April Club Meeting

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

John Kitchens-NS6X

Topic ARRL Update: Getting More from Your Membership – Santa Barbara Section Manager John Kitchens updates us a new emphasis at ARRL to enhance member services.

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.

Upcoming CVARC Programs

2022 General License Class to Be Held in July

We’re holding another 4-week course preparing for the FCC Amateur Radio Operator’s License, General  Level on Saturdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 from 8:00 AM to Noon.

Bill Willcox-KF6JQO

There is no cost for the course, which will be taught by Bill Willcox-KF6JQO with help from Keith Elliott-W6KME. Testing will be offered by CVARC on August 14th. To register, contact Keith-W6KME at keith@w6kme.org.

Community Room, East County Sheriff’s Station

2101 East Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA

President’s Message

Hello CVARC members, families, and guests!

Ed Zimmermann-N6XEW

It is with great pleasure and excitement that our CVARC General Meeting will be held IN PERSON, March 17th, the first time in two years!  I am looking forward to meeting all of you.
The guest speaker will be our very own Bill Wilcox. He will be discussing ways to reduce radio interference on Field Day. Check the CVARC website for meeting details.

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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.

March Club Meeting To Be Held At Sheriff’s Station

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

Bill Willcox-KF6JQO

Topic Interference-Busting Strategies for Field Day: Bill Willcox-KF6JQO shares the results of his research and testing on ways to reduce interference when many radios operate at one site, such as with our typical Field Day setup.  Bill shares tips on reducing interference not just from the radio to the antenna but also from the antenna connection through the radio.  He’ll also share his list of Field Day interference self-defense strategies.

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President’s Message

Hello CVARC members, families, and guests!

Ed Zimmermann-N6XEW

We had a great start to the new year! Our CVARC January General Meeting speaker was Dr. Jack Nilsson-N8NDL owner and inventor of the COMPACtenna. I have one and find it to be a surprisingly good performing antenna for the extremely compact size of 9 inches!  Several members of the club have purchased the antenna and are getting good results.

Winter Field Day was Saturday January 29th at Dos Vientos Park. The event was well attended by members and visitors, including two new club members! Thank you to Martin Hickey-AJ6CL for securing the park and seeing that everyone was fed. A well-fed HAM is a happy HAM. Our next event will be the Spring Fling in April. More details will be coming at the next club meeting.  

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