Directions to the WAARC Field Day and Picnic Site
Little Creek Reservoir Park, 180 Lakeview Dr, Toano VA 23168
(If you are traveling westbound on Rt 60, watch the 35 MPH limit at Toano.)
From Williamsburg: West on Richmond Road to Fire Station in Toano——-
From I-64 westbound: Exit 231A to Richmond Road (past library), turn Right onto Richmond Rd at the traffic light by CVS store—–
From Richmond, New Kent, and points west: Take Exit 227, then turn right and take Rt. 60 to Forge Road at the firehouse. ——
From the JCC Fire Station One/EOC Bldg area (Forge Road), Go 2.3 miles on Forge Rd and turn left onto Lakeview Dr. (Diascund Rd is too far!)
On Lakeview Drive, go 0.3 miles to the FIRST ENTRANCE on the RIGHT. (Second entrance is boat dock area and does not double back to K4RC.)
Over the past few weeks one of our club members, Jim Hartselle, AF4QG, has been a little under the weather. On Thursday morning Toby KL0SS reports that he was admitted into Sentara Williamsburg hospital Wednesday evening, 6-20-18.
At this time Jim is not quite sure how long he will be in the hospital, however he wold appreciate visitors. Jim is presently in Room 348.
Ed K1NUH, along with a few other club members visited with Jim on Thursday evening. While not going into great detail about Jim’s entry into the hospital, suffice it to say it was evidently caused by a change in medication for a long lingering sinus infection. He is hoping he will be released by the weekend so he can visit at Field Day this weekend.
WAARC club member Cissy Meier N4ZRW realigns the long boom 6m yagi on the extensive VHF/UHF fold-over tower antenna array she shares with OM Dave N4MW at their QTH in New Kent County. (click photo to see larger)
The WAARC Food Committee planned and conducted the club’s Annual Picnic on June 12th. A wonderful buffet style BBQ meal provided by the world famous Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que fed 50 members of the club and their guests. Committee members included Ed Kelly K1NUH, Toby Papas KL0SS, Anita and Kerry Hofferth KH2FX and NH2A, and Steve Flester KG4SMV. The group will swing into action again for the club’s annual Field Day event 23-24 June.
Club President Dino Papas KL0S presents a ARRL Volunteer Examiner “challenge coin” to long time VE Mike Conte W4NYY in recognition of his over 21 years of coordinating the club’s bi-annual license exam sessions. The club plans to expand the testing program to accommodate additional sessions in support of upcoming Technician licensing and General/Extra class upgrade classes.
Field Day 2018 is around the corner, and WAARC is gearing up for our operations out at Little Creek Reservoir Park.
Here is our club’s Field Day press release for this year’s event. Feel free to share this with anyone that may be interested!
Delegate Brenda Pogge, Virginia 96th District House of Delegates, visits the Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio Club’s 2017 Field Day event and operates the “Get on the Air” station under the tutelage of Wally Frank WA3RWP. Picture courtesy of club member Dan Ewart WG4F.
Field Day 2018 Press Release
The WAARC Saturday morning breakfast group probably set a record today with 22 hams gathering at the Five Brothers Restaurant; the group was so large that we overflowed the available tables that could be joined together and had to expand out to two full booths! Interestingly the five XYLs in attendance are all licensed; that too is probably a first! The club’s food committee took the opportunity to finalize their plans for the upcoming Annual Picnic and Field Day. Come join us on Saturdays for good food and great discussions of ham radio (and other) topics.
73 and have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend holiday!
WAARC will host its Annual Club Picnic on Tuesday June 12th at the James City County Little Creek Reservoir Park, 180 Lakeview Drive in Toano (off Forge Road) beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will NOT be a club meeting at the JCC Library in June. Food and drinks will be provided by the club courtesy of Pierce’s Barbecue. A map showing the Park’s location can be found on the club website home page under the news item, as well as below. The picnic site is also where we have our Field Day operation on June 23-24.
Please remember that NO alcoholic beverages are permitted at the picnic site.
We’ll need a good headcount to plan properly so please RSVP with the number of folks in your party no later than Friday June 1st by emailing Toby KL0SS.
See you at the Picnic!
73 – Dino KL0S
Please use the first entrance to Little Creek Reservoir Park to get to the Picnic. The second entrance takes you to the boat launch area and does not connect to the other side.
On Saturday May 12 the club set up its special event station at Jamestown Island in commemoration of the 411th anniversary of Landing Day. It was a nice, but warm day; great weather to be out operating a special event station.
Set-up went pretty well. The club used a new OCF (off-center fed) dipole and balun constructed by Bill NR4C and Chuck AI4WU. The station was on the air ready to make contacts around 9:30am. The only issue was trying to figure out why the brightness of the laptop screen was not adjusting correctly. This was solved after the event, though it caused operators and loggers a lot of frustration. We sincerely apologize to those that operated the station for this technical issue.
The bands were not in the greatest of shape, however that did not prevent us from making a bunch of contacts. The total was 221 when we had to start shutting down at 4:30pm. We only operated on 40M, and had lots of good signal reports from up and down the east coast as well as into the midwest. Not bad for the first time using the new antenna!
All contacts will be uploaded to LoTW, and you can request a QSL card from the club’s QSL Manager.
Please look out for us in July at Colonial Williamsburg and October at Yorktown. Info about these events will be posted on the club’s web site and will also appear in the July and October editions of QST.
Ed K1NUH operating, with logger Chuck AI4WU. Greg KN4KYJ listening in the background.
Will K4MI operating the station while Vinny KX4HH and Francine KN4KXI listen in on the action.
Will K4MI operating while Jaylene KN4KXK copies down information from a QSO.
Saturday May 12th is our first special event of the year. K4RC will be on the air from 10AM-4PM commemorating the 411th anniversary of the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in North America.
We will descend upon Jamestown Island at 8 AM and proceed to setup our station at our usual site along the river edge. Members are encouraged to come setup, operate and tear down the station. Come for any part or all day.
If you are trying to work K4RC from home, we will be operating on 40M in the morning, around 7.265 MHz +/- QRM, and possibly switching to 20M around 14.265 +/- QRM if band conditions permit. Look for K4RC on your favorite spotting cluster to see where we are.
Here are some directions if you are coming to the site: take Parkway to the island. Go around the gate (just before the Glass House) as we have permission to be there. Meet group in the parking lot for the Information Center a little before 8:00 AM.
If you come after they open, come thru the Information Center and tell them you are with the Radio Club. Cross the bridge and walk toward the river. Go left and look for our pop-ups and the group.