POST-Pandemic Monthly LIVE in person meetings started in July.
-- Our Next Meeting --
Thursday evening August 19, 2021, LIVE
6:00 PM Social/Elmer Q&A period
6:45 PM Business Meeting
8:00 PM - 8:15 PM TBA
Cookie Monster for the month TBA
We now provide a Zoom connection for our meetings. For those still hesitant about live get-togethers or you are out of town but still wish to attend, send a note to Mike/KM4ZTE and request a Zoom invitation. Click Here to send a note to Mike.
TVARC club meetings (Pre and Post-COVID) are held on the third Thursday of every month (except for the month of December) at the Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center, 3560 Buena Vista Blvd., in The Villages, Florida.
Anyone interested in Amateur Radio is invited to attend our club meetings. You need not be licensed to attend or join. You do NOT need a Villages ID.
Volunteers Needed for ...
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.
Emergency Communications Team Lead
George Rutkoskie (W4GOR) is the volunteer activity lead for TVARC's Emergency Communications Teams (ECT).
Emergency Communications (ECT) or EmComm. The club is looking for volunteers for our Emergency Communications Team. Sign up here.
TVARC Reflector - Communicate with TVARC
Membership in TVARC is required to join this club reflector. For general information or to join this reflector, click HERE. Contact George Briggs (K2DM), the Reflector's moderator, for more details.
• 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
– NOW meeting on 443.225 MHz (+5) PL 103.5 (Echolink at K4VRC-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
FEATURE: Dr. Tamitha Skov/WX6SWW, the "Space Weather Woman" is on YouTube with sometimes weekly or twice a month videos explaining Space Weather and propagation conditions: I will try to post these links when available.
Solar Storm Forecast: July 17, 2021: Click Here
Space Weather News: July 6, 2021: Click Here
For everything you want to learn (and more) about HF Propagation, Click Here.
Special Feature: For Desktop computers, see bottom left corner for Space Weather/Solar Storm Forecast.
If you are on a mobile device and reading this, scroll back up. You just missed it, or click here to go straight to it.
A message from our President
Summertime is here and it is a great time to get outside and get on the air. Many Amateur Radio operators are activating their rigs from remote locations across the country and around the world. This is the time to get in on the action. Programs like IOTA, SOTA, and POTA provide a perfect excuse to get out and set up your portable station outdoors. Whether you are using a simple handheld UHF rig, or a high-power HF rig, whether you setup a multi-element yagi on a mast or throw a long wire antenna up in a tree, the most important thing is to get outside and get on the air.
This a great time to setup a QRP rig with a simple dipole or a sloper, or even some type of beam, and find out how well you can do with low power operation. There are thousands of hams who are getting outside and doing DXing using only 5 watts of power. Why don’t you join them?
You can use whatever mode you prefer, whether it is sideband or CW or digital, they will all work fine for a portable operation.
Another option is to go to the ocean. Here in The Villages, we are blessed to have the Gulf of Mexico 60 or 70 miles to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean is a similar distance to the east. Whichever coast you choose, you will enjoy the unique reception benefits of operating your radio along the beach. Bring your flip-flops, a beach umbrella, and some sunscreen, and find out how far you can reach, while also working on your tan. The best part is that after a great day outside and on the air, you can pack up and be back at home before dark. What a great excuse for spending a day at the beach.
Whether you get out on your own, or whether you get out with your friends and other club members, the most important part is to get outside and enjoy the summer weather.
Have a Great Summer!
73, Mike Regan
Events & Activities (Upcoming/Ongoing) ...
For Sale or Trade area is available, click HERE. We now allow pictures with the item for sale/trade. Keep photos small to minimize load times.
TVARC WAS Standings are calling for your submissions.
For information, click HERE. To view standings, click HERE.
TVARC DXCC Standings are calling for your submissions.
For information, click HERE. To view standings, click HERE.
Technician Classes starting this Summer. Click here for details.
General Classes to be held in October. Click here for details.
The NEW and revised Extra Class Study Guide now available. Click Here.
Exams will be held as necessary usually following the ending of the Amateur license classes. All license level exams are offered. Pre-registration will be required. For more information, contact Rich Erlichman/ND4G - ARRL/VE Team Liaison.
For more details, click here.
Events & Activities (Past) ...
Camp Villages was held on July 8th, 2021. A summary and writeup with some pictures will appear soon.
TVARC's Field Day 2021 was held the weekend of June 26th -27th, 2021 in the Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center's parking lot. Field Day was well attended, and we had great public visibility. A summary with pictures can be seen here.
Sorry about all the following events are kind of stale from 2019. We didn't have too much going on last year due to the Pandemic. Check back here in a few months as things are starting to happen again.
Holiday/Christmas Party - was held on Thursday December 19, 2019 at the Eisenhower Rec Center.
For pictures click here.
Radio on the Square - Radio on the Square was held on Saturday November 30, 2019 at Lake Sumter Landing.
Pictures and a wrap-up report will appear here (soon).
Camp Villages - Congrats to our volunteers for Camp Villages. July 5, 2019, at Colony Cottage, was a wonderful time had by all, especially the kids. I only received one picture for the "Ham Radio Experience". Sorry.
21ST ANNUAL SHERIFF BILL FARMER'S CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT - was held June 1, 2019.
Click here for a Thank You Letter of Appreciation.
Hurricane Expo 2019 was held on Friday, May 3rd, 2019 at the Savannah Center. The Expo was well attended. For pictures and who manned the booth, click here.
Radio Rodeo 2019 - The TVARC Radio Rodeo was held in Brownwood on April 6, 2019. Click here tor view pictures.