President's Message -- A Holiday Message

By Steve Champion, AE6NX

It is traditional, in this season, to look back over the past year and to make resolutions about the coming one. The hobby as a whole has seen some significant events… Hurricane Katrina… More countries dropping CW as a license requirement… Wider 40 Meter allocations (and fewer broadcast stations)… More BPL trials…

My personal ledger, hobby-wise, has been rather less dramatic. It seems that I have done very little actual operating , although I did manage to get my HF mobile set-up working smoothly. I have very much enjoyed using it on long trips as well as occasionally during my commute.

This year Ben & I experimented a bit with a 20m beam and a rotator… the first directional antenna at the NX/NY QTH. We were also given a small multi-band beam which remains partly assembled on our roof. That heads our “To-Do” list for 2006. Both of us started – and did not complete – a couple of construction projects in 2005. Perhaps our New Year’s Resolutions should include some more time at the soldering station

Ben & I visited the Cambridge & District Amateur Radio Club in early 2005. It was interesting to see the workings of another club up-close. This January, we will be in Berlin – partly to do the usual “Tourist Thing” but we hope to also visit at least one club meeting and make the acquaintance of some German hams. Many of the Berlin clubs manage to have a club meeting every week … although I think the choice of a pub as a venue might have something to do with the success of this strategy!

Ben & I have very much enjoyed being on the CVARC Board this year. We are both looking forward to another year on the board.

So, whatever your plans are for the up-coming year - I’d like to wish you and yours “Happy Holidays” and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

73, AE6NX

Steve champion, AE6NX

CVARC Meeting January 12th

Ham Radio at 300 MPH (in a car!)

Ken Walkey, a retired Walt Disney imagineer, has raced all kinds of vehicles, from rails (dragsters) to Bonneville streamliners (class C/BGS) for many years and has enjoyed a life-long love of cars. He spent many of his childhood years in the Burbank area working on hot rods. He was in college when the Korean conflict broke out. He joined the Navy and served a tour in Japan and Korea, followed by three years in Hawaii in an air transport squadron. While stationed on Oahu, he built a “rail” and a ‘50 Ford business coupe for racing with parts shipped over from the mainland. He was also instrumental in forming the Hawaii Timing Association for the first organized drag racing in the islands, at Kahuku.

After leaving the Navy, he came back and went to work at Paramount Pictures, One of his first assignments was to work on the parting of the Red Sea in the Ten Commandments. Meanwhile, Ken was completing classes at the Lockheed Amateur Radio Club where he was licensed as WB6RSP. He enjoyed the challenge of building radios, and the never ending challenge of antennas.

In 1957 he went to work at Walt Disney Productions in the camera service department. During this same time frame he was voted chairman of the of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, San Fernando Valley Chapter. Ken was also a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and attending classes in cinematography at USC. Ken moved to Panavision, Inc. as a mechanical engineer and spent the next ten years with the development of the panaflex camera, the standard of the motion picture industry today. Ken also served on the “Cine Technical Committee of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Science” (think Oscars).

Anxious to compete and break records again, Ken contacted Granada Datsun and obtained sponsorship for a new “lakester” he was building. In 1973, Ken set a new F.I.A. and Bonneville (wheel driven) land speed record in the F/gas lakester class at 186.170 mph, using Datsun engines. In 1976, Ken crashed this vehicle at the Bonneville Salt Flats, severely injuring himself. In 1978, he rebuilt the car and put his sponsor behind the wheel and achieved a 200.005 mph two-way average. His sponsor was now a record-holder and a member of the Bonneville 200 mph club.

In his work life, Ken was busy working on the EPCOT exhibit, then on the design of Splash Mountain. Now an Assistant Chief Mechanical Engineer at Disney, Ken was agonizing on the decision between building at Vari-eze Kit Plane or a new streamliner for land speed racing. In 1989 he took his unpainted streamliner to Bonneville and ran 226 mph right off the trailer. He went on to set many records, and in 1990 joined the 200 mph club with a 289.294 mph two-way run. He has since raised to speed to well over 300 mph, and was inducted into the “Hot Rod Hall of Fame” in 2001. He was also a participant in the first international Land Speed event in Lake Gairdner, South Australia.

Ken remains a significant contributor in the land speed community. He acted as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Southern California Timing Association, as well as the Bonneville Nationals, Inc. He is currently a Technical Inspector at Bonnevillem and is the announcer for the summer meets at El Mirage dry lake in Southern California. He is also a member if the Utah Salt Flats Racers Association (USFRA) where he serves as a inspector and line starter.

