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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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Reminder: Public Information Officer Certification (PIO) Class Part 2

Posted by af6aq on 31st October 2014

WHO:      This course material is useful for any ham who speaks about amateur radio to any non-ham.  However, the curriculum specifically provides tools for any type of PIO within our hobby.  Thus, ARES and Club PIOs can benefit from learning and reviewing how the ARRL PIO represents amateur radio to the public.  For the individual who wants to become a PIO, certification is available on completion of the final exam.  You may present the certification to your Section Manager if you want to apply for an appointment to become an ARRL PIO.

WHAT:     ARRL PIO Certification Class

WHEN:    Saturday, Nov. 15th and Sunday, Nov. 16th from 8AM to 5PM

WHERE:  431 Stardust Place, Alameda, CA 94501 (on the old Naval Air Station)

 

POINT OF CONTACT:   For more information contact Suellene Petersen:  suellene@suellenesdelight.com (suellene null@null suellenesdelight NULL.com)

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ARRL PIO Certification Class

Posted by ks6m on 18th October 2014

I am pleased to announce that East Bay Section Assistant Section Manager David Haycock KI6AWR and the Santa Clara Valley Section’s Public Information Coordinator (PIC) Suellene Petersen K6CPA have arranged to present Part 2 of the ARRL Public Information Officer (PIO) Certification Class. This will be a full 2 day event that will include the final examination. Anyone interested in becoming an ARRL Certified PIO should attend.

Part 1 of this course was presented at Pacificon. If you missed Part 1, you should attend this event anyway. The instructors will work out a solution to get you the information that you missed.

  • WHAT: ARRL PIO Certification Class
  • WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 15th and Sunday, Nov. 16th from 8AM to 5PM
  • WHERE: 431 Stardust Place, Alameda CA 94501 (on the old Naval Air Station)

There is plenty of free parking available. If you are coming from a long distance, you may want to make your own lodging arrangements in Alameda.

For more information, contact Suellene Petersen K6CPA at

ARRL East Bay Section
Section Manager James R Latham AF6AQ

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PACIFICON 2014

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
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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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