Virgina Beach

Amateur Radio Club


Welcome to the VB ARC website - Home of W4UG!


The Virginia Beach ARC is a ARRL Special Service "ham radio" club covering all aspects of the hobby.  Visit the Public Service page to find all of the events that we support in the city.  Visit the Admin page to find all the details of the club from Bylaws to officers.  The History page looks at the events from the past.  The membership page offers full details on joining VBARC and membership roster. 

Meetings are live and on Zoom, live at St Andrews Methodist Church, contact for access. Future meetings will either be a hybird of live and online or only online.  Follow this page to know what is planned.  Access to the online meeting can be acquired by sending a email to


Meetings:  Meetings are live back at the Church. 

QRP SATURDAYS:   Will start up again in April.  Always the second saturday of the month.  We will meet at 9:00 AM at Princess Anne Park and put a couple of stations on the air plus have a New Ham training module.  Come on out!  Note the August QRP Saturday is cancelled and suggest all members attend the Tidewater Hamfest in Portsmouth.

License Testing: A License testing events are being scheduled for the Second Thursday of each month at the Virginia Beach Fire training Center, 927 S. birdneck Rd, Va Beach 23451.  You must preregister with Ed Williams KN4KL, VE Manager, if you are interested in one of these testing sessions.

Elections for 2023:  Congratulations to Doug Duggan, President, Bill Brown - Vice President, Gene Bishop - Secretary, Josh Holder - Treasurer and Directors - George Schmidt, Jim Arab, John Best, John Solowski and Chris smith.

Public Service Notes: The next event is the Shamrock Festival in March.  Starting with the 8K on Saturday March 18th then the 1/2 anf Full Marathon on Sunday, march 19th.  See the PS page and contact either Tom WS9B or Terry KA8TNF

VBARC Radio Shack -  Looking for a new home.  any suggestions?

Radiosport or contesting: This is a popular way to make alot of contacts and increase your operating skills, work on WAS and DXCC.  Click here to see all upcoming contests!

Local repeaters are controlled by the Virginia Beach Emergency Amateur Repeater Society or VBEARS.  Repeaters are available on 146.970, 146.895 and 444.950.  Please check the VBEARS page for full details of all repeaters in the region.  If you are using the repeaters and have problems please address your issues to the Manager of the repeater via email here.  We also have a new repeater on 147.300+ managed by the Heart Network.  It is open to all hams when not used for emergency events.

Key nets on the 146.895 repeater are:
     Va Beach ARES Net every Tuesday Night at 8:00 PM
     Hampton Roads Service Net at 9:00 PM every night.

VADXCC Daily HF Health & Wellfare Net

  • 3817 khz at 4:00 PM Eastern DST

  • 28493 khz at 4:30 PM Eastern DST



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