September Meeting Summary

About a dozen members and our Guest Speaker met for dinner at Szechuan Garden in Moorpark.

Stu Forman-AD6SF

The meeting began at 7:30 with the Pledge of Allegiance.  First time visitors were welcomed.  Thanks to Mike Felio-K6MJF for bringing the coffee, and Bill Willcox-KF6JQO for bringing the cookies.

2019 Board of Directors.  The year is winding down.  Many Board Members are willing to stay on for another year, but we expect we’ll need someone for Vice President, Education, Public Relations, and Member at Large positions.  We’ll have elections in November, that’s just 2 months from now.  By next month’s meeting, we’d like to get at least one person on the ballot for each Board position.  You can run for any position you’d like but, at a minimum, we’d like to find someone for each of the four vacant spots.  If you’re interested, or have questions about the positions, responsibilities, time commitments, etc., please talk to me or email me, or contact anyone on the Board of Directors.

Hugh Bosma Legacy Award.   As many of you know, a few years ago CVARC established the Hugh Bosma Legacy Award, named in honor of long-time CVARC member Hugh Bosma, now a silent key.  I didn’t know Hugh, but I’m told he was known for his giving nature and was very much the Elmer.  So, it’s in his honor that CVARC recognizes a club member, each year, for his or her contributions to the club and ham radio in general.  Past winners were Adrian Jarrett-K6KY, Zak Cohen-N6PK, and Ben Kuo-AI6YR…  Nominations are now being accepted.  If there’s someone you’d like to nominate, please email the Board of Directors by November 1.  The winner will be announced at the Holiday Party on December 13.

Mini Field Day & Picnic.  It will be on October 6, to coincide with the California QSO Party.  NEW LOCATION:  Dos Vientos Community Party, 4801 Borchard Rd. in Newbury Park.  Starts at 8:00.  The California QSO Party starts at 9:00.

Classes. General Class classes started last Saturday but, if you’re a Tech and studying for your General, there are 3 classes remaining.  Classes are Saturday mornings 8:00-12:00.  No General class on October 6 because of the Mini Field Day & Picnic…  Technician classes starts this Saturday, September 22, and runs for 4 Saturdays, 1:00-5:00.  Both classes lead up to the October 14 Test Session.  The classes and the Test Session are in the Community Room of the East County Sheriff’s Station, 2101 E. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks.  Questions about the classes can be directed to Bill Willcox-KF6JQO.

Basic Radio Tech Talk.  October 19, 7:00-9:00 pm, in the Community Room of the East County Sheriff’s Station, 2101 E. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks.  Topic:  Digital Operations.  All are welcome.  You do not have to be a CVARC member, or even a licensed ham to attend.  Questions about the classes can be directed to Bill Willcox-KF6JQO.

The next project build – A Magnetic Loop Antenna.  Saturday, November 10.  The cost is $110 or $175, depending on which capacitor you choose.  Sign up with Christian Ylagan-K6CAY.  Pay tonight or send payment to PO Box 2093, Thousand Oaks, CA 91358.  Details about the project can be found here.  Space permitting, non-club members can participate.  If you have questions, please contact Adrian Jarrett-K6KY.

Cell phone apps.  We’re preparing a presentation on ham radio-related cell phone apps.  Please email me about the ones you use and like.

Guest Speaker:  John Kitchens-NS6X, the new Santa Barbara section manager for the ARRL answering the question “What’s New with the ARRL?”

The October meeting is on the 18th.  The topic is Mobile Operations.  The Guest Speaker is Marty Woll-N6VI.  The pre-meeting dinner is at Bandits, 589 N. Moorpark Rd. in Thousand Oaks starting at 5:00.

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