The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at the East County Sheriff’s Station.
Topic – Emergency Preparedness: Bill Boyd, Emergency Manager with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services discusses vital information in a year of unprecedented wildfire risk: emergency preparedness and communication in Ventura County.
Special note: if you can’t attend the meeting at the Sheriff’s station you can still participate via ZOOM, details below.
CVARC held a VE session on April 10th. It was among the largest sessions that CVARC has had over the past several years. There were 20 candidates, 19 new licenses or upgrades were earned, 11 Technician and 8 General. Among those who earned new licenses or upgrades at the session were:
On Tuesday June 7, the Ventura County Supervisors will present a proclamation honoring the county’s Amateur Radio volunteers at their regularly scheduled meeting at 10 A.M. at county hall in Ventura.
The proclamation will designate June as “Amateur Radio Month” in Ventura County.
All hams and clubs are welcome; this is the first such presentation recognizing our efforts since the COVID outbreak. If you can attend, please wear ACS uniforms or other apparel such as club shirts and call sign badges that will make a good impression to the supervisors and the TV audience.
At this time, it is not known if a mask will be required at the county complex; best to check ahead or bring one just to be on the safe side. This event is also an opportunity to build public awareness about Field Day activities in the county.
CVARC members Stu Forman-AD6SF, Norm Campbell-AB6ET and Bill Willcox-KF6JQO volunteered to introduce kids to amateur radio at a Science Night at Brookside Elementary School in the Oak Park School District on April 29th.
It was great to have our March CVARC General Meeting in person at the East County Sheriff Station. The meeting was well attended, and it was great to see everyone. At our April 21st meeting we will have Santa Barbara Section Manager John Kitchens. The topic will be: ARRL Update: Getting More from Your Membership – a new emphasis at ARRL to enhance member services. Check the website for meeting details.
Bruce Schubert-KM6ZJK of Ventura passed away peacefully on Monday night after a long battle with cancer.
Bruce was a long-time member of CVARC and a regular on the Bored Net.
A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, April 19th at Coastline Bible Church, 426 S. Mills Rd, Ventura. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Ventura County Library READ Adult Literacy Program.
Ham radio operators are needed in support of the 45th annual Scandinavian Festival at CLU on June 4th and 5th. This is a great opportunity for a ham who may be a little tentative about volunteering for an event. Hams who have never done an event will be joined by experienced “Elmers” who want to help.
The event will have three, two-person roving groups and a two-person Net Control to provide help with lost children and other small issues. This will give operators practice with proper net operation and procedures. It’s all on simplex frequencies so training is easy. There are two, four to five hour shifts for each day of the festival. You can do one shift or two shifts in one day. If you do a day with two shifts, you will have time for an authentic Scandinavian lunch! If you are interested in volunteering, please email Zak Cohen at N6PK@arrl.net.
On June 5th operators are needed for a traditional charity event; helping with the Love Run in Thousand Oaks. This includes a half marathon, 5K and 10K races. There will be four aid stations and two or three SAG wagons. It is a fun event that local hams have been helping with for several years. If you’d like to volunteer, please email Zak Cohen at N6PK@arrl.net.
We’re holding another 4-week course preparing for the FCC Amateur Radio Operator’s License, Technician Level on Saturdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24 from 8:00 AM to Noon. There is no cost for the course, which will be taught by Zak Cohen-N6PK with help from Keith Elliott-W6KME. Testing will be offered by CVARC on October 9th. To register, contact Keith-W6KME at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CVARC’s annual Field Day event will be held on the weekend of June 25-26 with setup beginning at noon on Friday June 24th. CVARC Operations Chair Martin Hickey has been contacting past participants and is actively recruiting band captains and securing needed supplies. More information will be posted soon. If you have questions, please contact Martin Hickey-AJ6CL at email@example.com.