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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 February 1st. The meeting will start at 7:30 PM and the location will be the St Andrews Methodist church multipurpose room on the corner of Princess Anne Rd and tuscon Lane in Va Beach.

Expanding Horizons in Amateur Radio

The next Board of Directors meeting will be 10 am on January 20th at the VBARC Beach Shack, 3469 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach. 

Click here for a map to Ocean Park Rescue - THE VBARC BEACH SHACK


The theme for this year is "Expanding Horizons in Amateur Radio"

Congratulations to Trap Caterbury for receiving the Ham Of They Year Award for 2017.  Trap has been instrumental throughout the year with his involvment in Ham Classes, Special Event stations, Field Day and of course handeling the secretary duties.

Trap Canterbury receiving HOTY

The Board of Directors meets on the 20th of January to plan out 2018.  Input from all members is solicited for meeting programs, special events, training and construction classes.

2018 dues are now due.  Dues continue to be $15 for individuals and $20 for families living at the same address.  To pay your dues you have three options.  One - use the Paypal connection on the Members page to use your Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, Discover or Amex card.  two - pay at the membership meeting via cash or a check made out to VBARC.  Three - send a check made out to VBARC to POB 62003, Virginia Beach, VA 23466.  Dues not paid by the end of March are removed from the roster and email lists.

The next Public Service event will be the The Shamrock Festival on the March 17th & 18th.  Sign ups at the Jan, Feb and Mar meetings by Terry and Tom.  click on the Public Service button on the left to see the 2018 schedual as well as a message from Tom with thanks to participants.

Radiosport or contesting is a popular way to make contacts and increase your operating skills, work on WAS and DXCC.  In February the following ARRL sponsored contests are being held.  Please go to the page for details of each event. Even with a Tech license you can participate in a couple of these events.

February 2018 Contesting Calendar

NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Feb 2
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Feb 2
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Feb 2
+ YLRL YL-OM Contest 1400Z, Feb 2 to 0200Z, Feb 4
+ Vermont QSO Party 0000Z, Feb 3 to 2400Z, Feb 4
+ 10-10 Int. Winter Contest, SSB 0001Z, Feb 3 to 2359Z, Feb 4
+ Black Sea Cup International 1200Z, Feb 3 to 1159Z, Feb 4
+ F9AA Cup, CW 1200Z, Feb 3 to 1200Z, Feb 4
+ Mexico RTTY International Contest 1200Z, Feb 3 to 2359Z, Feb 4
+ FYBO Winter QRP Sprint 1400Z-2400Z, Feb 3
+ Minnesota QSO Party 1400Z-2400Z, Feb 3
+ British Columbia QSO Party 1600Z, Feb 3 to 0400Z, Feb 4 and
  1600Z-2400Z, Feb 4
+ AGCW Straight Key Party 1600Z-1900Z, Feb 3
+ FISTS Winter Slow Speed Sprint 1700Z-2100Z, Feb 3
+ North American Sprint, CW 0000Z-0400Z, Feb 4
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 2000Z-2130Z, Feb 5
+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0200Z-0400Z, Feb 6
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Feb 7
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Feb 7
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Feb 7 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Feb 7 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Feb 8
+ UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Feb 7
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Feb 9
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Feb 9
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Feb 9
+ CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest 0000Z, Feb 10 to 2359Z, Feb 11
+ SARL Field Day Contest 1000Z, Feb 10 to 1000Z, Feb 11
+ Asia-Pacific Spring Sprint, CW 1100Z-1300Z, Feb 10
+ Dutch PACC Contest 1200Z, Feb 10 to 1200Z, Feb 11
+ KCJ Topband Contest 1200Z, Feb 10 to 1200Z, Feb 11
+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, Feb 10 to 2400Z, Feb 11
+ OMISS QSO Party 1500Z, Feb 10 to 1500Z, Feb 11
+ FISTS Winter Unlimited Sprint 1700Z-2100Z, Feb 10
+ RSGB 1st 1.8 MHz Contest 1900Z-2300Z, Feb 10
+ Balkan HF Contest 1200Z-1800Z, Feb 11
+ 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint 0100Z-0300Z, Feb 12
+ CQC Winter QSO Party 0100Z-0259Z, Feb 12
+ ARRL School Club Roundup 1300Z, Feb 12 to 2359Z, Feb 16
+ PODXS 070 Club Valentine Sprint 0000Z-2359Z, Feb 14
+ NAQCC CW Sprint 0130Z-0330Z, Feb 14
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Feb 14
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Feb 14
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Feb 14 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Feb 14 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Feb 15
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data 2000Z-2130Z, Feb 14
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Feb 16
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Feb 16
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Feb 16
+ ARRL Inter. DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Feb 17 to 2400Z, Feb 18
+ SARL Youth Day Sprint 0800Z-1000Z, Feb 17
+ Russian PSK WW Contest 1200Z, Feb 17 to 1159Z, Feb 18
+ Feld Hell Sprint 1900Z-2059Z, Feb 17
+ AWA Amplitude Modulation QSO Party 2300Z, Feb 17 to 2300Z, Feb 18
+ Classic Exchange, Phone 1300Z, Feb 18 to 0800Z, Feb 19 and
  1300Z, Feb 20 to 0800Z, Feb 21
+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0200Z-0400Z, Feb 19
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Feb 21
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Feb 21
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Feb 21 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Feb 21 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Feb 22
+ AGCW Semi-Automatic Key Evening 1900Z-2030Z, Feb 21
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 2000Z-2130Z, Feb 22
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Feb 23
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Feb 23
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Feb 23
+ CQ 160-Meter Contest, SSB 2200Z, Feb 23 to 2200Z, Feb 25
+ REF Contest, SSB 0600Z, Feb 24 to 1800Z, Feb 25
+ UBA DX Contest, CW 1300Z, Feb 24 to 1300Z, Feb 25
+ South Carolina QSO Party 1500Z, Feb 24 to 0159Z, Feb 25
+ North American QSO Party, RTTY 1800Z, Feb 24 to 0559Z, Feb 25
+ High Speed Club CW Contest 0900Z-1100Z, Feb 25 and
  1500Z-1700Z, Feb 25
+ SARL Digital Contest 1300Z-1600Z, Feb 25
+ North Carolina QSO Party 1500Z, Feb 25 to 0059Z, Feb 26
+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Feb 28
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Feb 28
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Feb 28
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Feb 28 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Feb 28 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Mar 1
+ UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Feb 28


 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.  We also have a new repeater on 147.300+ managed by the Hospital Network.  It is open to all hams when not used for emergency events.

Key nets on the 146.97 repeater are:
     ARES Net every Tuesday Night at 8:00 PM
     Hampton Roads Service Net on 146.97 at 9:00 PM every night.


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