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Archive for February, 2009

Ham Radio Classes Forming Now!

Posted by af6aq on 21st February 2009

The Salvation Army with the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club will be holding a 6 week course where you can learn everything you need to earn your Technician (entry level) FCC Amateur Radio License.


The Technician license is your gateway to the world-wide excitement of Amateur Radio …


… and now you do NOT need to learn Morse code!


Classes begin on…

May 6th at 7-9 pm at

The Salvation Army

3950 Clayton Road, (at West St .)

Concord 94520


Registration is recommended.

Class is FREE and Textbook if needed about $18-20.


To join, contact:

John Primus, KI6OUY

925 825-7670

or Chuck Graham, KI6DCD



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Posted by af6aq on 20th February 2009

PACIFICON 2009, the Pacific Division Convention, will be held at EMCOMM WEST 2009, May 1-3, 2009 at Circus Circus Hotel, Reno, Nevada. For more information, see or

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The Pacific Maritime Mobile Service Net

Posted by af6aq on 19th February 2009

Are you a mariner that travels offshore on the ‘High seas?’  Are you aware that in the event of an emergency, when you call for assistance using your normal marine communication gear, your radio transmissions may or may not be readily heard?  Do you really want to take this risk with the lives of your love ones and friends on board, in addition to placing your property at risk?


But if you have an amateur HF radio on board with you; you should note that in the event of an emergency, your chances have improved significantly that your message for assistance will be heard by licensed amateur radio operators,  particularly by amateur radio operators involved with Amateur Radio Maritime Mobile Service Net and the Amateur Radio Pacific Seafarers Net.

The West Valley Amateur Radio Association in conjunction with the Sequoia Yacht Club will present on Friday, April 3rd at 7:30 pm at the Coyote Point Yacht Club, 1820 Coyote Point Dr, San Mateo, CA 94401 a talk on the topic of “The Pacific Maritime Mobile Service Net”, and how it benefits the ocean-going mariner on the “High Seas”.  (See for directions to the yacht club)

Are you curious?

Would you like to know more?

If your answer is ‘yes’ please note that, in celebration of The Sequoia Yacht Club’s Opening Day on the Bay, on Saturday, April 4th, members of the West Valley Amateur Radio Association will have a demonstration HF station outside of the Sequoia Yacht Club’s clubhouse for you to listen in on amateur radio communications.

Please feel free to stop by, we will be available to answer any questions about amateur radio that you might have. RSVP Grant Willner at

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Scholarships Available from Foundation for Amateur Radio

Posted by af6aq on 6th February 2009


For Immediate Release

THE FOUNDATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO, INC., a non-profit organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C., plans to administer forty eight (48) scholarships for the academic year 2009 – 2010 to assist licensed Radio Amateurs.  The Foundation, composed of over seventy-five local area Amateur Radio Clubs, fully funds two of these scholarships.  The remaining forty-eight (48) are administered by the Foundation without cost to the various donors.

Licensed Radio Amateurs may compete for these awards if they plan to pursue a full-time course of studies beyond high school and are enrolled in or have been accepted for enrollment at an accredited university, college or technical school.  The awards range from $5,000
to $500 with preference given in some cases to residents of specified geographical areas or the pursuit of certain study programs.  Non-USA
residents are eligible to apply for some of the scholarships.  Clubs, especially those in California, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin (areas of preferred residence for some of the scholarships), are encouraged to announce these opportunities at their meetings, in their club newsletters, during training classes, on their nets and on their world wide web home pages.

Additional information and an application form may be requested by letter or QSL card, postmarked prior to March 30, 2009 from:
      FAR Scholarships
      Post Office Box 831
      Riverdale, MD 20738

Applications are also available for download from the Foundation’s web site
The Foundation for Amateur Radio, incorporated in the District of Columbia, is an exempt organization under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.  It is devoted exclusively to promoting the interests of Amateur Radio and those scientific, literary and educational pursuits that advance the purposes of the Amateur Radio Service.

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