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Potomac Valley Radio Club

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  February 2020 Newsletter
A huge newsletter this week! Back in the late 1990’s when I did the Newsletter and sent it out via snail mail, we would have gone broke with the printing and mailing costs!
Thanks to for contributions to this month’s PVRC newsletter go to Ed N3CW, Dave K4EET, Mike W4RN, Chas W3KC, Alan WA3EKL, Bruce WK3A, Ed KG4W and Dan K2YWE..
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 February 2020 Newsletter

  Election Results

In the November-December 2019 PVRC Elections, 148 members took the effort to research and vote on a ballot listing 18 candidates for officers and trustees. They also voted on a bylaw amendment that changed the way trustees are elected.

Officers elected for 2020 are:
President: Tom Valenti K3AJ
Vice President: Mike Barts N4GU
Vice President: Jay Horman W3MMM
Secretary: Tim Shoppa N3QE
Treasurer: Dan Zeitlin K2YWE

Trustees elected for 2020 are:
Trustee: Guy Olinger K2AV
Trustee: Ty Stewart K3MM
Trustee: Don Daso K4ZA
Trustee: Brian McGinness N3OC
Trustee: John Kanode N4MM
Trustee: Pete Smith N4ZR
Trustee: Bud Hippisley W2RU
Trustee: Bud Governale W3LL
Trustee: Frank Donovan W3LPL

The bylaw amendment changing the way trustees are elected was approved with a 87% FOR vote by participating members.

Happy new year, PVRC'ers!
Tim N3QE
PVRC Secretary

  PVRC at Frostfest - Please stop by the PVRC table if you are visiting Frostfest on February 1st.  We will also have the PVRC Galactic Lunch again at Roma's Italian Rest, 7240 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville starting at 12 Noon.  You can order any of the lunch specials for $8.95 plus tax and tip. Each lunch item includes a non-alcoholic cold drink. You can also order off the regular full menu which includes Gluten Free, Seniors Menu, Pizza, Salads, Wraps, Subs, and more. Something for everybody.  Everyone pays for their own meal, so there is no need for advanced menu choices or payment. There is also a bar for those who wish it. 
IMPORTANT:  Roma has two locations in Metro Richmond, so go to the correct one at 7240 Bell Creek Road in Mechanicsville and not the location on East Williamsburg Road. The restaurant is about 5 miles from Frostfest and is an easy connection to I-295 at Exit 37 for your trip home.  If you have attended the Galactic Lunch in the past, this is the same location.

RSVP to Jerome K8LF via email: Jerome K8LF, by Jan 24th at  [email protected] if you expect to attend. The room holds 53 people.
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