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Founded in 1948, the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club, Inc. is one of the oldest established radio clubs in the U.S. We support the local A.R.E.S. (Amateur Radio Emergency Services System), and we proudly host the famous Berryville Hamfest, now in its seventh decade.

Club meetings are the first and third Thursday of each month at the clubhouse at 7:30 pm.  VISITORS WELCOME. CLICK HERE to view or download the club flyer.

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World Amateur Radio Day April 18

Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. <strong>It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.</strong>

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum – far from being a wasteland – could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.

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World Amateur Radio Day 2019

Get Ready To Party! 2019 VA QSO Party This Weekend

We had a great turnout at the March 7, 2019 SVARC meeting. We welcomed Gordon Miller NQ4K and his wife back this year to tell us about the 2019 Virginia QSO Party, which will be held 16-17 March 2019.

1400 UTC – Sunday, 17 March 0400 UTC and Sunday, 17 March 1200 UTC – 2400 UTC. (For Virginians, this is Saturday 10 AM – 12 Midnight and
Sunday 8 AM – 8 PM Virginia local time.) Continue reading “Get Ready To Party! 2019 VA QSO Party This Weekend”

The 2019 Richmond Frostfest Report

On the very chilly first Saturday morning in February of 2019, many SVARC members were up well before sunrise, and on the road. Where were they headed? Off to the Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. What would be the reason for otherwise seemingly sane people to leave the friendly confines of a warm, comfortable bed before daylight to brave the single digit temperatures for a two-and-a-half hour (plus or minus) drive to our Commonwealth’s capitol city? Continue reading “The 2019 Richmond Frostfest Report”

Flex 6400: Review After Trial Run

The beta team has been working with the Flex 6400 and Royce, W3IF, sent Gary and me an email with a short review that I would like to share with you SVARC members.

Mick Stutler, W8BE
Secretary / HF Team

Nate, W4NA, checked into my 10m AM net Sunday via the new clubhouse 6400.
AM audio sounded great along with a healthy signal.

Continue reading “Flex 6400: Review After Trial Run”

Feb. 2019 Digital Edition of QST now available

Reminder: Your February 2019 Digital Edition of QST is Now Available

 See what’s trending in this issue…

Second Century: The Spectrum of Hams 
Read the thoughts of ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, about the increasingly fragmented landscape of Amateur Radio. Page 11

Field Deployable Mini-K9AY Loop
Try this antenna to improve reception on 30 and 40 meters. Page 41

Product Review: FlexRadio Systems FLEX-6400M HF and 6-Meter SDR Transceiver 
A deep dive into the features and performance of a sophisticated software-defined transceiver. Page 48

Member Spotlight: Dave Cripe, NM0S 
A “renaissance ham” with interests that range from music to history. Page 15

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New Flex 6400 at the Clubhouse


Above is a photo of the new Flex 6400 at SVARC. It is to be used for remote operation by the club members. Incorporated in the operation is an inverted “L” which is tunable on all bands from 160 through 6 meters. The station is also equipped for local operation.

Gary Fortun, K4GJF has provided links for the YouTube videos below that you can watch in order to familiarize your self with remote Flex operation.

January 13th 2019 VE Session Canceled

The VE Team management has decided to cancel today’s VE session in the interest of everyone’s safety. The plan at this point is to resume normal schedule, where the next VE session is now scheduled to be Sunday, February 10th, 2019, at 1:00 PM EST at the SVARC club house house. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may have caused anyone, and appreciate your understanding.

New Year, New ARES Net – Kicking Off the First Sunday in January 2019

Here’s a quick reminder that the inaugural kick off of the Winchester / Frederick County (Virginia) ARES net will be held at 8:30 PM ET on Sunday, January 6th, 2019, using the SVARC 2 Meter repeater. This repeater operates with an FM mode at a frequency of 146.82 MHz, with a standard ‘minus’ offset (listens 600 kHz below at 146.22 MHz) requiring the use of CTCSS tone 146.2 Hz for access of the repeater. This is an ARES net; however, membership in ARES is not required to participate. The net welcomes all interested and properly licensed amateurs to join us.

The intent for this net is to be a weekly net at 8:30 PM ET / Local on Sundays, on the SVARC 2 Meter repeater, with the exception being the last Sunday of the month holding the net on an FM simplex frequency of 146.58 MHz to practice communication skills and identify available communication paths in the event that the repeater would somehow be unavailable in an actual emergency situation.

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