CVARC J-Pole Build a Success

CVARC members went home with several dual band j-pole antennas after a build was held Saturday, May 20th at the East County Sheriff’s Station. Keith Elliott-W6KME gave a great “this is how it works” talk and most importantly all involved had fun! Thanks to Tom, Audrey, Linda, and April for the photos.

CVARC 2023 Field Day Interference Checklist

Bill Willcox-KF6JQO has revised his very useful Field Day Interference Checklist for 2023. The list offers a number of tips and best practices for minimizing interference with your Field Day setup. Of course, these suggestions can be very helpful for your own shack if you are having RF problems. You can view the checklist here or on this website at Links/Technical Articles/Anti-Interference Checklist.

General License Class Set for July 2023

Starting July 8th, and then on the 15th, 22nd and 29th, CVARC will be holding a General License class at the East County Sheriff Station, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks  from 8:00 A.M. to noon. The General License gives hams access to the HF bands and opens the door to worldwide communications.  

The class will be taught by Keith Elliott-W6KME and will use the NEW edition of the ARRL General Class License Manual, 10th edition. A new pool of questions takes effect for the FCC test on July 1, and the new manual covers many more modern features of HF operation than before, including FT8 and other digital modes. The is no charge for the class, but a copy of the manual is required.

To reserve a spot in the class, contact Keith-W6KME at

Click for source for required manual.

President’s Message

Hello CVARC members, families, and guests!

Ed Zimmermann-N6XEW

May is upon us and a very busy month for amateur radio in Ventura County. We have the Ride to Defeat ALS, the CVARC J-Pole Build, and the Mountains to Beach Marathon. If you have not volunteered for an event before, these events are a great way to get started. 

Congratulations to the 20 newly licensed/upgraded operators from the CVARC VE Session held on April 16th. We look forward to hearing you all on the air soon!

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CVARC At Brookside Science Night

Bill Willcox-KF6JQO, April Taylor-KN6QQW, Stu Forman-AD6SF, Harrison Forman-KM6VGE and Zak Cohen-N6PK.

For the last several years, CVARC members have participated in a Science Night event at Brookside Elementary School in Oak Park.  Club members introduce the students to ham radio and give them a chance to get on the air.  The club’s involvement in the event was started by Stu Forman-AD6SF, whose son Harrison-KM6VGE was a student at the school. The most recent event was on April 28th. Joining Stu were Bill Willcox-KF6JQO, April Taylor-KN6QQW, and Zak Cohen-N6PK.

CVARC Hosting J-POLE Antenna Build May 20th

The J-POLE is a dual band, 2 meter and 70 cm antenna. It’s perfect for portable operations and well suited for mounting at home. Best of all,  it takes up very little space! Primarily a dipole, the J-pole antenna exhibits a mostly omnidirectional pattern with an average gain near 2.2 dBi.

The antenna will provide a great improvement in range for repeater access and simplex contacts.

CVARC will provide everything you need, including all the materials and tools needed to complete the project. There will be easy to follow instructions and experts there to assist with soldering, assembling, and testing your new antenna. All you need to do is sign up, show up, cut, and assemble the pieces.  It’s a great project build and a lot of fun.  We even provide you with an overview on the history of the J-Pole and how it works at the build. 

Saturday May 20th 8 A.M. at the East County Sheriff Station located at 2101 E. Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks.

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May Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 7:30 P.M. at the East County Sheriff’s Station.

Topic – Field Day 2023: CVARC Field Day Chair Keith Elliott-W6KME outlines the plans for the club’s Field Day on June 24-25. On Field Day, CVARC members join more than 40,000 hams throughout North America in setting up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation.

Special note: if you can’t attend the meeting at the Sheriff’s station you can still participate via ZOOM, details below.

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