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  Potomac Valley Radio Club  

  70th Anniversary Celebration  

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PVRC celebrates 70 years by closing out 2017 with an on-the-air celebration!   Look for the following six callsigns on the air from December 24 to December 31 2017:

N4P, N4V, N4R, N4C, W3GRF and W3AU  


On the Air Details        QSL Information       What is PVRC? 



On the Air Details:


Try to work them all!  Six stations, all on for eight days.   Operators are PVRC members, and while most are in the U.S. Mid Atlantic Area (DC, DE, MD, NC, PA, VA, WV) some will be outside this area, including some operations from Hawaii!  


  • Callsigns:  N4P, N4V, N4R, N4C, W3GRF and W3AU

  • Times:  Eight days:  1700 UTC Dec 24th 2017 to 2359 UTC December 31st 2017

  • Modes:  CW, SSB, Digital

  • Bands:  HF, primarily in the contest (non-WARC) bands

  • Frequencies:   Look for the PVRC special event stations near the “47s” in the General portions of each band, so for instance, 3.047 MHz CW; 14.247 SSB.   Check the spotting networks during the event.  


QSLs are available for each callsign, and if you work them all, they fit together to make a single picture!  QSL via K3LU, with more information in the “QSL information” below.  


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QSL information:


PVRC has special 70th Anniversary QSL cards for this event.   


QSL all callsigns via K3LU – you need only send your card once, and include the information of all the QSOs you made with the PVRC special callsigns.    

  • US Stations:  Include an SASE

  • Outside the US:  Include an envelope and $2 US

PVRC Special Event via K3LU

980 Patuxent Rd

Odenton, MD 21113 USA


DX stations may QSL via the Bureau to K3LU.   


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What is PVRC?  


The Potomac Valley Radio Club is an amateur radio club focused on “radiosport”, aka contesting.   Founded in 1947, PVRC now has over 500 members, mostly in the Mid-Atlantic area.  


The PVRC mission is to promote excellence in radiosport by:

  • Competing and winning in club competition

  • Stimulating the development of operating and technical skills

  • Sharing information and knowledge,

  • Attracting, mentoring and supporting new contesters

  • Developing a spirit of camaraderie and fun

Are you interested in contesting (even just a little) and live in the mid-Atlantic area?   We’d love to have you join us!   There are no dues and we have a policy of “once a member, always a member.”  Please visit our webpage at www.PVRC.org for information about our meetings and membership.

        A Brief PVRC History:  


Hams at the Pentagon's Army Signal Center organized during the summer of 1947 at the home of W4KFT in the Aurora Hills area of Arlington. The club originally called itself the Aurora Hills Radio Club, but the current Potomac Valley Radio Club name was provided by W9NWX (later W0DX, SK) within a few weeks.    Later in 1947, officers were elected and the club was competing in competitions like Sweepstakes and DX contests.  


Today, PVRC has hundreds of members, spread all over the world.  We hold casual meetings but serious on-the-air efforts, welcoming both big guns and little pistols.   We encourage participation and development through various programs and awards.   You can read more about PVRC and our history at www.PVRC.org.   


       About our special calls:


W3GRF, SK (ex-W4KXN) Len Chertof:   As a post-war Pentagon employee, Len helped organize PVRC in its early years.   In the 1950’s, the W3GRF super station outside Washington DC won many contests and helped develop many PVRC members.   You can read more about Len, his station and his involvement in PVRC here:  http://www.pvrc.org/W3GRF/W4KFC-on-W3GRF-CQ-Magazine-03-1961-hires.pdf



W3AU, SK (ex-W3MSK) Ed Bissell:  In the 1960s and 1970s, Ed ran one of the finest multi-multi contest stations on the banks of the Potomac River, just south of Washington, DC.   Many top contesters in the US got their start in serious contesting at W3MSK/W3AU, and Ed is credited as developing the concept of multi-multi contesting.     



These men influenced and inspired many.

They made contesting, indeed ham radio, better.   

On our 70th anniversary, we close out the year by activating these callsigns in their memory, and of the others who helped create the PVRC legacy.   


Here’s to another 70 years!!






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