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
“We copy that Alpha Alpha Six Charlie Victor, that’s 8 Alpha, Santa Barbara.”
“No it’s 18 Alpha. One-Eight.”
“That’s correct, please copy eighteen, one-eight Alpha, Santa Barbara.”
I heard that exchange repeated over and over again as CVARC put 18 stations on the air giving us one of the largest, if not the largest club presence on Field Day weekend.
Please join me in congratulating Ben Herrera - W6JWZ for an outstanding job heading up his first Field Day. In fact, Ben can’t get enough, he’s already talking about the things he can do to make next year’s Field Day even better!
Of course he couldn’t do it alone. Ben had great help and counsel from old Field Day hands like Rob Hansen – W6RH, Adrian Jarrett – K6KY and Zak Cohen – N6PK.
He also had a great group of band captains; Bill Hughes - K6HB, Adrian Jarrett - K6KY, Bob Hughes - KA6HHW, Jaap de Goede - KK6MLJ, Ben Kuo - KK6FUT, Rob Hansen - W6RH, Arie Izhak - WA6RIE, Dean Nedelman - K6DIN, Mike De la Garrigue - KK6LMA, Eric Peterson - WB6PYK, Mark Horner – KK6IKX and Zak Cohen - N6PK.
Dean – K6DIN’s network didn’t miss a beat – and we didn’t miss a contact. Joe Sprissler - AI6MW created a wonderful welcome table packed with information about our club and ham radio. Norm Campbell - AB6ET filled the newly created role of Safety Officer and got 100 points added to our total. We also made some Field Day posts on the club’s Facebook page for another bonus.
Some of the highlights this year included a visit from the ARRL Southwest Division Director Dick Norton - N6AA. Eddie Pierce - KQ6K shared a great video of the CVARC Field Day site taken from his drone which you can check out on YouTube.
Ben Kuo - KK6FUT set up a mesh web cam looking into the Field Day tents. Orv Beach -W6BI captured a screenshot of Ben’s video which he said made 3 hops (2.4 & 5.8 GHz) to his QTH - a distance of 40 miles!
We were never short of volunteers from Friday’s setup to Sunday’s teardown. Most importantly, everyone involved had a great time. Thank you to everyone who participated and made our 2016 Field Day a big success.
Now that Field Day is over, the club’s Board of Directors is working on several things for the second half of the year. We’re looking at ideas for another club project. We also plan to bring back the Summer Picnic and we’d like your thoughts about whether that event should be purely social or have some operating, like a mini Field Day. We’re also starting to plan December’s Holiday Party, which will include two big raffle prizes.
The speaker’s committee (Brad Ormsby - W6VO, David Arata - KA9WMI, Tim Wheeler - K6POI, Andy Ludlum – K6AGL) has turned its attention to 2017. We’ve had some extraordinary speakers this year. You may have noticed our May speaker, Kristen McIntyre – K6WX (Myths About Grounding) is featured in the ARRL Chief Executive Officer’s column in the July issue of QST magazine. She was singled out as one of the new, up and coming ham radio “giants,” a leader who is having a positive influence on the future of our hobby. We’re committed to seeking out more top quality speakers like K6WX in 2017 and we welcome your ideas and suggestions.