ARRL East Bay Section

Benicia Amateur Radio Class-in-One Day

Posted by John Primus on July 23rd, 2017

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 – Benicia, CA



Study Session followed by Exam


When:    Saturday, October 7th, 2017

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Where:   Benicia Senior Center

1201 East 2nd Street, Benicia

What:     Technician Class (beginner’s level)

General Class Upgrade (for those already licensed as a Tech)

Fee:        $30.00 cash at the door

(Includes exam fee)


Questions: or Art at (707) 746-5858

Class size is limited. Advance Registration is Required.

No prep or prior study required.

Prospective Hams should plan on attending a free Get-On-The-Air Class

after passing their test, to become familiar with Amateur Radio operations

Reserve Your Space – Become a Ham in One Day!

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Fldigi/Flmsg Workshop

Posted by John Primus on July 18th, 2017

If you’ve ever persevered in transmitting messages in five-word groups with pauses for phonetic spelling, you’ll be blown away by the ease of message transmission with fldigi.  Coupled with flmsg, it even provides formats for ICS messages, and it lets you send spreadsheets.  So it behooves all of us to learn how to use fldigi. There will be a “learn how to use fldigi” workshop on Thursday, August 3, at the Salvation Army, 3950 Clayton Road (at West St.), Concord. If you’re new to this, we’ll help you get started.  If you’re familiar with fldigi, come and be an elmer.

Bring a laptop and an HT …. that’s all you need for the basics.  Prior to the workshop download  fldigi/flmsg from:

Please register for this class by sending an email request to and complete and return the auto response enrollment form.

There are some very good setup videos: I particularly like the ones by K4REF:

If you have any questions regarding this class, please contact me,

Klaus Berkner K6KHB at

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Auxiliary and Emergency Preparedness Classes

Posted by John Primus on June 9th, 2017

2017 Auxiliary and Emergency Preparedness Classe flyer

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Technician Class License Course

Posted by John Primus on May 9th, 2017

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 August 17, 2017 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 $6.00 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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FCC Personal Radio Service Revisions Will Affect GMRS, FRS, CB

Posted by ks6m on April 29th, 2017

On April 27, 2017, the FCC released a Report and Order announcing rule changes affecting the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), Family Radio Service (FRS), Citizens Band Radio Service (CB), and other Part 95 Personal Radio Services. Though these changes do not affect Amateur Radio, they will be of interest to many of us hams who also use these services and who “elmer” others who do, especially through their communities’ Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) programs (known in some local communities as “NERT” and “CORE“). Most of these changes will become effective 30 days after their publication in The Federal Register. The ARRL issued a press release on April 28 discussing this FCC document.

John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section

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