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Welcome to the VBARC website
 
The Virginia Beach ARC is a full service "ham radio" club covering all aspects of the hobby.  Visit the Public Service page to find all of the events that we support in the city.  Visit the Admin page to find all the details of the club from Bylaws to officers.  The History page looks at the events from the past.  The membership page offers full details on joining VBARC and membership roster. 


The next meeting of VBARC is Thursday June 4th.  The meeting will be held at St Andrews Methodist Church at Princess Anne Rd and Tucson Rd.  The program for the evening will be Field Day 2015.

The next Board of Directors meeting will be Wednesday, May 13th, at the VBARC Beach Shack, 3469 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach at 7:00 PM.  Click below for a map to the BOD meeting. 
Click here for a map to Ocean Park Rescue - THE VBARC BEACH SHACK


News

QRP Saturdays return on May 9th.  Full details will be available at the nest meeting and in the newsletter.  The time is roughly 0900 - 1200 and the location will be either Crotan Beach of Sandbridge Beach.

The next Public Service event is the Strawberry Festival Parade on May 23rd.  Still looking for a few more people to help.  Contact Tom, WS9B, or Terry, KA8TNF, via publicservice @w4ug.com to help.

The Beach Ham Shack is alive!  Ed, KN4KL, and Butch, KE4ZAL, and team put up the two carolina windom antennas and got them all connected.  First contact on the donated equipment was with a ham in FL.  A special thanks goes to Roger Hillers, WB4ZAI, who donated a new 2m/44 rig for the station.

The MS 150 Bike Ride on the Eastern Shore needs many hams to provide safety check points for the riders throughout the race.  The even is May 30th & 31st.  If you can help either one or both days please contact Art White at 757-615-6277.

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 - H.R> 1301 - has been introduced in the House of Representatives.  This is a "reasonable accomodations" bill for amateur radio.  Full details can be found here.

Local repeaters are controlled by the Virginia Beach Emergency Amateur Repeater Society or VBEARS.  Repeaters are available on 146.970, 146.895 and 444.950.  Please check the VBEARS page for full details of all repeaters in the region.  If you are using the repeaters and have problems please address your issues to the Manager of the repeater via email here.

The 6 Meter VHF contest is this weekend.

Virginia has a new Section Manager appointed by the ARRL.  His name is Joe Palsa, K3WRY, and is available via email at k3wry@arrl.org.  Joe lives in the Richmond area and is a very active ARO.  Expect to see many emails from Joe about VA happenings.

Upcoming Hamfests and Swapfests in VA.

June 16 - Manassas Hamfest & Maker Tech Show by the Ole VA Hams ARC - Northern VA

Aug 1 - Roanoke Hamfest 2015 by the Roanoke Valley ARC - Western Va

Aug 2 - 65th Annual Berryville Hamfest by the Shenandoah Valley ARC - Northern Va

Sept 9 - VA Beach Hamfest & Va Section Convention by Tidewater Radio Conventions - VB


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