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2010 National Night Out Amateur Radio Net

Posted by af6aq on 20th July 2010

2010 marks our second year of introducing Amateur Radio to neighborhoods around the San Francisco Bay Area, by way of National Night Out.

National Night Out takes place on Tuesday evening, August 3, 2010.  Neighborhoods all across America will take part in this fun event,  The task: Get together with your neighbors, share some refreshments, have some laughs, and talk about how you can work together as neighbors to stand up against crime, and be prepared for emergencies.

In 2009 we sent 23 Amateur Radio Operators to National Night Out block parties in Fremont, Newark and Union City.  In our first annual National Night Out Amateur Radio Net, we took 50 NNO block party check-ins from all over the San Francisco Bay Area.

Amateur Radio is a perfect addition to any National Night Out block party.  During the party, you can tell your neighbors about how FRS radios can save their lives in real emergencies, when CERT volunteers are performing house-to-house searches – and they are unable to get to the door.  CERT volunteers talk to each other on FRS radios.  You can tell your neighbors how an Amateur Radio license will give them the ability to talk to people all over the city and beyond, when land-line phones, cell phones and Internet are not working.

Our neighbors need to know this.

How many times have you (the Amateur Radio Operator) felt like your neighbors perceived your antennas as an ugly blight on the neighborhood?  How many times have you heard of TVI complaints, when you were away from home on a trip with your family.  Amateur Radio is often perceived as a neighborhood annoyance.  What most neighbors don’t know (because no one tells them this), is that one day, Amateur Radio will save their lives!

So this is your chance, readers.  Find out where your nearest National Night Out block party is taking place.  Get there on time, and bring a rig that is capable of reaching the N6NFI repeater (145.230 MHz, PL 100 Hz), meet your neighbors, tell those interested about Amateur Radio and FRS, and at 7:00PM, check-in to our National Night Out Net.

If THAT doesn’t sell them on how important it is to know who their Amateur neighbors are, simply tell them this…

In a real, catastrophic emergency (something much worse than the Loma Prieta Earthquake), you can guarantee that there will be neighborhoods where they may not see Police, Firemen or paramedics for 2 to 3 days!  In those cases, radio may be their only hope.

If that doesn’t get across to our neighbors that they need our help – then we’re not doing our jobs as Radio Amateurs.

We hope to see you at the 2010 National Night Out Amateur Radio Net on N6NFI.


For more information about the 2010 National Night Out Amateur Radio Net, or if you’re looking for an NNO block party in Fremont, contact John Vargas at

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Alan Hubert Craddock, WB6DXZ – SK

Posted by af6aq on 8th July 2010


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Alan Hubert Craddock Feb. 1, 1924 ~ May 24, 2010 Resident of Oakland Alan passed away peacefully in his sleep with his wife Margie by his side on Monday, May 24, 2010 at Albany, California. Alan was born in London, England on February 1, 1924. He was one of four children. He lived through the London blitz and he dearly wanted to join the Royal Air Force (RAF), but he was in aircraft design work and wasn’t allowed. After World War II, he immigrated to Canada in 1948 and then to the United States in 1960. Alan had a keen interest in electronics and taught himself through radio courses. Eventually, he learned Morse Code and began working as a radio officer on Military Sea Command ships during the Vietnam war. He later worked on Chevron Maritime ships. After retirement he joined the East Bay Amateur Radio Club, Contra Costa Communications Club and then later, the Radio Club for the Red Oak Victory ship in Richmond where he was chief radio officer. Alan is survived by his devoted and beloved wife, Margie Cornell Craddock. He was preceded in death by his daughter Jeanette Weir (Gordon); and his brothers Sidney and Harry Craddock. He is survived by his daughter Mary Ellen Craddock-Keating (Bill) of Toronto, Canada and his son Robert Craddock (Sharon) of Brant-ford, Canada. Alan is also survived by grandsons, Peter Sochart, Edgar (Merna) and David (Sarah) Schuchardt; great-granddaughters Mikal, Johnathen and Kassandra Parrott and Cassidy, Aislinn and Maeve Schuchardt. Alan is survived by his sister Ena House who lives in Brisbane, Australia and his nephew Graham Craddock who lives in Toronto, Canada. He is also survived by his stepchildren Jeanie Cornell, Nancy Vaca (Phil), Julie Cornell-Tausheck (Douglas), and Joe Cornell (Diane); many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 10:00am at Sunset View Mortuary Chapel, Top of Fairmont Avenue in El Cerrito. Memorial contributions are suggested in Alan’s memory to the or the Kaiser Foundation Hospice. Sunset View Mortuary (510) 525-5111 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (510) 525-5111 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Published in Contra Costa Times on May 27, 2010

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Former MDARC Member David Fletcher “Fletch” Ames Young, KI6RP – SK

Posted by af6aq on 8th July 2010

Fletcher Ames “Fletch” Young

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Fletcher “Fletch” Ames Young Resident of Lafayette Fletcher “Fletch” Ames Young, a 60 year resident of Lafayette, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2010 at the age of 85. Born September 27, 1924, he grew up in the Piedmont district of Oakland and served in WWII in the Asian Pacific. He thereafter attended College of the Pacific where he met and married Carolyn Virginia Harris on July 24, 1948. The couple moved to Lafayette in 1950 to raise their family. He and Carolyn owned and operated Sunshine Cleaners on Golden Gate Way for 26 years. Married for over 50 years, Carolyn preceded him in death in 1998. Fletch loved the out of doors from an early age when he would accompany his father George, a geological and mining engineer, on surveying trips throughout the West. This love was passed on as an Assistant Scout Master for his own sons’ Troop 204 of Lafayette. His work with youth continued when Fletch became a charter member of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team in 1974 where he was instrumental in starting the Explorer Search and Rescue Post 611, as well as setting up the Basic Search and Rescue Academy training still taught today. He was honored this year at the Sheriff’s Reserve Recognition and Awards Dinner for his more than 35 years of service to the Department and the community. Fletch will be remembered by his colleagues in Search and Rescue throughout California as an icon, mentor and leader. Fletch was a “can do” guy, always tinkering and making things just a little bit better. He was adept at plumbing, wiring, electronics, amateur radio (KI6RP), auto repair and carpentry among many other skills. He was an inspiration to his children and inspired them to be handy husbands and wives as well. He is survived by his children: Christopher of Lafayette, CA, Marshall of Rancho Cordova, CA, David of Park City, Utah, and Terese Conroy of Walnut Creek, CA; along with three grandsons and eight granddaughters. A Memorial Service to celebrate his life is scheduled for 2:00pm on Saturday, July 10 at St Anselm’s Episcopal Church, 682 Michael Lane, Lafayette, followed by a reception. Memorial donations can be sent to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team – Explorer Post 611, 50 Glacier, Martinez, CA, 94553.

Published in Contra Costa Times from July 4 to July 6, 2010

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