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Archive for May, 2010

Next Ham Class and Testing Session in Fremont

Posted by af6aq on 24th May 2010

On Saturday, June 5th, the Bay Area Educational Amateur Radio Society will conduct a 1 day “Ham-Cram” class & testing session at the Washington Hospital in Fremont, located at 2500 Mowry Ave. Fremont, CA 94538 – This is a highly successful session where individuals with no prior radio experience can earn a Technician Class license in one day.  Our pass rate is over 95%!   We also offer materials and testing for upgrading to General and the test only for upgrading to Extra Class.   Individuals must sign up ahead of time on the BAEARS website:   More information on the format of the class, what you need to bring, etc. is found on the website, please read before coming!   You can sign up to take the all-day class or just to take an exam.   We normally get an overflow crowd of 100 or more for these events, so please sign up early!

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Get on the Air Class – June 2010

Posted by af6aq on 24th May 2010

Get On the Air
Congratulations – you’ve just got your license, and your ready for the next step – but what now?
Whether you just got your license, or have had it for a while, but aren’t sure what to do next, join us for a two part “Get on the Air Class”.

The class will be held in Alameda on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd June 2010, is open to all and is free of charge.
Note that this is a two day class, not two one day classes.

The class is ideal for the Technician Class licensee, or anyone who wants to know more about using the VHF and UHF bands.
Topics will include:
How to choose the best radio to meet your needs
How to get the best out of your radio
How to find your way around the bands
Correct operating protocol for contacts on simplex and repeaters
Exploring communications other than voice.

This is a “hands on class” so bring your radio if you have one, or get ready to purchase one so you can get on the air and enjoy operation on these great bands (practical session on Thursday in Part II).

Class schedule
Tuesday 1st June, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday 2nd June, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Alameda Fire Department Training Building
431 Stardust Place, Alameda, CA 94501
(Intersection of W Midway and Rainbow Ct) at Alameda Point.

Walk ins are welcome, but it does help if you can let us know you are planning to attend.
Contact David Haycock (KI6AWR) email, or call 510 846-0011
or Paul Bailey Gates (KA6GEM) email

David, KI6AWR

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Fremont Communications Volunteers Emergency Exercise:

Posted by af6aq on 13th May 2010

On Saturday, May 15th, the Fremont Communications Volunteers, will conduct an emergency preparedness exercise with the Fremont Fire Department.   We will activate 4 fire stations in Northern Fremont on both VHF simplex and UHF packet and conduct message passing exercises with mobile stations within the City of Fremont.   The objective of the exercise is to simulate a loss of the county wide communications system that is presently used within Alameda County and test the ability to coordinate teams in the field with a centrally located Incident Command station.   Fremont Communications Volunteers ( meets monthly and participates in the Tri-Cities Emergency Net on 147.015+ pl 103.5 weekly on Tuesdays at 1930 hours.  Visitors are welcome to the net and if stations with VHF simplex capability want to participate in our exercise on the 15th, please contact Joe Pistritto at for information.  Amateurs located in Fremont who are interested in participation in emergency services can also sign up for the Yahoo Group “FremontAres” at

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Benicia ARC “Last Chance Tech” Exam Session

Posted by af6aq on 13th May 2010

“Last Chance Tech” exam session. Take your Tech test before the question pool changes on July 1st.
Also General and Extra tests will be administered. Walk ins accepted.
June 29th starting at 5 PM
Location: Benicia Fire Station
150 Military West
Enter via the West 2nd St side door.
Benicia CA 94510

Contact: Art Mayoff,, 707 746-5858 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              707 746-5858     

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WB6TRF, Samuel Kaai – SK

Posted by af6aq on 13th May 2010


Samuel W Kaai

Vallejo, CA 94591


Samuel Webster Kaai

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June 9, 1930 – April 29, 2010

Our beloved father, Samuel Webster Kaai, 79, passed away peacefully at home on April 29, 2010. He was born on June 9, 1930, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was the son of Paul Kaumuali’i Kaai and Daisy Lincoln Kaai.

He attended Kaahumanu Elementary School and Iolani High School. After graduation, he attended the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point in Long Island, N.Y., where he received his bachelor’s degree in science.

In 1953, he was commissioned as an ensign. During his 10 years of service with the U.S. Navy, he advanced to the rank of lieutenant. He served in active duty from 1953-1964. He married Caroline Ululani Mills in Yonkers, N.Y., on Dec. 5, 1961. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Oakland Temple on Dec. 8, 1996. She preceded him in death on Oct. 9, 1998.

He loved his family, his church, and his country and had a firm and abiding testimony of his Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various church positions. He was also a member of the Vallejo Amateur Radio Club for 45 years.

As a family, we will truly miss our father’s smile, laugh and love. We feel truly blessed to have been raised by an amazing man who sacrificed everything he had for our happiness and well-being. We love our father and look forward to the day that we will all be reunited again as a forever family!

He is survived by his four children, Julie, Rebecca (Fiaalii), Sandra (Tyrone) and Sam (Betty); his sister, Ku’ulei Aila from Waimanalo; his mother-in-law, Elaine Mills of Honokaa; and eight grandchildren, Eliane, Lilia, Noah, Maile, Macey, Tyrone, Cameron and Kainoa.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at the Vallejo Second Ward, 1125 Southhampton Road, in Benicia. A brief viewing was held at 2 p.m. prior to the services. Internment, LDS Cemetery in Kamuela, HI.

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