Club News


Captain Salley Event Postponed

Due to the high probability of inclement weather on Saturday, July 21, the Captain Salley Special Event at Williams Wharf has been postponed. It will be rescheduled at a later date. An announcement will be posted when a new date is announced.

January 2019 Club Meeting

While the first Tuesday of the month falls on January 1st, there will indeed be a club meeting that night. As always, it will be held at 7PM at Abingdon Fire Station 3, at 2676 Hayes Rd in Hayes.

The program will be presented by Will WS3G on “Great and Bad Hams”. We look forward to seeing you on January 1!

New Club Email Reflector

Information from Joy W2JMS:

The club had a Yahoo group set up for sending out info to all members.  This was to ensure that everyone was able to stay up to date on club information.  Unfortunately, it developed many problems and most of us quit using it.  I set up an address group in my personal e-mail from the roster to make sure I was getting to everyone and many chose to use the addressees on my e-mails to forward info.  This was working, but it cause the e-mails to be very long and since many use their phones they would have to scroll through a long list to get to the important stuff.   So we set about finding a new way.

Yesterday, Joe (K4JJS) was able to finish getting a new messaging system set up.  The system is   He was able to take the e-mail addresses on the current roster and force feed them into the new system and send out invitations to all to join the group.  All of you should have received that invitation.  Many of you have already followed the instructions in it and started receiving info.  I wanted to send this out to urge everyone to join the group and use that system.  The old Yahoo groups reflector will be disabled on January 1, 2019.

For the immediate future (as I transition back as the Secretary for 2019) I will send out info by addressing e-mails to that group and to my address list so that no one misses anything important.  If you have any questions about the new group, please contact Joe or I.

2019 Captain John Smith Special Event

Special event commemorating the 411th Anniversary of the Capture of John Smith will take place on Saturday, December 1,  from 9:00 am to approximately 3:00 pm at Abingdon Park in Hayes, Virginia.
Members and guests (and the public at large) are welcome.

We plan to operate on 40M around 7.260 MHz, and on 20M around 14.260 MHz. If possible we will try and spot the frequency on the spotting networks.

We look forward to seeing you on the bands!

MPARC Christmas Party

Date: Sunday December 2, 2018

Time: Cocktails 5:30pm; Dinner 6:15pm

Place: Nick’s Spaghetti & Steak House
1440 George Washington Memorial Highway (Rt US17-S), Gloucester Point, VA 23062 (804) 642-2330

MPARC supports the WXGM Christmas Toy Drive. Please bring an unwrapped toy for this charity. There will be a door prize, raffle and possibly a silent auction as well.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Will Grant, WS3G: e-mail:
snail mail: PO Box 36
Ware Neck, VA 23178
Looking forward to seeing you!

New Officers for 2019

At the annual meeting on November 6, 2018 the club elected officers for the next year. The new slate of officers for 2019 are as follows:

  • President: Bill Conkling NR4C
  • Vice-President: Kenny Skirvin KM4KZC
  • Secretary: Joy Safranek W2JMS
  • Treasurer: Rob Neece KK4R
  • Members at Large: Bobby Forest K4BC, Barbara Ettner W4TXF, Rob Jones W4REJ

The Club would like to thank Will Grant WS3G for his service as President the past few years. His leadership has helped the club grow and prosper, and the club is very thankful for that.

Congratulations to the new officers, and we look forward to an even bigger and better 2019.

MPARC Social after July W5YI Testing

MPARC is having a social on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm to celebrate the reopening of the Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue (AVFR) Building 3. 

The particulars are:

  1.  The meeting room where W5YI testing is conducted the last Saturday of every odd month has been reserved all day.  This provides opportunities for MPARC members to gather informally to discuss topics of interest to ham radio operators.
  2. So, please bring show-and-tell items and be ready to discuss what MPARC can do to enhance it’s programs and membership.
  3. We need a headcount so please RSVP to Will WS3G if you plan to attend.  We are also planning to bring some barbeque, sides and drinks from Scoots.  If you want to be in on this please be prepared to contribute $10.  Otherwise you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

SO, please provide the following info to Will WS3G by email:
Name: _____________________________Attending:  YES or NO: ______
If attending, do you want to be included in the Scoots Deal:  YES! (cost is $10) or    NO (bringing own lunch)
Please call me if you have any questions.

Looking forward to a strong response.
Will Grant, WS3G
President, Middle Peninsula Amateur Radio Club

Sally Tompkins Special Event Date Change

ATTENTION:  Date for MPARC Special Event commemorating Mathews native Sally Tompkins has been moved to July 21 to avoid conflict with IARU HF World Championship.

Looking forward to a great turnout at Williams Wharf, 1039 Williams Wharf Rd, Mathews VA.  Begin setup on Saturday, July 21 around 8:30 am; get on air by 9:30 am.

Please contact  Will WS3G if you have any questions.

Info about the special event follows:

Event commemorates Sally Louisa Tompkins (Nov 9, 1833 – Jul 25, 1916), a native of Mathews County, on the 102nd anniversary of her death. She is best remembered for privately sponsoring a hospital in Richmond, VA to treat soldiers wounded in the Civil War. Her hospital had the lowest death rate of any Union or Confederate hospital during the conflict.

Planned operating frequencies: 40M: 7.265 MHz +/- QRM; 20M: 14.265 MHz +/- QRM

June 2018 Meeting Location Change



ON JUNE 5, 2018 



804 642-2330




Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad Building 3 is still closed for repairs and the Gloucester Emergency Operations Center is not available either.

Club Social Gathering after May W5YI Testing Session

MPARC is having an informal gathering after the W5YI Test Session on May 26. Due to the test session location change, we have decided to meet for lunch at Nick’s Spaghetti and Steak House at Gloucester Point around 12:00-12:30pm. We decided it would be nice to have a time to get together for those that are unable to attend the regular meetings either due to other commitments or being unable to drive after dark.

After lunch, we are also planning to do some Field Day planning and just have some social time.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO COME FOR LUNCH but are welcome to do so.  If you can’t make it for lunch, come around 1:30 and join the planning session even if you don’t have plans at this time to come to Field Day.  The guys may be doing some demo (or just discussion) on logging software that is used as well.  This is a great opportunity so I hope you will be able to come.

If you are planning to attend, please send an email to Joy W2JMS so she can have an approximate head count to give to the restaurant.

We hope to see you for a fun afternoon on May 26th.