The mission of the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club is to provide emergency communications services to the community; to assist other civic organizations; to promote the technical craft of amateur radio through class training and testing; to mentor new amateur operators and members; and enhance fellowship among radio amateurs.
The Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club, club callsign W4CA, is based in the Virginia city of Roanoke. RVARC is a Southwestern Virginia ARRL affiliated radio club with VHF and UHF repeaters in service. We hold twice a month meetings, on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at the American Red Cross Chapterhouse in downtown Roanoke, that are open to members and guests.
The communities that we immediately serve are the Cities of Roanoke and Salem, the Town of Vinton, and the County of Roanoke which total 220,000 persons. We have been serving these communities and Southwestern Virginia since 1932!
Our repeaters are open to all amateur radio operators holding the appropriate license class to operate on 2 meters (146.985MHz -600KHz offset) and 70 centimeters (442.500MHz +5MHz offset). Both repeaters use full CTCSS encoding at 107.2Hz (formerly called PL). Full use of the autopatch requires RVARC membership.
The club actively supports STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) community events and special event stations, WeatherFest, Festival in the Park, the Boy Scouts of America STEM Summits teaching Radio Merit Badge.
W4CA also provides primary or secondary communications for numerous public service events such as; the Raleigh Court Children’s Christmas Parade, Salem Christmas Parade, and the VA Veterans Parade. Thousands of people benefit from our service at those events.
Our Boy Scout Merit Badge Events, amateur radio demonstrations, public service events, and educational events attract both young and older generations of radio amateurs. Though these events, we inform the general public about the uses, applications, capabilities, educational benefits, and various modes of amateur radio.
The club also searches out for special fun special event stations representing ham radio services at significant community events, community anniversaries, historical celebrations, and charitable events.
Our club also supports 4 local school clubs exposing middle and high school students to amateur radio through the use of Elmers, equipment, training, and testing. The schools we support are: William Byrd Middle School, K4WBM; William Byrd High School, WB4HS both in Vinton, VA; Hidden Valley High School, N4HVH in Southwest Roanoke County; and most recently Franklin County High School, KK4ITK.