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, April 4th.  The meeting will start at 7:30 PM and location is St Andrews Methodist Church, 707 Tucson Lane, VA Beach.  The church is next to the Kempsville Golf Course.  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.


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.

License Testing: 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:  Our next event will be the Strawberry Parade May 25, 2019.  Route of parade is changing to other end of Pungo.  After we meet with committee we will have more information.  We will need around 22 people.

Chesapeake Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CARES) is asking for help with the Tour-De-Cure bike ride April 27th.  For information and to signup please contact Van Rowe (KM4KBS) 757-593-0564.

Arthur, N4TRQ is looking for people to help with MS-150 bike ride June 1 and 2nd.  Goes from Smithfield to Williamsburg.  It is a 2 day ride.  If you can only support 1 day that is fine.  For information and to signup please contact Arthur

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

Thanks - Tom WS9B and Terry KA8TNF

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 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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