Special Events

Every year MPARC holds a special event to commemorate different historical people that are from the Middle Peninsula area.

Walter Reed special event

This event commemorates Dr. Walter Reed, a US Army doctor whose research confirmed that Yellow Fever was transmitted only via mosquitoes. He was born on a plantation in the Belroi section of Gloucester county. His birthplace is now a historical landmark.

Sally Tompkins special event

This event commemorates Captain Sally Tompkins, the first woman to have been formally inducted into an army in American history. She was born at Poplar Grove in Mathews County.

Captain John Smith special event

This special event commemorates the capture of Captain John Smith by Chief Powhatan and his confederacy. The event typically takes place around the first weekend in December.

We set up our station at Abingdon Park in Hayes, a site not far from Wicomoco where this historic event took place in 1607. This event is a fun activity that helps commemorate some history and generate some interesting conversation on the ham bands.

If you are listening for us on the air, we plan to operate around 7.265 MHz and 14.265 MHz, +/- QRM. We intend to be on the air between 9am and 3pm. Give us a call, we would love to hear from you!


If you wish to receive a QSL card for our special event, please send an SASE to:

Middle Peninsula Amateur Radio Club
PO BOX 1121
Gloucester Point, VA 23062