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General Membership Meeting, Aug 13, 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 – “Amateur Radio RF Exposure” Join the ARRL Learning Network pre-recorded presentation on Amateur Radio RF Exposure, by Dan Brown, W1DAN. Dan is the Eastern Massachusetts ARRL Section Technical Coordinator, and President of the Wellesley Amateur Radio Society.  In May, the FCC issued a new Rule and Order el

Weekend Activities, 23-24 July 2021

Regular General Meeting, 23 July 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 – “Disaster Deployments”  Presenter, Jack Smith, KE4LWT, Virginia Emergency Management Association Certified Professional Emergency Manager (VaPEM). Time: 7:00-7:30 pm  Main Program --  “Fairfax County Public Safety/Service Radio Systems”  Presenter, Jeffrey H

Weekend Activities, 9-10 Jul, 2021

Regular General Meeting, 9 Jul 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 – “The Worldwide microchip Shortage”   Steve, KO4KGS will discuss the causes, effects, issues and long range outlook of the current microchip shortage.  He will reveal the reasons why we can’t buy an IC-7300, FT-991A’s, or for that matter new cars or home appliances du

4th of July Weekend

No club meeting on Friday, Jul 2th, please mark your calendar for Jul 9th for some very exciting presentations.  But don’t fret, Hams in the US and Canada have two great events this weekend to celebrate national historical events, and hone ham radio skills. Radio Amateur Canada (RAC) Canada Day Contest, 1 Jul:  This is a great contest to work that far West Providence(s) you’re missing.  But maybe more important ... this might be only one of the few times that the Hams from the Canadian Nuna

Field Day Weekend, June 25-27, 2021

There is no scheduled Club meeting, via Zoom on Friday, June 25th.  Instead, members are encouraged to prepare for Field Day, which starts at 2pm, Saturday, June 26th and runs continuously through Sunday, June 27th at 2pm. There is no organized FD event at Burke Lake Park this year, instead Club members are encouraged to work from their home QTH, or gather in small groups in the field.

Weekend Activities, 11-12 June, 2021

Regular General Meeting, 11 June 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 – “The NanoVNA”  Dean, KK4DAS; Mike, KA4CDN and Mike, KD4MM will discuss the the features and capabilities of the NanoVNA for analyzing electrical equipment impedance, including antennas and feedlines .  Time: 7:00-7:30 pm Main Program --  The Awakening

Open Season Ten Meter QSO Party, 5-6 June, 2021

Purpose To stimulate digital  PSK activity on the ten meter band. Date & Time Start 0000 UTC June 5, 2021 end 2400 UTC June 6, 2021 Mode BPSK31 All contacts must be 2-way BPSK31 No repeater, cross-mode or cross-band contacts allowed. BANDS Ten meters: digital section Primary suggested frequency: 28.120 (suggested in case of heavy traffic 28.125). Rules @ https://www.ten-ten.org/index.php/activity/2013-07-22-20-26-48/qso-party-schedule/2-uncategorised/51-open

General Membership Meeting, May 28, 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 – "Using FT-8 during Field Day"  Don, KM4UDX and Anthony, K8ZT, from Ohio, will discuss using FT-8 at Field Day.  How to set up the contest program, how to work stations, and how to submit logs.  Time: 7:00-7:30 pm Main Program – “FT-8 Smackdown”  Don and panel will host their “FT-8 Smackdown”

Planning for Field Day, 2021

Field Day is June 26-27th and out of an abundance of caution the Club will not operate FD from Burke Lake Park this year.  Members are encouraged to operate individually or form teams and to name Vienna Wireless Society as their Club when submitting scores. Don’t know much about FD?  See:  http://www.arrl.org/field-day Follow the VWS Discussion on FD 2021 on www.Hamcommunity.com   and go to the Field Day Discussion on the VWS Page on the site. Note, you’ll need to be signed-in to 

Regular General Meeting, 14 May 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 – Preparing for Field Day, 2021  Leon, NT8B and Doug, AK4AO will provide a brief overview of 2021 Field Day.  They will cover how members can work Field Day from home as a single operator or in groups as they may choose.  The discussion will include FD rules, station classes, logging and how to

Annual Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Test Set for May 7 - 8

The US Department of Defense will host this year's Armed Forces Day (AFD) Cross-Band Test, Friday and Saturday, May 7 - 8, in recognition of Armed Forces Day on May 15. The event is open to all radio amateurs. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this exercise, designed to include amateur radio and government radio operators alike. The AFD Cross-Band Test is a unique opportunity to test two-way communications between military and amateur radio stations, a

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

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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