POTOMAC VALLEY RADIO CLUB - NEWSLETTER - AUGUST 1998
Weekly Wed BWI Regional weekly breakfast. Wednesdays 7:30 am,
Basil's Deli, Elkridge Landing Rd near BWI
Aug 6 Thu PVRC/NC meeting, Luna's Pizza, 3227 Avent Ferry Rd,
Raleigh. 6 pm
Aug 11 Tue Northwest meeting, Legends Restaurant, Frederick, MD at 8pm
Aug 15 Sat Fowlfest at W3YOZ Park starting at noon. Same as last year.
Sep 3 Thu PVRC/NC meeting
Sep 12 Sat Joint PVRC/FRC meeting at 1:00 pm at N3AD, Morgantown, PA.
Summer Central meetings are not held during June, July, and August.
FOWLFEST SATURDAY AUGUST 15TH:
It's Fowlfest time!. The joint PVRC and NCDXA meeting will be hosted by
Marty, W3YOZ, at his "park" near Annapolis. Festivities start at noon on
Saturday, August 15, with BBQ chicken and drinks. Some folks may bring
the optional salad, dessert or other munchies. Everybody should bring a
big appetite! Directions:
>From Bridge: I-95/I-495 to MD Route 4 (PA Ave. South/East); turn off at
MD Route 258 (Bristol/Deale); take 258 to MD Route 256; turn left and go
to Rodgers Road; turn right, go to gravel road on left, turn left; go to
1062 sign turn right and go to picnic grounds at the water's edge.
>From U.S. Route 50/Beltway: Take Beltway to Route 50; take Route 50 east;
after crossing Patuxent River the next turnoff is MD Route 424
(Davidsonville Road); take 424 and continue until it dead ends at MD Route
2; turn right, go 200 feet and turn left on Mill Swamp Road; continue to
MD Route 468 (Muddy Creek Road); turn right on 468 and to MD Route 256
(look for Smith's Building Supply); turn right on MD Route 256 and
continue to Rodgers Road (first left after the Churchton Post Office);
turn left on Rodgers Road, go to gravel road on left; turn left, go to
1062 sign, turn right and go to water's edge.
>From I-97: Take I-97 South to MD Route 665 (Allen Blvd.); take 665 to MD
Route 2; take Route 2 south to Mill Swamp Road (first left after Route 424
on right); take Mill Swamp Road to MD Route 468 and follow the directions
CONTRIBUTIONS REPORT by Dave Baugher, WR3L, Treas.
I would like to thank the following for donations to PVRC: N3HBX, K4ZW,
N5OKR, W3LEO, W4JVN, WB8III, and WA4BKW.
JOINT FRC/PVRC MEETING SEPTEMBER 12TH
The joint FRC/PVRC meeting will be held September 12th at 1pm at the farm
of Alan Donziger, N3AD, Waterglo Farm, RD1 Box 347, Morgantown, PA 19543.
(610) 286-6999 [email protected] Directions:
>From Washington or Baltimore Areas take I-95 North to US222 North and exit
at Ephrata (US322). US322 South to Route 23 in Blue Ball. Then Route 23
East- about 2 miles to California Road on left. Go about 3 miles. Pass
intersection of Hammertown Road on left and Swamp Road on right. Look for
first driveway on right; 347 on the mailbox. Park behind the barn.
Note that this is in SEPTEMBER. It is provided early to facilitate your
planning and organizing car pools. -editor
PVRC/NC MEETING MINUTES, 7/18/98, by Pete Soper, KS4XG ([email protected]
Site: The meeting was held at N4CW's home from noon to at least 4:30pm.
(Abbreviated minutes this month. Apologies for any omissions)
Attendees: K2AV Guy, K3KO Brian, K4MA Jim, K4QPL Jim, K4TMC Henry, KS4XG
Pete (sec.), N3QYE Jim, N4AF Howie, N4CW Bert (chairman), N4TL Tom, NT4D
Jay, NX9T Jeff, and W4MYA Bob. Chapter membership remains at 26.
