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Thursday, April 07, 2022

Manassas Hamfest - Saturday, June 4, 2022

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

        

FIELD DAY 2021 WHO: Amateur radio operators of the Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club (RVARC) with Stafford EMCOMM WHAT: Annual Field Day communications exercise and public demonstrations WHERE: Curtis Memorial Park, Hartwood Road, southern Stafford County WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and June 27 from 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday WHY: To demonstrate the ability of Fredericksburg's Amateur Radio operators to communicate under emergency conditions across the street, state, country, and the world. For more information please email [email protected]

Sunday, November 22, 2020

The RVARC Monthly Meeting will be conducted in an over-the-air format Tuesday, 24 November 2020 at 7:00pm on the K4TS repeater 147.015 (+) PL 79.7

Saturday, July 25, 2020

With the continuing restrictions on group meetings due to the ongoing Coronavirus threat the RVARC Monthly Meeting will be conducted via WebEx Tuesday, 28 July, 2020 at 7:00pm.

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 K4TER@arrl.net 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: http://larimersa.com/

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.  
THANKS JACK!!! 

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

Monday, August 24, 2020

The RVARC Monthly Meeting will be conducted in an over-the-air format Tuesday, 25 August 2020 at 7:00pm on the K4TS repeater 147.015 (+) PL 79.7

Saturday, July 25, 2020

With the continuing restrictions on group meetings due to the ongoing Coronavirus threat the RVARC Monthly Meeting will be conducted via WebEx Tuesday, 28 July, 2020 at 7:00pm.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

With the continuing restrictions on group meetings due to the ongoing Coronavirus threat the RVARC Monthly Meeting will be conducted via WebEx Tuesday, 23 June, 2020 at 7:00pm.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

RVARC and SARA will be holding Field Day this year on June 27-28 at the Stafford American Legion Post 290 Annex ("Old Site") one American Legion Road near it's intersection with I-95.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

With the continuing restrictions on group meetings due to the ongoing Coronavirus threat the RVARC Monthly Meeting will be conducted via WebEx Tuesday, 26 May, 2020 at 7:00pm.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

With the continuing restrictions on group meetings due to the ongoing Coronavirus threat the RVARC Monthly Meeting will be conducted again in an over-the-air format Tuesday, 28 April 2020 at 7:00pm on the K4TS repeater 147.015 (+) PL 79.7

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

** NOTE CHANGE OF MEETING LOCATION ** Out of concern for the health and welfare of our club members due to the Coronavirus the RVARC Monthly Meeting, normally conducted at the Spotslyvania Towne Center Sheriff Substation, will be conducted in an over-the-air format Tuesday, 24 March 2020 at 7:00pm on the K4TS repeater 147.015 (+) PL 79.7

Wednesday, December 11, 2019



Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club                   An American Radio Relay League Affiliated Club P.O. Box 1496, Fredericksburg, VA 22402-1496 ______________________________________________________________________________
Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 11, 2019 If you’ve ever wanted to learn about amateur radio and earn your license, your time has come. The Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club is again offering its Spring Technician Class. The course will begin Wednesday, January 29, 2020 and will run for seven weeks. Classes will meet each Wednesday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. The final session on March 11, 2020 will be the test for the Federal Communications Commission Amateur Technician Class License. Classes will be held in the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Substation, across from the LensCrafters and the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Mall Branch, in the Spotsylvania Towne Centre. The course is free and the text for the course, “Pass Your Amateur Radio Technician Class Test The Easy Way” by Craig Buck, K4IA, will be available to students at cost of $10. Students who pre-register, will find their text waiting for them at the first class. To register or inquire about the course, send an e-mail to w4shs@arrl.net or kb4xf@arrl.net. The lead instructor will be Warren Lee, W4SHS, assisted by other licensed members of the RVARC. The Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club is a service club affiliated with the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio in the United States. Today, with more than 160,000 members, ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the world. The RVARC promotes amateur radio and supports many community events in the Fredericksburg area each year.
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Media Contact: Warren Lee, W4SHS W4SHS@arrl.net (540) 752-2675

 

