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Potomac Valley Radio Club

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

 October 2020 Newsletter
The October issue of the PVRC newsletter is now available at https://www.pvrc.org/Newsletters/2020_10.pdf
Thanks to Dan K3YWE, Rick N0YY, Aian AD5XI, Bill K3WA, Alan WA3EKL, Frank W3LPL and ???? The Mystery PVRCer for their great contributions this month.

As usual, send write-ups, ideas, rants or noodles to jpescatore at aol dot com - the quality of the PVRC newsletter is driven by  your inputs.
73 John K3TN


Click here for the PVRC October Newsletter  

  PVRC 2021 Officer Elections

In accordance with the PVRC bylaws and the election procedures agreed upon by the Trustees for the 2021 elections, the following schedule will be followed:

  • Deadline for nominations - October 31, 2020
  • Chapter head review of eligible voter list - October 15, 2020 thru November 15, 2020
  • Ballots sent out via e-mail - November 15, 2020
  • Voting period - November 15, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020
  • Review & announce election results - Early January 2021

Because PVRC is not currently holding in-person chapter meetings, the voting will be conducted using a secure on-line voting service.

To make that work, the following will apply:

  • Nominations may be made to a chapter chair at on-line or on-the air chapter meetings during the nomination period.
  • Additionally, any member may make nominations directly to any chapter chair or officer.

The bylaws state that "An active member is a member who participates in club activities and has paid current dues," and "Inactive members may neither vote nor hold office." Accordingly, ballots will be distributed only to members who have evidenced "participation in club activities" by meeting any of the following criteria:

  • Earned a 5M award at the 5M or greater point level at any time
  • Attended a PVRC meeting in the prior or current calendar year
  • Submitted a score in a 5M contest in the prior or current calendar year
  • Submitted a score in the PVRC reunion in the prior or current calendar year

To be as inclusive as possible, the active member list will be given to the chapter chairs for review. They may request active member status for any chapter member not included in the list by providing a brief rationale for doing so to the officers for their approval. A member not qualifying under these criteria may file an appeal for active member status based on their other support of PVRC. The appeal may be submitted on behalf of the appellant by any other PVRC member. The appeal shall be reviewed and adjudicated by the officers promptly. Ballots will be e-mailed to each member on the active member list. It is the responsibility of each member to ensure that their email address is correct in the PVRC member roster.

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 at
One optional requirement is the MD QSO Party which is Aug 8th  1400 UTC - 0400 UTC. 
Click here for MD QSO Party contest details.
5M Contests The next 5M Contests are:
CQWW SSB is Octobers 24th thru the 25th - logs are due within 5 days
ARRL SS CW is November 7th thru the 9th - logs are due within 7 days
WAE RTTY is November 14th thru the 15th - logs are due within 7 days
ARRL SS SSB is November 21st thru 23nd - logs are due within 7 days
CQWW CW is November 28th thru 29th - logs are due within 5 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