ARRL East Bay Section

Public Service Events

Posted by ks6m on March 12th, 2016

Outdoor public event season is getting under way here in the Bay Area. Such events include ultra, marathon, and fun runs, bicycle and equestrian rides, community walks, parades, fairs, and rodeos — large, preplanned, non-emergency public activities. Amateur Radio provides voluntary noncommercial communication services to the community at events like these. Sponsors of some 2016 events in the ARRL East Bay Section have requested such support. We list these events on our Web site’s Calendar of Public Service Events. Use the calendar throughout the season to learn of opportunities for service and to sign up.

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General Class License Training

Posted by ks6m on March 12th, 2016

The Salvation Army and the Mt Diablo Amateur Radio Club

Ham Radio General Class License Training
Starts: Thursday 03/31/2016 at 06:30 pm
(The General license is the second level Ham license)
The Salvation Army Corps, 3950 Clayton Rd., Concord CA 94521, Fireside Room
Registration required – Email: HamRadioClass@gmail.com

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Become a Ham in One Day

Posted by ks6m on March 12th, 2016

Here is your opportunity to become, or upgrade, licensed Amateur Radio
operator in one day. Success rate is over 90%. Study Session followed
by Exam.
When: Saturday, May 14th
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Benicia Senior Center
187 East L 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)
Register: www.BeniciaARC.com
Questions: HamRadioClass@BeniciaARC.com or Art at (707) 746-5858
Conducted by: Benicia Amateur Radio Club (BARC), Member W5YI VEC
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! www.BeniciaARC.com

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NPOTA Update

Posted by af6aq on February 22nd, 2016

Before registering a NPOTA activation, be sure to check the sensitivity of the unit you want to activate. Some units are listed as “extremely sensitive” on the list of NPOTA units and require advance coordination with National Park Service administrators well before your activation.

This is especially the case for units that are very small or in an urban area. [Northern California Parks and Monuments are extremely sensitive: contact ARRL Government Liaison Bart Lee, K6VK for guidance. Coordinate and schedule with the responsible park Rangers for the site, act as ham radio ambassadors to the park Service and the public, take noting but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. And make those contacts! De K6VK: e-mail:KV6LEE@gmail.com.]

Nobody wants an activation to be denied. Proper coordination with NPS staff at units listed as “extremely sensitive” will increase your chance of success.

There are 36 activations on tap between February 17-24, including the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (HP39) in Texas and San Juan National Historic Site (NS63) in Puerto Rico. Details about these and other upcoming activations can be found on the NPOTA Activations calendar.

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National Parks On The Air in the East Bay

Posted by ks6m on January 21st, 2016

The ARRL’s National Parks On The Air (NPOTA) operating event is off to a big start. Throughout 2016, Amateur Radio is helping the National Park Service (NPS) celebrate its 100th anniversary. Hams from across the country are “activating” NPS units, promoting the National Park Service, and showcasing Amateur Radio to the public.

Every licensed Amateur can be a “Chaser” at any time, regardless of location, attempting to contact “Activator” hams in NPS units. Every ham can also be an “Activator” while operating at an NPS unit. See the Rules and FAQs in the NPOTA Web pages for more information.

Aside from national trails, the ARRL East Bay Section has four small NPS units: Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park, John Muir and Eugene O’Neill National Historic Sites, and Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial.

Interest in “activating” these small units threatens to overrun their operations if not managed carefully. Local National Park Service management has directed that hams not activate these units in NPOTA except as authorized by ARRL HQ, and only three such activations will be authorized in each of three of these units during the year-long event. No NPOTA activations will be authorized at Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial. Unauthorized activations of these four NPS units will not be accredited, and those QSOs will not count toward NPOTA.

ARRL HQ, my ARRL Field Organization staff here in the East Bay Section, and I will be discussing how to manage authorizations to activate these units, in cooperation with NPS staff. We do not expect any activations to be scheduled soon, and we expect to announce them well in advance of each date and to encourage participation. Together with NPS staff, we want these activations not only to make contacts but also to attract and engage the public on site with our Amateur Radio operations and with our celebration of the National Park Service Centennial Year 2016.

Meanwhile, please do not contact NPS staff at these units on the subject of NPOTA or other Amateur Radio activity except as part of an authorized activation. If you have comments or would like to indicate interest in participating in an activation, however, please contact Chris Tate, N6WM, Assistant Section Manager for Contesting and DX, as shown on our EB Section Leadership page.

More information about the National Park Service Centennial Year 2016

More information about National Parks On The Air

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ARRL East Bay Section
Section Manager: James R Latham, AF6AQ
af6aq@arrl.org

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