Upcoming Programs

Thursday, December 13, 2018 – CVARC Holiday Party

Join us for an evening of delicious food, drinks, awards and raffle prizes.  Best Western Posada Royale, 1775 Madera Rd., Simi Valley, (805)584-6300.   The cost is $30/person.  Sign up and pay at the November club meeting, or send a check, payable to Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club, to PO Box 2093, Thousand Oaks, CA 91358 by December 1. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019 – Ham Radio in Space

Thursday, February 21, 2019 – Antennas

Thursday, March 21, 2019 – Repeater Systems: Brad Ormsby-W6VO discusses the numerous repeater systems available to Conejo Valley hams.  Which are open or closed?  Brad will also describe a linked repeater system and discuss some of the special attributes of each.  He’ll also talk about the cost of membership and how to choose what system would best meet your needs and interests.

The Speakers Committee (Stu Forman-AD6SF, Mark Horner-KK6IKX, Brad Ormsby-W6VO, David Arata-KA9WMI and Andy Ludlum-K6AGL) is always interested in your program ideas.  If you have thoughts on who might be a good speaker for a club meeting, please let any of us know.  Sometimes it becomes necessary to reschedule a speaker or topic.  We appreciate your understanding.

Recurring Nets

Sundays:  Newbie Net, 7 pm, Bozo Repeater 147.885 (-127.3), all are welcome especially newer hams. Want to be net control? The procedure will be provided. Contact Todd-KD6RCM, kd6rcm@arrl.net.  On the first Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm there is a VHF Simplex Net, 146.550 MHz, open for all.
Monday: The CVARC Morse Group meets Monday at 7:00 pm on 28.053 MHz, but call CQ any time.  All are welcome.
Tuesdays:  ACS/ARES Net, 7 pm, Bozo Repeater, 147.885 (-) 127.3 and 7:10 on the 449.440 (-) 131.8 and 224.700 (-) 156.7 repeaters.  ACS members and visitors are encouraged to check in on all three nets.
Wednesdays:  HF Roundtable, 7 pm, 21.333 ± MHz, USB, all are welcome.

CVARC Yahoo Discussion Group

You’re encouraged to join the club’s Yahoo discussion group, CVARCDiscussion.

To interact with the CVARCDiscussion web site, you will have to create a no-cost Yahoo account if you don’t already have one.

After you have a Yahoo account, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CVARCDiscussion/ and follow the prompts.

Not only will you find club announcements, you’ll see member-generated topics of interest such as project ideas, contest notices, questions and answers as well as photos and informational files.

Morse Group

If you’re a Morse code enthusiast, or interested in learning Morse code or improving your skills, check out CVARC’s Morse Group.

You’ll receive regular emails with attached audio files to practice copying, as well as other helpful information and ideas.  There are also regular workshops and practice session.

If you’re interested in becoming part of this “club within the club,” contact Steven-KZ6H at sggillis@gmail.com.

The Morse Group meets Mondays at 7:00 pm on 28.053 MHz, but call CQ any time.  All are welcome.

Newbie Net

Newbie Net Schedule

Sunday nights, 7 pm, Bozo Repeater 147.885 ( – 127.3).  The Newbie Net is an opportunity for newer hams to get on the air and gain experience and confidence.   More experienced hams or “Elmers” regularly check in and are available to answer questions and offer advice.  All are welcome.

Want to be net control?  Contact Todd -KD6RCM, kd6rcm@arrl.net.  The procedure will be provided.


DateNet Control Operator
November 18, 2018Brian-KM6MIN
November 25, 2018OPEN
December 2, 2018Dante-W6JCQ
December 9, 2018Stu-AG6AG
December 16, 2018Diane-KJ6JEJ
December 23, 2018Brian-KM6MIN
December 30, 2018Todd-KD6RCM

Net Control Operators, please send me your logs of check-ins after the net.


Getting Started in Ham Radio

There are many reasons why people take up the hobby of amateur radio, aka ham radio.  For some, it’s about preparedness and being able to use amateur radio for emergency communications when other modes of communication are unavailable.  It is not uncommon for internet and cell phone service to be interrupted for extended periods of time, following natural disasters or other events, when infrastructure becomes compromised or overwhelmed.  Amateur radio does not rely on phone lines or other infrastructure, so it’s a perfect choice for such situations.  Others come to the hobby because of an interest in electronics or science, and a desire to experiment with radio-based modes of communication. Continue reading “Getting Started in Ham Radio”

Basic Radio Tech Talk

Mark your calendar for July 18 for the first CVARC Basic Radio Tech Talk which will be on antennas.  Everyone is invited.

Location: Thousand Oaks City Hall Oak Room.
Time 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Presenters:  Bill Willcox, Education Coordinator, Adrian Jarett, Technical Guru, Zac Cohen, CVARC Member at Large.  All types and sizes of practical amateur radio antennas will be discussed.  Some you buy and install, others you can build yourself.  We will attempt to answer specific questions for your situation, so bring your questions.

For more information contact William_willcox@pacbell.net

Free Amateur Radio Licensing Classes

CVARC is offering free classes leading to an Amateur Radio License. We offer classes for the TECHNICIAN (Entry Level) and GENERAL (Intermediate Level) Licenses.

All classes will be at the East County Sheriff’s Station Community Room, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, California.


1:00 – 5:00 PM, Saturday July 21, 28, August 4, and August 11.


8:00 AM -12:00 PM, Saturday July 14, 21, 28, August 4 and August 11. Continue reading “Free Amateur Radio Licensing Classes”