The President's Message, August 2019

As the summer comes to a close, the thunderstorms have been rumbling through our area and other areas around the country. This is a reminder to be sure your equipment is properly grounded and to think twice about transmitting during a storm. The other night we cut our informal Thursday night net short because of a storm that came through. Better safe than sorry so sure on that score. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  We continue to have our “Mini Field Days” in the Shenandoah national Park. This past trip on Saturday July 27th we transmitted on 2 meter simplex at an elevation of 2,711 ft. We had only 7 contacts with the furthest one at 52 miles. It is always chancy with simplex only because we have to be lucky enough for someone to be listening at the time we transmit but it’s always fun to try.
 
So far, our furthest contact to date was with a station in Pennsylvania 180 miles away. Next time we hope to better that distance.

 

  Our club continues to grow and prosper so if you are not in a club, consider joining one near you. If there are no clubs close by then think about starting one just for the fun of it. If you are not licensed we perform ARRL VE License testing every even month, for example we will be testing in October (www.gcvarc.org/index.php/calendar/amateur-radio-exam-session). 
  If you pass the test/s and would like to join our club (GCVARC) we will give you a brand new VHF/UHF handheld radio to get you started right away. (refer to the picture above --- Bill (K4FZE) gives Jim (WA4TVN) his ‘earned’ radio. Welcome aboard Jim).   Come to our next meeting to get the details, www.gcvarc.org/index.php/calendar/gcvarc-monthly-meeting-3

Depressions are forming off the West coast of Africa as I write this message and this time of year that means potential hurricanes in the making. 

Take care, be well …. and be prepared. 

Bill

K4FZE