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Archive for February, 2010

David Warner, K6OLL – SK

Posted by af6aq on 24th February 2010

David Barrow Warner

warnerJuly 16, 1935 — Feb. 20, 2010
David Barrow Warner, 74, passed away at NorthBay Medical Center on Saturday, February 20, after a series of strokes.
Dave was born on July 16, 1935, to Edwin and Marian Barrow Warner in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He also lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Fort Collins and Greeley, Colorado. He later moved to California where he graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, majoring in electronic engineering. After working at Lytton Industries, he received his teaching credentials and taught at Golden West, Armijo High School, and for over 30 years at Fairfield High School in Fairfield, California.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Brian.
Survivors include his wife, Jacklyn of Fairfield; daughter, Jennifer (Glen) Martin of Reno, Nevada; brothers, James (Janet) of Squaw Valley, California, and Richard (July) of Placerville, California; and seven grandchildren.
Dave loved the outdoors, especially hiking with the Boy Scouts, and was a docent at Lynch Canyon. He was also an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in various capacities. Recently, he was helping with the 11-year-old scouts and helping at the Oakland Temple. Another interest of his was ham radio.
He will be missed deeply by his family and members of the various activities he was so involved in.
Interment will be private at Rockville Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2700 Camrose Ave., Fairfield.
Donations are requested to the Boy Scouts of America, Golden Empire Council, 251 Commerce Circle, P.O. Box 13558, Sacramento, CA, 95815, or
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Nadeau Family Funeral Home, 455-7700.

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Get on the Air Class

Posted by af6aq on 24th February 2010

MDARC is holding a free two part “Get on the Air Class” March 3rd  and March 4th 2010 in Concord. Part I of the class will begin at 7:00 pm on Wedensday 3rd March and will finish around 9:00 pm.  Students are encouraged to bring their HT and User Guide to the class. Part II of the class will begin at 7:00 pm on Thursday 4th March. For a class outline see below.

These class sessions will be held at the Concord Salvation Army facility 3950 Clayton Road, Concord CA 94521. Instructors will be David Haycock, KI6AWR and Paul Bailey-Gates, KA6GEM.   Advanced registration is not required. 
For more information contact David Haycock, KI6AWR ( or Paul Bailey Gates (

PART I – Understanding the 2 Meter Band and how to use your HT

  • Tech Class Operating Privileges
  •  Getting your bearings

o       Band Plans: How the 2 Meter Band is Organized

  • Handi-Talkies –  Anatomy of a hand-held transceiver (HT)

o       Quick overview of some common makes and models

o       Familiarity with basic controls on your HT

  • Get On the Air

o       Etiquette, Protocol and Voice Projection

§         What to say and how and when to say it

o       A Simplex QSO

  • Important HT Accessories

o       External antennas to increase range

o       Spare Battery and/or Power Supply

§         Battery care

§         External power supplies

  • More radio features

o       Scanning

o       Dual Watch

PART II – Understanding Repeaters, Programming your HT and Nets

  • Brief overview of the 70 cm band plan
  • Repeater Review (Simplex vs. Duplex)

o       Fixed frequency for Tx / Rx

o       Offsets and Reverse

o       CTCSS “PL” Tones

  • Programming your HT for Repeater Use (V O T E)
  • Using your HT memories

o       Organizing your radio memory usage

o       Using a PC to store settings

  • A QSO on a Repeater

o       Repeater etiquette and protocol

  • What a net is and how it works

o       Participation in our own special net

  • Advanced Applications

o       IRLP / Echolink, APRS, SSTV, PSK31

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LARK Announces Free Training Class

Posted by af6aq on 22nd February 2010

The Livermore Amateur Radio “Klub” (LARK) is providing a free class for those interested in obtaining an amateur radio Technician Class license. Immediately following the class, an examination will be available. There is no cost for the class and classroom materials, but the ARRL VEC test fee is $15.

