President’s Message

We had a great turnout at the Picnic and Mini T-Hunt yesterday.  Thanks to Bill Willcox-KF6JQO for making the arrangements, Diane Wainwood-KJ6JEJ for organizing the potluck, Mike Felio-K6MJF for doing an amazing job with the BBQ, and Norm Goodkin-K6YXH for supplying the transmitter and running the t-hunt.  It was great to see so many members using their Yagi antennas.  I know many people had success in finding the transmitter, although it wasn’t easy.  It sounds like people enjoyed the hunt.  I hope we can make this an annual event.  I posted some photos from the picnic yesterday.  Be sure to look for those.

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CVARC Polo Shirts – Order Now!

CVARC will soon be ordering custom embroidered polo shirts.

If you’d like an embroidered navy blue CVARC polo shirt with your call sign like the one shown here, please submit your order ASAP.

The cost is $32.50 for S, M or L; $35.50 for XL, 2XL or 3XL.

Send your payment along with your name, call sign (please print clearly so we can read it) and shirt size to CVARC, P.O. Box 2093, Thousand Oaks, CA 91358, or pay with cash, check or credit card at the September club meeting. Your order and payment MUST be received by the September club meeting.

CVARC Picnic & T-Hunt

The CVARC Picnic and Mini T-Hunt is coming up fast. Bring the family and join fellow CVARC members and their families on Saturday, August 24th from 10 am to 2 pm at Conejo Community Park.

We’re in Picnic Area 1 in the Conejo Community Park.  From W. Gainsborough Road turn right on Jeaunine Drive.  You should see a parking lot on your left across from the Kids Adventure Garden.   Walk down Jeaunine Drive to the picnic area. Click here for a map.

The picnic is partly potluck. CVARC will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and drinks. Members are encouraged to bring side dishes, snacks, paper goods, etc. If you’re planning to attend, please contact Diane Wainwood-KJ6JEJ to let her know the number of people in your party, and what you plan to bring.

Please also remember to bring your yagi antenna. Bring an extra, if you have more than one. Hope to see you there.

CVARC 2019 Field Day Survey

Members of the club were surveyed on a number of topics regarding Field Day held June 22-23, 2019. Twenty six club members responded to the survey and overall the club members were satisfied with their Field Day experience. Click here to read the entire report.

The Ham Cam

Last month we featured an article by Stephen Terry about his High Altitude Balloon project. The balloon was recently launched. Here are Stephen’s photos from the event. Thank you Stephen!

Anything you want to share? Send photos and a brief description to

August Club Meeting Information

The next regular club meeting is Thursday, August 15, 2019 (always the third Thursday) at the East County Sheriff’s Station’s Community Room, 2101 E. Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks at 7:30 pm.

Talk-in coordination is on the Bozo repeater, 147.885 (- 127.3)

Topic/Guest Speaker – Just ahead of CVARC’s Picnic and Mini T-Hunt on Saturday August 24th at Conejo Community Park, Norm Goodkin-K6YXH will have a presentation directed at first time t-hunters.  Norm will demonstrate t-hunting and explain how the offset attenuator works with visuals showing the output of the attenuator as the amplitude is adjusted.  He’ll explain how to avoid desensing issues as you approach the target transmitter.

Raffle Prizes: Viaboot Rasberry PI 3 Complete Kit – 16Gb, Samlex 250W AC Inverter, Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio, Lido Mounts Cup Holder Mount

Pre-Meeting Dinner: Join fellow club members for a pre-meeting dinner at 5:00 at Don Cuco, 254 Los Angeles Avenue, Moorpark, CA  93021 .

Upcoming CVARC Programs

Interested in Emergency Communications?

CVARC is open to anyone with an interest in amateur radio. Our members enjoy building and operating radio equipment and, perhaps most importantly, putting our skills and equipment into use to help our community when needed. 

CVARC has a very active Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) which stands ready to assist authorities by establishing communications when traditional methods become unavailable, as they sometimes do after a natural disaster.  To prepare, CVARC ACS members operate weekly nets, monthly Operational Readiness Training, and provide communications for community events, marathons, and bike rides. 

If you’re interested in training to assist with emergency communications, please contact Zak Cohen at