January meeting HOP and program

The January WAARC “Hour of Power” was provided by Chuck, AI4WU, who demonstrated the construction of an OCF (off center feed) Dipole antenna. Chuck and Bill (NR4C) are working up plans to help other members construct these antennas at a building session on Saturday. 

Dave (AJ4XV) carefully holds things in place, while Chuck (AI4WU) prepares a crimp connection.


Chuck also demonstrated winding wire on a toroid for preparing a balun

The HOP was well attended by HAMS old and new.

Chuck (AI4WU) also presented the January meeting program on developments in AREDN


The Ham Radio Open House tour from N4MW and N4ZRW

Dave and Cissy Meier, N4MW and N4ZRW, recently invited club members to their home in New Kent for a “Ham Radio Open House”. Dave displayed for the group his extensive boat anchor radio equipment sets along with his sizable code practice oscillator collection. He also let us tour his super workshop where things from “D.C. to daylight” can be built and/or repaired. Here are just a few pictures of their true “ham radio house”. Dave has his own web site where you can also enjoy a further trip down ham radio memory lane (www.n4mw.com). Dave and Cissy were wonderful hosts and the large group who visited greatly appreciated their generous hospitality. If you missed it, here are some photos.

Dave N4MW shows visitors one of his boat anchor radio benches along with only a small fraction of his code practice oscillator collection.

close up of just a part of Dave’s extensive CPO collection.

Spectrum and Network analyzers, signal generators along with a service monitor allow Dave to work on just about any type of ham radio equipment.

Here’s only part of Dave’s extensive workbench and test equipment array.

The workbench tour continues with admiring guests Bill NR4C and Chuck AI4WU.

Dave’s “nostalgia station” is dedicated to reproducing his early days in ham radio

Dave’s XYL Cissy N4ZRW has another hobby as well, embroidery. Her “workshop” is as well equipped as Dave’s ham radio bench with a very capable automatic embroidery machine. Cissy was instrumental earlier this year creating the first embroidered mockup of our new WAARC logo patch allowing the Board of Directors to do the final fine tuning on its design before commercial full scale production began.

Gil, K4JST, presented an O.S.S transmitter

Gil, K4JST, displays a WWII O.S.S. transmitter at the club’s December general membership meeting. The radio was given to Gil by the O.S.S. operative who actually used it in occupied France during most of 1942 sending intelligence reports back to England. Gil is one of the founding members of the club having been present at the very first organization meeting in 1975. He is working with the club’s Historical Committee to compile a electronic history compendium of the club’s activities through the years.

Letter of Appreciation for JCC Bruton Volunteer Fire Department

Club president Dino Papas KL0S presents a letter of appreciation to Chief Phillip Murdock and President Michael Powers of the James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department at the club’s monthly meeting. The club thanked the officers for their support of the club’s recent FCC license upgrade class by making their community classroom available for the five-week course.



Thanks to Treasurer Ted, W3TB

Longtime WAARC Treasurer Ted Edwards W3TB is presented a letter of appreciation by club president Dino Papas KL0S acknowledging his six years of service to the club. Ted and XYL Carol will be “TAD” for a while helping out with grandchildren. Greg Pula K3RM was elected interim Treasurer at the October meeting and has agreed to be nominated for the position during the upcoming January 2019 Annual meeting officer elections.



Troubleshooting doesn’t always go well

Unfortunately not all repair work at the bench is successful.  Recently after several hours of troubleshooting and head scratching Chuck AI4WU and Dino KL0S finally had to relinquish Ed K1NUH’s Yaesu HF rig power supply to a higher authority.  But don’t feel bad for Ed, the demise of his power supply may have finally put him over the edge to buy himself a shiny new radio!  Actually, there was other good news at the bench that day as Chris KC4CMR and Chuck AI4WU were able to repair a piece of audio equipment used at the WMBG transmitter before Ed’s supply was deemed to be unrepairable at our level.  Ed is really smiling inside!

