In Memoriam

Melissa Reinhardt, KD6BIT SK

CVARC member Melissa S. Reinhardt, a marketing and advertising executive with close ties to the amateur radio industry passed away peacefully on November 9, 2018 after an 11-year battle with cancer.

Her ever-present smile was often seen at Dayton and regional hamfests. Over the years she created promotional programs for AOR, Alinco, Kantronics, U.S. Tower and others. She served clients in many other disciplines including manufacturing, sporting goods and financial services. Through her career, she won several national and regional awards for advertising excellence. Continue reading “In Memoriam”

Holiday Party and Raffle Tickets

The CVARC Holiday Party is December 13 at the Best Western Posada Royale on Madera Road in Simi Valley.   The cost is $30/person.  The club meeting on Thursday, November 15th is the best time to sign up and pay for your tickets.  If you are not attending this month’s meeting, you can send a check, payable to Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club, to P.O. Box 2093, Thousand Oaks, CA 91358 by December 1st.

There will be TWO Raffles at the Holiday Party:  One prize is a $350 DX Engineering Gift Card.  Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25.  You can buy tickets at the club meeting.  Winner need not be present.  The second raffle uses all the raffle tickets purchased throughout the year.  The prize is a gently used mobile rig that was donated to the club:  A Yaesu FT-100 (HF + 2m/440).   It originally retailed for $895.  One sold last month on eBay for $599.99.  The prize package includes two external speakers, a travel tuner, an SWR meter, power supply, cables, ground straps and mounting hardware and more.  All total, this is probably a $7-800 prize package.  For this raffle, winner must be present.

 

Have Fun with CW

By Norm Campbell-AB6ET

Turn on your radio.  Get on the air.  Have fun.  It’s that simple.

CW is no longer required for licensing, it’s not used for commercial messages, and there are many other forms of communication that are more reliable, faster, and easier.  We are free to do CW just for the historical value of it and for the fun of it. Continue reading “Have Fun with CW”

November Club Meeting Information

The next regular club meeting is Thursday, November 15, 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:  Ham Radio Apps for Cell Phones:  Stu Forman-AD6SF will lead a discussion about the many ham radio apps available for the iPhone and Android cellphone platforms.  The apps range from testing, reference and logging tools to APRS trackers and streaming-audio software such as Echolink.

Raffle Prizes: 31 ft. Heavy Duty Fiberglass Telescopic Pole, Ham-it-up Plus Upconverter, ARRL’s Magnetic Loop Antenna Book

Pre-Meeting Dinner: Join fellow club members for a pre-meeting dinner, at 5:00 pm, at Yolanda’s, 590 East LA Avenue, Simi Valley, 805-306-9933.

Upcoming CVARC Programs

October Meeting Summary

The meeting began at 7:30 with the Pledge of Allegiance.  First time visitors were welcomed, as were several newly licensed hams.  Thanks to Mike Felio-K6MJF for bringing the coffee, and Mark Horner-KK6IKX and Jim Inman-KB6JI for bringing cookies.

The recent Mini-Field Day & Picnic was a success.  Thanks to Steve-KZ6H and Mike-K6MJF.  The next Mini-Field Day & Picnic will be January 26 to coincide with the ARRL Winter Field Day. Continue reading “October Meeting Summary”