Monday, January 28, 2019



Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club                   An American Radio Relay League Affiliated Club P.O. Box 1496, Fredericksburg, VA 22402-1496 ______________________________________________________________________________
Fredericksburg, Virginia, January 26, 2019 If you’ve ever wanted to learn about amateur radio and earn your license, your time has come. The Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club is again offering its Spring Technician Class. The course will begin Wednesday, February 13, 2019 and will run for seven weeks. Classes will meet each Wednesday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. The final session on March 27, 2019 will be the test for the Federal Communications Commission Amateur Technician Class License. Classes will be held in the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Substation, across from the LensCrafters and the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Mall Branch, in the Spotsylvania Towne Centre. The course is free and the text for the course, “Pass Your Amateur Radio Technician Class Test The Easy Way” by Craig Buck, K4IA, will be available to students at cost of $10. Students who pre-register, will find their text waiting for them at the first class. To register or inquire about the course, send an e-mail to w4shs@arrl.net or kb4xf@arrl.net. The lead instructor will be Warren Lee, W4SHS, assisted by other licensed members of the RVARC. The Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club is a service club affiliated with the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio in the United States. Today, with more than 160,000 members, ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the world. The RVARC promotes amateur radio and supports many community events in the Fredericksburg area each year.
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Technician Class Schedule Media Contact: Warren Lee, W4SHS [email protected] (540) 752-2675

 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

ARRL Field Day 2018 - Curtis Park
  1. Field Day Call Used: K4TS GOTA Station Call: NX4Q
  2. Club or Group Name: Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club
  3. Number of Participants: 25
  4. Number of transmitters in simultaneous operation: 6
  5. Entry Class: Check only one.
    • Club or non-club portable
    •    1 or 2 person non-club group portable
         List calls of operators:
    •    Mobile
    •    Home station commercial power
    •    Home station emergency power
    •    Emergency Operations Center
  6. Check All power sources used.
    • Generator
    •    Commercial mains
    •    Battery
    • Solar
    •    Other (list)
  7. ARRL / RAC Section: VA
  8. Total CW QSOs: 1127 X 2 = Total CW QSO points: 2254
  9. Total Digital QSOs: 44 X 2 = Total Digital QSO points: 88
  10. Total Phone QSOs: 1316 X 1 = Total Phone QSO points: 1316
  11. Total QSO points: 3658
  12. Power Multiplier (select only one)
    •    5 Watts or less and Battery powered = 5
    • 150 Watts or less = 2
    •    Over 150 Watts = 1
  13. Power Multiplier: 2
  14. Claimed Score: 7316
  15. Bonus points claimed: Please check each block as appropriate and include required proof of points with your submission.
    All bonus points will be verified at ARRL HQ and added to your score.
    • 100% Emergency power
    • Media Publicity
    • Set-up in Public Place
    • Information Booth
    •    NTS message to ARRL SM/SEC
    •    W1AW Field Day Message
    •    Formal NTS messages handled (# 0)
    •    Satellite QSO completed
    • Natural Power QSOs Completed
    •    Site Visited by invited elected official
    • Site Visited by invited served agency official
    •    Educational Activity Bonus
    •    Youth Element achieved (# 0
    •    GOTA Bonus (total bonus points: 0)
    • Submitted using the b4h.net applet
    •    Social Media
    • Safety Officer
  16. Total Bonus Points Claimed: 1150
  17. I/We have observed all competition rules as well as all regulations for amateur radio in my/our country.
    My/our report is correct and true to the best of my/our knowledge.
    I/We agree to be bound by the decisions of the ARRL Awards Committee.
Date: 06/26/2018

Call: K4TS

Signature: John Cavanagh

Address: 223 N. Randolph Rd.
Address: Falmouth, VA 22405

E-Mail Address: kb4xf@arrl.net
Operating Period: 2018/06/23 18:02 - 2018/06/24 17:56

Total Contacts by Band and Mode:
BandCWPowerDigPowerPhonePowerTotal%
800150615046715047319
40101015014150436150146059
20581502415031715039916
155915001500150592
60150015052150522
GOTA0150015044150442
Total11274413162487100
18. List all callsigns of all operators and number of QSO's completed
of the GOTA Station:

 Submission file created by N3FJP's ARRL Field Day Contest Log
 Version 5.8 
 www.n3fjp.com

 

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


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Datestamp: 2017-06-26 10:33:23 PDT

Call Used: K4TS     GOTA Station Call: NX4Q     ARRL/RAC Section: VA     Class: 8A

Participants: 40     Club/Group Name: Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club

Power Source(s): Generator, Solar

Power Multiplier: 2X

Bonus Points:
  100% Emergency power                            800
  Media Publicity                                 100
  Public Location                                 100
  Public Information Table                        100
  W1AW Field Day Message                          100
  Natural power QSOs completed                    100
  GOTA Bonus                                        0
  Submitted via the Web                            50
  Safety officer                                  100
Total Bonus Points                              1,450

Score Summary:
                  CW  Digital  Phone  Total
   Total QSOs   1246     64     912
 Total Points   2492    128     912   3532   Claimed Score = 7,064

Submitted by:
John Cavanagh, KB4XF
223 N. Randolph Rd.
Falmouth, VA 22405
E-mail: [email protected]

