Field Day June 27, 2015

Field Day
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

37°55'2.0"N 78°56'48.0"W

New Wintergreen Repeaters

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.

37°55'2.0"N 78°56'48.0"W

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: 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: but please remember to unlink when you are finished.


Blacksburg, VA – November 15, 2014 – Open House


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

Thanks so much and we hope to see you there!

Robert Beasley
National Weather Service
1750 Forecast Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060

We hope to see you there!

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Late October Exercise to Test MARS-ARES Interoperability


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.

Field Day


Amateur Radio often referred to as “Ham Radio” is a hobby enjoyed by many around the world.

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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.


LARC Auction – November


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.


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.

Auction XLS File

Auction PDF File

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Amateur Radio Field Day 2014

LARC’s annual Field Day 2014 event will be held at Izaac Walton Park this year. The park is located off Business 29 North in Madison Heights, VA. Directions and a map link at the bottom of this page.

Here’s the schedule for the weekend”

FRIDAY, June 27 — antenna setup begins around 2 pm at Izaak Walton near the clubhouse. Come out and watch the tennis ball launcher go 300 feet in the air, able to leap tall trees with a single shot. DRIVE INTO THE PARK SLOWLY, SPEED LIMITS ARE ENFORCED!!!!!!!

SATURDAY, June 28: 0800 — set up crews will begin placing stations, generator, tower, masts, network wiring, etc.
1000 — deadline for lunch sandwich order for workers from an eatery to be determined
1230 — Lunch picked up
1300 — Lunch delivered, everyone take a break
1400 — Field Day starts, feeding frenzy on launch time
1800 — Picnic supper for participants and guests
Contesting continues through the night

SUNDAY June 29: Someone gets a breakfast biscuit order and heads for Hardees
1400 — Operating ends, start tearing down
1600 — we should be finished and GONE, another one in the logbook

The following folks are our committee and subcommittee chairpeople:

Field Day Co-Chairmen are Jim KJ4GVJ and Geep WA4RTS

Public Relations Anna Bonda W4EQU
Safety Rick Brown NN4RB
Scoring and Rules Dick Hiner W4HMK
Geep WA4RTS — Phone Station
Antennas Bill Perkins KC4D CW Station & ops
Tower Crew Dave Mears and everyone else
Food Kay Brown N4KCB

VHF station & ops Dave Mears KD4EMU
Power Doug Harrington KG4DEZ

GOTA station Rick Brown NN4RB


Every year Amateur Radio operators from all over the U.S. and now several other countries set up stations to operate once a year for a 24 hour period at the same time under simulated emergency conditions.The idea is to set up remote stations with antennas, equipment, emergency power and anything else that is needed to operate a station in an emergency situation.The goal is to test your equipment and get knowledge, practice and experience operating in emergency situations.The best part of all of the is that we have a lot of fun doing this.

We contact hundreds of stations not only all over the country but many times all over the world.We use many different modes of communication using HF or High Frequency which many people know as short wave.We also use some VHF, Very High Frequency and UHF Ultra High Frequency equipment at times along with some Satellite communications and several digital modes such as packet radio and PSK31.

Though we gain a lot of experience, the best thing we bring from all of this is is the fun and fellowship we get from being with other ‘Hams”

Come join us and experience the fun firsthand. June 27-29, 2014

Directions to Field Day Site

From Lynchburg: Take Route 29 North Business through Madison Heights. Do NOT use the bypass. Continue through the business section of Madison Heights to SOUTH COOLWELL ROAD (Route 604). Turn RIGHT and continue for approximately 3 miles to Izaak Walton Road (Route 663). There is a sign that says (appropriately…) LANDFILL.

Continue about 3/10 miles down this road to Conservation Lane on your right, and the park entrance — the map says this is Izaak Walton Park Road, but the sign says Conservation Lane.

Continue SLOWLY down this road — the park officials are VERY strict about speed limits, so please observe them .

Continue down the road past the caretaker’s cottage on the right and a sign that says “Visitors Parking” until you go past the skeet/trap range on the left. The clubhouse is directly ahead on the right. Park on the asphalt, leaving room for everyone, please.

From Amherst: Take Route 29 South, NOT the bypass, and continue into Madison Heights. Turn LEFT on South Coolwell Road and follow directions above.

General Map Izaak Walton

Izaak Walton Close Up Map