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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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    The Board of Directors will host a virtual Volunteer's Picnic via ZOOM. The picnic will be jointly sponsored by the local chapter of the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) and VWS. The link for the zoom meeting for this virtual picnic is: https://zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09. Bring your lunch to the computer for some camaraderie and show and tell. Please have camera ready to move around and share what you have been doing the COVID vacation.
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    The Board of Directors will host a socially-distanced in-person Picnic at Glyndon Park on September 12 from 11AM-2PM. We will be located in the lower pavilion near the baseball diamond and Glyndon St. We will not be serving food from shared serving dishes as we have in the past, so please bring whatever you would like to eat or drink during the event. We will fire up the charcoal grill to cook meats you bring to the picnic. We’ll cook what you bring and will serve directly from the hot grill. We ask that you plan to wear face masks except when eating. There is a Virtual Volunteers' Picnic planned for 19 Sep ... more to follow.
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    As in the past, The American Legion Post 180 (where our repeater is stored) has asked our assistance in providing race course communications. Again, we have that opportunity on Saturday morning , September 5, 2020. The total time commitment (from arrival to departure) is approximately 2 hours. We need 4-5 members with HT radios programmed to 146.685(-). This is a non-stressful exercise and, as the title notes, fun. It will provide a good practical (low key) exercise for potential Net Control operators. Our job is to maintain a communications presence throughout the race course and keep the race course director in the comms loop. The Vienna Police Department will provide traffic control. The course will start at the American Legion Post 180, (VWS) located on Center Street in Vienna. Upon entering Center Street, (VPD) the runners will turn left and travel about a half-mile to Mill Street. (This Mill Street is not the Mill Street with the light industrial buildings). At Center Street and Mill Street, (VWS, VPD) the runners will make a right turn onto Mill Street and, when intersecting the W&OD Trail (VWS), make an immediate left turn. Stay on the W&OD Trail until reaching the turn-around point. (VWS). After turning around, return to the American Legion Lodge by the same route. If the turn-around point is manned by a VWS member on a bicycle, he could perform the return sweep and end at the American Legion Lodge. All positions filled.
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    See the Blog for more info https://viennawireless.net/wp/
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    See the Blog for details at https://viennawireless.net/wp/
  7. This event will challenge participants' ability to locate a radio source at an unknown location. Time is currently TBD. For more info, check the Blog at https://viennawireless.net/wp/ and the Fox Hunt page at https://viennawireless.net/wp/covid-19-fox-hound-hunt/
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    NAQP SSB. Details regarding club participation will be posted on the blog: https://viennawireless.net/wp/
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    Details will be posted on the blog: https://viennawireless.net/wp/
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    Details will be posted on the blog: https://viennawireless.net/wp/
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    NAQP CW. VWS will form teams for this event. Contact Pete Hadley for information. Note that individuals may work 10 of the 12 hours.
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    Updated 12 July 2020. Remove .txt from the name so that the file has extension .mc.
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    This call history file has VWS NAQP RTTY history + the NAQP RTTY file posted on the N1MM+ site.
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    Load this file into N1MM+ to obtain info on a call sign encountered at the last two Field Days.
  15. I think it's great when people decide to launch their own means of expression whether that be a blog, a YouTube channel, or a Facebook page. I know that in the day, we had some hams in our club in Canada who would publish their own newsletter – yes, printed, if you remember those! Well, as it happens, our very own Dean @KK4DAS has launched his own blog: https://kk4das.blogspot.com First of all... check it out. Secondly, I'd be curious to know if anyone else in the club has their own blog, channel, etc. If you do, why not list it here in this thread so we can all check it out?!
  16. Yes. Thanks to Doug and his wife for hosting us.. thanks to Steven, N5SK for arranging the food, and thanks to all who participated. I especially thank all those who came back to our call! Bill W2WCM
  17. Thanks to Doug and his XYL for putting up with us. A fun and educational time as usual. John, W4AWM
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    NAQP 2020

    Photos from 2020 NAQP events
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  21. 7:00 Forum 7:40 Main meeting Via Zoom
  22. 7:00 Forum 7:40 Main meeting Via Zoom
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    The Virginia QSO Party is sponsored by the Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club (SPARC). Its objective is to promote amateur radio activity in Virginia’s 95 Counties and 39 Independent Cities. VWS sponsors two plaques Virginia Club Combined Score (Virginia Stations Only) and Single Band (Any Single Operator Station). The event runs on both Saturday, 21 March 2020, and Sunday, March 22, 2020. On Sunday, the event starts at 12400 UTC (7:00 AM) and ends at 11:00 PM that evening. We will not have a shared station for this event. Club members are encouraged to operate independently from their QTH, mobile or expeditionary station. Use your own call sign, and be sure to include Vienna Wireless Society to your summary sheet of your submittal. Any questions regarding independent ops, contact Mike, WA8AHZ or Harry, K3NF. Some interesting links: Contest Rules: https://www.qsl.net/sterling/VA_QSO_Party/2020_VQP/2020_VQP_Main.html Virginia City/County Overlay Map
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    The Virginia QSO Party is sponsored by the Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club (SPARC). Its objective is to promote amateur radio activity in Virginia’s 95 Counties and 39 Independent Cities. VWS sponsors two plaques Virginia Club Combined Score (Virginia Stations Only) and Single Band (Any Single Operator Station). The event runs on both Saturday, 21 March 2020, and Sunday, March 22, 2020. On Saturday, the event starts at 1400 UTC (9:00 AM) and ends at 11:00 PM that evening (0400 UTC, Sunday 22 March). We will not have a shared station for this event because of the coronavirus situation. Club members are encouraged to operate independently from their QTH, mobile or expeditionary station. Use your own call sign, and be sure to include Vienna Wireless Society to your summary sheet of your submittal. Any questions regarding independent ops, contact Mike, WA8AHZ or Harry, K3NF. Some interesting links: Contest Rules: https://www.qsl.net/sterling/VA_QSO_Party/2020_VQP/2020_VQP_Main.html Virginia City/County Overlay Map
  25. Forum 7:00 Main meeting 7:40 Via Zoom
  26. Forum 7:00 Main meeting 7:40 Via Zoom
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