Comments:
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Band/Mode QSO Breakdown:
               CW          Digital      Phone
            QSOs Pwr(W)  QSOs Pwr(W)  QSOs Pwr(W)
      160m                                       
       80m   78    100    24    100   175    100 
       40m  856    100     6    100   184    100 
       20m   86    100    34    100   405    100 
       15m  202    100                 60    100 
       10m   24    100                           
        6m                             83    100 
        2m                                       
      1.25                                       
     Other                                       
 Satellite                                       
      GOTA                              5    100 
     TOTAL 1246           64          912


GOTA Bonus: No GOTA Coach
Name/Call               QSOs  Bonus Points
Kyle Dalton, KM4VHZ       3         0
Harriet Brooks, (NONE)    1         0
Charles Diaz, (NONE)      1         0

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Photos from the Tailgate party held at Marquee Theater's Parking Lot on Saturday, April 22

IMG_1472 (35K)IMG_1466 (35K)IMG_1467 (35K)
IMG_1468 (35K)IMG_1469 (35K)IMG_1470 (35K)

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Jim and Randy have been working hard on the arrangements for the Famous RVARC Christmas Dinner, 7 December 2016. Earlier today, Jim sent along the latest update that provides you more information and, I hope, additional incentive to sign up:

"First, the cost will be $18.95 per person, plus tax & tip. Second, drinks are included and there will be a cash bar. For "The Grub", all three offerings will be served and no mushrooms will be used and side dishes will be included."

Again - Please RSVP, with your entrée preference and number of people, to Jim at ku4c@arrl.net or jmccloudf@aol.com. Please also address your questions, comments, suggestions, and so forth, to the same Jim.

And, to sharpen your appetite, please consider volunteering to work the Blue and Gray Half Marathon on Sunday, 4 December. If you have already volunteered, Thank You! If not our events manager KV4RC Michael is the person to contact kv4rc@arrl.net. Choice spots are still available.

SEE MORE INFO BELOW!!

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Our party committee, Randy KM4HFB & Jim KU4C, have been working on the arrangements for our Christmas dinner. Here is an update on what they have put together for us:

LOCATION – The Paradise Diner, 260 Warrenton Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22405. That's on Warrenton Road, about half-way between I-95 and the infamous Falmouth Intersection on US-1 in Stafford County. For your navigation machine, the coordinates are approximately 38.335271 degrees N, 77.480065 degrees W.

THE DATE – Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 6:00pm – 8:30pm.

THE GRUB – Jim and Randy report that a buffet style dinner will be served. Offerings will possibly include Roast Turkey Breast, Baked Lasagna & Broiled Salmon. Sides and appetizers to be determined.

THE DETAILS – Here’s what Jim sent me this afternoon: “An estimated cost is ~$15 a person dependent on the number of club members. I will need to know how many people are coming and which food offering they prefer by Friday or Saturday.”

RSVP, PLEASE - Please RSVP, with your entrée preference and number of people, to Jim at ku4c@arrl.net or jmccloudf@aol.com. Please also address your questions, comments, suggestions, and so forth, to the same Jim.

MORE TO COME – Jim tells me he’ll meet with the Paradise Diner staff again tomorrow, so there may be more information coming your way around this time tomorrow.

Or not! Please don’t wait, get your RSVP in right quick!

 

Sunday, November 20, 2016


RVARC CHRISTMAS DINNER

Jim KU4C and Randy KM4HFB have been researching a time and place for our annual Christmas dinner. Thanks, Jim and Randy. Here is their report:

The date for the Christmas Dinner is Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the Paradise Diner, 260 Warrenton Rd. (Rt.17), Fredericksburg, VA 22405 (Stafford County). The room has been reserved for the RVARC from 6:00 to 8:30 pm . A buffet style dinner will be served. Offerings will possibly include Roast Turkey Breast, Baked Lasagna & Broiled Salmon. Sides and appetizers to be determined. Any comments/questions are to go to the Party Committee, Randy KM4HFB & Jim KU4C (ku4c@arrl.net). We’ll look for more information at the aforementioned November monthly meeting.

 

Friday, July 01, 2016

Field Day 2016 results.

Call Used: K4TS     GOTA Station Call: (none)     ARRL/RAC Section: VA     Class: 5A

Participants: 27     Club/Group Name: Rappahannock Valley ARC

Power Source(s): Generator

Power Multiplier: 2X

Bonus Points:
  100% Emergency power500
  Public Location100
  Site Visit by invited served agency official100
  Submitted via the Web50
Total Bonus Points750
Score Summary:
CWDigitalPhoneTotal
Total QSOs2900759
Total Points58007591339  Claimed Score = 2,678
Comments: (blank) Band/Mode QSO Breakdown:
CWDigitalPhone
QSOsPwr(W)QSOsPwr(W)QSOsPwr(W)
160m
80m94100391100
40m191100228100
20m103100
15m36100
10m51001100
6m
2m
1.25
Other
Satellite
GOTA
TOTAL2900759

Friday, January 08, 2016

We now have a confirmed location for our January meeting on Tuesday, 26 January 2016. Thanks to Mike W1ZFB, we will be able to use the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's substation in the Spotsylvania Towne Center. It is just inside the entrance between JC Penny and Macy's across the corridor from the LensCrafters. It is #405 on the attached mall map.

