Saturday Morning Radio School: Nets and Netiquette

This week’s Saturday Morning Radio School begins at 10 A.M. on Zoom.

May 1st: Nets and Netiquette with Rick Tate-KQ6NO. Rick is the Section Emergency Coordinator for the ARRL’s Santa Barbara Section (which includes Ventura County) and Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Ventura County. He’ll discuss proper order and etiquette during all sorts of nets. A good refresher for the veteran net users and the recent Technician Class graduates alike!

Here are the Zoom meeting details:

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/j/91055491273?pwd=M3dzYS85RlU4TndGc2d0UjA1dFNvUT09

Meeting Number: 910 5549 1273

Password: jaCC2H

Contact: Keith Elliott at W6KME@CVARC.org

May Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting on May 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing software as we continue meeting remotely to combat the spread of COVID-19. Details on how to access the meeting are below.

Martin Hickey-AJ6CL

Topic – Field Day 2021: CVARC Operations Chair Martin Hickey-AJ6CL outlines the plans for the club’s Field Day.

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CVARC Spring Fling Set for Sunday!

CVARC is planning a special amateur radio event for the afternoon of Sunday, April 11th

While the pandemic still makes it impossible for us to get together in person, we hope to keep the spirit of camaraderie and togetherness alive among hams in the Conejo Valley with the CVARC Spring Fling.

The idea of the CVARC Spring Fling is to hold a series of events connecting hams over the air and on Zoom.

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April Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing software as we continue meeting remotely to combat the spread of COVID-19. Details on how to access the meeting are below.

Keith Elliott-W6KME

Topic – Educating Hams: Keith Elliott-W6KME, CVARC’s Education Director previews some exciting new additions to the club’s education program including the Saturday Morning Radio School, a series of short presentations of interest not only to new hams, but also to experienced hams wanting to learn more about new mode or technique.

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Saturday Morning Radio School: Winlink

This week’s Saturday Morning Radio School begins at 10 A.M. on Zoom.

March 20th: Winlink with Andy Moorwood-K3CAQ and Keith Elliott-W6KME. Winlink is a program and system that connects amateur radio to the worldwide email system. We will talk about how it’s used by ARES and ACS as well as USGS (for earthquake research) and the Red Cross.  It can be a great tool for ALL hams during major emergencies as well as things like local blackouts.

Here are the Zoom meeting details:

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/j/91055491273?pwd=M3dzYS85RlU4TndGc2d0UjA1dFNvUT09

Meeting Number: 910 5549 1273

Password: jaCC2H

Contact: Keith Elliott at W6KME@CVARC.org

Saturday Morning Radio School: Summits on the Air (SOTA)

This week’s Saturday Morning Radio School begins at 10 A.M. on Zoom.

March 13th: Summits on the Air (SOTA) with Paul Van Zuyle-K6PVZ. SOTA involves taking radios to various peaks, locally and around the world, and “activating” them by making radio contacts. It also involves people down below finding and talking to the people on the peaks…there is something for everyone.

Here are the Zoom meeting details:

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/j/91055491273?pwd=M3dzYS85RlU4TndGc2d0UjA1dFNvUT09

Meeting Number: 910 5549 1273

Password: jaCC2H

Contact: Keith Elliott at W6KME@CVARC.org

Saturday Morning Radio School: Emergency Communications

This week’s Saturday Morning Radio School begins at 10 A.M. on Zoom.

March 6th: Emergency Communications with Zak Cohen-N6PK. A look at emcomm activities in Ventura County, especially in our Area 2, and a discussion of the other ways our radios can help us in emergencies.

Here are the Zoom meeting details:

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/j/91055491273?pwd=M3dzYS85RlU4TndGc2d0UjA1dFNvUT09

Meeting Number: 910 5549 1273

Password: jaCC2H

Contact: Keith Elliott at W6KME@CVARC.org

March Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing software as we continue meeting remotely to combat the spread of COVID-19. Details on how to access the meeting are below.

Topic – New Battery Technology: Kevin Zanjani of Bioenno Power of Santa Ana will tell us about state-of-the-art LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate-LiFePO4) batteries which are safer, longer lasting and more efficient than the batteries we have been used in the past. These batteries work well with small solar panels and are popular with hams for remote and Field Day use.

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Technician License Course Begins March 27

Zak Cohen-N6PK, is teaching our annual Amateur Radio License Course, Technician’s Level for 2021. This is the license that is the gateway to the entire amateur radio universe! You’ll also have a chance to meet various members of CVARC and be invited to our other activites. The dates will be:

Orientation: Saturday, March 27th, 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
Course: Saturdays, April 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th, 8:00 A.M. to Noon

Register for the class by emailing CVARC’s Education Director Keith Elliott-W6KME at W6KME@CVARC.org.

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CVARC 2021 Ham Radio License Course Dates Announced

In 2021 we are holding three courses of classes, one for each license level. All of the classes run from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon on Saturdays and are held in a Zoom meeting. There is a shorter orientation class one week before the start of the main course. Due to COVID-19, CVARC is not holding in-person license exams at this time, but information will be given during the classes about taking the exam online. As soon as we are able to use our normal location at the East County Sheriff’s Station, we will shift from Zoom to the classroom and resume in-person testing.

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