Have you heard? (President’s Message)
September 12, 2016
In response to last month’s President’s Message Marty Brown, WB2VYK, sent me an email telling of a project undertaken by TVARC prior to the time when she served as president. She suggested I contact Ralph Whitacre, N8RW, for further information. At my request Ralph sent the information published elsewhere on this website. I found it most interesting that a group of volunteers from our club had committed themselves to making a difference in the lives of young people in our community and as far away as Ocala. I want to add my thanks to Ralph and his colleagues for the services they provided.
I looked again at our club’s Mission Statement: The Villages Amateur Radio Club is a community service group, active in all aspects of Amateur Radio. We focus on providing support to public safety organizations, radio technology, public education, and general improvement of our community. Then I asked myself, “How do we measure up to our mission?”
You can see below a list of the activities in which our club is involved. Radio Rodeo and Radio on the Square give folks in The Villages the opportunity to see how amateur radio works and to sign up to become hams themselves. Camp Villages exposes a group of youngsters (and their grandparents) to the wonderful world of electronics. They love exploring the mystery wherein a handful of tiny parts produce sound out of the air when hooked up correctly and attached to a small battery. Field Day showcases TVARC operators participating in contests using both voice and Morse code. Last year we provided two Technician License classes and one General
License class. Not on the list, but also important, several of our members acted as Volunteer Examiners under the direction of Past President Rich Erlichman, ND4G. Members also volunteered for public service events: the MS Walk and the 11th Annual Hurricane Expo. Pretty good list, don’t you think?
Pretty good – yes. But not great. First let me thank all of you who participated in one or more of the named events. You did great work and made a difference to a lot of people. However, we have more than 220 members and nowhere near that number of volunteers. I believe we could be doing a lot more that we already are, and without further loading up current volunteers. In short, we need more of our members to step up and volunteer.
Read again the Mission Statement. What have you done during the past year to further our mission? What could you do in the coming year to further our mission?
I think that most of those who are currently volunteers will tell you that volunteering, while it can be a bit of work at times, is both satisfying and fun.
Please help us to make The Villages Amateur Radio Club a great club. Volunteer your time and talents. You will be glad you did.
• 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 --
October 20, 2016 Eisenhower Rec Center
6:00 PM Social/Elmer Q&A/Swap Tables (rules click HERE)
6:45 PM Business Meeting
7:30 PM Program - "Crystal Radio Collection"
by Joe Scoglio (KA4WJB)
Our Cookie Monster this month - Art Fenn (KB9MI)
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) ...
"Joint Emergency Communications Training"
You have the opportunity to get FREE training on Emergency Communications. This training is a joint effort between TVARC and ARES, CERT & RACES. All club members are welcome to register for this training. Members of TVARC's Emergency Communications Team (ECT) SHOULD register for these courses. For more information & how to sign-up, click HERE.
"Sale of Excess Club Property"
On September 7, 2016, the Board approved the disposition of several items of club property. Since many of these items still remain unsold after the club meeting on September 15, 2016, members interested in purchasing them should contact John Ellis (NP2B), our club's Technical Coordinator. These items are also offered for sale to a wider audience on appropriate online venues. For a list of these items, click HERE. This list is not up-to-date as some items on it have sold already.
"TVARC Radio on the Square 2016" will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016, from 9 am to 3 pm, at Lake Sumter Landing Market Square. Event Chair is George Briggs (K2DM).
"TVARC Might Resume Working with Schools." Our President is considering the idea of resuming the club's efforts to work with young people in local schools to encourage them to become hams. If you are interested in helping with this proposed activity, contact Ron Adcock (KK4YCW). For N8RW's history of our club's past activity, click HERE.
"TVARC DXCC Standings" is calling for your submissions.
For information, click HERE. To view standings, 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.
"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.