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Welcome to the VB ARC website - Home of W4UG!

 

The Virginia Beach ARC is a full 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 May 3rd. The meeting will start at 7:30 PM and the location will be the St Andrews Methodist church multipurpose room on the corner of Princess Anne Rd and tuscon Lane in Va Beach.

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The next Board of Directors meeting will be April 25th @ 7:00 PM at the VBARC Beach Shack, 3469 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach. 

Click here for a map to Ocean Park Rescue - THE VBARC BEACH SHACK


News

The next Public Service event will be the Strawberry Festival on May 26th.  Sign up via email to Terry and Tom.  Click on the Public Service button on the left to see the 2018 schedual as well as a message from Tom with thanks to participants.

A new Tech Class is being scheduled for April 20th & 21st with a VE Testing Session on the 28th.  If you would like to help lead the Camp please contact Jim Arab.  Jim's email

A once in a lifetime Hamradio Yard Sale will take place on April 28th and 29th at the QTH of Ron, W8RJL, and Judy, W4JJY, Young's house.  The address is 2310 Kingsman Lane, VA Beach 23453.  All types of equipment, parts and Ham related items.

Radiosport or contesting is a popular way to make contacts and increase your operating skills, work on WAS and DXCC.  In February the following ARRL sponsored contests are being held.  Please go to the arrrl.org/contest page for details of each event. Even with a Tech license you can participate in a couple of these events.

April 20th thru May 31st,  2018 Contesting Calendar  from http://www.contestcalendar.com/contestcal.html

April 2018
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Apr 20
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Apr 20
+ Holyland DX Contest 2100Z, Apr 20 to 2100Z, Apr 21
+ ES Open HF Championship 0500Z-0559Z, Apr 21 and
  0600Z-0659Z, Apr 21 and
  0700Z-0759Z, Apr 21 and
  0800Z-0859Z, Apr 21
+ Worked All Provinces of China DX Contest 0600Z, Apr 21 to 0559Z, Apr 22
+ QRP to the Field 0800-1800 local, Apr 21
+ YU DX Contest 1200Z, Apr 21 to 1159Z, Apr 22
+ CQMM DX Contest 1200Z, Apr 21 to 2359Z, Apr 22
+ Nebraska QSO Party 1300Z, Apr 21 to 0200Z, Apr 22 and
  1300Z-2200Z, Apr 22
+ Michigan QSO Party 1600Z, Apr 21 to 0400Z, Apr 22
+ EA-QRP CW Contest 1700Z-2000Z, Apr 21 (10-20m) and
  2000Z-2300Z, Apr 21 (40-80m) and
  0700Z-0900Z, Apr 22 (40m) and
  0900Z-1200Z, Apr 22 (20-10m)
+ Ontario QSO Party 1800Z, Apr 21 to 0500Z, Apr 22 and
  1200Z-1800Z, Apr 22
+ Feld Hell Sprint 1800Z-2159Z, Apr 21
+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Apr 25
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Apr 25
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Apr 25 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Apr 25 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Apr 26
+ UKEICC 80m Contest 1900Z-2000Z, Apr 25
+ 432 MHz Spring Sprint 1900 local - 2300 local, Apr 25
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data 1900Z-2030Z, Apr 26
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Apr 27
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Apr 27
+ 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, Digital 0001Z, Apr 28 to 2359Z, Apr 29
+ SP DX RTTY Contest 1200Z, Apr 28 to 1200Z, Apr 29
+ Helvetia Contest 1300Z, Apr 28 to 1259Z, Apr 29
+ Florida QSO Party 1600Z, Apr 28 to 0159Z, Apr 29 and
  1200Z-2159Z, Apr 29
+ BARTG Sprint 75 1700Z-2059Z, Apr 29
 
