Tickets Go On Sale for Holiday Party and Big Raffle

Now is the time to get your tickets for this year’s CVARC Holiday Party on Thursday, December 21, 2023. The event will begin at 5:30 P.M. at the Best Western Posada Royale, 1775 Madera Road, Simi Valley. The party is not to be missed with a festive banquet, raffle prizes and the naming of the Hugh Bosma Award winner.

Tickets are $33 per person. You can buy tickets starting the October meeting or reserve your seats now with Zak Cohen-N6PK at

The winners of two raffles will be announced at the party. The first winner will be drawn from all the raffle tickets that have been sold at our monthly meetings this year. The prize will be a $100 DX Engineering gift certificate. You must be present at the holiday party to win.

The second raffle – our “Big Raffle” is for a $300 DX Engineering gift certificate.  You DO NOT need to be present at the party to win the “Big Raffle.” Tickets are $10 each or (best deal) three tickets for $25. You can purchase your raffle tickets beginning at the October meeting.

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Anacapa Island Dual Activation a Success

Bill Willcox-KF6JQO, Martin Hickey-AJ6CL, and Andy Ludlum-K6AGL

On September 17th, three CVARC members had a successful expedition to Anacapa Island to conduct a dual activation of the National Park with both Parks on the Air (POTA) and Islands on the Air (IOTA.)

Bill Willcox-KF6JQO, Martin Hickey-AJ6CL, and Andy Ludlum-K6AGL traveled by boat to the small volcanic island located about 11 miles off the coast of Port Hueneme, in Ventura County.

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CVARC Picnic Sunday October 22

The 2023 CVARC Picnic will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2023, from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Conejo Community Park, Picnic Area #1 in Thousand Oaks.  It’s behind Dover Hendrix Park.  The picnic area entrance is off of Gainsborough Road on Jeaunine Drive, just down from Tarantula Hill.  The parking lot is located here:  34.193320250646536, -118.8826924060862 

CVARC will provide burgers, hot dogs, and buns.  Our Social Chair Mike Felio will do the grilling.  We will bring everything else “pot-luck style.”  Bring your favorite picnic-style dish!

Follow this link to a spreadsheet to sign up for different picnic-style food items. Let’s keep track, so we aren’t overloaded with any one item and totally devoid of another.  Put your name and call sign in the row of the item you intend to bring.

See you at the park!

Martin Hickey-AJ6CL CVARC OPS

DX-Pedition to Anacapa Island

You have an opportunity to join fellow CVARC members on a DX-Pedition to Anacapa Island on Sunday, September 17th. Part of the fun will be a dual activation of the site with Parks on the Air (POTA) and Islands on the Air (IOTA.) We’ll be operating from the Visitors Center, about 1/2 mile from the boat landing near Arch Rock on the east end of the island.

To join the expedition, please read the following information closely. You must purchase a seat on the boat to the island to be part of the fun!

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CVARC “Summits on The Air” Drive-Up Chase and Activation Adventure

Venue for the CVARC Drive-Up SOTA Chase and Activation Adventure

On August 19th from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., CVARC will hold its first-ever “Drive-Up SOTA Chase and Activation Adventure.”

For this event, no hiking is necessary! The location is a beautiful hilltop venue in the Camarillo Heights area to which we can drive our cars.  It will be a fun CVARC party!

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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 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.

Spring Fling Rover Roundup Results

CVARC’s annual Spring Fling-Rover Roundup returned on Saturday, April 15th. The fun event featured a contest on 2-meter simplex where participants tried to make as many contacts as they could from local grid squares.

The top six finishers were:

Ryan Huggins-KI6BTY 132 points

James Smith-KK6YAM 91 points

Ed Zimmermann-N6XEW 90 points

Craig Grimm-KD6NFD 80 points

Nathan Eng-W6EN 40 points

April Taylor-KN6QQW 24 points

The contest was followed by a picnic at Dos Vientos Park.