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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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New East Bay Section DXCC Card Checker

Posted by af6aq on 15th December 2010

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce Croskey, AH0U, as DXCC card checker for the East Bay section. The best way to reach Bruce for card checking is 925-623-4388 or In the future, he will be developing a schedule to visit local clubs on a regular basis to do card checking.

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NCCC’s 40th Anniversary Special Event

Posted by k6jeb on 20th September 2010


The Northern California Contest Club is having a party and you’re all invited! This year marks 40 years of excellence in amateur radio contesting for NCCC, and to share our excitement, we’re having a special on-air celebration.  It’s the NCCC 40th Anniversary Party — a two week event taking place from September 18 to October 1, 2010, and open to all amateurs worldwide.

During this time period, which includes the NCCC-sponsored Sprints ( and precedes the California QSO Party (, NCCC members and club stations will be “on the air” — ready to have a 40th Year QSO with you.  To facilitate easier identification during this event, NCCC member stations have been encouraged to add “/40” to their callsigns, during non-contest periods.  In addition there will be a few 1×1 special event callsigns assigned, which will also count as NCCC members stations.  A complete list of all eligible NCCC stations and callsigns can be found at:

To further commemorate this event, NCCC is offering an attractive Certificate to anyone who works at least 40 NCCC member stations during this 40th Birthday Party event.

So please mark your calendars now, and help us celebrate 40 Years of memories in this great hobby.  CU On The Air!

Your NCCC 40th Anniversary Committee

Event Details

Eligible Stations:
1. All amateur radio stations may participate.
2. You can work an NCCC station for credit only once regardless of band and mode (see list here)
3. NCCC members are encouraged to add /40 to their call signs for easier identification on-the-air and be as active as possible during this event.

Exact Dates and Time: 0000 UTC September 18 until 2359 UTC October 1, 2010

Bands: All Amateur Radio Bands

Modes: All Modes (CW, Phone, Digital)

Exchange: Recommended (not required):
1. NCCC member stations: RS(T) + California County. This will help you qualify for the NCCC sponsored WACC award.
2. Non-NCCC stations: RS(T) + State. DX stations outside the U.S. and its territories send RS(T) + “DX”.

Note:  Stations operating during contest periods send exchange in accordance with contest rules

40th Anniversary Commemorative Certificate:
1. This special certificate is available for making contacts with at least forty (40) NCCC member stations — any band, any mode — during the event period.
2. No RS(T) data other than worked eligible call signs will be required to apply for the award.
3. Apply for the award online at
4. Please make sure your entry has been submitted by October 31, 2010.

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ARRL Rookie Roundup

Posted by af6aq on 11th August 2010

Hi Folks-

This Sunday, August 15, is the 2nd ARRL Rookie Roundup, from 1800z through 2359z. SSB will be used again for this event; CW will be in December, and RTTY will debut in August 2011.

We’ve made some changes to the way things were run last April:

1) You have 72 hours to submit your score summary.

2) All score summaries should be submitted through the Rookie Roundup Online Score Summary form, found as a link off the main RR site. This is a simple form that walks Rookies (and non-Rookies) through the process of submitting their score summary. This also provides a single point of entry for the Rookie Roundup.

3) Trey N5KO, George K5TR and others have developed In The Log, a free, web-based, simple logging application. It’s been tested, and it works. Visit <>  to register for it and take it for a test drive. This web page and its tools are still under development, but for the Rookie Roundup it will provide the basic essentials for those who are just getting started as well as those who don’t need all the “bells and whistles” of a full-featured logging program.  They hope to add support for more contests in the future.

We are still committed to having the Rookie Roundup be a live-adjudicated event one day. For now, we will take smaller steps to get there.

Complete rules, FAQ, paper logging forms, blog and a link to the Score Summary Reporting Form can be found at

Get on the air, host a Rookie this weekend, work the Rookies, and have some fun!


Sean Kutzko, KX9X
Contest Branch Manager

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio(tm)
225 Main St.
Newington, CT  06111


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Chris Tate, N6WM, Appointed Assistant Section Manager – DX & Contesting

Posted by af6aq on 21st June 2010

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Tate, N6WM, as Assistant Section Manger for DX and Contesting.

Chris is well known in the bay area as an avid contester and DX chaser.  Originally licensed as KI6LGJ in 2007, Chris has eclipsed  his brief 3 years in the hobby through his enthusiasm, energy and dedication.

Locally Active in the East Bay Section in the Livermore Amateur Radio Klub (LARK), previously as a board member and activities coordinator, he currently writes a monthly article for contesting and DX chasing in their newsletter.  Chris has expanded his participation and leadership beyond the local club level, and is now Vice President and Contest Chairman for the Northern California Contest Club (NCCC) after serving a year on the board of this regional organization.

Chris is an extremely active contester and DX chaser.  He is a member of the “big gun” and world known contest team of CQ Contest Hall of Fame member and East Bay resident Ken, N6RO as well as a founding member and contest coordinator for the newest big gun station to go qrv in the bay area, the K6LRG contest station in Livermore.

Active on CW, RTTY and SSB, Chris regularly participates in multi-op and single op amateur radio contest efforts from these stations, and has won numerous awards over the last several years in both collaborative multi-op efforts as well as single op competitions, most recently winning the Pacific Division for mixed mode (CW/SSB) in the 2009 ARRL 10 meter contest, Placing in the top 10 box in the NCJ North American QSO Party RTTY, and achieving the position of 3rd place, World in the ARRL RTTY Roundup contest(first place Pacific Division, Second place North America) amongst many others.

Chris’s DX awards include membership in the DX Century Club (DXCC# 43,293) as well as multiple Worked All States awards, including the newly introduced Triple Play Worked All States(TPWAS #417) that required working all states on CW, SSB and Digital modes, all confirmed via the ARRL Logbook of the World.

Please join me in welcoming Chris to his new role as ASM.

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