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The President's Message…October 2016

his past month has been busy for the club with many of our members experimenting with various different modes of operation. The Club has an informal simplex “Rag-chew” meeting on 146.580, Thursday nights at 7 PM eastern time. All within range are welcome to check in, so turn your beams toward Ruckersville, VA and join in.

Under the direction of Club members Larry, KM4QVA and Bill, K4OOO a Flea Market sale helped add funds to the treasury for our operating expenses. Thanks to all for your help.presentation7

After this past Thursday’s meeting member John, K4EBS did a presentation for all in attendance on the use of an SDR, (Software defined radio), aka “Dongle”. This device transforms a computer to a receiving only radio across all bands. John devised his own home brew discone antenna for the presentation.

Experimentation and creativity are the backbone of the amateur radio hobby. What makes it a very special activity is the willingness of many “Experimenters”, such as John to share his findings with others. This hobby is partly about “Always learning something new”.

Thank you to John for that presentation. Next month's (November) presentation will be by K0STP Stefan -- Digital Mode Communications

minifdlink2aIs anyone interested in a Mini Field Day, preferably located not too far from home? We had lot's of fun at the one shown on the left (click on the image).  Contact me, I would like your suggestions for another.

The club has a VE test session coming up on VE Test Session October 22, 12:30 PM at the Public Library in downtown Stanardsville. All are welcome to participate. Please let the Club know at least 3 days in advance if you plan to attend so we may have enough materials on hand at the test site.

All are invited to our Club meetings at the Blue Ridge Café on Route 29, Ruckersville, VA on the first Thursday of the month except December when there is a members and guest dinner.

Be well and enjoy,


Bill, K4FZE


Who are we and why do we exist?
Greene County Virginia Amateur Radio Club (GCVARC) is an ARRL Affiliated Club. Our purpose is to further the exchange of information and cooperation between members, to promote radio knowledge, fellowship, and individual operating efficiency, and to so conduct our programs, training, and activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of Amateur Radio in our community and the world.  All persons interested in Amateur Radio communications are eligible for membership.

When do we meet?
Please join us. We meet the 1st Thursday each month, 6:00 PM at The Blue Ridge Cafe, Ruckersville, VA. Visitors welcome. If there are events impacting the meeting schedule, you will see a notice in the banner.
How do I Contact the GCVARC?

Radio: Repeaters: 145.470 MHz  151.4, neg offset & 443.900 MHz 151.4, pos offset, & Simplex: 146.580 MHz

Email: contactus@gcvarc.org

USPS: GCVARC, PO Box 463, Ruckersville, VA 22968


 How can I become a member of the GCVARC?
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