ARRL East Bay Section

Amateur Radio General License Class

Posted by af6aq on April 16th, 2015

EBARC and West Contra Costa County Adult Education are conducting a class for upgrading to General Class at Alvarado School in Richmond. I think we didn’t advertise it enough because we only have three students. We would like about five more. Please encourage your Technician Class friends to sign up. It’s not too late. The class is Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings until May 26. Details in the attachment:

Amateur Radio General License Class

The East Bay Amateur Radio Club (EBARC) and West Contra Costa Adult Education (WCCAE) will offer a class to prepare applicants for the Amateur Radio General Class License, starting April 14, 2015 and ending May 23.  The class will meet on Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and Saturdays from 9:30AM to 11:30AM  at the Alvarado Adult School, 5625 Sutter St., Richmond, CA 94804.  Textbook is The ARRL General Class License Manual, 7th Edition. Books will be available for purchase.

Register at the West Contra Costa County School District Adult Education Office, 6028 Ralston Avenue, Richmond (510) 215-4666 or online at: (http://asapws123 NULL.wccusd NULL.aspx?group=2)

Class fee is $15 paid to WCCAE. FCC examinations and license applications will be administered at the final class session by the EBARC Volunteer Examiners. Exam fee will be $15.

Contact Ken Fowler at 510-222-0830 or email:

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Field Day Activity Boost Publicity

Posted by af6aq on April 14th, 2015

We’re a little over two months away from Field Day. Here in California, we have a huge ham population, many of whom are active only on VHF/UHF and, most likely, only know of the coverage capabilities of FM.

A number of us are working to leverage our huge ham population to our advantage by doing some coordinated operating on Saturday evening of Field Day. Most every Field Day group utilizes a “free” VHF station, but on 144 and 432 MHz they are beaming all over the compass. By coordinating our efforts by way of having northern stations beam southward, and vice-versa, we think we can improve our QSO numbers and, in the process, demonstrate to a lot of hams the long-distance capabilities of our VHF/UHF bands.

The concept is outlined below, and if you find this of interest perhaps you could include mention of this effort in upcoming bulletins:

During Field Day, let’s take advantage of our local ham population throughout the state of California by participating in a “North-South Activity Hour” beginning at 8 PM PDST (0300 UTC) Saturday night. FD VHF stations in Southern California will beam north, and stations in Northern/Central California will beam south, with activity centering between 144.220 and 144.260 MHz on SSB (or CW). At 8:30 PM (0330 UTC), activity switches to 432 MHz, with activity centering between 432.110 and 432.150 MHz SSB/CW. Come back to 2 meters once done on 432.

FD stations with other bands like 222 MHz can “move”  each other from the above activity centers.

The idea of this coordinated activity is to get North/South stations beaming toward each other, in a concentrated effort, at a time when tropospheric propagation generally is best. Long term, Field Day is a great way to expose a large number of amateurs to new bands and modes, and this kind of an activity boost is a great way to demonstrate the long-distance capabilities of our VHF and UHF bands.

We hope that everyone will spread the word to  be sure their “free” VHF/UHF station on Field Day gets on 144/432 MHz SSB/CW between 8 PM and 9 PM Saturday night. There are lots of hams here in California–let’s work each other!

Thanks and 73,

Chip Margelli, K7JA

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Posted by af6aq on April 3rd, 2015

Questions: (HamRadioClass null@null BeniciaARC or  Art at (707) 746-5858



Saturday, May 9, 2015 – Benicia, CA




This session is conducted by the Benicia Amateur Radio Club – Member W5YI VEC

Study Session followed by Exam

When:   Saturday May 9th, 2015

               8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where:    Benicia Senior Center

               187 East L Street, Benicia

Fee:                $30.00 at the door

               (Includes exam fee)

Register: (http://www NULL.BeniciaARC

Questions: (HamRadioClass null@null BeniciaARC or  Art at (707) 746-5858

Class size is limited. Advance Registration is Required.

No prep or prior study required.

Prospective Hams should plan on attending a free Get-On-The-Air Class

after passing their test, to become familiar with Amateur Radio operations

Reserve Your Space – Become a Ham!

This is a Beginning Ham Radio Class Only.

Successful students will earn a “Technician” License.


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College Amateur Radio APRS aboard the Cal, High Altitude Balloon

Posted by af6aq on March 12th, 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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Ham Radio License Course Forming Now!

Posted by af6aq on March 10th, 2015

The Salvation Army together with the

Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club

will be holding an 8 week course where you can upgrade your 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!


This course is to upgrade your current Technician License


Course begins on…

Thursday August 6th to

September 24th at 7-9 pm

The Salvation Army

3950 Clayton Road, (at West St.)

Concord 94521


Registration is required.

Class is FREE but there is a $7 materials fee and Textbook if needed about $27.  Each student must have full access to a copy of the text.


License testing will also be available.

Follow up training -

Getting On The Air HF is October 8th and October 22nd.


To sign up email: (HamRadioClass null@null gmail


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