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SUNDAY NET

Our Sunday Net meets every week at 9:00 am on 146.685 (neg offset, 110.9 Hz CTCSS). All are welcome. 

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August 20, 2022 @ 1130 Chapter Meeting, Via Zoom

Please mark your calendar to join us on Saturday, Aug 20th @ 1130 via Zoom to learn more about the Network Engineers Repeater Association (NERA) system of VHF & UHF repeaters in the DMV area – a little bit of history, and how NERA provides an outstanding public service to the community.  We will be joined by Art Feller, W4ART for the presentation.   The Link to the Zoom Mtg is:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09

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Jul 16, 2022 Chapter Meeting, 1130 via Zoom

Please mark your calendar for Saturday, Jul 16th @ 1130 to join us for our monthly meeting, via Zoom.  The Zoom link is:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 Our topic is about the modern reincarnation of “homebrewing”.  Specifically:  The (Re)emergence of an Amateur Radio “Maker Community” .  Join Dean, KK4DAS, and chair of an active Amateur Radio Maker group in Northern Virginia, as he discusses the reemergence of home brewing – in the 21st Century.  H

Spring Picnic, May 21, 2022

Pse join the Chapter for our May 21st face to face meeting, starting at 11:30 am for our Spring Picnic.  The Venue will be AK4AO’s home at 3630 Camelot Dr, Annandale.   It would be nice if you can bring a side dish to share.   It’s been a while since we’ve been able to meet in person, and hope to see you all there.   Mike, WA8AHZ President, QCWA, Ch 91

April 16th Program

QCWA Ch 91 & Friends:  Please circle your calendar for Saturday, 16 Apr @ 1130 for our next QCWA meeting.  It will be by Zoom (only) and Chris, W2PA has agreed to return to the Ch 91 club house to talk about some other aspects of Ham Radio History.  As you may remember, Chris last talked to us in May 2021, and his talk was entitled:  "Where Did the Bands Come From?"     This time, he’ll share his historical research on the foundation of the American Radio Relay League -- research

February 19th Program

I’m pleased to let you know that we have a real bang-up program for our Saturday, Feb 19th program @ 11:30, via Zoom*  The FFx County ARES folks are going to join us and give a state of play with the revitalized Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) program.    Our speaker is Scott Brewer, and he is one of the Assistant Emergency Coordinators for the Fairfax County ARES.  He'll present a brief overview of ARES, covering organizational affiliations, membership and certification requirements

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Talk to Santa via Ham Radio!

For over a decade, The Santa Net has connected kids from coast to coast with Santa Claus. Youngsters (and those Amateurs young at heart) can talk to “Santa at The North Pole” via strategically placed relay stations who are responsible for relaying in the voice of Santa.  Prenet check-ins are welcome each night starting at 7:15 PM central or via email at 3916nets@gmail.com Third party rules and regulations apply. The event runs nightly thru Christmas Eve. The Santa Net is a team effort that

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ARRL Transatlantic Radio Test

All,  Remember QCWA won't have a face to face holiday party/meeting on Saturday, 11 Dec at PJ Skidoos.  Next meeting will be January 15th ... most likely by Zoom. Also, there is a possibility that the 146.685 MHz repeater will be off the air starting on Friday, Dec 10th.  Our regular Sunday morning net will be hosted on the NVFMA 146.910 MHz repeater at 9am.  Hope to see you on the net on Sunday. We're pleased to provide you a link to the YouTube video of our November meeting, where ou

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November & December meetings and events

Please mark your calendar to join us, via Zoom on Saturday, Nov 20th @ 1130.  Our program will discuss a number of mystery radio stations (and not so mystery stations)  that populate the HF bands, sometimes right in the middle of the US Amateur Radio bands.  The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 Would also like to point out that QCWA, in cooperation with (ARRL, Radio Club of America (RCA), Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), and the An

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Regular General Meeting, 16 Oct 2021

