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FAR Scholarships

Posted by af6aq on 15th February 2011


THE FOUNDATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO, INC.,  a non-profit organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C., plans to administer forty–six (46) scholarships for the academic year 2011 – 2012, to assist licensed Radio Amateurs in the pursuit of higher education. The scholarships are worth $62,950 in aggregate. The Foundation fully funds two of these scholarships. The remainder are administered by the Foundation, without cost, for various donors.

Licensed Radio Amateurs may compete for these awards. They must be planning to pursue a full time course of studies beyond high school and be enrolled, or have been accepted for enrollment, at an accredited university, college or technical school. The awards range from $5,000 to $250 with preference given, in some cases, to residents of specified geographical areas or the pursuit of certain study programs. Non-US residents are eligible to apply for some of the scholarships. To be considered, completed applications must be received by April 15, 2011. Clubs, especially those in California, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin (areas of preferred residence for some of the scholarships), are encouraged to announce these opportunities at their meetings, in their club newsletters, during training classes, on their nets and on their club’s web pages.

Additional information and an application form may be requested by letter or QSL card from:
FAR Scholarships
Post Office Box 911
Columbia, MD 21044-0911
or, via email from

Applications are also available for download from the Foundation’s web site

The Foundation for Amateur Radio, incorporated in the District of Columbia, is an exempt organization under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. It is devoted exclusively to promoting the interests of Amateur Radio and those scientific, literary and educational pursuits that advance the purposes of the Amateur Radio Service.

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NWS Storm Spotter training

Posted by ks6m on 14th February 2011

The announcement I have forwarded below contains information about National Weather Service Storm Spotter training to be offered near Stockton on February 26, 2011. Amateurs who are interested in public service or emergency communications, and especially those who are ARES® members or who are interested in ARES, should consider attending. While we may not have much catastrophic weather here in the East Bay Section, the reporting skills learned in Storm Spotter training improve and reinforce related skills often used in emergency communications. The National Weather Service is a served agency of ARES.

More about NWS SKYWARN and Storm Spotters:

John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, East Bay Section
ARRL, The national association for Amateur Radio™

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From: David Coursey, N5FDL <>
Ham Radio Saturday! Starts Feb. 26th

The California QSO Party, Really Tall Towers and Storm Spotter training are on tap for the first Ham Radio Saturday! event, organized by TracyARC, Manteca ARC and San Joaquin County ARES. The event is open to all. It will take place at San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp from 9am until 1pm on Saturday, February 26, 2011.

Speakers include: Rich Cutler, WC6H is the Calaveras County record holder in California QSO Party, which for one weekend a year turns the Golden State into wanted DX! He’ll talk about the annual contest, held the first weekend in October, and why even “non-contesters” can have a great time. Bring your contest-related questions and Rich will be happy to answer them. How can you win CQP? Find out at Ham Radio Saturday!

Robert Hess, W1RH is Director of Engineering/Operations at Channels 13 and 31 and knows all about life at the “top of the world.” His 45-minute presentation takes us all the way to the top of really tall broadcast–“hey, can we put a repeater there?”–towers and includes lots of pictures. You may never get to the top of a 2,000-foot tower, but W1RH can share the experience–vividly.

Eric Kurth — Meteorologist — Sacramento National Weather Service Forecast Office — will present the official NWS Storm Spotter training for Northern California. Yes, we do get the occasional tornado, but what NWS really needs us for are reports of fog, flooding, heavy rain and other significant events. What to call in to NWS? Where to call? Eric will be assigning official spotter numbers and passing out the “secret” telephone number at Ham Radio Saturday! He will also talk about flooding and what NWS’ new dual-polarized radar means for weather forecasting and measurement.

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Richard “Dick” Saylor W6CJG – SK

Posted by af6aq on 12th February 2011

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Richard Allen Saylor Resident of Brentwood Richard “Dick” Allen Saylor died December 6, 2010 of cardiac arrest. Born in Spokane, WA on December 3, 1926, Richard had just celebrated his 84th birthday three nights prior with family and friends. A resident of Contra Costa County since 2002, Richard had previously resided in San Jose, CA for 46 years. Richard was a proud veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, and for most of his life was also known by his ham radio call name; W6CJG. Retired from work as a senior electrical engineer, Richard enjoyed spending time with his family, his ham radio buddies, his crossword puzzle book, and his Bible study friends. Richard was predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years Madge Larryan, his sons Tony and Greg, and daughter Cynthia. He leaves behind his daughters Katherine (Enrique Guerrero), Rebekah (Rick Mu¤ana), and Melissa, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchild-ren. Richard will be remembered for his gentle spirit, kindness to all, and willingness to be of help to others. Friends and family are invited to attend a “Remembrance Celebration” for Richard on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at the Clubhouse at 359 W. Rincon, Campbell, CA. Inurnment will be held privately. Memorial donations may be made in honor of Richard to your local Salvation Army organization.
Published in Contra Costa Times on December 21, 2010

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Message Handling Exercise

Posted by af6aq on 10th February 2011

SATERN Message handling Exercise

SATERN Concord will be holding a message handling practice exercise in conjunction with the RACES training exercise on February 19th. This will be for NON RACES members interested in improving their message handling skills. The SATERN event will be at the Salvation Army Corp in the Fireside Room. Both Hams & Scribes are welcome. You do not have to have a Ham License to participate in the message handling.

February 19, 2011

Set-up & training from 7:30-8:00am. Exercise: 8:00am to 10:00am

Please bring paper and pencils for your notes and your HT if you wish – preferably with an ear-piece. We will also have Radios set up for the group to listen to.

To register email the form below to: or Fax the typed or printed form to 925-465-9554 – No cover letter needed

Registering will help us know how many tables and chairs to set-up.

There are No Charges for this event.

1. Call Sign If you have one (Not necessary for message handling)

2. The best telephone number for you is Fax

3. Your best email address is:

4. Your Name:

5. Your current Street Address

6. Your City Zip Code CA

7. Do you have any message handling experience? (Experience Not Necessary)

Comments or Questions

We will also be having a training session at our monthly EDS meeting on February 15th, 2011 7-8:30 pm in the Fireside Room. Please feel to stop by.

Rich K6REL, Chuck KI6DCD, & Lauren WA6CIE

Rich K6REL Admin

Salvation Army Corp – Fireside Rm

3950 Clayton Rd – Cross Street is West Street.

Concord, CA, 94521


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NTS Traffic Handlers Needed

Posted by af6aq on 8th February 2011

California Traffic Net, 3906 kHz at 6 pm daily, and other Northern California nets, need traffic handlers from the EB and SF sections. There are also needs for VHF and UHF nets to relay and deliver messages within the Sections. Please go to or contact you STM or SM for more information.

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