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.

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.

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

February QST article on Builders’ Group

For those of you that get the ARRL’s QST magazine, check out page 78-79 for an article by Dino KL0S on the club builders’ group.

Thanks again go out to Dino for making the effort to host the sessions and taking the time to put together a great article for QST.

Club Builders’ Group Starting Again

Dino KL0S is hosting the club builders’ group again beginning on February 28. It will run bi-weekly for six sessions. As in the past, it is BYOT (Bring Your Own Tools!) Check out the Builders Group page for more information about the group.

Come by and work on a project, get some assistance from others, or to watch people melt some solder. Or just come by for a donut and coffee.

If you are interested in participating in the spring edition of the builders’ group, please shoot Dino an e-mail.

Annual Club Dinner

The annual club dinner will be held on Saturday, February 21 at 7PM. The location is the Olive Garden on Richmond Road in Williamsburg. This is an annual tradition where we get together and socialize over a nice meal.

It would be nice to have an idea of how many people we need to plan for. There is a poll set up in the WAARC Yahoo Group for RSVP purposes. The deadline for replying to the poll is January 31, 2015.

If you have any questions about the club dinner, please contact Bob W4NYS at W4NYS (at) arrl (dot) net.

2015 Officers

With the new year comes an election. At the January club meeting the club elected new officers for 2015. Some are new to their jobs, while others have chosen to take on their existing role for another year.

The club would like to thank Rick Garfield AK4MV for his service as Vice President in 2014. He helped put together a great set of programs at club meetings last year, and did a great job organizing the annual club picnic.

The club would also like to thank Jim AF4QG for organizing the raffles during the club meetings in 2014. He did a good job putting together a nice collection of ham radio prizes, but is not interested in continuing in this role in 2015.

Here is the list of officers for 2015:

  • President: Bobby Hall N5VCU
  • Vice-President: Bob Sodorsky W4NYS
  • Tresuary: Ted Edwards W3TB
  • Secretary: Dan Ewart WG4F
  • Director: John AI4QQ

Congratulations to the 2015 WAARC officers!


From Dino KL0S and John AI4QQ:

I’m sure many of you knew Jim W4PRO, he was an amazing man and an exceptional ham radio operator, most especially as a DXer.

His one-man DXpeditions were memorable and the QSL card I received from his A52PRO operation in 2004 was the only one mailed directly from The Kingdom of Bhutan during the operation.  I also worked Jim as 7Q7PRO when he was in Malawi in 2012.

Toby and I always looked forward to getting together with Jim at SPARK and VADXC meetings, local hamfests and at Dayton.  We will miss him a lot – his key is now silent but we’ll always remember him fondly.

Obituary from Daily Press January 8, 2015:

Marion Arthur (Jim) Wise passed away December 31, 2014. He was a resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Marion was preceded in death by his mother Emma Shoemaker Wise, father Maynard Marion Wise, wife Mildred of forty-nine years, brother Larry, and sister Bernadine.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife Linda, a son Gary, daughter-in-law Pamela and granddaughter Amanda. He is also survived by a brother Jan Franklin, a sister-in-law Patricia, nephews Michael, Greg and Brian and many great-nieces and great-nephews. His extended family includes a stepdaughter Kelly Schuellein, her husband Paul and their children, James, Brian and Heidi, a step-son Neal Insley, his wife Madelyn and sons Ross and Grady.

Marion was born in Fostoria, Ohio and served in the USAF 13 Bomb Squadron as a gunner in the Korean War. He retired from NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton Virginia where he was involved in the space program. In later years he served as a docent at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, VA and worked with Habitat for Humanity Smithfield, Va. He was a member of many organizations, but HAM Radio was his passion.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 10 at 11 a.m. at the West Neck Village Hall, 2580 Signature Drive, Virginia Beach, VA.

A graveside service will be held at Arlington Memorial Cemetery at a later date.

Busch Gardens Christmastown Dash

From Chris KC4CMR:

Many thanks to KG4SMV, AJ4XV, KL0S, W4FAF, KI4VMB, KK4BMZ, K4MI, W4LPD, KK4BMY, AI4WU, W4NYS, KK4VVB, N5VCU, and W4NYY for coming out on an early, dark, windy, cold (did I say early?) Sunday morning to work the Busch Gardens Christmastown Dash.

Approximately 2200 runners ran the 8K event. No problems reported, all went well, event staff grateful for the radio support. We’ll be back next year.

Extra thanks to W4NYY for serving as the sweep on bike for the last runners and to Dino for his help with the maps.

Hampton Technician License Class

From Chris KC4CMR:
For those that know anyone that’s interested, here’s an opportunity in Hampton. Please contact Chris, KC4F, directly, for more information.

The next Amateur Radio class will run Saturdays, January 10 – Feb 21 from 0900 – 1300 with a test session set for Feb 28.

Classes will be held at the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1323 W. Pembroke Ave in Hampton.  Enter the door near the generators on the west side of the building.

To register for class, send an email to  Include in your email your first and last name and a contact phone number in case we have a need to change class schedule suddenly.

Please let me know if you hope/expect/intend to take this class so we can determine the class size.  If you have any questions please contact me!