Club business and announcements: Thanks, Bert (N4CW) and thanks, Patty
(KA1LOE). The food was wonderful, the hospitality was super: it was the
next best thing to being in a contest on a Saturday. Thank you!
Bob W4MYA, very well known multiop station owner forsook the NAQP RTTY
contest to join our meeting. Bob brought pictures of his station and we
greatly enjoyed his company.
KF4ARS passed his 20wpm code test and is setting his sights on the
advanced and extra class written tests for upgrade from General to Extra.
K4QPL got his Extra class ticket at the Cary hamfest ARRL tests before
joining the meeting. Congratulations Jim!
Congratulations to PVRC station W4MYA: holding first place in the Internet
score listings for IARU M/S with call sign WU4G.
Congratulations to K4MA for anchoring 40m phone at the W1AW/0 effort in
the IARU test.
N4AF has assured all chapter members living in the Raleigh/Durham area
that our hurricane worries are over. Rest assured that the next big one
will visit a more Easterly locale.
Many photos were taken during this meeting. A PVRC/NC rogue's gallery on
the chapter web site is now inevitable. The rest of you can't escape for
Member activities: AA4NC Will sent word by email that he has one
transceiver back but is otherwise still recovering from the lightning
strike that took out his station. There were complimentary remarks about
Omega Electronics of Raleigh for linear amp repair.
K4MA Jim described his experiences at W1AW/0. He expressed interest in
taking part in the effort next year from a different zone.
K3KO Brian brought schematics of his automatic antenna switching system, a
robust and flexible design aimed at resisting various forms of RF
K4QPL Jim joined the W4ATC NCSU FD effort.
N3NPQ Jeff sends word via N3QYE Jim that he is assembling a collection of
Ham software to be bundled with a future release of Redhat Linux. Those
of you who are aware of life beyond Microsoft are encouraged to submit
any pointers to Jeff for inclusions to this collection.
W2CS Gary sends word by email that he got an FT1000MP and had a load of
fun with it during the IARU.
N4AF Howie is settled in his new home in ? and has two AB105 towers
planted and well fertilized. We were happy to hear that Howie's folks'
health has improved.
NT4D Jay explored station grounding ideas for feedlines at the base of his
new crankup tower. He decided to go with a scheme of putting copper
flashing over a pine board inside a weatherproof box and screwing
feedlines and surge suppressors to the grounded copper sheet.
Next Meeting: The next PVRC/NC meeting will be 6pm Thursday August 6th at
Luna's Pizza, 3227 Avent Ferry Rd in Raleigh (919-854-9600). Directions:
>From the Raleigh Beltline coming South past Crabtree, pass the
Hillsborough St exit and then take the second Western Blvd exit toward NC
State and Downtown (East). Proceed 0.8 Miles East to a right at the second
onto Gorman Street. 1.3 miles later take a right at the light onto Avent
Ferry. Take the next left to the strip mall with Lunas. From East
Raleigh, taking Beltline along south side to the Gorman st exit and go
right. At the first light the strip mall and Luna's is on the left.
NW REGIONAL MEETING MINUTES - JULY 21, 1998 by Greg Altig, N5OKR
In attendance were members N5OKR, W3EKT, K3IXD, NE3H, WD3A, W8ZA, K3TZV,
Business: There was no regular business conducted. N5OKR briefly
discussed upcoming PVRC events and his progress in finding a new NW
Regional meeting location.
>From the introductions: W3EKT, Ed, has been having a basically
"non-radio" summer except for FD with the PVRC crew on the eastern shore
at W3AO. Reports are that the operation was outstanding, as is reflected
in their amazing 4A score! Good job, guys!
K3IXD, Ed, op'd part-time in the IARU contest and reports nothing new on
the upcoming VHF tower installation.
W8ZA, Robert, brought pictures of the upgraded antenna farm on the Rohn 45
tower. Looks impressive! He also reported getting one of the remaining
TS-850s discarded by W3LPL and is now looking for an amp for 160m.
