ARRL East Bay Section

Archive for March, 2011

New ARRL DEC Appointed for Alameda County

Posted by af6aq on 26th March 2011

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Sandy Lavine, KO6JF, as the A.R.E.S.® District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) for Alameda County. He replaces John Rabold, KS6M, who has taken the position of Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC).

Sandy began his radio journey with a First Class FCC license and Novice license in 1968. Re-licensed as KE6EMW in 1992, Sandy worked his way in a few short years to General and Advanced Extra, before getting his Extra Class in 2002.

A charter member of the Amateur Radio Club of Alameda (ARCA) he served as Vice President for over two years and has served as their Emergency Communications lead since 2003.

Even before being appointed the ARES Emergency Coordinator for the City of Alameda in August 2009, he was active in leading ARCA’s participation in local city exercises. ARCA has participated in every City of Alameda since 2004. As a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member beginning in 2003, Sandy has introduced volunteer emergency workers to Amateur Radio, and Amateur Radio volunteers to local emergency activities. Beginning in 2009 Alameda ARES and CERT members have participated joint exercises and with the American Red Cross. Though last year was their first ARRL SET, Sandy co-lead a successful joint exercise involving the Alameda and Oakland ARES groups. The exercise emphasized mutual aid and the use of Packet Radio.

Sandy is active in many modes of on-air activities. While he does dabble in contesting from time to time, what he enjoys most is person to person rag chews via HF and Satellite. He also likes to use digital modes such as PSK-31 and APRS.

Please join me in welcoming and supporting Sandy in his new role as DEC, Alameda County.

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Posted by af6aq on 22nd March 2011

The ARRL East Bay Section and the California Historical Radio Society are co-sponsoring the First Annual ARRL East Bay Section Convention. The event will be held at the KRE Building – Home of the California Historical Radio Society, Bay Area Radio Museum, and W6CF Memorial Station.

  • Admission – Free
  • When – June 4 from 0900 to 1300 hours.
  • Where – 601 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710 – (From I-80 East, take the Ashby/Shellmound Exit. Take the Shellmound turnoff. At the stop sign turn left onto Shellmound. Go across the bridge and make the first left into the gate. From I-80 West, take the Ashby Ave. Exit. Go under the bridge & make a right turn on 7th St. Go right on Folger. Go left on Hollis. Go right on 67th & then right on Shellmound, across the bridge and left into the gate.)
  • Contact – Jim Latham, AF6AQ by email at

Planned Activities;

  • Swap Meet (No fee) – Gate opens 0800. No selling activity until 0900
  • DXCC Card Checking (also VUCC, WAS and WAC cards)
  • Speaker
    • Kristen McIntyre, K6WX – “PSK-31 on iPad: A Personal Journey”
    • Bruce Perens K6BP – “Codec 2, the new codec written by hams, for digital voice”
  • East Bay Section ARES Leadership Meeting (for ECs and above)
  • ARRL Forum/Open Section meeting.
  • Drawing for door prizes.

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ARRL East Bay Section Convention

Posted by af6aq on 16th March 2011

The ARRL East Bay Section Convention will be held on June 4 in conjunction with the California Historical Radio Society. The event will take place at the KRE Building (Home of the California Historical Radio Society/Bay Area Radio Museum and W6CF Memorial Station) in Berkeley, CA. This will be a half day event including a swap meet (no vendors). More details and schedule to follow.

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General Class License Preparation Class

Posted by af6aq on 14th March 2011

General Class License Preparation Class
The East Bay Amateur Radio Club, in conjunction with West Contra Costa County Adult Education, will conduct a class for amateurs preparing for the General Class License Exam.  This is an evening class, meeting at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM each Tuesday, from March 29 through June 7, except for Tuesday, April 19 .  Location is Alvarado Campus, 5625 Sutter St., Richmond, CA 94804. A VE session will be held at the final class session.  Registration is through the West Contra Costa County School District Adult Education Office, 6028 Ralston Avenue, Richmond.  Class fee is $5 paid to WCCAE.  Exam fee is $15 paid to VE.  Textbook is The ARRL General Class License Manual Revised 6th Edition which will be available for purchase.  Contact Ken, KO6NO, at 510-222-0830 or email: .

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Disaster traffic in Japan (more)

Posted by ks6m on 13th March 2011

This is from the CQ Newsroom:

Atsu Taniguchi, JE1TRV, Secretary of the A1 Club in Japan, passes along this earthquake / tsunami-related information:

“We as amateur radio operators are gathering and exchanging emergency information on the following frequencies. Please kindly keep these frequencies clear.

  • 3.525MHz +/-5kHz
  • 7.030MHz +/-5kHz
  • 14.100MHz +/-10kHz
  • 21.200MHz +/-10kHz
  • 28.200MHz +/-10kHz
  • 50.100MHz / 51.000MHz / 51.500MHz
  • 144.100MHz / 145.000MHz / 145.500MHz
  • 430.100MHz / 433.000MHz / 433.500MHz

“Thank you for your kind cooperation.”

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