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Amateur Radio General License Class

Posted by af6aq on 16th April 2015

EBARC and West Contra Costa County Adult Education are conducting a class for upgrading to General Class at Alvarado School in Richmond. I think we didn’t advertise it enough because we only have three students. We would like about five more. Please encourage your Technician Class friends to sign up. It’s not too late. The class is Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings until May 26. Details in the attachment:

Amateur Radio General License Class

The East Bay Amateur Radio Club (EBARC) and West Contra Costa Adult Education (WCCAE) will offer a class to prepare applicants for the Amateur Radio General Class License, starting April 14, 2015 and ending May 23.  The class will meet on Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and Saturdays from 9:30AM to 11:30AM  at the Alvarado Adult School, 5625 Sutter St., Richmond, CA 94804.  Textbook is The ARRL General Class License Manual, 7th Edition. Books will be available for purchase.

Register at the West Contra Costa County School District Adult Education Office, 6028 Ralston Avenue, Richmond (510) 215-4666 or online at:

Class fee is $15 paid to WCCAE. FCC examinations and license applications will be administered at the final class session by the EBARC Volunteer Examiners. Exam fee will be $15.

Contact Ken Fowler at 510-222-0830 or email:

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Field Day Activity Boost Publicity

Posted by af6aq on 14th April 2015

We’re a little over two months away from Field Day. Here in California, we have a huge ham population, many of whom are active only on VHF/UHF and, most likely, only know of the coverage capabilities of FM.

A number of us are working to leverage our huge ham population to our advantage by doing some coordinated operating on Saturday evening of Field Day. Most every Field Day group utilizes a “free” VHF station, but on 144 and 432 MHz they are beaming all over the compass. By coordinating our efforts by way of having northern stations beam southward, and vice-versa, we think we can improve our QSO numbers and, in the process, demonstrate to a lot of hams the long-distance capabilities of our VHF/UHF bands.

The concept is outlined below, and if you find this of interest perhaps you could include mention of this effort in upcoming bulletins:

During Field Day, let’s take advantage of our local ham population throughout the state of California by participating in a “North-South Activity Hour” beginning at 8 PM PDST (0300 UTC) Saturday night. FD VHF stations in Southern California will beam north, and stations in Northern/Central California will beam south, with activity centering between 144.220 and 144.260 MHz on SSB (or CW). At 8:30 PM (0330 UTC), activity switches to 432 MHz, with activity centering between 432.110 and 432.150 MHz SSB/CW. Come back to 2 meters once done on 432.

FD stations with other bands like 222 MHz can “move”  each other from the above activity centers.

The idea of this coordinated activity is to get North/South stations beaming toward each other, in a concentrated effort, at a time when tropospheric propagation generally is best. Long term, Field Day is a great way to expose a large number of amateurs to new bands and modes, and this kind of an activity boost is a great way to demonstrate the long-distance capabilities of our VHF and UHF bands.

We hope that everyone will spread the word to  be sure their “free” VHF/UHF station on Field Day gets on 144/432 MHz SSB/CW between 8 PM and 9 PM Saturday night. There are lots of hams here in California–let’s work each other!

Thanks and 73,

Chip Margelli, K7JA

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Posted by af6aq on 3rd April 2015

Questions: or  Art at (707) 746-5858



Saturday, May 9, 2015 – Benicia, CA




This session is conducted by the Benicia Amateur Radio Club – Member W5YI VEC

Study Session followed by Exam

When:   Saturday May 9th, 2015

               8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where:    Benicia Senior Center

               187 East L Street, Benicia

Fee:                $30.00 at the door

               (Includes exam fee)


Questions: or  Art at (707) 746-5858

Class size is limited. Advance Registration is Required.

No prep or prior study required.

Prospective Hams should plan on attending a free Get-On-The-Air Class

after passing their test, to become familiar with Amateur Radio operations

Reserve Your Space – Become a Ham!

This is a Beginning Ham Radio Class Only.

Successful students will earn a “Technician” License.


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