CVARC’s next project build is scheduled for Saturday, December 15. Adrian Jarrett-K6KY will assist CVARC members in building a Magnetic Loop Antenna. The cost of the materials will be $110 or $175, depending on the capacitor chosen by the builder.
An easy to build, 6m halo antenna. By Adrian Jarrett-K6KY
The Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club was looking for project ideas for the members. Early in 2017 the Radio Society of Great Britain published a 2-meter band halo design, which looked easy and fun to build. This was chosen as one of the club’s projects. However, the Conejo Valley is surrounded by hills, and so long haul 2m may be a bit problematical. That, and after having a great time in summer 2017 on 6m sporadic E, first with JT65 in the June ARRL VHF contest, and then with FT8, a 6m halo seemed like a worthy project. The Continue reading “6 Meter Halo Antenna Project”
The next regular club meeting is Thursday, September 20, 2018 (always the third Thursday) at the East County Sheriff’s Station’s Community Room 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks at 7:30 pm.
Talk-in coordination is on the Bozo repeater, 147.885 ( – 127.3).
Topic/Guest Speaker: What’s New With the ARRL? John Kitchens-NS6X, the new Santa Barbara Section Manager for the American Radio Relay League will talk about the activities of the only association representing amateur radio operators at the federal level. There are 1100 hams in the Santa Barbara section which consists of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. John will welcome your questions about the many activities and services of the national organization.
Raffle Prizes: TUBE coax line isolator choke, Nagoya NA-771 1.6 inch whip antenna, Dr. Meter 48-watt soldering station
Pre-Meeting Dinner: Join fellow club members for a pre-meeting dinner, at 5:00 pm, at Szechuan Garden, 484 E. Los Angeles Avenue in Moorpark, 805-517-1930.
About a dozen members met at Don Cuco’s in Moorpark for the pre-meeting dinner.
The meeting began at 7:30 with the Pledge of Allegiance. First time visitors were welcomed, and newly license hams and those who upgraded their licenses were acknowledged. Thanks given to Mike Felio-KM6EII for bringing the coffee, and to Joe Sprissler-AI6MW for bringing the cookies.
New Website – New content will be added throughout the month; @CVARC.com email addresses are available to members who are interested; There are sections that allow comments. Just like the newsletter, please send us anything you’d like included on the website. Continue reading “August Meeting Summary”
CVARC is offering free classes to help you prepare for the Amateur Radio License exams. We are currently offering classes for the TECHNICIAN (Entry Level) and GENERAL (Intermediate Level) Licenses.
All classes will be at the East County Sheriff’s Station Community Room, 2101 E. Olsen Road, in Thousand Oaks.
TECHNICIAN LICENSE CLASSES
Classes are held over four Saturdays, September 22, 29, October 6* and 13, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM
GENERAL LICENSE CLASSES
Classes are held over five Saturdays, September 15, 22, 29, October 6* and 13, from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Continue reading “License Training Classes Return in September”
By Norm Campbell-AB6ET
Each band has its own personality and characteristics. The sun and ionosphere, as well as other factors, cause the HF bands to be different during the day or at night and also at different times of the year. Getting on the air is the best way to find out what works and what doesn’t. Pick a band, get on it, stay with it for a while. Tune around, move up and down across the band. Try different times of day.
HF bands are not quiet and solid copy like VHF/UHF FM simplex or repeaters. It takes a good ear to successfully hear HF signals. SSB has its own sound. CW has its own sound. Mix in QSB, noise, interference, other band conditions, and you have some listening to do to gain skill on HF. Continue reading “Personalities of HF Bands”
By Ben Kuo, AI6YR
“CQ CQ CQ… CQ Summits on the Air, Summits on the Air… This is Alpha India Six Yankee Romeo, calling Summits on The Air…”
There I was, standing on the peak of the highest point in New England, Mt. Washington, known for some of the worst weather in the world, braving at least a 40 mph wind in forty degree weather and not making any contacts. The peak, the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River, sits at 6,288 feet, and is known for one of the fastest wind speeds ever recorded on the surface of the Earth, 231 miles per hour, recorded in April 12, 1934. The peak is also well known for being on the Appalachian Trail. Continue reading “Amateur Radio and Mt. Washington: The Highest, Coldest Point in New England”
The ham shack and portable operations of Josue Ballesta Ascano of North York, Ontario, Canada. Continue reading “The Ham Cam”
9 members met for the pre-meeting dinner at Junkyard Café in Simi Valley.
The meeting began at 7:30 with the Pledge of Allegiance. First time visitors were welcomed, and newly licensed hams and those who recently upgraded their licenses were acknowledged.
Thanks to Steve Gillis-KZ6H for bringing the coffee, and Stu Forman-KK6VYS brought the cookies.
It’s been great seeing so many new faces, these last few months. If you have questions, there are a lot of Elmers in this room, and many Continue reading “July Meeting Summary”