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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. 

The next meeting of VBARC has moved to Thursday January 11th due to the Inclement Weather.  This meeting will be our annual corporate meeting with elections for 2018.  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.

Expanding Horizons in Amateur Radio

The next Board of Directors meeting will be December 27th at the VBARC Beach Shack, 3469 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach. 

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


The theme for this year is "Expanding Horizons in Amateur Radio"

Congratulations to Trap Caterbury for receiving the Ham Of They Year Award for 2017.  Trap has been instrumental throughout the year with his involvment in Ham Classes, Special Event stations, Field Day and of course handeling the secretary duties.

Trap Canterbury receiving HOTY

Looking for a few good leaders!  Officer elections will be January 4th.  Even though several current members said they will run again we are still looking for candidates for various positions.  If you are interested in one of the officer positions - President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer or one of the seven Director slots please let one of the current Officers members know.

2018 dues are now due.  Dues continue to be $15 for individuals and $20 for families living at the same address.  To pay your dues you have three options.  One - use the Paypal connection on the Members page to use your Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, Discover or Amex card.  two - pay at the membership meeting via cash or a check made out to VBARC.  Three - send a check made out to VBARC to POB 62003, Virginia Beach, VA 23466.  Dues not paid by the end of March are removed from the roster and email lists.

The next Public Service event will be the The Shamrock Festival on the March 17th & 18th.  Sign ups at the Jan, Feb and Mar meetings by Terry and Tom.  click on the Public Service button on the left to see the 2018 schedual as well as a message from Tom with thanks to participants.

Radiosport or contesting is a popular way to make contacts and increase your operating skills.  In January 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.

January 2018

              1st    Straight Key Night
             6th    Kids Day
16th & 17th    RTTY Roundup
20th & 22th    January VHF Contest


 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.

Key nets on the 146.97 repeater are:
     ARES Net every Tuesday Night at 8:00 PM
     Hampton Roads Service Net on 146.97 at 9:00 PM every night.


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