October Club Meeting Information

The next regular club meeting is Thursday, October 18, 2018 (always the third Thursday) at the East County Sheriff’s Station’s Community Room 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks at 7:30 pm.

Talk-in coordination is on the Bozo repeater, 147.885 (- 127.3).

Topic/Guest Speaker:  Mobile Operation – Marty Woll-N6VI talks about installing a ham radio in your vehicle. How does a typical installation go, what fusing and power considerations should you have in mind?  Marty will also discuss antenna mounting options and more.  He’ll also share with us the latest on California laws regarding operating a ham radio in a moving vehicle. Continue reading “October Club Meeting Information”

President’s Message

2018 is winding down.  And you know what that means… it’s time to start thinking about the 2019 Board of Directors!

We’re a large club, and we have a lot of activities and events.  So, naturally, we need people to plan these activities and events, and handle the routine matters that are part of running a club.  We’ve had the good fortune of having some very involved club members recently, many of whom have served in different roles for more than a few years.  As we move into 2019, some Board members have said they’d be willing to stay on for another year – perhaps in a different position than their current one – while others would prefer to bow out and pass the torch to someone new.  We expect we’ll need someone to fill the Vice President position, as well as the Education and Public Relations positions, and we’ll also have one Member at Large position available. Continue reading “President’s Message”

Mini Field Day & Picnic

Saturday, October 6th is CVARC’s next Mini Field Day & Picnic.

NEW LOCATION:
Dos Vientos Community Park, 4801 Borchard Rd., Newbury Park.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy some operating, as well as food and socializing.  This is the time to try a new mode or play with a new antenna configuration.  For new hams, this is also a great opportunity to check out other people’s gear and ask questions.  The fun begins at 8:00 am.

Band conditions permitting, there should be some activity on the air, as October 6 begins the 53rd annual California QSO Party.  Come on out.  All are welcome!

Basic Radio Tech Talk

Save the Date – October 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  East County Sheriff’s Station Community Room, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks.

Amateur Radio – Basic Radio Tech Talk:  Digital Radio Operations

Curious about alternate means of making lots of contacts?  Frustrated that the HF bands seem to be dead?  Looking for a low-power, high-reliability means of making long distance contacts?  Want some information on local digipeaters?  Interested in free email via amateur radio?

Well, digital mode operations may be just the thing to reinvigorate your ham radio passion.

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Update: On the Upcoming Project Build

Upcoming Project:  Magnetic Loop Antenna

CVARC’s next project build is scheduled for Saturday, November 10.  Adrian Jarrett-K6KY will assist CVARC members in building a Magnetic Loop Antenna.  The cost of the materials will be $110 or $175, depending on whether you’d like the 800V or the 1.5kV capacitor.

If you’d like to participate, please sign up next Thursday at the September CVARC meeting.   Payment will be due at that time so parts can be ordered.  If you wish to participate, but are unable to attend the September meeting, please email Christian Ylagan to sign up, and send your payment, payable to CVARC, to PO Box 2093, Thousand Oaks, CA 91358.  The deadline to sign up is September 30.

For additional information about the project, please see the earlier post about this project build.

ISS Astronaut’s QSO With California Middle School Students

An astronaut on the International Space Station answered questions via ham radio from students at the Mendez Fundamental Intermediate School in Santa Ana on September 6th.   The approximately 9 minute QSO took place between the Space Station-NA1SS and AA6TB. The astronaut’s comments could be heard in the Conejo Valley and across the state on 145.80 MHz downlink.

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