Village Seven Amateur Radio Club (V7ARC)
President Steve Schaarschmidt, K0CI
Vice President Doug Ducote, AD0TP
Treasurer Gerry Schroeder, KD0VNQ
Secretary Art Hollingsworth, KE0CQF
Special Events Rick Hendricks, KE0GB
Call our Antenna Expert - RAY KG0SS
Ray can be found on 146.460 and can organize a team of volunteers who are equipped to handle most, if not all, your antenna external noise problems from installation or removal to trouble shooting a wide variety of issues!
By Jim, AB5SI
As some of you know, I was active on the Geratol Net in the Extra Class portion of the 80 meter band for several years. In the winter of 2003-2004 we had a shortage of Colorado Club stations on the Net so I decided to do some homework and get a Club set up to help out the net. Additionally, we had several new Hams in the Colorado Springs area who were in need of some additional Elmer help. The Village Seven Amateur Radio Club (V7ARC) was born in March, 2004. We have a very active community and a very high degree of expertise in the hobby and electronics in general. I contacted one of the most active members on our local simplex frequency (146.460), Ray KG0SS, who was very supportive of the effort to establish the club and agreed to serve as the first Vice President. The main premise of our club is to help new Amateurs become better operators and give them much needed encouragement and mentoring. Our members are always willing to share resources – spare parts and reasonably priced equipment. Since its inception in 2004, numerous new Hams have been helped by our members and those who join in the conversations on the frequency each day.
The thing that many do not know (until they show up at a meeting) is that this is, basically, a Social Club. We do participate in Amateur activities but at day's end, we are a social group with vested interested in HAM RADIO!