ARRL East Bay Section

Technician Class License Course

Posted by John Primus on January 20th, 2018

Ham Radio Licensing Course Now Forming!

Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club and SATERN 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

Thursday January 11, 2018 at 7-9 pm First Class session starts at 6:30

The Salvation Army

3950 Clayton Road, (Cross is West St.)

Concord 94521

Online Registration is required. We use the ARRL Textbook and if you don’t have a book you can order your book in the online registration process. Each student must have full access to a copy of the text. There is a $8.00 admin fee.

Follow up training and License testing will also be available.

For Information & Registration


 Questions:  contact Larry Bradley, KK6QPE at:   

Complete class calendar at

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East Bay Section Manager Position Open

Posted by af6aq on October 26th, 2017

I chose not to run for reelection as Section Manager of the East Bay Section for the term that begins January 1, 2018. There were no other candidates, so the position will become vacant at the end of 2017. ARRL will repost the request for nominating petitions for EB SM in the January and February editions of QST. I believe that the nomination period will end sometime in April and the election, if needed, will occur in May. The newly elected SM will take office on July 1 and serve for the remaining 18 months of the regular two-year term. I will continue to serve as acting Section Manager during the interim until a replacement is either elected or appointed.

I have asked my Section staff appointees to continue to serve as acting appointees until my replacement is identified to provide for a smooth transition. I am very thankful for the support and service my staff have provided. There is much that goes on behind the scenes that your section leadership does. I could not have done all this alone for the past 12 years. I appreciate your supportive comments but please do not forget my (your) East Bay Section staff: Chris Tate N6WM, John Primus AF6RJ, Jack Burris K6JEB, Jim Tittle K6SOE, John Rabold KS6M, and Kristen McIntyre K6WX. Please thank them for their service to the Amateur Radio community when you see them.

Most EB Section appointments will expire at the end of my official term December 31, 2017. Some will be cancelled before for administrative reasons. Those affected by this will receive a letter from me officially canceling their appointment.

Thank all of you for your past support and well wishes. I can only hope that you will provide the same support for my replacement. I will see you around as I will have more time to participate in Public Service events. I will be back for Pacificon 2018 as a “civilian” ham at which time I will be free to attend the presentations I have missed over the past years.

Jim Latham AF6AQ


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North Bay Wildfire Disaster

Posted by ks6m on October 10th, 2017

Our hearts go out to the victims of the wildfire disaster in the North Bay. Shelters have been set up, and there have been news reports of cellular phone outages. Many of us Amateur Radio licensees find ourselves wanting to help. However, do not self-deploy to the disaster area. Members of the public, including hams, should respond to the area only as recognized members of agencies who are active in the response or at the explicit request of those agencies.

As we know from the news about Puerto Rico, the ARRL has a longstanding MOU with the American Red Cross and often serves that agency. The ARRL Field Organization staff in the East Bay Section, including East Bay Section ARES, has been in touch with Red Cross staff to remind them of the MOU and of Amateurs’ willingness to serve. The East Bay Section is also coordinating with the San Francisco Section, which includes most of the disaster area. At this point, the Red Cross has not made a request for support from these sections. However, disaster response continues, and response is followed by recovery. We hams can assist in both stages, but only upon request.

Please see the ARRL East Bay Section ARES Web pages at

To contact the Section Manager or Section Emergency Coordinator, see our EB Section Leadership page at

James R Latham AF6AQ
Section Manager, ARRL East Bay Section
John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section

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Getting on the Air (GOTA) Course

Posted by John Primus on September 8th, 2017

Mount Diablo Amateur Radiuo Club (MDARC) invites you to attend our MDARC/SATERN Volunteer Instructional Team FREE Getting-On-The-Air (GOTA) Course.

  • Learn about Radio Selection, Operating Procedures, Antennas, and Radio Operating Protocols
  • Learn how to Talk on the Radio.
  • Get your Radio questions answered.
  • Three consecutive Thursday classsessions are planned to help you get up and running.  Attend one, two or all three.

All the fun stuff – and No Test.

Who?      Anyone. Those who just passed, or are already licensed.

When?   Thursday, October 12, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Radio Operations Explained)

Thursday, October 19, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Radio Operations Practiced)

Thursday, October 26, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (More Radio Operations Practiced)

Where?  The Salvation Army Church, 3950 Clayton Rd, Concord, CA  (at the corner  of Clayton Road and West Street)

Cost?       None. It’s free.

Advance Registration Required

Signup at:

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East Bay Amateur Radio Club (EBARC) General Class License Course

Posted by John Primus on August 7th, 2017

The East Bay Amateur Radio Club (EBARC) and West Contra Costa Adult Education (WCCAE) will offer a class to prepare applicants for the Amateur Radio General Class License Course, starting Sept. 12, 2017 and ending Dec. 12. The class will meet on Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Alvarado Adult School, 5625 Sutter St., Richmond, CA 94804. Textbook is The ARRL General Class License Manual, 7th Edition. Books will be available for purchase.

Register at the West Contra Costa County School District Adult Education Office, 5625 Sutter St., Richmond (510) 237-1444 or online at:
Class fee is $15 paid to WCCAE. FCC examinations and license applications will be administered at the final class session by the EBARC Volunteer Examiners. Exam fee will be $15.

Contact Ken Fowler at 510-222-0830 or email:

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