-- Our Next Events --
February 20, 2020 @ Eisenhower Rec Center
6:00 PM Social/Swap Tables/informal "Elmer'ing"
6:45 PM Business Meeting
7:40 PM PROGRAM: Montserat DX-pedition Review +
Vote to approve amended Constitution and ByLaws +
Elections for our 2020 Board of Directors.
Our "Cookie Monster" - Tom Grosvenor/NV1U
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.
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.
Events & Activities (Upcoming/Ongoing) ...
Door Prize for February 2020 meeting: Recently the Club received a donation from the Villages Computer Club, of a laptop computer to replace one of our aging units. So, since the Club did not pay for the recently acquired one or the one we are replacing, we are going to make the older one available to a lucky Club member at no charge.
It is a Compaq Presario CQ60 laptop computer. It has an Intel Celeron processor running at 2.16 GHz. It has a 150GB hard drive and 3GB of installed RAM. The operating system is Windows 10 Home, it has Wi Fi, an Ethernet port, a VGA port, an HDMI port and 3 USB ports. The battery is shot but the unit works fine on 110V. The battery could be replaced if desired. It comes complete with its own power supply.
This computer is in very nice condition and would make an excellent station computer for logging, e-mail, WSJT (which is installed along with the Dimension 4 time synchronization program) or for any other purpose for that matter.
This “no charge” raffle will be for current members of TVARC only and will be conducted at the February meeting. To be eligible you need to insure your dues are current, attend the February 20, 2020 meeting and deposit a special ticket (provided) in a container. The drawing will be held just prior to the adjournment of the meeting and, again, you must be present to win.
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.
Classes for Technician, General, and Extra will be starting in January, 2020. For details. Click here.
Exams will be held as necessary usually following the ending of the Amateur license classes (March 9th). All license level exams are offered. No pre-registration required (walk-ins welcome). For more information, contact Rich Erlichman/ND4G - ARRL/VE Team Liaison.
For more details, click here, and then scroll to the bottom of the page.
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
– 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
NEW FEATURE: Dr. Tamitha Skov/WX6SWW, the "Space Weather Woman" is featured on YouTube with bi-weekly videos explaining Space Weather and propagation conditions: I will try to post these links at least weekly, or when available.
Space Weather News: January 6, 2019: Click Here
Space Weather News: January 13, 2019: Click Here
For everything you want to learn (and more) about HF Propagation, Click Here.
New Feature: For Desktop computers, see bottom left corner for Space Weather/Solar Storm Forecast.
If you are on a mobile device, scroll back up. You just missed it.
For a copy of the drafts of the proposed Constitution and ByLaws to be voted on at the February meeting, click here and here.
Volunteers Needed for ...
Emergency Communications (ECT) or EmComm. The club is looking for volunteers for our Emergency Communications Team. Sign up here.
TVARC Contest Group: To sign up for the Contest Group, please click here.
Events & Activities (Past) ...
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).
TVARC's Field Day 2019 was held the weekend of June 22nd-23rd, 2019 at the Sherriff's Annex on CR466. Field Day was well attended. For the wrap-up presentation by Mike/KM4ZTE, please see the page with our minutes and stored presentations, or click here.
For pictures of the event click here.
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.
Holiday/Christmas Party 2018 - The TVARC annual Holiday/Christmas party was held on December 20, 2018.
Click here tor view pictures.
Camp Villages - Congrats to our volunteers for Camp Villages. July 5, at Colony Cottage, was a wonderful time had by all, especially the kids. I only received one picture for the "Ham Radio Experience". Sorry.
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.