March Club Meeting Information

The next regular club meeting is Thursday, March 21, 2019 (always the third Thursday) at the East County Sheriff’s Station’s Community Room, 2101 E. Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks at 7:30 pm.

Talk-in coordination is on the Bozo repeater, 147.885 (- 127.3)

Topic/Guest Speaker: Repeater Systems: Brad Ormsby-W6VO discusses the numerous repeater systems available to Conejo Valley hams.  Which are open or closed?  Brad will also describe a linked repeater system and discuss some of the special attributes of each.  He’ll also talk about the cost of membership and how to choose what system would best meet your needs and interests.

Raffle Prizes: ARRL Antenna Book; ARRL’s Magnetic Loop Antenna Book; Weller WLC1000 Soldering Station.

Pre-Meeting Dinner: Join fellow club members for a pre-meeting dinner at 5:00 at Brent’s Deli, 2799 Townsgate, Westlake Village, 805-557-1882.

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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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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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November Club Meeting Information

The next regular club meeting is Thursday, November 15, 2018 (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:  Ham Radio Apps for Cell Phones:  Stu Forman-AD6SF will lead a discussion about the many ham radio apps available for the iPhone and Android cellphone platforms.  The apps range from testing, reference and logging tools to APRS trackers and streaming-audio software such as Echolink.

Raffle Prizes: 31 ft. Heavy Duty Fiberglass Telescopic Pole, Ham-it-up Plus Upconverter, ARRL’s Magnetic Loop Antenna Book

Pre-Meeting Dinner: Join fellow club members for a pre-meeting dinner, at 5:00 pm, at Yolanda’s, 590 East LA Avenue, Simi Valley, 805-306-9933.

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October Meeting Summary

The meeting began at 7:30 with the Pledge of Allegiance.  First time visitors were welcomed, as were several newly licensed hams.  Thanks to Mike Felio-K6MJF for bringing the coffee, and Mark Horner-KK6IKX and Jim Inman-KB6JI for bringing cookies.

The recent Mini-Field Day & Picnic was a success.  Thanks to Steve-KZ6H and Mike-K6MJF.  The next Mini-Field Day & Picnic will be January 26 to coincide with the ARRL Winter Field Day. Continue reading “October Meeting Summary”

October Club Meeting Information

The next regular club meeting is Thursday, October 18, 2018 (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:  Mobile Operation – Marty Woll-N6VI talks about installing a ham radio in your vehicle. How does a typical installation go, what fusing and power considerations should you have in mind?  Marty will also discuss antenna mounting options and more.  He’ll also share with us the latest on California laws regarding operating a ham radio in a moving vehicle. Continue reading “October Club Meeting Information”

September Club Meeting Information

The next regular club meeting is Thursday, September 20, 2018 (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:  What’s New With the ARRL? John Kitchens-NS6X, the new Santa Barbara Section Manager for the American Radio Relay League will talk about the activities of the only association representing amateur radio operators at the federal level.  There are 1100 hams in the Santa Barbara section which consists of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. John will welcome your questions about the many activities and services of the national organization.

Raffle Prizes: TUBE coax line isolator choke, Nagoya NA-771  1.6 inch whip antenna, Dr. Meter 48-watt soldering station

Pre-Meeting Dinner: Join fellow club members for a pre-meeting dinner, at 5:00 pm, at Szechuan Garden, 484 E. Los Angeles Avenue in Moorpark, 805-517-1930.

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August Meeting Summary

About a dozen members met at Don Cuco’s in Moorpark for the pre-meeting dinner.

Stu Forman-KK6VYS

The meeting began at 7:30 with the Pledge of Allegiance.  First time visitors were welcomed, and newly license hams and those who upgraded their licenses were acknowledged.  Thanks given to Mike Felio-KM6EII for bringing the coffee, and to Joe Sprissler-AI6MW for bringing the cookies.

New Website – New content will be added throughout the month; @CVARC.com email addresses are available to members who are interested; There are sections that allow comments.  Just like the newsletter, please send us anything you’d like included on the website. Continue reading “August Meeting Summary”