The Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club is a not-for-profit international organization of amateur radio enthusiasts. We provide education forums, publications and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of our members.
Andy Ludlum – K6AGL
I got an email recently from a ham who said he had his Technician license for three years now, but hadn’t used it once. He said he still found it all a bit confusing and would love to learn more. But, he was unsure how welcoming experienced hams would be and wondered if CVARC would be a good fit for him.
I told him he wasn’t alone, that we have a lot of people in CVARC who have taken up ham radio later in life -- or like him -- found it hard to get started and have never done much with their license. I told him we work very hard to tailor our programs and events to be of interest to hams at all levels of experience.
I also pointed out something I try to do at the club meetings. That is, I ask new members or visitors to stand up and introduce themselves. Then the Members at Large are pointed out. I ask these club officers to meet new people during the break to get an idea of what they are interested in and what they would like to learn about the hobby. We then try to put them in touch with other club members with similar interests or experiences. The social time at the pre-meeting dinners, before the meeting, and during the break can often be the most valuable part of attending a CVARC meeting.
I mentioned that CVARC is also a gateway to number of related activities where a new ham can get comfortable on the air -- from events like Field Days, radio nets at community events, to emergency communications volunteer work.
I told him we are a friendly group and I've found almost everyone is happy to answer questions and share their experience. We run a special net for new hams, the "Newbie Net," every Sunday at 7pm on the Bozo Repeater, 147.885- PL 127.3. It is specifically designed for newly licensed amateurs or those coming back into the hobby. And of course many Elmers who want to share their knowledge and “pay it forward” participate as well.
Keeping CVARC as a friendly destination for new hams is one of the important responsibilities of the club’s Board of Directors. We’ll be electing a new board for 2018 at the November 16th meeting. We’ll still accept nominations up until the final vote. The nominating committee has presented this slate of candidates for your consideration:
Nominees for 2018 CVARC Board of Directors
President: Stu Forman-KK6VYS
Vice President: Mark Horner-KK6IKX
Secretary: Andy Ludlum-K6AGL
Editor/Publisher; Stu Forman-KK6VYS
Education: Bill Willcox-KF6JQO
Technical: Adrian Jarret-K6KY
Treasurer: Christian Ylagan-K6CAY
Operations: Steve Gillis-KZ6H
Public Relations: Joe Sprissler-AI6MW
Social: Mike Felio-KM6EII
Member at Large: Zak Cohen-N6PK
Member at Large : Tim Wheeler-K6POI
Member at Large: Ben Herrera-W6JWZ
The annual CVARC Holiday Party is on Thursday, December 7th at the Best Western Posada Royale Hotel and Suites in Simi Valley. We’re selling tickets and a good number of you signed up at the September and October meetings, but there’s still room for more members and guests. The cost is $25 per person. Be sure to get your tickets at the November meeting.
We’ll have two raffles at the party. First, from all the tickets that have been sold during the year at the monthly club meeting raffles, we’ll select the winner of a TYT DMR Digital Two-Way handheld radio. You must be present at the party to win this prize.
Second, we’ll have a “Big Raffle” featuring solar/battery products from Bioenno Power:
- 12V/24V, 20A Solar Charge Controller for LiFePO4 Batteries
- 80 Watt Foldable 12V, 12Ah LFP Battery
- Solar Panel for Charging Power Packs + Padded Case
This is a $350 value!
While we will pick the winning ticket at the party, you are NOT required to be present to win. We’re selling single “Big Raffle” tickets for $10, or the best value, three tickets for $25. As always, for the party or the raffle we can accept cash, check or credit cards.
See you there at the club meeting and at the party!