ARRL East Bay Section

Mark Nowell WI7YN, SK

Posted by ks6m on February 13th, 2014

It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to Mark Nowell WI7YN, SK, one of our dear friends and a senior West Coast Ham Radio Outlet (HRO) family member.

For information about suggested donations and the memorial service and remembrance, please see Mark’s memorial Web page (http://www NULL.hamradio NULL.com/mnowell NULL.cfm) on the HRO Web site.

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Amateur Extra Class Ham Radio Course

Posted by ks6m on February 13th, 2014

The Salvation Army together with the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club will be holding an ten-week course leading to the upgrade of your current General-Class Amateur Radio license to Amateur Extra Class. The Amateur Extra Class license is your top of the line to all the world-wide Amateur bands of excitement and emergency communications on ham radio.

The course begins on Thursday June 5, 2014 at 7-9 pm at The Salvation Army, 3950 Clayton Road (at West St.), Concord 94521. Registration is required. The class is FREE but there is a $5 materials fee. The textbook, if you need it, is about $26. Each student must have full access to a copy of the text.

Follow-up training and license testing will also be available.

To sign up, write to

For voice mail or fax: 925.465.9554

Seating is limited; please don’t wait.

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General Class Ham Radio Course

Posted by ks6m on February 13th, 2014

The Salvation Army together with the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club will be holding an 8-week course leading to the upgrade of your current Technician-Class Amateur Radio license to General Class. The General Class license is your gateway to all the world-wide Amateur bands of excitement and emergency communications on ham radio, and you do NOT need to learn Morse code!

The course begins on Thursday March 20, 2014 at 7-9 pm at The Salvation Army, 3950 Clayton Road (at West St.), Concord 94521. Registration is required. The class is FREE but there is a $5 materials fee. The textbook, if you need it, is about $26. Each student must have full access to a copy of the text.

Follow-up training and license testing will also be available.

To sign up, write to

For voice mail or fax: 925.465.9554

Seating is limited; please don’t wait.

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Get your Technician License in One Day

Posted by ks6m on February 13th, 2014

The Livermore Amateur Radio Klub (LARK) is pleased to announce that Rich Harrington, KN6FW, will be giving the “One-Day” Amateur Radio License Class.

Get your Technician License IN ONE DAY!

The class will be held Saturday, March 29th 2014 from 8:00 AM to approximately 4:00 PM at the Livermore City Council Chambers (3575 Pacific Ave, Livermore, CA.)

A license session will be given when the class ends on Saturday. The class is limited in enrollment so sign up early. There is no charge for the class, but there is the usual $15 Cash Only Fee for taking the license test.

Sign up for the class here (http://www NULL.signupgenius NULL.com/go/30E0548AAA922A57-lark).

PLEASE forward to anyone else who might be interested.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Haas

or Ian Parker

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ARRL Centennial QSO Party (more)

Posted by ks6m on January 17th, 2014

Hams in the ARRL East Bay Section,

I am taking this opportunity to “second” the recent message from Assistant Section Manager Chris Tate N6WM about the ARRL Centennial QSO Party and its Centennial Points Challenge. Chris’s assignment is DX and contesting. Mine is emergency communications, so I have a stake in activities that improve and maintain ham radio operating skills and experience. Operating events like the Centennial QSO Party are among the best of such activities.

The leadership in the ARRL East Bay Section encourages all hams to participate in the Centennial QSO Party. We have a page of information about this operating event, and especially about its Centennial Points Challenge, on the ARRL East Bay Section Web site.

Let me underscore Chris’s point about the bands above 50 megahertz — VHF and UHF. As in ARRL Field Day, these bands are available but sometimes overlooked. ARRL East Bay Section encourages Centennial Points Challenge participation by hams in the Technician class and by hams in any license class who have only VHF and UHF equipment easily available. We are offering a “concentration plan” to bring East Bay Section Amateurs together on selected VHF and UHF frequencies and at selected days and times to make it easier to make contacts in this event. We will also be providing helpful tips to enable Amateurs to move beyond ordinary FM voice on these bands, both increasing point totals in the event and further improving operator skills. We also have a set of frequently-asked questions and their answers.

See our page about the Centennial Points Challenge on VHF/UHF in our section. It includes details of the concentration plan.

These pages, and especially the details of the concentration plan, are subject to change, so keep an eye on them.

Assistant Section Manager Chris Tate also mentioned the upcoming VHF Sweepstakes. The ARRL holds three VHF Sweepstakes and one UHF Sweepstakes each year. The first of the VHF Sweepstakes of 2014 begins this Saturday, January 18 at 11:00 am PST (1900Z) and continues until Sunday at 7:59 pm PST. Many of your contacts in this sweepstakes can also count in the Centennial QSO Party. Give it a try! Our VHF/UHF page explains how. And, during this event, our section’s “concentration plan frequencies” may be good places to look for Sweepstakes contacts.

Meanwhile, I will be monitoring on 146.460, 223.440, and 441.000 MHz, which are for now our primary VHF/UHF FM voice concentration plan frequencies. If I can’t hear others using those frequencies, I will be calling on them. I hope to make contact with many of you there in the Centennial Points Challenge and in the VHF and UHF Sweepstakes too.


John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator
ARRL East Bay Section

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