NE3H, Joe, is looking forward to trying out his new "slinky" rx antenna
this fall, and is also having a somewhat "non-radio" summer. He did,
however, set up a small FD station and let his grandson operate. The bug
seems to have bitten the boy, as he is now making his way through "Now
You're Talking". Ahhh, I smell a future PVRCer!
K3TZV, Steve, stayed home for FD and was surprised at the amount of RTTY
activity. He reports working W1AW after much difficulty (on their end, of
course). Steve is still hampered on the low bands by a U/I noise. He
still intends to set up a PA open house at K3SV, perhaps this fall. WD3A,
Tom, op'd FD at K3AA, and enjoyed the air conditioned comfort of a 3E
entry. Shame on you, Tom!
KD3VK, Ken, is one of our new members and new to the contesting scene. He
is anxious to learn and was very receptive to several suggestions as to
upcoming contests and operations that would be excellent learning
experiences. Ken, you are part of the best contesting group in the world,
and we love guiding "fresh meat". Rumors of a VMI-style hazing ritual
prior to being designated a "real" PVRC contester have never been
N5OKR, Greg, remains off the HF scene pending the outcome of his search
for a new QTH. Things are looking up, however, with several prospects
being visited. One is within spitting distance of his former Libertytown
house, and other possibilities range from Owings Mills and Mt. Airy, MD to
Spring Grove, PA. He reports being proud of his XYL, who has now added
"Does it have at least an acre of land?" to her list of questions for the
realtors. Meeting adjourned.
OVER-THE-HILL LUNCH GROUP MEETING, 7/22 by Andy Anderson, W3XE
The July meeting of the PVRC OTH was held on 22 July at the Holiday Inn,
junction of Beltway & US 1(N).
Attendees were W6AXX, W3AZ, AA4XU, W3CP, ND3F, K3ZO, W3UJ, K6IR, N3RR,
N3DYT, K3WX, W3EDZ, and W3XE (Host).
First order of business was a cold drink or hot coffee. Second order of
business was to order lunch. So far all Ayes no Nayes. Third order of
business: The gentlemen who ordered the buffet made a break for the food.
The others sat around and watched us eat and waited for their food.
Fourth order: Attack the buffet bar again for more food. Those who
ordered from the menu waited. Fifth order: Finally those who ordered
from the menu saw some food coming their way. The buffet group made a
final run on the bar. Followed a general discussion of this and that as
well as the troubles of the world. All problems were solved except Pres
Clinton's and we decided that could wait till next month. The host next
month will be Bill, W3AZ. If you want a seat call him. At our age make
as many as you can because you don't know when the guy sitting next to you
is going to become a Silent Key. 73 de Andy
ARRL BULLETIN 52, NEWINGTON, CT, JULY 20, 1998
The ARRL Proposes Simplified Amateur License Structure
The ARRL Board has agreed to propose a simplified Amateur Radio licensing
structure with four classes. Lengthy discussion and debate during the
Board's meeting July 16-18 led to majority support for a plan for four
written examination elements to establish amateurs' operational and
technical qualifications instead of the present five, and two Morse code
examination elements instead of the present three.
Under the plan adopted by the Board, the entry level to Amateur Radio
would be known as Class D and would convey the privileges of the present
Technician license. The written examination would be at the same level of
difficulty as that of the present Technician examination, but consistent
with the privileges of the license. All amateurs now licensed as
Technicians would become Class D.
The next step would be known as Class C and would convey the privileges of
the present General license, but with phone subbands expanded by 50 kHz on
75 and 15 meters and by 25 kHz on 40 meters. Class C would be the entry
level to high frequency (HF) operating privileges. To upgrade from Class
D to Class C, an amateur would pass a written examination on the
operational and technical qualifications required for HF operation and a 5
word per minute Morse code examination. All amateurs now licensed as
General, Technician Plus, and Novice would become Class C. The expansion
of the telephony sub-bands would result from ''refarming'' of the Novice
CW bands that are no longer required for their original purpose.
