Have you heard? (President’s Message)
Do you remember when you first became interested in radio? For some of you it would have been some time ago, while for others it may have been more recently. I’ve only had my license since February of 2014. But, my interest in radio and electronics goes back many more years.
I think I was about twelve years old when a former Navy man who lived across the street invited a number of us kids into his shack to see how his radio worked. The things he did in Morse code were interesting, but what really got us excited was hearing him talk with other hams hundreds and thousands of miles away. The world seemed much bigger then, and California, South America and Europe were places we never expected to get to or have contact with. And here he was sitting in a room on the second floor of his house conversing with all sorts of people with all sorts of accents. He even let us talk for a little while. Between that and those big boxes with all of those lights, dials and knobs, we were hooked.
A couple of years later my mother and father gave me a Hallicrafters short wave receiver. I didn’t know anything about how antennas worked, but I did know that when I ran a wire from the receiver to my window screen reception was pretty good. I lived on the North Jersey Shore. Ship-to-shore radio was always interesting to listen to. Radio Moscow had a good signal. I even was able to listen to the clear-channel Salt Lake City station on the AM band.
In college we had an amateur radio club. Mostly government surplus equipment operated by licensed GI Bill students. They helped me to learn the necessary electronics to pass the Novice exam, but I just couldn’t seem to learn the then required code.
Fast forward more than 50 years. With the encouragement and assistance of a neighbor in The Villages, WA3EWK, and the licensing course instructors, I finally got my Technician and General licenses. No code required.
So why bore you with this story? Because I didn’t earn my ticket by myself. Several hams over 60+ years helped me to do something that I really wanted to do. Men and women like you have been responsible for the growth in our hobby. You have been instructors in our licensing courses, Elmers mentoring new hams, and program presenters at our meetings, helping us all to grow. And many of you have given amateur radio needed visibility in events like Radio Rodeo, Radio on the Square, Field Day and the radio building for kids during Camp Villages. The more people we expose to the enjoyment and challenges of our hobby, the more we ensure its future.
Thank you. And keep on helping.
• 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 --
June 16, 2016 Eisenhower Rec Center
6:00 PM Social/Elmer Q&A hour
7:00 PM Business Meeting
7:30 PM Program - "Electric Power: From Generation to End Use" by a representative from SECO
Our Cookie Monster this month - Bob Averitt, WA3EWK.
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. Anyone interested in Amateur Radio is invited to attend. You need not be licensed to attend or join.
Events & Activities (Upcoming & Past) ...
"TVARC Field Day 2016" will be June 24 (setup) - 26, 2016.
For information about this event, click HERE.
"TVARC DXCC Standings" is calling for your submissions.
For information about this activity, 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.
"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.