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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.

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.
Sincerely,
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

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.