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Weekend Activities 23-24 Apr 2021

Regular General Meeting, 23 Apr 2021 Join the Club’s Regular General Meeting starting at 7:00 pm, via Zoom Meeting.  The Zoom link is:    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83906871573?pwd=V3l1UkZmSGZObGI5YkhLbGFYRzRUZz09     Forum Topic – “Dean, KK4DAS provides an update on the Maker Team and their current project of building a simple SSB transceiver.  The current project is a group build of his Furlough 40 QRP transceiver project.   Inspired by Pete, N6QW SimpleSSB Transceiver, this is a 100

World Amateur Radio Day, 18 Apr 2021

Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris. The IARU Administrative Council has chosen “Amateur Radio:  Home but Never Alone” as the theme for World Amateur Radio Day, Sunday, 18 April 2021. Faced with a pandemic that forced the adoption of extreme physical isolation to reduce the spread of the virus, the worldwide amateur radio community re

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Contest University

The annual CU is planned as part of Hamvention, and will be again virtual and open to all, regardless if you’re a rabid contester or not.  CU is scheduled for Thursday, May 20th the day before Hamvention starts.  Registration for CU opens on April 21st.  CU agenda, and more information at:  https://www.contestuniversity.com/course-outline/

General Membership Meeting, April 9, 2021

Join the Club’s Regular General Meeting starting at 7:00 pm, via Zoom Meeting.  The Zoom link is:    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83906871573?pwd=V3l1UkZmSGZObGI5YkhLbGFYRzRUZz09    Forum Topic – “2 meter Contesting”  Our own long-time VWS member, John KM4KMU, will discuss 2m FM contesting, and in particular use of HT’s to work the ARRL VHF contest.  John was recently interviewed for the podcast Ham Talk, hosted by Andrea, K2EZ.  You can catch his interview at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v

Follow us on Facebook or You Tube!

If you're social media savvy, follow us on Facebook and our very own You Tube Channel! VWS Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ViennaWirelessSociety VWS YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ViennaWirelessSociety   Not so savvy ... just watch our home page!  https://viennawireless.net/wp/ for updates weekly Also, collaborate with like minded hams at  https://hamcommunity.com/ and join their Ham Census.

General Membership Meeting, Mar 26, 2021

Join the Club’s Regular General Meeting starting at 7:00 pm, via Zoom Meeting.  The Zoom link is:    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83906871573?pwd=V3l1UkZmSGZObGI5YkhLbGFYRzRUZz09    Forum Topic – “ARRL VA Section Convention for 2021”  Don, KM4UDX, and his leadership team will discuss the upcoming ARRL Virginia Section Convention for 2021, hosted by VWS.  The convention will happen “virtually” via Zoom, on Saturday April 24th from 9:00 am to 2:00 p.m.  The team will review the three-track conf

VA QSO Party, March 20-21, 2021

Sponsored by the Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club,  the objective of the  QSO Party is to promote Amateur Radio activity in the 95 Virginia Counties and 38 Virginia Independent Cities. When: Saturday, 20 March 2021, 1400 UTC - Sunday, 21 March, 0400 UTC and Sunday, 21 March, 1200 UTC - 2400 UTC. (For Virginia, this is Saturday 10 AM - 12 Midnight and Sunday 8 AM - 8 PM Virginia local time.) The Exchange:  Exchange QSO number and QTH (Virginia County or Independent City for VA stations

General Membership Meeting, Mar 12, 2021

Join the Club’s Regular General Meeting starting at 7:00 pm, via Zoom Meeting.  The Zoom link is:    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83906871573?pwd=V3l1UkZmSGZObGI5YkhLbGFYRzRUZz09    Main Program -- “Volcanos Update” Mike, AE4R will present his third presentation on volcanoes to the Club.  In this presentation, he’ll highlight extremely rare and colossal VEI-7 eruptions, of which only nine are known to have occurred in the last twelve thousand years. The most recent VEI-7 event was in 1815 and,

ARRL International DX Contest, 6-7 Mar 2021

Contest Objective: To encourage US & Canadian stations to expand knowledge of DX propagation on the HF and MF bands, improve operating skills, and improve station capability by creating a competition in which DX stations may only contact W/VE stations. US & Canadian amateurs: Work as many DX stations in as many DXCC entities as possible.  DX stations: Work as many US & Canadian stations in as many of the 48 contiguous states and provinces as possible.  Dates: Phone: F

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Regular General Meeting, 26 Feb 2021

Join the Club’s Regular General Meeting on Friday, Feb 26th starting at 7:00 pm, via Zoom Meeting.  The Zoom link is:    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83906871573?pwd=V3l1UkZmSGZObGI5YkhLbGFYRzRUZz09    Forum Topic – “On-line Testing” Chris N6FR, from California, will discuss the opportunities and challenges of online testing.  In the age of COVID-19, Amateur Radio licensing has successfully gone online and remote.  This is a brief review of his personal experience taking the Amateur Extra exa

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Last Man Standing (TV Show) Special Event Station

The Last Man Standing Amateur Radio Club is joining with a team of seasoned special-event operators around the United States to present a multi-band, multi-mode special event celebrating the prime-time network TV show for its positive and accurate portrayal of amateur radio. The event will start at 00:00 UTC on 24th March 2021 and end at 23:59 UTC on 30th March 2021, the last day of shooting for the show, which is concluding its long, successful run. During its nine TV seasons, the Last Man

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Regular General Meeting, 12 Feb 2021

Please join the Club for our Regular General Meeting on Friday, Jan 12th starting at 7:00 pm, on Zoom.  The Zoom link is:    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83906871573?pwd=V3l1UkZmSGZObGI5YkhLbGFYRzRUZz09    Forum Topic – “Setting up a Dream Shack” After more than 20 years as a Ham, Rick, N1RM finally had a chance to build his dream station. Join Rick as he goes through the challenging, but rewarding process of getting the station on the air. Time: 7:00-7:30 pm Main Presentation Topic -- 

