Status of June 14 License Exam Unknown

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

Presentation from May 21 Meeting

Martin Hickey-AJ6CL

Updated with the two recent rule changes.

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.

Six Ways to Get the Most Out of Field Day Even If We Can’t Be Together

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.

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Test Your Skills With These 5 WPM Morse Code Tests

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. 

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Thunderbird Flyover

Ron Topolinski-K6CPR passed along a nice video of the Thunderbird flyover on Friday, May 15 taken by Mayor Keith Smith of Camarillo:

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds conducted flyovers in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties to honor local front line workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

May Club Meeting Information

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.

Martin Hickey-AJ6CL

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)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84712615948?pwd=aXNETFdDS1NOcTRuTjZWWGw4UzRrUT09

Meeting ID: 847 1261 5948

Password: 043317

Upcoming CVARC Programs

The 2020 Spring 6-Meter SPRINT: A Ventura County Perspective

The 5 element M>2 six-meter yagi is mounted below roofline of a one-story house. Davis Weather Sensor Suite is also mounted on the mast. Part of a Cushcraft R-5 HF vertical is also in the view.

By Pete Heins-N6ZE

The 2020 Spring Six Meter SPRINT, the final one until fall 2020, was held on Saturday, May 9, 2020, and what a SPRINT it was:

  1. Lots of Ventura County stations were active.
  2. Many hams with little prior 6-meter experience tried the band.
  3. Not a bit of Sporadic E (Es) Propagation was to be had.
  4. One CVARC member activated a Summits on the Air (SOTA) Peak.
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Zoom Meetings Three Days a Week

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

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/94597078960?pwd=SHdWSUlDdVFSVUpRdmZwL3B1U1M0dz09

Meeting ID: 945 9707 8960

Password: 016295

Spring 2020 Microwave SPRINT

N6ZE’s First operating location for the Spring 2020 Microwave SPRINT was overlooking the San Fernando Valley from the Topanga Canyon overview (from outside the closed park, of course). The elderly Yaesu FT736 does not like 12VDC power so I used my generator and 13 elements of an M>2 yagi. This stop was for only 30 minutes.

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.

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