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Online registration in ARRL East Bay Section ARES®

Posted by ks6m on 26th April 2012

Licensed amateurs in the ARRL East Bay Section can now register in ARES® on line.

ARES is the Amateur Radio Emergency Service®, a nationwide program of the ARRL, the American Radio Relay League. ARES consists of licensed Amateur Radio operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for volunteer communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

Every licensed radio amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization or program, is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable but not a requirement.

Online registration in ARRL East Bay Section ARES is available at As Section Emergency Coordinator, I encourage all Amateur Radio licensees in the Section who wish to serve in time of disaster to register on line, whether or not they have previously completed a paper ARES registration form. Registrants will initially hold Associate Member status; procedures for upgrading to Full Member status will be announced soon.

In an emergency or disaster, ARRL East Bay Section ARES will provide communications-related support in the public service to agencies with which it has written agreements and which request its assistance. ARES services are provided at no charge to served agencies. ARES has many served agencies at the national level, and those relationships extend to this section. Existing national served agencies include the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and the National Weather Service. ARRL East Bay Section ARES is open to supporting other agencies that operate within its geographical area in the public service, including both government and non-government entities, under written agreements that are approved by the ARRL and signed by the agency and the Section Manager of the ARRL East Bay Section.

If you have questions or comments, please contact me or the Section Manager as shown on the Contact page.

John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section

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Richard Harrell KI6SVG, SK

Posted by af6aq on 26th April 2012

Richard Harrell

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Richard H. Harrell
Resident of Concord
Richard H. Harrell, 82, entered into rest in Concord on April 9, 2012; he was born in Oakland on March 1, 1930 to Edmund and Alma Harrell.
Richard entered the Coast Guard at 18 and ended his military career 6 years later with a rank of Radio Man 2. Richard received his AA degree from West Contra Costa Junior College in 1954 at 24 years of age. Richard spent most of his working years as an Insurance Adjuster. Realizing his dream, in 1981 Richard opened his own company, HS Insurance Adjusters and Appraisers, Inc. Richard closed his business 11 years later and retired at the age of 62.
Richard was a devoted father and wonderful friend. He was a lifelong Raider fan. Richard’s favorite destination was Twain Harte, Ca where he enjoyed golfing, skiing, swimming, and relaxing with a good book. Later in life, Richard rekindled his interests in Ham Radio. He received his license as an Amateur Radio Operator in 2008, earning his call sign “KI6SVG”.
Richard is survived by his wife, Jean F. Harrell; daughter, Patricia Gwizdak (Paul); brother, John E. Harrell (Janet) and grandchildren, Thomas, Kathryn and Sarah and longtime companion, Dona Thompson.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00PM, Friday, April 27, 2012 at Ouimet Bros. Concord Funeral Chapel, 4125 Clayton Road, Concord.
Memorials in Richard’s memory may be made to The Shriners Hospital for Children and sent to Aahmes Shriners, 170 Lindbergh Ave, Livermore, Ca 94551-9569


Published in Contra Costa Times on April 22, 2012

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David Pehrson WW6I – SK

Posted by af6aq on 11th April 2012

David Pehrson (1940 – 2012)

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David L. Pehrson WW6I
Sept. 5, 1940 – Mar 19, 2012
Resident of Livermore
A resident of Livermore since 1965, David worked at LLNL for 36 years in research, engineering and senior administration. He was an electrical engineering graduate of UC Berkeley and NYU. Fly fishing, HAM radio, gardening, woodworking and community service were his favorite interests and he was an active member of Cedar Grove Community Church and Livermore Rotary. David is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Petey, and survived by son, Terry (Denise) Pehrson, daughters Wendy Holt and Johanna (Ian) Campbell, four grandchildren and a sister, Connie Pehrson.
Special thanks to his caregivers and Dr. Michael Abdel-Malek for their outstanding care after his brain stem stroke in 2001.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 25th, from 2-5pm at the Chapel of Graham-Hitch Mortuary, Pleasanton, CA, with a Celebration of Dave’s life at 3:30pm on Monday, March 26th at Valley Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Pkwy, Pleasanton, CA. David will be laid to rest with his wife at a private burial at Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park, Hayward.


Published in Contra Costa Times on March 23, 2012

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Mark Baginski N6LFD – SK

Posted by af6aq on 11th April 2012

Mark Baginski

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Mark Edward Baginski
Nov.14, 1954-Mar. 25, 2012
Resident of Martinez
Mark, 57, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 25, 2012.
Mark grew up in a big family that moved often, traversing several Eastern States but settled for his high school years in a suburb of Buffalo, NY. He attended Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he met his loving wife Sue. They raised their three children in the Martinez community where they lived for 34 years. Mark retired as an electrician with IBEW Local 6 and had worked at Mare Island, Treasure Island, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He had been a member of the Board of Directors of John Muir Homes. Mark shared his love of cooking, yard projects, camping, fishing, rifling, and ham radio with friends and family. He loved his children and nieces and nephews more than they know and he was very blessed to have them in his life.
Mark was known to neighbors and friends as a generous and kindhearted man who will be missed. Whether it was at home, in the neighborhood, or visiting others, he could always be found solving and fixing what was needed while adding his own creative flair.
Mark is survived by his wife, Susan G Baginski and children : Bruce R. Baginski, Robin L. Baginski, and Pamela S. Baginski, all residing in the Bay Area. He is also survived by his father, Frank Baginski, brothers Paul and David Baginski of Williamsville, NY, his brother Bruce J. Baginski of San Francisco and his sisters, Laura Rasmussen of Martinez, and Lisa Mapel of Natick, MA. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Sue Baginski.
A private burial will be held at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette.


Published in Contra Costa Times on March 29, 2012

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Ham Radio Now Podcast Looking for Bay Area Show Subjects Weekend of 4/13-4/15

Posted by af6aq on 8th April 2012

I’m Gary Pearce KN4AQ, the video guy from ARVN and my new podcast, Ham Radio Now (and occasional guest-host on Ham Nation).

I’m writing because I’ll be in the Bay area next weekend (Friday thru Sunday), and I’m looking for ideas/contacts for shooting a video podcast or two while I’m there. Since I’m based in North Carolina, I don’t get to cover the west coast much, so I’d like to find a good story or two on this trip.

Can you help? Any hams or groups you can think of who can do a show-and-tell with me. This can be a special event, but more likely just someone’s routine activity that happens to be very interesting! Anything to do with Amateur Radio that a worldwide audience would like to learn about. This will be recorded, not live, so timing isn’t critical. Length isn’t critical, either.

I’m already booked Saturday (I’ll be up at TWiT in Petaluma all day). But Friday and Sunday are open.

I’d be glad to have any/all of you participate or just come along to observe, but it’s not necessary.

Thanks and 73,
Gary KN4AQ

ARVN: Amateur Radio//Video News
Ham Radio Now.TV
Gary Pearce KN4AQ
508 Spencer Crest Ct.
Cary, NC 27513


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