The meeting starts at 7:00p – Mike will open the door about 6:45p. Thank you, Mike.

Monday, November 16, 2015

There will not be a regular monthly club meeting in December. Instead we will gather for our annual Christmas Dinner at the Four Seasons Restaurant on Thursday evening, 17 December 2015 at 6:00pm. Members, family and friends are all invited. We will order off the menu. The address is 5201 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408 – that’s just south of Four Mile Fork on US 1.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015


Field Day 2015 results.

Call Used:K4TS     GOTA Station Call:W4IM     ARRL/RAC Section:VA     Class:5A

Participants:31     Club/Group Name: Rappahannock Valley ARC

Power Source(s): Generator, Solar

Power Multiplier: 2X


Bonus Points:
Description Points
100% Emergency power 500
Media Publicity 100
Set-up in Public Place 100
NTS message to ARRL SM/SEC 100
W1AW Field Day Message 100
Natural power QSOs completed 100
Site Visit by invited served agency official 100
Youth participation
  Youth operators=3
  Youth participants=4
60
GOTA Bonus 0
Submitted via the Web 50
Total Bonus Points 1,210

Score Summary:
  CW Digital Phone Total
Total QSOs 1295 0 379  
Total Points 2590 0 379 2969   Claimed Score = 5,938

Submitted by:
John Cavanagh, KB4XF
223 N. Randolph Rd
Falmouth, VA 22405
E-mail: cjccav@cox.net

Comments:
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Band/Mode QSO Breakdown:
  CW Digital Phone
  QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W)
160m            
80m 136 100     80 100
40m 761 100     137 100
20m 157 100     128 100
15m 176 100        
10m 65 100        
6m            
2m         6 100
1.25            
Other            
Satellite            
GOTA         28 100
Total 1295   0   379  

GOTA Bonus: GOTA Coach - Double Bonus Points
Name/Call QSOs Bonus Points
DEBBIE CHALKLEY, KM4KHU 1 0
JOSEPH KENNEDY, (NONE) 7 0
MEGAN GARVIN, N4MEG 3 0
LIZ BODOLAY, (NONE) 7 0
ANN BESLEY, (NONE) 4 0
SHERI KENNY, KM4JMD 6 0

Supporting Documentation Required

Based on your selections, the ARRL expects to receive supporting documentation:

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Winter Technician Class - Thursday, January 15 - Thursday March 12, 2015. At the Massaponax Red Cross Office.

The RVARC is sponsoring a Winter License Class beginning Thursday, 15 January 2015. The class will meet each Thursday night at the Red Cross office in Massaponax for nine weeks. The last meeting will be a test session for the FCC Technician Class Amateur Radio License. There is no charge for the course and the ARRL License Manual will be available to participants at cost.

The class schedule and news release are here. Please pass the information along to members of your school, church, scout or local emergency response groups who might be interested. A ham license is a useful credential to anyone involved in community support activities as well as a passport to a lot of fun activities. The course instructor will be KB4XF, Dr. Jack Cavanagh. This is a new course, updated to support the new question pool.

Contact Jack, KB4XF for details and to register for the class. Study material for the class is available here.

Note: The testing held as part of the Technician class now under way will be on Thursday, 26 March 2015..
Time is 7 PM; location is Red Cross at Southpoint; fee is $15.

 

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The RVARC Holiday Dinner will be Thursday, 18 December 2014, 6:00pm at Lee’s Retreat at the Blue and Gray Brewing Company and Brew Pub, 3300 Dill Smith Drive, in the Bowman Center. It will be a fixed-price limited menu. Jack needs be able to tell the restaurant you're coming, so please send your RSVP headcount to Jack at kb4xf@arrl.net. His deadline is Sunday evening…that's Sunday, 14 December. If you've already RSVP'd to Jack, a repeat is not necessary.

