-- Our Next Meeting --
June 16, 2022 @ Eisenhower Rec Center
6:00 PM Social/informal "Elmer'ing"
6:45 PM Business Meeting - Field Day planning
~7:30 PM - TBA
Our "Cookie Monster" - Karen Regan
TVARC club meetings 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. Click here for directions.
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 was 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).
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
• check out our new repeater
– 145.110 (-600) PL 107.2
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: April 13, 2022: Click Here
Solar Storm Forecast: May 08, 2022: Click Here
For everything you want to learn (and more) about HF Propagation, Click Here.
Special Feature: For Laptop and Desktop computers, see bottom left corner of this page 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.
Events & Activities (Upcoming/Ongoing) ...
FCC News - 3/23/2022
This afternoon the FCC released a Public Notice in which the date for Amateur (and other related wireless) application fees is set for April 19.
If you're considering upgrading, are within 90 days of your license expiring, or applying for a vanity call, you have until April 19 to get it in the hands of the FCC without a fee. After that, a $35 fee will apply.
More details will be announced as they become available. Right now, the intent is to collect the fee within the ULS payment system.
We knew this would happen - we'll have had 15 months since this was announced, so it should not be a surprise.
Contact me or your VE team leaders with any questions.
ARRL Southeastern Division
FCC News/UPDATE - 4/3/2022
Subject: The ARRL Letter for April 1, 2022
New FCC Application Fee Will NOT Apply to Amateur Radio License Upgrades
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff has clarified in response to an ARRL request that the new $35 application fee will not apply to most license modifications, including those to upgrade an amateur radio licensee's operator class and changes to club station trustees. The FCC staff explained that the new fees will apply ONLY to applications for a new license, renewal, rule waiver, or a new vanity call sign.
Hurricane Expo - May 9th, 2022. Watch for details to come.
ARRL Field Day - June 25-26, 2022. Watch for details.
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.
License Class classes for 2022 will be scheduled once we have at least 10 people signed up for each class. If you know someone interested in Ham Radio, or are interested for yourself; click here for details.
A NEW and revised Extra Class Study Guide is now available. Click Here to download.
Exams will be held usually following the ending of our Amateur license classes.
All license level exams are offered. Pre-registration is now required. To pre-register, click here.
For more information, contact Rich Erlichman/ND4G - ARRL/VE Team Liaison.
For more details, click here.
Events & Activities (Past) ...
Radio Rodeo - was held on 4/9/2022 from 9am - 2pm at Brownwood, Paddock Square. a write-up with pictures to follow soon.
Holiday/Christmas Party 2021 - was held on Thursday December 16, 2021 at the Eisenhower Rec Center.
Pictures of the event here.
Camp Villages 2021 - was held on July 8th, 2021. For a summary and writeup, click here.
TVARC/ARRL 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 some of the following events are kind of stale (from 2019). We didn't have too much going on during 2020, and 2021 due to the Pandemic. Check back here in a few months as things are starting to happen again. These are examples of some of our annual events.
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.