COVID-19 Impact Updates

MEETINGS: We will meet virtually using Zoom until it is safe to gather at the clubhouse. The club Secretary will send out links to these meetings to club members. If you are not a club member but would like to attend, please use the CONTACT FORM on this website to request the access link.

BERRYVILLE HAMFEST: The 2020 Berryville Hamfest has been canceled.
In response to the safety concerns and various COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club’s Hamfest Committee has decided to cancel the Berryville Hamfest scheduled for August 2, 2020. We tried hard to make it work and surmount all the obstacles, but we could not ensure the quality event our attendees have come to expect. We are sorry to disappoint the many people who look forward to the Hamfest on the first Sunday in August each year. We WILL see you all on August 1, 2021! 

VE TESTING: Our club’s VE sessions will be suspended until further notice—at least until October. Please contact VE Coordinator John Kanode N4MM or leave a message in this Contact form of this website. To find other VE testing sites through ARRL listing, CLICK HERE.

WANT TO JOIN SVARC? CLICK HERE to get more membership information and CLICK HERE to download the club membership application and use this website’s CONTACT page if you have questions.

Please stay safe and follow CDC guidelines.

Extra Class Licensing Class To Be Offered In Area

The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group, LARG, will be conducting an 8-week licensing class for the Extra Class beginning Monday, February 3rd. If any Shenandoah Valley ARC club members are interested in upgrading, they are welcome. More information is available at https://k4lrg.org/education/.  All classes will be held at the Leesburg VFW on Monday evenings, 6 PM to 8:30 PM.

Each instructor is either a professional engineer or involved in teaching college-level courses in subjects overlapping amateur radio. This will be a good opportunity to not only upgrade but become better acquainted with the entire area of amateur radio.

2020 SVARC Officers

2020 is off to a great start with our 2020 officers in place and taking the reins of the club. Shown above, left to right

Vice President: Ross Slater, KE4BCN
President: John Kanode, N4MM
Treasurer: Rob Kinsley,  NT4S
Secretary: Steve Pederson KN4IOU

SVARC 2020 TRUSTEES:

Gary Fortun, K4GJF
Larry Miller, KB6VAA
Sandy Bowen, KF4EKA

Thank you to the outgoing officers and trustees for their service to our club:

Mick Stutler, W8BE, outgoing Secretary
Bradley Strite, N3RBU, outgoing Treasurer
Sam Long, W4WSE, outgoing Trustee

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”

Modeling Presentation

EZNEC Main Windowby Roger Steyaert K7RXV, SVARC meeting on Sept. 19, 2019

Roger K7RXV gave an excellent presentation on various modeling programs and how they can be used by amateur radio operators to measure and predict such things as circuit performance and antenna performance. Programs mentioned included Spice, SimSmith, and EZNEC. Continue reading “Modeling Presentation”

SVARC Clubhouse Work Day Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019

Hey everyone — we’ve got a long list of “To Do” items that involve maintenance of our valuable clubhouse, and some of them really need to get done before winter weather sets in.

We’d like to knock as many of them out as possible by inviting as many club members as possible to come Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at 9am.  Please let Gary Fortun K4GJF know if you can’t come then but would still like to help.