Ken’s streamliner, “Grandpa’s Toy”, race car #122 has been retired for the last two years and is looking for a new owner. If you are interested it is at

Ken is now a general class amateur W6RSP and he enjoys working DX on 20m and works the HF bands 10 through 80m

Please join us in welcoming what is sure to be another interesting speaker!

License Examinations On December 11, 2005

By Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR

CVARC hosts FCC License Examinations at 8:30 AM on the second Sunday of even numbered months at the Ventura East County Sheriff Station on Olsen Rd. (near the Reagan Library). CVARC conducts exams for all license classes . Exam candidates must bring a form of government issued photo I.D., the original AND a photocopy of any existing license or Certificate of Exam Element Completion, a Social Security (or government issued Taxpayer I.D.) number, and $14 ARRL VE Exam fee (cash is preferred). No advance reservation is necessary, walk-ins are welcome. Advance notice is needed for special circumstances, such as reading the exam to sight-impaired candidates. If you have any questions, contact CVARC VE Coordinator Jeff Reinhardt at 818-706-3853.

We buy junk, we sell antiques!

This is the last call for items for the Holiday Party Auction. If you have any radio-related items that you would like to donate, please call me Steve at (805) 493-2564. Proceeds will go to the ARRL Toy Drive.

The First Annual CVARC Mini-Auction

By Greg Lane, K7SDW

At the Holiday Party on November 10th we will be having a small auction of radio-related items, in addition to the usual (and ever popular) raffles. The auction is being held primarily as a fun event, rather than a serious fund-raiser. Bring some cash (or a check-book) and be prepared to bid on some of the rare and never-to-be-seen again** items.

** Editor’s note: We are hoping that we never see them again!

Great Food, Company and Prizes Galore
at the CVARC Holiday Happening!

By tom Stough, W0UFC, 2005 Social Chair

Attention CVARC members, guests, significant others and friends:

CVARC Holiday Happening / Potluck Dinner
Saturday, December 10, 2005
1800-2200 PST (6:00-10:00 PM)
Cameron Center
288 Green Meadow Drive, Thousand Oaks


" From the 101 Freeway go south on Lynn Road to Green Meadow Drive
" Turn left (east) on Green Meadow Dr.
" In about 3 blocks, Green Meadow Dr. dead ends into the driveway of the Cameron Center

Carpooling is encouraged, as there are only 32 regular parking spaces and two handicapped spaces. Latecomers may need to park on the Green Meadow cul-de-sac and "hoof it" about a block. The Club will provide a main meat dish of ham and turkey, soft drinks, and plasticware. Please bring your favorite appetizer, side dish, or dessert and RSVP to Tom, or (805) 341-1354. I'll also bring a sign-up sheet to the meeting on November 10.

Now for the really important stuff: the prizes! Raffle tickets are $10 each from Neil Waybright, and are available at the November 10 meeting. Here's the lineup:

Grand Prize: Alinco DX-70 HF/6 Meter Transceiver plus Astron 20 power supply Picture of the radio

Second Prize: ICOM 2100H 50 Watt 2 Meter FM Mobile

Picture of the radio

Third Prize: Alinco DJ-596 2 Meter/440 MHz HT

Picture of the radio

"Red Ticket" Prize (from 2005 monthly meeting raffles) is a "Samlex America SEC1223 23A/13.8V Switching Power Supply"

Youth Prize-for a licensed amateur 18 years of age or under: Alinco DJ-196 2 Meter HT

Come out, support your club and ring in the holidays with your radio friends, spouses and children. See you there!

73, Tom

ARRL Toy Drive Needs your Help

By Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR

The goal of the ARRL/The Salvation Army 2005 Holiday Toy Drive is to brighten the holidays for youngsters displaced or left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Between now and December 10, radio amateurs from all across the US will be collecting new unwrapped toys for boys and girls aged 1 to 14 and sending them with a QSL card (or a card bearing their call sign) to: ARRL Toy Drive/The Salvation Army, 1775 Moriah Woods Blvd--Suite 12, Memphis, TN 38117-7125. Gifts already have begun to show up in Memphis from all over the US.

ARRL invites its members to send cash donations, if they prefer, to: ARRL Toy Drive, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. The League is asking all radio amateurs to make the holiday season a little bit brighter for kids affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

"The hams who were in the Gulf Coast returned with stories of devastated families and children," Pitts noted. "Perhaps we cannot save the whole world, but as the holiday season gets closer, we are showing the best traits of a long history of service to others when we remember those children. Sending a new toy is a minor inconvenience and expense to most of us, but to the child on the other end it can mean everything."

