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 have 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. We do not have regularly scheduled meetings; however, most of the members are active on the air. We do attempt to meet for coffee or a meal from time to time and share ideas and information.
One of our local hams has taken it on himself to compile and share via Email, a “For Sale” list on a regular basis. One thing we hope to accomplish with this webpage is to help get to word out to a larger audience and to help our local members and non-members as well recycle their excess equipment.
One of our long range goals is to participate in Special Events such as Field Day, and local events.