The class will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2010, from 8 AM to approximately 4 PM. The testing will follow immediately afterward. The instructor will be Rich Harrington, KN6FW. It will be held at the Livermore City Council Chambers, 3575 Pacific Ave, Livermore, California. (GPS Location: N37° 40.565′ W121° 45.254′)

Rich teaches a fast paced, informative class and averages about a 90% success rate. Rich has taught students from all walks of life. He starts with the basics, and quickly expands into the complexities of ham radio knowledge students need. While the information is fresh, the LARK Volunteer Examiners show up to administer the Technician class 35-question multiple choice exam. No Morse code test is required. The exam covers basic regulations, operating practices, and electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF applications.

If you would like to register for the class, or have questions, please send an email to Mike Haas at Or call the instructor, Rich, at 925.462.1467.

What do you need to bring to the exam session? You should bring a picture ID (drivers license, passport) OR, when no photo ID is available, two forms of identification must be presented (birth certificate, report card, library card, Social Security card, utility bill, bank statement, etc.). Students may bring a school ID, and/or a written note from a legal guardian. To be prepared you should also bring two number two pencils with erasers and a pen. A calculator with the memory erased is allowed. You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session.

Psst! Do you want a head start in the class?
Be able to answer these questions:
What is Ohm’s Law?
What is a picoFarad?
What is a microAmp?
What is a milliHenry?
What is a kiloWatt?
What is a megaOhm?
What is gigaHertz?

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Announcing a new ARRL exam testing location – the Tri-City VE Group

Posted by af6aq on 12th February 2010

Please let your members know that we welcome candidates to our location near highways 680 and 880 at Hurricane Electric, 48233 Warm Springs Boulevard, Fremont.


            Here are the scheduled 2010 test dates:


March 13          Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

April 15            Thursday 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

May 8               Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

July 10              Saturday 9:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.                       

August 19         Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.           

September 9     Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.           

November 13   Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

December 16    Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


            We’re excited to provide more options for new hams and upgrades. For further information, contact Bernhard (510) 364-0611 or myself, Rita, (510) 703-7090, or check the ARRL website.


            We look forward to seeing you soon!



Rita Derbas

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ARRL Award Nominations are Open

Posted by af6aq on 12th February 2010

Each year the ARRL Board of Directors has the opportunity to select recipients for a number of awards in various categories that honor Amateur Radio operators.

The nomination period is now open for the ARRL awards that are designed to recognize educational and technological pursuits in Amateur Radio. There is also an award to honor a young Amateur Radio operator. Please log onto for specific award details and information on how to nominate or submit supporting endorsements.

The ARRL Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award will be awarded to an ARRL volunteer Amateur Radio instructor or to an ARRL professional classroom teacher who uses creative institutional approaches and models the highest values of the Amateur Radio community. Please note that this award’s criteria and nomination submission requirements have undergone some changes from previous years. The award has been focused to reflect quality of instruction and commitment to licensing instruction. Nominations must be received by March 15, 2010, to be considered this year.

The Hiram Percy Maxim Award is for a licensed radio amateur under age 21 (and an ARRL member) whose accomplishments and contributions are of the most exemplary nature within the framework of Amateur Radio activities. Nominations for this particular award need to be made through your Section Manager (see page 16) who will then forward the nomination to ARRL Headquarters by March 31, 2010.

The ARRL Microwave Development Award is presented to a licensed radio amateur or to individuals who are licensed radio amateurs contribute to the development of the Amateur Radio microwave bands. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2010.

The ARRL Technical Service Award recognizes a licensed radio amateur or to individuals who are licensed radio amateurs that provide Amateur Radio technical assistance or training to others. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2010.

The ARRL Technical Innovation Award is granted to the licensed radio amateur or to individuals who are licensed radio amateurs that develop and apply new technical ideas or techniques in Amateur Radio. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2010.

For some more information about these awards, visit and You may also contact Steve Ewald, WV1X, at or 860-594-0265 at ARRL Headquarters.

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