Pse mark your calendar for Sat, 16 Oct @ 1130 for our monthly Ch 91meeting, via zoom.  The topic is an historical perspective of the ARRL 1921 Transatlantic test – the first Amateur Radio transatlantic radio test.  Our speaker is Bruce Godley Littlefield, the grandson of Paul Godley, 2ZE and one of the principals radio operators of the 1921 test.  Bruce has extensively researched his grandfather’s journey in Amateur Radio, and I believe you’ll find his talk stimulating.   The Zoom link i

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September 18, 2021

We're going to defer the Face to Face picnic planned for September, due to COVID.  So, the plan for September?  Let's have lunch together via Zoom .... hard to share (ham) sandwiches, but we can share our ham radio stories and exploits. Details for our Sept social (bring your own lunch): When: Saturday, 18 Sep @ 11:30 am Where:  Zoom, link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 What:  General rag chew See you on the 18th!

Saturday, August 21st Meeting

Join our friends at Vienna Wireless Society as they host the ARRL NAQP-SSB event starting at 2pm on Saturday, August 21st.  The event will be held in Great Falls, and all members must RSVP by 15 Aug to Mike @ aimonema <at> aol <dot> com   There will be NO 1130 lunch, but a light snack dinner will be offered about 5pm.    

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May 15th Meeting

Hope you'll join us for a discussion by Chris, W2PA, a noted Amateur Radio Historian.  Meeting is Sat, May 15th, at 1130 on Zoom Link:    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09  Our topic is:  "Where Did the Bands Come From?"   This is a historical look at the early days of radio during which several aspects of amateur radio were established that survive to the present day. This includes, the HF bands (particularly 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters),

April Meeting

Our April meeting will NOT be our customary 3rd Saturday of the Month (Apr 17th), but rather we are asking you to consider joining the  ARRL VA Section Convention, which is Saturday, 24 Apr starting at 9am.   The schedule is at: VA_Sect_Convention_2021 Track Schedule and Zoom Links - Google Drive    The convention will host 3 simultaneous tracks:  1) Ham radio boot camp, 2) tho topics, and 3) Auxiliary Communications.  You can slip in and out of any session in any track as you wish.  The UR

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NO March Meeting

Instead of our meeting on March 20th, we invite all  Ch 91 members to work the QCWA and VA QSO Parties.   Likewise in April, we're going to join the VWS as they host the ARRL VA Section Convention on Apr 24th.  

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February Monthly Meeting, via ZOOM on Feb 20th @ 11:30AM

Join Chapter 91 members as we welcome Ken Oelke,  VE6AFO the President of the Quarter Century Wireless Association meeting via Zoom.  The URL link is: https://zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 Ken will discuss the plans and vision for the Association, as well as examples of best practices from other Chapters.  

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Saturday, Jan 16th

Join QCWA Ch 91 members for our first meeting of the new year on Saturday January 16th at 1130 via Zoom. Kerry, WA4BQM will join us again to talk about solar impacts on HF propagation, and updates on the Solar Cycle 25. Monthly Meeting details coming. https://zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09

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November 21, 2020 Meeting

We will virtually visit the Heritage Hunt Retirement over 50 community and tour the Heritage Hunt Amateur Radio Club facility. This meeting will also be our election of officers.

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October 17, 2020 Meeting

Our October ZOOM meeting will begin at !!:30 and our featured speaker will be Lee Garlock - KD4RE (radio engineer).  He will give us the ins and outs of Software Defined Radio (SDR).. Is this the new wave for ham radio?

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September 19, 2020 Picnic

Our September monthly meeting, on Saturday, Sep 19th starting at 1130, will again be via Zoom, and the link to join is: https://zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 We are co-hosting the meeting w/ the Vienna Wireless Society, so we should have a great crowd.  We cancelled the formal program, by Professor Marconi himself who was planning to present 87 fuzzy black and white vu graphs describing, using differential equations (and quantum theory), how the ionosphere wo

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August 15, 2020 Meeting

We will once again meet on zoom. Exploring alternative solutions for operating a HF station from retirement communities, assisted living locations and other locations dictated by elder living adjustments. We will learn about some specific solutions available in local retirement and similar situations. We may all have to adjust to a different hamshack situation at sometime. Our meeting will discuss a few solutions.  Zoom link is: https://zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT

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