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Posted by af6aq on 25th March 2009

James F. Wood

Dec. 28, 1931-March 24, 2009

Jim passed away peacefully at home after battling leukemia since Nov. 07.

Raised in Richmond, CA, attended Richmond High School, Class of ‘49 and graduated Cogswell Polytechnical College, 1952. Jim was an Eagle Scout & served as a Sgt. in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Korea. He was employed as a Structural Engineer in Metal Manufacturing for 40 years, a member of Richmond Yacht Club since 1952.

Jim met Joann Howard met doing a folk dance and they married in 1958 in San Francisco. They continued to enjoy folk dancing and folk music together. Jim was an active member of the Peninsula Ski Club since 1957. He was also a member of the South Bay Amateur Radio Assn. (KE6IVA), and had volunteered with the Fremont Police Department since 1997; as well as the first CARE volunteer police program in 2007.

“Big Jim” was the head electrician for the Niles Canyon Railway Train of Lights. He enjoyed working with all the volunteers of the Pacific Locomotive Association.

Jim loved fishing, camping, birding, sailing, and traveled extensively through Europe with Joann. He was a skilled card player and passed that talent down to his family. Friends and relatives did not hesitate to call with any project, from building a deck to solving a plumbing or electrical problem.

Jim will live on through his daughters Elaine and Christy, sons-in-law, John and Tom, grandchildren, Steve, Heather, Holly, and Ryan.

Services will be held Friday, March 27, at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Viewing 10:30 am, Celebration of Life 11:30 am, reception to follow.

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25-25 WIDE Net on 3-18-09: Our Two-Year Anniversary/Extended Coverage Net

Posted by af6aq on 13th March 2009

My name is John Vargas and I am the co-founder of The 25-25 Net……a SF Bay Area 2-meter sideband Net that is held on Wednesday nights at 2000hours local time(144.230 MHz USB).

Next Wednesday (March 18) marks our two-year anniversary in the Sideband Net business. To celebrate that, we’re holding a special 25-25 WIDE session of the net.

How Our Anniversary Net Will Work
Joe (WB6TFD) and I (KI6BEN) will sit on the sidelines, and we will log contacts offline.  NetControls will be as follows:

Central Valley and Sierras: Chris (N6WM), from the K6LRG Contest Station in the Livermore Hills
Bay Area: Sasson (KG6NUB), from the W6YX Contest Station at Stanford University
Central Coast and Southern California: Scott (WA6LIE), from his QTH in Salinas

At the top of the hour at 2000 hours local, Chris (N6WM) will kickoff the call for check-ins, and he will pass off to the next NetControl, and they will alternate through the duration of the net.

We hope this will give all a chance to check-in.  We’re looking forward to hearing folks from all over.

We Need Your Help

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Dennis Dura, K2DCD, to Address EMCOMM U on March 14th

Posted by af6aq on 4th March 2009

Just a quick note to tell you that–technology willing–the League’s point man for emergency operations, Dennis Dura, K2DCD, will address EMCOMM U attendees at our event on March 14 in Stockton. Dennis joins OutpostPM developer Jim Oberhofer, KN6PE, as keynoters for the event. The technology-willing reference is that Dennis will be joining us over a video link via Skype or some other service. I am looking for a volunteer to help get this working and plugged into the video projector and sound system at our venue. (We also need for Dennis to be able to hear us so we can ask him questions).

Anyway, I am finishing up the program and will send another advisory later this week. If you haven’t registered for EMCOMM U, please do so today. We have about 45 people registered at present. Visit for more information. Or send questions directly to me.

NOTE: In order to mesh with K2DCD’s schedule, the start time for EMCOMM U is now 0800 local time.

Thanks and 73,


David Coursey, N5FDL | Emergency Coordinator | Amateur Radio Emergency Service of San Joaquin County   (209) 835-9284   (209) 740-7515 cell

When all else fails — Amateur Radio

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