January Club Meeting Cancelled

Due to the hazardous conditions caused by the snow this past weekend, the January Club Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, January 10, is cancelled.

We hope everyone will be safe, and we hope to see you at the February meeting!

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From Chris KC4CMR

Special thanks to all those who participated in this weekend’s Triathlon. Many of whom
made the extra effort to go out into the Charles City County portion of the event.

N∅FIR and KK4BMZ with CC EMS.

A few incidents but were responded to quickly.  That’s why we’re there, to get
them help and let race officials know what is happening on the courses.

If you haven’t worked one of these events before, please consider coming out to help.
It’s fun and the athletes and organizers really appreciate what we do.


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Richmond Tailgate Fest

From Dave Meier, N4MW:
You are invited to the upcoming fall Tailgate ‘Fest in Richmond.
Fall 2016:  Saturday. September, 17

Where:  Scottish Rite Temple parking lot at 4204 Hermitage Road Richmond, VA 23227
Time:  Set-up 7:30 AM opening time is 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

These dates may or may not conflict with other activities but availability of the space is limited.  The semi-annual Tailgate Fest is open at no cost to participants whether selling or simply browsing.  The only requirements are that we leave the place in the shape we found it.  Sales must be limited to Ham equipment or other electronics related equipment.  We are indebted to the Scottish Rite of Richmond for their gracious permission to use their parking lot two times a year.  Our use of the space depends on our being thoughtful guests.  Thank you for your consideration.   Organized by Gene Payne W4YSP and promoted by the Central Virginia Six Meter Single Sideband Net www.50215.net.

This is a small venue but is an easy, fun activity.  Please come to shop, socialize and perhaps sell some of that excess stuff.
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October 2016 VE Session

From Mike W4NYY, WAARC VE Coordinator:

Steve W4DMZ has again secured the TNCC Workforce Development Center for our October VE sessions.  The date is Saturday October 8th from 8 am to Noon. The information has been posted on the ARRL web site. Follow up information will be provided in the coming weeks.

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2016 Jamestown Special Event

On Saturday, May 14, WAARC will be on the air from Jamestown Island in commemoration of the 409th anniversary of the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in North America in 1607. This is one of three Special Event Stations that we set up every year.

In conjunction with the National Parks on the Air 2016, we will be activating the Jamestown National Historic Site. The designator for this park is AA14. We will upload the log to LoTW with this designator so anyone chasing the national parks can get credit for our activation.

We plan to be on the air from about 10am to 4pm. We intend to operate on 40M and 20M as conditions permit. Look for us around 7.262 and 14.262 +/- QRM. If you hear us on the air, give us a call!

If you are local to the area, you can find a map on the Map page.

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April 2016 VE Testing Session

Mike Conte W4NYY has announced the date and location for the April 2016 VE Testing session. The information follows below:

Our April 2016 VE Sessions will be held on Saturday April 16th at the Workforce Development Center of Thomas Nelson Community College, 4135 Ironbound Road in Williamsburg starting at 8:30 am. Registration will begin at 8am.
The Workforce Development Center is located across the street from Panera Bread on Monticello Avenue in Newtown.  It’s behind the Courthouse but the entrance is on Ironbound Road. Click Here for a map to the testing location. The tests will be given on the 2nd floor with the room TBD.   I will place signs at the entrance and if possible have some VE’s standing by to provide directions to the to the room.  Any available VE’s that can make it will be greatly appreciated.  I sent the ARRL a request for materials and the session should be on the ARRL site withing 5 to 7 days.
Those of you who wish to either upgrade their current license or anyone wishing to take the exam the first time the cost is still $15.  The amount can be paid by check (made out to the ARRL VEC) and of course cash is always taken.  Candidates who already posses a license please bring: a photo ID, your current original license or CSCE and a copy, and either of your social security # or your FRN registration #.  Those who do not posses a license please bring a photo ID and either your social security # or FRN registration #.  The SS # or FRN # must be provided on Form 605 and provided to the ARRL.  (A copy of your SS card is not needed)  Calculators are allowed and we will provide scrap paper if needed.  Cell phones are not allowed to be used as a calculator.  Candidates can take 1 or more of the elements and the cost is same, $15.  However, if a candidate fails an element and wishes to retake it the cost will be an additional $15.
If anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to e-mail Mike: macsac05 (at) cox (dot) net.
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New Club Officers for 2016

The January club meeting is when the annual election of officers takes place. The new club officers were elected at the January 12, 2016 club meeting, and are listed below.

First, the club would like to thank the outgoing officers for their service in 2015: Vice-President Bob Sodorsky W4NYS, and Director At-Large John Hale AI4QQ.

The club’s officers as elected at the January meeting are:

  • President: Bobby Hall N5VCU
  • Vice-President: Will Hrachovina K4MI
  • Secretary: Dan Ewart WG4F
  • Treasurer: Ted Edwards W3TB
  • Director At-Large: Bill Conkling NR4C

Here’s to a prosperous and exciting 2016!

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List of Events for 2016

The following is a list of events for the upcoming year. Mark them on your calendar and come out and support the club.

Some dates have not been finalized yet. An updated posting will be made when the event gets close.

  • FrostFest: February 6
  • James City County Expo: February TBD
  • Club Dinner: February 27
  • William and Mary Half Marathon: February 28
  • Va QSO Party contest: March 19-20
  • Spring VE Testing Session: April TBD
  • Chesapeake Hamfest: April 10
  • Run the DOG Street 5K: April 23 (NEW!)
  • Hike for Hospice: April 23
  • Pedal the Parkway: May 7
  • Jamestown Island Special Event: May 14
  • Club Picnic: June 14 (takes the place of June meeting)
  • Triathlon: June TBD
  • ARRL Field Day: June 25-26
  • Colonial Williamsburg Special Event: July 2
  • Triathlon: September TBD
  • Virginia Beach Hamfest: September TBD
  • Fall VE Testing Session: October TBD
  • Yorktown Special Event: October 15
  • Busch Gardens Christmas Town 8K: December 4

Any changes will be posted as needed.

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Passing of Art Latimer’s (AJ4XW) brother Mike

From Steve Foster W4DMZ:

Visitation for Mike Latimer, Art Latimer’s brother, will be Monday, January 26, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 p. m. at Nelson’s Funeral Home.  His funeral will be Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:00 p. m. at Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church.  Please keep Art and his family in your prayers during this time of grief.

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Update on Larry W3MGL

From Hershel W4TMN:

For all of you old-timers, I visited with one of our founding members Larry (W3MGL) in a nursing home in PA. As some of you know, I have kept in touch with him over the years. He is doing fairly well for an 88 year old, but is having some memory loss. He fondly remembers all of the good times we had as a club & asked about a number of you. He is depressed because of being where he is and we had a great time talking about our adventures.

Keep him in your prayers.

To contact Larry via snail mail, here is his address:

Lawrence Boellhoff
Room 326,  Penn Village
#51 route 204
Selinsgrove, PA 17870 – 1299

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