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  1. 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, 2XE 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 is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 Click on the link, or copy and paste it to your browser ... DONOT use the Zoom app!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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)
  6. 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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    Join us at PJ Skidoos, in Fairfax
  8. Ch 91 will host our first face to face meeting in a long, long while on Jul 17th at 11:30 at PJ Skidoos, which is located at 9908 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA
  9. 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!
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    The Vienna Wireless Society is hosting a special presentation by Saif Alkhayarin, A71AM, on Saturday, 10 July 2021 at 1300 EDT (1700z) via zoom. Saif is a well known ham internationally and will be joined by other Middle Eastern hams to tell us about amateur radio in that part of the world. The link for the meeting is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82468835727?pwd=MGZTc2xwYVBnRFN5ZC95Q0Y5Y2ErQT09 All are invited to join in the conversation, so please plan to attend! Questions? contact Bill Mims, at W2WCM <at> ARRL <dot> net
  11. 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/
  12. Pics from WA3RGH's QTH for Field Day 2021
  13. 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
  14. There is no scheduled Club meeting, via Zoom on Friday, June 25th. Instead, members are encouraged to prepare for Field Day, which starts at 2pm, Saturday, June 26th and runs continuously through Sunday, June 27th at 2pm. There is no organized FD event at Burke Lake Park this year, instead Club members are encouraged to work from their home QTH, or gather in small groups in the field.
  15. Regular General Meeting, 11 June 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 Topic – “The NanoVNA” Dean, KK4DAS; Mike, KA4CDN and Mike, KD4MM will discuss the the features and capabilities of the NanoVNA for analyzing electrical equipment impedance, including antennas and feedlines . Time: 7:00-7:30 pm Main Program -- The Awakening of 10 meters” Bill, AF4LL, “Mr. 10 meters” will share his extensive experience using the 10m amateur band. Time: 7:30-9:00 pm Ole Virginia Hams Tailgate Party, 12 June 2021 In lieu of the regular June Manassas Hamfest this year, the OVHs are sponsoring a Tailgate Party on Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 8am to 2pm, rain or shine. See details at: https://w4ovh.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Tailgate21_Map2.pdf
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