Check this link for the restaurant location.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

RVARC will have an information booth/portable station, at the Wings and Wheels event at Stafford Airport on Oct. 18, 2014. Contact John, W4IM for more info if you wish to participate.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

2014 Field Day Entry Form

Datestamp: 2012-07-01 08:48:38 PDT
Call Used:K4TS     GOTA Station Call:W4IM     ARRL/RAC Section:VA     Class:5A

Participants:25     Club/Group Name: Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club

Power Source(s): Generator, Battery, Solar

Power Multiplier: 2X


Bonus Points:
Description Points
100% Emergency power 500
Media Publicity 100
Set-up in Public Place 100
Information Booth 100
NTS message to ARRL SM/SEC 100
W1AW Field Day Message 100
Natural power QSOs completed 100
Site Visit by invited elected Official
100
Youth participation
  Youth operators=3
  Youth participants=4
60
GOTA Bonus 200
Submitted via the Web 50
Total Bonus Points 1,510

Score Summary:
  CW Digital Phone Total
Total QSOs 1106 0 754 1860
Total Points 2212 0 754 2966   Claimed Score = 5932


Band/Mode QSO Breakdown:
  CW Digital Phone
  QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W)
160m            
80m 193 100     177 100
40m 677 100

214 100
20m 155 100

173 100
15m 81 100

61 100
10m

   

6m

   

2m

   

1.25

   

Other

   

Satellite        

GOTA         129 100
Total 1106   0   754  

GOTA Bonus: GOTA Coach - Double Bonus Points
Name/Call QSOs Bonus Points
Zach Barnum, KK4RUT
46 80
Kevin Proffitt, KK4NDF
64 120
Eric Nosar, KK4TNJ
1 0
Elaine Caldecott, AK4PN
10 0
Joseph Kennedy, (NONE) 3 0
Jenne Lesse, (NONE) 5 0

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Arrangements have been finalized for the 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.
        

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 
classroom.

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 w4shs@arrl.net.

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!

        

Sunday, December 23, 2012



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Jim Brodhead, Formerly KA4ERP - Silent Key
Jim was a former ham and member of the RVARC.

Free Lance Star Obituary



Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Annual RVARC Christmas Dinner Meeting will be held at Mimi's Café, 10001 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, [Cosner's Corner] on Wednesday December 12th at 18:30.

Check the Mapquest link for the restaurant location.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

				
The RVARC will co-sponsor a Technician License Course beginning Oct 4th.
Location is the Church Hall of Christ Episcopal Church in 
Spotsylvania Courthouse.

The class will meet every Thursday from 7 to 9 PM through December 
6th. There will be no class Thanksgiving week.

There is no cost for the class. The text book is the /ARRL 
Technician License Manual (2nd Edition, 2010)/.
The retail cost of this book is $30 but the RVARC will have it 
available at a discount price of $25 on the first night of class.

For more information or to register, contact either:
Jack Cavanagh, KB4XF, kb4xf@arrl.net
or
Steve Clifford, K4GUN, cliffy109@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

2012 Field Day Entry Form

Datestamp: 2012-07-04 09:02:22 PDT
Call Used:K4TS     GOTA Station Call:N4ENG     ARRL/RAC Section:VA     Class:10A

Participants:32     Club/Group Name: Rappahannock Valley ARC

Power Source(s): Generator, Solar

Power Multiplier: 2X


Bonus Points:
Description Points
100% Emergency power 1,000
Media Publicity 100
Set-up in Public Place 100
Information Booth 100
NTS message to ARRL SM/SEC 100
W1AW Field Day Message 100
Satellite QSO completed 100
Natural power QSOs completed 100
Youth participation
  Youth operators=7
  Youth participants=7
100
GOTA Bonus 40
Submitted via the Web 50
Total Bonus Points 1,890

Score Summary:
  CW Digital Phone Total
Total QSOs 1408 168 1067  
Total Points 2816 336 1067 4219   Claimed Score = 8,438


Band/Mode QSO Breakdown:
  CW Digital Phone
  QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W)
160m            
80m 52 100     81 100
40m 922 100 133 50 560 100
20m 145 100 34 50 175 100
15m 271 100 1 50 98 100
10m 8 100     9 100
6m 7 100     37 100
2m 1 100     30 100
1.25 1 100     4 100
Other 1 100     7 100
Satellite         21 50
GOTA         45 100
Total 1408   168   1067  

GOTA Bonus: GOTA Coach - Double Bonus Points
Name/Call QSOs Bonus Points
Christian, (NONE) 2 0
Hunter, (NONE) 11 0
Angel, (NONE) 1 0
Shari, (NONE) 4 0
Howard, (NONE) 26 40
John, (NONE) 1 0

Friday, December 09, 2011

A Technician License Class will be held at the Red Cross Offices starting on Thursday, 19 Jan at 7 pm.
Email Jack at kb4xf@arrl.net or Tom at ak1e@arrl.net for more information.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Annual 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, July 11, 2011

ribbon (2K)

