updated Wednesday, June 23, 2021


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Field Day, June 25-27, 2021

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The next area ARRL ham test session: Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Substation, Spotsylvania Towne Center, Fredericksburg, VA at 11:00 AM (Sponsored by RVARC & SARA). Please contact Katie Gilliam (K4TER) at if you plan to test.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Announcing RVARC Silent Auction!

As many of you might remember, Jack Cavanagh (KB4XF) earlier this year provided much of his 
amateur radio equipment to be auctioned off with all proceeds donated to the club.  
Scott Larimer (KN4RPA) received the material and has been acting as it's custodian since, 
until at which time we could plan a way to conduct the auction and distribute the material.  
We have elected to begin this auction now over the period leadi-ng up to the Jim Steele Memorial 
Tailgate Event which will be used as the method for distribution. 

Please proceed to the following site for viewing of all the items up for bid:

Here you will find a gallery of pictures for the available items as well as all instructions 
for how to bid (there are almost 50 separate items total).

NOTE: when bidding please follow the instructions precisely.  

Bidding will begin TODAY (9/28/2020) and end midnight Friday, 9 October. Winners will be 
notified NLT Monday 12 October.

Pickup of items will be coordinated for Saturday 19 October at the Jim Steele Memorial 
Tailgate Event (8:00 – noon). 

Please understand the following:

All items will be sold AS IS.  There is no way we could verify operation.  If there 
was anything notable (like noticed fuse blown) then that short description was provided.
There will be no opportunity to preview the items being sold.  Sorry. Please realize that 
the scope and inconvenience of that would be potentially HUGE for Scott who is holding the 
material in his basement. 

There are some really nice items up for grabs… if you're a new Ham or experienced, there 
is sometthing for all

I want to thank Scott for the herculean effort in gathering and holding the material, taking 
the pictures and setting up the bidding site and then distribution.

I also want to thank Jack Cavanagh (KB4XF) for thinking of the club and making this all possible.  

Thank you and good luck!

Cliff – K4CAS

Monday, September 28, 2020

Hello Everyone - attached is a flier announcing the 2020 NX4Q Jim Steele Memorial Tailgate Party!!

Amateur Radio Tail Gate Party 2020 

Where: Marquee Theater's Parking Lot
195 Exit 126 Massaponax
5800 Southpoint Center Boulevard
When: 0800 AM – 1200 Noon

Saturday, 17 October 2020 (Rain or Shine)
Cost: Free – Coffee and Donuuts will be available
---Bring Ham Items to Sell
---Bring and Demonstrate ARES Emergency Go Kit and other
Emergency Amateur Radio Equipment (include emergency power)
**In compliance to COVID-19 guidance, please socially distance or please wear a 
mask if you can't keep a 6 foot distance**

Please come out to support your RVARC event!

Cliff - K4CAS

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, monthly meetings will be held on the 4th Tuesday at 1900 hours on the club K4GVA repeater. 448.475 MHz, pl 79.7 until further notice.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Caledon State Park 32nd Anniversary - Special Operating Event - May 12 - 20, 2018

Caledon is a Virginia State Park with a land area of 2583 acres. Located in King Georgee County, the historic property was a gift to the Commonwealth of Virginia by Lewis and Anne Smoot. It is known for its eagle refuge, hiking trails, a primitive campground, scenic beauty, and quiet surroundings on the shore of the Potomac River.

The King George Amateur Radio Operators will be running a Special Operating Event in May, 2018 to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the opening of Caledon State Park. Contacts can be made on all bands and all modes and a Special Event QSL card commemorating the event and confirming your contact will be available for your QSL card and an SASE sent to: King George Amateur Radio Operators, P. O. Box 73, King George, VA 22485-0073
CQ Zone 5 and ITU Zone 8

KGARO members will operate from our home stations during the week of May 12 - May 20, 2018 using the club call sign, K4GVA, using our personal operating privileges. The exception is Saturday, 19 May when club members will operate from the Caledon State Park's picnic shelter.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Technician License Class starting Thursday, January 18, 2018

For full details, see: Technician Class News Release 2018.pdf and RVARC Technician License Class Schedule 2018.pdf

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mark your calendars now for the December dinner meeting. All persons interested in Amateur radio are invited to attend. Club membership is not required for the dinner. The dinner will be at the Golden Corral in Fredericksburg on Friday December 8 at 6:00 P.M.

This date and time has already been reserved with the restaurant. We need 25 people to get the flat rate of $15.50 per person which includes tax, tip, and beverage

We will pay as a group and enter as a group. Reservations will be made at the October and November meetings. Money will be collected at that time. No pay, No reservation. Block this date and time on your and your families calendars. Traditional Santa hats have become a tradition at this dinner.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Christmas Dinner will be at Hunan Diner, 422 Washington St, in Colonial Beach at 5:30 on December 15th. Google Hunan Diner for menu if you would like to see what they have. Dinner is on your own.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Arrangements have been finalized for the RVARC Spring Technician Class.  The lead instructor 
will again be Dr. Jack Cavanagh, KB4XF.  The course begins Thursday, 27 February 2014, 
7:00p, at the Red Cross in Massaponax.  It will run for eight Thursdays plus a testing 
session during the ninth meeting.  The schedule and news release is attached.  Please 
re-distribute it to your church, fraternal, work or other individuals or groups who 
might be interested.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

At the May 23rd meeting, it was unanamously decided to change from bi-monthly to monthly meetings on the 4th Thursday of the month starting in June 2013.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The ARRL Executive Committee has approved the club's application for affiliation with the ARRL.
In addition, KGARO has been assigned K4GVA as the new club call sign.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

The Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club will offer its Spring Technician Class at the Red 
Cross Facility, 4836 Southpoint Parkway, near I-95 Exit 126 in the Massaponax area.  I’ve sent 
the attached news release to the local media, but your help is needed to fill the seats in the 

Please help promote the class through your church group, scouting group, at work, neighborhood 
watch society, other clubs to which you belong, or any other way that comes to mind!  Feel free 
to print and distribute the news release.

The course will begin Thursday, February 21, 2013 and will run for eight to ten weeks.  Classes 
will be each Thursday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.  The final session will be a test for the amateur 
Technician Class License.

The course is free and the American Radio Relay League Ham Radio License Manual, the text for 
the course, will be available to students at cost.  Students who pre-register, will find their 
manual waiting for them at the first class.

To register or inquire about the course, send an e-mail to

The lead instructor will be Dr. Jack Cavanagh, KB4XF, assisted by other licensed members of 
the RVARC.

Thanks for your help.  Help promote amateur radio in your neighborhood!



Warren Lee, W4SHS

Activities Manager, RVARC


Friday, January 27, 2012

A Technician License Class will be held in King George starting in February 2012. Contact Liz Stello for information. 775-3973

Friday, December 09, 2011

A Technician License Class will be held at the Red Cross Offices at Massaponax starting on Thursday, 19 Jan at 7 pm.
Email Jack at or Tom at for more information.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Annual Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club (RVARC) Christmas Dinner Meeting will be held at Mimi's Café, 10001 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, [Cosner's Corner] on Wednesday December 7th starting at 18:00 with dinner at 19:00.

Check the Mapquest link for the restaurant location.

Monday, November 21, 2011

KGARO website now online!