About Us – WA4TFZ and W4DO


The Albemarle Amateur Radio Club (AARC) was founded in 1962, dedicated to the advancement of Amateur Radio and to public service. We meet monthly at PVCC, conduct Ham Radio license preparation classes, administer Volunteer Examination sessions, operate a network of VHF and UHF repeaters, mentor new ham radio operators, practice providing emergency communications, and support many public service events. We have well over 100 members who are involved in all aspects of Amateur Radio including casual contacts (or “QSOs”) on all HF, VHF, and UHF bands, contesting, DXing, RTTY, CW, SSB, all digital formats, building antennas, experimenting, and service to our local community.

AARC is an ARRL Special Service Club. AARC members are also heavily involved in emergency communications (ARES/RACES of VA) services, and the ARRL Field Day.

AARC has an Antenna Team to assist members in installing basic wire antennas and providing advice on tower and yagi selection.


2024 Elected Officers – one-year terms
President: Bob Pattison, K4DU- elected 2024
VP:  John Porter, KK4JP – Acting  VP appointed 2024
Secretary: Tonya Pedersen, KO4EUR – elected 2024
Treasurer: Larry Eicher, K4JZQ – elected 2024

Elected Directors – two-year terms
Dave Damon,
K4DND, Public Service – elected 2023
Ed Berkowitz,
N3US, Estate Service – elected 2023
Bill Pond,
KB1LL, Technical – elected 2023
Dennis Terribile,
WR4I, Public Relations – elected 2023
Hank Perritt,
K9KDF,  Education –  elected 2024
AJ Miller,
KE4AJM, Fundraising – elected 2024

Appointed Leadership 2024
Hank Perritt, K9KDF  Volunteer Exam Liaison
Dayton Haugh, AA4DH  Club Stations Trustee
Ed Berkowitz, N3US Swap Fest Coordinator and Membership Committee Chairperson
Vacant,  Awards Committee
Bob Romanko, AK4BR  Field Day Chairperson, MNIN Net Manager
John Porter, KK4JP  Webmaster

Treasurer Emeritus: Don Eason, N4UVA

Mailing Address

PO Box 6833
Charlottesville, Virginia 22906

 Contact Us

For General Inquiries, contact Bob Pattison, K4DU,   rep4@aol.com
For Membership Status Inquiries, contact  John Porter, KK4JP, jhp7e@hotmail.com
For Public Service Events, contact Dave Damon, K4DND, dnd5866@gmail.com
For Website issues, contact John Porter, KK4JP,   jhp7e@hotmail.com
For Issues paying dues or cash donations, contact Larry Eicher, K4JZQ, tuzlu@comcast.net
For Donating Equipment to AARC, contact Ed Berkowitz, N3US, eberkowitz@sbcglobal.net

Founding members who first started operating on 146.94 MHz simplex using surplus LINK Mobile high band rigs purchased from a dealer in Lynchburg and decided to form a club in 1962:
Dick Florence – W4OFR (later K4VY) – SK
Frank Haynes – W4NUA – now lives in Fairfax City, VA, is  Honorary member, and was first club Secretary
Carter Fields – K4GPK now a SK
Bob VanFossen K4DJG – now lives in New Market, VA. Was first club President
Reggie Hedrick W4ONP – was first club VP, now a SK

Frank Haynes told Ed Berkowitz on August 11, 2021, that he, Bob VanFossen, and one other of the founders, drove down to Lynchburg in Frank’s Rambler Station wagon and purchased 17 Link receivers and 17 Link transmitters.  The back of his station wagon was sagging due to the weight of this equipment!

Albemarle Amateur Radio Club
Past Presidents
1962     Nov 6 Organizational meeting
1963     Bob VanFossen K4DJG
1964     Bob VanFossen K4DJG
1965     Dick Florence W4OFR
1966     Ed Bernet WA4UPI
1967     Ed Bernet WA4UPI
1968     Ed Bernet WA4UPI
1969     Buzz Beichman W3EMD
1970     Buzz Beichman W3EMD
1971     Bob Mahoney WB4LKZ
1972     Bob Mahoney WB4LKZ
1973     Harry Sands WA4BGM
1974     Harry Sands WA4BGM
1975     Biff Franks WA4PMG
1976     Jon DiMarco N4IC
1976     Don Lynch W4ZYT
1977     Ben Kitteridge WA4REI
1978     Ron Richey K4RKA
1979     Ron Richey K4RKA
1980     Don Wigent WD4ALY
1981     Don Wigent WD4ALY
1982     Morris Jones NM4R
1983     Morris Jones NM4R
1984     Morris Jones NM4R
1985     Harrison Faulkner W4DO
1986     John Gray W6UZ
1987     John Gray W6UZ
1988     Larry Wright N4OCH
1989     Bob Pattison K4DU
1990     Bob Pattison K4DU
1991     Bob Pattison K4DU
1992     Bob Pattison K4DU
1993     Bob Pattison K4DU
1994     Greg Faust N4PGS
1995     LeRoy Sutter WA4MHP
1996     Pete Wildman AD4TU
1997     Bill Bearden KC4TQF
1998     Bill Bearden KC4TQF
1999     Don Bush KE4DDR
2000     Bob Pattison K4DU
2001     Stan Hazen K2SSB
2002     Bob Pattison K4DU
2003     Steve Traylor KF4ZGD
2004     Pete Thorsen W4PRT
2005     Jay Rostow K4AZV
2006     Jay Rostow K4AZV
2007     Jay Rostow K4AZV
2008     Dave Damon K4DND
2009     Dave Damon K4DND
2010     Dave Damon K4DND
2011     Jim Crosby K4JEC
2012     Jim Crosby K4JEC
2013     Bob Pattison K4DU
2014     Jim Owen K4CGY
2015     Ed Berkowitz N3US
2016     Ed Berkowitz N3US
2017     Ed Berkowitz, N3US
2018     John Porter, KK4JP
2019     Ed Berkowitz, N3US
2020     Ed Berkowit, N3US
2021     Ed Berkowitz, N3US
2022     Ed Berkowitz, N3US   – Acting President
2023     Bob Romanko, AK4BR
2024     Bob Pattison K4DU