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President’s Message

Andy Ludlum – K6AGL

It is always amazing to see our Field Day encampment appear in just a matter of hours. CVARC members swarmed the athletic field at Maple Elementary School putting up tents, erecting antennas, firing generators, stringing coax and putting over a dozen radios on the air (15 Alpha).

This was an unusual Field Day for Ben Herrera-W6JWZ, our Operations Chair as he got to set the table for Field Day, but didn’t get to eat the dinner! Ben was called to Naval Reserve duty and was off to who knows where during the entire Field Day weekend.

Big thanks to Rob Hansen-W6RH for stepping up to lead us over the entire weekend. I think you’ll agree with me that Field Day 2017 was a great success. Thanks Rob!

For a great look at Field Day 2017, check out this video from Ben Kuo-KK6FUT.

Field Day is a big team effort and it was great to see so many CVARC members on site from Friday setup through Sunday tear down. Forgive me if I miss anyone, but I saw Bill Hughes-K6HB, Adrian Jarrett-K6KY, Bob Hughes-KA6HHW, Jaap de Goede-KK6LMJ, Ben Kuo-KK6FUT, Jonathan Kuo-KK6ODQ, Arie Izhak-WA6RIE, Mike De la Garrigue-KK6LMA, Eric Peterson-WB6PYK, Zak Cohen-N6PK, Norm Campbell-AB6ET, Tom Stough-W0UFC, Mark Piesco-K6OPM, David Arata-KA9WMI, Barry Stephens-AF6XT, Mike Slate-N6TEA, Tim Wheeler, K6POI, Carl Edstrom-W2FGB, Mike Oliver-K6MJO, David Haskell-KJ6HFA, Noel Van Slyke-K6NVS, Kendra Heineke-KK6ODL, Kat Hunley-K6VQN, Mike Pershing-KD6IJF, Mike Felio-KM6EII, and Tim Aust-WB6ZUF.

Dean Nedelman-K6DIN, as well as working as a band captain, set up a solid computer network for logging contacts. Bill Willcox-KF6JQO took the role of Safety Officer to a new level and thanks to his efforts the weekend was free of any significant incidents. Michelle-KK6RBW and Mark-KK6IKX Horner set up Saturday’s very popular Wood Ranch BBQ. The food was great and the service was spectacular. We had 52 attendees.

Adrian-K6KY and Ben-W6JWZ are working on the final point calculations, but we made 1060 contacts, mostly on 20, 40 and 80 meters. One opportunity for next year might be to work 80 meter digital at night. We should get bonus points for having a Safety Officer, posting on our Facebook page, copying the ARRL Bulletin, and for Joe Sprissler-AI6MW’s outstanding welcome table packed with information about our club and ham radio.

We will also get bonus points for visits by elected officials and served agencies. We had visits from Ben Odle of the Red Cross, Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks and Thousand Oaks Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Peña.

ARRL Southwest Division Director Dick Norton-N6AA and Jeff Reinhardt-AA6JR Santa Barbara Section Pubic Information Coordinator also visited our site. We had about 45 visitors from the general public and I think everyone had a great time. Thank you for making Field Day 2017 a big success!