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Maxwell Memorial Station W6CF

Posted by af6aq on 16th June 2015

CHRS (California Historical Radio Society) is going back on the air on Amateur Radio Field Day, with the Maxwell Memorial Station W6CF  (ol’ “Chicken Feathers”). Starting at 11 AM, Saturday, June 27, at Radio Central in Alameda (2152 Central Ave. off Park St.).  CHRS hams will operate on standard ham bands and also on VHF two meters FM.  Clubs and others all over America will join this party on the air, the ARRL’s national emergency preparedness exercise.  ARRL has been sponsoring this Field Day weekend since the early 1930s.

Everyone is invited to participate. Licensed hams can operate the transmitters. This is a good opportunity to review some of the historic amateur radio gear now in the new mobile storage as well. This is a good way to learn about amateur radio and its history. CHRS is working towards a large station for W6CF, with operating vintage equipment and interpretive displays. Much of the collection of amateur radio materials in the library is now being reshelved and will be accessible.

73 de K6VK.

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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: (http://asapws123 NULL.wccusd NULL.aspx?group=2)

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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College Amateur Radio APRS aboard the Cal, High Altitude Balloon

Posted by af6aq on 12th March 2015

College Amateur Radio APRS aboard the Cal High Altitude Balloon Launch this Saturday 3/14 from the Main Glade – Come Join Us!


This Saturday around 12pm Pacific (1900UTC) as part of the “Pi Day” celebration (which will be STEM-focused) the Space Exploration Society at Berkeley (http://sesb NULL.berkeley will launch a High Altitude Balloon from the main glade at the Cal Campus.  The launch team is planning for the craft to attain an altitude of around 100,000 feet and at present the flight time will be around 3 hours (and then it will descend with an estimated touch-down at 2153UTC).


Please feel free to pass this along to your friends, family, and associates!  Can you help spread the word?  :)



The balloon will have a GPS-enabled Amateur radio Packet Reporting System (APRS) tracker on-board transmitting at 144.390MHz (the national APRS frequency for 2m) using the callsign KK6PUZ (http://qrz which belongs to Cal Planetary Sciences student Kareem Shaik.  So if you run an APRS iGate in the area from Berkeley to Copperopolis, or you’ve been looking for a good reason to set one up, get ready for Pi Day!


There will be other systems on-board for photography and telemetry.  You can also track the balloon while in-flight at the High Altitude Balloon Hub (http://tracker NULL.habhub NULL.87015,-122 NULL.25946).


We could really use some help with tracking and recovering this balloon.  If you know people in the area, please invite them to participate as well.  We are still needing to pull together a few items, including the APRS antenna for the balloon as well as an antenna for the live video feed.


Here’s a chance to put many aspects of ham radio to use:

  • APRS
  • Fox-hunting
  • Signal triangulation
  • Mobile radio net
  • Antenna modeling/building
  • Batteries in extreme conditions
  • Abiding by regulations including those of the FAA
  • YOUR imagination !!!

Stay tuned here (http://www NULL.k6jeb for more info as it becomes available!


73 and Go (Cal) Bears!

Jack Burris, K6JEB


W6BB Amateur Radio Club at Berkeley (http://www NULL.w6bb


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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 (http://www NULL.w6bb at the University of California, Berkeley has been invited to operate aboard the Battleship, USS IOWA (BB-61) (http://en NULL.wikipedia 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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2012 Field Day Packet Now Available

Posted by ks6m on 3rd February 2012

It’s that time of year again — time to start gearing up for ARRL Field Day, June 23-24, 2012! ARRL’s flagship operating event — always held the fourth full weekend in June — brings together new and experienced hams for 24 hours of operating fun. Field Day packets are now available for download (http://www NULL.arrl from the ARRL Web site.

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