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Archive for June, 2010

Chris Tate, N6WM, Appointed Assistant Section Manager – DX & Contesting

Posted by af6aq on 21st June 2010

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Tate, N6WM, as Assistant Section Manger for DX and Contesting.

Chris is well known in the bay area as an avid contester and DX chaser.  Originally licensed as KI6LGJ in 2007, Chris has eclipsed  his brief 3 years in the hobby through his enthusiasm, energy and dedication.

Locally Active in the East Bay Section in the Livermore Amateur Radio Klub (LARK), previously as a board member and activities coordinator, he currently writes a monthly article for contesting and DX chasing in their newsletter.  Chris has expanded his participation and leadership beyond the local club level, and is now Vice President and Contest Chairman for the Northern California Contest Club (NCCC) after serving a year on the board of this regional organization.

Chris is an extremely active contester and DX chaser.  He is a member of the “big gun” and world known contest team of CQ Contest Hall of Fame member and East Bay resident Ken, N6RO as well as a founding member and contest coordinator for the newest big gun station to go qrv in the bay area, the K6LRG contest station in Livermore.

Active on CW, RTTY and SSB, Chris regularly participates in multi-op and single op amateur radio contest efforts from these stations, and has won numerous awards over the last several years in both collaborative multi-op efforts as well as single op competitions, most recently winning the Pacific Division for mixed mode (CW/SSB) in the 2009 ARRL 10 meter contest, Placing in the top 10 box in the NCJ North American QSO Party RTTY, and achieving the position of 3rd place, World in the ARRL RTTY Roundup contest(first place Pacific Division, Second place North America) amongst many others.

Chris’s DX awards include membership in the DX Century Club (DXCC# 43,293) as well as multiple Worked All States awards, including the newly introduced Triple Play Worked All States(TPWAS #417) that required working all states on CW, SSB and Digital modes, all confirmed via the ARRL Logbook of the World.

Please join me in welcoming Chris to his new role as ASM.

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David Haycock, KI6AWR, Appointed Assistant Section Manager – Education & Training

Posted by af6aq on 21st June 2010

I am pleased to announce the appointment of David Haycock, KI6AWR as Assistant Section Manager (ASM) for Education and Training.

David has had a life long interest in radio beginning in his high school days many years ago. He currently holds an Extra Class license and lives with his wife Elizabeth (K0EAH) in a small HOA compromised town house in Alameda . Lack of space and HOAs are not enough to enforce radio silence however. He is fortunate to have a balcony large enough to squeeze in a Buddipole so operations on all bands (including 80m!) are possible. His first grandson Kyle was born on Field Day 2004 which he considers a great omen for keeping radio interests in the family.

David is currently President of the Amateur Radio Club of Alameda (ARCA) and an active VE. He is a passionate Elmer and together with Paul Bailey Gates (KA6GEM) has put on many classes to help newbies get their license and just as importantly get on the air. He is very excited about the opportunity to help expand Elmering throughout the Bay area.

David’s roles and responsibilities as ASM will include:

  • Coordination and publicity for license classes, VE sessions and educational events in the East Bay
  • Resource for class training materials
  • Instructor training
  • Special training classes
  • Assistance in designing classes for new training / educational needs

Please join me in welcoming David to his new role as ASM.

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George Gabriel WA6KQB – SK

Posted by af6aq on 9th June 2010

George Gabe Gabriel (1931 – 2010)

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In Memory of George (Gabe) Gabriel WA6KQB Feb. 12, 1931 ~ May 30, 2010 Resident of El Sobrante George was born in Brooklyn, New York. He spent 12 years in the Navy on submarines, and settled in the Bay Area, where he resided for 50 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and was an amateur ham radio operator for 50 years. He was a loving and generous husband, father, and friend. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Gwen (Wendy), his two brothers Ronnie and Jimmy, two sons Greg and Tim, two daughters Georgeann and Gina, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He will be greatly missed. There will be no memorial services. Donations can be made to the American Lung Association in his memory. ‘WA6KQB, over and out.’

Published in Contra Costa Times on June 9, 2010

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Joseph E. Thompson Jr. (AD6BO) – SK

Posted by af6aq on 8th June 2010

Joseph E. Thompson Jr.  (AD6BO)

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Joseph Earl Thompson, Jr., a life-long resident of Vallejo, died peacefully at his home on June 5, 2010.

He was the eldest child of Joseph E. and Anne J. (Kilkenny) Thompson. He was born at Mare Island Naval Base Hospital on Feb. 3, 1943 while, his father served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was educated at St. Vincent’s Grammar School, Vallejo Junior High and Vallejo High School.

His natural mechanical ability led him to employment in the auto parts industry. He also built and raced modified stock cars at Vallejo Speedway. He owned and operated Joe’s Gun Shop in Vallejo from the late 1980s with his wife and soulmate, Mary (Papuhi) Thompson, who died on April 1, 2009.

In 1997, Joe and Mary were members of the initial class of Vallejo Police Department’s Citizens on Patrol (COP) Program. Mary wore COP Badge No. 1 and Joe wore COP Badge No. 2. They were instrumental in building the COP Program from that time forward. They donated countless hours to the program, and were named Volunteers of the Year in 1999.

Joe was hired as a police assistant by VPD in May 2001. He initially worked in parking enforcement where he excelled, producing almost $1,000,000 in revenue for Vallejo in a single year. He was proudly serving the city he loved as an evidence clerk at the time of his death.

Joe is survived by his children, Tommy J. Thompson and Christina A. (Michael Richardson) Thompson of Martinez and their children Angel, Jesse, Tommy, Michael and Nicole; his mother, Anne J. Thompson of Yountville; brother, William R. (Margaret) Thompson of Long Beach; sister, Marjorie L. (Ronald) Dieckman of Tucson, Ariz.; his dear friend, Kathryn Ward; stepdaughter Michelle Bruce; and numerous other relatives. He waspredeceased by his father in January 1979.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Church on the Hill, 210 Locust Drive. The family suggests donations in Joe’s memory to VPD’s Citizens on Patrol (COP) Program, 111 Amador St., Vallejo, CA 94590 or a favorite charity in lieu of flowers.

Published in TimesHeraldOnline on June 8, 2010

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Ham Radio Class Forming Now!

Posted by af6aq on 8th June 2010

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 1st

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

For Information, contact:

John Primus, AF6RJ or 925 825-7670

To sign up email:

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