A message from our President
As We Begin Again
As summer is about to begin, we find ourselves at the threshold of a return to normal. The pandemic data is finally all moving in a positive direction in our country. The Covid vaccines are proving to be remarkably effective for those who choose to get them. Teenagers and young adults are now starting to get vaccinated as well. In just a few more months students and teachers will be back in the classrooms and fans will be back in their seats at stadiums, ballparks, and arenas. Large social events, parties, cruises, and even large club meetings like ours will all begin again.
It has been a long hard road for all of us. These horrific events that we never imagined could happen, will now be something we will never forget.
Anxiety and trepidation, social isolation and seclusion, sickness and death have all had a strong hold on us for many months, and their effects on us will be long-lasting. Getting back to normal will be more difficult than we may imagine, and it will take more time than we think it will. There will be some ways in which the “new normal” will look and feel differently than the way things were in the past.
Despite all of this, it is now time for each of us to gather our resolve and begin to resume our lives.
So, get back to it and enjoy!
Mike Regan - KM4ZTE
-- Our Next Events --
COVID-19 PANDEMIC is almost over!!!
We will be having Field Day (details elsewhere on this page and navigation menu), and monthly in person meetings will start in July.
Our next meeting will be held on Thursday evening June 17, 2021 and will [probably] be via Zoom. If you are not set up and want to attend via Zoom, please send an Email to Mike/KM4ZTE, for an invitation. Click here to send him a message.
TVARC club meetings (Pre- and Post-COVID) are normally 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.
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: June 2, 2021: Click Here
Solar Storm Forecast: May 25, 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.
Events & Activities (Upcoming/Ongoing) ...
Field Day 2021 is on. For details follow the navigation on top "SIGN UP FOR ACTIVITIES > Field Day 2021", or click here.
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 to be announced this fall. Click here for details.
The NEW Extra Class Study Guide now available. Click Here.
Exams will be held as necessary usually following the ending of the Amateur license classes. 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.
Events & Activities (Past) ...
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.
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.
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 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
TVARC QSL Cards are now available
For ordering information select WHO WE ARE above, then select Logo Items & TVARC QSLs. Or, just click HERE.