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National Parks On The Air in the East Bay

Posted by ks6m on 21st January 2016

The ARRL’s National Parks On The Air (NPOTA) (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/NPOTA) operating event is off to a big start. Throughout 2016, Amateur Radio is helping the National Park Service (NPS) celebrate its 100th anniversary. Hams from across the country are “activating” NPS units, promoting the National Park Service, and showcasing Amateur Radio to the public.

Every licensed Amateur can be a “Chaser” at any time, regardless of location, attempting to contact “Activator” hams in NPS units. Every ham can also be an “Activator” while operating at an NPS unit. See the Rules and FAQs in the NPOTA Web pages for more information.

Aside from national trails, the ARRL East Bay Section has four small NPS units: Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park, John Muir and Eugene O’Neill National Historic Sites, and Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial.

Interest in “activating” these small units threatens to overrun their operations if not managed carefully. Local National Park Service management has directed that hams not activate these units in NPOTA except as authorized by ARRL HQ, and only three such activations will be authorized in each of three of these units during the year-long event. No NPOTA activations will be authorized at Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial. Unauthorized activations of these four NPS units will not be accredited, and those QSOs will not count toward NPOTA.

ARRL HQ, my ARRL Field Organization staff here in the East Bay Section, and I will be discussing how to manage authorizations to activate these units, in cooperation with NPS staff. We do not expect any activations to be scheduled soon, and we expect to announce them well in advance of each date and to encourage participation. Together with NPS staff, we want these activations not only to make contacts but also to attract and engage the public on site with our Amateur Radio operations and with our celebration of the National Park Service Centennial Year 2016.

Meanwhile, please do not contact NPS staff at these units on the subject of NPOTA or other Amateur Radio activity except as part of an authorized activation. If you have comments or would like to indicate interest in participating in an activation, however, please contact Chris Tate, N6WM, Assistant Section Manager for Contesting and DX, as shown on our EB Section Leadership page.

More information about the National Park Service Centennial Year 2016

  • Web site: nps.gov/centennial (http://nps NULL.gov/centennial)
  • Hashtag: #NPS100

More information about National Parks On The Air

  • Web site: arrl.org/NPOTA (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/NPOTA)
  • Facebook: facebook.com/groups/NPOTA/ (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/groups/NPOTA/)
  • Twitter: twitter.com/ARRL_NPOTA (https://twitter NULL.com/ARRL_NPOTA)
  • Hashtags: #ARRL #NPOTA #HamRadioInParks

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ARRL East Bay Section
Section Manager: James R Latham, AF6AQ
af6aq@arrl.org

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National Parks On The Air (NPOTA)

Posted by ks6m on 29th December 2015

Many hams here in the SF Bay Area have heard of National Parks On The Air (NPOTA), a new ARRL operating event for 2016. For those who haven’t, to help the National Park Service (NPS) celebrate its Centennial, NPOTA lasts for the full calendar year and connects hams everywhere to hams located in NPS units. The idea is to have a good time, to keep one’s radio skills sharp, and to help promote our National Parks in their big year. Contacts on any ham band except 60 meters and using any ham mode are eligible, though repeater, digipeater, crossband, and Internet-supported contacts are not.

While you’re not in an NPS unit, you’re a “Chaser”, and your goal is to chase down and contact an “Activator” ham in as many NPS units as possible during 2016. When you’re in an NPS unit, you can be an “Activator”. Either way, log your contacts in the ARRL Logbook Of The World, and your points are automatically tallied. All licensed Amateurs are eligible; ARRL membership is not required; there is no cost unless you want an award sent to you when it’s over. For details, including rules, tips, and news, see the NPOTA Web page (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/NPOTA).

Pete Harris KE6ZIW and I (John Rabold KS6M) will enable hams who are located in parts of the East Bay to make a NPOTA contact during the New Year holiday weekend. On Friday, January 1, I (KS6M) will be calling for VHF FM simplex contacts from Mount Wanda, on the property of John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez. Pete and I visited the site on Tuesday, December 29, and found that parts of Vallejo, Benicia, Concord, and Walnut Creek were visible, in addition to Martinez. But I may do better than that, as I will have a tall antenna and be using 10 or 25 watts. Your HT may work just fine, depending on where you are. Listen for KS6M from about noon to about 4 pm PST on 146.535 MHz, though you might find me on 146.520 occasionally.

On Saturday, January 2, Pete and I will be calling CQ from the visitor center of that same NPS unit, using single sideband, most likely on 15, 17, or 20 meters, from about 11 am to about 3 pm PST. On those bands we will be listening for replies from anywhere in the world, but you may hear us locally and be able to contact us.

