Have you heard? (ex-President's Message)
By Ron Adcock/KK4YCW
February 6, 2017
As I write this, HamCation® 2017, the big amateur radio show in Orlando, is just a few days away. If you haven’t been in previous years, and even if you have, you should call a friend and plan to go. It doesn’t really matter if the friend is a ham or not. In fact, if you know someone who might like to become a ham here is an opportunity to expose them to the wide variety of experiences available to them when they get their ham license. Learning some basic electronics, national and international contests, community emergency service, building your own receivers and transmitters (or getting them pre-built), communicating with hams locally or from around the world, making friends in and around the Villages with people who share their interests. These are just some of the things that are a part of amateur radio. And be sure to let them know that they do not need to learn Morse code.
And here’s some good news; with a little time and effort they can earn their Technician license by the 25th of March! That’s right. The Villages Amateur Radio Club will be offering classes during the month of March leading to an exam on March 25th. Each Saturday morning in March, we will be meeting to explore what they need to know to pass the Technician exam. Here are the topics:
March 4: Welcome to Amateur Radio; Radio Signals and
Fundamentals; Electricity, Components, and Circuits
March 11: Propagation, Antennas and Feed Lines; Amateur Radio
Equipment; Communicating With Other Hams
March 18: Licensing Regulations; Operating Regulations; Safety
March 25: The Exam
There is a minimal cost. The license manual is $30 or less, and the cost of the exam is $15. That $15 goes to the Federal Communications Commission and they issue the license.
Now, for those who have Technician or General Licenses and would like to upgrade, we are going to try something different to make that possible. We are going to ask you to form your own study groups of 4 to 8 people. You can choose your own time and place to meet. TVARC will try and find one or more “Elmers” to meet with you to help find answers to whatever questions you may have. When your group is ready to take the appropriate exam, we will contact the local examiners or find an exam session in a surrounding community.
We will try and answer any questions you might have about the above at the February 16th TVARC meeting.
Note: HamCation® is a registered trademark held by the Orlando Amateur Radio Club.
• 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
For ordering information select WHO WE ARE above, then select Logo Items & TVARC QSLs. Or, just click HERE.
-- Our Next Meeting --
March 16, 2017 Eisenhower Rec Center
6:00 PM Social/Swap Tables (rules click HERE)
6:45 PM Business Meeting
7:30 PM Program - "History of Telegraph Keys" - by Mike Mulanax (KL7HIM)
Our "Cookie Monster" for this meeting - tbd (call-tbd)
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) ...
Technician Licensing Class will be held on March 4, 11 & 18, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., at the Eisenhower Recreation Center, in The Villages. For more details, click HERE. To register, click HERE or contact Ron Adcock (KK4YCW), our Educational Coordinator for Technician Class.
Licensing Exam Session will be held on March 25, 2017, at 9 a.m., following the completion of the Technician Class (see above), at the Eisenhower Recreation Center, in The Villages. For more details, click HERE. This exam session is NOT conducted by the club; but rather is conducted by local Volunteer Examiners (VEs) in liaison with the Amateur Radio Relay League's VE Program. Contact Rich Erlichman (ND4G), our ARRL VE Liaison.
TVARC Election Results
The election of officers was held at our club meeting on February 16, 2017. Here are the results:
President - Earle Hancock (KM4ISN)
Vice-President - Rich Erlichman (ND4G)
Secretary - Tony Hackenberg (N8SK)
Treasurer - Pete Stafford (K2PS)
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 Marty Brown (WB2VYK) for more information and to volunteer. You can also click HERE to volunteer.
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.
Special Events Coordinator NEEDED
Our club still needs a member to volunteer for this leadership opportunity 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 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