More to come I’m sure. But here is some to start us off. A great team of people working hard.
An antenna building clinic is tentatively scheduled for August 1,2015
We will be building a simple Yagi antenna.
Let me start by thanking everyone for the time and energy that you all put into the club for various events. As most of you know we only have a week and a half until Field Day!!! For those who have committed to being there thank you. We need all the volunteers possible to make this event (contest) go smooth. Please mark the dates on your calender and contact me with any questions you may have. Field Day is June 26th, 27th, and 28th. We will be at Izaak Walton Park on Friday from 2pm till probably 4 to 4:30pm for beginning setup and Saturday from 8:30 am till 1:59pm for final setup and testing. At exactly 2pm Saturday, Field Day will begin and end Sunday at 2pm. We have lined up many great operators and could still use more backups. We also could use people to help setup towers, antennas, and radios. I am including a list of who we have where. If you would like to operate or help, you can contact them accordingly. There will be a dinner Saturday evening for all those involved.
SSB / Phone station – WA4RTS Geep Howell
CW station – KC4D Bill Perkins
VHF station – KD4EMU Dave Mears
GOTA station – K4YCR Henry Wyatt & NN4RB Rick Brown
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to help or participate.
Field day chairman – K4IEE Buck Clark
The Central Virginia Repeater Assoc. (CVRA) has installed three new repeaters on Wintergreen Mtn. They are located at: 37°55’2.0″N 78°56’48.0″W which is slightly lower than the Devil’s Knob site and on the eastern slope.
Repeater 1: 147.540, 110.9 tone, analog simplex repeat mode only. Key the repeater, say your message (up to 3 minutes), unkey and hear a courtesy beep followed by your message. It also has a “say again” mode: key the repeater and press DTMF 0 and you will hear the last message recorded.
Repeater 2: 444.4375, no tone, +5 offset, DMR digital repeater. Slot 1 is “Local” which is linked full time to Wintergreen, Richmond/Petersburg and Washington DC. and allows talkgroups of: Local — 27500, DMR-NA TAC 310 — 310, DMR-NA TAC 1 — 8951, DCI Bridge 2 — 3100, DMR-MARC Southeast — 3174, and Echotest Server — 9998. Slot 2 is “PRN” which is linked full time to the PRN network: http://www.ncprn.net/ which has a listing of all the repeaters in the network and their contact info. You can also obtain updated code plugs for many brands of DMR radios on the PRN site.
Repeater 3: 444.9375, no tone, +5 offset, D-Star digital repeater. This repeater will be activated on Monday, 6/14 in the afternoon and is not linked full time.
Any operator may link to any other node:
To the Blacksburg, VA WFO NWS Skywarn Spotters:
We would like to invite you to join us at our biannual open house to be held this year on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm EST at the Blacksburg National Weather Service Forecast Office. Please feel free to bring your colleagues, family, and friends. A brochure providing further details is attached to this email.
Have you ever wanted to get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the National Weather Service?
Well, here is your chance! On Saturday, November 15th, 2014 from 10 am – 3 pm we will be hosting our biennial open house. Visitors will get a chance to:
- Receive a tour of our facility
- Learn how forecasts and warnings are created
- Get the latest information about our Doppler radar upgrade to SAILS
- View dramatic weather photos and video
- Ask meteorologists questions about weather and climate
- Bring along a NOAA Weather Radio and have it programmed by experts
This event is fun for all ages, so come out and visit your National Weather Service Forecast
Office. We are located on the Corporate Research Center at Virginia Tech, 1750 Forecast Dr. Blacksburg, VA.
For more information contact Phil Hysell at 540-552-1613 Ext. 223 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much and we hope to see you there!
National Weather Service
1750 Forecast Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060
We hope to see you there!
US Army and Air Force Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) stations will participate in a 48-hour nationwide contingency communication exercise on October 27 and 28 as part of an effort to develop greater cooperation between the Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored MARS program and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). MARS is encouraging its members to discuss communication interoperability in advance of the exercise with their ARES section and district or local emergency coordinators.
