Morse Group

If you’re a Morse code enthusiast, or interested in learning Morse code or improving your skills, check out CVARC’s Morse Group.

You’ll receive regular emails with attached audio files to practice copying, as well as other helpful information and ideas.  There are also regular workshops and practice session.

If you’re interested in becoming part of this “club within the club,” contact Steven-KZ6H at sggillis@gmail.com.

The Morse Group meets Mondays at 7:00 pm on 28.053 MHz, but call CQ any time.  All are welcome.

Newbie Net

Newbie Net Schedule

Sunday nights, 7 pm, Bozo Repeater 147.885 ( – 127.3).  The Newbie Net is an opportunity for newer hams to get on the air and gain experience and confidence.   More experienced hams or “Elmers” regularly check in and are available to answer questions and offer advice.  All are welcome.

Want to be net control?  Contact Todd -KD6RCM, kd6rcm@arrl.net.  The procedure will be provided.

 

DateNet Control Operator
November 18, 2018Brian-KM6MIN
November 25, 2018OPEN
December 2, 2018Dante-W6JCQ
December 9, 2018Stu-AG6AG
December 16, 2018Diane-KJ6JEJ
December 23, 2018Brian-KM6MIN
December 30, 2018Todd-KD6RCM

Net Control Operators, please send me your logs of check-ins after the net.

Todd-KD6RCM

Getting Started in Ham Radio

There are many reasons why people take up the hobby of amateur radio, aka ham radio.  For some, it’s about preparedness and being able to use amateur radio for emergency communications when other modes of communication are unavailable.  It is not uncommon for internet and cell phone service to be interrupted for extended periods of time, following natural disasters or other events, when infrastructure becomes compromised or overwhelmed.  Amateur radio does not rely on phone lines or other infrastructure, so it’s a perfect choice for such situations.  Others come to the hobby because of an interest in electronics or science, and a desire to experiment with radio-based modes of communication. Continue reading “Getting Started in Ham Radio”

Basic Radio Tech Talk

Mark your calendar for July 18 for the first CVARC Basic Radio Tech Talk which will be on antennas.  Everyone is invited.

Location: Thousand Oaks City Hall Oak Room.
Time 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Presenters:  Bill Willcox, Education Coordinator, Adrian Jarett, Technical Guru, Zac Cohen, CVARC Member at Large.  All types and sizes of practical amateur radio antennas will be discussed.  Some you buy and install, others you can build yourself.  We will attempt to answer specific questions for your situation, so bring your questions.

For more information contact William_willcox@pacbell.net

Free Amateur Radio Licensing Classes

CVARC is offering free classes leading to an Amateur Radio License. We offer classes for the TECHNICIAN (Entry Level) and GENERAL (Intermediate Level) Licenses.

All classes will be at the East County Sheriff’s Station Community Room, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, California.

TECHNICIAN LICENSE CLASSES

1:00 – 5:00 PM, Saturday July 21, 28, August 4, and August 11.

GENERAL LICENSE CLASSES

8:00 AM -12:00 PM, Saturday July 14, 21, 28, August 4 and August 11. Continue reading “Free Amateur Radio Licensing Classes”

Summer Sporadic E Season

By Pete Heins-N6ZE
In my retired life, I live in Thousand Oaks, but spend time on Whidbey Island, about 20 miles North of Seattle. I manage to do some HF/VHF/UHF operating from both QTHs, despite major “domestic engineering” needs at both locations!
Because July is normally at the peak of the Summer Sporadic E Season (Es), I concentrated my limited WA radio time this week to be on 6meters only. Es tends to heavily favor 10 meter and 6 meters. Single hop distance ranges from

about 300 miles to a maximum of about 1200 miles. Multi-hop Es also occurs with DX as far as the East Coast, Hawaii, and even Japan on a very SPORADIC basis! Continue reading “Summer Sporadic E Season”

July Club Meeting Information

The next regular club meeting is Thursday, July 19, 2018 (always the third Thursday) at the East County Sheriff’s Station Community Room on Olsen Road at 7:30 pm.

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

Topic/Guest Speaker: Logging Software: Adrian Jarrett K6KY, Stu Sheldon AG6AG and Dean Nedelman K6DIN will present a panel presentation about several of the more popular logging software programs.

Raffle Prizes: Sony Shortwave Radio ICF2010; RTL-SDR Dipole Kit; Morse Code Wall Clock

Pre-Meeting Dinner: Join fellow club members for a pre-meeting dinner, at 5 p.m., at Junkyard Café, 2585 Cochran St., Simi Valley, (805) 520-5865.

President’s Message

Well, another Field Day is over. I heard a lot of very nice comments, both in person and via social media. People are impressed with the size and scope of our presence. And it IS impressive, from the big tent, to the 20 stations, the antenna farm, members working satellite passes, visits from Boy Scouts and even our Congresswoman. I’ve never been to another club’s Field Day, but I did see a lot of Field Day photos on Facebook. Nothing I saw even comes close. I posted some photos to CVARC’s Facebook page at the end of Day 1, and then I shared the post with a couple of ham radio-related Facebook groups. Ultimately, the post was shared a total of 18 times, reaching a total of 6,265 people, as of July 15. Continue reading “President’s Message”