Have you heard? (President’s Message)
August 9, 2016
A couple of things that have crossed my mind the past few weeks:
First, thanks go to Larry Russo, K3TFU, and his team for the successful Camp Villages project wherein girls and boys were assisted in building working AM radios from boxes of parts. I’m not sure who had more fun – the kids, their parents and grandparents, or Larry and his group. I’m pretty sure, though, that the participating club members were really relieved when the things worked. Thanks also go to radio station WVLG and the Villages Daily Sun for the coverage the event and the club received.
The above also got me to thinking about something I remembered from Wolfgang Heeren’s, N7RH, presentation on high speed Morse Code. The demonstrations were impressive to say the least. But what really struck me was learning that young persons in public schools in Russia and other European countries were learning the code and competing in high speed contests. I wonder if, along with learning the code, they were learning the other things that would help them to earn a ham license. And, who got them interested in these activities to start with? Why were Russian schools encouraging these activities?Why isn’t it happening here in the USA?
I also notice the ham activities that are happening with school age kids in this country and being reported in QST, the ARRL magazine. Great stuff that bodes well for the future of ham radio. But then I get to thinking, “What is The Villages Amateur Radio Club doing to foster the enjoyment and excitement of amateur radio among kids in our area?” That’s an honest question, for there may well be members who are involved with introducing ham radio to young people through scouts, or school organizations or churches, etc., and we just don’t know about it. If you are involved in such an activity please let me know. Or, if you have a suggestion about how the club and its members could become involved let me know that too.
The second item. Vice-president Earle Hancock, KM4ISN, and I had breakfast with Robert Garland, NX3S, one morning. He is president of a club in Pennsylvania and was interested in learning more about ham radio in The Villages. I told him we had about 220 members. He asked how many were active. I found that a difficult question to answer. What constitutes “active?” Is it hams that attend our meetings? Participate in our special events? Participate in contests?Spend time on the air? All of the above? And more?
We can figure out how many hams attend meetings and/or participate in special events and contests. Don’t really know how many of our members are active on the air or are involved in other kinds of ham related community activities.
Help us out. Tell us what all you are doing and, perhaps, what you would like to be doing. We would like to hear from you.
• TVARC Ragchew
– Net meets 7 PM Monday
– 443.225 MHz (+5) PL 103.5 & Echolink at K4VRC-R
• QCWA Ragchew
– Net meets 10 AM Friday
– 443.150 MHz (+5) PL 103.5 & Echolink at K4LFK-R
– Net meets 8:30 PM Sunday
– 147.030 (+600) PL 123.0
• Sumter EMCOMM NET
– Net meets 8:30 PM Monday
– 146.925 (-600) PL 123.0
-- Our Next Meeting --
September 15, 2016 Eisenhower Rec Center
6:00 PM Social/Elmer Q&A hour/Swap Tables (rules click HERE)
7:00 PM Business Meeting
7:30 PM Program - "ARES, CERT & RACES"
by Ed Nance (ARES), David Bussone (CERT) &
Gene King (RACES)
Our Cookie Monster this month - yet to be determined (tbd)
Except for December, the TVARC club meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at the Eisenhower Recreation Center, 3560 Buena Vista Blvd., in The Villages, Florida. Anyone interested in Amateur Radio is invited to attend. You need not be licensed to attend or join.
Events & Activities (Upcoming & Past) ...
"TVARC Camp Villages - Amateur Radio Hour 2016" was held on August 4, 2016. Thanks to these club members the 14 kit builders had fun: Event Chair Larry Russo, K3TFU; Ron Adcock, KK4YCW; George Briggs, K2DM; Tony Hackenberg, N8SK; Paul Nittel, KM4PIH; & Ralph Whitacre, N8RW. To view photos click HERE.
"TVARC DXCC Standings" is calling for your submissions.
For information, click HERE. To view standings, click HERE.
"TVARC Field Day 2016" was held on June 25 - 26, 2016. George Briggs (K2DM) thanks all the club members who helped with the setup, operation & take down. Several club members enjoyed making many contacts from the club's station in the Sumter Co. Sheriff's trailer. To view George's "wrap-up" report on this event, click HERE. To view photos click HERE.
"11th Annual Hurricane Expo" was held on May 6, 2016. Our club hosted an information table at this event. Thanks to these club members & a spouse for helping: Ron Adcock, KK4YCW; Dennis Chick, KM4ISO; Melanie Hackenberg; Tony Hackenberg, N8SK;
Bob Hagan, WW8USA; Earle Hancock, KM4ISN; & John McCollough, KB4KP. To view photos click HERE.
"MS Walk" was held on March 19th, 2016. Kudos to our club members that assisted in the event: Ralph Whitacre, N8RW; Jules Deschenes, W1GDE; George Briggs, K2DM; Ron Adcock, KK4YCW; John McCollough, KB4KP; Earle Hancock, KM4ISN.
"Radio Rodeo" was rained out at Paddock Square, in Brownwood, on April 2, 2016. Here's hoping for better weather next year.
Emergency Communications Team
The ECT has been established to maintain information on members who are willing to be called upon during an emergency for communications assistance within The Villages. No training, no paperwork. Just give us your contact information and pertinent equipment. We have 43 volunteers and growing. . .
To sign up Click HERE
To Read about this Program, Click HERE.
Echolink Tips from Wayne Brown, N4FP. Click Here
2015 TVARC Antenna Guide Get Brad Castelli's, KN9B, presentation on antennas for The Villages. Click Here
TVARC Reflector - Communicate with TVARC
Membership in TVARC is required. Send a request to join the reflector: Click HERE
TVARC QSL Cards are now available
For ordering information select WHO WE ARE above, then select Logo Items & TVARC QSLs. Or, just click HERE.