“This communications exercise is sponsored by the DoD to provide MARS operators the opportunity to develop and train interoperability procedures with their state/local ARES emergency coordinators and their Amateur Radio colleagues,” explained Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. He told ARRL that the DoD/MARS exercise has “full participation” from Army and Air Force MARS, and that he anticipates that some individual Navy MARS members may participate as well.
The plan calls for MARS members, using their Amateur Radio call signs and operating on amateur frequencies, to establish two-way communication with ARES leadership or members in as many US counties as possible by using VHF/UHF simplex channels or local repeaters or near vertical incidence skywave (NVIS) propagation on HF. “The contact can be with any amateur in the county, if an ARES member or leader is not available,” English added.
“Ultimately we would like the MARS operator to join an existing ARES net, if one is operational during the exercise,” English said. If no net is available, MARS members should come up on local repeaters or check into HF traffic nets to see what amateurs are available and to determine their counties. “We want to use existing net times and frequencies to the extent possible,” English continued. “Any mode of operation is fine.”
Only one ARES/Amateur Radio contact per county is needed, but more are okay. The contact must be person to person and cannot rely on any communication via Internet-linked repeaters, Internet connectivity systems, or store-and-forward e-mail systems, such as Winlink, English said.
The information exchange requested from ARES for each county is the county name and the county Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) code, if available.
There are two preferred windows of opportunity to conduct the interoperability exercise. These are from 1201 to 1800 UTC on October 27, and from 0001 to 0600 UTC on October 28.
Contact Paul English, WD8DBY, for more information.
Amateur Radio often referred to as “Ham Radio” is a hobby enjoyed by many around the world.
The Amateur Radio Operators of Lynchburg Va. area are ready to serve our community with emergency communications at a moments notice.
LARC, Inc. also is available to assist in communications for special events in the area such as The Virginia 10 Miler Race, bike races, walks and the annual Christmas Parade.
Emergency services provided by LARC assist the Police, Rescue Squads and Hospitals with emergency communications. Remote sites at the Hospitals and Police Headquarters along with mobile and home operators and create hundreds of contact points in disaster situations.
The Lynchburg Amateur Radio Club supports many races and events every year. We look to our members and area HAM operators to make this possible.
You can read more about some of the functions we help with every year here: http://k4cq.org/larc-supported-events/
LARC and it’s members also maintain area repeaters in and around the Lynchburg Area.
If you are looking for an affordable hobby then this is it. You can get a radio these days for around $30.00. Sure you can spend more. But You don’t have to do so to get started. After your test you are are looking at under $70.
Read more on some radios here: http://hamgear.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/hand-held-radio-collection-2013/
LARC Auction Information
The annual LARC auction takes place at the November club meeting, along with election of new club officers and directors.
[box type=”alert” style=”rounded”]ALL ITEMS FOR SALE MUST BE HAM RADIO RELATED!!![/box]
Please do not bring crafts, guns, ammunition, or anything that doesn’t receive, transmit, send out audio, key, hang up in the air and radiate, etc.
You can download an Excel spreadsheet from this page to list your sale items. Print it and bring it along to the meeting. Or, you can download a PDF form, complete it by hand and bring it to the meeting.
Sales rules are included in the file. Please read them carefully and make sure you follow them.
YOU CANNOT ABANDON UNSOLD ITEMS! YOU CANNOT THROW STUFF IN THE LIBRARY DUMPSTER!!!!
All unsold items must be removed by the seller at the end of the sale. Please plan on remaining at the sale until your lot is completed.
As this is a fund raising event for LARC, a portion of the sales proceeds are retained. Or, you may donate materials to be sold. Receipts for donations that total $50 or greater are provided. LARC, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt corporation and your donation may be deductible. Please consult your tax advisor before making such a deduction.