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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, March 7th.  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 Gold 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.


News

Elections:  Congratulations to the officers for 2019: John Roberts WB4AXY President, Trap Cantebury KB8ABJ Vice President, Bob Zabot K4NTO Treasurer, Ed Gibbs Secretary, Directors - George Schmidt WA4GDB, Jim Arab KV4JM, Doug Duggan N4IRK, Jim Gessinger K3QQN and Art Sanderson WA4TMJ, Josh Holder N4JJ and John Best KC3MEC.

License Testing: The next session will be March 7th 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.

New License Class:  A new Technician class will be held February 22nd and 23rd at the Beach Shack on Shore Drive.  Class Leader will be Jim Arab, KV4JM.  Contact Jim if you would like to help lead the class or to become a student in the class.  Jim's Email

Public Service Notes from Tom WS9B:  The next event will be the Shamrock 8K and 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 next meeting.

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….

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
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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 March meeting.

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!



L
ocal 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 Heart Network.  It is open to all hams when not used for emergency events.

Key nets 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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