President’s Message

Hello CVARC members, families, and guests!

Ed Zimmermann-N6XEW

Woah, it has been a hot week. Stay out of the sun, stay hydrated and be prepared for flex alerts and grid and equipment failures.  Where I am in Newbury Park, we have experienced two unscheduled power outages in the past week.  Each outage was greater than 4 hours.

The CVARC General meeting last month was about batteries, solar and emergency power, which was very timely as September is National Preparedness Month. Visit https://www.ready.gov for more detailed information and guides. In the past, Southern Californians have been conditioned to prepare for earthquakes. Well, times have changed and if anything, the last three years have shown us that evacuations due to fires are now a reality. With the aging electrical infrastructure and greater demand, power outages are becoming more common.  

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President’s Message

Hello CVARC members, families, and guests!

Ed Zimmermann-N6XEW


The CVARC General meeting last month was awesome! It was about go kits, we had no less than 15 go kits on display. It was great to see all the different kits and talk to the builders.
Thank you to all who brought in your builds.


At our August 18th CVARC General Meeting at the East County Sheriff Station, the topic will be Emergency Backup Power. A panel will discuss several approaches to emergency power including home-brew solar/battery set ups, UPS, and other power storage and generation systems. If your E-power is mobile, bring it to the meeting. It is going to be an interesting discussion. I will be bringing my portable 1700 Wh home brew battery power and describe how I use it both in the home and portable.

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President’s Message

Hello CVARC members, families, and guests!

N6XEW in action on Field Day.

It’s now July, I have seen my first June bug!  CVARC Field Day 2022 at Lake Sherwood, Saturday and Sunday June 25-26, was well attended by our local officials, guests and many members. Propagation was memorable, it was non-existent. Regardless, a great time was had by all and a special thanks to Mike Felio-K6MJF, Kat Hunley-KK6VQN, Robert Hunley-KK6VQO and Bill Wilcox-KF6JQO, for a most excellent BBQ.  It was a feast for the record books. A big thank you to all who worked behind the scenes to get it all setup and torn down! To Gary Bostrup-KM6DMM, who secured our site, and of course, Martin Hickey-AJ6CL whose excellent work kept us all moving in the same direction. Martin, thank you!

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President’s Message

Hello CVARC members, families, and guests!

Ed Zimmermann-N6XEW

It’s June and you know what that means? That’s right, June bugs!  Have not seen any yet, but I know they are out there. And speaking of out there, Field Day 2022 is upon us! Friday June 24th is setup, Saturday June 25th and Sunday the 26th are the operating days. Come out to the Lake Sherwood field and join us. With solar number on the way up, propagation should make for a very memorable Field Day. If you would like to volunteer or participate, please contact Martin-AJ6CL. Check the CVARC.ORG website for more information.

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President’s Message

Hello CVARC members, families, and guests!

Ed Zimmermann-N6XEW

It was great to have our March CVARC General Meeting in person at the East County Sheriff Station. The meeting was well attended, and it was great to see everyone. At our April 21st meeting we will have Santa Barbara Section Manager John Kitchens. The topic will be: ARRL Update: Getting More from Your Membership – a new emphasis at ARRL to enhance member services. Check the website for meeting details.

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President’s Message

Hello CVARC members, families, and guests!

Ed Zimmermann-N6XEW

It is with great pleasure and excitement that our CVARC General Meeting will be held IN PERSON, March 17th, the first time in two years!  I am looking forward to meeting all of you.
The guest speaker will be our very own Bill Wilcox. He will be discussing ways to reduce radio interference on Field Day. Check the CVARC website for meeting details.

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President’s Message

Hello CVARC members, families, and guests!

Ed Zimmermann-N6XEW

We had a great start to the new year! Our CVARC January General Meeting speaker was Dr. Jack Nilsson-N8NDL owner and inventor of the COMPACtenna. I have one and find it to be a surprisingly good performing antenna for the extremely compact size of 9 inches!  Several members of the club have purchased the antenna and are getting good results.

Winter Field Day was Saturday January 29th at Dos Vientos Park. The event was well attended by members and visitors, including two new club members! Thank you to Martin Hickey-AJ6CL for securing the park and seeing that everyone was fed. A well-fed HAM is a happy HAM. Our next event will be the Spring Fling in April. More details will be coming at the next club meeting.  

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President’s Message

Happy New Year CVARC members, families, and guests!

Ed Zimmermann-N6XEW


I am honored to be your new CVARC President for the coming year. A big thank you to all the 2021 Board Members who worked to keep everything moving forward during this unprecedented time.  With 2021 now in the books (and not a day too soon), the past two years have been unlike any I can remember. When our neighborhoods all but shut down, our ham community stepped up, big time! Whether checking in with members to make sure all was well; to more frequent nets, zoom classes and zoom meetings, our members made a difference.

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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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