CVARC Winter Field Day is January 29th

Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club will hold Winter Field Day at Dos Vientos Park, 4801 Borchard Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 29, 2022.

The purpose of Winter Field Day is to foster ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on-the-air, outdoor fun during winter for American, Canadian, and DX Hams.  Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house. Get out and play some radio!

The Conejo Recreation and Park District will not turn on the power to the electrical outlets at Dos Vientos until 12:30, so be prepared to power your rig on an emergency power source for at least the first two hours of Winter Field Day.

See you at the park!

Martin, AJ6CL


President’s Message

Happy New Year CVARC members, families, and guests!

Ed Zimmermann-N6XEW

I am honored to be your new CVARC President for the coming year. A big thank you to all the 2021 Board Members who worked to keep everything moving forward during this unprecedented time.  With 2021 now in the books (and not a day too soon), the past two years have been unlike any I can remember. When our neighborhoods all but shut down, our ham community stepped up, big time! Whether checking in with members to make sure all was well; to more frequent nets, zoom classes and zoom meetings, our members made a difference.

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January Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing software. Details on how to access the meeting are below.

“Dr. Jack” Nilsson-N8NDL

Topic COMPACtenna: “Dr. Jack” Nilsson-N8NDL is an inventor of revolutionary antenna science and technology. His various designs are used by many entities including such as the US Secret Service, Washington DC Homeland Security, the Cleveland Clinic Mobile Stroke Ambulance, diverse WiFi and cell phone networks, public service agencies, and ham radio operators. Dr. Nilsson’s  presentation covers his patented small, yet powerful COMPACtenna antennas.

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Results of December 12, 2021 VE Session

CVARC held its first in-person VE session since February 2020 on December 12th. Due to COVID restrictions, session attendance was limited and four candidates were served. Among those who earned new licenses or upgrades at the session were:

Robert M. Fesinmeyer, KN6SEE General

Matthew C. Griffin, KN6SEC Technician

John M. Jubera, KN6SED Technician

David A. Westlund, KK6WES Extra

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AG6AG 2021 Hugh Bosma Legacy Award Winner

Stu Sheldon-AG6AG has been selected by the CVARC Board of Directors as the recipient of the 2021 Hugh Bosma Legacy Award.

The Bosma Award is awarded in memory of Hugh Bosma-AE6YC, SK and his commitment to teaching, mentoring and community service.

The award is presented annually to the ham who best perpetuates Hugh’s legacy through their contributions to CVARC and amateur radio.

Stu Sheldon-AG6AG joins previous honorees as his name has been added to the Bosma Award plaque .

2022 CVARC Board Elected

The 2022 CVARC Board of Directors was elected by members attending the November 18th General Meeting. Board members serve for a one-year term beginning January 1, 2022.

President: Ed Zimmermann-N6XEW

Vice President: Brad Ormsby-W6VO

Secretary: Craig Grimm-KD6NFD

Treasurer: Christian Ylagan-K6CAY

Operations: Martin Hickey-AJ6CL

Technical: Nathan Eng-KN6ISM

Publisher: Andy Ludlum-K6AGL

Social: Mike Felio-K6MJF

Education: Keith Elliott-W6KME

Public Relations: Victor Zeng-W2AYZ

Member at Large: Zak Cohen-N6PK

Member at Large: Warren Wegerer-K6WKW

Member at Large: Phil  Bartlett-K6UJO

Member at Large: Ron Topolinski-K6CPR

Determined Sleuth Solves Field Day Inter-Band Interference

By Bill Willcox-KF6JQO

During the last three or so ARRL Field Day events the phone stations have been plagued by interference between the 10 and 15M bands, and to a lesser extent the 20M band as well. 

The transceivers for all three bands were within 10-20 feet of each other and all three fed individual band pass filters by means of lengthy coaxial cables.  The band pass filters then fed a multiplexer that in turn fed a multi-band hex beam antenna by means of a single coaxial cable equipped with a choke at the antenna.  Note: the band pass filters and multiplexer were all mounted on the same aluminum base plate in a plastic box.

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CVARC In-Person VE Sessions Return in December

CVARC is pleased to be offering in-person amateur radio license exams once again beginning December 12th.  Until further notice, the number of attendees will be limited, and all applicants must preregister.  No walk-ins will be admitted.

Prevailing COVID protocols will be observed.  Masks must be worn in the examination room and applicants will be asked to provide proof of vaccination.  Please review this information about how to prepare for a license exam before attending a session.

To register, or if you have questions, please contact Andy Ludlum at 818-370-3402.  (

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