ARRL East Bay Section

ARRL Field Day 2014 is at Hand, and Everyone is Invited!

Posted by ks6m on June 19th, 2014

If you have not already made plans to get on the air for ARRL Field Day 2014 (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/field-day), tick-tock, tick-tock. It’s just days away, but it’s not too late to participate. Field Day 2014 is Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29. Field Day is the year’s most popular operating event, and more than 35,000 radio amateurs will be setting up stations — sometimes multiple stations — in the field, at campsites, in public parks, and even on their decks or in their backyards to get in on the fun. Think of it as the first weekend of Amateur Radio’s summer. Last year, more than 2500 stations submitted entries.

Field Day is primarily a group activity, though, and if you’re not yet on the roster to operate from your club’s Field Day site, volunteer now! If you don’t belong to a club or don’t know if there’s a Field Day operation setting up in your area, check the Field Day Locator (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/field-day-locator) to find one. Clubs welcome new operators, especially if they are willing to take the graveyard (overnight) shift or other less-desirable time slots or if they bring some special talent or expertise to the picnic table — top-notch CW proficiency, satellite expertise, or antenna skills.

If you’d rather just stay at home, you can operate your own station as is, and work stations in the field, or you can set up to operate from an emergency power source, such as a generator, batteries, or solar panels, and work everyone else. Field Day got its start in the 1930s as an emergency communication exercise, and that tradition continues today. Some stations will be on the air from emergency operations centers.

The object is simple: To work as many stations as possible on any and all Amateur Radio bands — excluding 60, 30, 17, and 12 meters — and to learn to operate in less-than-optimal conditions. The camaraderie is special, and there’s a place for operators at all skill levels — from newbies and even prospective licensees to grizzled veterans.

Find your place at Field Day 2014, and enjoy Amateur Radio to the max!

Source: The ARRL Letter for June 19, 2014 (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/arrlletter?issue=2014-06-19)

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Centennial QSO Party Scoring Page

Posted by ks6m on February 15th, 2014

The ARRL Centennial QSO Party scoring page (https://centennial-qp NULL.arrl NULL.org/) is now live! This new page allows you to see your Centennial QSO Party score, what QSOs you’ve been given credit for, and where your score stands in the listing of all participants. You can also search the database for a specific call to see how many points it is worth. Use your Logbook of The World (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/logbook-of-the-world) username and password to enter.

Read more about the ARRL Centennial QSO Party in the ARRL East Bay Section.

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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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