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Amateur Radio Technician License Class – Spring 2008

Posted by af6aq on 7th March 2008

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EBARC, ORCA and ARCA are pleased to inform you of our upcoming Technician level class scheduled to begin Tuesday April 8th, 2008.

This class is not your typical “Ham Cram” style class, but instead will provide the opportunity to learn about Amateur Radio as well as preparing you for the entry level technician License.

Start Date: Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Time: 1900 to 2130 local time

Frequency: Weekly

Duration: 5 weeks

Location: Alvarado School – 5625 Sutter Ave., Richmond, CA 94804 (map)

Phone: 510-559-2660

Text: The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (Technician) (Available from the American Radio Relay League, Ham Radio Outlet – Oakland,  or at the first class)

Cost: Class is free, ARRL manual is $25

Registration: On site at the first session

Test Session: 7pm (PDT), Tuesday May 13th, 2008 at Alvarado School, 5625 Sutter Ave., Richmond CA 94804 (map)

Test Fee: $14

Contact: Randy Jenkins, KA6BQF ( 510 526-4089

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Teachers’ Institute on Wireless Technology

Posted by af6aq on 4th March 2008

The Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology (TI) is a week long, in-residence learning opportunity designed for motivated teachers and other school staff who want to learn more about wireless technology and bring that knowledge to their students. A variety of topics are covered during the 4 days of the TI including basic wireless technology literacy, electronics, and the science of radio; bringing space into the classroom; ham radio operation; introduction to micro controllers; and basic robotics.

The Teachers Institute is only the beginning of a participant’s exploration with wireless technology. The goal of the TI program is to equip each teacher with necessary foundational knowledge, and through hands-on learning, generate the inspiration for teachers to continue to explore wireless technology and adapt relevant content into their classroom instruction.

Teachers Institute opportunities are virtually free for the participants. The grant to attend a TI covers transportation, hotel, a modest per-deem to cover meals, instructional resources for the electronics, microcontroller, and robotics segments of the course, and a resource library of relevant ARRL publications.

The application to attend a Teachers Institute is very simple. Download and complete the application, indicating the dates you would like to attend, in order of preference. Send a cover letter on school letterhead, signed by you and a school administrator, along with the application, stating that you would like to attend.  Be sure to include contact information that is good during school and summer (phone number, address, e-mail).  Make sure the e-mail address(es) you provide (at school and/or at home) will accept e-mails from the ETP coordinator ( Mail the letter and application to Mark Spencer, Education & Technology Program Coordinator, at the address below.

The applications are reviewed, and as accepted, applicants are assigned to session preferences on a first-come, first-served basis.  With a class limit of 12 for each session of the Teachers Institute, don’t delay.  A $100 deposit is required to hold your place when you are accepted.

The Teachers Institute is only a part of the ARRL’s Education &Technology Program (ETP) and the resources that are made available to teachers. The ETP is based on 5 pillars:

  1. development and free access to curriculum materials to help teachers teach wireless technology literacy,
  2. grants of ham radio station equipment for establishing ham radio operations in schools,
  3. grants of supplemental equipment to support and improve on-going school programs,
  4. free activity board kits and resources that teachers can use to assist in teaching wireless technology, and finally,
  5. teachers institutes.

The ETP was developed to address the ARRL education vision and mission to advance the art and science of radio through education. The ETP is totally supported by philanthropic donors who share that vision.

Additional information about this year’s Teachers Institute opportunities is provided here:

More information about the Education & Technology Program can be found on the ETP web page.

If you have questions, please contact:

Mark Spencer, WA8SME
ETP Coordinator
774 Eastside Rd. , Coleville , CA 96107
or by phone at 530-495-9150 (PST)

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Why ARRL Family Membership is Ham Radio’s Best Deal!

Posted by af6aq on 3rd March 2008

Here are 8 Reasons your family members should belong to ARRL. After all, adding a family member to your ARRL membership is Only $8

1. Family members get their own membership card, email forwarding address, and members-only web access.

2. Is there someone in the house interested in continuing education? Members receive significant discounts for ARRL online courses.

3Got DX? Each member can use the ARRL Outgoing QSL Bureau.

4. Is your harmonic starting to drive? ARRL members qualify for members-only group insurance with MetLife. Many members are saving $$$.

5. Are you a ham radio contesting household? Each family member can apply for ARRL Awards.

6. Strength in numbers! Each new member strengthens the Voice of Amateur Radio in government.

7It’s only $8 per year !!

8. It’s easy! Log-on to

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2007 ARRL Award Nominations are Open

Posted by af6aq on 3rd March 2008

Each year the ARRL Board of Directors has the opportunity to select recipients for a number of awards in various categories that honor Amateur Radio operators.

The nomination period is now open for the 2007 ARRL awards that are designed to recognize educational pursuits in Amateur Radio and honor a young Amateur Radio operator. Suggestions on who to honor and supporting information, including the endorsement of ARRL affiliated clubs and elected or appointed League officials, should be submitted to your respective Section Manager (see page 16).  Section Managers, in turn, then make the formal nominations by forwarding the information to ARRL Headquarters.  Nominations are due by March 31, 2008.

The Hiram Percy Maxim Award is for a licensed radio amateur under age 21 whose accomplishments and contributions are of the most exemplary nature within the framework of Amateur Radio activities.

The ARRL Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award goes to a volunteer Amateur Radio instructor, and the ARRL Professional Educator of the Year Award is given to a professional teacher who has incorporated Amateur Radio into his or her class curriculum. The ARRL Professional Instructor of the Year Award is presented to a paid, non state-certified ham radio instructor – such as those teaching classes offered through adult education programs.

The ARRL Excellence in Recruiting Award honors a ham radio operator who exemplifies outstanding recruiting enthusiasm and technique and has gone the extra mile to introduce other to Amateur Radio.

More information and nomination forms are available at or by contacting Steve Ewald, WV1X, at ARRL HQ, or 860-594-0265.

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