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,
April 4th. The meeting will start at 7:30 PM and location
is St Andrews Methodist Church, 707 Tucson Lane, VA Beach. This is
next to the Kempsville Golf Course. Anyone interested in amateur radio
is invited to attend.
Board of Directors meetingg are now held before the regular membership
meeting monthly. Approximately 7:00 PM. There will also be
quarterly meetings on the 4th Wed at 7:00 PM at the Beach Radio Shack on
Program for the April Meeting:
We will have some hands on training at our
April 4th meeting. "Learning How to Solder" will be the program.
We will have several stations set up that will allow you to learn how to
use a soldering iron and which iron or gun to use for which task.
This should be a good evening. All you members with irons, bring
them to the meeting for others to see and use.
Virginia QSO Party:
The Virginia QSO Party is the weekend of
March 15th and 17th. There are 95 counties 38 independent cities
in the state of VA. You can work all of them towards your worked all VA
certificate just this weekend. This is a fun but casual contest
for those that would like to try their hand at contesting. The operating
hours for this event are a little unusual since you will be able to
sleep at night. The hours are 1400 start on the 16th thru 0400 on
the 17th then 1200 restart on the 17th till 2400. You will be able
to find the full details on the Sterling Park Website by
The next session will be April 4th 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:
The next event will be the Shamrock 8K
and ½ and full Marathon, March 16 and 17. We will have our usually
pre-race meeting on March 14th at 6:30 pm. We will need 65 to 70
people for these events. We will have signup sheet for Shamrock run at
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.
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.
Thanks - Tom WS9B and Terry KA8TNF
Congratulations to: Member
Jim Arab, KV4JM, who was named Amateur of the Year by the Virginia
Beach amateur Radio Club. The plaque will be presented at the
CARS Tailgatefest: Mark your
calendar for May 25th for the Chesapeake ARS Tailgate Fest.
Click here for full details!
Radiosport or contesting:
This is a popular way to make alot of contacts and increase your operating skills, work on WAS and
Click here to see all upcoming contests!
on the 146.895 repeater are:
- ARES Net every Tuesday Night at 8:00 PM
- Hampton Roads Service
Net at 9:00 PM every night.
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