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With a membership of over 200 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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  2. 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 eliminating the decades-long “categorical exclusion” for mandated RF exposure calculations for most Amateur Radio stations. Effective May, 2021 Amateurs must conduct detailed calculations of RF exposure for both controlled and uncontrolled environments, and have the calculations on file in the shack. After Dan’s presentation, there will be a short discussion. Time: 7:00-7:30 pm Main Program -- “Mitigating Residential Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) RFI (Radio Frequency Interference)” The mandated use of high-efficiency DC motors in HVAC systems poses new challenges for RFI mitigation in the Amateur Radio bands. In this presentation, VWS member Roger, KM4LHZ along with Steven, W9SAN of the Fort Wayne (IN) Radio Club will explain the physical basis for these phenomena, present brief case studies in RFI mitigation, and discuss some common myths regarding HVAC RFI. Considerations for purchasing a new HVAC system will be given. Roger experienced this issue first-hand when he recently updated his home HVAC system, and Steve is an electrical engineer at the Regal Beloit Corporation, specializing in RFI issues. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm
  3. Mark your calendars and join the crowd planning to attend the Berryville Hamfest on Sunday, 1 Aug at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds. Details are at: Berryville Hamfest - August 1, 2021 - It's Gonna Happen! - Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club (svarc.us)
  4. 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 Holmes, KD4VZN, Fairfax County Radio/Wireless Services Center. Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm Summer Picnic, 24 July 2021 The VWS Board of Directors and Officers invite you to a summer picnic on July 24th starting at 11 AM. The event will be held at Glyndon Park, in the Town of Vienna. Parking is available both off of the Glyndon St, NE and Beulah Rd entrances to the Park. For the time being we plan to avoid sharing food from common containers so format of the picnic will be largely a ‘bring your own’ event so please bring your own food, drinks and dishware to the gathering. We plan to light the BBQ/Grill, and will be cooking Club-provided items such as hamburgers, hot dogs and brats. We will also cook items you bring, and we’ll drop the items hot off the grill onto your plates when the cooking is done.
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    Auction 2021

    With Winterfest cancelled in 2020 and 2021, the club had accumulated over 400 items of ham gear through donations and consignment. In order to liquidate this inventory, we conducted an online auction in June of 2021. On July 10 a fulfillment team met at the club's storage facility to retrieve and deliver approximately 300 items purchased at auction.
  6. From the album: Auction 2021

    A total of 18 delivery vehicles, organized by geography, received the items and delivered them to the purchaser.
  7. From the album: Auction 2021

    This image shows several of the "sherpas" who retrieved individual items, checked with the inventory team to determine the correct delivery vehicle, and took it to that vehicle.
  8. From the album: Auction 2021

    Inside the Locker
  9. From the album: Auction 2021

    Inside the storage locker
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    Inside the storage locker
  11. 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 due to the supply chain issues. Time: 7:00-7:30 pm Main Program -- “Shut Down and Called Up – Hams in the Great War” Chris, W2PA, an engineer and Ham Radio Historian will visit us from New York, and share an interesting story of ham radio before, during, and after World War I. Hams were put off the air by the government, even required to dismantle their stations, in an environment of enforcement and suspicion. QST ceases publication. But the need for radio operators was so great that many volunteered as military operators. As the war ended, everyone needed to be re-licensed, and the League needed a jump start. Hams managed to accomplish this while waiting for the long-delayed reopening and fighting threats of restrictive new regulation. Time: 7:30 -9:00 pm Special Program Presentation, Saturday, 10 Jul @ 1:00 PM Join your fellow VWS members in a special presentation by A71AM, from Qatar, to give us a presentation on his experience as a Ham in the Middle East. He comes highly recommended by folks at the Hamvention. NOTE THIS IS A NEW TIME The Zoom meeting link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82468835727?pwd=MGZTc2xwYVBnRFN5ZC95Q0Y5Y2ErQT09 Because of the seven-hour time difference, Saif is scheduled to present on Saturday, 10 July at 1pm our time. The session is to be recorded for later use. Note: Attendance is limited to the first 500 attendees!
  12. 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 Nunavut, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories are on the air. More details, see: https://www.rac.ca/rac-canada-day-contest-celebrate-canadas-birthday-on-the-air/ 13 Colonies Special Event Stations: From 1-7 Jul, Hams from the 13 colonies join in a group of special event stations – K2A, K2B, K2C, K2D, K2E, etc. see: http://www.13colonies.us/
  13. Pics from WA3RGH's QTH for Field Day 2021
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