W4UVA Open House

W4UVA will hold an open house on Sunday, 10 November 2019, from 2-4pm at the W4UVA shack. (See https://www.w4uva.org/location/ for directions.)

We will be operating a voice station and a digital station for DX (distance) contacts around the world; a satellite antenna and radio for making contacts through amateur radio satellites; a Winlink radio email station for sending email via amateur radio; and an amateur radio mesh networking node.… Read the rest

AARC Designated “Special Service Club” by ARRL

At the October 2019 meeting, David Collins, N4WDC, Affiliated Club Coordinator for the Virginia Section of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) presented Albemarle Amateur Radio Club (AARC) Vice President Bob Pattison (K4DU) with a certificate designating the club as a “Special Service Club.”

Bob Pattison, K4DU, receives the ARRL Special Service Club certificate from Affiliated Club Coordinator David Collins, N4WDC

ARRL defines a Special Service Club as “A club that exists to go above and beyond for their communities and for Amateur Radio is what defines a Special Service Club (SSC). … Read the rest

AARC Sept 8 Picnic and Meeting

Deadline for signing up has passed!

September 8:  5 – 7 PM, Darden Towe Park Pavilion, AARC Picnic which also serves as our September meeting.  Bring you excess gear to sell at our Silent Auction. 

The club will provide the main course of BBQ meats and soft drinks.  Each member is requested to bring a side dish or a dessert.  We always seem to have too many bags of chips!… Read the rest

AARC 2019 Field Day Report

Here is a summary of our submission to ARRL:

Entry received at: 2019-07-21 16:30:58
Call Used: W4DO GOTA Station Call: WA4TFZ ARRL/RAC Section: VA Class: 3A
Participants: 72 Club/Group Name: Albemarle Amateur Radio Club
Power Source(s): Generator, Solar
Power Multiplier: 2X
Preliminary Total Score: 4,526
Bonus Points:
100% emergency power 300
Media Publicity 100 – Documented by fd2019-dailyprogressarticle.pdf
Public location 100
Public information table 100 – Documented by fd2019-visitor-sign-in.pdf
Site visit by invited served abency 100
Educational activity 100
Youth participation (5 x 20, max of 100) 100
AT&T Yahoo Mail – Fwd: ARRL FD 2019 Entry – W4DO https://mail.yahoo.com/d/folders/1/messages/AJAfYWc9Z6zrXTWeXA…
1 of 2 7/31/2019, 9:55 AM
Safety officer 100 – Documented by fd2019-safety-checklist.pdf
Social media 100
Entry submitted via web 50
Total bonus points 1,150
Score Summary: (Cabrillo log/dupe sheet file: W4DO.dup)
CW Digital Phone Total
Total QSOs 295 289 520
Total Points 590 578 520 1688 Claimed Score = (QSO points x power mult) = 3,376
Submitted by: Robert M Romanko, AK4BR bobromanko@gmail.com
Band/Mode QSO Breakdown:
CW Digital Phone
QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W)
80m 50 30 77 30 178 100
40m 79 30 154 30 103 100
20m 163 30 54 30 203 100
15m 4 30 7 100
10m 3 30
GOTA 29 100
TOTAL 295 289 520
GOTA Bonus: GOTA Coach – Double Bonus Points
Name/Call QSOs Bonus Points
Zack Wasgras, WA4TFZ 3 0
Dave Beebe, WA4TFZ 4 0
Richard Freeman, WA4TFZ 1 0
Daniel Hull, WA4TFZ 1 0
Caleb Barker, WA4TFZ 4 0
Rachel Barker, WA4TFZ 1 0
Tom Sikes, WA4TFZ 2 0
Charlie Beckum, WA4TFZ 1 0
Breida Malcheria, WA4TFZ 4 0
Dana Tornabene, WA4TFZ 2 0
Caithness Sawyer, WA4TFZ 1 0
George Sawyer, WA4TFZ 1 0
Vicky Eicher, WA4TFZ 2 0
Redyan Callahan, WA4TFZ 2 0
AT&T Yahoo Mail – Fwd: ARRL FD 2019 Entry – W4DO https://mail.yahoo.com/d/folders/1/messages/AJAfYWc9Z6zrXTWeXA…
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August 3, 2019 Club Trip to GreenBank Radio Observatory – by Jim Condon

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The AARC Green Bank tour is scheduled for August 3.  We will
gather in the NRAO parking lot at 8:30 AM, where I will hand out maps
and driving instructions for an 8:45 departure. Caravan drivers should
arrive with enough gas for a 250 mile round trip so they won’t have to
stop along the way.  The road is very hilly and twisty, so people who
get carsick should consider taking Dramamine ahead of time.  We should
arrive at Green Bank about 11:30.  Our NRAO tour guide will be Amanda
White (awhite@nrao.edu, 304 456 2164), manager of public outreach in
Green Bank.  My wife, Sherry Westfall (vscapes@cstone.net, cell phone
434 249 2877), will help to make sure we keep our ducks in a row and
everything happens as planned.… Read the rest

Field Day 2019: News Coverage and Photos

CBS 19: https://www.cbs19news.com/content/news/Ham-radio-operators-test-skills-in-case-of-emergency-511686102.html

NBC 29: https://www.nbc29.com/story/40695132/albemarle-amateur-radio-club-hosts-field-day-event

Daily Progress: https://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/county/at-field-day-ham-radio-enthusiasts-show-off-their-magic/article_1bb90c3c-9553-11e9-aef9-b392ed150cfe.html or https://www.albemarleradio.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FieldDay2019DailyProgress_001.pdf

Pictures Taken by John, KK4P: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO9pcE-JLPQ5BBAnhIWZRSUyzI57HExZlt7MUVqdCOkya3ZUtPfWDsEEuRtRHntHA?key=T1MtUG1JbVZJSEF0bDRQQ09ma0tHdXJtaUN6TWJB

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