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Archive for January, 2010

Silent Key – WA6FNP William (Bill) Cross

Posted by af6aq on 25th January 2010

WA6FNP William (Bill) Cross passed away on 1-17-09.  He had been a member of our family since 3-90 and held a General Class License.  Bill had a stroke and all though he was sent to Creekside for Rehab. it seem one after the other medical condition kept on fighting strong.  I saw Bill the Friday before his passing and although he could not speak clearly his eyes told his feeling.  I shared with him the happenings on the  220 net, the past Sunday meeting and our morning nets and those eye would light up.  Bill would very seldom miss any of our nets.

Bill was always willing to help another member.  He made sure to visit members in the hospital or rest homes.  When Shannon was in Vale he would go to the store and get candy and sodas for him.  He would always give a ride to anyone that asked.  There was no stopping Bill from practicing the old saying, “treat people like you would want to be treated.”

He will be missed very much.

Please join his mother and son for a memorial service on Saturday, 1-30-2010 at 12:00 p.m. at the Eagles Hall, 2100 Rivers Street in San Pablo, CA.

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Ham Radio Class Forming Now!

Posted by af6aq on 25th January 2010

The Salvation Army together with the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club will be holding an 8 week course where you can upgrade your Amateur Radio License to General Class

The General Class license is your gateway to all the world-wide bands of excitement on Amateur Radio …and you do NOT need to learn Morse code!

Classes begin on…
Wednesday March 10th
At 7-9 pm
Note there will be a Class Break 4/12-4/20
The Salvation Army
3950 Clayton Road, (at West St.)
Concord 94520

Registration is recommended.
Class is FREE and ARRL Textbook if needed about $23.

To join, contact:
John Primus, AF6RJ
925 825-7670
Or Chuck Graham, KI6DCD

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Posted by af6aq on 25th January 2010

Pack-a-lunch Hunt 10:00 am 5th Saturday hunt Jan 30th Talk-in 145.35- PL 100 Paul K6FRC will be the fox.  This will be an EASY hunt! (Note: since it uses the 145.35 repeater, the start point is probably at Altamont Pass. Don KC6IPO)

Fremont Hunt 5:00 pm Saturday Feb 6th. Talk-in WA6PWW 147.015+ PL 103.5
Rita KI6SSQ will be the fox.  This will be an EASY hunt!

Pleasanton Hunt  5:00 pm Saturday Feb 20th. Talk-in 147.12 + PL 100
Rich KN6FW will be the fox.

I will be teaching a Tech license class 4th Sat of March.
If you know anyone who wants to get a license have them contact Me.
Rich KN6FW 925-462-1467 For directions or more info please call Rich KN6FW at 925-462-1467

73 KN6FW

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Haitian Official Announces Information for Radio Amateurs Going to Haiti

Posted by af6aq on 23rd January 2010

Please note the following news announcement on the ARRL Web that was posted today (Saturday, January 23).


The referenced link:



Haitian Officials Announce Contact Information for Amateurs going to Haiti to Provide Disaster Relief

CONATEL (Haitian Telecomm regulator) has setup temporary offices and has released a public notice which may address it.  Amateurs wishing to operate in Haiti to assist with disaster relief need to formally contact CONATEL to get formal reciprocal operating clearance.

The text of the CONATEL public notice is as follows:


The National Council of Telecommunications (CONATEL) hereby notifies the general public, and those particularly impacted, that, following the widespread damage caused by the violent earthquake of January 12th, 2010, a satellite office of CONATEL was installed at the Number 97 of the Avenue Panaméricaine in Pétion-Ville with the goal of assuring the continuity of its work.  This arrangement will allow, among other things, better coordination for establishing a temporary emergency telecommunications network in Haiti .

Consequently, all concerned are asked to contact CONATEL at the above mentioned address between 9 AM and 1 PM and throughout the day at the following telephone numbers (509) 3454-0541 – on 2516-0000 – 3702-1414 or at the electronic addresses :, before any use of telecommunications equipment or the spectrum resources, in hopes of avoiding the problems of interferences and possible conflicts between the incumbent operators established in Haiti and those who are newly operating in this unusual circumstance.

The National Council of Telecommunications (CONATEL), while thanking the telecommunications service providers for all their efforts to keep their networks operational, despite the widespread damage that has been noted, CONATEL takes this opportunity to offer its sympathies to the families of the victims of the earthquake.

Port-au-Prince , January 20th, 2010

Montaigne Marcelin
Directeur Général



Thank you for your attention.




Steve Ewald, WV1X

Supervisor, Field Organization Team


ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™


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Summary on Earthquake in Haiti

Posted by af6aq on 13th January 2010

The following is a brief summary of information that we have gathered at ARRL HQ on of the situation surrounding the earthquake in Haiti .   



On Tuesday (January 12) there was a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, which has since been followed by serious aftershocks.  Communications in and out of Haiti have been disrupted.  No word has been received as of yet from any of the national HH Amateur Radio operators.  The DailyDX notes that HH2/HB9AMO, Pierre, is OK and was located about 140 km north of Port-au-Prince in Cap Haitien at the time.


The IARU Region II Area C Emergency Coordinator, Arnie Coro, CO2KK, is coordinating the multi-national response by hams.  There are organized nets on 7045 and 3720 kHz and amateurs are asked to monitor but also keep the frequencies clear of non-essential traffic.  Amateur Radio operators should also be aware that emergency traffic pertaining to the Haitian earthquake is expected on the SATERN frequencies of 14265, 7265 and 3977 according to SATERN’s leader, Major Pat McPherson. The Salvation Army has a website up for H&W traffic and other news at


Amateur Radio operators are circled around Haiti in Cuba, Florida, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and other locations listening for any calls, but   so far no HH stations had checked in.


Please keep clear of frequencies :







The situation is still chaotic and more information will be posted as soon as possible.  Information is being validated and shared between many amateur groups and news sources as it unfolds. 




Thank you.





Steve Ewald, WV1X

Supervisor, Field Organization Team


ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™


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