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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 Shore Drive.


News

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 clicking here.

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:  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.

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:

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.

DXNews.com DX Calendar


DX Calendar March 2019

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
V31GF Z81Z 9N7BN XV9JK VE3LYC/KL7 ZL7C
C6ANM ET3AA E6AF 6Y5KB
V31CQ FO/OK2ZI E51HMK VP5P
V31VP C6AKT YJ0CA
T31EU 7P8LB PJ4/KK9A PJ4R
HD8M 9G2DX TO2BC
C56DF A35JP
3W2MAE 5X3C 5X3E
VP5/AA5UK 5V7EI
A5A E6ET
TO3Z 6W/IV3FSG
FK/JG1XMV XR0ZRC
FG4KH PJ2/DK5ON
V31NC
9G5GS
8P6DR
6O1OO


 
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