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,
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.
Board of Directors meetingg are now held before the regular membership
meeting monthly. Approximately 7:00 PM.
Congratulations 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 N4JJ and John Best
The next session will be March 7th 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.
New License Class:
A new Technician class will be held February
22nd and 23rd at the Beach Shack on Shore Drive. Class Leader will
be Jim Arab, KV4JM. Contact Jim if you would like to help lead the
class or to become a student in the class. Jim's
Public Service Notes from Tom WS9B:
The next event will be the Shamrock 8K
and ½ 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
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.
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
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
Radiosport or contesting:
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DXNews.com DX Calendar
DX Calendar February 2019
Local repeaters are controlled by
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 Heart Network. It is open to all hams when not used for
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.