Hilbert Newton, W4ULM - Silent Key
Obituary & Arrangements

Monday, July 11, 2011

2011 Field Day Results

Datestamp: 2011-07-07 16:32:44 PDT

Call Used:K4TS     GOTA Station Call:KK4AUW     ARRL/RAC Section:VA     Class:8A

Participants:40     Club/Group Name: Rappahannock Valley ARC

Power Source(s): Generator

Power Multiplier: 2X


Bonus Points:
DescriptionPoints
100% Emergency power800
Set-up in Public Place 100
Information Booth 100
NTS message to ARRL SM/SEC 100
Site Visit by invited elected official 100
Site Visit by invited served agency official 100
Youth participation
  Youth operators=4
  Youth participants=7
80
GOTA Bonus 120
Submitted via the Web 50
Total Bonus Points1,550

Score Summary:
 CWDigitalPhoneTotal
Total QSOs149591509 
Total Points29901815094517  Claimed Score = 9,034

Submitted by:
John F. Cavaangh, KB4XF
223 N. Randolph Rd.
Falmouth, VA 22405-2927
E-mail: [email protected]

Comments:
(blank)


Band/Mode QSO Breakdown:
 CWDigitalPhone
  QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W)
160m      
80m    369100
40m854100  550100
20m1511009100145100
15m376100  163100
10m114100  32100
6m    151100
2m    1100
1.25      
Other      
Satellite      
GOTA    98100
Total1495 9 1509 

GOTA Bonus: GOTA Coach - Double Bonus Points
Name/CallQSOsBonus Points
Elaine Caldecott, KK4AUW4180
Dan Lein, KJ4MHD2540
Cara Haefner, (NONE)100
Christiana Brandel, KI4SLR40
Aleasha Brandel, (NONE)50
Daniel Bonder, (NONE)80
Julie Jones, (NONE)30
Tim Caldecott, KJ4YWR20

Monday, January 24, 2011

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Bill Simpson, N4CKZ is a silent key. Danny, WA4SDE suggested donations to Fredericksburg SPCA. Danny has been taking care of Bill for the last 5yrs.

Mullins & Thompson (Rt 1) info:

William "Bill" B. Simpson, 88, of Fredericksburg, passed away on Friday, January 21, 2011 at his residence.

He was a WWII US Marine Corps veteran and retired after 25 years of service from the US Postal Service. He was an avid HAM radio operator.

He is survived by three sons, Gene Simpson of San Francisco, CA, Philip Simpson of Clarksville, MD, and Dennis Simpson of Harrisburg, PA; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Simpson.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel. A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made in his name to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Technician Class License Course
10 Weeks
January 20, 2010 thru March 24, 2011
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Location :  American Red Cross Regional Headquarters
4836 South Point Parkway, at Massaponax

Cost: No charge for the class

Pre-registration not required but would be appreciated.
For further information e-mail Jack Cavanagh at kb4xf@arrl.net

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Technician Class License Course
Every Thursday
January 28, 2010 to March 27, 2010
7:00 PM

Location :  American Red Cross Regional Headquarters
4836 South Point Parkway, at Massaponax

Cost: No charge for the class
A class book,  /The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual /will be used./
/A discounted copy will be available the first evening or may
purchase on your own (http://www.arrl.org)

For further information call Jack Cavanagh at 373-4824 or e-mail kb4xf@arrl.net

Monday, July 13, 2009

2009 Field Day Results

Band/ModeQSO Breakdown:
CWDigitalPhone
QSOsQSOsQSOs
160m
80m83360
40m810102560
20m21043153
15m133952
10m198
6m112
2m22
0.75
Satellite4
GOTA23
TOTAL 12361541489
Score Summary:
CWDigitalPhoneTotal
Total QSOs123615414892879
Total Points247230814894269Claimed Score = 8,538

Monday, May 11, 2009

Marine Corps Half Marathon - Sunday May 17th, 2009 Information

Communications support participant location assignments 2RUN2009USMC.xls

CourseMap09-t (4K)
2009 Course Map
[Click for full size]

DetailedCourseDirections1-t (2K)
Detailed Course Directions - 1


DetailedCourseDirections2-t (2K)
Detailed Course Directions - 2


Official Marine Corps Website

Monday, March 02, 2009

Technician class will start on Thursday, March 26th, 7-9 PM at Red Cross Facility, Massaponax and run for 7-8 weeks.

Pre-registration not required but would be appreciated. Please contact Jack Cavanagh kb4xf@arrl.net

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Annual RVARC Christmas Dinner Meeting will be held at Mimi's Café, 10001 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, [Cosner's Corner] on Thursday December 11th at 18:30.

See the dinner menu (pdf) for more information.

