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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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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 from the ARRL Web site.

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USS Hornet Amateur Radio Club Field Day Event Sat., June 25

Posted by af6aq on 22nd June 2011

Date: 2011-06-22, 3:37PM

USS Hornet Amateur Radio Club To Hold
Field Day Event in Alameda

On Saturday, June 25, 2011, Historic Ship’s radio club to demonstrate ham radio emergency operations — the public is invited to visit.

ALAMEDA, CALIF. — Beginning Saturday morning, June 25, 2011, a group of “ham” radio operators from the USS Hornet museum ship will be setting up a host of amateur radio stations outdoors, providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the nuts and bolts of emergency radio operations.

Moreover, the event, which has been a family-fun favorite for generations, is completely free and open to the public.

As part of the American Radio Relay League’s nation-wide “Field Day,” the Hornet Hams will be communicating with some of the 35,000 other radio operators across the country that will be on the air for the event. Field Day has been a day of outdoor fun for amateur radio enthusiasts since 1933 — and is always open to public. In fact, kids and adults alike are encouraged to visit field day stations and get on the air. It’s your opportunity to try your hand at ham radio.

“This is the premier radio event of the year,” said Jon Pszenitzki, president of the USS Hornet Amateur Radio. “It’s a lot of fun to be outdoors, setting up radio stations and talking with people from near and far,” he said. “It’s seriously good family fun, and a great way to see ham radio in action.”

The Hornet Hams will be setting up their battery-only powered radios at Alameda Point, just north of the soccer field (known as Hornet Field), West Hornet Drive and 8th Street, Alameda, Calif., adjacent to the USS Hornet Museum Ship. In addition to the outdoor fun (there will be a balloon-supported antenna in use!), tours of the club’s onboard radio room will also be given.

Be sure to visit the Hornet Hams at Hornet Field in Alameda on Saturday, June 25, 2011, beginning at 11:00 am and running all day. For more information about the USS Hornet Amateur Radio Club, visit .

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All Levels Test Session on June 29th – “Last Chance General”

Posted by af6aq on 15th June 2011

Ham Radio Test Session
June 29, 2011

“Last Chance General”

The Benicia Amateur Radio Club will conduct an ARRL VE Ham Radio test session at the downtown Benicia Fire Station at 150 Military West on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Cutoff to start testing is 8 PM. This will be the last opportunity to take the General exam using the current question pool. All exam levels will be offered. Enter via the West 2nd Street door – not the front door of the Fire Station. The Benicia Amateur Radio Club is a community-service-oriented non-profit group that works with the Benicia Fire Department and the Benicia Emergency Response Team to provide communications in the event of a disaster.

The examination session is administered under guidelines issued by the Federal Communications Commission by accredited examiners. This session occurs periodically in Benicia and prospective Ham operators or existing Hams interested in upgrading their license are invited to attend. The exam administration fee is $15, cash or check. (Sorry, no debit or credit cards accepted.) Applicants must bring a government issued photo ID (DL or passport). In the case of children or when no photo ID is available, please email (address below) for additional info.

Existing licensees wishing to upgrade must bring their original license plus a photocopy of it. Retests of a failed exam at the same test session will require payment of an additional test fee and a different test will be administered. Walk-ins accepted – no pre-registration is required. As required by the FCC, applicants will be required to provide their S.S. number or their FRN number as part of the application process. Additional information, contact

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Radio Amateurs Honored for Community Service

Posted by af6aq on 13th June 2011

CONCORD June 9, 2011 – – Radio Amateurs Chuck Graham, KI6DCD and John Primus, AF6RJ Honored for Community Service.

Chuck Graham and John Primus were honored for their founding of educational and training programs in radio and electronics offered to the community at the Annual Banquet of the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club by MDARC president John Ronan, K3ZJJ.

Since founding nearly four years ago, they have successfully graduated nearly 200 students that have received their Amateur Radio licenses from the Federal Communications Commission. Many of the graduates of the program now form the core of emergency and public service communications for greater Contra Costa County.

The educational and training programs are offered by Mr. Graham and Mr. Primus at the Salvation Army Community Center on Clayton Road, Concord. These programs include courses for Amateur Radio licensing at all levels, courses for licensed Amateurs in radio, electronics, and emergency communication. These courses are open for free to all ages, albeit there is a small charge for the textbook.

Chuck Graham is a dedicated Radio Amateur, a member of the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN), and serves on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army. Mr. Graham has tirelessly and selflessly dedicated himself to public service, emergency communications, and preparedness programs and to the Salvation Army.

John Primus, PhD in Business Administration, a retired university lecture has developed the program courses and recruited a team of nearly 20 instructors. Mr. Primus is now reaching out to other amateur radio clubs, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, and other governmental agencies to train and build their volunteer corps for emergency communication.

At the annual banquet of the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club Mr. Graham received the MDARC Award for Outstanding Dedication to Public Service.

Mr. Primus received a coveted MDARC Kilroy Key award for his dedicated service to the Amateur Radio Community. The Kilroy Key award was established decades ago which sports an antique telegraph key owned by the founder of MDARC in 1946 and placards listing the annual recipients. The antique telegraph key is still functional and is expected to be used on the air at least once by the award recipient.

Members of the Contra Costa County community of all ages are welcome to join the courses offered by Mr. Graham and Mr. Primus which are held throughout the year. Contact information is as follows: For Mr. Graham at, Mr. Primus at, and for amateur radio course information at

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