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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, February 7th.  This is our Annual Meeting with elections. 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.

 

The next Board of Directors meeting will be January 19th @ 9:00 AM at the VBARC Beach Shack, 3469 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach.  Click here for a map to Ocean Park Rescue - THE VBARC BEACH SHACK


News

Elections:  Congradulations 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 N4JY and John Best KC3MEC.

License Testing: The next session will be February 7yh at the membership meeting.  Master VE  Ed Williams has planned test sessions at the Feb, Mar, Apr, May and Jun meetings.

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 want to thank: George, WA4GDB; Carolyn, KK4NOL; Terry, KA8TNF; Doug, KA4TMS; Mike, KD4NFX; Sharon, KD4SVK; Jeremy, KN4FWY; Doug, N4IRK; Corey, W1ZOR; Jonathon, KB0AAJ; Tim, KN4FEE; Mike, WB4BAX; David, KD4VID; Butch, KE4AZL; Bill, KC2DLR; Scott, KK4FXS; John, WB4AXY; Mike, K4MJ; Jim, K3QQN; and Bob, K4YOU for helping with Holiday Parade.


We want to thank: Jim, K3QQN; Mike, K4MJ; Doug, KA4TMS; Terry, KA8TNF; Bill, KC2DLR; Keith, KE4KDY; Steve, KE8KZK; Claud, KI4LKW; Gretchen, KK4FXW; Tim, KN4FEE and John, W4KVB for helping with Surf-N-Santa run.

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.
Tom
WS9B


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 Keith Howell, KE4KDY, who was named Amateur of the Year by the Virginia DX Century Club.

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 the January contests!

DXNews.com DX Calendar

DX Calendar January 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
JD1BMH ZL7/JA0JHQ T88PB
3W9ND ZF2PG YB9/F5LIT
YJ0AFU 9LY1JM P40AA
HI1LT
C6A/DD0VR
HC8GET
9X2AW
8P9CA
S79AA


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 146.895 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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