Verde Valley Amateur Radio Association
North-Central Arizona USA

Next Club Meeting

The next meeting will be another on-line Zoom meeting. Because of coronavirus concerns we will again socially distance ourselves on the internet.

Wednesday, April 21st
6:30pm Social Time
7:00pm Presentation and Business

Ed Hare W1RFI
"A Tour of the ARRL Lab in Newington, CT"
by Ed Hare W1RFI, ARRL Laboratory Supervisor. Ed's Bio:


A Fun Day Outdoors

Friday, April 16th
Noon - 4pm
Highlands Center for Natural History
Take a walk thru the gardens and trails. Bring lunch or enjoy snacks from the snack bar. Around 1pm there will be a presentation by Eric Moore from Jay's Bird Barn in an open air woodland landscape covered ramada.

Field Day

June 25th thru 27th.


Knobby Knee Net
Every Morning at 7:00AM

60s Trivia Net
Tuesday Evenings at 6:30PM

T.G.I.F. Net
Friday Evenings at 6:30PM

Peggy Funk Memorial

You can download a PowerPoint presentation with all the photos shown at the memorial from here:

Celebrate World Amateur Radio Day 2021 on April 18

Sunday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), with this year marking the 96th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union ( IARU), which was founded at the 1925 International Radiotelegraph Conference in Paris. ARRL cofounder and first president Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, was there, and today ARRL is the International Secretariat of the IARU.

IARU has chosen "Amateur Radio: Home but Never Alone" as the theme for World Amateur Radio Day 2021. The theme acknowledges that during our physical distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, amateur radio stands out as a welcome respite for its variety of activities and opportunities.

Amateur radio experimenters were the first to discover that the HF spectrum was not the wasteland experts of the time considered it to be, but a resource that could support worldwide communication. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, amateur radio was "in grave danger of being pushed aside," IARU history has noted, prompting the founding of the IARU. At the 1927 International Radiotelegraph Conference, amateur radio gained allocations still recognized today -- 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters. Over the years, the IARU has worked to defend those allocations and to give all radio amateurs new bands at 136 kHz, 472 kHz, 5 MHz, 10 MHz, 18 MHz, 24 MHz, and 50 MHz.

The 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925 have grown to include more than 160 member-societies in three regions. The International Telecommunication Union ( ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of amateur radio.

On World Amateur Radio Day, all radio amateurs are invited to take to the airwaves to share global goodwill with other amateurs.

Coincidentally, the SSB running of the ARRL Rookie Roundup falls on World Amateur Radio Day (1800 - 2359 UTC). The event is aimed at hams licensed for 3 years or less. Take the opportunity to wish participants "Happy World Amateur Radio Day 2021" on the air.

Some WARD 2021 Activities Around the Globe

moon setting photoMoon on the Mountains by Gary K9SG

"Here is a picture taken from my daughter's house at 9,000 feet in Conifer, CO. The moon is setting just as it was getting light on the snow covered mountains. Nikon D 750 with 350mm zoom lens no tripod. I woke up and saw this out the window and ran for the camera. I guess you would consider this astrophotography."

Squaw Peak drone photoSquaw Peak

Matt N7YIO is a certified drone pilot. He took this photo of the Squaw Peak repeater site. Our repeater is the little shack in the bottom left corner. Camp Verde is in the upper left and the red rocks near Sedona in the top left. Click the photo for a large version.

RF Exposure and You

A book by Ed Hare, W1RFI, ARRL Laboratory Supervisor
RF Exposure and You
PDF file: