Posted by ks6m on 27th September 2013
There will be excellent learning opportunities, gear for sale, and networking at Pacificon, the annual ARRL Pacific Division convention (http://www NULL.pacificon NULL.org/2013/), on October 11 through 13 (less than 2 weeks away). Hams from all seven sections in the Pacific Division will be present. You must register to attend; registration is available on the Pacificon Web site. Volunteers are still needed and can sign up on that Web site as well. (See also this earlier post.)
The ARRL East Bay Section ARES® (“EB-ARES”) leadership will be presenting three sessions at Pacificon, including an open meeting of EB-ARES. Please attend and participate. These three sessions will be offered one after the other on Sunday morning, October 13, in Salon C. You can find them on the Pacificon Web site by going to the schedule for Salon C (http://www NULL.pacificon NULL.org/2013/#room_533) and looking under “Sunday”. (If they are moved to other times or locations at Pacificon, we will try to let you know!)
Here are the three sessions as currently scheduled:
Workshop: Digital Emcomm with NBEMS
Sunday at 8:15 am: This drop-in workshop will enable you to observe and experiment with the digital emcomm applications in the NBEMS software suite (fldigi, flmsg, flwrap, and more). We will have laptops set up with the software and a few sample messages, and we will demonstrate the sending and receiving of messages and then coach you as you do it yourself. Or bring your own laptop; we’ll have the software available for you to install. We will be available to chat about the pros and cons of this and similar techniques for messaging in support of our served agencies. Session leader: Bernhard Hailer AE6YN, Assistant Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section.
ARRL EC-001 Exam Session
Sunday at 9:30 am: Amateur Radio operators and others who are studying the ARRL’s Introduction to Emergency Communication Course (EC-001) can take the course’s examination at this session, earning the ARRL completion certificate. EC-001 and its prerequisites, IS-100 and IS-700, are among the course training requirements to qualify for the Full Member designation in the ARRL East Bay Section ARES program. See an earlier post for important information.
Open Meeting: ARRL East Bay Section ARES
Sunday at 10:45 am: This session begins with a brief introduction to the ARES program in the ARRL East Bay Section. That will be followed by a report on progress during the past year and a review of several current challenges and opportunities for this East Bay Section program. The remainder of the session will be devoted to questions and discussion. Session leader: John Rabold KS6M, Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section.
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Posted by ks6m on 20th August 2013
The ARRL Pacific Division and the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club present:
PACIFICON 2013 – October 11-13, 2013
- The Great West Coast Ham Radio Convention!
- Largest West Coast Vendor Show of Amateur Radio Gear!
- More Than 75 Outstanding Technical Forums!
- Great Swap Meet!
- and much, much more!
Returning to the magnificent Santa Clara venue:
Marriott Santa Clara Hotel
2700 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, California
For Events, Latest Updates and Registration go to
www.PACIFICON.org (http://www NULL.pacificon NULL.org/)
If hotel lodging is needed, make reservations before September 26, 2013, to qualify for the special Pacificon rate of $109/night. You can make reservations on line (http://www NULL.marriott NULL.com/hotels/travel/sjcga-santa-clara-marriott/?toDate=10/13/13&groupCode=pacpaca&stop_mobi=yes&fromDate=10/10/13&app=resvlink) with the special Pacificon Group Code rate already entered. Or, call the Marriott Hotel Reservations Desk at 1-800-228-9290 and ask for the Pacificon rate.
PACIFICON 2013 Events, Forum Topics, and Exhibits Include:
- Friday All-Day Antenna Seminar
- Friday Evening New Media Elmers and Podcasters
- Saturday Morning Kickoff with Speaker Gordon West
- More Than 75 Outstanding Technical Forums
- Largest West Coast Vendor Show of Amateur Radio Gear
- Saturday Amateur Radio and the Law Seminar
- Great Saturday Swap Meet
- Ham License Exams
- Daily Radio Prize Drawings
- Direction Finding: Fox-Hunting, Beginner and Advanced
- Great QRP Programs
- Amateur Television (ATV/DATV)
- HFpack Activities
- Saturday All-Day Technician License Class
- Working Satellites
- A Full Slate of Youth Projects and Activities
- Kit Building
- Emergency Communications
- Saturday Evening Banquet with Guest Speaker
- Annual ARRL Pacific Division Director’s Forum
- Understanding the Physics of Radio
- Moon Bounce – EME
- Antenna Theory & Construction
Come and Experience the Many Facets of Ham Radio!
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Posted by ks6m on 21st June 2013
ARRL Field Day 2013 happens this weekend! ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
If your group is hosting a Field Day site, you probably know what to do and are doing it already. If you are not connected to a group that is hosting a Field Day site, you can enjoy a visit to a nearby site. Locate Field Day sites with the ARRL Field Day Site Locator (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/field-day-locator).
You can also operate on your own during Field Day, even if you are limited to the VHF and UHF bands. To learn how, see the ARRL Field Day (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/field-day) Web pages.
Field Day goes live on Saturday morning at 11:00 am PDT. It continues for 24 hours, though some Field Day sites will not be in operation for that full period.
Have a great Field Day, and 73 …
John Rabold KS6M, Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section
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Posted by af6aq on 8th April 2012
I’m Gary Pearce KN4AQ, the video guy from ARVN (http://arvn NULL.tv/)and my new podcast, Ham Radio Now (http://hamradionow NULL.tv/) (and occasional guest-host on Ham Nation).
I’m writing because I’ll be in the Bay area next weekend (Friday thru Sunday), and I’m looking for ideas/contacts for shooting a video podcast or two while I’m there. Since I’m based in North Carolina, I don’t get to cover the west coast much, so I’d like to find a good story or two on this trip.
Can you help? Any hams or groups you can think of who can do a show-and-tell with me. This can be a special event, but more likely just someone’s routine activity that happens to be very interesting! Anything to do with Amateur Radio that a worldwide audience would like to learn about. This will be recorded, not live, so timing isn’t critical. Length isn’t critical, either.
I’m already booked Saturday (I’ll be up at TWiT in Petaluma all day). But Friday and Sunday are open.
I’d be glad to have any/all of you participate or just come along to observe, but it’s not necessary.
Thanks and 73,
ARVN: Amateur Radio//Video News
Ham Radio Now.TV (http://now NULL.tv/)
Gary Pearce KN4AQ
508 Spencer Crest Ct.
Cary, NC 27513
(http://us NULL.mc1844 NULL.mail NULL.yahoo NULL.com/mc/compose?to=kn4aq null@null arvidionews NULL.com)919-380-9944
www.ARVN.TV (http://www NULL.arvn NULL.tv/)
www.HamRadioNow. (http://hamradionow NULL.tv/)TV (http://hamradionow NULL.tv/)
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Posted by af6aq on 13th January 2012
February is a dreary month for most. Feb 12th, Sunday, can be especially hard. No more football (!) and Spring is a long ways off.
So…. We’re going to have some fun!
We’re working on doing a LIVE webcast tour of W1AW on Sunday, Feb 12th at 5pm Eastern Time to make that afternoon a little more interesting. With the volunteer help of pro videographer Al Petrunti, KA1TCH, you can take the tour and watch what is going on in the ARRL flagship station.
I don’t have all of the particulars quite yet, but I will post them as I get things get hammered out. In the meantime, please “pencil it in” on your calendars.
Allen Pitts, W1AGP
Media & PR Manager
ARRL – the national association for Amateur Radio
225 Main St. Newington, CT 06111
www.ARRL.org (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/)
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