Our Open Repeaters: 146.82 PL 146.2 / 448.775 PL 146.2 

Shenandoah Valley Emergency Net – Tuesday 7PM ET 146.82 – Join us!

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Do you enjoy puzzles? Science, Technology, Engineering, Math? How about finding new friends far and wide?
If so, amateur radio may be a “thing” for you!  

Thank you for visiting the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club website! Here’s what you should know about us:

  • We are one of the oldest Amateur Radio Clubs in the United States, first established in 1948!
  • We are the home of the World Famous Berryville HamFest, always the first Sunday of August! Radio amateurs from far and wide have come together for community, fellowship, new parts, gear and pre-owned treasures since 1953.
  • We meet on the first and third Thursday monthly at 7:30 in our clubhouse. Please visit our Club in-person or remotely via Zoom during one of our meetings to say “hello”. Use our contact page to request the meeting link. 
  • Our radio room features a FlexRadio 6400 and ICOM 9100. Both radios can be operated for send and receive by club members anywhere on the Earth with an internet connection. 
  •  Read more about the Club, or, Contact us with questions.

Field Day 2023 – June 23-24 – Clarke County Fair Ground

Field Day is coming June 24-25. Field Day is Amateur Radio’s Open House event of the year where over 40,000 amateur stations go into the field, setup, operate and make contact. It is also a day of national emergency communications preparedness. We operate around the clock for 24 hours, make as many contacts across the United States, Canada and the World as we can, over as many different modes such as voice, digital and even morse code. 

Amateur Radio is the heart of everything STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math. Amateur Radio knowledge can lead to careers in Radio Frequency Engineering, Broadcasting in Media, Military Communications, Design, Build, Fabrication and more. 

Please join us during Field Day this year, maybe even get on the air yourself and make a few contacts to experience for yourself! Come anytime from 2PM Saturday and through 1PM Sunday June 25.

Find out more: https://svarc.us/field-day/

Even though you do not need an operating license during Field Day, if you would like to find out more and test for your amateur radio license,  click here: https://svarc.us/ve-testing/

Are you an existing radio amateur, want to find a great place to connect to other radio amateurs, and have access to a fine HF station as a member benefit? Submit your application now! https://svarc.us/how-to-join-svarc/

Space Weather Mini Course: Analyses of Space Weather Events in the 20th Century and BeyondSpace Weather

Presented by Heliophysicist and Radio Amateur [WX6SWW] Dr Tamitha Skov, this is a 3 hour 20 minute mini course entitled Analyses of Space Weather Events in the 20th Century and Beyond, including a discussion of the 1859 Carrington Event. The Carrington Event was a massive solar flare that caused havoc and burned the infrasctructure of the Telegraph communications system and caused Auroras to be seen as far south as the Tropics. Normally Aurora are found around the higher latitudes including North and South Pole.   In relation to Amateur Radio and especially low, medium and high frequency communications [HF], GPS satellites and communications systems our Sun has tremendous potential to affect not only our communications in space, but also our infrastructure on the Earth. 

Please consider supporting Dr. Skov’s efforts to inform and contribute a greater understanding to the importance of how our star, the Sun affects our planet Earth.


Find more videos of Dr. Skov on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/SpWxfx

Here website is: https://www.spaceweatherwoman.com/

Dr. Skov’s Podcast can be subscribed to here: https://www.spaceweatherwoman.com/feed/podcast/


3rd Party Resources to learn more: 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] Space Weather Prediction Center: https://swpc.noaa.gov

Learn more and study Space Weather: https://www.nasa.gov/spaceweather

Earn a Degree in Space Weather – Millersville University: https://www.millersville.edu/swen


Welcome to a fascinating part of being a Radio Amateur. Apply to join us! You’ll be glad you did! 

Join Us: SVARC and ARRL

Open Headset Interconnect Standard [OHIS] N6MTS

N6MTS, Mark may be familiar to you as he is co-host of podcast HamRadioWorkBench.com. Mark has founded a company that is designing products for the audiophile and amateur radio. At the May 2023 Dayton Hamvention, Mark presented his open headset interconnect standard. Mark realized an opportunity with the ability to use any headset, with any amateur radio, without the need for a box-full of adapters.  What mark has in development and pending production is a solution that allows an interconnect between any radio, and any headset. Hat tip to Mark for finding a problem and taking on the challenge to bring a long needed solution to market. Thank you, Mark!  You can find out more at Mark’s website: https://ohis.org/  73. 

Memorial Day

Gratitude to those who gave all for our Nation, our Freedoms, our Constitution and our Flag. Ice a cold one for those who cannot be with us, set a place at the table, leave it empty for those who cannot be with us due to the ultimate sacrifice. 73.

National Hurricane Center Amateur Radio Station Annual Test

From ARRL.org

The amateur radio station of the National Hurricane Center, WX4NHC (NHC), located on the campus of Florida International University in Miami, will conduct their on-the-air Annual Communications Test on Saturday, May 27, 2023, from 9 AM – 5 PM EDT (1300z- 2100z).

This is the NHC’s 43rd year of public service. NHC Amateur Radio Assistant Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R/WX4NHC, reports that the purpose of this event is to test amateur radio equipment and antennas at the NHC as well as operators’ home equipment, antennas, and computers prior to this year’s hurricane season. The 2023 hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November 30.

This event is good practice for amateur radio operators worldwide to practice amateur radio communications during times of severe weather.

Ripoll said WX4NHC will be on HF, VHF, UHF, 2- and 30-meter APRS, and Winlink, To contact the NHC’s amateur radio station send an email to wx4nhc@winlink.org. The subject of the email must contain //WL2K.

The Hurricane Watch Net will try to stay on 14.325 MHz for most of the time, as well as 7.268 MHz depending on propagation. They may also change frequencies due to potential QRM.

You may be able to find WX4NHC on HF by using one of the DX spotting networks, such as the DX Summit website at http://www.dxsummit.fi.

The VoIP Hurricane Net will also be active from 4 PM – 5 PM EDT (2000-2100z), RLP node 9219/EchoLink WX-TALK Conference node 7203. Visit their website for more information.

WX4NHC will also make a few contacts on local VHF and UHF repeaters, as well as the Florida Statewide Amateur Radio Network (SARnet) system to test station equipment.

QSL cards are available via WD4R with a self-addressed stamped envelope. More information about the NHC is available at their website.

Meeting Information

Meetings at the clubhouse,  and remote via Zoom.app. Members will receive the zoom link by email. If you aren’t a member and want the Zoom link, please use the CONTACT FORM on this website to request it or email request to secretary [at] svarc.us

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.

We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30pm.  Gathering begins about 6:30 pm for conversation.

CLICK HERE for Club Flyer

VE Sessions.  Pre-registration advised. Please see the VE Page for further details. Sign up below to get VE testing updates. WinchesterHamTest.com

CLICK HERE for more details on meetings, and club events.

QRZ.com page for Club Station W4RKC 


Berryville Hamfest

The next Berryville Hamfest will be held on Sunday August 4, 2024 at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville, VA—always the first Sunday in August. Get on the Hamfest Email list for updates: https://berryvillehamfest.com.