On Tuesday June 7, the Ventura County Supervisors will present a proclamation honoring the county’s Amateur Radio volunteers at their regularly scheduled meeting at 10 A.M. at county hall in Ventura.
The proclamation will designate June as “Amateur Radio Month” in Ventura County.
All hams and clubs are welcome; this is the first such presentation recognizing our efforts since the COVID outbreak. If you can attend, please wear ACS uniforms or other apparel such as club shirts and call sign badges that will make a good impression to the supervisors and the TV audience.
At this time, it is not known if a mask will be required at the county complex; best to check ahead or bring one just to be on the safe side. This event is also an opportunity to build public awareness about Field Day activities in the county.
Bruce Schubert-KM6ZJK of Ventura passed away peacefully on Monday night after a long battle with cancer.
Bruce was a long-time member of CVARC and a regular on the Bored Net.
A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, April 19th at Coastline Bible Church, 426 S. Mills Rd, Ventura. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Ventura County Library READ Adult Literacy Program.
Nominations for the 2022 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.
We are saddened to report that CVARC President Brett Price-KM6VFW passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 9, 2021. Brett just celebrated his 71st birthday on May 2nd.
He is survived by two sons, Andrew and Kevin and a fiancee, Shirlee Huffman. There will be a small family service in the future in the Lake Tahoe area where Brett had requested his ashes be scattered, near those of his father.
Brett spent four decades working as an attorney. He has represented governmental entities, public and private companies, and individuals in the areas of property tax law and civil litigation, commercial and business law, oil and gas law, energy resource law, construction law, real estate and bankruptcy matters.
Brett was in his second term as CVARC President. His commitment to the club and efforts in advancing amateur radio will be greatly missed.
A 45-year-old hiker who was reported missing after he texted a friend that he was lost in Angeles National Forest has been found. Ham radio operator and satellite mapping enthusiast Benjamin Kuo, working from a cell phone photograph, helped authorities pinpoint the hiker’s location. View this interesting Twitter thread in which Ben explains how he managed to geolocate the hiker using only the general area and a grainy photograph.
Pending future FCC action, amateur radio secondary use of the 3.3 -3.45 GHz band segment may continue indefinitely. The FCC decided that “continued access by amateur radio to 3.3 – 3.45 GHz should be allowed while it analyzes whether that spectrum can be reallocated for commercial wireless use.”
The FCC action represents a partial “and temporary” reprieve from the FCC’s December 2019 proposal to remove amateur radio from the entire band, and it makes available an additional 50 Megahertz than an FCC proposal last fall to allow amateur temporary use of 3.3 – 3.4 GHz.
Last March, Ventura County went into lock down due to the COVID-19 crisis. Like everywhere else, this was quite a shock to us. One thing sets hams apart from the general public is we know how to stay in touch with each other. So, Starting March 21st, Zak Cohen-N6PK started a check in net on our local 2M repeater. Not once per week, not once per day-but four times per day, at 0900, 1200, 1800, and 2100. People checked in in droves-obviously, we all felt the need to have some sort of contact while facing the prospect of what we thought would be a few weeks confined to our homes.
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.