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State QSO Parties Start in February

The first four state QSO parties start this month!  Vermont and Minnesota are the 6th, and SC then NC are the 27 & 28th>. See https://www.contestcalendar.com/stateparties.html for more details. Stand by for details on the VWS Club meeting on Friday, 5 Feb 

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Winter Field Day, Jan 30-31, 2021

The Winter Field Day Association will host Winter Field Day 2021 from 2pm EST Saturday to 2pm EST Sunday, January 30-31, 2021.    Station set-up, for those operating outdoors, or from a location not your current QTH may commence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on the Friday before.  Station setup may consume no more than 12 hours total.  How & when you schedule/spend those 12 hours is up to you. All Amateur bands, HF, VHF, & UHF except 12, 17, 30 and 60 meters may be used, a

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General Membership Meeting, 22 Jan 2021

Please join the Club our Regular General Meeting on Friday, Jan 22nd starting at 7:00 pm, on Zoom.  The Zoom link is:    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83906871573?pwd=V3l1UkZmSGZObGI5YkhLbGFYRzRUZz09   If needed, the meeting ID and passcode are: 839 0687 1573 and 592282 Forum Topic  – “A survey of useful computer apps for Ham Radio”  Join Mike, WA8AHZ has he surveys some of the more interesting websites, apps and computer software to aid the Amateur Radio Operator.  Club members will be asked t

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DC 2021 Inauguration AUXCOMM Plan

***Please distribute to all amateur radio operators in the National Capital Region***   Fairfax County ARES has been requested to support the 2021 Presidential Inauguration and we need your help! From 0800-1600L on Inauguration Day, FFXARES will conduct a situational awareness net in support of the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (DC HSEMA). Please see the attached documents for event details and instructions if you wish to participate.  The p

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Regular General Meeting, Jan 8, 2021

Please join the Club for first general meeting in 2021 on Friday, Jan 8th  starting at 7:00 pm, on Zoom.  The Zoom link is:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83906871573?pwd=V3l1UkZmSGZObGI5YkhLbGFYRzRUZz09 Forum: “My experience with Amateur Satellites and ISS” by Brendan, KM4HRR, Time: 7:00-7:30 pm (followed by Club announcements)  Main Presentation: “Railroad Communication” by Andrew K3NHT, Time: 7:30- 9:00 pm

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Ham Radio History

Interested in learning more about the early movers and shakers of Ham Radio?  Browse Chris Codella's (W2PA) ham radio history website:  Ham Radio History | A Century of Amateur Radio – Hams, Organizations, Events, Inventions (w2pa.net).  It's worth your time.   See you at the Club meeting (via Zoom) on January 8, 2021.  

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December 2020

The VWS Board of Directors and Officers wish you a safe and healthy holiday season, and we share with you (from QRZ.com) the following holiday thoughts: https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/a-hams-night-before-christmas.737696/  We're still looking for a few folks to sign up to operate the Special Event starting Friday, 18 Dec and running thru the 24th.  The sign up roster is on the W4F VWS Resource page Resource page for W4F Operators – Vienna Wireless Society  

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Weekend Activities 11-12 Dec 2020

Dec 11th:  (Virtual) Annual Holiday Party:  Please join the Club for our annual holiday celebration starting at 7:00 pm, on Zoom.  The Zoom link is:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83906871573?pwd=V3l1UkZmSGZObGI5YkhLbGFYRzRUZz09 This will be a BYOD (Bring Your Own Dinner … Drink?  ... Diva?) to the meeting, and let’s have some fun just celebrating together.  There will be a number of recognition awards presented, and on a somber note, we’ll have a memorial for a number of our fellow Club member

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How does a J-Pole Antenna Work?

Ever wonder how a slim jim or the big brother, a J-Pole antenna work?  A quick check on the internet reported that “the J-pole antenna is an end-fed omnidirectional half-wave antenna that is matched to the feedline by a quarter wave parallel transmission line stub of Lecher system form. Matching to the feed-line is achieved by sliding the connection of the feedline back and forth along the stub until an impedance match is obtained.  Being a half-wave antenna, it provides a small gain over a

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ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB Mode, Nov 21-23

Contest Objective: To support amateur self-training in radiocommunications, including improving amateur operating skills, conducting technical investigations, and intercommunicating with other amateurs. Stations in the United States and Canada (including territories and possessions) exchange information with as many other US and Canadian stations as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands. Contest Period: Begins 2100 UTC Saturday and runs through 0259 UTC Monday. Contest

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Annual Business Meeting, 13 Nov 2020

The Board of Directors of the Vienna Wireless Society will host the Corporation’s Annual Business Meeting on Friday, November 13, 2020 via Zoom.  The Zoom link is:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83906871573?pwd=V3l1UkZmSGZObGI5YkhLbGFYRzRUZz09   This is the same link used for the General Membership Meetings.  If needed, the Meeting ID is: 839 0687 1573 with Passcode: 592282  In accordance with the By-laws, the meeting will start at 7:40 pm.  The Zoom link will open at 7:00 pm for social discuss

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Who is Reginald Fessenden?

Ever hear of Reginald Fessenden? -         Made the first wireless voice transmission, on Cobb Island, Maryland on December 23, 1900. -         Known as the father of Amplitude Modulation, and the first person to use a carbon microphone to modulate a carrier signal. -         On December 24, 1906, Fessenden made the first wireless musical broadcast, which was heard by ships of the coast of Massachusetts. -         Holder of more than 500 patents in illumination and early wire

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