ARRL East Bay Section

Archive for April, 2008

Antenna Expert L. B. Cebik, W4RNL (SK)

Posted by k6jeb on 23rd April 2008

from ARRL News:

W4RNLL. B. Cebik, W4RNL, ARRL Technical Adviser and antenna authority, passed away last week. He was 68. An ARRL Life Member, Cebik was known to many hams for the numerous articles he wrote on antennas and antenna modeling. He had articles published in most of the US ham journals, including QST, QEX, NCJ, CQ, Communications Quarterly, Ham Radio, 73, QRP Quarterly, Radio-Electronics and QRPp. Larry Wolfgang, WR1B, QEX Editor, called Cebik “probably the most widely published and often read author of Amateur Radio antenna articles ever to write on the subject.”

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CA Hands Free Law – We are not out of the woods yet!

Posted by af6aq on 16th April 2008

I noticed a number of bulletins have passed around this link as proof positive that the hands-free driving law that will go into effect July 1st does not apply to amateur radio.  And in fact, when this page first went up on the DMV site, I recall passing it on to you as an indication that the matter was settled.  Unfortunately, there has been a turn of events that gives me pause.

At the time the page cited above was put up by the DMV, it was linked from this page (the link was named something on the order of “FAQs about the new hands-free laws” and if you searched on the DMV site you would find both pages.  Sometime subsequent to that, the FAQs were placed directly on page and the link to the old page ( was removed.  The text now on the main page says nothing about an exclusion for two-way radio use except for specific exclusion “for those operating a commercial motor truck or truck tractor (excluding pickups), implements of husbandry, farm vehicle or tow truck, to use a two-way radio operated by a “push-to-talk” feature”.  The page we have seen passed around is ***not*** linked to or from any other page on the DMV site and it does not show up when you search the DMV site (there is a search tool anchored in the upper right corner of every DMV page).  And the text on the published page reads to me like anything with a push-to-talk switch cannot be operated by the driver of a vehicle except for the exclusions for emergency workers, tow truck drivers, commercial truckers, and so forth.

So what happened?
*  Did a web developer at the DMV attempt to merge the two pages and inadvertently put the old text on the main page, and leave the old pdf out there for us to find (assuming we know the exact URL)?
                                                          — OR —
*  Was there an official change of interpretation and the result is this republication of the FAQs on the main page with the example that excluded two-way radios deliberately removed?

We don’t know!  And so far our attempts to find out have not yielded an answer.

The root of the problem is the law uses the term “wireless telephone” without defining it.  This leaves the definition up to the DMV and CHP and eventually to the courts when someone gets cited and starts the process of challenging it.  Changing the law is a 2 to 3 year process, so that’s not an immediate remedy.  Asking legal authorities such as the State Attorney General for a definition of “wireless telephone” is risky because there is no assurance we would get a favorable definition, and thus might get stuck with the unfavorable one.

We’re working the issue with our contacts in Sacramento.  In the meantime, I strongly advise against making any statements that the issue is resolved or pointing people to what amounts to an orphan document on the DMV web site.  It’s too bad, because this was so promising — now we just don’t know.  Bob and I will update you the minute we hear anything official.  And if you happen upon any developments, please share them with all of us.
Andy Oppel, N6AJO
Vice Director, Pacific Division
American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
The National Association for Amateur Radio

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VIDEO: PACIFICON 2008 Banquet speaker Jill Tarter featured on KQED

Posted by k6jeb on 12th April 2008

On KQED’s recent episode of  QUEST, SETI: The New Search for ET, featured Jill Tarter, this year’s PACIFICON Banquet Speaker. Check out the video:

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Posted by af6aq on 10th April 2008

The ARRL East Bay Section is in need of Amateur Radio operators to grow the Field Services organization (including NTS) andto fill one section leadership position within the EB Section. The open positions, with links to the official ARRL position description, are listed below. If you are interested please contact the Section Manager or the section leadership official responsible for the position you are interested in. Current ARRL membership is required for all appointments.


  • Affiliated Club Coordinator – Must be willing to travel through out the East Bay Section to visit all Amateur Radio clubs and organizations in fulfillment of the roles and responsibilities of this position. Reports directly to the Section Manager and also works with other section leadership officials.


  • District Emergency Coordinator – Must be interested and active in emergency communications in your area. Need one representative each for Alameda and Napa counties. Reports directly to the Section Emergency Coordinator and manages Emergency Coordinators (EC) within your geographic area.
  • Local Government Liaison – Must be willing to monitor proposals and actions of town/city councils, zoning boards, zoning appeals boards, and any other legislative or regulatory agencies or officials below the state level whose actions can directly or indirectly affect Amateur Radio. Reports directly to the Section Manager. Also works with the Sacramento Valley Section Government Liaison.
  • Net Manager – Must have an interest in participating in and supporting the National Traffic System (NTS). Requires regular activity and reporting. Reports directly to the Section Traffic Manager.
  • Public Information Officer – If you are interested in Public Relations, or are the Newsletter/Bulletin editor for your Amateur Radio group, then you may be interested in this position. You will be responsible for gathering and disseminating amateur radio related information. Reports directly to the Public Information Coordinator.
  • Technical Specialist – Reports directly to and supports the Technical Coordinator in two main areas of responsibility: Radio Frequency Interference, and Technical Information. TS’s can specialize in certain specific technical areas, or can be generalists

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Field Day Station Locator Up and Running (Apr 5, 2008)

Posted by af6aq on 8th April 2008

This year, for the first time, the ARRL has put together a Station Locator to help amateurs or those interested in Amateur Radio find a Field Day site near them. According to ARRL Field Day Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, many amateurs have been asking for something like this for many years: “So far, 287 groups in 45 states and 3 Canadian provinces had registered their Field Day site with the Station Locator.” If your group would like to be a part of the Station Locator Service, it’s easy to get started. Just go to the Field Day Station Locator Web site and follow the instructions.
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