QCWA, Chapter 91 & Friends of Ch 91:
We’ll have no Chapter meeting in March, instead enjoy the Virginia QSO Party (Mar 18-19), or the VWS WINTERFEST (Mar 19). Also, the Virginia activation of W1AW/4 on Mar 15-21st and there is still room to sign up to operate an hour or two. See: http://bit.ly/3iYqWCS
In April, we’ll have John, K4XC join us and he’ll talk about early history of radio operations in Hawaii. The meeting will be at Glory Days (Fairfax) on Apr 15th.
Please plan to join us for our 2nd face to face meeting of the year on Saturday, Feb 18th starting at 1130. Our venue will be Glory Days in Fairfax, near the MicroCenter.
Our topic is Digital Mobile Radio, and some other internet-based methods for getting on the air (GOTA). The focus is on operating procedures. We’ll have a number of DMR experts help us GOTA, and we’ll spend our time exploring different talk groups.
See you on the 18th.
As we approach another Thanksgiving, I note the following SK...
Vic Clark, W4KFC, was President of the ARRL, and honorary member of the Vienna Wireless Society. He died the morning after Thanksgiving, 1983, after having just returned home from traveling on behalf of the ARRL. At the time, Chapter 91 was known as the Northern Virginia Chapter of QCWA. After Vic's untimely death, the chapter applied for, and received, the name memorializing Vic.
Keep Vic and his extended family in your p
Pse join the Chapter on the 3rd Sat of November for a business meeting. The meeting will start at 1130, and the Zoom link is:
Motion to grant funds to NVFMA for use of the Fairfax Repeater
On the Need to send in periodic (monthly) Chapter reports to HQs
Nomination of, and then election of officers for CY23
Discussion regarding level of participation on Sunday morning nets and monthly meetings
Hard to believe October is here, and it’s time to mark ours calendar for the monthly QCWA meeting on Saturday, Oct 15th starting at 11:30. The meeting will be via Zoom.
Our guest this month is Richard Dillman of the Martine Radio Historical Society, and he’ll talk about their mission, and organization dedicated to repairing, restoring and operating the historical “shore to ship” radio station KPH, located on the Point Reyes National Seashore as a way to honor the men and women who for 1
QCWA, Ch 91 members:
Please block your calendar for the 3rd Saturday in September (Sep 17th) for our Fall picnic starting at 1130 at Doug’s QTH. NO ZOOM !!!!
If you need a ride to the picnic, let me know at WA8AHZ@arrl.net
Please plan to share a side-dish for about 3-4 people (max) ... that would be helpful.
During the picnic, we’ll have a short discussion and tour of a whole house emergency generator system, and our friends from Vance Electric, in Springfield will
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
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
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.
President, QCWA, Ch 91
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
We'll won't hold a meeting in March, and instead encourage everybody to work the VA QSO Party on March 19 & 20th, and join WINTERFEST on March 27th on the Annandale Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College. Details at Winterfest – Vienna Wireless Society
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
Join us for our first meeting of the new year, via Zoom on Saturday, Jan 15th at the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09
We are planning to have an old-fashion ragchew … there will be no presentation or speaker for this month’s meeting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Third party rules and regulations apply. The event runs nightly thru Christmas Eve.
The Santa Net is a team effort that
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
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
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
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!
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.
Instead meeting in June, we suggest you spend a few hours working the ARRL Field Day event, which this year is June 26 & 27. We will hold our first Face to Face meeting on July 17th at PJ Skidoos, in Fairfax
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:
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),
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
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.
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.