The Vienna Wireless Society (VWS) was founded in 1963. With a membership of over 280 licensed amateur radio operators and twice-monthly meetings, VWS is among the largest and most active Amateur Radio clubs in Northern Virginia. Our program of radio-related activities and public service rests on three main pillars (outlined in our bylaws): (1) scientific, technological, and educational activities, (2) recreational operating activities, and (3) emergency service activities. Our members have a variety of interests from casual operating to contesting, DXing, experimenting, and emergency communications/public service.
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We meet twice monthly on the second and fourth Friday of month in January through October, starting at 7:00 p.m. In November and December we meet only on the second Friday. Our usual meeting place is the cafeteria of Thoreau Middle School in Vienna, Virginia, but be sure to check the Blog for meeting agenda and any changes of venue, as our venue may change depending on the school schedule. Our meetings typically include a short presentation, a brief business meeting, a break for refreshment and socializing, and a longer presentation. Visitors are always welcome, and anyone interested in amateur radio is encouraged to attend.
We hold several operating events every year. While we like to score well, our emphasis is on learning, helping everyone who wants to operate to do so, and having a great shared experience. Check out our image albums to get a feel for these events.
Field Day, which takes place on the fourth full weekend in June, is our biggest operating event of the year. We gather at Burke Lake Park, set up several stations, and operate on phone, CW, and digital modes. We offer coaching for beginners and gourmet meals prepared by the club's expert chefs. Visitors are welcome.
Other Operating Events include the twice-yearly North American QSO Parties in SSB, CW, and RTTY, the Virginia QSO Party, and QRP to the Field. These events are held at various members' homes or local parks. Check our calendar for dates, times, and locations of these beginner-friendly events.
Winterfest - Our Winterfest hamfest takes place in late winter or early spring and brings together buyers and sellers of ham related gear. We also offer licensing exams and educational events at Winterfest.•
Public Service Events As part of our public service efforts, VWS contributes to the following events
• The Marine Corps Marathon
• Town of Vienna Halloween Parade Escorts
• Town of Vienna Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5km race
• American Legion Post 180 Giving Thanks 5 km race
• and more
VWS has established a Memorandum of Understanding with the Fairfax County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).
Nets - The Vienna Wireless Society regularly conducts four weekly on-air nets and one face-to-face net. All hams are invited to participate.
|Monday Night Net|
|Date/Time||Every Monday Night at 8:00PM EST|
FM 2M: 146.685(-)(CTCSS 110.9 Hz)
|Net Control||Bill, W2WCM; Don, KV4PH|
|Info||The VWS Monday Night Net is held on our 2-meter and 440 repeaters which are linked for the net. The net usually lasts about an hour and is an informal roundtable discussion. All are welcome to join in the discussion.|
|Tuesday Lunch Face-to-Face Net|
|Date/Time||Every Tuesday at 11:30 AM|
|Info||Every Tuesday we have an informal lunch meeting at P. J. Skidoos, 9908 Fairfax Blvd. (Route 50), Fairfax, VA. Lunch starts about 11:30 AM and continues until the last person leaves. The restaurant is located on Route 50, near Fairfax High School. This is an unstructured, conversational lunch with unlimited topics.|
|Tuesday Night Digital Net|
|Date/Time||Every Tuesday Night at 8:00PM EST|
|Frequency/Mode||HF 40 Meters (see below)|
|Net Control||Kerry, WA4BQM|
|Info||In the VWS Digital Net we experiment with the many digital modes. The net usually starts with the mode Olivia (16 tones and 500 Hz wide) on 7071.5 KHz USB + 1500 Hertz audio to center between 7072 and 7073.5 KHz. We move around in-progress contacts. We’ve experimented with Olivia, MFSK16, PSK31, Hellschreiber, RTTY, and machine-morse so far with plans to try every new digital soundcard mode that comes out. Most of the regulars also monitor the Vienna 2m repeater (146.685-) during the net. Give us a call on the 2m repeater if you are having trouble finding our signals, copying our signals or transmitting. Or if you would like to try a different mode or band.|
|Wednesday Night CW Net|
|Date/Time||Every Wednesday Night at 8:00PM EST|
|Frequency/Mode||Held via Zoom|
|Net Control||Pete, K6BFA|
|Info||This net is held via Zoom and is hosted by Pete, K6BFA, NCS. Remember, there’s never any pressure; just a ton of fun in a friendly, supportive learning environment. For more information, contact Pete, K6BFA|
|Thursday Night 10m Pow-Wow Net|
|Date/Time||Every Thursday Night at 8:30PM EST|
|Frequency/Mode||HF 10 Meters on 28.444MHz SSB (AM 1st Thursday of every quarter)|
|Net Control||Mike, AE4R; Kerry, WA4BQM|
|Info||On Thursday Nights, we hold a net on approximately 28.444 MHz upper sideband, tuned to our net control station. This is an informal roundtable discussion. On the first Thursday of each quarter (Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct) we use AM just for fun.|
Education and Member Assistance
The Vienna Wireless Society (VWS) has an “ELMER” program designed to assist members, especially members new to amateur radio, who would like a little help with questions that relate to amateur radio. This program pairs the Club member with a more experienced member of VWS we call an “ELMER.” ELMERs volunteer their services so a member knows that his or her ELMER is ready and willing to help. ELMERs don’t necessarily have all the answers, of course, but they will help where they can!
An ELMER might be able to answer your technical or operating questions, or might be able to introduce you to another Club member who is can help. There are VWS members who are active in DX (communication with foreign stations), QRP (low power communicating using less than five watts), rag chewing (casual conversation), emergency communications, communications in support of public service events, use of the digital modes, rebuilding vintage radio equipment, building radios and antennas, constructing electronic equipment, and many more aspects to our vibrant hobby of amateur radio.
VWS members are encouraged to contact an ELMER, and the following members have identified themselves as willing to help in the specialized areas as noted below. Their contact info is located at: http://viennawireless.net/wp/about/membership/membership-list/
You can also contact the ELMER Coordinator, Kirk DeNee, KM4JOA at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the ELMER program.
The Vienna Wireless Society runs and maintains two repeaters.
146.685(-, CTCSS 110.9 Hz) Located in Vienna, Virginia (Call sign K4HTA).
448.375(-) Located at Fair Oaks Hospital (Call sign K4XY).
The Vienna Wireless Society operates two FM repeaters:
A 2-meter repeater is located in Tysons and provides coverage within a 50 mile radius from mobile rigs (25 to 50 watts and unity-gain antennas). Hand held rigs, HTs, (1 to 5 watts and a rubber ducky antenna) can reach this repeater from about 1 to 3 miles.
A 70-cm repeater is located at the Fair Oaks Hospital, roughly a mile north of the intersection of US 50 and Interstate 66. This repeater provides good coverage to the south, west, and north but, unfortunately, not good coverage to the east. Mobile rigs can reach this repeater from western, high elevation portions of Vienna. Other parts of Vienna do not reach it. To the south west, spotty coverage (hill tops with no intervening ridges) extends as far as Warrenton. No PL (CTCSS) tone is needed to access the repeater but a 67Hz PL tone is impressed on the transmitted signal so users who have equipment capable of decoding PL can avoid hearing other signals (other repeaters) on the repeater output frequency. Its effective radiated power (ERP) is 100 watts and its center of radiation is about 75 feet above ground level, ground level being 400 feet above mean sea level.
The frequency of the 2-meter repeater is 146.685 MHz with negative offset, i.e. it receives on 146.085 and transmits on 146.685. A CTCSS tone of 110.9 Hz is needed to activate to the repeater.