On Wednesday evening, April 22, 2020, the 70 cm Spring SPRINT served as a “highlight of the day” to escape today’s issues. The weather was great: T-shirt weather, with calm winds and great visibility. The activity level was a pleasant surprise with many stations worked throughout Ventura County.
As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, there have been 2,075 total check ins to the informal nets, called the “Auxiliary Bored Meetings,” running four times daily on the Bozo repeater. In addition to the nets, local hams have been gathering a couple of times a week on Zoom for internet chats. Details are announced on the daily nets and on this website.
The gatherings take place seven days a week at 09:00, 12:00, 18:00 and 21:00 local time except Sundays and Tuesdays at 18:00 to avoid conflicts with other networks on Bozo. The Bozo repeater is linked with Paul Strauss’ (WD6EBY) repeater network for the 09:00 and the 21:00 meetups giving full Ventura County coverage.
The next club meeting on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing software due to Ventura County’s “Stay Well at Home” emergency order to combat the spread of COVID-19. Please read on for information on how to access this meeting.
Topic/Guest Speakers – Amateur Radio on the International Space Station: Norm Thorn -K6UU discusses ARISS, a competitive program for schools to propose special science and space education programs in conjunction with contacting an astronaut aboard the International Space Station via amateur radio. Most ARISS events worldwide lately have been postponed indefinitely, due to social distancing requirements and stay at home orders. Norm will discuss efforts to develop working online approaches to doing events even if the students are at home in quarantine. He will touch on some of the things they are looking at to deal with the situation.
I operated from a local Thousand Oaks hilltop (DM04ne) during the first two hours of the Spring 2 Meter SPRINT, which was held on Monday evening, April 6th. Hint: To increase one’s VHF/UHF score go to the highest hilltop you can access!
I made 23 QSOs in 3 Grids. Score is 69. I contacted DM04 (19 QSO), DM03 (1 QSO), & DM13 (3 QSO).
I also heard K6MYC in DM07 (205 miles), north of Fresno and N6RMJ in DM25 (257 miles), in the Northwest corner of Arizona. Not one peep was heard from DM12, DM14, CM94, or CM95.
The CVARC VE session scheduled to be held Sunday, April 19 at 8:30 a.m. at the East Valley Sheriff Station has been cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The next scheduled CVARC exam session is set for June 14, conditions permitting. — Jeff Reinhardt-AA6JR CVARC VE Session Coordinator
The Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club’s Technician (Level 1) License class scheduled for four Saturdays, March 21, 28, April 11 and 18 has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the state and local expectation of social distancing and the restrictions on public gatherings. There are no plans to reschedule at this time.
Your Board Members have met and determined to cancel the March 19, 2020 meeting for the protection of our membership.
Given the recommendation of federal, state and local health authorities regarding efforts to avoid contracting coronavirus (COVID-19), including social distancing, among others, the demographics of our membership, the virulent and aggressive nature of this disease, and your Board’s desire to help our members to avoid contamination, we believe this is the best decision for CVARC and its membership. This decision was difficult but necessary. We hope to resume meetings in April or May, depending upon facts and circumstances relating to coronavirus.
In an abundance of caution over being able to provide a safe meeting environment for our members, we have decided to cancel the March 19, 2020 CVARC meeting. We hope to reschedule the program for later in the year. The CVARC Board of Directors will consider the advice and direction of county, state and federal health experts on COVID-19 and make decisions about the rest of the club meetings going forward. Please look for updated information on this website, on our newsgroup at groups.io and on the CVARC Facebook page. Please direct any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CVARC is now recruiting those interested in participating in Field Day during the weekend of June 27th and 28th this year.
Band captains, operators and support personnel are all needed. Field Day is a great way to learn from mentors and experienced hams. If you have never attended Field Day, we encourage you to participate for the fun, fellowship with fellow hams and an opportunity to learn about the many different aspects of our hobby.
If you have experience with Field Day, we need you again this year! Historically, CVARC has been proud to run the largest Field Day operation in the country. Learn about emergency preparedness and how to make contacts all over the U.S. and the world!
If you are interested in getting involved and having a great time, please contact Martin at AJ6CL@CVARC.org.