Club News

MPARC 30th Anniversary Membership Book

With the 30th Anniversary celebration of MPARC approaching Joy W2JMS has put together a very nice book that has club history and information. It is a revised version from the 20th anniversary in 2008. We are very thankful to Joy for her efforts in putting together this book.

The book can be viewed here in PDF format.

MPARC 30th Anniversary Celebration

The Middle Peninsula Amateur Radio Club was founded on February 22, 1988, and 2018 is the club’s 30th anniversary! Joy W2JMS has been working diligently to organize a very special celebration for the 30th anniversary, and the details follow below.

What:  30th  Anniversary of MPARC

Where:  Whitcomb Lodge (Beaverdam Park South Side) Address and directions will be below.

Date:  February 18th, 2018

Time:  Starting at 9:00am and Ending by 5:30pm.  Come anytime during the day that you can.  The set up crew (anyone who wants to help) will start around 8:00am.

Special Event Operating Station:  We hope to be on the air around 9:00 and talk the rest of the day as long as someone wants to operate

Lunch:  We will start to eat between 1:00 and 1:30.  Lunch will be pulled pork and pulled chicken BBQ from Scoots BBQ at Gloucester Point with buns for making sandwiches.  Side dishes will vary as they are being provided via pot luck by the members.  We will have coffee, soft drinks, and water.

Program:  This will be a fun time for all after lunch.  We have a few awards (serious and fun) to hand out.  I have just been informed that we will have a guest speaker.  Our very own MPARC Surgeon General (motivational speaker and story teller) Dr. John Myles has agreed to give us a run down on all the members he can remember.  This could be very long or very short depending on how well his memory is doing!  Actually he has promised to keep it short.

Raffle/Door Prize Drawing:  If your party planner gets busy, there may be a few door prizes.

Grand Raffle Drawing:  Thanks to all your ticket purchases, the winner will walk away with $450.00 to use to enhance their Amateur Radio Shack.

I think that about sums it up.  If you have any specific questions, please  send an e-mail and I will try to answer them.

Here are the address and directions for the lodge.  Again, contact me if you need more info.

For GPS users:  There is not a physical address for the lodge.  The address for Beaverdam is 8687 Roaring Springs Rd, Gloucester VA.  If you put this in your GPS, it will take you to the entrance of the park.  However, just before you get there (about the time the GPS says “You have arrived at your destination”, you will see a fairly large sign on the left hand side of the road pointing to “Whitcomb Lodge” (I plan to put a sign under it that says “Happy 30th”.  If you have never been there, it looks like it is a driveway to nowhere, but the lodge parking lot is at the end of that road.  It is a pretty good size parking lot, but if we should run out of room, rather than parking on the side of the road leading in, there is space at the beginning of the driveway that is overflow parking for the actual park.

Basic directions for those without GPS: 

If you are coming North on Rt 17, you will go past the shopping area where Walmart and Home Depot are located to the next traffic light (Belroi Rd).  Turn right onto Belroi.  Go to the stop sign and turn right again.  You will see a log cabin on the left.  Turn left on to Roaring Springs Rd just before the cabin.  Follow it until you see the sign for the lodge.

If you are coming South on Rt 17, you will turn left at the traffic light for Main Street (at Newington Baptist Church) and go straight until you see the log cabin on the left.  Turn left on to Roaring Springs Rd just before the cabin.  Follow it until you see the sign for the lodge.

I look forward to a great day of fun and friendship and hope you do too.

Joy, W2JMS
w2jms@arrl.net

K4ASI, SK

It is with a very, very heavy heart that we post this notice.  We lost a highly respected member of the club this morning.  Bill Eacho, K4ASI, better known to many of us as “Smokehouse” became a silent key this morning.  Joy, W2JMS, received word from Dr. John Myles that he apparently had a stroke.  There are no other details at this time.  Dr. John told me he would keep me posted and I in turn will send out funeral details as soon as we know them.

**UPDATE 2-11-18** Arrangements for Bill will be as follows: the funeral will be at Andrews Funeral Home on Thursday Feb. 15th at 6:30 PM.

Smokehouse was an Elmer to many and worked very hard for ham radio and the club as long as he was able to do so.  He was a fixture at our breakfasts.  He will be greatly missed.

Please say a prayer for him and his family as they deal with this loss.

2017 MPARC Christmas Party

Christmas Party
Middle Peninsula Radio Amateur Radio Club – MPARC

Date: Sunday December 3, 2017

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

Place: Nick’s Spaghetti & Steak House

1440 George Washington Memorial Highway (Rt US 17-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 door prizes, raffle and possibly a silent auction as well.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Will Grant, WS3G:

  • e-mail: ws3g@arrl.net
  • cell (202) 431 3538 (voice and text)
  • home: (804) 694 4653
  • snail mail: PO Box 36, Ware Neck, VA 23178

Looking forward to seeing you!

