Club News

June 2018 Meeting Location Change

ATTENTION!

THE MPARC MONTHLY MEETING

ON JUNE 5, 2018 

WILL BE HELD AT:

NICK’S SPAGHETTI AND STEAK HOUSE

1440 GEORGE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY
(RT US17 SOUTH)
GLOUCESTER POINT, VA 23062
804 642-2330

MEETING STARTS AT 7:15 PM

PLEASE JOIN US AT NICK’S

FOR DINNER AT 6:15 PM

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.

Location Change for May W5YI Testing Session

Due to unplanned renovations at Fire Station 3, we are unable to hold our testing session in the usual location. Joy W2JMS, the W5YI Testing Coordinator has arranged to move the testing session to the back room at Nick’s Spaghetti & Steak House in Gloucester Point.

The test session will be held on the normal day, May 26th. Check-in will be at 9AM and testing will begin at 9:30am.

Anyone that is coming for testing is not obligated to purchase food. This is just a change because the normal location is unavailable.

May Meeting Location Change

Due to unfortunate circumstances (building flood) we will be unable to have out meeting in Station 3 for the foreseeable future.

The MAY 1st meeting will be held in the GLOUCESTER EOC, which is in the building at the back of the Sheriff’s office.  The address is 7502 Justice Drive in the Gloucester Courthouse area. Please see below for a map and directions.

Hopefully, this is a one time move and Station 3 will be available for June, but if not, we will let you know.

Feel free to contact Joy, W2JMS if you have any further questions or concerns. Her email is w2jms@arrl.net

Directions to Gloucester County EOC:

For GPS users:  The address for the Sheriff’s Office is 7502 Justice Dr, Gloucester VA.  I am not sure how far the GPS will take you before it says you have reached you destination.  Just in case, once you are on Justice Dr., go to the “T”  and follow the road to the right.  You will see the EOC building on the left.  There is a fairly large parking lot there, but if necessary, you can continue to the Sheriff’s side of the building where there is more parking.  I think we will be going in the door right there at the parking lot.  We should have someone there to guide people to the meeting room.

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 (this will put you on Main Street).  Follow it down almost to the Courthouse circle.  Just before the circle, Justice Dr is on the left (between the multi-story red brick buildings).  Turn in there.  Go to the “T”  and follow the road to the right.  You will see the EOC building on the left.  There is a fairly large parking lot there, but if necessary, you can continue to the Sheriff’s side of the building where there is more parking.  I think we will be going in the door right there at the parking lot.  We should have someone there to guide people to the meeting room.

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 down almost to the Courthouse circle.  Just before the circle, Justice Dr is on the left (between the multi-story red brick buildings).  Turn in there.  Go to the “T”  and follow the road to the right.  You will see the EOC building on the left.  There is a fairly large parking lot there, but if necessary, you can continue to the Sheriff’s side of the building where there is more parking.  I think we will be going in the door right there at the parking lot.  We should have someone there to guide people to the meeting room.

As always, there will probably be plenty of people on the repeater to guide people in.

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