Category Archives: Updates

Upcoming Hamfests

08/05/2023 – Roanoke Hamfest 
Location: Vinton, VA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club

08/06/2023 – 72nd Annual Berryville Hamfest 
Location: Berryville , VA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club,Inc

08/12/2023 – Tidewater Hamfest and Swap Meet 
Location: Portsmouth, VA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: TRCI

For more information see:

Upcoming Meeting Programs

Woody White – KZ4AK, who is our Vice-Chairman, is responsible for our Meeting Programs. He reports that the latest on our program schedule is as follows:

June – Field Day –  Geep, WA4RTS & David, KD4EMU.

July – NanoVNA –  Brian, WA1ZMS.

August –  Yagi Antennas –  Bubba, WW4GW.

September – Wire antennas & modeling – Mike, W8PQ.

More info. will follow as it becomes available.

2023 ARRL Field Day is June 24-25, 2023

Field Day is an annual operating event always held on the fourth full weekend in June over a 24 hour period to test operating skills and abilities to respond to disasters and emergencies. LARC will be back at Izaak Walton League of Lynchburg again this year for this event.  Izaak Walton is located at 210 Izaak Walton Park Road Amherst, VA 24521.  For more information contact our Field Day Chairmen:
Geep Howell – WA4RTS –
Dave Mears – KD4EMU –


Looking for some new gear? Want to sell some gear?

If you have something to sell CLICK HERE and print the auction form.

Our club auction will be held on November 8, 2019 at 7:30 P.M.

Fire Training Center
613 Training Center Road
Lynchburg, VA

Click Here for Google Map

GPS Coordinates:
37°19’33.6″N 79°12’40.1″W
37.325985 N, -79.211132 W

2nd Friday of each month at 7:30 pm.
Anyone interested in Amateur Radio is welcome!

Refreshments provided!!

Antenna Building Workshop

This is happening at the local Maker Space: Vectorspace located in downtown Lynchburg, VA

Class Name YAGI Antenna Build Instructor Kurt Feigel
Class Level Beginner  Saturday, Feb 10, 2018 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Length 3 hours Class Size 6-10
Description Students will each build a YAGI antenna for radio direction finding, aka: foxhunting. We will build these using PVC and tape measures. They are great because they compact down and make for easy storage. At 2pm there will be a 1 hour foxhunt, where a person with a transmitter hides and other participants find him using YAGI antenna.
Required Knowledge Some Ham Radio knowledge is expected.
Required Equipment None
Required Materials All materials, connectors, and tools will be provided.
Can materials be purchased at class? All materials will be provided.
Class Cost  $35

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Funds Needed For Apple Orchard Site

We all enjoy the repeaters in the area. Most of us take no notice of what is and must be required to maintain a repeater site. Not the cost of maintenance or site fees. Please consider supporting WA1ZMS costs associated with the Apple Orchard site.

This is an urgent request to all users of the Apple Orchard repeaters — 2 meters, 220, 440 and 900 Mhz.

Many of our members use the Apple Orchard repeater stack — 146.685, 442.650 and others — owned and maintained by Brian Justin WA1ZMS. Brian has always taken care of the costs of operating the repeaters out of his own pocket, with an occasional request for donations. We’re very blessed in this area to have many dedicated people who maintain the repeater systems at no cost to the users, and all of the LARC sites have no operating costs. Count your blessings folks, it does cost real dollars to be on AO.

BUT — Brian found out yesterday that the Forest Service, under pressure from our beloved money grubbing Congress, no doubt, had to re-assess user fees for the entire stock of sites. He got a bill for $816 — fortunately, supposedly, a one time charge — to keep his site on the mountain. It’s due September 1, 2017.

I’m going to send him a check, and urge anyone who uses the system to do so as well. His address is 1704 Cottontown Road, Forest, VA, 24551. Please help if you are able, preferably before you press the PTT on 685 the next time.


Roanoke Ham Fest – August 5,2017

Sponsored by the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club 
SATURDAY, August 5, 2017
8 A.M. until 1 P.M.
Vinton Moose Lodge
2127 E. Washington Avenue Vinton, VA  24179
Talk-in On 146.985 (- 600) T=107.2  
          Free Hamfest PARKING!!!
      “Night Before” Dealer Set-Up Friday, August, 4, 2017
              “Day of Show” Set-Up 6:00 – 8:00 A.M. 
Include ARRL gift certificates  & Much More!
*Do not have to be present to win.* 
ARRL VE EXAMS at 10:00 A.M.
Walk-In Registration–$15.00  
Breakfast and Lunch Food Concession 
Admission required for ALL attendees: $8.00    
Large Outside Flea MarkeArea 
Tailgate: $6.00 per space  
Air Conditioned Inside Exhibit  Hall 
Commercial Dealers — Tables, 8 foot: $12.00 —–
— Electric Hookup $10.00—  
For general information:
Nancy Wood, KG4ETP  540-330-7101  
For vendor information:
Nancy Wood, KG4ETP  540-330-7101  
From I-81 – Exit 143 (I-581, 220 S).  Take Exit 6 off 581, Route 24 E. to Vinton.  Through Vinton on 24 E Past stop light at E. Vinton Plaza on left. Turn right at the second driveway into the Vinton Moose Lodge. 
From Rt. 460 East – Turn left at light, Gus Nicks Blvd. (at Hardees) Go to Vinton on Washington Ave. Look for East Vinton Plaza (as above)
From Bedford – Look for East Vinton Plaza. Make UTURN at stop light to second driveway.

Field Day – June 24-25,2017 – Izaak Walton Park

Field Day 17

LARC will once again be returning to the lush green fields of Izaak Walton Park in Amherst County for the 24 hour operating period, beginning at 2 PM on June 24th.

But the setup will get started on Friday morning, and lots of help is needed. We are making a major change this year — for the first time in many years, K4CQ will be operating in the 3A category — that is three main transmitters on air, with a VHF station and the Get On The Air (GOTA) station. More antenna work than we usually do will be needed.

Buck Clark K4IEE is FD Chairman once again this year and can use all the help that can be rounded up! We have a great evening meal on Saturday night, open to all participants and family, and there will be food available for the whole time.

FD is a wonderful opportunity to enhance and develop your contesting skills, or to get your feet wet for the first or second time. The GOTA station offers an opportunity for first time operators as well as those who have not operated HF for a long time to get some air time in. There will be an experienced op in place to coach and help. And having the third transmitting station will also allow more on air opportunities.

Please make plans to come out for part if not the entire weekend. Its FUN, educational, fills your stomach, and helps LARC stand out as a club. The program for the June Meeting, on Friday, June 9th will be devoted to FD. We’ll demonstrate a station, the logging program, discuss some of the bonus points that can be earned, watch a FD video from prior years as well as go into some of the LARC history of prior FD’s.

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.