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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 is Thursday June 7th. 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 June 27th @ 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 1, 2018. We will have a signup sheet at club meeting.  Please see any of us to sign up for events.  E-mails will be sent out asking for assistance.

We want to thank: K3QQN, Jim; K4NTO, Bob; K4YOU, Bob; KA4TMS, Doug; KA8TNF, Terry; KB0AAJ, Jonathon; KB8ABJ, Trap; KC9RGE, Patrick; KD4NFX, Mike; KD4SVK, Sharon; KE4AZL, Butch; KI4RJZ, Steve; KK4FXS, Scott; KK4NOL, Carolyn; KM4WAA, Richie; KN4BAD, Stan; KN4FTH, Larry; N4JJ, Josh; WA4GDB, George; WB4AXY, John; and WB4BAX, Mike for helping with Strawberry Parade.

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 June 9th 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:  Field Day is June 23rd and 24th from 2:00PM till 2:00 PM the next day at Great Neck Park off of Great Neck Road on Shorehaven Road.  A 24 hour Emergency Testing Operational Event.  Details will be emailed to all members but plan on a antenna session at 6:00 PM on Friday June 22nd followed by station construction roughly starting at 9:00 am the next morning and then on the air at 2:00 PM.  This is a joing venture with the Va DX Century Club.  We will have three HF stations, 2 CW and 1 SSB, a Digital Station, a Sat station and possibly a GOTA Station.  A cookout dinner is planned for Saturday evening around 5:00 PM in shelter 2.  We need operators, builders, more operators, cooks, etc.  Full info at the June meeting.  This year we will use the DX Clubs call sign K4IX, Kilo 3 India Xray, for the event.

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.

June 2018
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jun 1
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 1
+ HA3NS Sprint Memorial Contest 1900Z-1929Z, Jun 1 (40m) and
  1930Z-1959Z, Jun 1 (80m)
+ 10-10 Int. Open Season PSK Contest 0000Z, Jun 2 to 2400Z, Jun 3
+ PVRC Reunion 0000Z-0159Z, Jun 2 and
  2000Z-2200Z, Jun 2 and
  1200Z-1359Z, Jun 3
+ DigiFest 0400Z-1200Z, Jun 2 and
  2000Z, Jun 2 to 0400Z, Jun 3 and
  1200Z-2000Z, Jun 3
+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint 0600Z-0629Z, Jun 2 and
  0630Z-0659Z, Jun 2 and
  0700Z-0729Z, Jun 2 and
  0730Z-0800Z, Jun 2
+ SEANET Contest 1200Z, Jun 2 to 1200Z, Jun 3
+ UKSMG Summer Contest 1300Z, Jun 2 to 1300Z, Jun 3
+ Kentucky QSO Party 1400Z, June 2 to 0200Z, Jun 3
+ RSGB National Field Day 1500Z, Jun 2 to 1500Z, Jun 3
+ IARU Region 1 Field Day, CW 1500Z, Jun 2 to 1459Z, Jun 3
+ Dutch Kingdom Contest 1500Z, Jun 2 to 1500Z, Jun 3
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data 1900Z-2030Z, Jun 4
+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0100Z-0300Z, Jun 5
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 6
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jun 6 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jun 6 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jun 7
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, Jun 7 (CW) and
  1800Z-1900Z, Jun 7 (SSB) and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jun 7 (FM) and
  2000Z-2100Z, Jun 7 (Dig)
+ SKCC Sprint Europe 1900Z-2100Z, Jun 7
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jun 8
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 8
+ DRCG WW RTTY Contest 0000Z-0759Z, Jun 9 and
  1600Z-2359Z, Jun 9 and
  0800Z-1559Z, Jun 10
+ VK Shires Contest 0600Z, Jun 9 to 0600Z, Jun 10
+ Asia-Pacific Sprint, SSB 1100Z-1300Z, Jun 9
+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, Jun 9 to 2400Z, Jun 10
+ Portugal Day Contest 1200Z, Jun 9 to 1200Z, Jun 10
+ GACW WWSA CW DX Contest 1500Z, Jun 9 to 1500Z, Jun 10
+ REF DDFM 6m Contest 1600Z, Jun 9 to 1600Z, Jun 10
+ ARRL June VHF Contest 1800Z, Jun 9 to 0259Z, Jun 11
+ Cookie Crumble QRP Contest 1700Z-2200Z, Jun 10
+ 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Jun 11
+ NAQCC CW Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Jun 13
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 13
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jun 13 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jun 13 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jun 14
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 1900Z-2030Z, Jun 13
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jun 15
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 15
+ All Asian DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Jun 16 to 2400Z, Jun 17
+ SMIRK Contest 0000Z, Jun 16 to 2400Z, Jun 17
+ ARR BPSK63 Contest 1200Z, Jun 16 to 1200Z, Jun 17
+ Ukrainian DX Classic RTTY Contest 1200Z, Jun 16 to 1159Z, Jun 17
+ IARU Region 1 50 MHz Contest 1400Z, Jun 16 to 1400Z, Jun 17
+ AGCW VHF/UHF Contest 1400Z-1700Z, Jun 16 (144) and
  1700Z-1800Z, Jun 16 (432)
+ Stew Perry Topband Challenge 1500Z, Jun 16 to 1500Z, Jun 17
+ West Virginia QSO Party 1600Z, Jun 16 to 0200Z, Jun 17
+ Feld Hell Sprint 1800Z-1959Z, Jun 16
+ ARRL Kids Day 1800Z-2359Z, Jun 16
+ WAB 50 MHz Phone 0900Z-1500Z, Jun 17
+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0100Z-0300Z, Jun 18
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 20
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jun 20 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jun 20 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jun 21
+ NAQCC CW Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Jun 21
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jun 22
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 22
+ Battle of Carabobo International Contest 0000Z, Jun 23 to 2400Z, Jun 24
+ UFT QRP Contest 0600Z-0900Z, Jun 23 and
  1400Z-1700Z, Jun 23
+ His Maj. King of Spain Contest, SSB 1200Z, Jun 23 to 1200Z, Jun 24
+ Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest 1200Z, Jun 23 to 1200Z, Jun 24
+ ARRL Field Day 1800Z, Jun 23 to 2100Z, Jun 24
+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Jun 27
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 27
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jun 27 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jun 27 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jun 28
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 1900Z-2030Z, Jun 28
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jun 29
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 29
+ Feld Hell Sprint 0000Z-2359Z, Jun 30


 L/i>ocal 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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