Welcome to the VBARC website
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 is Thursday April 2nd.  This is a special meeting that will be held at the Virginia Beach Emergency Operation Center, Building 30, which is on the south East corner of Princess Anne Rd and Nimmo Parkway.  We will be there starting at 7:00 PM.  Te program will be a presentation by OEM personal then a tour of the Op Center and the Ham Radio Room.

The next Board of Directors meeting will be Wednesday, April 8th, at the VBARC Beach Shack, 3469 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach at 7:00 PM.  Click below for a map to the BOD meeting. 
Click here for a map to Ocean Park Rescue - THE VBARC BEACH SHACK


VE Test Session - The next session will be at CARSFEST in Chesapeake on April 12th.

QRP Saturdays return on April 11th.  Full details will be available at the nest meeting and in the newsletter.  The time is roughly 0900 - 1200 and the location will be either Crotan Beach of Sandbridge Beach.

The Amatuer Radio Parity Act of 2015 - H.R> 1301 - has been introduced in the House of Representatives.  This is a "reasonable accomodations" bill for amateur radio.  Full details can be found here.

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.

CQ WW WPX Contest is the weekend of march 28th & 29th.  Check their website for full details.

Virginia has a new Section Manager appointed by the ARRL.  His name is Joe Palsa, K3WRY, and is available via email at  Joe lives in the Richmond area and is a very active ARO.  Expect to see many emails from Joe about VA happenings.

ARRL is seeking comments by April 19th on possible changes to the leagues HF Band Plans presented by the HF Band Planning committee.  The Committee is trying to tweak the band plans for RTTY/DATA/SW Portions of the 80 through 10 meter bands (60 M excluded). Click here to read the entire draft.

Upcoming Hamfests and Swapfests in VA.

April 11 - Culpeper Swapfest by the Culpepper ARA - Central VA 

April 12 - CARSFEST - Chesapeake ARS - Chesapeake, VA

June 16 - Manassas Hamfest & Maker Tech Show by the Ole VA Hams ARC - Northern VA

Aug 1 - Roanoke Hamfest 2015 by the Roanoke Valley ARC - Western Va

Aug 2 - 65th Annual Berryville Hamfest by the Shenandoah Valley ARC - Northern Va

Sept 9 - VA Beach Hamfest & Va Section Convention by Tidewater Radio Conventions - VB

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