Open House, 10 Nov 2019

Open House

W4UVA will hold an open house on Sunday, 10 November 2019, from 2-4pm at the W4UVA shack (amateur radio station). (See for directions.)

We will be operating a voice station and a digital station for DX (distance) contacts around the world; a satellite antenna and radio for making contacts through amateur radio satellites; a Winlink radio email station for sending email via amateur radio; and an amateur radio mesh networking node. We’ll also be prepared to talk about amateur radio emergency communications. Licensed amateur radio operators will be available to help you make your first contact if you are not yet licensed!

These are only a few of the many, many areas of interest you can pursue through amateur radio. Amateur radio even looks good on an resume when you’re looking for that first engineering or technical job! Drop by and learn about amateur radio and the W4UVA club.

UVa Bicentennial Special Event Station

University of Virginia Bicentennial Commemoration
Special Event Station

Friday – Sunday, 4-6 October 2019
Daily from 1200Z-2300Z
Frequencies: On (or near) 7.242, 14.242, 7.074, and 14.074.
QSL: To receive a Special Event QSL card, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your QSL card to:

W4UVA Special Event
Albemarle Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 6833
Charlottesville, VA 22906

Ground Station Update, 19 March 2017

We placed the non-penetrating roof mount that will hold the positioner and antenna array for the secondary station.  This Google Street View ( will give you an idea of what the array will be able to see.  It is clearly a sub-optimal location in terms of sky view, but easily accessible for continued experimentation with antennas and new bands.

Virginia QSO Party

QSOPARTY Score Summary Sheet
Start Date : 2011-03-19
CallSign Used : W4UVA
Operator(s) : WF7I N4MJC KI4LGE KD5SDQ
Operator Category : SCHOOL-CLUB
Band : ALL
Power : HIGH
Mode : MIXED
Gridsquare : FM08RA
Software : N1MM Logger V11.3.3

Band Mode QSOs Pts Sec
3.5 LSB 113 113 14
7 CW 105 212 10
7 LSB 508 508 109
Total Both 726 833 133

Score : 111,289!!
Bonus Station Summary
Callsign(s) : K4NVA, K4NVA/M
QSOs : 1
Points : 500
Rig : Omni VI with Ameritron ALS-600 Running 500 W
Antennas : 40 m inverted vee in woods; OCF dipole in woods
Soapbox : This is our second Virginia QSO party operated from W4UVA’s
club station in Charlottesville, VA
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Meeting, 14 Feb 2011

  • Attendees: Bert, Alex, Will, Mark, Ben
  • Dues collected: Alex, Will (collected previously), Pete (collected previous semester). Still owe: Matt, Kar, Mark
  • Discussed Emergency Comm. and Marge Sidebottom: Marge to give $2500 for tower; 1 drill/year to coordinate with W4UVA group; Later on more participation anticipated
  • Tower project updates: waiting for order to happen!
  • Licensing milestones: Alex upgraded to General, Mark upgraded to Extra, Will missed upgrade to Extra by one question
  • Winterfest: Mark and Bert going on Sunday the 28th, others doubtful or TBD
  • Antenna projects: TV antenna/amp to come down from silo (work on Friday); Need to do replacement for repeater antenna; Install 6m/2m/70cm whip for general use, on cable support mast at shack; OCF to be replaced with 80m dipole
  • Attendees: Mark, Bert, Will, Alex, and Matt
  • Election held for Equipment Manager: Alex Olihovik elected. Duties primarily to be rapid-response for any "crisis" problems at the ham shack. Other duties TBD/up to Alex
  • Keys: Alex needs a shack key. New potential members Dale and Ben (not in attendence) to be emailed to see if possible to gather a group together for Paul's orientation
  • Frostfest: Mark and Alex interested in going, Will might go. Suggestion to contact VTARA to see if they might be willing to carpool with them (if going through C'ville).
  • Will to order the small list of items for shack and reimbursement for cable ties (from Bert)
  • New repeater net: to be Wednesday nights at 5:15 PM

(Last meeting, Fall 2010)

  • Appropriations for Spring, 2011 submitted that evening (Mark and Bert, Student Council Hearing)
  • Friday, 12/3 after 5 PM Bert conductedrig comparisons and demos of three HF rigs
  • Will: to check on paying internet ITC fee and spending the remainder of fall appropriations monies with the business office
  • Thoughts about spring: set up a demo (time/date TBD); Winter activities fair?? (no details yet from Student Council); Email to multiple lists of students for recruitment of members (not just EE)
  • Other: Tom Sielicki returned keys and Kenwood HT due to graduation; Bert and Mark continue work on tower procurement, with many promising developments concerning funding and support from faculty.

ARRL Sweepstakes SSB

SOAPBOX: Our second year in recent history working the sweepstakes.
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger V10.11.1
Note: 71 of 80 ARRL Sections worked
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