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!

73,

Brad-W6VO

President’s Message

Brad Ormsby-W6VO

I hope everyone who got to attend the CVARC Picnic in August had a fun and enjoyable time.  Our thanks go out to Martin Hickey-AJ6CL for organizing the event and Mike Felio-KM6EII for providing the great food and drinks.  Mark your calendars for a “bigger repeat”, October 9th for our Mini Field Day.

CVARC BOARD:  Your Board is in the process of putting together a Slate of Offices for next year.  If you have an interest in participating or know of someone that might want to be involved, please contact one of our Board members.

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President’s Message

Brad Ormsby-W6VO  

As we dance the Covid-19 and the Delta Variant we hope you stay safe and avoid the miseries of being sick. Unfortunately, we have had a few members that have not been so lucky. We wish them a speedy recovery on the road to feeling good again.

CVARC PICNIC: On August 28th we will be having our picnic at Dos Vientos Park.  Come out and play radio, eat great food and drink your favorite soft drink.

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Field Day:  This year we were back in person!  I hope you got a chance to come out to this year’s Field Day site.  It was a fun event and great to see everyone.  We had several visitors; Sheriff Ayub, our new Thousand Oaks Commander, Thousand Oaks Mayor, Claude Bill-de la Pena, Dick Norton, ARRL Southwest Director, to name a few.  We had our annual BBQ which was fabulous and prepared by our own Mike Felio.  On behalf of the club, thank you Mike for all your hard work, it was a great success!

Meeting Location Details: We have not been given the green light to return to the Sheriff’s Station yet, so we will be continuing our meetings via Zoom until further notice. 

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President’s Message

Brad Ormsby-W6VO

With the passing of our President, Brett Price KM6VFW-SK we mourn the loss of a great leader of our club and a friend to all of us.  It reminds us to make the best of every day and enjoy life to the fullest.

Our Next Club Meeting, June 17th  at 7:00 p.m. We will have Dr. Tamitha Skov-WX6SWW known as the Space Weather Woman talk to us about Cycle 25 and how technology like our cell phones, GPS (GNSS), and other Satellite services are susceptible to the effects of space weather.  You don’t want to miss this program.  Please click here for more details.

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President’s Message

Brett Price-KM6VFW

Your Board Members have met and determined to cancel the March 19, 2020 meeting for the protection of our membership. 

Given the recommendation of federal, state and local health authorities regarding efforts to avoid contracting coronavirus (COVID-19), including social distancing, among others, the demographics of our membership, the virulent and aggressive nature of this disease, and your Board’s desire to help our members to avoid contamination, we believe this is the best decision for CVARC and its membership. This decision was difficult but necessary. We hope to resume meetings in April or May, depending upon facts and circumstances relating to coronavirus.

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Wow, what a great weekend of radio fun!

This past weekend was the 54th Annual California QSO Party.  This was my second year participating.  I operated for about 7 hours, over the two days, and I managed to make contacts in 26 California counties, 27 states, 3 Canadian provinces and two other foreign countries (France and Honduras).  79 contacts in all.  I worked fellow CVARC member Bob Hughes-K6HHW and heard Norm Campbell-AB6ET as we both tried to work an Italian station.  I also heard Pete Heins-N6ZE.  Hopefully other CVARC members were in on the fun, especially those who recently upgraded to General.

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We had a great turnout at the Picnic and Mini T-Hunt yesterday.  Thanks to Bill Willcox-KF6JQO for making the arrangements, Diane Wainwood-KJ6JEJ for organizing the potluck, Mike Felio-K6MJF for doing an amazing job with the BBQ, and Norm Goodkin-K6YXH for supplying the transmitter and running the t-hunt.  It was great to see so many members using their Yagi antennas.  I know many people had success in finding the transmitter, although it wasn’t easy.  It sounds like people enjoyed the hunt.  I hope we can make this an annual event.  I posted some photos from the picnic yesterday.  Be sure to look for those.

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“Two Alpha?”  “No, 20 Alpha…  2-0.”  “20 Alpha?!?!  Wow!”  If you spent any time operating as AA6CV on Field Day, you undoubtedly experienced this.  Probably more than once.  We have a lot to be proud of. 

Every year CVARC has a very impressive Field Day operation; the tents, the number of stations, the antenna farm… the BBQ alone was an impressive undertaking.  Working Phone, Digital and CW on eight bands, we made over 1000 contacts in 72 different Sections, 53 States and Provinces, and 15 countries.  Wow!

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