Tidewater Wireless W4VB serves the Amateur Radio Community of Southeastern Virginia, including the cities of Norfolk, Hampton, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News, and Virginia Beach.
Tidewater Wireless was formed in 1995 by the group of amateur radio operators who maintained the Norfolk 145.33 repeater. The original club call sign was KE4YRQ, and was subsequently changed to W4VB in 1996 under the vanity call sign program.
The charter members of Tidewater Wireless met originally as members of the Atlantic Fleet Headquarters Area Amateur Radio Station WA4ZUA, and also maintained the 145.17 repeater.
The group currently maintains or assists with the following repeaters in Tidewater:
145.17 145.33 147.375 224.400 442.95 444.475
The trustee is Rich, W4NMH.
The primary focus of Tidewater Wireless is public service to the community through the maintenance and operation of repeater systems. Other activities are conducted based on the initiatives and desires of individual members.
An e-mail listserver is available for members.
For additional information please contact Dave K4DA via e-mail to k4da (at) hotmail.com.
1930 QSL card from the original holder of W4VB (courtesy of Eric N3EF):
1931 Amateur Radio Operator License of the original W4VB (courtesy of Rich Ryals):
1933 Amateur Radio Operator License of the original W4VB (courtesy of Rich Ryals):
1947 QSL card from the original holder of W4VB (courtesy of Rick N0VLF):