WVARA Holiday Party – Dec 11, 2019
When:  Set-up will begin at 6:00pm, with dining at 7pm.  

Where: This will be at our usual meeting place: the Red Cross Building on 2731 N. First Street in San Jose.  


When:  11am – 2:00pm, Saturday, Aug 17, 2019
Where:  Sunnyvale’s Baylands Park, Pickleweed Place #1
(When you get to Baylands Park, turn right after going through the main gate.)
Sunnyvale Baylands Park Map
Sunnyvale Baylands Park Map
There won’t be an evening WVARA meeting in August.  Instead, we are having our annual WVARA BBQ.  Our location (see map below, the reservation is under “WVARA”) includes multiple tables, grill, an AC outlet, and a covered awning for shade.  There is an entry fee per car at Baylands Park, so you may prefer to carpool.  We’ll have hot charcoal and condiments — please bring your own meat to grill.
Our BBQ coincides with the SSB portion of the North American QSO Party (NAQP) which means this is an ideal opportunity for a really fun portable radio operation.    (NAQP Contest rules are at:   We can’t put up any big Field Day-style antennas at Baylands, but we can still string up an NVIS dipole and/or put an HF whip on top of the metal awning and have some fun in the contest.  Let me know if you are interested in volunteering to be in charge of either of the following two tasks:
1) Setting up an HF SSB station. 

2) Setting up a VHF station for event coordination through the WVARA repeater 

2019 Schedule – Electronics Flea Market
Mar.   9
Flea Market – Hosted by Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association.
Apr.  13
Flea Market – Hosted by South Peninsula Amateur Radio Klub.
May  11
Flea Market – Hosted by Santa Clara County Amateur Radio Association.
June   8
Flea Market – Hosted by Southern Peninsula Emergency Communications System.
July  13
Flea Market – Hosted by Foothills Amateur Radio Society.
Aug. 10
Flea Market – Hosted by Silicon Valley Emergency Communications System.
Sep.  14
Flea Market – Hosted by West Valley Amateur Radio Association.


Amateur Radio Annual Winter Banquet (sponsored by FARS)

Friday, February 15, 2019 – 6:00 PM

“Highlights from the Archives: Early Amateur Radio and Accounts of SOS Calls”

Presented by Bob Rydzewski, KJ6SBR, California Historical Radio Society (CHRS)

Reservations Required

WVARA has again been invited to join the Foothill Amateur Radio Society (FARS) for their annual Amateur Radio Winter Banquet at Michael’s restaurant in Shoreline Park. Many WVARA members enjoyed the event and won prizes last year.

This event is open to anyone who wants to attend, but reservations are required. Bring a spouse or a friend, and, of course, bring a few dollars for the raffle. There are over $1,500 in great prizes. See

All sign-ups should be received by 6:00 PM on February 11th. You can sign up online on FARS web site using PayPal. Or you can download and mail a paper reservation form with a check. Mailed sign-ups should be posted by February 7th to be received on time.

Annual Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 12th, WVARA is Having it’s Annual Holiday Party.
We will be meeting at the American Red Cross, on the corner of 1st Street And Plumeria At 7:00pm in our usual meeting room.
The affair is, as usual, a “Pot Luck” where we are treated to some Great “Special” dishes that our members bring to delight our tastebuds each year!
People with Last Names beginning A-M please bring a “Main Dish” And People whose Last Names beginning M-Z Please bring a dessert!
We have some Great “Door Prizes” this year, with some “One-Of-A-Kind” Items That Have Never Been Available At Any Of our Holiday Parties in years past!
Please arrive early, to help set-up the tables if you can.
All members And their guests are Welcome to attend our Holiday Party, So Come One And Come All, To our Best Party Of the Year!
Hope to see You There!
2019 Vice President elect
West Valley Amateur Radio Association
Next Electronics Flea Market at Fry’s Sunnyvale

Saturday, September 8

 ASVARO Electronics Flea Market

ASVARO Electronics Flea Market
Check their webpage for the latests schedule and locations.

FARS Foothills Amateur Radio Society

Information and schedule at

Field Day

Please visit our new Field Day page.

On Air Activities

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