VBARC does not own a
repeater. However VBEARS or the Virginia Beach Emergency Amateur Repeater
Society was created by members of VBARC to maintain repeaters in support of
VBARC, ARES, and city emergencies within the City of Virginia Beach area.
VBEARS has been an independent organization since 1979 and receives no financial
support from the Virginia Beach Amateur Radio Club. The organization is made up
of control operators. One is the trustee of the repeaters, Ed Williams KN4KL.
Another is the treasurer Linda Crawford KI4LO. The repeaters use the call sign
W4KXV which is Wally Burkett’s (SK) old call. Wally a past president of VBARC
was trustee for the repeaters since VBEARS inception. In March 1983 the wooden
wheel with a roller switch used for the CW ID on the 146.970 repeater was
replaced with the RC-850 controller. That controller cost over $3,000.00 at that
mission is to work with the City of Virginia Beach to support emergency
communications. The city does supply space, antennas, and repeaters in
support this operation. All other hardware expenses and maintenance comes
from the repeater society and donations to that organization.
operates the following Amateur Radio Repeaters using the call W4KXV/R.
146.895 and 444.950 repeaters are located in the cities communications
center on the roof of the Westin Hotel These are City own Kenwood NXR710 VHF
and UHF Digital Base repeaters. Both Transmit and receive antennas are at
the 400+ foot level. The 146.970 repeater is located in the Avalon area of
Virginia Beach at a height of 65’ and operated at 65 watts. This repeater is
a Yaesu System Fusion DR-1X Analog/C4FM machine and will support both Analog
and C4fm Digital transmissions.
Question concerning VBARES or the
repeater systems should be directed to the following:
Ed Williams – KN4KL
You can click on the VBARC donate button on
the Membership Page to donate