President’s Message

Hello CVARC members, families, and guests!

Ed Zimmermann-N6XEW

Woah, it has been a hot week. Stay out of the sun, stay hydrated and be prepared for flex alerts and grid and equipment failures.  Where I am in Newbury Park, we have experienced two unscheduled power outages in the past week.  Each outage was greater than 4 hours.

The CVARC General meeting last month was about batteries, solar and emergency power, which was very timely as September is National Preparedness Month. Visit https://www.ready.gov for more detailed information and guides. In the past, Southern Californians have been conditioned to prepare for earthquakes. Well, times have changed and if anything, the last three years have shown us that evacuations due to fires are now a reality. With the aging electrical infrastructure and greater demand, power outages are becoming more common.  

Our September 15th CVARC General Meeting, at the East County Sheriff Station the topic: K-4 Technology: ARRL Santa Barbara Section Emergency Coordinator Rick Tate-KQ6NO will demonstrate the Elecraft K-4 and discuss how its direct-sampling technology works. Not long ago, this technology was only found at the very top of the market, but radios such as the Yaesu FT-991A and Icom IC-7300 are a sign that before long this technology will be standard for all HF radios.

It’s that time of year to start thinking about our Board of Directors and who will be helping to lead the club in 2023.  If you would like to be on the board, please contact any board member.

The CVARC sponsored BORED NET Micro Field Day on August 13th was a resounding success. Many of the clubs from all over Ventura County were in attendance. The Bored Net Group meets on the BOZO repeater at 9am Monday thru Saturday with swap net following the Saturday morning meeting.  Add another Saturday net at 9pm for some after dark net activities. The BORED NET has a Micro Field Day every month, so we all get practice setting up our radios in the field.

Newbie Net:  Our Newbie Net meets every Sunday night at 7 p.m. 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.  We are always looking for net controllers. #hamharder.  It is great practice and fun to be net control, so please sign up with Todd-KD6RCM at kd6rcm@arrl.net.

Hope to hear you on the air!

73,

Ed-N6XEW

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