Volunteer Operators Needed for Two June Events

Ham radio operators are needed in support of the 45th annual Scandinavian Festival at CLU on June 4th and 5th. This is a great opportunity for a ham who may be a little tentative about volunteering for an event. Hams who have never done an event will be joined by experienced “Elmers” who want to help.

The event will have three, two-person roving groups and a two-person Net Control to provide help with lost children and other small issues. This will give operators practice with proper net operation and  procedures. It’s all on simplex frequencies so training is easy. There are two, four to five hour shifts for each day of the festival. You can do one shift or two shifts in one day.  If you do a day with two shifts, you will have time for an authentic Scandinavian lunch! If you are interested in volunteering, please email Zak Cohen at N6PK@arrl.net.

On June 5th operators are needed for a traditional charity event; helping with the Love Run in Thousand Oaks.  This includes a half marathon, 5K and 10K races.  There will be four aid stations and two or three SAG wagons.  It is a fun event that local hams have been helping with for several years.  If you’d like to volunteer, please email Zak Cohen at N6PK@arrl.net.

CVARC Winter Field Day is January 29th

Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club will hold Winter Field Day at Dos Vientos Park, 4801 Borchard Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 29, 2022.

The purpose of Winter Field Day is to foster ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on-the-air, outdoor fun during winter for American, Canadian, and DX Hams.  Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house. Get out and play some radio!

The Conejo Recreation and Park District will not turn on the power to the electrical outlets at Dos Vientos until 12:30, so be prepared to power your rig on an emergency power source for at least the first two hours of Winter Field Day.

See you at the park!

Martin, AJ6CL


California ShakeOut Exercise Set For October 23

Exercise plan and timeline:

  • Exercise has a digital element consisting of Winlink messages (DYFI and Welfare via VHF and HF, and a phone element using VHF simplex
  • Date: Saturday Oct 23rd
  • Simulated Quake timeline 9:15am approx.
    • Winlink activity 9:15 to 10 am, VHF/HF as you are able
      • Check your house as you would if there had been a real quake.
      • Send DYFI message to USGS, CC to dyfi@vccomm.org
      • In the Optional Exercise Field of the DYFI form, please enter” SOCAL ARES Shakeout 2021.”
      • Send a welfare message to your out-of-town friends and family.  Members are encouraged to send messages for their neighbors.
    • Phone Simplex VHF check-in 10 to 11am, using 145.615 MHz, VC ACS/ARES Channel 19
      • Rob, W6RH, will go up to Rasnow and call for check ins.  This is a good opportunity to see who you can hear across the county.
  • Email updates via CVARC main group

President’s Message on CVARC Holiday Party

Dear CVARC Members and Friends,

As everyone knows, we have had a difficult last two years with all the COVID-19 issues and the resulting problems.

We tried to plan a fun CVARC Holiday Party as we have done for the past several years.  It is a great time to get together and share our friendships in person and not over our radios.  Unfortunately, we are not over all these issues yet, and a majority of members are not ready to be part of the CVARC Holiday Party.  I am sure there are several reasons why.  I know some have been cooped up for too long and need to travel out of their caves, some have other commitments and some just think it is too soon to be inside with others.  So, I am sorry to say, we need to postpone our CVARC Holiday Party another year!

We hope to hear you on the radio and zooms!



CVARC Holiday Party Poll, Please Vote

If enough members are interested, it appears conditions will permit us to hold the annual CVARC Holiday Party.  The tentative plan is to hold the party on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at the Best Western Posada Royale, 1775 Madera Road in Simi Valley.  We’ll have the same menu we’ve enjoyed for the past few parties.  The ticket price remains the same, $27.50 per person.  We are close to a deadline for making a commitment to the hotel and it would help to get a rough count from members on how many would be attending.  Will you please respond to this poll as soon as possible.


Question: Do you plan attending the CVARC Holiday Party?

1. Yes, I will be attending alone.
2. Yes and I will be bring a guest.
3. No, I will not be attending

Vote Now

CVARC Mini Field Day

The 2021 CVARC Mini-Field Day will be held on October 9th from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Dos Vientos Park in Newbury Park.  (4801 Borchard Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320)

CVARC will provide lunch.

Mini-Field Day is an opportunity to break out your Field Day gear, test it and make sure you’re prepared for the next ARRL Field Day, which will be held June 24-26, 2022 – just 39 weeks from today (save the date!)

It’s also a social event where we can gather with like-minded Hams and enjoy a pleasant afternoon in the park.

See you there!

Martin, AJ6CL


CVARC Picnic Set for Saturday August 28

2020 CVARC event at Dos Vientos Park

The 2021 CVARC Picnic will be held on August 28th from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Dos Vientos Park at 4801 Borchard Road in Newbury Park. CVARC will provide burgers, hot dogs and buns.  Mike Felio our Social Coordinator will do the grilling.  We will bring everything else “pot-luck style.”  Bring your favorite picnic-style dish!

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