ARRL East Bay Section

College Amateur Radio APRS aboard the Cal, High Altitude Balloon

Posted by af6aq on March 12th, 2015

College Amateur Radio APRS aboard the Cal High Altitude Balloon Launch this Saturday 3/14 from the Main Glade – Come Join Us!

 

This Saturday around 12pm Pacific (1900UTC) as part of the “Pi Day” celebration (which will be STEM-focused) the Space Exploration Society at Berkeley (http://sesb NULL.berkeley NULL.edu/) will launch a High Altitude Balloon from the main glade at the Cal Campus.  The launch team is planning for the craft to attain an altitude of around 100,000 feet and at present the flight time will be around 3 hours (and then it will descend with an estimated touch-down at 2153UTC).

 

Please feel free to pass this along to your friends, family, and associates!  Can you help spread the word?  :)

 

AMATEUR RADIO ON BOARD

The balloon will have a GPS-enabled Amateur radio Packet Reporting System (APRS) tracker on-board transmitting at 144.390MHz (the national APRS frequency for 2m) using the callsign KK6PUZ (http://qrz NULL.com/db/kk6puz)-1 which belongs to Cal Planetary Sciences student Kareem Shaik.  So if you run an APRS iGate in the area from Berkeley to Copperopolis, or you’ve been looking for a good reason to set one up, get ready for Pi Day!

 

There will be other systems on-board for photography and telemetry.  You can also track the balloon while in-flight at the High Altitude Balloon Hub (http://tracker NULL.habhub NULL.org/#%21mt=roadmap&mz=11&qm=All&mc=37 NULL.87015,-122 NULL.25946).

 

We could really use some help with tracking and recovering this balloon.  If you know people in the area, please invite them to participate as well.  We are still needing to pull together a few items, including the APRS antenna for the balloon as well as an antenna for the live video feed.

 

Here’s a chance to put many aspects of ham radio to use:

  • APRS
  • Fox-hunting
  • Signal triangulation
  • Mobile radio net
  • Antenna modeling/building
  • Batteries in extreme conditions
  • Abiding by regulations including those of the FAA
  • YOUR imagination !!!

Stay tuned here (http://www NULL.k6jeb NULL.com/) for more info as it becomes available!

 

73 and Go (Cal) Bears!

Jack Burris, K6JEB

President

W6BB Amateur Radio Club at Berkeley (http://www NULL.w6bb NULL.org/)

 

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Ham Radio License Course Forming Now!

Posted by af6aq on March 10th, 2015

The Salvation Army together with the

Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club

will be holding an 8 week course where you can upgrade your Amateur Radio License to General Class

 

The General Class license is your gateway to all the world-wide Amateur bands of excitement and Emergency Communications on Ham Radio…and you do NOT need to learn Morse code!

 

This course is to upgrade your current Technician License

 

Course begins on…

Thursday August 6th to

September 24th at 7-9 pm

The Salvation Army

3950 Clayton Road, (at West St.)

Concord 94521

 

Registration is required.

Class is FREE but there is a $7 materials fee and Textbook if needed about $27.  Each student must have full access to a copy of the text.

 

License testing will also be available.

Follow up training -

Getting On The Air HF is October 8th and October 22nd.

 

To sign up email: HamRadioClass@gmail.com (HamRadioClass null@null gmail NULL.com)

 

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Ham Radio Courses Forming Now!

Posted by af6aq on March 10th, 2015

The Salvation Army together with the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club will be holding Auxiliary training courses to enhance your Amateur and Emergency Radio skills.

 

Courses are …

7-9 pm

The Salvation Army

3950 Clayton Road, (at West St.)

Concord 94521

 

Wednesdays

  • April 1-29       Morse Code/ CW

 

Thursdays

  • April 2            Portable Operations
  • April 16          Echolink/IRLP
  • May 7              ICS 100
  • May 14            Public Service Com
  • May 21            ICS 200
  • May 28            ICS Management for Hams
  • June 25            Buddipole Basics

 

Registration is required.

Class is FREE but there is a $5 materials and room fee

 

To sign up email: RadioSkillsClass@gmail.com (RadioSkillsClass null@null gmail NULL.com)

 

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Free Community Responder ICS Training and AlCo VOAD Meeeting Announcement

Posted by af6aq on March 10th, 2015

SAVE THE DATE
ALCoVOAD’s  NEXT MEMBER MEETING IS APRIL 30, 2015
9:30 – 11:30 AM
EMERGENCY VOLUNTEER CENTERS AND YOUR ORGANIZATION’S RESPONSE TO A DISASTER

Location:  4985 Broder Boulevard, Dublin California 94568

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Ham Radio Licensing Course Forming Now!

Posted by af6aq on November 25th, 2014

The Salvation Army together with the

Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club

will be holding a 7 week course where you can learn everything you need to earn your Technician Class

(entry level) FCC Amateur Radio License.

Getting On The Air 2 week course follows

 

The Technician Class license is your entry to the world-wide excitement of Amateur Radio and Emergency Communications…

and now you do NOT need to learn Morse code!

 

Course begins on…

Thursday January 15, 2015

at 6:30-9 pm

The Salvation Army

3950 Clayton Road, (at West St.)

Concord 94521

Registration is required.

Class is FREE but there is a $7 materials fee and Textbook if needed about $27.  Each student must have full access to a copy of the text.

 

Follow up training and License testing will also be available.

To sign up email: HamRadioClass@gmail.com (HamRadioClass null@null gmail NULL.com)

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