VVARC's Community Service History
VVARC has a long history of community service. Most important is the accomplishments of our members. More than once we have provided communications in times of disaster and for search and rescue.
Other services we have provided over the years:
- FCC amateur radio license testing
- Amateur radio demonstrations
- Communications for parades, races, and other events
VVARC Ongoing Community Services
Annual Field Day(Normally the 4th full weekend in June) June 24th and 25th 2017; 1800 UTC, 11:00 PDT,Saturday and running through 2059 UTC, 13:59 PDT, Sunday
Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year.
Field Day stresses emergency preparedness. Frequently, entire radio clubs get involved and assemble a portable radio station in a field or park. Some might use quickly deployable portable antennas while other might erect more elaborate radio masts and towers supporting several antennas. Generators or solar power provide electricity to amateur radio transceivers, which may be located in tents, cars, recreational vehicles, or other portable shelters.
The contest aspect of a Field Day operating event is to contact as many stations as possible in the given time period (twenty-four hours, during a weekend, if setup commences before the contest starts, or 27 hours if setup commences at contest start time) using the portable station. Each station will exchange information with other participating stations. For the North American Field Day, the exchange consists of the station call sign, the name of the ARRL-recognized section from which the station is operating, and a class designator which indicates the number of transmitters concurrently used at the station and information about the type of electrical power source being used.
The contest portion of Field Day has two purposes. The primary purpose is to demonstrate the group's ability to plan operations that can be effective for an entire twenty-four-hour period, including operator endurance and adequate numbers of operators for a shift operation. The secondary portion is to demonstrate the technical proficiency of the station that has been hastily constructed for the purpose; in theory a better station will be capable of emergency operations in more dire conditions. Such a station will also be capable of making more contacts during the contest portion of Field Day.
The rules governing this activity are published by the sponsor of the particular Field Day exercise.
The 2017 Field Day will be held at the Apple Valley Unified School District campus at 12555 Navajo Rd. Apple Valley, CA 92308. The actual setup location is on the athletic field behind the school. The entrance to this area in on Pahute Rd, apx 0.2 miles East of the intersection of Navajo Rd and Pahute Rd.If you have any questions or wish to volunteer to help, contact any one of the VVARC Officers listed on the Contact Page
Route 66 On-The-Air Special Event0001Z 09 Sep 2017 - 2359Z 17 Sep 2017.
Participation is easy. All Hams are invited to help. You operate out of your home using the special event call (Please ID yourself with your own call occasionally). People are trying to contact as many of the participating groups as they can, so you are the hunted. There are recommended frequencies in QST and we'll add some here as we approach the event.
You do have to keep a log of your contacts, in Zulu time. You do NOT have to do any QSL cards; the club handles any requests that come to the club mailbox.
P.O. BOX 91
APPLE VALLEY, CA 92307-0869
We need to have operators on the air every day of the event. On weekends it's harder to get out through all the traffic; there are usually other special events going on the weekends, too. The participating clubs in the central part of the country get more contacts than we do out here in the far west, but we need to be on the air to represent our stretch of Route 66.
If you have any questions or wish to volunteer to help, you can contact Delvin, KJ6QYP listed on the Contact Page
Or visit the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club - www.w6jbt.org
What is JOTA?
When Scouts want to meet young people from another country, they usually think of attending a World Jamboree. But few people realize that each year more than 400,000 Scouts and Guides "get together" over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA). Modern technology offers Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without leaving home.
The Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts in your community, across the nation, and around the world.
Modern technology offers Scouts exciting opportunities to make friends in other countries without leaving home. JOTA is an annual event in which Scouts and Guides of all ages and all over the world talk with each other using Amateur (Ham) Radio. They share scouting experiences and ideas via radio waves.
Each year more than half a million youth participate in JOTA. The World Scout Bureau reported that in 2011, JOTA had over 750,000 Scout participants from nearly 6,000 amateur radio stations. Since 1958 when the first Jamboree-on-the-Air was held, millions of Scouts have met each other through this event. Contacts made during JOTA have resulted in pen pals and links between Scout troops that have lasted many years.
The radio stations are operated by licensed amateur radio operators. Many Scouts and leaders hold licenses and have their own stations, but the majority participate in JOTA through stations operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs.
JOTA 2017 check-in will begin at 1600 (4 PM) Friday October 20th. Boy and girl scouts of all ages are invited to attend, either as a group or individually with their parents or guardians.
The local JOTA event is being sponsored by the Inland Empire Council - High Desert District BSA, with technical radio support from the Victor Valley Amateur Radio Club (K6QWR)
Activities & Events
- Get on the Air (talk to other scouts and radio amateurs on the radio)
- Electronics Merit Badge ($5 materials fee required)
- Radio Merit badge
- Amateur Satellite Communication
- Amateur Satellite Communication
- Radio T-Hunting
- GPS and Geocaching activities
- CW (Morse Code) Challenge
- RC Aircraft Demonstrations
Additional Activities offered, pending instructor availability
JOTA 2017 Directions
The 2017 JOTA will be held at the old Apple Valley Christian School campus right behind the Redeemer Church at 22434 Nisqually Rd in Apple Valley. The church is apx 300 feet west of the intersection of Nisqually Rd and Central Rd.For more information
President: Greg Rickerl, KI6YEI Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the JOTA flyer
The VVARC sponsors four Technician Level classes per year. The purpose of these classes is not to simply 'pass' the exam but rather to learn how to use HAM radios after you PASS the exam. Instruction includes both powerpoint presentations and hands on familiarization with various HAM radio equipment.
The Technician Level classes run for three consecutive Saturdays, in the months of February, May, August and November. The classes start at 0730 hrs and run through 1700 hrs on each Saturday
If you have any questions or wish to register for a class simply go to our classes page for contact and class information. Pre-registration, at least one week prior to the first class is mandatory. Strongly recommend that you contact POC at least 30 DAYS prior to the class. This expanded time will allow you to order a copy of the textbook, via internet, and begin reading well before the class starts. There is an additional $10.00 charge if you just show up at the door.