Mini Field Day & Picnic

Saturday, October 6th is CVARC’s next Mini Field Day & Picnic.

Dos Vientos Community Park, 4801 Borchard Rd., Newbury Park.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy some operating, as well as food and socializing.  This is the time to try a new mode or play with a new antenna configuration.  For new hams, this is also a great opportunity to check out other people’s gear and ask questions.  The fun begins at 8:00 am.

Band conditions permitting, there should be some activity on the air, as October 6 begins the 53rd annual California QSO Party.  Come on out.  All are welcome!

Basic Radio Tech Talk

Save the Date – October 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  East County Sheriff’s Station Community Room, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks.

Amateur Radio – Basic Radio Tech Talk:  Digital Radio Operations

Curious about alternate means of making lots of contacts?  Frustrated that the HF bands seem to be dead?  Looking for a low-power, high-reliability means of making long distance contacts?  Want some information on local digipeaters?  Interested in free email via amateur radio?

Well, digital mode operations may be just the thing to reinvigorate your ham radio passion.

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Update: On the Upcoming Project Build

Upcoming Project:  Magnetic Loop Antenna

CVARC’s next project build is scheduled for Saturday, December 15.  Adrian Jarrett-K6KY will assist CVARC members in building a Magnetic Loop Antenna.  The cost of the materials will be $110 or $175, depending on whether you’d like the 800V or the 1.5kV capacitor.

If you’d like to participate, please sign up next Thursday at the September CVARC meeting.   Payment will be due at that time so parts can be ordered.  If you wish to participate, but are unable to attend the September meeting, please email Christian Ylagan to sign up, and send your payment, payable to CVARC, to PO Box 2093, Thousand Oaks, CA 91358.  The deadline to sign up is September 30.

For additional information about the project, please see the earlier post about this project build.

ISS Astronaut’s QSO With California Middle School Students

An astronaut on the International Space Station answered questions via ham radio from students at the Mendez Fundamental Intermediate School in Santa Ana on September 6th.   The approximately 9 minute QSO took place between the Space Station-NA1SS and AA6TB. The astronaut’s comments could be heard in the Conejo Valley and across the state on 145.80 MHz downlink.

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Your Call

One of the benefits of CVARC membership is email forwarding. This service is a forwarding (or “alias”) service only.  No messages will be stored on our server.  E-mail sent to “your call sign” will be forwarded to the real e-mail address that you provide to us.

Club members who would like to use this service should send an email with their name, call sign and their preferred destination email address to:

6 Meter Halo Antenna Project

An easy to build, 6m halo antenna.                                                              By Adrian Jarrett-K6KY

The Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club was looking for project ideas for the members.  Early in 2017 the Radio Society of Great Britain published a 2-meter band halo design, which looked easy and fun to build.  This was chosen as one of the club’s projects.  However, the Conejo Valley is surrounded by hills, and so long haul 2m may be a bit problematical.  That, and after having a great time in summer 2017 on 6m sporadic E, first with JT65 in the June ARRL VHF contest, and then with FT8, a 6m halo seemed like a worthy project.  The Continue reading “6 Meter Halo Antenna Project”