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East Bay Section Manager Position Open

Posted by af6aq on 26th October 2017

I chose not to run for reelection as Section Manager of the East Bay Section for the term that begins January 1, 2018. There were no other candidates, so the position will become vacant at the end of 2017. ARRL will repost the request for nominating petitions for EB SM in the January and February editions of QST. I believe that the nomination period will end sometime in April and the election, if needed, will occur in May. The newly elected SM will take office on July 1 and serve for the remaining 18 months of the regular two-year term. I will continue to serve as acting Section Manager during the interim until a replacement is either elected or appointed.

I have asked my Section staff appointees to continue to serve as acting appointees until my replacement is identified to provide for a smooth transition. I am very thankful for the support and service my staff have provided. There is much that goes on behind the scenes that your section leadership does. I could not have done all this alone for the past 12 years. I appreciate your supportive comments but please do not forget my (your) East Bay Section staff: Chris Tate N6WM, John Primus AF6RJ, Jack Burris K6JEB, Jim Tittle K6SOE, John Rabold KS6M, and Kristen McIntyre K6WX. Please thank them for their service to the Amateur Radio community when you see them.

Most EB Section appointments will expire at the end of my official term December 31, 2017. Some will be cancelled before for administrative reasons. Those affected by this will receive a letter from me officially canceling their appointment.

Thank all of you for your past support and well wishes. I can only hope that you will provide the same support for my replacement. I will see you around as I will have more time to participate in Public Service events. I will be back for Pacificon 2018 as a “civilian” ham at which time I will be free to attend the presentations I have missed over the past years.

Jim Latham AF6AQ

 

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FCC Personal Radio Service Revisions Will Affect GMRS, FRS, CB

Posted by ks6m on 29th April 2017

On April 27, 2017, the FCC released a Report and Order announcing rule changes affecting the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), Family Radio Service (FRS), Citizens Band Radio Service (CB), and other Part 95 Personal Radio Services. Though these changes do not affect Amateur Radio, they will be of interest to many of us hams who also use these services and who “elmer” others who do, especially through their communities’ Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) programs (known in some local communities as “NERT” and “CORE“). Most of these changes will become effective 30 days after their publication in The Federal Register. The ARRL issued a press release on April 28 discussing this FCC document.


John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section

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Become an ARRL Public Information Officer (PIO)

Posted by af6aq on 4th September 2016

The ARRL PIOs put the face on Amateur Radio when they represent all of us hams to the general public. How does an ARRL PIO do that? Register for the PIO Class that will be taught at Pacificon 2016 and learn. This class will teach you about the role of Public Relations in Amateur Radio, how to identify the target of PR efforts, and how to properly influence the public’s perception of Amateur Radio.

Although the entire class that leads to graduation is 13 modules long, the portion taught at Pacificon 2016 will introduce you to the first four modules that describe the Public Information Officer, the Public Information Coordinator and how they build relationships with the media.

All courses taken at Pacificon 2016 will provide credit towards graduation of the entire 13 module course. The remaining nine modules will be taught at a later time at a location yet to be determined. Completion of the entire 13 modules consists of passing the final exam. A listing of all students who passed the course will be sent to the Section Managers in the Pacific Division. Should you want to receive a PIO appointment, you may communicate directly with your Section Manager who will determine if there is a need and if your qualifications support an appointment.

Open the Pacificon 2016 website and register for the event.  Follow the menu listing on left side of the page and find Education and Forums. Scroll to the PIO Class listing and choose the option to register for the class. Please do so now.

Once you have registered for the PIO Class, Suellene Petersen, K6CPA, Pubic Information Coordinator for the Santa Clara Valley Section will contact you.

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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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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 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-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.

 

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 for more info as it becomes available!

 

73 and Go (Cal) Bears!

Jack Burris, K6JEB

President

W6BB Amateur Radio Club at Berkeley

 

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