Club News


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:
  • 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: 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,
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:

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:

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

Club Site Fixed Again

**Update 3-6-17** Scott from QTH, the hosting company for the Web site, responded to my inquiry about what might be happening to our site. He has guided me through the use of some other tools that I can use to beef up security on our site. This will help plug any security vulnerabilities that may be discovered and hopefully eliminate further attacks.

If it happens again I will let him know and leave the damage visible for him so he can see what is happening and suggest further measures to take. This is all a new experience for me. While I have read about things like this happening with a WordPress site, I had never experienced it.

Original post:

Several people brought to my attention that the club’s web site was vandalized again over the past couple weeks. I am not quite sure who is doing this or what the motivation is behind the attacks. I thought that the changes I made a few weeks ago were sufficient enough to prevent this kind of thing from happening again. However, I have found that the damage was more extensive this time and required more work to solve the problems.

I have taken additional measures to try and keep this from happening again, as I do not want to go through the work again to restore the site to proper form. I will also be contacting the company that hosts the web site on their servers to see if they can assist me with trying to prevent future attacks on the site. Maybe they can clue me in as to what is going on and what I may not be doing correctly on my end that would cause such things to happen.

I thank everyone again for alerting me to what has been going on. This is not something that I have experienced before, but it serves as a good learning tool for future sites that I may be involved with maintaining.

Spam Posts on the MPARC Web Site

Earlier this evening I was alerted to something that was not quite right with the MPARC web page. Kenny KM4KZC notified me of the problem and I immediately took care of some spam postings that had been made, apparently using my admin account. The vandals did a good job in making it look as if these posts took place a while ago, though I do not believe they were up there for more than a couple weeks.

I have an idea of what might caused this and have taken any and all appropriate measures to ensure that this kind of vandalism does not happen again. This kind of thing is something that can happen to sites that are based on the WordPress platform, which is what I have built the MPARC site on. I thought I had done everything I could to ensure this kind of thing does not happen, though you don’t ever know for sure until the security measures are tested.
I will do a better job at not only ensuring that the security for the MPARC web site is up to the latest standards, but also verifying that there is no vandalism-like behavior taking place. I thank Kenny for brining this to my attention, as I may not have noticed this otherwise. I encourage everyone to visit the site from time to time and contact me if and when you see something that isn’t quite right, whether it be spam-like content or a mistake I may have made. I will respond to any inquiries promptly to ensure our web site represents the club in the best way possible.