May 2018
+ AGCW QRP/QRP Party 1300Z-1900Z, May 1
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, May 2
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, May 2 and
  1900Z-2000Z, May 2 and
  0300Z-0400Z, May 3
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, May 3 (CW) and
  1800Z-1900Z, May 3 (SSB) and
  1900Z-2000Z, May 3 (FM) and
  2000Z-2100Z, May 3 (Dig)
+ SKCC Sprint Europe 1900Z-2100Z, May 3
+ MIE 33 Contest 2300Z, May 3 to 0300Z, May 4
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, May 4
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, May 4
+ Araucaria World Wide VHF Contest 0000Z, May 5 to 1600Z, May 6
+ 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, CW 0001Z, May 5 to 2359Z, May 6
+ SBMS 2.3 GHz and Up Contest and Club Challenge 0600 local, May 5 to 2359 local, May 6
+ Microwave Spring Sprint 0800-1400 local, May 5
+ ARI International DX Contest 1200Z, May 5 to 1159Z, May 6
+ 7th Call Area QSO Party 1300Z, May 5 to 0700Z, May 6
+ Indiana QSO Party 1500Z, May 5 to 0300Z, May 6
+ FISTS Spring Slow Speed Sprint 1700Z-2100Z, May 5
+ Delaware QSO Party 1700Z, May 5 to 2359Z, May 6
+ New England QSO Party 2000Z, May 5 to 0500Z, May 6 and
  1300Z-2400Z, May 6
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 1900Z-2030Z, May 7
+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0100Z-0300Z, May 8
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, May 9
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, May 9 and
  1900Z-2000Z, May 9 and
  0300Z-0400Z, May 10
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, May 11
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, May 11
+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, May 12 to 2400Z, May 13
+ VOLTA WW RTTY Contest 1200Z, May 12 to 1200Z, May 13
+ CQ-M International DX Contest 1200Z, May 12 to 1159Z, May 13
+ Arkansas QSO Party 1400Z, May 12 to 0200Z, May 13
+ FISTS Spring Unlimited Sprint 1700Z-2100Z, May 12
+ 50 MHz Spring Sprint 2300Z, May 12 to 0300Z, May 13
+ WAB 7 MHz Phone 1000Z-1400Z, May 13
+ 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, May 14
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, May 16
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, May 16 and
  1900Z-2000Z, May 16 and
  0300Z-0400Z, May 17
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data 1900Z-2030Z, May 16
+ NAQCC CW Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, May 17
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, May 18
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, May 18
+ Portuguese Navy Day Contest 0900Z, May 18 to 1700Z, May 20
+ Slobozhansky Sprint Contest 1800Z-1959Z, May 18 (SSB) and
  2000Z-2159Z, May 18 (CW)
+ UN DX Contest 0600Z-2100Z, May 19
+ NZART Sangster Shield Contest 0800Z-1100Z, May 19 and
  0800Z-1100Z, May 20
+ Aegean RTTY Contest 1200Z, May 19 to 1200Z, May 20
+ EU PSK DX Contest 1200Z, May 19 to 1200Z, May 20
+ His Maj. King of Spain Contest, CW 1200Z, May 19 to 1200Z, May 20
+ Feld Hell Sprint 1600Z-1759Z, May 19 and
  2000Z-2159Z, May 19
+ Baltic Contest 2100Z, May 19 to 0200Z, May 20
+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0100Z-0300Z, May 21
+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, May 23
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, May 23
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, May 23 and
  1900Z-2000Z, May 23 and
  0300Z-0400Z, May 24
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 1900Z-2030Z, May 24
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, May 25
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, May 25
+ CQ WW WPX Contest, CW 0000Z, May 26 to 2359Z, May 27
+ QRP ARCI Hootowl Sprint 0000Z-0100Z, May 28
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, May 30
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, May 30 and
  1900Z-2000Z, May 30 and
  0300Z-0400Z, May 31

 

 Local repeaters are controlled by the Virginia Beach Emergency Amateur Repeater Society or VBEARS.  Repeaters are available on 146.970, 146.895 and 444.950.  Please check the VBEARS page for full details of all repeaters in the region.  If you are using the repeaters and have problems please address your issues to the Manager of the repeater via email here.  We also have a new repeater on 147.300+ managed by the Hospital Network.  It is open to all hams when not used for emergency events.

Key nets on the 146.97 repeater are:
     ARES Net every Tuesday Night at 8:00 PM
     Hampton Roads Service Net on 146.97 at 9:00 PM every night.

 


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