ARRL East Bay Section

Archive for July, 2009


Posted by af6aq on 30th July 2009

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Herbert Cole, AI6AT, as East Bay SEC.

Herbert Cole most recently served as the Emergency Coordinator – Training, for the Contra Costa County ARES / RACES program, and is a Lead Instructor and Incident Commander for the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District CERT program. He has a B.A. from California State University Bakersfield, an Emergency Management Certificate from Western Washingtion University, and is currently working toward completion of the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential. He has been selected by the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the International Association of Emergency Managers to present at this years National Conference on Community Preparedness. The conference will be held in Washington D.C. and Herbert will be speaking on the topic of “Integrating ARES into CERT During Disaster Operations.”

First licensed in 2005, Herbert came to Amateur Radio with the single minded purpose of Emergency Communications. He has since upgraded to Amateur Extra and is interested in all aspects of Amateur Radio, especially QRP (CW and Phone) and AmSat from remote locations. His current mode of choice is CW and he can be found most nights hanging around 7.114 on 40 meters.

I am excited about having such a well qualified and committed member as part of my team. All emergency communication related reports can now be
sent to Herbert with copies to me. As always, you can contact me directly with any questions or concerns.

Please welcome Herbert and offer him your complete cooperation and assistance in his new post.

Jim Latham
Section Manager
East Bay
ARRL- the national association for AMATEUR RADIO

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SBARA: Slow Speed CW Practice Net – Learn/Improve your CW.

Posted by af6aq on 22nd July 2009


Starts: Tonight, Wednesday July 22,2009 at 8:00PM, 15 Meters 21,175KHz

The SBARA CW Practice SLOW SPEED “Rag Chew” Net is starting up again for the new group of SBARA members and friends that have asked to help them learn CW. There is no net control, it is a non-directed net, using on the air ‘rag chew’ format. One of us will be calling CQ to start the net, so just answer the CQ by just sending the call of the station sending the CQ and then your call. EX: wt6k send CQ and ae6yn join in after the CQ stops by sending – wt6k de ae6yn KN. it is that simple.

We will be meeting Wednesday evenings at 7:30PM and Sunday evenings at 7:30PM on 21,175KHz. At this frequency Technician (also General, Advance and Extra Classes of course) have CW privileges. So by choosing this frequency we open the practice to more classes of licenses. Tonight, July 22, 2009, because of previous commitments, we will begin at 8:00PM. Starting next Sunday the time will be the regularly scheduled time of 7:30PM.

The practice sessions will last for a half-hour minimum depending on how many of you show up.

Unfortunately there are no SSB privileges for any class at this CW band frequency so Bernhard, AE6YN came up with the good idea of using the 147.015 repeater for voice backup and reviewing our practice session before we all sign off the air. So if you join the practice, listen to the repeater for CW practice net discussion.

So, join us and improve your CW skills.


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Ham Radio Classes Forming Now!

Posted by af6aq on 20th July 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…

Wednesday September 2nd

at 7-9 pm

The Salvation Army

3950 Clayton Road, (at West St .)

Concord 94520


Registration is recommended.

Class is FREE and Textbook if needed about $23.


To join, contact:

John Primus, KI6OUY primus@astound. net


or Chuck Graham, KI6DCD KI6DCD@gmail. com


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Technician License Classes Start July 14, 2009

Posted by af6aq on 9th July 2009

ARCA, ORCA and EBARC are pleased to inform you of our upcoming Technician level class scheduled to begin Tuesday 14th July 2009. The class consists of four
sessions scheduled over a two week period and is open to anyone interested in getting their FCC Technician class license.

If you are not licensed, or know someone who wants to be licensed, this is the class to take! The class is designed to give you a good understanding of Amateur
Radio and prepare you for the entry level Technician license.

Tuesday 14th July 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday 18th July 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday 21st July 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday 25th July 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Alameda Fire Dept Training Center
431 Stardust Place, Alameda, CA 94501

Text: Title: Technician Class
Author: Gordon West ($18.95)
Available from HRO, Oakland or at the first class

Cost: Class is free

Registration: On site at the first session.

Pre-register by email to David Haycock, (

Test session: 9:00 am Sunday July 26th 2009
1605 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland CA 94612

Test Fee: $15

Information: For more information contact David Haycock, KI6AWR (, (510) 846-0011

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