The third step would be known as Class B and would convey the privileges
of the present Advanced license, but with phone subands expanded by 50 kHz
on 75 and 15 meters and by 25 kHz on 40 meters. To upgrade from Class C
to Class B, an amateur would pass a more advanced written examination
similar in difficulty to the present Element 4A and a 12 word per minute
Morse code examination. All amateurs now licensed as Advanced would become
The final step would be known as Class A and would convey the full
privileges of the present Amateur Extra Class, with telephony sub-bands
expanded by 50 kHz on 75 and 15 meters and by 25 kHz on 40 meters. To
upgrade from Class B to Class A, an amateur would be required to pass the
most difficult written examination in the sequence. Consistent with the
practice in many other countries, no additional Morse code examination
would be required beyond 12 words per minute. All amateurs presently
licensed as Amateur Extra Class would become Class A.
In their discussions, Board members emphasized that the objective is to
rationalize and simplify the amateur licensing structure without reducing
the requirements for any class of license. Where reductions in Morse code
requirements are proposed, there would be a corresponding increase in
written examination standards. On the other hand, Board members were
adamant that simplifying the structure should not come at the expense of
privileges already earned by amateurs. Therefore, present Novice and
Technician Plus licensees, having earned entry-level HF operating
privileges, would be granted the new entry-level HF license.
Adoption of the simplification plan marks the culmination of 30 months of
work by the Board, during which time the input of literally thousands of
ARRL members and other amateurs and prospective amateurs was considered.
The Board debated a wide variety of options including both smaller and
larger numbers of license classes, higher and lower qualification levels,
and different privileges. Nine of the 15 Directors voted in favor of the
plan, with six opposed. Following the meeting ARRL President Rod Stafford,
W6ROD, observed, ''The debate was at times contentious and the result was
not unanimous. Some Board members preferred greater simplification; others
were uncomfortable with some of the changes being proposed. However, every
Board member, without exception, left the meeting knowing that each of his
or her colleagues did what they believe is best for the future of Amateur
Members are urged to contact their ARRL directors to comment on this
proposal. E-mail addresses are on page 10 of any issue of QST. Members
also may comment on the proposal via the ARRLWeb site, http://www.arrl.org
or via e-mail at restruxarrl.org.
SHORT NOTES FROM THE EDITOR
This issue is out a few days late due to a 30 day vacation. We drove
6,680 miles visiting the Rockies. Did the IARU from Waterton, AB (209Q
27Z 3HQ=20,640) and operated mobile on the county hunters (mostly 14056.5
while Martha drove) for 502Q from 16 states and 70 counties. Tnx W3XE for
county hunters info.
A note from Tom Davis, KR4ZY, at the embassy in New Delhi says that he
applied for a VU callsign in October 1997. Another person applied for a
VU call in April 1997 and is still waiting for a reply.
Herman, KR6HP, writing from Clarksville, NY lets us know he has packet on
7089.5 LSB, has put up a LPA dontated by K3LYW (now W3NRS), and has a wide
area repeater on 145.370 via a 300' tower.
The N3RR 1997 ARRL SS SSB team has won the SS Plaque. Operators were
K4VV, KT4W (& daughter), N3RR. Bill sends thanks to Chas, K3WW, for
sponsoring the plaque!
The PVRC/VHF++ picnic and workday at ND3F originally scheduled for August
15 has been CANCELED due to a conflict with the FOWLFEST. Unable to
K4IQ reports that the SW VA chapter is expected to resume meetings in
The Foundation For Amateur Radio, Inc, of which PVRC is a member, has
announced the 1998 winners for 67 scholarships. Included is PVRC member
Andy Roberts, W3KN, sponsored by the Free State ARC.
Craig, KZ3H has sent us an address change effective June 1st. His new
address will be in Clark Fork, ID.
PVRC PLANNING TO DISTRIBUTE FREE SHAREWARE COPIES OF CT by Dick Wilder,
The following text will appear in the PVRC column in the September issue
of AUTOCALL that goes to over 3,000 local hams.