Antenna launch equipment

Club members inspected Dave N4MW’s new industrial strength antenna support system launcher. The group made a test shot using a potato right there in the Anna’s Brick Oven Restaurant parking lot…this launcher should be able to throw a line over the tallest tree a ham might use as a support!

November club meeting news

News from Dino, KL0S: During the November WAARC meeting, Wally Frank, WA3RWP, received his WAARC Historic Triangle Certificate from club QSL Manager Toby KL0SS. The certificate is issued to those hams who have contacted each of the club’s three HF special event stations commemorating Colonial Williamsburg, the Yorktown Battlefield
and Jamestown Island.

Ted Edwards, W3TB, presented his Off Center Fed (OCF) Dipole antenna design and DX orientation considerations at the November 2018 club meeting.


Yorktown 2018 event report

The day looked dismal, cold and overcast with high chance of rain. Chuck, Ed and Bill arrived shortly after 7:30 AM and began to setup the station. The first task, set up a shelter to go to if it started to rain! Once this was accomplished, Bill preceded to set up the radio and computer. This went smoothly as he had done this a “few” times before.

In the mean time, Ed and Chuck began putting the antenna ropes in the trees. This went according to plan and Chuck was pleased that his new real worked well. They soon had ropes up and began unreeling the antenna, which was a bit confusing since the last time it was used, it was wound on the reel backwards, but this was quickly overcome. For future ref, this antenna should be wound onto the reel, long end on first, short end + twin-lead out. About this time. Dave Shantz and Bill Smith arrived. The batteries were dragged over and we began to get the station ready to operate.

About 9:45, Bill sat down at the radio with Big Ed on the computer and we got on the air. We made a total of 178 contacts over 6 hours and forty-seven minutes of on time. We were visited by a few passers-by including a woman about my age who, in the 1950’s was the youngest YL licensed in Florida. Again we locked on a 40 meter frequency and held it all day long.

This same weekend was Boy Scouts Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) and we did work a number of scout events allowing Boy Scouts to get on the air and chat with us for a few minutes each. We also had a lot of visitors from the NY QSO Party.

We had a great day on this event this year, even with the rain and dampness. During the day, other club members dropped by to help out or just to chat.. Operators* were Bill NR4C, Dave AJ4XV, Chuck AI4WU, Ed K1NUH, Will K4MI, John AI4QQ and Rob KK4R. Several sat in the logger chair including: Ed K1NUH, Dave AJ4XV, Bill WA4LMG, Chuck AI4WU, John AI4QQ.

*(we did a terrible job of keeping the log updated with operator calls! If I missed anyone, it was not intentional and I apologize,)

Visitors included Michael K4MRO/AG, Kerry NH2A and Anita KH2FX, Jay KN4KXK/AG (note the two, fresh from the exam, sparkling new Generals). And, Jay didn’t come empty handed, she brought fresh baked “Sticky” Buns for us to enjoy, Jay certainly ranks right up there with Mrs. Kelly (Field Day Cookies) for a “WAARC BAKING MERIT BADGE”!

*TOP Picture shows Dave logging, Rob on the radio and Jay looking on taking everything in.. Jay just passed her General exam and was full of questions.

*BOTTOM Picture has Bill Smith, Will and Chuck in our second shelter having just enjoyed one of Jay’s “Sticky” Buns,

…bill. NR4C

General License Class VE session

The WAARC General License upgrade class concluded with the club’s VE exam session on October 20th.  Students and instructors gathered following the test session where all five candidates upgraded their licenses from Technician to General Class.  Hams upgrading include Jaylene KN4KXK, Francine KN4KXI, Michael K4MRO, Greg KN4KYJ and Toby KL0SS.  The instructor team was was led by club Training Coordinator Wally WA3RWP who was assisted by Kerry NH2A, Ted W3TB and Dino KL0S.