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Potomac Valley Radio Club

The mission of the Potomac Valley Radio Club is to promote excellence in radiosport by:

 December 2020 Newsletter

The December issue of the PVRC newsletter is fresh out of the oven and on the window sill.
Thanks to a long list of PVRCers for awesome contributions to this issue of the PVRC
newsletter: Tom K3AJ, Dan K2YWE, John N3AM, Jim N3JT, Roy WN3F, Jim WX3B, Frank W3LPL, Dave W4JVN, Jay W3MMM and Doug AA3S. A big round of thanks to outgoing President K3AJ for 2 years of great leadership!
The quality and usefulness of the PVRC newsletter depends on contributions from members. If you have photos from club meetings, screen shots of new contest software, or brief writeups on station improvements or contest war stories, send them in any format to jpescatore at aol dot com.
73 John K3TN

Click here for the PVRC DECEMBER Newsletter  

  PVRC 2021 Officer Elections

Election Update from Mike Barts..

Ballots have gone out to 576 members however the following members email accounts are not good.  Please provide me with a good email account for this election and other PVRC business.   MIKE'S EMAIL



Please check your email address in the roster lookup (http://www.pvrc.org/5M/Roster_Lookup.php) and update your email address if necessary. Updates may be entered on-line by clicking your call in your roster listing.New; Ballots will be tabulated by the voting service and the results will be provided to the membership of PVRC.

 PVRC Olympics
  The new 2020-2021 PVRC Olympics Rules are available for download by clicking here or

5M Contests The next 5M Contests are: ARRL SS CW is November 7th thru the 9th - logs are due within 7 days
CQWW CW is November 28th thru 29th - logs are due within 5 days
ARRL 160M is December 4 thru 6th - logs due within 7 days
ARRL 10M is Decembeer 12th thru 13th - logs due within 7 days
ARRL RTTY Roundup - January 2nd thru 3rd - logs due within 7 days
the full calendar can be found by clicking here.

PVRC Scholarship Program - PVRC is pleased to announce its newly established PVRC Scholarship. Our new scholarship provides funding towards the educational expenses of a young Amateur Radio operator who is pursuing a post-secondary education. There are no requirements as to field of study. Applicants must be pursuing full-time studies at an accredited undergraduate degree-granting institution.Our scholarship is funded entirely by PVRC member donations paid direct to the ARRL Foundation -the fund's administrator -with no involvement of PVRC in the scholarship's administration. An annual administrative feeis assessed by the Foundation at less than onepercent of the scholarship value.  See the newsletter for details.
Chapter Meetings -  Chapters have been adapting very well to our new stay at home requirments by hosting meetings on the air or via the computer.  In a lot of cases members from other chapters have had opportunities to participate in meetings that they would normally not be able to attend.  This will continue for the forceable future until it is safe to meet again.  If you do not know when your chapter is meeting then go to the Chapter Listing page and contact the local Chapter Chairman for details on the next meeting.
PVRC Brochure PVRC Brochure-
A new PVRC Brochure to introduce the club to new members was introduced at Frostfest.  You can view a copy of it by clicking here.
Inter PVRC Sweepstakes Awards -
A new program is being rolled out to increase participation on the Chapter level as well as offer a little in house competition.  Full details available here!

PVRC Dues -
PVRC has chosen not to implement an annual Dues requirement. We depend on the generosity of all our club members to finance our annual budget. In addition, active PVRC members are expected to participate and submit logs for at least two PVRC Club Competition contests per year. When contemplating your donation to PVRC, each member should consider the benefit you are receiving from PVRC and its many opportunities for your personal growth in our wonderful hobby, then donate accordingly. Direct donations to PVRC via Credit Card or PayPal may be made by clicking the "Donate" button above or  below.  Donations to PVRC are not tax deductible.

Introduction to PVRC
    PVRC has a rich history going back to its foundation in 1947, with valued traditions defining our club. "Once PVRC, always PVRC" expresses a positive open-ended membership policy reflecting the many lifetime friendships formed in the club. Many of these friendships now span the US and the globe, with PVRC alumni found in nearly every other major radiosport club. Though we began as a small local club in the DC metro area, over the years we grew to in-territory membership in six states and DC. To foster the original local experience all across the PVRC territory, we are organized in local chapters. Over a dozen chapters provide members easy travel to meetings for the face to face experience that is the source of tower parties, physical help, elmering, personal encouragement, and just plain fun - the glue that bonds us together. PVRC members are e-wired, in constant communication via the PVRC e-mail reflectors. We use the reflectors to organize and function as an entire club, schedule club-wide events, set ourselves up for contests, share experience and access the incredible knowledge base of our members. We draw our officers and trustees from all across the club territory, and they largely communicate across this geography via electronic means. The PVRC 5 Million Award Program recognizes our members' contribution to club competition by awarding points for scores submitted on behalf of PVRC. We award a very neat plaque for reaching 5 million points with endorsements for levels beyond. Please explore the PVRC web site to learn more about us, and we cordially invite you to contact an officer or a Chapter Chair to begin exploring how membership in PVRC can benefit you as a radiosport player and competitor!
Officers for 2020
  Check the contacts page for full details:   President K3AJ Tom Valenti,  Vice President N4GU Mike Barts, Vice President W3MMM Jay Horman, Secretary N3QE Tim Shoppa and Treasurer K2YWE Dan Zeitlin