Instead of listing contests this month, this space will be used to
announce that PVRC has made arrangements with K1EA, author of the popular
CT contest software, to distribute SHAREWARE copies. PVRC is planning to
distribute CT version 6.26 (CT6) with updated data files FREE to any Ham
within a 175 miles radius centered on northern VA.
CT6 supports CQWW-DX, ARRL-DX, SS, CQ-WPX, WAE, and the ARRL VHF QSO
contests. All CW transmissions with any model transceiver can be done
exclusively by touching function keys; on 'phone the same keys can be
configured to activate an external voice synthesizer. If you enter a call
of a station previously worked (a dupe), CT will alert you. Also, CT will
compare a portion of a call copied against your log and a master list of
contest calls and show you possible complete calls. The minimum computer
required is a 286 with 512K of RAM running DOS.
CT can interface with a packet cluster via a TNC to receive announcements
(spots), compare them with your log, and select multipliers for display in
the announce window. Further, if your transceiver is a IC735, 751, 761,
765, 781, or TS940, it can be interfaced via a COM port so a touch of a
function key will allow CT to jump your radio to the announced frequency
and enter that call in your log.
Using CT6 will allow you to learn CT commands and let you decide if
contesting is for you. The current CT 9.37 (CT9) uses the CT6 commands,
supports 19 contests, 21 radios, and has several other exciting features.
The main feature I like of all versions is that at end of the contest you
can immediately print your log or save it in a file to be electronically
transmitted to the organizer via email.
Now to drop the other shoe! The CT6 data files such as ARRL sections, DX
countries, and the Master Call List are outdated and CT6 is not compatible
with current CT9 file formats. I can write software to make CT6 data
files from CT9 data and also add some new files that would be needed to
support additional contests. I will pursue this only if there is
sufficient interest. If you would like me to continue, please let me
73, Dick Wilder, K3DI, [email protected] or via the above packet. < Refers
to DXcluster in column header.
PVRC REFLECTOR FREQUENTLY-ASKED-QUESTIONS (FAQ) by Howard Hoyt, N4AF,
Q: How can I subscribe or unsubscribe the PVRC reflector?
A: The reflector is a standard Majordomo robot. All commands are directed
to [email protected] and all messages to reflector participants is
directed to [email protected]
FROM THE ADDRESS YOU WISH TO SUBSCRIBE, send email to [email protected]
with SUBSCRIBE PVRC in the body of the email.
FROM THE SUBSCRIBED ADDRESS, send email to [email protected] with
UNSUBSCRIBE PVRC in the body of the email.
The SUBJECT field is ignored and majordomo is case insensitive. The major
will try to parse all commands in the body of the email, hence, if you
have a canned signature- follow the command line with a second line
reading END to let the major know that he can ignore following lines.
Normally, it will be a matter of minutes before you receive an email
response from the major. Additional information may be gained by sending
email to the major with the body of the message containing the text HELP
Q: What else must I do after I have subscribed?
A: Our club officers have judicated that the reflector shall be open only
to PVRC members. What this means is that, if your email address does not
encapsulate your call sign, you must send email to [email protected] to let him
know what your callsign is.
Q: How can I review WHO is subscribed to the reflector?
A: Send email to the major with message content reading WHO PVRC.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN EXCELLENT WAY TO DETERMINE IF YOU ARE SUBSCRIBED!
Q: The PVRC reflector unsubscribed me, what happened?
A: Possibly your ISP was down or your mailbox filled up.
This produces bounce messages to the administrator each time traffic
goes over the reflector. After a while, the administrator may manually
UNSUBSCRIBE the id. There is no way to notify you of this, as your email
address is not receiving! Just re-SUBSCRIBE.
Q: How can I find out other majordomo commands like getting a digest or
INDEX of postings?
A: Go to http://www.qth.net- or email majordomo with command HELP
Q: I subscribed but receive a 'not subscribed' error back when attempting
to post. What's going on?