Check the Mapquest link for the restaurant location.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

2008 Field Day Results

                         ARRL Field Day Entry Form

Call Used: K4TS     GOTA Station Call: AK1E     ARRL/RAC Section: VA     Class: 8A

Participants: 38     Club/Group Name: Rappahannock Valley ARC

Power Source(s): Generator, Solar

Power Multiplier: 2X

Bonus Points:
  100% Emergency power800
  Media Publicity100
  Set-up in Public Place100
  Information Booth100
  W1AW Field Day Message100
  Natural power QSOs completed100
  Site Visit by invited served agency official100
  Youth participation60
    Youth operators=3
    Youth participants=5
  GOTA Bonus120
  Submitted via the Web50
Total Bonus Points1,630
Score Summary:
CWDigitalPhoneTotal
Total QSOs154601484
Total Points3092014844576Claimed Score = 9,152
Submitted by: John Cavanagh, KB4XF 223 N. Randolph Rd. Falmouth, VA 22405 E-mail: kb4xf@arrl.net Comments: (blank)
Band/ModeQSO Breakdown:
CWDigitalPhone
QSOsPwr(W)QSOsPwr(W)QSOsPwr(W)
160m
80m303100
40m951100541100
20m250100415100
15m179100495
10m166100175
6m46100
2m2100
1.25
Other
Satellite
GOTA111100
TOTAL 154601484
GOTA Bonus: GOTA Coach - Double Bonus Points
Name/CallQSOsBonus Points
James Marvin, AJ4JE2940
Carla Marvin, KJ4ETX30
Dar Horne, KD4CVC4080
David Turner, AI4EE120
Dennis Wynn, KI4GZY150
Robert Pederson, KJ4FAI50
Peter Rupert, (NONE)20
Noah Hebert, (NONE)30
Liam Davis, (NONE)20

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Information for the VOPEX 2008 exercises is available here.
Spotsylvania_VOPEX_2008_Presentation_20080526.pdf
  and
VOPEX2008_Emergency_Drill_20080526.pdf

Monday, March 31, 2008

Hey Everyone,
  I am willing to order FD stuff again this year, t-shirts, pins, water bottles if anyone is interested.
 
Go to:

http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?item=NO-1324#top 

to see everything that is available.

Last year the shirts sold out early -- so this year we should order
early! Please get your order into me NO LATER THAN  Monday, 14
April 2008. Prices for the shirts are $12.95, pins are $5.00, pins
from earlier Field Days are $2.00 and water bottles are $3.95. I will
add a pro-rata shipping fee to everyone's bill, which should amount to
less than a dollar each. I'll collect from you during our next
meeting in April.
Send me an email now!
 
73,
John W4IM  w4im@arrl.net

        

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A Technician Class license class is scheduled to begin in King George County beginning 24 March at 1730 at the new Fire & Rescue EMS facility. Contact David Collins N4WDC, for information. n4wdc@arrl.net

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Amateur Radio Technician Class starting 10 Jan 2008
The RVARC will begin a Technician Class starting 10 Jan 2008 1900 at the new Red Cross Office in Massaponnax next to the Cracker Barrel on Southpoint Pkwy.
Jack, KB4XF will be the lead instructor. Tom, AK1E, will head up logistics. Darr, KD4CVC, will act as the supplies coordinator. All interested in this class please email Jack at cjcav(atsign)earthlink(dot)net.
Those members that volunteered to help out please also email Jack so that he can set up a roster.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

The RVARC Christmas Dinner and December Meeting

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007 from 6:00/7:00 until 10:00 PM at The Clubs at Quantico.

Cash bar from 4:00 til 9:00 (not in our dining room, the officer’s bar).

Our room will open at 7:00 P.M.
Buffet Dinner at 7:30 P.M., $22.50 each, followed by WB4LNT's slide show.

Directions to the dinner:

Attendees who are driving up to Quantico from Fredericksburg or from the 
Rt 610 entrance to  Rt 95
  • From junction of Rt 17 and Rt 95 to Rt 610 --- 10 miles
  • From Rt 610 and Rt 95 to entrance ramp to 1st/south Marine Corp Base Quantico Exit --- 4 miles
  • When you exit I-95, go East one mile to the Base gate. Through the main gate, they will want to see ID. Put your parking lights on please. All you need for an ID is your driver’s license, just say you are going to an event at the Clubs at Quantico and you will be passed along. They usually do not hand out visitor’s placards anymore.
  • Note: the gate closes at 10:00 p.m. so if you do not leave the Clubs at Quantico (CAC) by 9:45 Wednesday evening, you will need to go the long way back out through the base. Also, cell phone use with out a hands free device is prohibited aboard the base!
  • Once through the gate, continue through three (3) lights until you see the Chapel and Base HQ on the left (big building set 1/8 of a mile off the road. The CAQ is on your right, just after a hotel style building, the Inn at Quantico, a guest house. If you get into the traffic circle, stay there and get out to the right after you make a 360 degree circle. There is a sign for the Clubs at Quantico.
  • The Clubs at Quantico sign is on the right with the parking lot well lit. The entrance to the building is marked as "Administrative Offices and Banquet facilities".
  • Buffet Dinner is served at 7:30 pm
  • We have the facility until 10:00.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Starting in August 2007, the meeting place will move to the new Red 
Cross facility at their new location at 4836 Southpoint Parkway, next to 
Cracker Barrel in the Massaponax area. I-95 exit 126, in the former
Crystal Reflections building at the old Factory Outlet Center.

