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 next Member Meeting will be held Thursday January 22, 2015, details to follow.
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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
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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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 email@example.com (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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Posted by ks6m on 15th February 2014
The ARRL Centennial QSO Party scoring page (https://centennial-qp NULL.arrl NULL.org/) is now live! This new page allows you to see your Centennial QSO Party score, what QSOs you’ve been given credit for, and where your score stands in the listing of all participants. You can also search the database for a specific call to see how many points it is worth. Use your Logbook of The World (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/logbook-of-the-world) username and password to enter.
Read more about the ARRL Centennial QSO Party in the ARRL East Bay Section.
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Posted by ks6m on 17th January 2014
Hams in the ARRL East Bay Section,
I am taking this opportunity to “second” the recent message from Assistant Section Manager Chris Tate N6WM about the ARRL Centennial QSO Party and its Centennial Points Challenge. Chris’s assignment is DX and contesting. Mine is emergency communications, so I have a stake in activities that improve and maintain ham radio operating skills and experience. Operating events like the Centennial QSO Party are among the best of such activities.
The leadership in the ARRL East Bay Section encourages all hams to participate in the Centennial QSO Party. We have a page of information about this operating event, and especially about its Centennial Points Challenge, on the ARRL East Bay Section Web site.
Let me underscore Chris’s point about the bands above 50 megahertz — VHF and UHF. As in ARRL Field Day, these bands are available but sometimes overlooked. ARRL East Bay Section encourages Centennial Points Challenge participation by hams in the Technician class and by hams in any license class who have only VHF and UHF equipment easily available. We are offering a “concentration plan” to bring East Bay Section Amateurs together on selected VHF and UHF frequencies and at selected days and times to make it easier to make contacts in this event. We will also be providing helpful tips to enable Amateurs to move beyond ordinary FM voice on these bands, both increasing point totals in the event and further improving operator skills. We also have a set of frequently-asked questions and their answers.
See our page about the Centennial Points Challenge on VHF/UHF in our section. It includes details of the concentration plan.
These pages, and especially the details of the concentration plan, are subject to change, so keep an eye on them.
Assistant Section Manager Chris Tate also mentioned the upcoming VHF Sweepstakes. The ARRL holds three VHF Sweepstakes and one UHF Sweepstakes each year. The first of the VHF Sweepstakes of 2014 begins this Saturday, January 18 at 11:00 am PST (1900Z) and continues until Sunday at 7:59 pm PST. Many of your contacts in this sweepstakes can also count in the Centennial QSO Party. Give it a try! Our VHF/UHF page explains how. And, during this event, our section’s “concentration plan frequencies” may be good places to look for Sweepstakes contacts.
Meanwhile, I will be monitoring on 146.460, 223.440, and 441.000 MHz, which are for now our primary VHF/UHF FM voice concentration plan frequencies. If I can’t hear others using those frequencies, I will be calling on them. I hope to make contact with many of you there in the Centennial Points Challenge and in the VHF and UHF Sweepstakes too.
John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator
ARRL East Bay Section
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