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Arlington Amateur Radio Club

Arlington County, Virginia USA

An Affiliate Club of the American Radio Relay League

Celebrating 40 Years

Purpose: To further promote the popularity, goodwill, recognition and respect of our hobby both within our fraternalism and the community, and to so conduct our Club meetings and activities in a manner which will serve to the best interest of Amateur Radio. (From the club Constitution).

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We meet the third Tuesday of each month 7:00 – 9:00 PM, usually at St. Thomas More Cathedral School, 105 N. Thomas St. in Arlington, VA. The door to enter the building faces the rear parking lot. If the door is locked, call on the W4WVP repeater (see below).

You do not have to be a member or licensed amateur to attend. Meetings are occasionally held at other locations; tune into our Tuesday night net for updated information.

Next (November) Meeting and Tour of WETA-FM

The November 20 meeting will be at the Saint Thomas More Cathedral School, as usual. The most important business to be accomplished is election of club officers, so please attend, because we must have a quorum.

Also at 7 pm there will be a tour of the WETA-FM transmitter site, 5217 19th Road North, home of of the W4WVP 70-cm repeater, led by WETA-FM Chief Engineer Mike Byrnes. The tour will be limited to ten Arlington Amateur Radio Club members including Al Zodun, K4ZB, who will be the Club's representative at the site. There are rules: Don't touch anything. Don't bring food. Don't park on 19th Road North; if you arrive by car at site just before 7 pm, Al will admit your vehicle; there are a limited number of parking spaces inside the WETA gates. It would be better to carpool, or park nearby and walk to the WETA site. The WETA site is not ADA-accessible, but only a few steps of stair must be negotiated. Priority should be given to, or access may be limited to, Arlington Amateur Radio Club Members (in good standing, that is, paid up), because only they are covered by the Club's ARRL Club Liability Insurance.

As of November 6, 2018, nine Members in Good Standing have RSVPed to attend the WETA-FM tour. There is room for one more. To get on the list (or the waiting list). email .

The WETA-FM site is not only home of the WETA-FM transmitter, which is allowed an unusually high radiated power, but it also transmits, routinely or as backup, other FM or HD signals and houses a backup transmitter (of historical note) for WETA-TV.

When the tour ends, members attending should proceed to the Saint Thomas More Cathedral School for club business and election of officers.

About W4WVP Repeaters

The W4WVP 2-meter repeater is located in Arlington County and utilizes several remote receivers. This repeater is open for general amateur use. It transmits on 145.47 MHz and receives on 144.87 MHz. A subaudible PL (CTCSS) tone of 107.2 Hz is required on your 144.87 MHz signal to access it.

The W4WVP 70-cm repeater, donated by member Dennis Welch, WB7VUM, is also located in Arlington County and is open for general amateur use. It transmits on 449.325 MHz and receives on 444.325 MHz. A subaudible PL (CTCSS) tone of 151.4 Hz is required on your 444.325 MHz signal to access it.

Both repeaters are coordinated by T-MARC, the Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council. You can find information on these and other repeaters in the area on the T-MARC website.

Weekly Bulletin & Net

Listen to bulletins of interest to the Amateur Radio Service from Newsline on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM ET (except for meeting nights), on the W4WVP 2-meter repeater. A club net follows at about 7:20 PM.

All licensed amateurs are invited to check into the net. More information is at this link.


Office Name Call
President Mike Callaham NW3V
Vice President Doug Marshall KK4QFR
Secretary Paul Wilson KI4PW
Treasurer Jack Person W2JWP
Activities Chairman Gary Sessums KC5QCN

Contact Information

You can mail club officers at w4wvp [at] or make your inquiry on our weekly net. Discussions also take place on our public mailing list and on our members-only Yahoo Group mailing list.

For general information on the Amateur Radio Service, and to learn how you can become a radio amateur, see our Amateur Radio page.