Become a CVARC Board Member

Nominations for the 2021 CVARC Board of Directors will take place at the October and November meetings. Elections will be held at the November meeting. Both meetings are likely to take place on Zoom.

Being a member of the Board of Directors focuses your membership and club participation to a new level. Talk to any Board member about what is involved. Any Board position is open for nomination and election. Some current Board members intend to run again. Elected Board positions and duties are for one year, January through December.

There will be more discussion about elections at the club meetings. Positions and complete duties are listed in the club by-laws.

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Thoughts on the CA QSO Party

AD6SF’s contacts plotted

By Stu Forman-AD6SF

I don’t consider myself a contester, but there are a few weekends each year that I let my family know that I plan to be unavailable.  Don’t include me in any plans, as I intend to hole myself up in the office for most, or all, of the weekend, leaving only to grab a quick bite or use the bathroom.  I might not come to bed, so don’t wait up.  I might not shower, so don’t get too close.  This was one of those weekends.   This past weekend was the California QSO Party.

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Preparation Begins for DYFI “ShakeOut” Event October 17

Courtesy of Oliver Dully, K6OLI, District Emergency Coordinator for ARES LAX NE from his presentation made to Ventura County ACS/ARES in July.

“Did You Feel It? (DFYI)” is a collaboration between the USGS and amateur radio operators intended to use the skills and capabilities of hams to get messages regarding the intensity of earthquakes out to first responders. The DYFI event will be held on Saturday October 17th as part of the “Great California ShakeOut 2020” CVARC members wishing to participate in the event are invited to three preparation meetings to be held on Zoom:

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CVARC “Virtual Picnic” Sprint a Big Success!

K6AGL may look lonely at the peak of the Bowfield Trail, but the VHF bands were alive for the CVARC Sprint on Saturday, August, 29, 2020.

Operators hiked to local hilltops or worked the VHF bands from home shacks, cars and even bicycles for the CVARC “Virtual Picnic” Sprint on Saturday August 29, 2020. Sprint organizer Keith Elliiot-W6KME said 24 operators reported scores.  A remarkable total of 455 QSOs were made during the three-hour VHF contest.

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Six Ways to Get the Most Out of Field Day Even If We Can’t Be Together

There are several special amateur radio initiatives planned in Ventura County during Field Day 2020, June 27-28th.  The COVID-19 crisis makes us unable to gather in large groups as we have in the past. We are attempting to recapture some of the camaraderie and fellowship among hams in other ways by making the following options available for those who choose to participate in them.  Nothing here is compulsory.  The idea is to have some fun.  Feel free to participate in whatever interests you.

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Zoom Meetings Three Days a Week

Brad Ormsby-W6VO’s Zoom meetings are moving to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule starting Monday April 20th. Brad’s meeting of “The Bored” is a fun, informal way to stay in touch with fellow hams. The credentials below should work for all future meetings.

Topic: Brad Ormsby-W6VO’s Zoom Meeting

Time: 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/94597078960?pwd=SHdWSUlDdVFSVUpRdmZwL3B1U1M0dz09

Meeting ID: 945 9707 8960

Password: 016295

Big Turnout for CVARC Mesh Flashmob

Phil Bartlett-K6UJO and Greg Lane-K7SDW set up in the parking lot.

By Andy Moorwood-K3CAQ

Approximately 30 amateurs attended CVARC’s first Mesh Network Flashmob on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the East County Sheriff’s Station.  Ten operators brought their equipment and an additional three were configured “flashed” and / or debugged to get them functional. 

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