REMINDER: NO CLUB MEETING IN DECEMBER!
HOLIDAY-CHRISTMAS PARTY December 21, 2017 (6:30 - 9 pm)
(see below for party's details & to RSVP)
-- Our Next Meeting --
January 18, 2018 Eisenhower Rec Center
6:00 PM Social/Swap Tables/informal "Elmer'ing"
6:05 PM "HT Programming Session #2" by WA1UTQ
6:45 PM Business Meeting, including Nominations (slate from Nominating Committee & from the floor) for next year's officers
7:30 PM Program - "Yaesu's System Fusion & DR-2X Repeater"
by John Kruk (N9UPC; Yaesu's System Fusion specialist)
"Cookie Monster" for this meeting - Bob Averitt (WA3EWK)
TVARC club meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at the Eisenhower Recreation Center (except for the month of December), at 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. You do NOT need a Villages ID.
Events & Activities (Upcoming/Ongoing) ...
Sign up now for our Holiday Christmas Party on December 21, 2017. Click here to sign up or to get more details.
Check out our NEW "For Sale or Trade" area. Click Here.
We now allow a picture with the item for sale or trade. Keep the picture small to allow for load times.
TVARC WAS Standings are calling for your submissions.
For information, click HERE and HERE. To view standings, click HERE.
TVARC DXCC Standings are calling for your submissions.
For information, click HERE. To view standings, click HERE.
Extra Licensing Class will be held on Jan. 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 & Feb. 5, 2018 (6-8:50 pm), at the Eisenhower Recreation Center, in The Villages, FL. For more information contact Cal Fuhrman (WA3CTZ; club's Educational Coordinator for General/Extra Classes).
For more details, see our Exam & License Class schedule page.
Click HERE to sign-up for this class.
Licensing Exams will be held at the Eisenhower Recreation Center, in The Villages, FL, on Feb. 7, 2018 (6 - 8:50 pm). For more information, contact Rich Erlichman (ND4G; ARRL/VE Team Liaison). All license level exams offered. No pre-registration required (walk-ins welcome).
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).
TVARC QSL Cards are now available
For ordering information select WHO WE ARE above, then select Logo Items & TVARC QSLs. Or, just click 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.
Have you heard? (ex-President's Message)
By Ron Adcock/KK4YCW
“TVARC Needs to Become More Proactive to Get New Hams On-the-Air BEFORE They Lose Interest”
December 7, 2017
Click HERE to read KK4YCW's Article
Article is copyrighted by Ron Adcock, KK4YCW. Re-printed here with his permission to use this material on our club website.
Disclaimer. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the foregoing article belong solely to its author (Ron Adcock, KK4YCW) and do not necessarily represent those of The Villages Amateur Radio Club (TVARC), its officers, or its members.
"FT-8: I’m not really feeling the magic"
By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
November 27, 2017
Click HERE to read KB6NU's Article
Article is copyrighted by Dan Romanchik, KB6NU. Re-printed here with his permission to use this material in club newsletters/websites.
Disclaimer. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the foregoing article belong solely to its author (Dan Romanchik, KB6NU) and do not necessarily represent those of The Villages Amateur Radio Club (TVARC), its officers, or its members.
Events & Activities (Past) ...
"License Exam" session was held on Nov. 27, 2017. Many of the "graduates" from the club-sponsored, General Class passed their exams. So congratulations to them as they enjoy their enhanced privileges as Generals (or Extras). Also, our thanks to Rich (ND4G; our ARRL/VE Team Liaison) & his team of Volunteer Examiners (VEs) for conducting this club-sponsored, test session.
"Radio on the Square" was held on Nov. 25, 2017 and was a great success at Lake Sumter Landing Market Square. Our thanks to Tom Grosvenor (Event Chair; NV1U) & his team of volunteers, for making it all work. To see a great article written by Villages-News.com, click here.
"General Licensing Class" sessions concluded on Nov. 20, 2017. Congratulations to all the "graduates" that evening. We hope they all pass their upcoming VEC-administered licensing exams. Cal Fuhrman (WA3CTZ; Educational Coordinator) thanks all the other instructors (John Ellis/NP2B; John McCollough/KB4KP; Russ Sutton/W3MY) & others who helped with these classes.
"TVARC Field Day 2017' was held on June 24 - 25, 2017, at the Sheriff's Annex Bldg. in The Villages, FL. Event Chair George Briggs (K2DM) thanks his crew (over 20 club members) who helped with all phases (setup, operation, take down) & made this event a resounding success (participants had "FUN!"). To review K2DM's "wrap-up" report, click HERE. To view photos click HERE.
• 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 (NO 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