Due to the recent increase in the COVID "Delta" variant, the Board has not decided if October will be a LIVE or Zoom meeting. This decision will be made at the October Board meeting.
Contact Mike/KM4ZTE for an invitation for the Zoom meetings.
-- Our Next Meeting --
Thursday evening October 21, 2021
6:00 PM Social/Elmer Q&A period
6:45 PM Business Meeting
~7:15 PM - 8:45 PM 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.
Space Weather News: September 05, 2021: Click Here
Solar Storm Forecast: September 12, 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
Hang In There, Please
The strength of our club is the active participation of our members. The interactions between different members on different issues is part of what gives the club its vitality. We have a variety of expectations regarding what we hope to get out of the club. There are many givers in our club who are always happy to contribute to the success of our club and its activities and events. There are also a large number of members who are new to the hobby, and they are anxious to listen and learn from the other members of the club, and from the speakers and programs that the club provides. The range of knowledge and experience within our members is one of our greatest attributes. Our strength comes from our differences as much as it does from our similarities.
We all want to get together to listen and learn and to exchange our ideas and to enjoy the fellowship of others who have a shared interest in Amateur Radio. The Covid-19 restrictions have been brutally difficult for all of us to endure, and inconvenient for us to accept.
We are now back to holding our meetings through on-line Zoom sessions, which lack the intimacy and closeness of actual face to face meetings. It is difficult to have individual discussions, or to seek and obtain advice for issues you may be experiencing. Attending a zoom meeting is a lot like watching a television program in that content is pushed through the screen to you. You don’t get to see the reactions of others around you. You are less likely to raise your hand and ask a question in a zoom session. We don’t look forward to a zoom meeting with the same enthusiasm as we did our in-person club meetings.
Please stay strong and hang in there a little bit longer. As soon as we can safely get back together, we will do it, but until then we will work to give you interesting and informative presentations, and continue to promote learning and skills enhancement through classes and contest events.
Stay Safe and ’73,
Mike Regan KM4ZTE
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.
General Classes to be held in October. Click here for details.
The NEW and revised Extra Class Study Guide now available. Click Here.
Our next exam session will be Tuesday evening 8/31, 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 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.