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W4HZL is the club call sign for the Middle Peninsula Amateur Radio Club and is used for our repeater, Field Day, and some special events. The call sign originally belonged to Clyde Elder, a founder of the club. Clyde was quite a character and loved to sign "Whiskey 4 Honolulu Zulu Lulu".

In 2007, a tornado destroyed the MPARC repeater antenna, and a new home was found in 2008. WXGM donated space on one of their towers, and the club went to work on a new antenna. A few key contributors to the effort were Mark Lowell (N1LO), Britt Belyea (W4GSF, now SK), and Gray Reid (W4GNR).  The photo below shows the new antennas (VHF and UHF) on the WXGM tower 215' above ground level.

Here are some club members completing the shack set up. (Britt, W4GSF [SK]; Mark, N1LO; and Joe Safranek, K4JJS)

The finished job! Nice and neat -- the way N1LO likes it!

In December 2013, the club started a new special event operation that we hope will become a tradition.  The QSL card appears below, telling about the event.  It commemorates the anniversary of the capture of Captain John Smith by the Powhatan indians, which resulted in his meeting with Pocahontas.  The event is an opportunity to share some local history and to kick start some conversation with the folks that call us.  [Reference for history associated with Wicomico, the location of the event: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werowocomoco.]

The photo below shows the station in operation in 2014.  Will, K4MI, is at the mic, with Bill, NR4C, logging, and Liz, KM4BYA [SK], supervising.

In 2016, we got a bit of publicity in a local paper (picture below).

In February 2015, the club prepared for the upcoming Virginia QSO Party by inviting Gordon, NQ4K, to make a presentation to the Club.  His wife took this picture.

An annual club activity is providing support for the Tour de Chesapeake, a biking event on the Middle Peninsula in Mathews County.  MPARC provides support vehicles (SAG) and a central SAG control point for the ride (picture below).  We use APRS to monitor and direct the SAG vehicles patrolling the route.  We are proud that a cyclist will normally see a SAG vehicle every 20 or 30 minutes, so help is never far away.  The photo shows the net control set up with Jerry (K4SKD), Will (K4MI), and Bill (NR4C).

The summer of 2016 saw two events, Field Day and an NPOTA activation in Mathews County.  The photo shows Jerry K4SKD and Rob K4REJ operating at Field Day (with our 2017 MPARC President, Will Grant WS3G on the far left).  Note all the batteries -- so nice not to listen to a generator all day!

The 2016 NPOTA activation of TR21 was a major success with lots of operators and many QSOs.  The picture shows a few (left to right):  Bill NR4C, Jerry K4SKD, Chuck AI4WU, Will K4MI, Will WS3G, Bobby KT4BOB, Dan WG4F,  Rich K4TJA, and Mark N1LO.

Below, Rob (KK4R, Treasurer and W4HZL trustee) and Bill (NR4C, MPARC Board member, past President and grumpy old man) operate at our NPOTA activation in July, 2017.  Notice that these two need strong supervision!

In the Fall of 2016, the club installed a second repeater antenna at another site (photo below).  It will be an APRS internet gateway and give Mathews County, Gloucester, and the lower peninsula area good coverage for APRS.  There are plans to add a weather station and to provide that information to the internet via one of the weather sites.  In the future, we may find some other interesting uses for it.  

Finally, some recognition for our go-to man for all types of repeater work, Mark Lowell, N1LO.  He does everything, and does it well!  (photo below)

 

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