Author Archives: K4CQ


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

Sign Up Here:


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.

KC4D 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.


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.

Read More

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.

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.