2021 Dayton Hamvention Cancelled

Citing “several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Dayton Hamvention Executive Committee has announced the cancellation of the 2021 event, scheduled for mid-May. The announcement cited the slower-than-expected rollout of the COVID vaccine as well as the even-more contagious variant that has emerged in recent weeks.

This is the second consecutive year in which the pandemic has forced cancellation of the world’s largest hamfest. The committee says tickets that were deferred from last year will be deferred again, and that plans are in the works for another on-air Hamvention QSO Party on what would have been the Hamvention weekend.

Earthlings and astronauts chat away, via ham radio (via Los Angeles Times)

NASA astronaut Doug Wheelock, Expedition 24 flight engineer, used a ham radio system in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station in 2010. (NASA)

This article features astronaut Doug Wheelock who was CVARC’s September 2020 speaker.

From their living rooms and pickup trucks, amateur radio operators reach out to the International Space Station, circling 240 miles above Earth.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Reinhardt is 2020 Bosma Award Recipient

Jeff Reinhardt-AA6JR is the 2020 recipient of the Hugh Bosma Legacy Award. CVARC President Brett Price-KM6VFW presented the award at the CVARC general meeting November 19, 2020. Reinhardt was recognized for his 20 years of service as CVARC’s Volunteer Examiner Coordinator. Jeff’s VE program has tested 2,150 candidates who have earned 1,655 amateur radio licenses since 1990.

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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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Ham radio and emergency comms: Filling the USGS ‘donut hole’; (via ITU News)

By Adam Davidson, W9AS (This article is republished with permission of the author and the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation, Inc.)

On July 2nd, shortly before midnight local time in Hawaii, a dozen amateur radio operators did something nobody had ever done before—something that shows the best in amateur radio and could herald a transformation in the role ‘hams’ (another name

Source: ITU News