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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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Joplin needs met – thanks!

Posted by af6aq on 5th June 2011

From: National Director SATERN
Sent: Sun 6/5/2011 4:32 PM



I have been told that all amateur operator slots have been filled up until June 10, 6:00 PM EDT. We have everyone we need thanks to the surge of support from ARRL/ARES operators.

When the ARRL brings its full weight to bear to assist us, it is not only dynamic but inspirational.

Thanks for helping The Salvation Army in its quest to assist those in Joplin who suffered through this ordeal.

Your help is significant.

Best regards to all and God bless you.


Patrick E. McPherson
Major (R)
National Director

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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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David Haycock, KI6AWR, Appointed Assistant Section Manager – Education & Training

Posted by af6aq on 21st June 2010

I am pleased to announce the appointment of David Haycock, KI6AWR as Assistant Section Manager (ASM) for Education and Training.

David has had a life long interest in radio beginning in his high school days many years ago. He currently holds an Extra Class license and lives with his wife Elizabeth (K0EAH) in a small HOA compromised town house in Alameda . Lack of space and HOAs are not enough to enforce radio silence however. He is fortunate to have a balcony large enough to squeeze in a Buddipole so operations on all bands (including 80m!) are possible. His first grandson Kyle was born on Field Day 2004 which he considers a great omen for keeping radio interests in the family.

David is currently President of the Amateur Radio Club of Alameda (ARCA) and an active VE. He is a passionate Elmer and together with Paul Bailey Gates (KA6GEM) has put on many classes to help newbies get their license and just as importantly get on the air. He is very excited about the opportunity to help expand Elmering throughout the Bay area.

David’s roles and responsibilities as ASM will include:

  • Coordination and publicity for license classes, VE sessions and educational events in the East Bay
  • Resource for class training materials
  • Instructor training
  • Special training classes
  • Assistance in designing classes for new training / educational needs

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

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Contra Costa ARES District Emergency Coordinator Announcement

Posted by af6aq on 22nd March 2010

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Chris Quirk, W6CJQ, as the new District Emergency Coordinator for Contra Costa County. Chris brings to the position a working knowldedge and understanding as to how ARES can support groups such as CERT, Red Cross, and other non-governmental organizations. He has been active as a volunteer in the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District as a CERT member, CERT Leader, and ARES member in support of CERT communications. Over the years he has been an active public service volunteer in support of communications, and has served as the communications manager/coordinator for several large regional events. I look forward to working with Chris and ask that you extend to him congratulations and support as we begin the process of reshaping the ARES program within Contra Costa County.


Herbert Cole; AI6AT

Section Emergency Coordinator
East Bay

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