The Adventures of Pete and Woodie at the January 2019 VHF Contest

During the third weekend of January, Pete Heins-N6ZE and Woodie Woodward-WA6WDY spent 16 hours roving around SoCal to have fun…and that’s what they did!

Pete Heins-N6ZE/R holds a 23cm (1294.5 MHz VJB Cheapie Yagi) and an ALINCO DJ-G7 triband FM handheld atop a ridge in the Santa Monica mountains (DM04qb) on Saturday of the January 2019 VHF Contest. VHF/UHF propagation conditions to the San Diego area (Grid DM12) were what one would normally expect during summer months: 10 watt VHF/UHF stations with only whip antennae were easily worked. Best distance worked was with K6PFG (DM12mt) at 130 miles. The temperature inversion which produced the enhanced summer-like conditions is clearly in view behind N6ZE and just above the water surface of the Santa Monica Bay. (Woodie Woodward-WA6WDY is wearing the “Radio” T-shirt. He frequently roves with Pete.) Note that two years ago, during January ‘17 VHF Contest, typical winter propagation conditions existed and no San Diego stations were heard.

Pete and Woodie entered the ARRL’s January 2019 VHF Contest in the “Rover” category because they utilized six VHF/UHF bands: 6 meters on 50.125 MHz USB & 52.525 MHz FM; 2 meters on 144.200 MHz USB and various FM Simplex frequencies from 146.52 –> 146.61 MHz; 135 centimeters on 223.5 MHz FM; 70 centimeters on 432.1 MHz USB & 446.0 MHz FM; 33 centimeters on 927.5 MHz FM; and 23 centimeters on 1294.5 MHz FM.

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February Club Meeting Information

The next regular club meeting is Thursday, February 21, 2019  (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:  Antennas:  Ben Kuo-AI6YR has found a way to make almost anything into a serviceable ham radio antenna, even an old bicycle wheel!  Ben will talk about his experimentation with antennas and show us some examples of low cost antennas any ham can make with just a little understanding of the basics.

Raffle Prizes: ICOM IC-H16 VHF Transceiver, Samlex 250W AC Inverter, Heil Handie-Talkie Headset

Pre-Meeting Dinner: Join fellow club members for a pre-meeting dinner at 5:00 pm, at The Dugout Sports Grill, 109 W Cochran St, Simi Valley.  805-955-9200

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Magnetic Loop Antenna Project Finished

Adrian Jarrett-K6KY

With remarkable teamwork and precision, a dozen mag loop antennas were finished December 29, 2018 after two full days of work. The project was led by Adrian Jarrett-K6KY. All the antennas were tuned and tested and Adrian says they should work particularly well on 20 meters as well as 30 meters and 17 meters. We haven’t had any reports of the antennas on the air yet, but you are sure to see some at CVARC’s Winter Field Day event on January 26th. Continue reading for pictures from Day 2 of the build.

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Summary of N6ZE/K1FJM ARRL September 2018 VHF Contest Operation

Pete Heins-N6ZE/K1FJM (right)

For many years, I have been a fairly active VHF/UHFer and particularly enjoy operating in VHF/UHF Contests and like to encourage others to do the same. Knowing that many local area hams have been licensed for just a short period of time or have never participated in a VHF/UHF contesting event, I traditionally clog local ham radio chat rooms with announcements for these operating opportunities.

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January Club Meeting Information

The next regular club meeting is Thursday, January 17, 2019  (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:  Power:  Something all hams need is clean, reliable power.  Mark Olson, the son of a ham, has had a 37 year career at Southern California Edison. Mark will give us a brief history of electrical power and discuss modern power systems, electric issues, power emergencies, power safety and radio interference.

Raffle Prizes: RF Connector Adapter Kit, RTL-SDR Dipole Kit, Book “Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio”

Pre-Meeting Dinner: Join fellow club members for a pre-meeting dinner at 5:00 pm, at Bandit’s Grill and Bar, 589 N Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks.  805-497-7427.

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The Woolsey Fire and Ham Radio

CVARC member Ben Kuo-AI6YR visits in studio with David Goldenberg-W0DHG to talk on his podcast Ham Radio Now about how amateur radio played a part in the recent Woolsey Fire.

 

Repeaters, Amateur TV Play Communication Role in California Fire Emergency

Amateur Radio repeaters and TV (ATV) have helped to keep the broader community informed on the local status of widespread fires in Southern California, radio amateurs say. CVARC member Benjamin Kuo, KI6YR, who had to evacuate but now is back home, said remote Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) mesh cameras captured video from fires across Southern California earlier this month, including the early stages of the Woolsey Fire.

ATV cameras also offered views of some of the state’s less prominent fires, including the Briggs Fire in Santa Paula, and the Peak Fire in Simi Valley. Continue reading “Repeaters, Amateur TV Play Communication Role in California Fire Emergency”

2019 CVARC Board of Directors Elected

The 2019 CVARC Board of Directors was elected at the November 15th club meeting.

President:  Stu Forman – AD6SF

Vice President:  Brett Price – KM6VFW

Secretary:  Andy Ludlum – K6AGL

Treasurer:  Christian Ylagan – K6CAY

Editor/Publisher:  Stu Forman – AD6SF

Education:  Kat Hunley – K6VQN

Technical:  Adrian Jarrett – K6KY

Operations:  Bill Willcox – KF6JQO

Public Relations:  Paul Van Zuyle – K6PVZ

Social:  Mike Felio – K6MJF

Member at Large:  Zak Cohen – N6PK

Member at Large:  Mark Horner -KK6IKX

Member at Large:  Diane Wainwood – KJ6JEJ