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   May 2020 Newsletter
 
Hi, all - the May issue of the PVRC newsletter is now available for download at http://www.pvrc.org/Newsletters/2020_05.pdf.
 
Thanks to Mike N4CF, Fred K3ZO, Dan K2YWE, Frank W3LPL and everyone who sent in photos for contributions to this issue of the PVRC newsletter.
 
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 May 2020 Newsletter


PVRC Chapter Winners for 2019 ARRL  Sweepstakes
The W4MYA Scores Cup: 
 The Bob Morris Memorial Award goes to the chapter with the highest percentage increase in their total Sweepstakes score over the prior year.   2019's winner is:
The Laurel Chapter with a 33% scores increase from last year.
Most chapters saw a decline in scores due to challenging propagation.  Chapter Chair Doug, AA3S and the members of the Laurel chapter led the pack with a significant improvement over 2018.   Congratulations to the Laurel members helping PVRC in Sweepstakes in 2019:   AA3S, AB3SX, AC3BU, K1BZ, K3TC, KB3VQC and N3XL.   
The K3LP Logs Cup:  The David Collingham Memorial Award goes to the chapter that adds the most net-new sweepstakes log submissions over the prior year.  2019's winner is:
The Central Virginia Chapter with 9.5 additional logs over last year. 
This was a runaway win with the next closest chapter adding 4 logs.  The Central Virginia Chapter was known as the Roanoke/Blacksburg before and is led by Mark, N2QT.   You may ask "what is 1/2 a log?" and that comes from participation in a multi-op (so 2 ops submitting 1 log each get 1/2 log credit.)
Congratulations to the members of the Central Virginia chapter helping the PVRC cause in 2019:  K2KW, K4XL, KC4D, N2QT, N3AC, N3CW, N4UA, N8AID, NN4RB, W1IE, W4JAM, W4PK and W4WWQ. 
The Battle of the Potomac Cup:   Goes to the South again in 2019!  This was close, both sides had lower scores overall from 2018.  The PVRC members in the South (NC / VA / WV) won with 7.5 million points over the members in the North (DC / DE / MD / PA) with 7.2 million points.   The South may have won but the North made up a LOT of ground in 2019.   Watch out in 2020!  Congrats to all our members on the South side of the Potomac!
The trophies will (eventually) be made available to pass around, a bit like the Stanley Cup, with proper disinfectant and such.  
Congratulations and thanks to everyone on another impressive turnout for Sweepstakes - 266 PVRC logs over both the CW and SSB legs!  Here's to a repeat in 2020.   
Go PVRC!
73 and QWH, 
Jay W3MMM

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 Reunion 2020 -
The annual PVRC On The Air Reunion is coming up in June.  The date is June 6th 0000Z to 0159Z and June 7th 0000Z till 0159Z.  Two two hour segments with activity centered on the 47's..  Full details can be found on the PVRC Reunion page listed in the Member Info button above or clicking here.
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