ARRL East Bay Section

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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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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