A: Probably, your subscribed ID is different from your email server
address. (Or you have been dropped from the subscriber list). Try
sending another SUBSCRIBE in from the erring ID.
Q: Where can the current FAQ be downloaded from?
A: The FAQ resides at ftp://qsl.net/pub/n4af/ under filename PVRC.FAQ
Q: I'm overwhelmed by the number of PVRC messages showing up in my reader
! Any options?
A: You can unsubscribe from the reflector and SUBSCRIBE PVRC-DIGEST. You
will periodically receive a summary of reflector traffic. Naturally, if
shopping for equipment, notice will be delayed.
As with the reflector, try to SUBSCRIBE/UNSUBSCRIBE from the ID you wish
to use. Else, SUBSCRIBE PVRC-DIGEST [email protected] where the later is the
secondary eider you wish subscribed. You will receive email to the
secondary eider requiring you authorize the subscription.
ARRL ERRED ON 1997 10M CONTEST SCORES (based month old minutes, email, and
The results of the 1997 10M contest results posted in a recent issue of
QST are in error because many logs were omitted from the results. Many of
the logs sent in and acknowledged via email were lost.
Rich, KE3Q, has learned that the ARRL is going to do a total re-do of the
1997 10M contest results. Several PVRC logs were omitted from the
results. Bernie, W3UR, says that about 20 FRC logs not listed.
PVRC is listed as the winner in QST but that could change if other clubs
have a better return on resubmitted logs. Therefore, it would be well if
all PVRC'ers who entered the 1997 10M contest check to see if they were
listed in the QST results. If not, it is essential to resubmit your logs
Subsequent material from the League says that they have fixed the problem
for future score submittals via email but I suggest that we need to watch
W4MYA OPEN HOUSE MINUTES by Bob Morris, W4MYA
An open house was held at our place on July 25th. First and foremost I
want to thank the people that made this Open House happen... AC WA4DAI
picked up all the food and cooked BBQ all day Friday! Jo (XYL) provided
baked beans, KF4QQY, Marina (XYL and children) for the tables, chairs,
food and support during the picnic and WU4G for his help. Without them it
would not have happened! Thanks again.
List of attendees: W4HZ and Nancy, AC4OB, N4GU, K4IQ, K4HOT and Lois,
KD4JXY, WR3Z, ND3A, K4VV, WA4DAI, WU4G, W4DR and N4CFL, KF4QQY Marina, and
family, N4EHJ and Reba.
I think a good time was had by all those attending, and we will be
feasting on BBQ during the coming contest season.
PVRC CQ WPX CW SCORES by Dave Blanchard, N3II (07/02/98 #5)
CALL PWR/BAND QSO MULTS TOTAL
** SINGLE OP - UNASSISTED
KE3Q C 2372 712 5,120,156
K3ZO C 1899 665 3,950,100
W3PP C 1437 590 2,490,390
NY4A C TS 803 414 982,422
N4CW C 20 738 436 609,092
W3AZ C 510 304 531,392
N4ZR C 449 288 434,016
N3II C TS 375 258 320,952
W4IF C 225 177 106,200
W9LT C 123 108 44,388
N4MM C 123 114 39,216
K1HTV B 1169 532 1,892,324
W4YE B TS 661 370 696,340
W3CP B 371 257 302,232
N1WR B TS 349 241 245,338
K7CMZ B 334 231 227,997
N3TG B 274 210 165,690
K2UOP B 271 214 157,504
K4QPL B 267 215 136,955
