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President’s Message

Andy Ludlum – K6AGL

We will be electing our CVARC Board of Directors for 2017 at the November meeting. The process begins this month at our October 20th meeting when we accept nominations for Board positions. All Board positions are open for nominations. The only requirement for being a nominee is to be a CVARC member in good standing.

While any member can be nominated for any of the Board positions, the Board will also be presenting a slate of candidates for nomination. A number of Board members, including myself, plan to stand for reelection. Others are looking at different roles. There are also opportunities for new people to join the board, which is very important in maintaining the health and vitality of our club.

You don’t have to have a long history with the club or great technical knowledge, just a desire to get involved. The duties of the various Board positions will be featured in this month’s newsletter, or you can see them in the club’s bylaws on our website.

Short of taking the step to becoming a Board member, you can get involved with the club by joining one of the standing committees. Working together has made big tasks like Field Day more manageable. The work of the Speaker’s Committee has resulted in excellent monthly programs this year. A small committee has been handling the details of our upcoming Holiday Party. Please see me if you are interested in working on any of the committees.

Big thanks to Tim Wheeler-K6POI and Ben Herrera-W6JWZ for organizing the summer picnic on September 24th. We had a good number of operators and everyone had a good time eating, showing off some new radios and antennas, and making a few contacts along the way. It was nice to bring back a club summer tradition.

We’re still taking signups for the annual CVARC Holiday Party on Thursday, December 1st at the Best Western Posada Royale Hotel and Suites in Simi Valley. A good number of you signed up at the September meeting, but there’s still room for plenty more members and guests. We shared the menu for the holiday buffet at the last meeting and we’ll publish it in this month’s newsletter. The cost is $20 per person and it’s not too soon to think about buying your tickets at the October 20th meeting. I think we have to give the hotel a final count ten days out so you can buy tickets through the November meeting.

We will have two raffles at the party. First, from all the tickets that have been sold for the year at monthly club meeting raffles, we’ll select the winner of a donated Yaesu FT-7900 Dual Band Mobile Transceiver. You must be present at the party to win this prize.

We will also have a larger, special prize raffle. While we will pick the winning ticket at the party, you are NOT required to be present to win. Tim Wheeler – K6POI worked with Kevin Zanjani of Bioenno Power and selected a nice solar/battery package for our special raffle.

It will include:

80 Watt Foldable Solar Panel for Charging Power Packs
12V, 12Ah LFP Battery & Charger
12V/24V, 30A Solar Charge Controller for LiFePO4 Batteries

Tim had this gear on display at the last meeting and will be bringing it to the October and November meetings if you’d like to take a close look at this great package, a $330 value. We’re selling single tickets for $10, or the best value, three tickets for $25. As always, for the party or the raffle we can accept cash, check or credit cards.

Finally, a big thanks to Steve Leong- KC6IJM who applied for a community service grant for CVARC from the Northrop Grumman Corporation. The grant was based on volunteer hours Steve put in with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department on behalf of CVARC and ACS Area 2. We just got word that a grant in the amount of $400 to CVARC has been approved by the Northrop Grumman Corporate Citizenship Office. Well done, Steve!