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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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:
- 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
W6BB Amateur Radio Club at Berkeley
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Posted by af6aq on 21st June 2013
The ARRL East Bay Section is pleased to announce the schedule for the next EC-001 classroom course.
EC-001 is an introductory course designed for Amateur Radio volunteers who want to serve as part of an ARES® response team. The course is based on the ARRL publication “The ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communication Course, 4th Edition”.
This is a three part class with each part held on a different Saturday. The sessions are held from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on consecutive Saturday mornings. The course is free of charge.
Pre-registration is required and students should plan to attend all three sessions.
431 Stardust Place
Alameda CA 94501
Part 1 July 13th
Part 2 July 20th
Part 3 July 27th
All sessions are from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.
If you have questions or want to register for this free class please contact:
David Haycock, KI6AWR
510-846-0011 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted by ks6m on 3rd August 2012
The East Bay Section’s Technical Coordinator Kristen McIntyre K6WX and her son Christopher KG6SVI were among those interviewed August 2 on KALW-FM about the magic of Amateur Radio. The story touches on ham radio topics such as CW, youth, DX, the unpredictability of propagation, and emergency communications.
This interview neatly sidesteps a common problem with media stories about ham radio: in most cases the journalist is clueless about our hobby. Apply the Walter Cronkite solution: in this case, the reporter is himself a ham, Mike Meenan ND6MM.
Read and listen to this story.
John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section
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Posted by af6aq on 15th December 2011
A rumor has recently been circulating about a shut down of 440 in Northern California. This is NOT true. I received the following from Dan Henderson at ARRL:
Bill, Bob, Bob, Jim et al:
Not sure of how this rumor got started but we need to be very clear and firm. There is no current proposal to our knowledge (or to the FCC’s -yes I checked) to institute a quiet zone around Beale AFB, there is no proposal to stop 70-cm operations in Northern California. I suspect someone has elaborated on statements made at Bob Vallio’s Division Cabinet meeting from early December.
This kind of rumor hurts our position. It works people up about something that is frankly not on the table. Yes, the mitigation work to harmful interference to the Beale PAVE PAWS radar needs to continue and is going to continue. It is not a “ok we looked at everyone once and you can go back to old operations.” Yes, there is a lot of work still to be done by the Amateur community. Yes, the FCC is going to consider license modifications or other actions against specific individuals that continue to cause interference and refuse to seriously attempt to resolve the problem despite several requests. Those that insist on playing games refusing to meet their obligation to eliminate their harmful interference will eventually have to answer to the FCC’s inquiry.
But at this time to the ARRL’s knowledge, there is no proposal on the table to establish a quiet zone around Beale on the 70-cm band. Could this change? Absolutely, especially if the amateur community fails to meet its obligation as a secondary user on the band.
I respectfully ask that you as ARRL leadership in the affected area circulate these comments. And I ask that the person who posted this rumor to the NARCC reflector please immediately retract his post to that reflector. We need your help in stopping this rumor before it runs rampant, Thanks for your serious and immediate attention to this.
Dan Henderson, N1ND
Regulatory Information Manager
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™
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