Google Map

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Field Day 2007 Results

Call Used: K4TS     GOTA Station Call: N9JH     ARRL/RAC Section: VA     Class: 8A

Participants: 58

Power Source(s): Generator

Power Multiplier: 2X

Bonus Points: 
DescriptionPoints
100% Emergency power800
Media Publicity100
Set-up in Public Place100
W1AW Field Day Message100
Site Visit by invited served agency official100
  
Youth participation
Youth operators = 5
Youth participants = 8100
GOTA Bonus80
Submitted via the Web50
Total Bonus Points1,430
Score Summary:
CWDigitalPhoneTotal
Total QSOs12300790
Total Points246007903250Claimed Score = 6,500
Band/Mode QSO Breakdown:
CWDigitalPhone
QSOsPwr(W)QSOsPwr(W)QSOsPwr(W)
160m
80m73150173150
40m932150168150
20m139150148150
15m78150
10m72150
6m115069150
2m315054150
1.2511508150
Other315014150
Satellite
GOTA84150
Total12300790
GOTA Bonus: GOTA Coach - Double Bonus Points Name/Call QSOs Bonus Points Andrew Steele, (NONE) 12 0 Thonmas Steele, (NONE) 8 0 Robert Brandel III, KI4JVC 24 40 Christiana Brandel, KI4SLR 35 40 Andrew Brandel, (NONE) 5 0

Sunday, February 04, 2007

RVARC will begin classes to prepare for the General Class License Exam
beginning March 1st at 7 PM to 9 PM (8-10 weeks)

Fire Station #2 - upstairs
101 Altoona Dr
(Behind Hampton Inn and across from Burlington Coat Factory)
Park across from the Fire Station in the Burlington Coat Factory lot.
You will see cars with antennas on the roof.

To register, please contact:

Kathy Hitt
k4thy@arrl.net
540 371-2459
				

Sunday, November 05, 2006

The RVARC Christmas Dinner and December Meeting

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006 from 6:30/7:00 until 10:00 PM at The Clubs at Quantico.

There will be a buffet and the cost will be $22.50 each.

Reservations and payment needs to be in to 
Gordon, WB4LNT by November 28th 
(the night of the club meeting).

SARG and SARA are invited.

Don't forget to get your nomination for Ham of the Year 
and Elmer of the Year into John, W4IM as soon as possible.
Need to have time to get the plaques made.

Directions to the dinner:

Attendees who are driving up to Quantico from Fredericksburg or from the 
Rt 610 entrance to  Rt 95
  • From junction of Rt 17 and Rt 95 to Rt 610 --- 10 miles
  • From Rt 610 and Rt 95 to entrance ramp to 1st/south Marine Corp Base Quantico Exit --- 4 miles
  • One mile to the Base gate. Security requires a drivers license for identification.
  • From the Security Gate to Club. --- 2.5 miles, approx. 3 lights, stay on the road straight ahead, do not turn off until the Club parking lot.
  • The Clubs at Quantico sign is on the right with the parking lot well lit. The entrance to the building is marked as "Administrative Offices and Banquet facilities".
  • Dinner is at 7 pm
  • We have the facility until 10:00.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The next Amateur Radio class sponsored by
the Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club
will begin Sept. 28th at 7 PM to 9 PM (8-10 weeks)
Fire Station #2 - upstairs
101 Altoona Dr
(Behind Hampton Inn and across from Burlington Coat Factory)
Park across from the Fire Station in the Burlington Coat Factory lot.
You will see cars with antennas on the roof.

I need to know if you have a book (Now You're Talking), or are
interested in purchasing one the first night of the class for the
discounted price of $15.

The next class may not be until next summer or fall.

Please pass this information on to your friends and ask them
to get in touch with me to register. There is no fee for the class
or to register, but we are volunteers and like to be able to plan
the classes to be the most effective. There is limited space in
the class.

Kathy Hitt
k4thy@cox.net
540 371-2459
				


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