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Technician Class and General Class License Training Sessions Announced

The Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club announces the next club sponsored license training sessions which are scheduled for July and August 2017.

Technician Class

Training for the entry level Technician Class license and will be given on four consecutive Saturdays starting in July at the Community Room of the East County Sheriff’s Station on Olsen Road.

The dates are July 22, 29, August 5, 12, from 1pm to 5pm. The FCC Volunteer Examiner license testing date for all classes of licenses is August 13, the idea being is to take the classes and take the test.

The Technician Class license grants privileges on VHF and UHF radio frequencies that are popularly used with handheld and small portable radios. Some limited HF privileges are also granted with the Technician Class license. Morse Code is not required for any amateur radio license.

There is no charge for the classes as this is a club sponsored community training activity. Study materials are required and need to be purchased before class. There is a materials fee for the testing.

Contact instructor Bill Willcox-KF6JQO for more information at: william_willcox@pacbell.net.

General Class

Training for the General Class license will be given on five consecutive Saturdays starting in July at the Community Room of the East County Sheriff’s Station.

The dates are July 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, from 9am to 1pm. The FCC Volunteer Examiner license testing date for all classes of licenses is August 13, the idea being is to take the classes and take the test.

The General Class license grants all the privileges of the Technician Class license as well as expanded privileges on the HF bands. Morse Code is not required for any amateur radio license.
There is no charge for the classes as this is a club sponsored community training activity. Study materials are required and need to be purchased before class. There is a materials fee for the testing.
Contact instructor Zak Cohen-N6PK for more information at: zcohen@ieee.org.

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 – ARRL, Questions and Answers: Southwest Division Director Dick Norton-N6AA answers your questions and gives us a look at the latest activities of our hobby’s leading organization, the American Radio Relay League.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 – What is a Panadapter? Rob Hanson-W6RH talks about panadapters or panoramic receiver display adapters which attach to your radio and give you the opportunity to look at all the signals within the band where you are operating. Rob will show us how a laptop panadapter can be tied to some basic computerized rig control. This creates a powerful tool which allows you to spot another station in real time, click on that station and have your radio instantly tune to that frequency.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 – Latest Antenna Research and Design: Skip Bolnick-KJ6Y spent his career installing and repairing amateur radio towers and antennas. He’ll share information on how to get the most out of your antenna whether you are a long-time ham or a newbie.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - Improving Your Receive Audio: 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.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Collecting and Restoring Old Radios

Thursday, November 16, 2017 – Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio: Dennis Kidder-W6DQ talks about ways to increase the functionality and value of your ham radio without spending a lot of money. Dennis will explain how you can add hundreds of dollars' worth of upgrades to your existing equipment with low cost, do-it-yourself microcontroller projects.

December, 2017 – CVARC Holiday Party

Thursday, January 18, 2018: – Digital UHF/VHF Modes, DMR, D-Star, P-25, Fusion

Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Software Defined Radio and Remote Operation Demo

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.