Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

.....HAPPENINGS Page....

Use this page to see what the club is up to.......just scroll down !!!!


MAY FINAL minutes are posted.

Each month, near the end of the month N1PZB, Gary Webster will be posting the minutes of the previous month's meeting here. Members can click MEETING MINUTES above to review them BEFORE our next meeting's approval vote. ANYTHING can be changed-added-or deleted, and when approved will be posted as FINAL.

2017 VBARC Field Day Committee

Chairman – Jan Goodman, KK4GGJ

Co-Chairman – Eric Larabell, KF4UJO

PIO – Paul J Bartoszewicz, KC2LXV



    Chairman – Craig Stewart, W4PHJ 

        Co-Chairman – Gary Eastman, K4RRK

        Co-Chairman – Dr. Bob Matusiak, KK4KT


Antennas and IT Logging

      Antenna Chairman – Phil Mollica, Jr., W2AR 

      IT/Logging Chairman – Gary Eastman, K4RRK


Safety Committee

      Safety Officer – Robert Torell, KM4CPU 

      Ass’t Safety Officer – David Roy, K1EUS



      Chairman – Paul J Bartoszewicz, KC2LXV 

          Co-Chairman –  Gary Webster, N1PZB

             Cook – Gary Vicars, AB4GV

             Cook – Jim Kerns, KM4UFN



     Chairman – John Franke, KM4MCK


Auxiliary Power/Solar

      Chairman – John Davis,  KK4CHL


Overnight Operator Crew

      Chairman – Jim Davis, W2JKD   

           Operator – John Franke, KM4MCK

           Operator – Eric Hofer, KJ4YZI


Satellite Communications

      Chairman – Jerry Lineback, K4WOF

Frequency/Operator's Scheduler

      Chairman – Jim Bunnell, KB1YBB    

VBARC also would like to acknowledge the help of these XYL's by providing Sat Lunch extras -

Lisa Webster - Baked Beans & Kathy Bartoszewicz - Potato salad.


Sat June 24th - June 25th

It will be held this year at the DEL MAR CONDOMINIUMS, 5400 A1A actually located in the community of INDIAN RIVER SHORES. Our thanks to member Craig Stewart, W4PHJ, and the Board of Directors of Del Mar for allowing us to hold our annual ARRL Field Day event on their grounds.

DIRECTIONS:  US 1 to INDIAN RIVER BLVD.  Go EAST over BARBER BRIDGE (Rte 60) to signal light (3rd light) junction of A1A. Turn LEFT onto A1A. Follow A1A for 2.2 miles. After sign for "SEA WATCH" on right, get into next right turn lane. Turn right into "DEL MAR"... continue EAST (toward OCEANSIDE) to large FLAG pole, and you have arrived at the Clubhouse, site of VBARC FIELD DAY. Park in any free space please.

VBARC receives SSC from Section Manager

Jeff Beals WA4AW

Pictured from L-R:

PIO Paul Bartoszewicz - KC2LXV


VP John Franke KM4MCK



SFL Ass't Section Manager Barry Porter KB1PA

TRUSTEE Richard Jackson AB4AZ

Special Service Club  Certificate and Banner


SFL Section Manager Jeff Beals WA4AW presents SSC Certificate to VBARC President Eric Larabell KF4UJO


Vero Beach Radio Amateurs Commemorate Military Appreciation Month at the


With a Special Event on

Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 10:00 to 14:00 Hours.


All Veterans Are Invited


Licensed Amateur Radio Veterans Encouraged To Operate

Vero Beach Club Radios On Site


The Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club is sanctioned by the Amateur Radio Relay League and the NAVY SEAL MUSEUM to host a Special Event radio outing to commemorate the NAVY SEAL MUSEUM as part of Veterans Appreciation Month. The Club will set up multiple high frequency and very high frequency radio positions to contact other Veteran and non Veteran operators in the United States and Worldwide to inform of the service and sacrifices of Veterans.


All Veterans are invited to attend and licensed radio amateur Veterans are encouraged to take a turn making contacts and getting the word out over the radio using Club supplied equipment.


The Museum is open Saturday and all Veterans enjoy free admission 5/16/2017 - 5/31/2017


Come and enjoy the day and our appreciation for your service.



NOTE TO ALL MEMBERS: The Current VBARC 2017 ROSTER has been posted on the "VBARC MEMBERS ONLY PAGE" of this webpage.

Another great QRP/FOXHUNT Session was held on Saturday May 20th at the PARK AVENUE PARK...a little known "GEM" of a location.  It was organized and run again by Jan KK4GGJ. There are more pictures in our PHOTO GALLERY and a couple of videos in our VIDEO GALLERY...ENJOY

The RED CROSS 2017 HURRICANE HANGER PARTY was held  May Friday, May 19th at the Corporate Air Hanger at the Vero Airport.  VBARC had a booth there, and was manned by President Eric KF4UJO, ARES PIO Gary N1PZB, and VBARC PIO Paul KC2LXV. Besides displaying ARRL Ham Radio literature, a WORNIG ON-AIR GO-KIT from the EOC was on display.  We explained to visitors stopping by the booth, that this is what is taken to the shelters by our hams to communicate back to the EOC.  We also signed up people for our Tech Class on July 15th & 16th. A very good "educate the people" experience was had.

Bob Naumann W5OV , DX Engineering Sales Manager gave a SKYPE presentation on DX Engineering to the VBARC May meeting on 5-11-17.

A Full set of pictures may be seen by clicking on "Photo Gallery" and there is one video in our "Video Gallery"

Enjoy...VBARC is arranging for another DX Engineering Ham presentation in December, 2017.

Thanks to Duane Duncan K4LNN for the Great Aerial shot of our QRP session at Ft Drum Marsh Park

FROM JOHN KK4SHF (VBARC member also)


All invited, get certified:


SKYWARN TRAINING basic class at the EOC for April 26, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Skywarn (NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, CERTIFICATION) and ID numbers will be given out after completing the course.


Location google map:


St. Lucie County Division of Emergency Management

15305 Midway Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34945


Questions: contact Bob Brown   [email protected]   (772) 343-0379


    March 11, 2017 on Wabasso Causeway 

Fun and good 'ole ham comradery was held by over 30 VBARC members on Saturday March 11th.  We all enjoyed bagels and lunch from Penny Hill Subs in Wabasso. Go to the PHOTO GALLERY above to see more...we even posted a video !!! 


A GOOD time ($$$$) was had by all participants at the ORLANDO HAMCATION. Many VBARC members attended, with our VBARC VE's also helping the Orlando HamCancation crew in three VE sessions. Many vendors offered new technology to the ham community, as well as good training sessions throughout Friday and Saturday....Good food & vendors were available...all in all KUDOS to our neighbors to the north for a GREAT HAMFEST !!!

ELMER/PROJECT Night is Every Friday Night

Every Friday evening from 7:30 pm to approx. 10:00pm, you are invited to attend the VBARC ELMER/ PROJECT night at Craig's (W4PHJ) house located on 1386 15th Avenue (behind VBHS).  Whether a seasoned "old timer"  or a new HAM, there is something for everyone. It is also known as "KIT NIGHT", as one Friday might be dedicated to programming a radio OR putting together a Fox Hunt antenna  OR just " Please show me how to operate this radio !"

                   Enjoy a couple of hours with your fellow local hams..... BUT.....


                       "XYL APPROVAL IS NEEDED"....bring your