Summary:

  • Fri Jan 1, 12 noon to 4 pm, on 146.535 or 146.520 FM
  • Sat Jan 2, 11 am to 3 pm, on 15, 17, 20 meters SSB

This won’t be your last chance to earn “chaser points” in NPOTA from this area. The Bay Area has something like a dozen NPS units and no shortage of hams to “activate” them. But this one gets the NPS Centennial Year off to a quick start and honors the memory of John Muir, long an East Bay resident.

Remember to write down the date and time and frequency of the contact, the mode (FM or SSB), and the call sign of the ham you contacted. (Be sure the date and time are in UTC, which is 8 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time.) You will need that information when you upload your log to Logbook of the World.

Happy New Year and 73! Pete and I hope to talk to you by radio this weekend!


John Rabold KS6M

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Operators Needed: 2015 Berkeley Half Marathon

Posted by ks6m on 19th September 2015

DATE OF EVENT: Sunday, November 22, 2015

OPERATIONAL HOURS: 0700 to ~1300

TIME OF BRIEFING: by email

TYPE OF EVENT: Berkeley Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile footrace.

LOCATION OF EVENT: Berkeley, CA

NUMBER, TYPE and DUTIES OF RACES PERSONNEL REQUESTED: 14 radio operators (any class of amateur radio license) to provide communications support at 7 fixed posts 6 SAG wagons, Net Control, Communication Liaison.

EQUIPMENT REQUESTED; (i.e.; radios, antennas, etc.) All posts can be worked with just a handheld amateur radio transceiver (preferably 2m/70cm dual band) Sag wagons should have a mobile rig with an external antenna. (Magnetic surface may not be available.)

CONTACT NAME and E-MAIL: Glen Epperson, K6GSE

COMMENTS/SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: For each operator, it would be helpful to have:

  • name
  • callsign
  • cell phone number
  • email
  • Preferred assignment (Stationary Post, SAG, Net Control)
  • Equipment operator will respond with willingness to mentor and support less experienced operators
  • APRS

Event info: http://berkeleyhalf.com (http://berkeleyhalf NULL.com/)

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Maxwell Memorial Station W6CF

Posted by af6aq on 16th June 2015

CHRS (California Historical Radio Society) is going back on the air on Amateur Radio Field Day, with the Maxwell Memorial Station W6CF  (ol’ “Chicken Feathers”). Starting at 11 AM, Saturday, June 27, at Radio Central in Alameda (2152 Central Ave. off Park St.).  CHRS hams will operate on standard ham bands and also on VHF two meters FM.  Clubs and others all over America will join this party on the air, the ARRL’s national emergency preparedness exercise.  ARRL has been sponsoring this Field Day weekend since the early 1930s.

Everyone is invited to participate. Licensed hams can operate the transmitters. This is a good opportunity to review some of the historic amateur radio gear now in the new mobile storage as well. This is a good way to learn about amateur radio and its history. CHRS is working towards a large station for W6CF, with operating vintage equipment and interpretive displays. Much of the collection of amateur radio materials in the library is now being reshelved and will be accessible.

73 de K6VK.

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ARRL Field Day 2014 is at Hand, and Everyone is Invited!

Posted by ks6m on 19th June 2014

If you have not already made plans to get on the air for ARRL Field Day 2014 (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/field-day), tick-tock, tick-tock. It’s just days away, but it’s not too late to participate. Field Day 2014 is Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29. Field Day is the year’s most popular operating event, and more than 35,000 radio amateurs will be setting up stations — sometimes multiple stations — in the field, at campsites, in public parks, and even on their decks or in their backyards to get in on the fun. Think of it as the first weekend of Amateur Radio’s summer. Last year, more than 2500 stations submitted entries.

Field Day is primarily a group activity, though, and if you’re not yet on the roster to operate from your club’s Field Day site, volunteer now! If you don’t belong to a club or don’t know if there’s a Field Day operation setting up in your area, check the Field Day Locator (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/field-day-locator) to find one. Clubs welcome new operators, especially if they are willing to take the graveyard (overnight) shift or other less-desirable time slots or if they bring some special talent or expertise to the picnic table — top-notch CW proficiency, satellite expertise, or antenna skills.

If you’d rather just stay at home, you can operate your own station as is, and work stations in the field, or you can set up to operate from an emergency power source, such as a generator, batteries, or solar panels, and work everyone else. Field Day got its start in the 1930s as an emergency communication exercise, and that tradition continues today. Some stations will be on the air from emergency operations centers.

The object is simple: To work as many stations as possible on any and all Amateur Radio bands — excluding 60, 30, 17, and 12 meters — and to learn to operate in less-than-optimal conditions. The camaraderie is special, and there’s a place for operators at all skill levels — from newbies and even prospective licensees to grizzled veterans.

Find your place at Field Day 2014, and enjoy Amateur Radio to the max!

Source: The ARRL Letter for June 19, 2014 (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/arrlletter?issue=2014-06-19)

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