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Club Meeting & Auction – November 13,2015

Join us for the club auction and meeting this Friday evening at 630pm in the Lynchburg Public Library meeting room.

If you are interested in selling anything please bring the item or items with this form: Auction Form

There will also be a club officers election take place. If you are a member and didn’t get the ballot let us know.



Baluns and Chokes

This was actually a very good explanation of Baluns and Chokes.

You’ve heard a lot of people recommend putting a few loops of coax near the feed point of your antenna to keep the RF energy out. How does this work and why is it needed. Watch this episode for more information on common mode currents, baluns, and RF chokes.

More info:

Roanoke HAM Fest – Vinton, VA – August 1, 2015


Sponsored by the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club

SATURDAY, August 1, 2014  8 A.M. until 1 P.M.

William Byrd High School,
2902 E. Washington Avenue
Vinton, VA 24179

Talk-in On 146.985 (- 600) T=107.2

Free Hamfest PARKING!!!
“Night Before” Dealer Set-Up Friday, 4:00-7:00 P.M.
“Day of Show” Set-Up 6:00 – 8:00 A.M.

Include ARRL gift  certificates
& Much More!

Yagi Antenna Workshop & Foxhunt – August 8, 2015

Date: Saturday August 8, 2015 (notice date changed – Vinton Ham Fest is August 1,2015)

Location: TBA in Lynchburg

Times –  Workshop: 10 to 12 | Foxhunt: 1 to 3

Cost: $20.00 (cost may get lower once I know how much coax and connectors will cost)

We will be building a 4 element Yagi Antenna and following up the build with a foxhunt

All materials will be provided.

Foxhunt participants will need to have a handheld radio to participate

Signup here:

Field Day Pics

More to come I’m sure. But here is some to start us off. A great team of people working hard.

Field Day June 27, 2015

Field Day
Let me start by thanking everyone for the time and energy that you all put into the club for various events. As most of you know we only have a week and a half until Field Day!!! For those who have committed to being there thank you. We need all the volunteers possible to make this event (contest) go smooth. Please mark the dates on your calender and contact me with any questions you may have. Field Day is June 26th, 27th, and 28th. We will be at Izaak Walton Park on Friday from 2pm till probably 4 to 4:30pm for beginning setup and Saturday from 8:30 am till 1:59pm for final setup and testing. At exactly 2pm Saturday, Field Day will begin and end Sunday at 2pm. We have lined up many great operators and could still use more backups. We also could use people to help setup towers, antennas, and radios. I am including a list of who we have where. If you would like to operate or help, you can contact them accordingly. There will be a dinner Saturday evening for all those involved.

SSB / Phone station – WA4RTS Geep Howell
CW station – KC4D Bill Perkins
VHF station – KD4EMU Dave Mears
GOTA station – K4YCR Henry Wyatt  & NN4RB Rick Brown

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to help or participate.

Field day chairman – K4IEE Buck Clark

37°55'2.0"N 78°56'48.0"W

New Wintergreen Repeaters

The Central Virginia Repeater Assoc. (CVRA) has installed three new repeaters on Wintergreen Mtn. They are located at: 37°55’2.0″N 78°56’48.0″W  which is slightly lower than the Devil’s Knob site and on the eastern slope.

37°55'2.0"N 78°56'48.0"W

Repeater 1: 147.540, 110.9 tone, analog simplex repeat mode only. Key the repeater, say your message (up to 3 minutes), unkey and hear a courtesy beep followed by your message. It also has a “say again” mode: key the repeater and press DTMF 0 and you will hear the last message recorded.
Repeater 2: 444.4375, no tone, +5 offset, DMR digital repeater. Slot 1 is “Local” which is linked full time to Wintergreen, Richmond/Petersburg and Washington DC. and allows talkgroups of: Local — 27500, DMR-NA TAC 310 — 310, DMR-NA TAC 1 — 8951, DCI Bridge 2 — 3100, DMR-MARC  Southeast — 3174, and Echotest Server — 9998. Slot 2 is “PRN” which is linked full time to the PRN network: which has a listing of all the repeaters in the network and their contact info. You can also obtain updated code plugs for many brands of DMR radios on the PRN site.


Repeater 3: 444.9375, no tone, +5 offset, D-Star digital repeater. This repeater will be activated on Monday, 6/14 in the afternoon and is not linked full time.


Any operator may link to any other node: but please remember to unlink when you are finished.


Blacksburg, VA – November 15, 2014 – Open House


To the Blacksburg, VA WFO NWS Skywarn Spotters:

We would like to invite you to join us at our biannual open house to be held this year on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm EST at the Blacksburg National Weather Service Forecast Office.  Please feel free to bring your colleagues, family, and friends.  A brochure providing further details is attached to this email.

Have you ever wanted to get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the National Weather Service?

Well, here is your chance! On Saturday, November 15th, 2014 from 10 am – 3 pm we will be hosting our biennial open house. Visitors will get a chance to:

  • Receive a tour of our facility
  • Learn how forecasts and warnings are created
  • Get the latest information about our Doppler radar upgrade to SAILS
  • View dramatic weather photos and video
  • Ask meteorologists questions about weather and climate
  • Bring along a NOAA Weather Radio and have it programmed by experts

This event is fun for all ages, so come out and visit your National Weather Service Forecast

Office. We are located on the Corporate Research Center at Virginia Tech, 1750 Forecast Dr. Blacksburg, VA.

For more information contact Phil Hysell at 540-552-1613 Ext. 223 or

Thanks so much and we hope to see you there!

Robert Beasley
National Weather Service
1750 Forecast Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060

We hope to see you there!

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