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Archive for March, 2008

Public Service Opportunity: Grizzly Peak Century

Posted by k6jeb on 25th March 2008

The Grizzly Peak Century bicycle ride occurs on Sunday, May 4, 2008. Amateur Radio volunteers are needed to provide communications at aid stations, or as SAG vehicle communicators or drivers. This event runs right through ORCA‘s backyard. Assignments from three hours up are available throughout the day. Please contact Rich Parker, KD6JCT ( ), or Randy Jenkins, KA6BQF ( ) for further information or to volunteer.

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Saturday April 12th, 2008… M2 Antenna Systems, Inc. Annual Open House and Bar-B-Que

Posted by af6aq on 25th March 2008

Saturday April 12th, 2008… M2 Antenna Systems, Inc
Annual Open House and Bar-B-Que
Bring your swap tables and a empty stomach !! It’s time for our annual Open House and Bar-B-Que. Gates open for swapers at 7:30 am, M2 Shop will open at 8:00 am for tours, rag chewing and great deals on M2 products. We will raffle off great M2 products and stuff for the XYL and Non-Hams from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. And new this year, we will install an HF beam so our friend Dennis Motsenbacher from Yaesu, can demonstrate their latest radio technology. And of course we will have our famous HAM-Burgers and goodies at 11:30 am. Come on out, we would love to see Ya !!

http://www.m2inc. com/openhouse2a. html

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SK – Judy McConaghy/KB6HQI

Posted by af6aq on 24th March 2008

Saturday, 23 March 2008,┬áChuck McConaghy’s/ WA6SYE wife Judy McConaghy/KB6HQI passed away. The ‘Celebration of Life’ service will be held next Saturday, March 29th at 10am at Cornerstone Fellowship, 348 North Canyons Parkway in Livermore (across from COSTCO). If you would like to attend you are more than welcome. Please keep Chuck and his family in prayer and thoughts during this very difficult time.

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Video: Benicia Emergency Response First Quarter 2008 Training Drill

Posted by k6jeb on 20th March 2008

This drill covers a basic disaster scenario, establishment of a neighborhood command center staging area, building size-up and damage assessment, radio communication and protocols, Disaster form reporting.

submitted by Art, AB6HB

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Alan Weisman (W5ALW) – Silent Key

Posted by k6jeb on 12th March 2008

Alan Weisman (W5ALW)

“The inventor of the ‘T’ – top”

Alan Weisman, W5ALW, died on March 1, at age 70. He was a creative, accomplished inventor and the community servant. Among his inventions, Weisman was known for patenting the ‘T’- top found on American sports cars such as the Corvette. After college, Weisman was employed by the automobile manufacturer Saab before experiencing a work related accident. The following years of physical therapy, Weisman and his wife made their home in Richmond California where he undertook entrepreneurial ventures before establishing a second home in Tularosa, New Mexico near the White Sands Missile Range. At various times, he worked on projects for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), designed and built one of the earliest flight simulators for the Bushnell Corporation, constructed working robots for use in Hollywood films, developed self-assembly methods for ‘growing’ tools, designed devices for preventing carpal tunnel syndrome, and most recently, worked on building a new type of hybrid engine. Weisman was involved in various community activities including serving on the Marin Amateur Radio Society board, acting as a Volunteer Examiner for amateur radio, and serving as a City of Richmond Commissioner as part of the sister city program with Shimada, Japan.

Weisman was an avid automotive hobbyist, whose accomplishments included building an electric motorcycle that eventually set a world land speed record for that type of vehicle. Al also enjoyed restoring classic cars. Weisman is survived by his wife, Sherry Hines, his brothers Howard Weisman and Bruce Weisman, three nephews and niece, and for grand nieces and grandnephews. An outgrowth of his work with NASA, Weisman’s dream was to have his ashes flown into space.

Randy Jenkins, KA6BQF

Vice President, VE Liason & Public Service Coordinator
Marin Amateur Radio Society

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