Roanoke Ham Fest – August 6,2016

Fellow Hams:

Please find attached the 2 page flyer for the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club Hamfest this August 6, Saturday, at William Byrd High School. The times are from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM with admission $6.00.The following are the vendors for this year with a new vendor that is an authourized dealer for Icom, Yaesu, and Kenwood radios as well as other products.

Quicksilver Electronics: “Great radio ham products”

KJI Electronics : ” Authourized dealer for Icom, Yaesu, and Kenwood”

ACDC Electronics: “Soder stations & irons, multimeters, New and Used Equipment, connectors, etc.”

HC Baker: “batteries, conectors, inverters, etc.”

Gold Medal Ideas “embroidery, badges, apperal, etc ”

Please notify me ASAP if you want a table inside for planning purposes.
Hope to see everyone this August.

Tom Wilcox, W4TKW



Learn Morse Code (CW)

Here are some good videos I’ve been finding to learn morse code.

Experience the nostalgia of a good old training film. Beats me what the purpose of the lady,gun,and piano is.

K4CD has turned me onto CW Academy. They use the KOCH method of learning CW. Here is a link to the resources page:

Learn CW Online is another resource:

Why CW? Because you can send long distances with lower power using less bandwidth than a phone transmission.

I am learning it because a lot of the el-cheapo QRP kits are CW transceivers.



Lynchburg Fox Hunt – Saturday July 23, 2016

Fox Hunting is where HAM operators try to find a hidden transmitter somewhere in an area.

This can be done as teams or individuals.

Prize: The pride of getting their first.

Location: Somewhere in Lynchburg,VA

Repeater to monitor 147.195 tone 136.5 (this is not the fox)

The fox is at 146.565 with a 136.5 Tone

DATE: Saturday July 23,2014 (Alternate to Sunday if there is a thunderstorm on Saturday)
TIME: 1400hrs (2pm)
You’ll need a directional antenna like this one linked above. Easy to build. Don’t worry about tuning it. You will be primarily using it for receive.

2016 Field Day


The Lynchburg Amateur Radio Club invites you to visit with us at FIELD DAY 2016.

Field day is upon us June 25-26,2016 from 10AM Saturday to 2PM Sunday

We will start approx. 10am on Saturday

Objective of Field Day:

To work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries.

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History of Field Day:

The first Field day was June 4, 1933.

Read more about it in this well researched article Click Here

This is going to be a great weekend and it’s open to the public. If you would like to learn about Amateur radio and even try making a contact on the air this is your chance.


We look forward to working with and seeing each of you at Izaak Walton park.

Coming from Lynchburg:

Take the 29 bypass from 460 to 130. Exit 130 and go LEFT proceed to the light and make a RIGHT on Dixie Airport proceed approx 1/2 mile to Possum Island and make a RIGHT. Proceed approx 2 miles to the end of Possum Island and make a RIGHT on S Coolwell Rd Proceed approx 1 mile to Issak Walton Rd and go 1/4 mile to the entrance of the park. once in the park , slowly proceed to the clubhouse. Want Google directions? Click Here


Note: If you would like to help us take down the antenna’s and learn about the process of communications setup and take-down please join us on Sunday at 2PM.

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Club Meeting & Auction – November 13,2015

Join us for the club auction and meeting this Friday evening at 630pm in the Lynchburg Public Library meeting room.

If you are interested in selling anything please bring the item or items with this form: Auction Form

There will also be a club officers election take place. If you are a member and didn’t get the ballot let us know.



Baluns and Chokes

This was actually a very good explanation of Baluns and Chokes.

You’ve heard a lot of people recommend putting a few loops of coax near the feed point of your antenna to keep the RF energy out. How does this work and why is it needed. Watch this episode for more information on common mode currents, baluns, and RF chokes.

More info:

Roanoke HAM Fest – Vinton, VA – August 1, 2015


Sponsored by the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club

SATURDAY, August 1, 2014  8 A.M. until 1 P.M.

William Byrd High School,
2902 E. Washington Avenue
Vinton, VA 24179

Talk-in On 146.985 (- 600) T=107.2

Free Hamfest PARKING!!!
“Night Before” Dealer Set-Up Friday, 4:00-7:00 P.M.
“Day of Show” Set-Up 6:00 – 8:00 A.M.

Include ARRL gift  certificates
& Much More!

Yagi Antenna Workshop & Foxhunt – August 8, 2015

Date: Saturday August 8, 2015 (notice date changed – Vinton Ham Fest is August 1,2015)

Location: TBA in Lynchburg

Times –  Workshop: 10 to 12 | Foxhunt: 1 to 3

Cost: $20.00 (cost may get lower once I know how much coax and connectors will cost)

We will be building a 4 element Yagi Antenna and following up the build with a foxhunt

All materials will be provided.

Foxhunt participants will need to have a handheld radio to participate

Signup here:

Field Day Pics

More to come I’m sure. But here is some to start us off. A great team of people working hard.