K4VV B 200 166 80,344
W3XG B 149 125 55,875
WB4DNL B TS 134 118 37,524
KF4ARS B TS 118 98 28,420
W4VC B 123 106 24,910
N4MO/3 B 90 81 20,250
WV3B A TS 185 156 50,856
** SINGLE OP - ASSISTED
K3MM C 2008 708 4,304,640
KT4W C 950 442 1,200,000
K3KO C TS 525 355 508,715
WD3A B 150 134 42,880
** MULTI - MULTI
NJ4F C 2863 809 6,158,917
W4MYA C 2264 729 4,948,452
WR3L C 1789 677 3,118,262
A= QRP B= LOW POWER C= HIGH POWER
TS = TRIBANDER + SINGLE ELEM 160-40
BR= BAND RESTRICTED R= ROOKIE
TOTAL SSB 56,154,063 32
TOTAL CW 39,032,749 33
GRAND TOTAL 95,186,812 65
1997 RESULTS # Logs Score
CONTEST CLUB FINLAND 27 82,194,303
SLOVENIA CONTEST CLUB 60 70,105,346
FRANKFORD RADIO CLUB 27 58,911,406
YU DX CLUB 29 56,852,893
ARAUCARIA DX GROUP ? 48,617,698
RHEIN RUHR DX ASSOCIATION 40 47,300,298
YANKEE CLIPPER CONTEST CLUB 61 46,338,877
POTOMAC VALLEY RADIO CLUB 51 45,365,757
KE3Q: KE3Q @ W3LPL
NJ4F: K1SE K4EC K4EU K4GMH K4ZW K7SV NJ4F WA4JUK & DAISY
NY4A: K2AV @ K2AV
W4MYA: WA4QDM W4HZ KF4SPT W4MYA
WR3L: N3NT W2GG WR3Z K3FT WR3L
PVRC REFERENCE PAGE
Please send corrections to the editor. No changes in July 98.
President K3MM Tyler Stewart 301-414-5444 [email protected]
Vice President N3OC Brian McGinness 301-652-6768
Secretary KE3Q Rich Boyd 301-464-8014
Treasurer WR3L Dave Baugher 410-DX1-WR3L [email protected]
Historian K3SA Steve Affens 301-774-0558
Membership Sec W2GG Bob Dannals 410-472-2004 [email protected]
PVRC Charter Members:
W3GRF (SK), W4AAV (SK), W4KFC (SK), N0FFZ (SK), W4LUE, W7YS, VP2VI (W0DX),
PacketCluster Contest/DX System (MHz):
W3LPL Glenwood MD 145.590 441.250
KE3Q Bowie MD 145.570 445.375
N3RR Rockville MD 145.510 441.325
N4OHE Mt.Weather VA 145.710 440.925
K3MQH S Mountain PA 145.630
WR3L Baltimore MD 145.610 440.950
N4SR Woodbridge VA 145.630 *
K4FJ Mt. Vernon VA 145.770 *
KE3QZ Hollywood MD 145.690 *
This system is sponsored by the Potomac Valley DX Spotting Network except
"*" are independently funded by each SYSOP.
PVRC on Internet.
PVRC web site by K3SA:
PVRC/NC web site by KS4XG
PVRC reflector: (editor KS4XG)
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Dues are by donation. The mandatory $10 dues have been discontinued. So
please send your donation - hopefully at least $10 - to Dave Baugher,
WR3L, 615 Rockway Beach Av, Baltimore, MD 21221, Please make checks
payable to PVRC. Thank you.
Newsletter & Autocall column Editor: Dick Wilder, K3DI, 913 Shore Acres
Rd, Arnold, MD 21012-1724. Voice 410-757-6706, FAX/modem 410-757-6720,
Dxcluster packet, and [email protected] Deadlines are the 25th unless
prior arrangements are made.
CENTRAL: The Central Meeting is always the second Monday (except June,
July, and August) at 7:30 pm. The central meeting generally alternates
between MD and VA locations. A pre-meeting dinner is usually held between
5:00 and 6:30 pm. Check via 147- repeater.
VA LOCATION: The Patrick Henry (Public) Library, Route 123,
Vienna, VA. Pre-meeting dinner at Outback, Old Branch Ave.
MD LOCATION: Church of the Nativity (Episcopal), Route 5, Temple
Hills, MD. Pre-meeting dinner at Topolino's.
