It is not yet known if the Amateur Radio license exam scheduled for June 14 will occur. We are waiting for information from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department as to whether or not the exam room will be available. Please monitor this website for updates as to the status of the session. Jeff-Reinhardt -AA6JR
At the last club meeting, CVARC Operations Chair Martin Hickey-AJ6CL discussed plans for what will certainly be the most unique Field Day in club history. See Martin’s presentation slides outlining Field Day history as well as the rules and operating options for individual stations.
There are several special amateur radio initiatives planned in Ventura County during Field Day 2020, June 27-28th. The COVID-19 crisis makes us unable to gather in large groups as we have in the past. We are attempting to recapture some of the camaraderie and fellowship among hams in other ways by making the following options available for those who choose to participate in them. Nothing here is compulsory. The idea is to have some fun. Feel free to participate in whatever interests you.
Those of us who got our Amateur Radio license many years ago had to pass a Morse Code test. The Novice class license required potential hams to pass an exam of 5 WPM both copying and sending Morse Code.
I have included 6 Morse Code tests that were used for the Novice Class test. In each case the character speed is 15 WPM and the overall speed is 5 WPM.
The next regular club meeting on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing software as we continue social distancing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Topic/Guest Speaker – Field Day: CVARC Operations Chair Martin Hickey-AJ6CL will discuss plans for what will certainly be the most unique Field Day in club history. Due to the anticipated restrictions on large gatherings, Field Day (June 27-28) will transition from a group activity into individual station events. Martin will discuss the Field Day rules and operating options for individual stations. He’ll also share some of the ideas planned for, albeit distant, social interaction to keep us connected as a club on Field Day weekend.
Topic: CVARC Zoom Club Meeting
Time: May 21, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Brad Ormsby-W6VO’s Zoom meetings are moving to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule starting Monday April 20th. Brad’s meeting of “The Bored” is a fun, informal way to stay in touch with fellow hams. The credentials below should work for all future meetings.
Topic: Brad Ormsby-W6VO’s Zoom Meeting
Time: 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Monday, Wednesday & Friday
The Spring 2020 Microwave SPRINT was held on Saturday, May 2nd. Five seasonal SPRINT events, sponsored by the Central States VHF Society, are held in the Spring and Fall to encourage use of and foster simplex activity on the VHF/UHF bands.
During four hours of operation from three locations, Pete Heins-N6ZE made 14 contacts on 23cm and 33cm with 10 different stations. He made two additional contacts with N6VI from another location, but only the furthest distance counted for points.