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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. 

The next meeting of VBARC is Thursday April 5th. 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 March 28th @ 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


The next Public Service event will be the The Shamrock Festival on the March 17th & 18th.  Sign up via email to Terry and Tom.  Click on the Public Service button on the left to see the 2018 schedual as well as a message from Tom with thanks to participants.

Membership dues are due by the end of March or you will be removed from the roster.

A new Tech Class is being scheduled for April 20th & 21st with a VE Testing Session on the 28th.

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.

March 12th - April 8th  2018 Contesting Calendar  from

4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Mar 12
+ CLARA Chatter Party 1700Z, Mar 13 to 1700Z, Mar 14 and
  1700Z, Mar 17 to 1700Z, Mar 18
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 14
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 14
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Mar 14 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Mar 14 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Mar 15
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 2000Z-2130Z, Mar 14
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 16
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Mar 16
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 16
+ BARTG HF RTTY Contest 0200Z, Mar 17 to 0200Z, Mar 19
+ Russian DX Contest 1200Z, Mar 17 to 1200Z, Mar 18
+ Virginia QSO Party 1400Z, Mar 17 to 0400Z, Mar 18 and
  1200Z-2400Z, Mar 18
+ Louisiana QSO Party 1400Z, Mar 17 to 0200Z, Mar 18
+ AGCW VHF/UHF Contest 1400Z-1700Z, Mar 17 (144) and
  1700Z-1800Z, Mar 17 (432)
+ Feld Hell Sprint 2000Z-2159Z, Mar 17
+ UBA Spring Contest, SSB 0700Z-1100Z, Mar 18
+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0100Z-0300Z, Mar 19
+ Bucharest Contest 1800Z-2059Z, Mar 19
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 21
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 21
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Mar 21 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Mar 21 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Mar 22
+ NAQCC CW Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Mar 22
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 2000Z-2130Z, Mar 22
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 23
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Mar 23
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 23
+ CQ WW WPX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Mar 24 to 2359Z, Mar 25
+ FOC QSO Party 0000Z-2359Z, Mar 24
+ UBA Spring Contest, 6m 0600Z-1000Z, Mar 25
+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Mar 28
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 28
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 28
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Mar 28 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Mar 28 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Mar 29
+ UKEICC 80m Contest 1900Z-2000Z, Mar 28
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 30
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Mar 30
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 30
+ Feld Hell Sprint 0000Z-2359Z, Mar 31
+ UK/EI DX Contest, CW 1200Z, Mar 31 to 1200Z, Apr 1
+ Russian WW MultiMode Contest 1200Z, Mar 31 to 1159Z, Apr 1
April 2018
+ RSGB RoLo SSB 1900Z-2030Z, Apr 1
+ IQRP Quarterly Marathon 0800Z, Apr 2 to 2000Z, Apr 8
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 1900Z-2030Z, Apr 2
+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0200Z-0400Z, Apr 3
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Apr 4
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Apr 4 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Apr 4 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Apr 4
+ UKEICC 80m Contest 1900Z-2000Z, Apr 4
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, Apr 5 (CW) and
  1800Z-1900Z, Apr 5 (SSB) and
  1900Z-2000Z, Apr 5 (FM) and
  2000Z-2100Z, Apr 5 (Dig)
+ SARL 80m QSO Party 1700Z-2000Z, Apr 5
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Apr 6
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Apr 6
+ LZ Open 40m Sprint Contest 0400Z-0800Z, Apr 7
+ SARL VHF/UHF Digital Contest 1000Z, Apr 7 to 1000Z, Apr 8
+ PODXS 070 Club PSK 31 Flavors Contest 1000Z, Apr 7 to 0400Z, Apr 8
+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, Apr 7 to 2400Z, Apr 8
+ Florida State Parks on the Air 1400Z-2200Z, Apr 7 and
  1400Z-2200Z, Apr 8
+ Texas State Parks on the Air 1400Z, Apr 7 to 0200Z, Apr 8 and
  1400Z-2000Z, Apr 8
+ Mississippi QSO Party 1400Z, Apr 7 to 0200Z, Apr 8
+ Missouri QSO Party 1400Z, Apr 7 to 0400Z, Apr 8 and
  1400Z-2000Z, Apr 8
+ SP DX Contest 1500Z, Apr 7 to 1500Z, Apr 8
+ EA RTTY Contest 1600Z, Apr 7 to 1600Z, Apr 8
+ North American SSB Sprint Contest 0000Z-0400Z, Apr 8


 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 146.97 repeater are:
     ARES Net every Tuesday Night at 8:00 PM
     Hampton Roads Service Net on 146.97 at 9:00 PM every night.


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