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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SVARC will hold a special on-air event as W4W beginning on Friday, May 3, 2019, at 8:00 pm until Sunday, May 5 at 7:59 pm local times. The club will be set up at Jim Barnett Park on Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Club members will be at the site operating as W4W.
For more information, contact GaryK4GJF or Sandy KF4EKA.
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.
We are sorry to report that our own Kenny Ellis KM4AOG—father of Howard Ellis KI4BNS— died on March 25, 2019, at his home in Stephens City. Those of us at last week’s club meeting saw him then and always appreciated his active membership and smiling face.
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”
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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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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.
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.
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.