercession of Virginia Section of, and the ARRL Amateur Radio operators and operators of Citizens Band Radio are exempt from operating these specific devices while on Virginia Highways. 

Please print and keep a copy in your vehicle[s] with Amateur Radio equipment, and, for good measure, a copy of your FCC Amateur Radio license.  

If you need a fresh copy of your FCC license, find directions and links to the FCC here at ARRL. [ ]

Hat tip to the Virginia Section of the ARRL for this information.

Not a member of the ARRL? Join or renew today!

Honoring KF4EKA

How sad we are that our beloved club member Sandy KF4EKA (Sandra Lee Ritter Bowen) is now a Silent Key. A native of Frederick County, Sandy earned her undergraduate degree from Bridgewater College and her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Virginia. For 31 years, she was a highly respected and popular elementary school teacher, serving in Warren, Frederick, and Fairfax Counties. She was a mentor not only to her students, but also to new teachers.

Sandy KF4EKA with our two youngest club members: Meghann KN4KTU (L) and Audrey KN4CHI (R)

What I (Elizabeth W4EHC) will always remember most is her smile, her warmth, and her positive attitude. She could get things done—and get others to pitch in—better than anyone I’ve ever known. She was an encourager and a cheerleader. Even in her illness, she inspired me with her never-failing hope, faith, and courage.

Sandy died on November 23, 2020. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carrie Virginia Bowen, and a brother, Leslie Daniel Ritter. She is survived by her children Edward Bowen, III, and Mary Chiu and their families, including several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sandy’s name can be made to the Blue Ridge Hospice at 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601.

Sandy was a vibrant and valuable member of SVARC. Our best tribute to her will be to continue her legacy of kindness and service, inside and outside of the Club.

Sandy Bowen KF4EKA
Sandy KF4EKA handing out door prizes at the Club’s 70th anniversary banquet in 2018.