Have you heard? (ex-President's Message)
By Ron Adcock/KK4YCW
January 11, 2017
Having an amateur radio license is something I had dreamed and thought about for most of my life. I envied those who could get on the air and talk with other hams around the world. Finally, when I moved to The Villages, I had the opportunity to get the coveted license and join the fellowship of men and women who were more than willing to share their knowledge about radios, antennas, propagation, and operation with those of us coming late into the game. I want to thank all of you who took me under your wing and taught me the things I needed to know.
A year ago, I agreed to run for the office of President of The Villages Amateur Radio Club (TVARC). Also elected were Earle, Tony and Pete – The Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. I was indeed lucky to be a part of such a strong team. We put many hours into trying to make TVARC an even greater club. We didn’t always agree on just how to do it, but once a decision was made we all tried to make it work. The problem was that there was so much to be done and not enough of us to do it. My biggest disappointment was that, while I was president, we were unable to recruit the number of people needed to conduct the licensing classes that would bring new people into the hobby, and provide the opportunity to others to learn the material they needed to know to upgrade their skills and licenses.
My other disappointment was the inability to recruit a volunteer to lead TVARC’s Emergency Communications Team (ECT). Although I did manage, with the help of leaders from external organizations, to provide some joint training sessions for our members with these external groups involved in emergency communications (ARES, CERT & RACES).
A few months ago, I resigned the presidency. I very much regretted having to do so. But, I was overwhelmed with things having nothing to do with amateur radio. During the past, my wife Dorothy had to undergo two major surgeries. One of them was the result of colon cancer. That scared us both. Then at the end of last March our daughter, aged 32, died unexpectedly. That was a lot to deal with, but we were managing. Then a few months ago I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Altogether it was more than I could deal with and continue to meet some of my other responsibilities. I had to take a break.
I don’t tell you all of this because I’m looking for sympathy or pity. The truth is, we have been very lucky. There is no longer any sign of Dorothy’s cancer, and mine was caught early enough that the prognosis is good. We have also been lucky that there are many folks here in The Villages, including members of TVARC, who have given us much needed support and encouragement. We owe a number of you our thanks.
Getting back to amateur radio, it is my hope that you will offer your support to the club officers. There is still much to be done. I’m sure that you have heard it said that “many hands make light work.” We have more than 232 members in our club. If we each volunteered to do “our bit,” we could accomplish amazing things. I know that we have a small core of volunteers now. And they work hard to get our club out in front of the public. But, we need the support of more of you to meet our responsibilities and assure the future of amateur radio and this club.
I (and your club officers) wish you all a productive and satisfying New Year. Now’s the time to review your New Year’s Resolutions to insure there’s at least one entry to volunteer to do your “bit” for your ham club.
Happy New Year,
TVARC's Board/Officers & Ron Adcock/KK4YCW
• 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
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.
TVARC QSL Cards are now available
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-- Our Next Meeting --
January 19, 2017 Eisenhower Rec Center
6:00 PM Social/Elmer Q&A/Swap Tables (rules click HERE)
6:45 PM Business Meeting (including Nominations from the Nominating Committee & from the floor for the next Board; Presentation of nominated Candidates; Opportunity for Candidates to Address the general membership; and Formal 30-day notice in advance of a membership vote)
7:30 PM Program - "2016 Montserrat DXpedition" -
by George Briggs (K2DM)
Our "Cookie Monster" for this meeting - Bob Averitt (WA3EWK)
TVARC club meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at the Eisenhower Recreation Center (except for the month of December), at 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. You do NOT need a Villages ID.
Events & Activities (Upcoming & Past) ...
"TVARC Nominating Committee & Upcoming Elections"
The Nominating Committee, chaired by John Ellis (NP2B), is
seeking nominations for next year's club officers. If you
would like to be nominated, or know of somebody willing to
be nominated, then contact John Ellis (NP2B). Nominations
will be finalized at our club meeting on January 19, 2017.
The election of next year's officers will be held at our
club meeting on February 16, 2017. Since we need a quorum
present for these elections, please mark your calendars now
to be sure to attend this meeting.
"MS Walk 2017" Our club will again be helping out with communications at this charity fund raiser on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Villages' Polo Field. Contact Event Chair Earle Hancock (KM4ISN) for more details and to volunteer. You can also click HERE to volunteer.
"Radio Rodeo 2017" will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the
Brownwood® Paddock Square, in The Villages, FL. Contact Event Chair TBD? [club needs a volunteer to be this event's chair].
"Hurricane Expo 2017" will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017, and our club will again be participating in it by staffing an information table. Contact Event Chair Tony Hackenberg (N8SK) for more details and to volunteer.
"TVARC DXCC Standings" is calling for your submissions.
For information, click HERE. To view standings, click HERE.
"TVARC Needs Special Events Coordinator for 2017"
Since George Briggs (K2DM) is stepping down as our club's
"Special Events Coordinator" (SEC), we are seeking club
members who would like to be considered for an appointment to this
position. The responsibilities of this position are detailed in Ron Adcock's "TVARC Job Descriptions" (dated March 13, 2016). Click HERE (& scroll down the document) to review the SEC's duties. Contact is Earle Hancock (TVARC's President; KM4ISN).
"TVARC Needs Educational Coordinator for 2017" Our club still needs a volunteer to staff the Educational Coordinator (EC) position for the Technician license training class. Click HERE (& scroll down the document) to review the EC's duties. To see how classes were conducted in the past, go to this URL: http://www.k4vrc.com/examclass-schedules.html.
"TVARC Christmas/Holiday Party 2016" was held on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Event Chair Earle Hancock (KM4ISN) thanks everyone who attended & the setup/clean-up crews (click HERE for his thank-you). Attendees enjoyed a very festive party, including lots of dancing to the DJ's music. Earle's stand-up comedy routine was a hit. To view photos, click HERE.
"TVARC Radio on the Square 2016" was held on November 26, 2016. Event Chair George Briggs (K2DM) thanks all the club members who helped. To view George's "wrap-up" report on this event, click HERE. To view media coverage, click HERE. To view photos, click HERE.
"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 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.
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