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The Virginia Beach ARC is a full 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. 

Note that the July meeting has been cancelled.  The next meeting of VBARC is Thursday September 6th. The meeting will start at 7:30 PM and the location will be the St Andrews Methodist church multipurpose room on the corner of Princess Anne Rd and Tuscon Lane in Va Beach.

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The next Board of Directors meeting will be August 22nd @ 7:00 PM at the VBARC Beach Shack, 3469 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach. 

Click here for a map to Ocean Park Rescue - THE VBARC BEACH SHACK


License Testing:  We host a testing session for all amateur radio levels at all of our Membership meetings as well as specified events such as the Va Beach Hamfest.  Testing is open to everyone and you do not need to preregister.

Public Service Notes from 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 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.

QRP Saturday:  Ed W8NLZ will host the next QRP Saturday on October 13th at Princess Anne Park.  Rough start about 9:00 AM.  Bring out your radio of get on the air with one of the radio's that are there.

Lighthouse Special Event:  Thanks to those that made contact with us at the Cape Henry LH Special Event.

DXING:  Are you into DXing?  Have you visited the website  This site offers a lot of information on upcoming DXpeditions, contesting, IOTA, etc.  Highly recommend a visit.

Radiosport or contesting is a popular way to make contacts and increase your operating skills, work on WAS and DXCC.  In February the following ARRL sponsored contests are being held.  Please go to the page for details of each event. Even with a Tech license you can participate in a couple of these events.

September 2018
+ All Asian DX Contest, Phone 0000Z, Sep 1 to 2400Z, Sep 2
+ CWOps CW Open 0000Z-0359Z, Sep 1 and
  1200Z-1559Z, Sep 1 and
  2000Z-2359Z, Sep 1
+ Russian RTTY WW Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Sep 1
+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint 0600Z-0629Z, Sep 1 and
  0630Z-0659Z, Sep 1 and
  0700Z-0729Z, Sep 1 and
  0730Z-0800Z, Sep 1
+ AGCW Straight Key Party 1300Z-1600Z, Sep 1
+ RSGB SSB Field Day 1300Z, Sep 1 to 1300Z, Sep 2
+ Colorado QSO Party 1300Z, Sep 1 to 0400Z, Sep 2
+ IARU Region 1 Field Day, SSB 1300Z, Sep 1 to 1259Z, Sep 2
+ Alabama QSO Party 1500Z, Sep 1 to 0300Z, Sep 2
+ PODXS 070 Club Jay Hudak Memorial 80m Sprint 2000Z, Sep 1 to 2000Z, Sep 2
+ WAB 144 MHz QRO Phone 1000Z-1400Z, Sep 2
+ Tennessee QSO Party 1800Z, Sep 2 to 0300Z, Sep 3
+ MI QRP Labor Day CW Sprint 2300Z, Sep 3 to 0300Z, Sep 4
+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0100Z-0300Z, Sep 4
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Sep 5
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Sep 5 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Sep 5 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Sep 6
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, Sep 6 (CW) and
  1800Z-1900Z, Sep 6 (SSB) and
  1900Z-2000Z, Sep 6 (FM) and
  2000Z-2100Z, Sep 6 (Dig)
+ SKCC Sprint Europe 1900Z-2100Z, Sep 6
+ UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Sep 6
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Sep 7
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder 0230Z-0300Z, Sep 7
+ Kulikovo Polye Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Sep 8
+ WAE DX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Sep 8 to 2359Z, Sep 9
+ SARL Field Day Contest 1000Z, Sep 8 to 1000Z, Sep 9
+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, Sep 8 to 2400Z, Sep 9
+ Ohio State Parks on the Air 1400Z-2200Z, Sep 8
+ Russian Cup Digital Contest 1500Z-1859Z, Sep 8 and
  0600Z-0959Z, Sep 9
+ ARRL September VHF Contest 1800Z, Sep 8 to 0300Z, Sep 10
+ North American Sprint, CW 0000Z-0400Z, Sep 9
+ Swiss HTC QRP Sprint 1300Z-1900Z, Sep 9
+ 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Sep 10
+ RSGB 80m Autumn Series, SSB 1900Z-2030Z, Sep 10
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Sep 12
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Sep 12 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Sep 12 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Sep 13
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Sep 14
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder 0230Z-0300Z, Sep 14
+ SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest 1600Z, Sep 14 to 1000Z, Sep 16
+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest 0600 local, Sep 15 to 2400 local, Sep 16
+ SARL VHF/UHF Digital Contest 1000Z, Sep 15 to 1000Z, Sep 16
+ All Africa International DX Contest 1200Z, Sep 15 to 1200Z, Sep 16
+ Scandinavian Activity Contest, CW 1200Z, Sep 15 to 1200Z, Sep 16
+ SRT HF Contest SSB 1300Z, Sep 15 to 1300Z, Sep 16
+ Iowa QSO Party 1400Z, Sep 15 to 0200Z, Sep 16
+ New Hampshire QSO Party 1600Z, Sep 15 to 0400Z, Sep 16 and
  1600Z-2200Z, Sep 16
+ Washington State Salmon Run 1600Z, Sep 15 to 0700Z, Sep 16 and
  1600Z-2400Z, Sep 16
+ New Jersey QSO Party 1600Z, Sep 15 to 0359Z, Sep 16 and
  1400Z-2000Z, Sep 16
+ QRP Afield 1600Z-2200Z, Sep 15
+ Feld Hell Sprint 1800Z-1959Z, Sep 15
+ North American Sprint, RTTY 0000Z-0400Z, Sep 16
+ BARTG Sprint 75 1700Z-2059Z, Sep 16
+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0100Z-0300Z, Sep 17
+ 144 MHz Fall Sprint 1900 local - 2300 local, Sep 17
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Sep 19
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Sep 19 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Sep 19 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Sep 20
+ RSGB 80m Autumn Series, CW 1900Z-2030Z, Sep 19
+ NAQCC CW Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Sep 20
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Sep 21
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder 0230Z-0300Z, Sep 21
+ AGB NEMIGA Contest 2100Z-2400Z, Sep 21
+ FOC QSO Party 0000Z-2359Z, Sep 22
+ Maine QSO Party 1200Z, Sep 22 to 1200Z, Sep 23
+ UK/EI DX Contest, SSB 1200Z, Sep 22 to 1200Z, Sep 23
+ AGCW VHF/UHF Contest 1400Z-1700Z, Sep 22 (144) and
  1700Z-1800Z, Sep 22 (432)
+ North American SSB Sprint Contest 0000Z-0400Z, Sep 23
+ Classic Exchange, CW 1300Z, Sep 23 to 0800Z, Sep 24 and
  1300Z, Sep 25 to 0800Z, Sep 26
+ 220 MHz Fall Sprint 1900 local - 2300 local, Sep 25
+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Sep 26
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Sep 26
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Sep 26 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Sep 26 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Sep 27
+ UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Sep 26
+ RSGB 80m Autumn Series, Data 1900Z-2030Z, Sep 27
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Sep 28
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder 0230Z-0300Z, Sep 28
+ ARRL EME Contest 0000Z, Sep 29 to 2359Z, Sep 30
+ Feld Hell Sprint 0000Z-2359Z, Sep 29
+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY 0000Z, Sep 29 to 2400Z, Sep 30
+ Texas QSO Party 1400Z, Sep 29 to 0200Z, Sep 30 and
  1400Z-2000Z, Sep 30
+ Classic Exchange, Phone 1300Z, Sep 30 to 0800Z, Oct 1 and
  1300Z, Oct 2 to 0800Z, Oct 3

 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.

KKey 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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