ARRL East Bay Section

Archive for June, 2012


Posted by af6aq on 30th June 2012

This message is being sent on the behalf of K6SUE.

Her husband, W6OMF, Chief Laurence Richard Hogue USAF, Ret. passed away Friday, June 29, 2012 due to complications from open heart surgery.

It was his wish to be cremated with no memorial service.

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Posted by af6aq on 19th June 2012


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Donald Gilbert Dickson July 5, 1916 – May 17, 2012 Resident of Benicia Don passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side at the age of 95. Born in Monterey, he grew up in Berkeley, attended University of California in Berkeley, raised his family in El Sobrante and retired to Benicia. A proud WWII Veteran who served in the United States Navy Submarine Service from 1942-1945. A Chief Radio Technician on the USS Skate (SS305) for five war patrols and received the Bronze Star Medal. Don’s telecommunications career spanned 41 years at Western Electric and AT&T with retirement from Pacific Bell. He taught Ham Radio Courses at Contra Costa College in San Pablo (Handle K6TGJ). Member of Benicia Yacht Club, Vallejo Chapter of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Veteran out of the Mare Island Base, Certified Holland Club Shipmate and Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Vallejo Chapters of WWII and USSVI. Survived by daughters, Suzanne (Dick) Fox, Linda (Larry) White and Carol Sheridan; 7 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren. Married 64 years to Vivian, who preceded him in death on September 17, 2005. Vivian’s Urn has been interned at Skyview Memorial Lawn. Now they will be buried together at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Friends and family are invited to attend the burial on June 15 at 12:30 p.m. and the Celebration of Life to immediately follow in Vallejo. Contact the family for specific directions. The family thanks Don’s wonderful caregivers, Bernie Villanueva and Daya Carver, for their tireless love and compassion.

Published in Contra Costa Times on June 12, 2012

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Emergency Communication Course Exam Offered

Posted by ks6m on 6th June 2012

Amateur Radio operators and others who are studying the ARRL’s Introduction to Emergency Communication Course (EC-001) will have an opportunity to take the course’s examination and earn the ARRL completion certificate in August.

ARRL Field Examiners in the ARRL East Bay Section have scheduled an EC-001 final exam session to begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 11, 2012. It will be held in the Alameda County office of the American Red Cross Bay Area at 3901 Broadway in Oakland. This session is listed on the ARRL Web site. The exam fee is $15. The exam consists of 35 multiple-choice questions, and a passing score is 80% or better.

EC-001 is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. One need not be a licensed Amateur Radio operator to sit for the exam or earn the completion certificate. Candidates for this exam will have studied the course materials on line, in a local Field Class session, or by studying the course transcript, The ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communication Course, 4th Edition.

Candidates should complete and obtain certificates for two free online FEMA EMI Independent Study courses before beginning their EC-001 course studies. Those courses are IS-100, “Introduction to Incident Command System”, and IS-700, “National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction”. At the EC-001 exam, each candidate must provide the dates shown on his or her completion certificates for IS-100 and IS-700.

EC-001 and its prerequisites, IS-100 and IS-700, are among the course training requirements to qualify for Full Member status in the ARRL East Bay Section ARES® program.

More information about the EC-001 course and exam is available.

See the Contact page for contact information.

David A. Haycock KI6AWR
Assistant Section Manager, Education and Training, ARRL East Bay Section
John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section

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G.O.T.A. Seminar Forming Now!

Posted by af6aq on 6th June 2012

The Salvation Army together with the

Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club

will hold a 2 part seminar where you can develop your Amateur Radio License Getting On The Air skills


This is your next step after becoming licensed. This is your chance to learn the how to and techniques of Emergency Communications on Ham Radio and the excitement of Getting On The Air.


This seminar is to upgrade your current Technician skills!


Seminar Times…

Part 1 Thursday July 19, 2012

Part 2 Thursday July 26, 2012

At 7-9 pm

The Salvation Army

3950 Clayton Road, (at West St.)

Concord 94521


Registration is required.

Class is FREE but there is a $5 materials fee – No Textbook is needed.


Follow up training continues throughout the year.

 Stay tuned at


To sign up email:

For voice mail or fax: 925 465-9554

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Can you hear those Red Cross vehicles?

Posted by ks6m on 5th June 2012

Amateurs in and near the ARRL East Bay Section are invited to participate in a brief radio activity on Saturday morning, June 9, 2012 in support of the American Red Cross Bay Area, a served agency of ARRL East Bay Section ARES®.

Early on June 9, Red Cross emergency response vehicles (ERVs) will be driven from their bases in six counties to a central location for semiannual cleaning and restocking. As they drive, their crews are asked to make frequent two-way radio contact, on a Red Cross frequency, with the Red Cross Disaster Operations Center (DOC) in Oakland. However, the transmissions are simplex, and terrain often prevents contact. The Red Cross invites assistance from the Amateur Radio community in tracking its ERVs that morning.

Between 7:30 and 9:00 am PDT on June 9, licensed amateurs are asked to listen for transmissions from these vehicles on a Red Cross frequency, 47.420 MHz (FM mode). They will be calling or replying to “Oakland DOC” and will identify themselves with 4-digit numbers as their tactical IDs. Any amateur who hears such a transmission, whether or not it is acknowledged by Oakland DOC, is invited to call “Oakland DOC” via Amateur Radio to report the vehicle’s ID, its location if that was heard, the time of the transmission, and his or her own Amateur Radio call sign.

Hams at Oakland DOC will be listening for reports on two Amateur Radio repeater systems: the Vaca Valley Radio Club repeater on Mt. Vaca in Solano County at 145.470 MHz, minus offset, PL 127.3, and the linked Bay-Net system. Bay-Net has a UHF repeater in the East Bay at 443.975 MHz PL 100.0, has several repeaters in the South Bay including 443.225 MHz PL 100.0, and is available via EchoLink and IRLP; see the Bay-Net Web site. The American Red Cross Bay Area thanks the Vaca Valley Radio Club and Bay-Net for their cooperation.

On these repeater systems, Oakland DOC will be announcing its availability to accept reports but will not be operating a directed net. Other amateurs may occasionally use these repeater systems for other purposes that morning, so please stand by until the frequency clears or ask the users if they will stand by for a moment so you can make your report.

Though not all dual-band HT or mobile ham radio rigs receive frequencies as low as 47 MHz, many do. We hope that hams with that capability, including those participating in the ARRL June VHF QSO Party beginning later that morning, will enjoy this challenge.

John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section

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