November Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 7:30 P.M. at the East County Sheriff’s Station.

Carlos Felix-KD9OLN

Topic: Parachute Mobile – When was the last time you worked 146.520 from 14,500 feet? How about while floating down to earth under a parachute? We’ll meet Carlos Felix-KD9OLN who takes his radio on jumps and has made 2m, 10m, and 20m contacts on the way down.

Special note: if you can’t attend the meeting at the Sheriff’s station you can still participate via ZOOM, details below.

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October Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 7:30 P.M. at the East County Sheriff’s Station.

Ken Larson-KJ6RZ

Topic: Update on the progress of Solar Cycle 25 – Solar Cycle 25 is anticipated to peak with solar maximum occurring between 2023 and 2026. Ken Larson-KJ6RZ discusses where we are in the current solar cycle, implications of what appears to be happening, and what we can expect going forward. The talk also discusses a few of the propagation problems that we can expect , what causes them, and to some extent how we can work around them..

Special note: if you can’t attend the meeting at the Sheriff’s station you can still participate via ZOOM, details below.

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September Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 7:30 P.M. at the East County Sheriff’s Station.

Rick Tate-KQ6NO

Topic: K-4 Technology: ARRL Santa Barbara Section Emergency Coordinator Rick Tate-KQ6NO will demonstrate the Elecraft K-4 and discuss how its direct-sampling technology works. Not long ago, this technology was only found at the very top of the market, but radios such as the Yaesu FT-991A and Icom IC-7300 are a sign that before long this technology will be standard for all HF radios.

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July Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at the East County Sheriff’s Station.

Topic – Go Kits: At least four approaches to mobile operation – go-kits -will be set up and displayed and the advantages of each will be discussed.

Special note: if you can’t attend the meeting at the Sheriff’s station you can still participate via ZOOM, details below.

Members gather as early at 7:00 p.m. to socialize.

The East County Sheriff Station is located at 2101 E. Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks.

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June Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at the East County Sheriff’s Station.

Bill Boyd

Topic – Emergency Preparedness: Bill Boyd, Emergency Manager with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services discusses vital information in a year of unprecedented wildfire risk:  emergency preparedness and communication in Ventura County.  

Special note: if you can’t attend the meeting at the Sheriff’s station you can still participate via ZOOM, details below.

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Technician Licensing Classes

We’re holding another 4-week course preparing for the FCC Amateur Radio Operator’s License, Technician Level on March 5, March 12, March 19 and March 26. The classes will be held on Zoom from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon each day. A textbook and some study before the first class is required.

There is no cost for the course, which will be taught once again by Zak Cohen-N6PK with help from Keith Elliott-W6KME. Testing will be offered by CVARC on April 10th in-person, conditions permitting. There are many options for online testing as well. Finally, a chance to get your significant others, co-workers and friends into amateur radio! Contact w6kme@CVARC.org for information or signups.

February Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. will be conducted via Zoom. Details on how to access the meeting are below.

Tim Duffy-K3LR

Topic Grounding and Bonding: Proper station grounding is important. Tim Duffy-K3LR, CEO of DX Engineering will discuss ways to make sure your station is built using effective grounding and bonding techniques.

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January Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing software. Details on how to access the meeting are below.

“Dr. Jack” Nilsson-N8NDL

Topic COMPACtenna: “Dr. Jack” Nilsson-N8NDL is an inventor of revolutionary antenna science and technology. His various designs are used by many entities including such as the US Secret Service, Washington DC Homeland Security, the Cleveland Clinic Mobile Stroke Ambulance, diverse WiFi and cell phone networks, public service agencies, and ham radio operators. Dr. Nilsson’s  presentation covers his patented small, yet powerful COMPACtenna antennas.

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October Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing software. Details on how to access the meeting are below.

Jason Oleham-KM4ACK

Topic Raspberry Pi For Ham Radio: Jason Oleham-KM4ACK is a fan of the Raspberry Pi – that amazing open-source, single-board computer that’s being incorporated in many ham projects.  Jason has found the Pi’s size and weight make it ideal for use in portable operation needed for his ham radio passion, emergency communication. 

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