-- Our Next Meeting --
September 20, 2018 @ Eisenhower Rec Center
5:45 PM Start of Sale of Estate items of
Larry Brown (SK) - Click here to go to the "For Sale" page.
6:00 PM Social/informal "Elmer'ing"
6:45 PM Business Meeting
7:30 PM Programs - "TuneMatic" by JT Communications,
Our "Cookie Monster" - 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.
I know it has been said before, but the Amateur Radio Parity Act is still alive and kicking. Although the Senate removed the act from their version of the bill, the two versions now go before a joint house/senate committee to resolve the differences. Here is "one last chance" for us to get the act put back in the bill prior to the President's signature.
Click here to send a letter to Senator Bill Nelson.
Volunteers Needed for ...
Emergency Communications (ECT) or EmComm. The club is looking for volunteers for our Emergency Communications Team. Sign up here.
We are looking for a volunteer to chair the upcoming Radio On the Square (RoS). Let's have some new blood step up and lead. Most of the stuff has already been put in place. We only need a coordinator at this point. To volunteer, or to sign up for RoS, click here.
TVARC Contest Group: To sign up for the Contest Group, please click here.
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.
Technician Class: will be offered in September of this year.
For details and to sign-up, click here.
For questions, contact Neil Shuman/KN4KPD at shully13(at)arrl.net.
Due to a mix-up, we are still looking for an Educational Coordinator for the General Class classes. the syllabus was put together. All we need is a leader to coordinate when and where the classes are, and to insure we have instructors in place.
For information for Extra Class classes, contact Cal Fuhrman/WA3CTZ (club's Acting Educational Coordinator for Extra Class classes).
Licensing Exams will be held as necessary usually following the ending of the amateur license classes. An Exam session has been tentatively set for Saturday morning, October 13, in The Villages, FL. All license level exams offered. No pre-registration required (walk-ins welcome). For more information, contact Rich Erlichman/ND4G - ARRL/VE Team Liaison.
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.
For the September 18, 2018 forecast: Click Here
A "shortie" for September 11, 2018: Click Here.
Have you heard? (President's Message)
By Ron Adcock/K4YCW
March 27, 2018
Click HERE to read K4YCW's Article.
Article is copyrighted by Ron Adcock, K4YCW.
Disclaimer: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the foregoing article belong solely to its author and do not necessarily represent those of The Villages Amateur Radio Club (TVARC), its officers, or its members.
New Feature: See bottom left corner for Solar Space Weather Forecast.
Events & Activities (Past) ...
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.
Field Day 2018 was held the weekend of June 23rd-24th, 2018 at the Sherriff's Annex on CR466. Field Day was well attended. For the wrap-up presentation by George/K2DM, please see the page with our minutes and stored presentations, or click here. This is a big file; please allow a minute or two for loading.
For pictures of the event click here.
Hurricane Expo 2018 was held on Friday, May 4th, 2018 at Rohan Regional Recreation Center. The Expo was well attended. For pictures and who manned the booth, click here.
The "Radio Rodeo" was held at Paddock Square, Brownwood. On Saturday, April 7, 2018. For pictures, click here.
"Walk MS: The Villages 2018" was held on March 24, 2018, at The Villages Polo Field. Earle Hancock/KM4ISN (Activity Lead for TVARC's participation in the event) was assisted by John Spoonhower/NX2I, Neil Schulman/KN4KPD, Jules Deschenes/W1GDE, Larry Peterson/N2AMW, and Tom Grosvenor/NV1U.
"State of the Club Report" was presented at the club meeting on February 15, 2018 by the outgoing Board & others. To access this report covering 2 "club years" (3/2016 - 2/2018), click HERE.
"License Exam" was held on April 23, 2018. Congratulations to everyone who passed & thanks to the VE team for conducting this exam.
"TVARC's Christmas/Holiday Party" was held on Dec. 21, 2017, at the Eisenhower Rec. Ctr., in The Villages, FL. Our thanks to Earle (KM4ISN, emcee) & his team for a fun event! Click HERE for photos.
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.