ARRL East Bay Section

Archive for January, 2008


Posted by af6aq on 30th January 2008

THE 25-25 NetPROMOTING RAGCHEW ON 2-METERS SIDEBAND SSB Ragchewers welcome here. 

Each week we host a one-hour net for lovers of 2-meters sideband. We hope you’ll join us. Our Net has been in operation since March of 2007. Keep visiting this site for Net updates and other new information. We’ll be adding some fun links that you’ll enjoy in the coming weeks. If you need to reach us, send us an e-mail message 

Joe Colouch – WB6TFD                   John Vargas – KI6BEN
Net Control and Co-Founder             Webmaster and Co-Founder
 Net Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays at 2000 hours localFrequency: 144.230 MHz*Mode: Upper Sideband 

*Note: At the beginning of each Net, our NetControl operator will take an assessment of any QSOs that are taking place near our Net frequency. If any exist that present a problem for any stations calling in, NetControl will instruct all Net stations to move up or down within 5 kHz

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Posted by af6aq on 30th January 2008

VE TEST Sessions

ARCA, EBARC, and ORCA sponsor joint ARRL VEC Amateur Radio Test Sessions quarterly (4/27, 7/27, 10/26) at 0900 hours. Exams are held at Fire Station #1 Media Room, 1605 Martin Luther King at

17th Street, Oakland

. The 2008 fee (and retest fee) remains at $14. For info call 510-846-1587 or 510-741-8227.

MDARC holds VE test sessions on the 3rd Friday of the month, 1800 hours local, at Our Savior's

1035 Carol Lane Lafayette, CA

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ARRL Teachers Institute

Posted by af6aq on 29th January 2008

ARRL Education Services Manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, has announced the dates for the ARRL Teachers Institute for 2008.  Six sessions will be offered this year.  The earliest one is scheduled for April 7-10 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa Florida .

The ARRL Web page with the updated information, a downloadable application and downloadable brochure and flyer is:


Steve Ewald, WV1X

Supervisor, Field Organization Team

ARRL – The national association for Amateur Radio


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6 Meter Repeater and NET

Posted by af6aq on 29th January 2008

All– Dust off those 6 meter rigs!

The K6LRG group run by Livermore Amateyr Radio Klub (LARK) Members Jon Schwartz K6EWN(Trustee) along
with Chris Tate K6CMD and Adam Bertsch KR6BD is hosting a regular
tuesday night Net on the K6LRG/R repeater located on Patterson Pass.

The purpose of the Net is to promote the use of 6 meter FM. We have
had a good showing during the last couple, and would love to have 
others check in.

<<The Net starts promptly at 7:30 pm PST>>

The K6LRG repeater information is as follows

Output: 52.9 MHz – Offset
making the Input: 52.4 MHz
PL tone: 114.8

Any licensed Hams wishing to participate are welcome and encouraged.

For more information about  Livermore Amateur Radio Group Endevours (LARGE) go to our web site at
Thanks and hope to hear you on frequency!

73 de K6CMD

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New Section Emergency Coordinator Appointed

Posted by af6aq on 28th January 2008

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, as our new East Bay Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC).

He obtained his first Amateur Radio license, WN9ELU, in Chicago in 1970. Since then Jim has held General, Advanced and Extra Class licenses and the call signs: WB9ELU, N6OIK, V26JAT and 3D2TJ, as well as having operated as PJ2/K6JAT and KH6/K6JAT, and from V26DX.  
At Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois, Jim became the president of the Radio Club which held the call sign of W9SW and was
equipped with some World War II surplus equipment. Jim built his own gear mostly from Heathkits. In 1977, Jim married his wife Lilah Greene, KE6EHD, and they moved to California. (They have twin boys, Robert and Matthew, KI6IHP, born in 1994.)

While Jim’s favorite Ham Radio pastimes are contesting, DXing and DXpeditions, he has long been involved in the public service aspects of
the hobby. As a member of the Oakland ARES group, Jim responded to the Loma Prieta Earthquake (1989) and Oakland Hills Firestorm (1991) disasters. He worked with the group to gain RACES recognition and was instrumental in forging a formal Letter of Understanding (LOU) with the City of Oakland. Subsequently, the group successfully championed a proposal to use post-firestorm, bond Measure I funds to acquire and install amateur radio equipment in the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and each of its 30 fire stations dubbed the Emergency
Communication Ham Operation (ECHO) system.

In 1998, Jim acted as the incorporator of the Oakland Radio Communication Association (ORCA), an ARRL affiliated club, was a founding director and became its first president. Presently, he is the Oakland RACES Radio Officer, a member of ORCA’s board of directors and trustee of the club’s call sign: WW6OR.

Most days, Jim can be found anywhere from DC to light from his shack, mobile or as DX. When not on the air, Jim practices law in downtown Oakland at his own firm.

I ask you all to welcome Jim onboard and to cooperate with him as he develops the Section Emergency Plan and refines the ARES organization
within the East Bay Section. Congratulations Jim!!

Jim Latham, AF6AQ

East Bay Section Manager

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