Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

Welcome New Hams, Old Hams and those who want to be Hams!
Welcome to the Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club (VBARC). We are an active club, with over 100 members. You can join us on the net multiple times a week, in person at our weekly breakfast, or on our radios in a local park. You don't need to be a member to join us. Become a Member 

Field Day
Our club is participating in ARRL Field Day. ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. This weekend thousands of radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. If you want more info about ARRL Field Day, read this.

Our VBARC Field Day will be Jun 22-23 in the Agriculture Pavilion, at IRC Fairgrounds, Sat 2 pm - Sun 2 pm (24 hour event). We will have a “Get on the Air Radio Station”, that anyone can operate on. If you’re interested in amateur (or ham) radio, this is the place to be. Bring yourself, school kids, scouts, and anyone that wants to learn about amateur radio. Location: Indian River County Fairgrounds & Expo Center, 7955 58th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32967. For questions, go to our Facebook page (see the link in the Facebook section below).  Here is a draft map to the Argriculture Pavilion, entering from the North Gate might be easiest.  <map> Don't forget a chair !
     
Monthly Club Meeting
Our club meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm. Location: Indian River County (IRC) Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 4225 43rd Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32967. Our next club meeting is Thur, July 11. All are welcome. You do not need to be a member to attend and find out more about our club and ham radio.

Weekly Nets
1. Emergency Net: Monday, 7:30pm, 146.64, tone 107.2, echolink: K4CPJ-R
2. Net About Nothing ... Much: Monday, 8pm, 53.33, tone 100, echolink: KG4ORQ-R
3. IRC ARES Net: Tuesday, 7:30pm, 145.130, tone 107.2, echolink: KM4MCK-R
4. IRC ARES Winlink Net: All week ending Tuesday at 5pm. To participate see the ARES Group tab on the left.
5. D-Star net: Tuesday, 8:30pm to 9:00pm on Reflector 078C
6. DMR net: Tuesday, 9:00pm in talk group 31123
7. Out of Towner Net: Wednesday, 8pm, 53.33, tone 100 echolink: KG4ORQ-R
8. Skywarn Training and Practice Net: Sunday, 9pm, 146.775, tone 107.2, echolink: AF4CN-R


Thursday Breakfast
Every Thursday morning, 8:30 am, Nettie's Roadside Restaurant, 2555 27th Ave, Suite G-6, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Ask for the Ham club, if you don't know us, we're in the back room. All are welcome.

What's Cooking (What's up in the near future)
1. No official QRP this Saturday because of Field Day; likely some folks will be at the fingers anyway.
2. ARRL Field Day is 2 pm Sat to 2 pm Sunday, June 22-23. Arrive early Saturday if you want to help setup. John is working breakfast from 7 am to 9 am both days. Rick B and Eric L are organizing operators, frequencies and loggers. Please don't bring a Software Defined Radio (SDR), they are too noisy. We need youth and operators for the "Get-On-The-Air" (GOTA) station.  This event is open to the public and all are welcome.
3. Club House: Please contact John Davis and/or Jan van der Loos, see email addresses in member list, regarding the clubhouse activies and hours. 


Facebook Page
Want another way to see what's going on in our club, visit the Vero Beach ARC Facebook Page.

VBARC Mailing Address - for Dues and Meetings
Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club
c/o IRC EOC
4225 43rd Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32967


Member Dues
Best to pay at our Meetings, by check or cash.
Optionally Credit card payment; menu link on top left; auto fills in application form for new members.
VBARC Member $20,  VBARC Family Dues $30
Separate donation Treasure Coasters Repeaters: $20
Pay Dues or Become a Member


Become A Ham and Amateur Radio Exam Opportunities
See the Testing and Training link on the left side menu. Attend any Club event to find out more about becoming a ham. 
 
About our Club
Want more info about our club, see and click the "About Us" menu link on the left side or the top of this webpage. The Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club thanks the Indian River County Emergency Operations Center for their support of our club and Amateur RadioThank You!
 
Treasure Coast Ham News - Summer 2024 Issue
The Treasure Coast Ham News Summer 2024 issue is hereTreasure Coast Ham News (TCHN) is not affiliated with any amateur radio club. It is free and published quarterly for the benefit of all area hams and interested parties.  If you would like to be included in their email newsletter list, please send an email to:  tchamnews@gmail.com.  TCHN is always looking for articles of interest.  If you or your club have an item please email the publishers at the address above.
 
Club Shirts and Logo Pins
T-shirts can be viewed and purchased at the following website:  www.zazzle.com/store/w4ot_vbarc. Pins can be purchased by VBARC members for $2 each or $4 for non members. They are nice pins and have proven to be popular! Pins are available at club meetings or Contact the Club.
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HAM SOFTWARE FOR YOU...
The Virtual Ticketing Progam is usefull at hamfests for attendee ticketing, awarding prizes and marketing. Contact John Other HAM software here: KK4SHF @ PlumTX.com  

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