October 2017 VE Session in Williamsburg

This message is from the VE Coordinator from Williamsburg:

Our October VE Sessions will be held on Saturday October 28, 2017  at the Workforce Development Center of Thomas Nelson Community College on 4135 Ironbound Road Williamsburg starting at 8:30 am. Steve Foster, W4DMZ, has again secured the Workforce Development Center for us. The TNCC Workforce Development Center is located across the street from Panera Bread on Monticello Avenue in Williamsburg.  The site is behind the Courthouse with the entrance off of Ironbound Road.  The tests will be given on the 2nd floor with the room TBD.  (Directions are available here).  I will place signs at the entrance and if possible have some VE’s standing by the entrance outside to provide directions to the room.

Those of you who wish to either upgrade your current license or anyone wishing to take the exam for the first time the cost is still $15.  The amount can be paid by check (made out to the ARRL VEC) and of course cash is always taken.  Candidates who already posses a license please bring: a photo ID, your current original license or CSCE and a copy of same, and either of your social security # or your FCC/FRN registration number.  Those who do not posses a license please bring a photo ID and either your social security # or FCC/FRN registration number.  The SS # or FCC/FRN # must be provided on  Form 605 and provided to the ARRL and the FCC.  (A copy of your SS card is not needed)  Calculators are allowed and we will provide scrap paper if needed, however, cell phones are not allowed to be used since they are computers and can store information.  Candidates can take 1 or more of the elements and the cost is the same, $15.  However, if a candidate fails an element and wishes to retake it the cost will be an additional $15.  If anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to e mail me here on the reflector, at my home e mail: macsac05@cox.net or call/or text me or on my cell at 757 585 0375 .  The cell phone will get me faster.

Info on Two Club Members

A couple of local hams that are active MPARC members were on a sailboat voyage in the Northern Atlantic when they were involved in a sailboat accident. Wes Jones (AI4FH) and Bobby Forest (KT4BOB) were about 200 miles off the coast of Iceland on Wednesday (7-26-17) when their sailboat overturned in a storm.

There was a story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch about the accident. You can read the full article here: Wes & Bobby Article

Skywarn Spotter Class Information

Good Evening Everyone,

This evening on the ARES net Howard WZ4K reminded the group about some upcoming Skywarn spotter training classes in the area. If you are interested in being a Skywarn spotter and would like to attend a class, you can check out the NWS Wakefield Skywarn page, https://www.weather.gov/akq/SKYWARN.
Skywarn training is good for three years, so if you are an existing spotter but haven’t been to a class recently this is a good opportunity to refresh your training.
This web site also has other good information about the Skywarn Spotter program, with good resources that you can reference. The class schedule on the page is updated throughout the year when new classes are scheduled. If you are not able to attend one of the current ones, there will be others scheduled later in the year.

Jim Bailey, KB4ZIN, SK

Jim Bailey, KB4ZIN, passed away on April 5. You might recognize his call sign from the local repeaters in the Williamsburg area. He set up the 146.76 machine in the area in 1987, which has proven to be rather useful in emergency situations throughout the years. It is also a place for hams that pass through Williamsburg to pop in and chat with someone on their journey.

While Jim was not very active as of late, he would check in to the Wednesday night ARES net every once in a while, and monitored the repeaters when he could. He had a passion for electronics and home brew projects, and enjoyed chatting about them with others.

Jim’s obituary was published in the April 15th edition of the Virginia Gazette in Williamsburg. Click Here to read it.

A memorial service for Jim will be on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 5PM at the Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport, 100 Marclay Road, Williamsburg.

MPARC Technician and General License Classes

The Middle Peninsula Amateur Radio Club (MPARC) is sponsoring license classes for the Technician (entry level) and General license levels.

The dates for these classes is as follows:

April 2, 9, 23, 30, May 7, and 21, 2017
(no classes on Easter or Mother’s Day)

The location is the Gloucester Public Library, Study Room 1
6920 Main Street, Gloucester Courthouse. Map to Library.

For more information or to sign up for the classes, please contact Will Grant, WS3G.

Will Grant, WS3G  Telephone: 202 431 3538 Email: ws3g@arrl.net

2017 Virginia QSO Party

The Virginia QSO Party takes place on Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19, 2017. The hours for Saturday are 10am-10pm, and Sunday 8am-8pm local time.

The exchange for the contest is a sequential serial number + your county/independent city designator. A list of counties and independent cities can be found at the web site below.

The rules for this year, as well as a wealth of other information, can be found on the VaQP Web site: http://www.qsl.net/sterling/VA_QSO_Party/2017_VQP/2017_VQP_Main.html.

If you can, get on and make some QSOs. This is one of the rare times where people are looking for YOU!