Virgina Beach Amateur Radio Club

Welcome to the VB ARC website - Home of W4UG! 

The Virginia Beach ARC is a ARRL Special Service "ham radio" club covering all aspects of the hobby.  Visit the Public Service page to find all of the events that we support in the city.  Visit the Admin page to find all the details of the club from Bylaws to officers.  The History page looks at the events from the past.  The membership page offers full details on joining VBARC and membership roster. 

The next meeting of VBARC is Thursday, July 11th.  We are moving the meeting a week due to the 4th of July holiday.This meeting is a dinner meeting that will start at 6:30 PM and location is Redmill Golden Coral, 2177 Upton Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23454. Anyone interested in amateur radio is invited to attend.

Board of Directors meetings are now held before the regular membership meeting monthly.  Approximately 7:00 PM.  There will also be quarterly BOD meetings on the 4th Wed of Mar, Jun, Sep and Dec at 7:00 PM at the Beach Radio Shack on Shore Drive.


Field Day 2019: We will have a joint Field Day event with the Va DX Century Club.  The dates are Saturday June 22nd thru Sunday June 23rd.  We will run a 4A operation usint the call sign W4UG.  We needs lots of operators for this event.  People needed Friday night for the antenna setup, saturday morning for the station setups and operators for 24 straght hours.  If you can come out please do.  Also we will have a Cookout Picnic Saturday evening and everyone is invited.  Please contact Bob K4NTO if you can come to the picnic and what you are bringing.

The following stations and captains are:

  • CW Station One - VADXCC Team - Captains Matt Kamanuwai & Gary Chittum

  • CW Station Two - VBARC Team - Captain Bill Holland

  • SSB Station - VBARC Team - Captain Trap Cantebury

  • Digital Station - VBARC Team - Captain Jim Arab

Event schedule is as follows:

  • Friday June 21 - 6:00 PM - Place ropes and wire antennas in place for the event

  • Saturday June 22 - 7:00 am - Breakfast at Golden Corral - Town Center (S. Independence Blvd)

  • Saturday June 22 - 9:00 am - Meet at site to begin Station construction

  • Saturday June 22 - 12:00 pm - Safety Training

  • Saturday June 22nd - 2:00 PM - Field Day Officially starts runs for 24 hours

  • Saturday June 22nd - 5:30 PM - Cookout, Pavillion 2, Great Neck Park

  • Sunday June 23rd - 2:00 PM - Event ends clean up begins.


License Testing: The next session will be Augusy 1st at the membership meeting.  Master VE  Ed Williams has planned test sessions at all regular meetings in 2019 plus a few extras associated with Ham Classes.  See the License Page for details.

Public Service Notes from Tom WS9B:  Our next event will be the YMCA Mud Run at Joint Base Little Creek on August 10th.  Sign up will be at the meetings.     NOTE: VBARES/Public Service has selected three (3) crossband frequencies: they are 445.775, 445.875 and 445.85. We have also selected three (3) 2M frequencies for simplex operation: they are 147.57, 147.405 and 147.51. These frequencies will have an ENCODE and DECODE tone of 233.6.Please add to your programming file or manually enter the above frequencies for all your radios.If all else bring radio to club meeting and I will try and program it for you with all the frequencies above.  We would like everyone to program in their radio’s 147.045, 146.97, 147.3 and 444.95 as simplex frequencies.  It provides a backup if repeater goes down.  No Tones….

Thanks - Tom WS9B and Terry KA8TNF

Radiosport or contesting: This is a popular way to make alot of contacts and increase your operating skills, work on WAS and DXCC.  Click here to see all upcoming contests!

Local Nets:

  • ARES Net every Tuesday Night at 8:00 PM on 146.895
  • Hampton Roads Service Net at 9:00 PM every night on 146.895
  • W4GBH youth Net at 7:00 PM Wed & Fri on 145.15
  • Winlink Wed. 0000-2359 P2P  Wed on 145.730 DX Calendar

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