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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 (http://sesb NULL.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?  :)



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 (http://qrz 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 (http://tracker NULL.habhub NULL.87015,-122 NULL.25946).


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 (http://www NULL.k6jeb for more info as it becomes available!


73 and Go (Cal) Bears!

Jack Burris, K6JEB


W6BB Amateur Radio Club at Berkeley (http://www NULL.w6bb


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You’re Invited! October 11-13: Pacificon

Posted by ks6m on 20th August 2013

The ARRL Pacific Division and the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club present:

PACIFICON 2013 – October 11-13, 2013

  • The Great West Coast Ham Radio Convention!
  • Largest West Coast Vendor Show of Amateur Radio Gear!
  • More Than 75 Outstanding Technical Forums!
  • Great Swap Meet!
  • and much, much more!

Returning to the magnificent Santa Clara venue:
Marriott Santa Clara Hotel
2700 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, California

For Events, Latest Updates and Registration go to (http://www NULL.pacificon

If hotel lodging is needed, make reservations before September 26, 2013, to qualify for the special Pacificon rate of $109/night. You can make reservations on line (http://www with the special Pacificon Group Code rate already entered. Or, call the Marriott Hotel Reservations Desk at 1-800-228-9290 and ask for the Pacificon rate.

PACIFICON 2013 Events, Forum Topics, and Exhibits Include:

  • Friday All-Day Antenna Seminar
  • Friday Evening New Media Elmers and Podcasters
  • Saturday Morning Kickoff with Speaker Gordon West
  • More Than 75 Outstanding Technical Forums
  • Largest West Coast Vendor Show of Amateur Radio Gear
  • Saturday Amateur Radio and the Law Seminar
  • Great Saturday Swap Meet
  • Ham License Exams
  • Daily Radio Prize Drawings
  • Direction Finding: Fox-Hunting, Beginner and Advanced
  • Great QRP Programs
  • Amateur Television (ATV/DATV)
  • HFpack Activities
  • Saturday All-Day Technician License Class
  • Working Satellites
  • DXpeditions
  • Contesting
  • A Full Slate of Youth Projects and Activities
  • Kit Building
  • Emergency Communications
  • Saturday Evening Banquet with Guest Speaker
  • Annual ARRL Pacific Division Director’s Forum
  • Understanding the Physics of Radio
  • Moon Bounce – EME
  • Antenna Theory & Construction

Come and Experience the Many Facets of Ham Radio!

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SPECIAL EVENT: W6BB ARC Invited to operate aboard USS Iowa – May 18th, 2012

Posted by k6jeb on 17th May 2012

USS Iowa

USS Iowa docked in Richmond, CA

This is a last minute heads-up:

The W6BB Amateur Radio Club (http://www NULL.w6bb at the University of California, Berkeley has been invited to operate aboard the Battleship, USS IOWA (BB-61) (http://en NULL.wikipedia as final preparations are completed to depart for her new home as a museum ship in San Pedro, CA.

We will have a small contingent of W6BB operators onboard and will be working CW, SSB and PSK modes. Bands will likely be 15/20/40m, others as conditions allow.

Date and time, 5/18/2012 from 1300-1930 PDT (2000 UTC 20120518 through 0230 UTC 20120519 ) .

We would very much appreciate being spotted on the Clusters.

For those of you who are able to work us, there will be a special QSL card for this one time W6BB on BB-61 operation.

Please pass the word around.



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