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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 NULL.edu/) 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?  :)

 

AMATEUR RADIO ON BOARD

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 NULL.com/db/kk6puz)-1 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.org/#%21mt=roadmap&mz=11&qm=All&mc=37 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 NULL.com/) for more info as it becomes available!

 

73 and Go (Cal) Bears!

Jack Burris, K6JEB

President

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

 

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Reminder: Public Information Officer Certification (PIO) Class Part 2

Posted by af6aq on 31st October 2014

WHO:      This course material is useful for any ham who speaks about amateur radio to any non-ham.  However, the curriculum specifically provides tools for any type of PIO within our hobby.  Thus, ARES and Club PIOs can benefit from learning and reviewing how the ARRL PIO represents amateur radio to the public.  For the individual who wants to become a PIO, certification is available on completion of the final exam.  You may present the certification to your Section Manager if you want to apply for an appointment to become an ARRL PIO.

WHAT:     ARRL PIO Certification Class

WHEN:    Saturday, Nov. 15th and Sunday, Nov. 16th from 8AM to 5PM

WHERE:  431 Stardust Place, Alameda, CA 94501 (on the old Naval Air Station)

 

POINT OF CONTACT:   For more information contact Suellene Petersen:  suellene@suellenesdelight.com (suellene null@null suellenesdelight NULL.com)

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October 23rd ALCo VOAD Panel Presentation & Discussion Postponed

Posted by af6aq on 22nd October 2014

AlCo VOAD is postponing its Thursday October 23 Member Meeting out of respect for the McCammon family and those participating in the memorial service honoring former Alameda County Fire Chief Bill McCammon

The discussion previously scheduled will be presented at the next Member Meeting to be held Thursday January 22, 2015, details to follow.

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PACIFICON 2014

Posted by ks6m on 25th September 2014

PACIFICON is designated by the ARRL as one of six Regional Centennial Events for 2014. This great west coast ham radio convention is sponsored by the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC). PACIFICON 2014 will take place Friday, October 10th through Sunday, October 12th, at the Marriott Santa Clara Hotel in Santa Clara, California.

Friday October 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM PDT
-to-
Sunday October 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM PDT

Marriott Santa Clara / Marriott Convention Center
2700 Mission College Boulevard
Santa Clara CA 95054

  • Youth 17 & under free
  • College students $5
  • Advance registration closes October 5, 2014

For events, latest updates and registration go to www.PACIFICON.org (http://www NULL.pacificon NULL.org/)

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Field Day photos

Posted by ks6m on 29th June 2014

Do you have some great Field Day photos? You can submit them to the ARRL for possible publication. Digital photos may be sent via email to contests@arrl.org (contests null@null arrl NULL.org) (be sure to include captions that identify the activity and all identifiable persons in the picture and the photographer’s information). Print photos may be sent to Field Day, ARRL, 225 Main St., Newington CT 06111 along with your Field Day entry. Again, please make sure to include captions and that your photos are as high resolution as possible. The ARRL cannot use photos with time/date stamps included in the images. The ARRL cannot guarantee the publication of any specific photo submission. However, you are encouraged to post them to the ARRL Online Soapbox at www.arrl.org/contests/soapbox (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/contests/soapbox) where they can be viewed and shared by the thousands of visitors to the site.

Source: ARRL Field Day 2014 packet

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