It’s Time For Field Day 2024!

Field Day 2024 is upon us! Our plan this year is very similar to 2023, when we were the largest setup in the entire country. There are still some Band Captain positions open. This year we’re also looking for several people to act as team leaders for various setup tasks on Friday, like the masts, antennas, tents, parking layout, etc. As usual we have an online spreadsheet where you can see who is doing what and what positions need filling.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nAudybzc6nOwnkEl1Id9La6e3T6RJO8wAMEvbPZpcVU/edit#gid=2070526988

Continue reading “It’s Time For Field Day 2024!”

President’s Message

Daphne Vandervalk-KN6TXX

Can you feel the excitement? Field Day is almost here! On June 22nd and 23rd, CVARC will once again hold one of the largest, if not the largest, ARRL Field Day setups in the country, with 20 stations transmitting from our location near Lake Sherwood on Potrero Road (see below). Plans are well underway to make this another fun and successful event.

For new hams or the uninitiated, Field Day is an event held every year since 1933, during which hams set up amateur radio stations in public places all over North America and contact each other over a 24-hour period to earn points. It’s a way to demonstrate what we do, practice using our radios in remote locations, and have a great time with other hams and visitors. For CVARC’s event, we will set up the stations in large tents in a field at a lovely location with views of oak trees and rural surroundings. The public is welcome to visit, observe, and give radio a try. On Saturday we will take a break for an evening barbecue (be sure to buy your tickets in advance if you plan to join the meal), and some members will stay overnight making radio contacts until the event ends at 11am on Sunday morning. We encourage everyone to come by sometime Saturday or Sunday and see what it’s all about.

Besides Field Day, don’t miss our general meeting where Martin Hickey-AJ6CL will demonstrate how to make radio contacts using satellites, a skill we expect to use during Field Day. In addition, there is a special event being held on Tuesday the 18th at 10:00am by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors where all Ventura County Amateur Radio operators will be recognized with a proclamation honoring their service to the community. I plan to attend, and I encourage any hams who are available to come out to the Ventura County Government Center and share in this special honor.

73!

Daphne-KN6TXX

Field Day information:

Saturday, June 22nd, 11:00am (start time) to Sunday, June 23rd, 11:00am (end time)

Sherwood Development Company Field

377 W. Potrero Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

Many hands are needed to help set up and break down – contact Keith Elliott-W6KME at keith@w6kme.org if you would like to participate.

Get Your CVARC Field Day Merch

CVARC is now offering merchandise for “CVARC Field Day 2024” designed to create a cohesive look for the event.

Central to the collection is a black t-shirt featuring a vibrant, detailed illustration of a field day scene with mountains in the background, complemented by similar designs on a long sleeve t-shirt and a cap, both in matching dark tones.

Shirts are available in white, Irish green, black and orange The event branding continues on a special CVARC Field Day 2024 tumbler and on a square mouse pad. Show off your CVARC pride, while making our 2024 Field Day look great!

All proceeds from the sales go to the CVARC Field Day fund to defer the costs of the event.  Make sure to be at the May CVARC General Meeting to see all the merchandise in person! To check out and purchase the CVARC Field Day swag go to https://cvarc.printify.me

Ventura County Board of Supervisors Declares June “Amateur Radio Month”

Please plan to attend the Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting at 10 A.M. on Tuesday, June 18, where all Ventura County Amateur Radio operators will be recognized with a proclamation honoring their service to the community.

This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our presence and to receive recognition for the many activities we engage in throughout the year. The meeting is televised and it’s also a great way to promote our Field Day activities later that week.  Call sign badges and tasteful ham-related apparel would be good to wear if you have them.

The meeting will be held at: 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura CA 93009  on June 18 – Please plan to arrive by 10 A.M.

Thank you!

Jeff Reinhardt-AA6JR  

June Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2024, at 7:30 P.M. at the East County Sheriff’s Station.

Topic – How to Work Amateur Satellites: Lately many CVARC members have been making contacts using the ISS repeater and other amateur radio satellites. Martin Hickey-AJ6CL will demonstrate how easy and enjoyable this can be, without using expensive dedicated equipment. Satellite contacts are also a source of extra points for Field Day, so be sure to see how we can all take part at the CVARC Field Day site this year!

Special note: if you can’t attend the meeting in person you can still participate via ZOOM, details below.

Members gather as early as 7:00 p.m. to socialize.

The East County Sheriff Station is located at 2101 E. Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks.

Continue reading “June Club Meeting”

Severe Geomagnetic and Ionospheric Storms

We’re seeing intense solar activity with very large solar flares and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) . The intense solar activity has caused severe geomagnetic and ionospheric storms here on Earth. It appears that this activity could last another couple of days. For a little insight as to why you are not hearing much on your HF radio, Ken Larson-KJ6RZ has written an article explaining the most intense solar storm since January 2005.

Here’s a link to Ken’s article.

President’s Message

Hello, CVARC Members and Visitors,

Daphne Vandervalk-KN6TXX

April was a very busy month for CVARC with a variety of fun events to be part of. The VE session on the 14th resulted in another successful batch of new hams and upgraded licenses. We had a fantastic guest speaker at our general meeting, Nadya Seal Faith, who gave us a unique and interesting presentation on how radio is used to track wildlife that our club members were talking about for days. The following Saturday we held our special club event, the “Rover Round Up,” which had hams traveling around town to different grid squares (map areas), contacting each other on simplex to earn points and culminating with a picnic meet-up. Finally, on the 27th we held an antenna-building session which was successful by all accounts.

Continue reading “President’s Message”

Results of the April 14th VE Session

CVARC held a VE session on April 14, 2024. There were 12 candidates, and 10 new licenses or upgrades were earned: 6 Technician, and 4 General. Among those who earned new licenses or upgrades at the session were:

Jeff A. RondeauGeneralKO6BYN
Jenna M. HeimGeneralKK7PKM
Daniel CahnGeneralKO6EJF
David M. LopezGeneralKO6EIW  
Sandy A. HudsonTechnicianKO6EIX
David C. SterliingTechnicianKO6EIV  
David MeloneTechnicianKO6EJH
Alan S. BettagTechnicianKO6EJG
Marcus Q. MoloznikTechnicianKO6EJK
Jelon L. PeavyTechnicianKO6EJA  
Continue reading “Results of the April 14th VE Session”