NORTHWEST: Greg Altig 301-898-1428 [email protected] Meets at 7:30 pm on
the third Tuesday every month at the Legends Restaurant in Hampton Inn, at
I-270 and Route 85 in south Frederick, MD. Essentially includes WEST
NORTH CAROLINA: Chair: Bert Michaud, N4CW, [email protected] Sec: Pete
Soper, KS4XG, [email protected], reflector editor, hm: 919-362-4635, wk:
919-481-6874. Activites: Jim Stevens, K4MA, [email protected] POC is
N4CW and KS4XG. Howie Hoyt, N4AF, [email protected] is PVRC reflector editor.
PVRC/NC meets at 6:00 pm the first Thursday of every month at Luna's, 3227
Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, tel. 919-854-9600. Luna's is in a strip mall
behind Courtney's Restaurant. Go in, and proceed to the back, and up the
stairs to a large table set and waiting for you.
TIDEWATER (VA) COLONY OF PVRC: Don Lynch W4ZYT 757-486-0728
[email protected] Meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of every month in
conjunction with the VA DXCC at C&M Seafood, Virginia Beach Blvd at
Newtown Rd. Take I-64 or I-264 to Newtown Rd North exit. Cross VA Beach
and C&M is on the right. Dinner at 1830 and meeting about 1920.
SOUTHWEST VA CHAPTER: Coordinator: John Mitchell, K4IQ, Catawba, VA
540-384-7377, [email protected] Meets at Denny's Restaurant in West Salem
(exit 137 to intersection & left before the traffic light) OR at Pargo's
Restraurant in Roanoke, VA.
THE BWI REGIONAL/PVRC: Weekly breakfast Wed at 7:30 AM at Basil's Deli
Port on Elkrdige Landing Rd 1/4 mile South of Winterson Road 410-850-4333.
Director: Ike Lawton, W2EOS, 410-263-2830. Secretary: Howard Leake,
W6AXX, 410-465-7008, [email protected]
OVER-THE-HILL BUNCH (Luncheon): Rotating hosts announces meeting info.
Ben Shaver, AA4XU, 703-534-4740; Andy Anderson, W3XE, 301-384-7771,
[email protected], Holiday Inn, College Park MD; and Bill Leavitt, W3AZ,
301-292-5797, Ramada Inn, Oxon Hill
PENNSYLVANIA: Steve Cutshall, K3TZV 717-763-0462
RAPPAHANNOCK Steve Bookout, NJ4F [email protected]
WOODBRIDGE: Jack O'Mara W4NF 703-680-4106 and Cliff Deel W4CE
703-491-0841 [email protected]
CENTRAL VA: Bob Morris, W4MYA 804-457-9011 [email protected]
EASTERN-SHORE (DEL-MAR-VA): Dallas Carter, W3PP 302-875-0550 [email protected]
WEST (Shenandoah, etc) Chair vacant
NORTHEAST: WR3L, see info above
EAST (Annapolis): KE3Q, see info above
OTHER MEETINGS (based on last year):
Jun. W3LPL open house Sat before Field Day with joint FRC/PVRC meeting
on alternate years. (1999, 2001)
summer. When joint FRC/PVRC is at FRC, they announce the date.
Jul. PVRC/NC cook out
Jul. Open house, W4MYA, Goochland,
Aug. Joint NCDXA/PVRC Fowlfest at W3YOZ Park
Aug. VHF++ meeting/workshop at ND3F
Sep. PVRC meeting at the FARfest in Gaithersburg
Sep. Open house, WR3L, Baltimore
Dec. Christmas dinner, DC area.
5 MILLION (CLUB COMPETITION) AWARD Month and w/e number
Jan 3 ARRL VHF Sweepstakes
Jan 4 CQWW 160m CW
Feb 3 ARRL DX CW
Feb 4 CQWW 160m SSB
Mar 1 ARRL DX SSB
Mar last CQWW WPX SSB
May last CQWW WPX CW
Oct 4 CQWW DX SSB
Nov 1 ARRL Sweepstakes CW
Nov 3 ARRL Sweepstakes SSB
Nov 4 CQWW DX CW
Dec 1 ARRL 160m Mixed
Dec 2 ARRL 10m Mixed