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The Virginia Beach ARC is a full service "ham radio" club covering all aspects of the hobby.  Visit the Public Service page to find all of the events that we support in the city.  Visit the Admin page to find all the details of the club from Bylaws to officers.  The History page looks at the events from the past.  The membership page offers full details on joining VBARC and membership roster. 

Note that the July meeting has been cancelled.  The next meeting of VBARC is Thursday August 2nd. The meeting will start at 7:30 PM and the location will be the St Andrews Methodist church multipurpose room on the corner of Princess Anne Rd and Tuscon Lane in Va Beach.

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The next Board of Directors meeting will be July 25th @ 7:00 PM at the VBARC Beach Shack, 3469 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach. 

Click here for a map to Ocean Park Rescue - THE VBARC BEACH SHACK


Facebook & Twitter:  Do you use Facebook or Twitter?  Did you know that we have two FB pages and a twitter account?  Next time you are on FB or Twitter just look up VBARC and join in the fun.  One FB page is open to the world while the second is for members only.

Public Service Notes from Tom WS9B: Our next event will be ASYMCA Mud Run on Aug 11, 2018. We will have a signup sheet at the August club meeting.  Please see any of us to sign up for events.  Doug, KA4TMS and I are looking for volunteers to help with event.  We are looking for 23 to 26 people. If you can help please let Doug or I know soon, so we can get our t-shirt order submitted. The following individuals have already signup: KC2DLR and N4JJ. As in years past, I will be sending out an e-mail around the middle of July month for base access information.

We would like everyone to program in their radio’s 147.045, 146.97, 147.3 and 444.95 as simplex frequencies.  It provides a backup if repeater goes down.  No Tones….

NOTE: VBARES/Public Service has selected three (3) crossband frequencies: they are 445.775, 445.875 and 445.85. We have also selected three (3) 2M frequencies for simplex operation: they are 147.57, 147.405 and 147.51. These frequencies will have an ENCODE and DECODE tone of 233.6.

Please add to your programming file or manually enter the above for all your radios.  If all else bring radio to club meeting and I will try and program it for you with all the frequencies above.

QRP Saturday:  Ed W8NLZ will host the next QRP Saturday on July 14th at Princess Anne Park.  Rough start about 9:00 AM.  Bring out your radio of get on the air with one of the radio's that are there.

FIELD DAY 2018:  Many thanks to all the partipants on Field Day.  The CW teams made about 800 contacts, SSB had about 900 and Digital was in the 150 bracket.  Good job by all and a detailed report will be out in July. 

Lighthouse Special Event:  On Saturday August 4th from 9:00 am till 2:00 pm we are planning a Special Event Station on the grounds of the Cape Henry Lighthouse to celebrate National Lighthouse day.  Full details will be sent out later this month once approved by the Navy.  Please let Bob know if you want to participate via email at so that we can notify the Military as to who is coming however access to the base and LH is usually granted from the Atlantic Ave gate.

Radiosport or contesting is a popular way to make contacts and increase your operating skills, work on WAS and DXCC.  In February the following ARRL sponsored contests are being held.  Please go to the page for details of each event. Even with a Tech license you can participate in a couple of these events.

July 2018
+ RAC Canada Day Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Jul 1
+ 10-10 Int. Spirit of 76 QSO Party 0001Z, Jul 2 to 2400Z, Jul 8
+ IQRP Quarterly Marathon 0800Z, Jul 2 to 2000Z, Jul 8
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 1900Z-2030Z, Jul 2
+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0100Z-0300Z, Jul 3
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 4
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jul 4 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jul 4 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jul 5
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, Jul 5 (CW) and
  1800Z-1900Z, Jul 5 (SSB) and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jul 5 (FM) and
  2000Z-2100Z, Jul 5 (Dig)
+ SKCC Sprint Europe 1900Z-2100Z, Jul 5
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Jul 6
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jul 6
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 6
+ FISTS Summer Slow Speed Sprint 0000Z-0400Z, Jul 7
+ Venezuelan Ind. Day Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Jul 7
+ DL-DX RTTY Contest 1100Z, Jul 7 to 1059Z, Jul 8
+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, Jul 7 to 2400Z, Jul 8
+ Marconi Memorial HF Contest 1400Z, Jul 7 to 1400Z, Jul 8
+ Original QRP Contest 1500Z, Jul 7 to 1500Z, Jul 8
+ PODXS 070 Club 40m Firecracker Sprint 2000Z, Jul 7 to 2000Z, Jul 8
+ 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Jul 9
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 11
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jul 11 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jul 11 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jul 12
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 1900Z-2030Z, Jul 11
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Jul 13
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jul 13
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 13
+ FISTS Summer Unlimited Sprint 0000Z-0400Z, Jul 14
+ IARU HF World Championship 1200Z, Jul 14 to 1200Z, Jul 15
+ QRP ARCI Summer Homebrew Sprint 2000Z-2300Z, Jul 15
+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0100Z-0300Z, Jul 16
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 18
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jul 18 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jul 18 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jul 19
+ NAQCC CW Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Jul 19
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Jul 20
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jul 20
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 20
+ Russian Radio Team Championship 0700Z-1459Z, Jul 21
+ Trans-Tasman Low-Bands Challenge 0800Z-1400Z, Jul 21
+ Jakarta DX Contest 40m 1000Z-2200Z, Jul 21
+ DMC RTTY Contest 1200Z, Jul 21 to 1200Z, Jul 22
+ Feld Hell Sprint 1200Z-1359Z, Jul 21
+ North American QSO Party, RTTY 1800Z, Jul 21 to 0559Z, Jul 22
+ CQ Worldwide VHF Contest 1800Z, Jul 21 to 2100Z, Jul 22
+ SA Sprint Contest 2100Z-2259Z, Jul 21
+ RSGB Low Power Contest 0900Z-1200Z and 1300Z-1600Z, Jul 22
+ CQC Great Colorado Gold Rush 2000Z-2159Z, Jul 22
+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Jul 25
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 25
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jul 25 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jul 25 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jul 26
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data 1900Z-2030Z, Jul 26
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Jul 27
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jul 27
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 27
+ RSGB IOTA Contest 1200Z, Jul 28 to 1200Z, Jul 29
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Jun 29
+ ARS Flight of the Bumblebees 1700Z-2100Z, Jul 29

 Local repeaters are controlled by the Virginia Beach Emergency Amateur Repeater Society or VBEARS.  Repeaters are available on 146.970, 146.895 and 444.950.  Please check the VBEARS page for full details of all repeaters in the region.  If you are using the repeaters and have problems please address your issues to the Manager of the repeater via email here.  We also have a new repeater on 147.300+ managed by the Hospital Network.  It is open to all hams when not used for emergency events.

KKey nets on the 146.895 repeater are:
     ARES Net every Tuesday Night at 8:00 PM
     Hampton Roads Service Net at 9:00 PM every night.

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