Hams offer valuable communication (via The Acorn)

ON THE AIRWAVES—People with scanner radios can listen in on operators in the Conejo Valley chatting about various topics. Tune in to 147.885 MHz at 9 a.m., noon, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Courtesy photo

Members of the Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club have a way to overcome the social separation issue imposed during the coronavirus—they meet several times a day using their radios. The on-air meetings…

Source: The Acorn

CVARC Holiday Party

The CVARC Holiday Party is coming up fast.  It’s Thursday, December 19 at the Best Western Posada Royale, 1775 Madera Rd in Simi Valley, starting at 6:00.  We’re able to accommodate a few more people, but you must act fast because we have to give the venue a final count within the next few days. 

If you would like to attend the Holiday Party, please email me as soon as possible at ad6sf@cvarc.org  The cost is $27.50 per person.  You can send your payment to PO Box 2093, Thousand Oaks, CA 91358 or bring a check to the party.

The Holiday Party includes appetizers, a delicious buffet dinner, raffle prizes and, of course, we’ll be announcing the winner of the Hugh Bosma Legacy Award.

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2020 CVARC Board of Directors Elected

Outgoing President Stu Forman passes the club’s banners to incoming President Brett Price at the November club meeting.

The 2020 CVARC Board of Directors was elected by members attending the November 21, 2019 general meeting. These board members will serve for one year terms beginning January 1, 2020.

  • President – Brett Price
  • Vice President – Stu Forman
  • Secretary – Bill Willcox
  • Treasurer – Christian Ylagan
  • Education – Kat Hunley
  • Operations – Martin Hickey
  • Public Relations – Paul Van Zuyle
  • Technical Coordinator – Andy Moorwood
  • Editor/Publisher – Andy Ludlum
  • Social – Mike Felio
  • Member at Large – Zak Cohen
  • Member at Large – David Ibarra
  • Member at Large -Diane Wainwood
  • Member at Large – Warren Wegerer

CVARC Holiday Party – Sign Up & Pay Now

Join CVARC members and their spouses at our annual Holiday Party, complete with a buffet dinner, awards and raffle prizes.  The Holiday Party is on Thursday, December 19 starting at 6:00 at the Best Western Posada Royale, 1775 Madera Rd., Simi Valley. The cost is $27.50 per person. Sign up and pay at the November club meeting, or send your payment to CVARC, PO Box 2093, Thousand Oaks, CA 91358 by December 1.

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CVARC Discussion Moving to Groups.io

Recently, Yahoo announced major changes with all Yahoo Groups including our group, CVARC Discussion.  As of October 28th, new content could no longer be uploaded to the site.  All previously posted content on the site will be permanently removed after December 14th.

Obviously, this did not meet our Club’s needs, so we began the process of moving to a new group service, groups.io.  If you are an ACS member, you are already familiar with groups.io.  Other clubs and organizations have made similar moves.

The good thing is you don’t have to do anything to be a part of the CVARC discussion group on groups.io.  The migration has been completed.  If you were a member of the Yahoo group, you should have received an email telling you that your email address has been used to subscribe to the new group.  You can set your preferences for message delivery by going to the group’s home page.

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A Mini DX-pedition to Mt. Pinos

On Saturday, November 2, Andy Moorwood-K3CAQ and Bill Willcox-KF6JQO went on a mini DX-pedition to Mt. Pinos, the mountain in the Los Padres National Forest located on the boundary between Ventura and Kern counties.

The summit of Mt. Pinos is 8,847 feet, making it the highest point in Ventura County. To reach the summit, however, means a three mile hike. Understandably, Bill and Andy chose to operate from the Nordic Base, which is still an elevation of roughly 8,300 feet.

During their two hours on 20M they made a total of 9 contacts, including stations in Ohio, Wisconsin, Vermont, Tennessee, South Carolina, Texas and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Colombia. They reported hearing an operator in Grand Cayman but say they were unable to make the contact.

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DX On 6 Watts And Two Hiking Sticks by Ben Kuo-AI6YR

It’s been repeated again and again by speakers at club meetings: the only bad antenna is no antenna!

For all of the griping and hand wringing by members about how the band conditions are bad, and they are waiting to get a “perfect antenna” to get on the air, it turns out that yes—you can do DX on a horrible, horrible antenna, even on low power (QRP). How do I know this?

How about the Dominican Republic on 6 watts and two hiking sticks (on upper sideband)?

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Next Mini Field Day is Sunday, October 6

CVARC’s next Mini Field Day is set for Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Borchard Community Park, Picnic Area C. 

The park is located at 190 North Reino Road in Newbury Park.  The event officially starts at 1000, but we are allowed to set up as early as 0900.  The event will end at 1400 and we must leave the picnic area by 1430.

Directions: proceed west on Borchard Road, past N. Wendy Drive.  Turn Right on N. Reino Road.  Just past the tennis courts, you should turn right into parking lot.  Picnic Area C is located at the northeast corner of the parking lot.  There is ample space for antennas behind the picnic pavilion.

CVARC Polo Shirts – Order Now!

CVARC will soon be ordering custom embroidered polo shirts.

If you’d like an embroidered navy blue CVARC polo shirt with your call sign like the one shown here, please submit your order ASAP.

The cost is $32.50 for S, M or L; $35.50 for XL, 2XL or 3XL.

Send your payment along with your name, call sign (please print clearly so we can read it) and shirt size to CVARC, P.O. Box 2093, Thousand Oaks, CA 91358, or pay with cash, check or credit card at the September club meeting. Your order and payment MUST be received by the September club meeting.

CVARC Picnic & T-Hunt

The CVARC Picnic and Mini T-Hunt is coming up fast. Bring the family and join fellow CVARC members and their families on Saturday, August 24th from 10 am to 2 pm at Conejo Community Park.

We’re in Picnic Area 1 in the Conejo Community Park.  From W. Gainsborough Road turn right on Jeaunine Drive.  You should see a parking lot on your left across from the Kids Adventure Garden.   Walk down Jeaunine Drive to the picnic area. Click here for a map.

The picnic is partly potluck. CVARC will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and drinks. Members are encouraged to bring side dishes, snacks, paper goods, etc. If you’re planning to attend, please contact Diane Wainwood-KJ6JEJ to let her know the number of people in your party, and what you plan to bring.

Please also remember to bring your yagi antenna. Bring an extra, if you have more than one. Hope to see you there.