Event Calendar 2005

Dec. 10 CVARC Holiday Party CVARC Party at the Cameron Center
Dec. 11 FCC License Exam Begins at 8:30 am at East County Sheriff's Station
Jan 1, 2006 ARRL Strait Key Night ARRL Strait Key Contest
Jan 7 - 8 ARRL RTTY Round-Up ARRL RTTY Contest
Jan 12 CVARC Club Meeting General CVARC Club Meeting
Jan 21 - 23 ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes ARRL VHF Contest
Feb 9 CVARC Club Meeting General CVARC Club Meeting
Feb 12 FCC License Exam Begins 8:30 am at East County Sheriff’s Station
Feb 13 - 17 School Club Roundup ARRL School Club Contest
Feb 18 - 19 ARRL International CW DX ARRL International DX Contest (CW)
Mar 9 CVARC Club Meeting General CVARC Club Meeting

Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service

Ventura County Area 2 R.A.C.E.S. members are encouraged to check in every Tuesday night at 7:00 pm on the Area 2 Check-in Net. Specific ARES/RACES times and frequencies are as follows:

ARES/RACES Times And Frequencies

Area Time Mode Frequency Pl Repeater
County 7:30-8 pm Voice 146.880 - 127.3 WA6ZTT
County 7:30-8 pm Voice 224.020 - 127.3 WB6ZTR
County Before 6:30 pm Packet 145.710 No pl Hospital Net
County RACES Simplex Voice 147.570 No pl ____
Area 1 7:00-7:30 pm Voice 147.930 - 127.3 WB6WEY
Area 2 7:00-7:30 pm Voice 146.850 - 94.8 Grissom - K6AER
Area 2 Simplex Voice 147.555 No pl ___
Area 2 Backup Repeater Voice 147.885 - 127.3 Bozo - N6JMI
Area 2 Amgen Repeater Voice 449.440 - 131.8 KE6SWS
Area 3 7:15-7:30 pm Voice 147.915 - 127.3 WB6ZTQ
Area 4 7:15-7:30 pm Voice 146.970 - 127.3 WB6YQN
Area 5 7:00-7:30 pm Voice 145.400 - No pl N6FL
Area 6 7:00-7:30 pm Voice 147.975 - 127.3 N6AHI
Area 7 7:00-7:30 pm Voice 146.985 - 127.3 WB6ZTX
Area 8 7:00-7:30 pm Voice 145.280 - 100 KN6OK
6 Meter 6:45-7:00 pm Voice 052.980 - 082.5 K6SMR

Net Control operations for the weekly ARES/RACES Area 2 check-in is run from the ARES/RACES communications center at East County Cheriff Station on Olsen Road each Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Visitors are welcome and have the opportunity to operate the station equipment. Contact Jerry Goldman KC6SO ( 805) 241-9187 if you plan to attend. RACES members, should remember that their RACES card is issued for only two years. When your card is due to expire call Jackie ( 805) 646-2551 at the Office of Emergency Services in Ventura to renew your card. For questions concerning ARES/RACES call Area 2 Emergency Coordinator Ken Larson KJ6RZ ( 805) 495-9435 or go to the ARES/RACES secion of the CVARC website at


President Steve Champion AE6NX (805) 493-2564
Vice President Greg Lane K7SDW (805) 498-0454
Secretary Noel Van Slyke K6NVS (805)482-3744
Treasurer Mike Pershing KD6IJF (805)493-1934
Editor/Publisher Ken Larson KJ6RZ (805)495-9435
Operations Rory Eikland KG6HCU (805)493-4949
Education Karl Moody AE6TO (805)523-0622
Public Relations Jeff Reinhardt AA6JR (818)706-3853
Technical Hugh Bosma KF6WVZ (805)498-1987
Social Tom Stough W0UFC (805) 373-6836
Member-at-Large Ben Champion AE6NY (805) 493-2564
Member-at-Large Neil Waybright KG6QEL (805) 517-2962


ARRL Southwestern Division Director: Richard Norton, N6AA
ARRL Southwestern Division Vice Director: Ned Stearns, AA7A  
ARRL Santa Barbara Section Manager: Robert Griffin, K6YR, 1436 Johnson Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (805)543-3346)
ARRL VUCC (VHF/UHF Century Club) Certification: Peter Heins, N6ZE (805)496-1315

The Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club is an ARRL affiliated Special Service Club. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Meeting location is at the Elks Lodge, 158 Conejo School Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA. Meetings start at 7:30 pm. with a pre-meeting social and technical assistance session, for those who are interested at 7:15 pm. Meetings are open to the public, and members are encouraged to bring their friends.

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Editors: Ken and Paula Larson