ARRL East Bay Section

Archive for December, 2009

Get on the Air Class Part II

Posted by af6aq on 21st December 2009

ARCA and ORCA are pleased to announce “Get on the Air Class” Part II, a follow up from Part I of the class held on November 16th 2009. Part II of this class is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm on Monday  January 18th 2010.

The class will be held at the Alameda Fire Training Building at 431 Stardust Place, Alameda, CA 94501

Topics will include:

  •    Refresher on repeater operation
  •     Tips on organizing memory
  •     Programming memory with a PC
  •     Improving signal strength
  •     Getting the most out of your battery
  •     Advanced applications

Participation in Part I of the class is not required.

All are welcome.

For more information on this free class, please contact David Haycock, KI6AWR at

David Haycock, KI6AWR
Paul Bailey-Gates, KA6GEM

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Jim Duarte N6SSB Appointed Emergency Coordinator

Posted by af6aq on 20th December 2009

Jim Duarte N6SSB has been appointed Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the Oakland and Piedmont area.

As EC, Jim will direct the local activity of ARES®, the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service. He will coordinate emergency responses to local served agencies by ARES members, manage relationships with those served agencies, collaborate with other Amateur Radio entities such as RACES and local clubs, promote ARES membership, and coordinate and encourage operator training.

Here in the East Bay Section, Jim joins other Emergency Coordinators, each of whom has jurisdiction over a geographical area. John Rabold KS6M, as District Emergency Coordinator (DEC), coordinates the ECs in Alameda County. The four DECs in the section report to Herbert Cole AI6AT, Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC).

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in ARES. The only qualification, other than possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve.

Any amateur can register in ARES (or update an earlier registration) by printing the ARES registration form and giving it to the EC for his or her area or other ARRL official. The ARES registration form, FSD-98, is located at

In the East Bay Section, ARES members are encouraged to hold certificates of completion in certain FEMA and ARRL courses, to be proficient in the handling of radio message traffic, and to participate in local Amateur Radio training and public service activities.

Congratulations and thank you, Jim!

John Rabold KS6M
District Emergency Coordinator for Alameda County, East Bay Section
ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio™

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EMCOMMWEST Invitation to Speakers

Posted by af6aq on 19th December 2009

EMCOMMWEST 2010 will be held April 30 – May 2, 2010 at the Grand Sierra resort in Reno, Nevada.  This annual event is a forum for Amateurs to discuss the latest emergency communication techniques, learn what our served agancies are up to, hear about success stories, and pitfalls from speakers who come from around the US.

If you would like to speak at this event, please send an e-mail to  You will be sent a speakers application and memorandum of understanding which outlines what is to be supplied by the event organizer and what is expected of speakers.  The application
allows for a short description of your proposed talk, an opportunity for you to categorize it if you wish and the ability to let the organizers know how much time you might like as well as your desired speaking time.  Your application will be reviewed by the EMCOMMWEST Speaker’s Committee.  Successful candidates will be notified during the early portion of the first quarter of the new year.

The event’s website is located at  There isn’t much information there yet, but it will grow as information becomes available.  Again, please send requests to

EMCOMMWEST is recognized by the ARRL as an Operating Speciality Convention.
EMCOMMWEST® is a Registered Service Mark of EMCOM

Thanks and 73

Joe – N7JEH

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Ham Radio Class Forming Now!

Posted by af6aq on 15th December 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 January 6th

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, AF6RJ or 925 825-7670 or

Chuck Graham, KI6DCD or 925-689-7640


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