Upcoming CVARC Speakers and Topics


CVARC to Conduct Amateur Radio License Training

The Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club (CVARC) will conduct license training sessions for the entry level Technician Class and the more advanced General Class beginning Saturday March 4, 2017, and the following four Saturdays.

The license training is five Saturdays: March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1 at the Ventura Sheriff's East County Station Community Room on Olson Road off the 23 freeway. General Class license training is in the morning between 9 am to 1 pm. The Technician Class license training is in the afternoon between 1 pm to 5 pm. The sessions conclude in time for the FCC license testing on Sunday April 9 at 8:30 am at the same location.

There is no cost for the license training, although study material must be purchased and is required. There is no fee for license testing, but a materials and processing cost of around $15 is required.

Morse code is no longer a licensing requirement. The entry level Technician Class license grants amateur radio privileges in the VHF/UHF frequency spectrum which includes the popular 2-meter band. The General Class license grants all the amateur radio privileges of the Technician Class as well as many frequencies in the HF spectrum.

Further information and registration for the General Class license training can be obtained from CVARC instructor Zak Cohen-N6PK by email at zcohen@ieee.org.

Further information and registration for the Technician Class license training can be obtained from CVARC instructor Bill Willcox-KF6JQO by email at wlinport@pacbell.net.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - ATV: Fast Scan Television: Roger Berchtold, WB6HMW, President of the Amateur Television Network, Southern California Chapter, will introduce us to ATV, including analog and digital transmissions and ATV repeaters. He’ll talk about the basic equipment needed to get on the air and we’ll even get a chance to see our pictures on ATV!

Thursday, April 20, 2017 – The Noise Floor: Richard Rudman, W6TIA, is a respected broadcast engineer who for decades was the Chief Engineer of the legendary radio station KFWB, Los Angeles. One thing hams have in common with AM broadcasters is the threat posed by the ever increasing noise floor which is stealing our signals and audiences. Richard will talk about what can be done to combat the problem.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 – New Radio Demo Night: We asked Eric Christensen, K6EJC, of Ham Radio Outlet to bring the five radios he thinks show off the newest and most interesting technology available to hams today.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 – Microphones: Dr. Bob Heil, K9EID, founded the company Heil Sound in 1966, which went on to create unique touring sound systems for bands such as The Grateful Dead and The Who. Heil has also been an innovator in the field of amateur radio, manufacturing microphones and supporting efforts to improve the quality of transmitted and received audio. In May 2011, Heil became the host of the live weekly Ham Radio Netcast "Ham Nation".

Thursday, July 20, 2017 – What is a Panadaptor?

Thursday, August 17, 2017 – Emergency Radio Communications in Ventura County

Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Software Defined Radio and Remote Operation Demo

Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Satellites and Moon Bounce

Thursday, November 16, 2017 – Latest Antenna Research and Design

December, 2017 – CVARC Holiday Party

Thursday, January 18, 2018: Collecting and Restoring Old Radios

Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Digital UHF/VHF Modes, DMR, D-Star, P-25, Fusion

The Speakers Committee (Brad Ormsby, W6VO, David Arata, KA9WMI, Tim Wheeler, K6POI and Andy Ludlum, K6AGL) is always interested in your program ideas. If you have thoughts on who might be a good speaker for a club meeting, please let any of us know.