General License Classes Begin on Zoom in September

The Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club is hosting remote General (Level 2) License classes consisting of 5 weekly sessions.

The classes will use the Zoom video conferencing software. Download it free here: https://zoom.us/. Practice setting up a meeting (also free) and get familiar with the software BEFORE the classes start. You will also need a computer with video camera and microphone either built-in or attached.

Class dates: Saturday September 19, 26, October 3, 10 and 17

Class time: 8:00 am – Noon

Register for this class by emailing the CVARC Education Director at: K6VQN@arrl.net

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Amateur Extra Licensing Classes Begin in November

The Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club is hosting an Amateur Extra (Level 3) License class consisting of 5 weekly sessions.

Class dates: November 7, 14, 21, 28 and December 5

Time: 8:00 am – Noon

Classes held at:  East County Sheriff’s Station Community Room, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks

The Amateur Extra classes are in-person only and subject to changes in the COVID-19 situation. To register, email the CVARC Education Director at: K6VQN@arrl.net.

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August Club Meeting Information

The next regular club meeting on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing software as we continue social distancing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. Details on how to access the meeting are below.

Stu Sheldon-AG6AG

Topic: “I Just Got My Amateur Radio License…Now What?” Stu Sheldon-AG6AG has a presentation aimed at new hams.  Stu offers common sense advice on a variety to topics from buying the right radio, setting up antennas as well as suggestions on activities where you can put your new ham privileges to good use.  And as always, CVARC Elmers will chip in with their best tips.

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August 222MHz and Up Distance Contest

From the top of Tarantula Hill, N6ZE/R made a few evening contacts on 70 cm, including one with W6JWP.

By Pete Heins-N6ZE

For several reasons, the August 222MHz and Up Distance Contest was a unique and different contest for me. Several clubs in the local area had made special plans to help less experienced hams gain operating experience by utilizing 2 meter handhelds and mobile rigs to make QSOs during this year’s COVID-19-modified Field Day. They also encouraged operation on 6 and 2 meters during the “CQ VHF Contest.” For this reason, I heavily promoted this year’s “ARRL 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest” to encourage local area stations to participate and gain more experience in this part of the hobby.

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Saturday Swap Meet Taking Off

The on-air swap meet after the Saturday morning “Bored Net” is growing with new items added every week. The swap meet is managed by Keith Elliott-W6KME and follows the 9 A.M. net on the Bozo repeater (147.885, minus offset, 127.3.) Check out available items through this link to an updated spreadsheet. Contact Keith at W6KME@arrl.net for more information.

August 9th VE Session Cancelled

The August 9th VE session has been cancelled. We still do not have access to the Community Room at the East County Sheriff’s Station.  Other (outdoor) locations are not yet available and our first priority is to provide a safe environment for both examinees and VEs.

If you are interested in getting a license or an upgrade, you do have the option a taking a fully-remote exam. The program runs well and you should be able to get a license/upgrade in a timely manner. Because of the complexity of setting up these testing sessions, they do ask that only examinees who are consistently passing practice exams sign up for the remote exams. For more information go to https://blog.hamstudy.org/2020/06/so-you-want-to-take-a-remote-exam/.

For more information contact the CVARC VE Coordinator Andy Ludlum-K6AGL at k6agl@cvarc.org

Ham radio and emergency comms: Filling the USGS ‘donut hole’; (via ITU News)

By Adam Davidson, W9AS (This article is republished with permission of the author and the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation, Inc.)

On July 2nd, shortly before midnight local time in Hawaii, a dozen amateur radio operators did something nobody had ever done before—something that shows the best in amateur radio and could herald a transformation in the role ‘hams’ (another name

Source: ITU News