ARRL East Bay Section

Archive for January, 2009

NorthWest DX Convention Announcement

Posted by af6aq on 29th January 2009

Dear Friends,

Are you Casual DXers or Full Blown DX Contesters?

Then you will want to attend the 54TH Annual Pacific Northwest DX Convention in Spokane, Washington. Save these dates: August 07 – 09, 2009.  We will send additional information soon, and / or visit our website, for up-to-the-minute details!

Please share this message with contacts in your local Clubs and Nets.

Thanks and 73,

Spokane DX Association

For the Northwest DX Convention Publicity Committee,


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Open APRS Presentation

Posted by af6aq on 29th January 2009

The Silverado Amateur Radio Society (SARS) would like to invite you to our meeting on February 17, 2009 at 1900 hours local, for a presentation on Open APRS. This presentation was cut short at Pacificon in October. The presentation will be given by Greg Carter NV6G. Our meeting location is 2383 Napa Vallejo Highway, Napa, CA. Greg has developed open APRS and is working on a new program that we think you will be interested in. If you have any questions please contact David Whalin at

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East Bay Section Public Information Coordinator Vacancy

Posted by af6aq on 25th January 2009

Jack Burris, K6JEB has found it necessary to resign as East Bay Section Public Information Coordinator (PIC) for both personal and family reasons. I appreciate all Jack has done for the Section and he will be missed as our PIC. Jack will continue to host the East Bay Section web site ( and will be involved in other ways as his time and responsibilities allow.


I am looking for a replacement for Jack and will accept applications beginning immediately. The ARRL Public Information Coordinator (PIC) is a section-level official appointed by and reports to the Section Manager (SM) as the section’s expert on public information and public relations matters. The PIC is responsible for organizing, training, guiding and coordinating the activities of the Public Information Officers (PIOs) within the section.   The Public Information Coordinator must be a Full member of the ARRL and, preferably, have professional public relations or journalism experience or a significantly related background in dealing with the public media. 

For more detailed information on the roles and responsibilities of the position, go to Please contact me directly if you are interested in this section level appointment.

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Posted by af6aq on 25th January 2009

OutpostPM Developer to Keynote EMCOMM U

Saturday, March 14, 2009 in Stockton, CA

The organizers of EMCOMM U, a one-day training workshop for emergency communicators, are pleased to announce that Jim Oberhofer, KN6PE, author of the widely-acclaimed OutpostPM emergency packet messaging software, will present two sessions at the event, being held Saturday, March 14, 2009, in Stockton, CA.

The first session will be the morning keynote, during which KN6PE will introduce OutpostPM to those not already familiar with it and present examples of how the software is being used to provide communications to emergency operations centers, hospitals, and other facilities.

The second presentation will be a special session talking about how to actually set-up an OutpostPM network for use in your community. Hardware, software, radios, and other aspects of a successful OutpostPM installation will be discussed.

Other planned sessions include the use of D-STAR in emergency applications, APRS, Winlink 2000 (no, this is not an all-digital conference), leadership skills, and a open forum for discussion of ARES/RACES/ACS issues.

EMCOMM U will be held from 7:30am (registration) until 5pm on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at the beautiful new SJ County Ag Center building and conference center in Stockton. Preregistration is required.

Speakers Sought

We are still looking for additional speakers. Please respond to this email if interested.

Bring Your Gear

We are planning to hold an “Emcomm Show-and-Tell” where attendees can show-off their vehicles (contact us about bringing your comm unit, we need it), go kits, portable stations, etc. If you are interested, please respond to this email.


Registration is limited to 100 (we already have 20 signed-up) and costs $25, including lunch and a $5 donation to the San Joaquin County Chapter of the American Red Cross. To register, visit


EMCOMM U is organized by San Joaquin County ARES and sponsored by Tracy ARC, Manteca ARC, and the San Joaquin County EMS Agency.

For more information, visit

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ARRL Award Nominations are Open

Posted by af6aq on 22nd January 2009

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 annual ARRL awards that are designed to recognize educational and technological 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 ARRL Headquarters or nominations should be submitted first to your respective Section Manager (see page 16 of QST). It all depends upon the award.  Please check the ARRL Web page for specific details ( In most cases, nominations are due by March 31, 2009.

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 Microwave Development Award is presented to a licensed radio amateur or to individuals who are licensed radio amateurs contribute to the development of the Amateur Radio microwave bands.

The ARRL Technical Service Award recognizes a licensed radio amateur or to individuals who are licensed radio amateurs that provide Amateur Radio technical assistance or training to others.

The ARRL Technical Innovation Award is granted to the licensed radio amateur or to individuals who are licensed radio amateurs that develop and apply new technical ideas or techniques in Amateur Radio.

Nomination forms and further information on these awards are found at

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