ARRL East Bay Section

Archive for June, 2013

Grant L. “Don” Carlson, KQ6FM, SK

Posted by af6aq on 24th June 2013

ARRL Life Member and Public Relations Committee Member Don Carlson, KQ6FM, of Sparks, Nevada, died June 21, of complications related to pancreatic cancer. He was an active radio amateur and commercial radio broadcaster, known as “Don Murray” during his days at Nevada and California radio stations, where he usually hosted oldies and jazz shows. He ran a broadcast production business, The Voice Shop, and did commercial voice-over work for radio and television, including for ARRL national radio and TV public service announcements. Carlson served as District Emergency Coordinator for Nevada’s Northwest District, as well as Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator, Section Emergency Coordinator, Public Information Coordinator and Assistant Section Manager. In California he had served as Santa Clara Valley SEC and as an Assistant Section Manager, and as District Emergency Coordinator for Monterey County. His voice occasionally was heard on Amateur Radio Newsline, the weekly ham radio news webcast. In 2010 the ARRL Pacific Division recognized his contributions to Amateur Radio by naming him “Ham of the Year” at Pacificon. Carlson also served on the board of directors for EMCOMMWEST, an annual ARRL specialty convention held in Reno. A celebration of life for Don Carlson will be held June 29, 10 AM, at Sierra Bible Church, 3195 Everett Dr, Reno. A celebration of Life will be held June 29, 10 AM, at Sierra Bible Church, 3195 Everett Dr, Reno, NV 89503. The family requests that cards be mailed to Sierra Bible Church and memorial donations made to a church or other charitable donation “to help someone less fortunate than yourself.”

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ARRL Field Day 2013

Posted by ks6m on 21st June 2013

ARRL Field Day 2013 happens this weekend! ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

If your group is hosting a Field Day site, you probably know what to do and are doing it already. If you are not connected to a group that is hosting a Field Day site, you can enjoy a visit to a nearby site. Locate Field Day sites with the ARRL Field Day Site Locator.

You can also operate on your own during Field Day, even if you are limited to the VHF and UHF bands. To learn how, see the ARRL Field Day Web pages.

Field Day goes live on Saturday morning at 11:00 am PDT. It continues for 24 hours, though some Field Day sites will not be in operation for that full period.

Have a great Field Day, and 73 …

John Rabold KS6M, Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section

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EC-001 Course Announcement

Posted by af6aq on 21st June 2013

The ARRL East Bay Section is pleased to announce the schedule for the next EC-001 classroom course.

EC-001 is an introductory course designed for Amateur Radio volunteers who want to serve as part of an ARES® response team. The course is based on the ARRL publication “The ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communication Course, 4th Edition”.

This is a three part class with each part held on a different Saturday. The sessions are held from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on consecutive Saturday mornings. The course is free of charge.

Pre-registration is required and students should plan to attend all three sessions.

431 Stardust Place
Alameda CA 94501
Part 1 July 13th
Part 2 July 20th
Part 3 July 27th
All sessions are from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.

If you have questions or want to register for this free class please contact:
David Haycock, KI6AWR
510-846-0011 or email:

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Can you hear those Red Cross vehicles?

Posted by ks6m on 4th June 2013

Amateurs in and near the ARRL East Bay Section are invited to participate in a brief radio activity on Saturday morning, June 8, 2013 in support of the American Red Cross Bay Area, a served agency of ARRL East Bay Section ARES®.

Early on June 8, 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 8, 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 their net control station in Oakland 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 Red Cross net control, is invited to call “Red Cross Oakland” via Amateur Radio to report the vehicle’s ID, its location if that was heard, the time of its transmission, and his or her own Amateur Radio call sign.

Hams at the Red Cross in Oakland 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, Red Cross Oakland 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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