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SPECIAL EVENT: W6BB ARC Invited to operate aboard USS Iowa – May 18th, 2012

Posted by k6jeb on 17th May 2012

USS Iowa

USS Iowa docked in Richmond, CA

This is a last minute heads-up:

The W6BB Amateur Radio Club at the University of California, Berkeley has been invited to operate aboard the Battleship, USS IOWA (BB-61) as final preparations are completed to depart for her new home as a museum ship in San Pedro, CA.

We will have a small contingent of W6BB operators onboard and will be working CW, SSB and PSK modes. Bands will likely be 15/20/40m, others as conditions allow.

Date and time, 5/18/2012 from 1300-1930 PDT (2000 UTC 20120518 through 0230 UTC 20120519 ) .

We would very much appreciate being spotted on the Clusters.

For those of you who are able to work us, there will be a special QSL card for this one time W6BB on BB-61 operation.

Please pass the word around.



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Virginia Schaefer, WA6DOV – SK

Posted by af6aq on 14th May 2012


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Virginia A. Schaefer Resident of Benicia Virginia, 81, passed away April 25. She was born and raised in Berkeley, and spent many years living in Contra Costa County before moving to Benicia 15 years ago. She also enjoyed her second home in Bodega Bay. A gifted teacher, she will be remembered by hundreds of former students from gifted and talented summer schools and at Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s Science Center. Her instructional methods expanded the minds and appreciation for science for all her students. She also supervised student teachers several years through UC Berkeley and finished her career working in the MDUSD homeschool program. Virginia enjoyed flying her 1947 Stinson airplane all over the US. It can still be seen at Buchanan Field Airport to which she donated it after years of service on the aviation advisory committee. She traveled extensively in six continents. She had an amateur radio license for around 60 years. Her parents Edward and Virginia Reinke, brother, Charles Reinke, and half sister Pat Griffin preceded her. She will be lovingly remembered by children Theresa Jenson of Oakridge, OR, Cassandra Girard of Silverado CA, and Nicholas Schaefer of Sterling, CO, grandchildren Angelina Godchaux, Melanie Lerman, Jaya Girard, Alex Schaefer, Natalie Schaefer, and great grandson Isiah River Godchaux. A celebration will be held at a later time. Memorials in her honor may be made to Passalacqua Funeral Chapel, 707-745-3130, passalacquafuneral

Published in Contra Costa Times on April 29, 2012

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Silent Key Memorial – Edwin G. Wong (N6YCG)

Posted by af6aq on 14th May 2012

By Rodney Yee 4/29/2012

Edwin G. Wong (N6YCG) of Berkeley, California – October 1, 1924 – April 17, 2012, passed away at the age of 87.

Edwin was one of three original members of the Cathay Amateur Radio Club. The Cathay Amateur Radio Club was established in April of 1949. The other two club members were Manfred Jang, Winston Wong. With the exception of Winston, they all were Chinese Americans GIs that served in the US Army in WWII and had returned to their homes in the San Francisco bay area. Their HAM radio clubhouse was in the American Legion Cathay Post on Powell Street, San Francisco.

In 1940, Edwin met our present day Cathay Amateur Radio Club President, George W6BUR at a St.Mary’s school sponsored street fair held on Stockton Street in San Francisco. Edwin was demonstrating his homemade CW transmitter he built as a Boy Scout – Troop 3. In the crowd that day observing Edwin’s CW transmitter was George W6BUR, he introduced himself to Edwin as a fellow Boy Scout – Troop 11 and an aspiring HAM.

Back then both Edwin’s and George’s families lived in Chinatown San Francisco. Edwin and George became lifelong friends, hung out together and ate lunches at the famous100 year old Sam Wo restaurant on Washington street.

Edwin interest in electronics led him to become a HAM before the war. When he entered the service in 1943, he was a natural fit for U.S. Army Signal Corp – 14th Service Group and was stationed in Chan Yuan Province, China. By 1946, Edwin rose to rank of Technical Sergeant as he completed his tour of duty in the China, Burma and India (CBI) Theater of War.

Edwin’s choice of joining the Cathay Amateur Radio Club would be a rather fortuitous life changing event. His fellow club members; Manfred Jang and Winston Wong introduced Edwin to Miss Loretta Yee who eventually became his wife.

After 35 years of Federal Government Civil Service as an inspector of military equipment he completed his career with the Lockheed Missiles and Space Corporation as a Quality Assurance Specialist.

Edwin enjoyed his retirement fishing and making radio contact with fellow HAMs from all corners of the globe.

According to his wishes, there will be no services and his ashes will be scattered outside the Golden Gate where he loved to fish.

Edwin leaves behind a devoted wife of 61years,Loretta Wong and his cherished 3 daughters: Denise (Sherman) Lee, Jadine (the late Steve) Yamamoto, and Deanne (Robert) Surtees. He always will be the loving grandfather of Stacey Lee, Kevin Lee, and Maia Surtees. Survived and missed by dearest cousin, Shubert Yee, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Contributions in Ed’s memory may be made to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care or the American Heart Association .

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