-- Our Next Meeting --
Thursday evening November 18, 2021
6:00 PM Social/Elmer Q&A period
6:45 PM Business Meeting
~7:15 PM - 8:45 PM TBA
There will be a Zoom connection for our live 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.
Space Weather News: October 11, 2021: Click Here
Solar Storm Forecast: September 30, 2021: Click Here
Informal Solar Storm Update: 10/12/21: 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
We are finally getting back to in-person meetings starting this week on Thursday October 21st at the Eisenhower Rec Center on Buena Vista Blvd. We will be spacing chairs at least 3 feet apart for this meeting, and wearing masks is encouraged, but is not required.
We will be having refreshments and cookies for your enjoyment at this meeting, just as we have done in the past. There will also be a 50/50 raffle drawing at this meeting as well.
We will have an informal social time and elmering time starting at 6:00PM. During this time you can pay your club dues for 2021 if you have not already done so. You may also decide to go ahead and pay your dues for 2022 if you choose to. Dues are still $12.00 per year if paid at the meeting with cash or with a check. The formal business meeting will begin at 6:45PM.
Although Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations have fallen considerably in recent weeks, there are still members who are not yet comfortable with indoor in-person meetings and get togethers.
We respect everyone's decisions in this regard, and for this reason we are going to continue to broadcast our meetings using Zoom as we have done for the last many months. If you will not be joining us in person, please participate through this zoom meeting. A separate email has already been sent to you containing the link information for this Zoom meeting.
Our featured speaker for the October meeting will be Joe Rudi. Joe played Major League Baseball as a left fielder between 1967 and 1982, most notably as an key member of the Oakland Athletics dynasty that won three consecutive World Series championships between 1972 and 1974. He was a three-time All Star, and he won 3 Gold Glove Awards, and in 1972 he led the American League in hits with 181. In addition to his illustrious career in professional baseball, Joe is also a long time amateur radio operator. His call sign is NK7U. Joe and his wife Sharon are now retired, and they live right here in The Villages. This promises to be a very interesting program by a fellow villager.
We hope that you will be able to join us for this meeting on Thursday evening.
Stay Safe and ’73,
Mike Regan KM4ZTE
Events & Activities (Upcoming/Ongoing) ...
For Sale or Trade area is available, click HERE. Up to 2 pictures of the item for sale/trade can be posted. 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.
General Classes to be held in October. Click here for details.
A NEW and revised Extra Class Study Guide is now available. Click Here.
Our next exam session will be Tuesday evening 11/2, 6PM, at Eisenhower Recreation Center.
Exams will be held as necessary usually following the ending of the Amateur license classes.
All license level exams are offered. Pre-registration is now 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 click here.
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 during 2020 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).
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.