President’s Message

Hello, CVARC Members and Visitors,

Daphne Vandervalk-KN6TXX

Wow, it’s already February! I hope you enjoyed our January club activities. Our January meeting about test equipment with Alan Wolke-W2AEW was very informative – everybody learned something new, and we heard some very positive feedback from meeting attendees on the air in the days following. We are fortunate to have had such a notable guest join us for a club meeting – Alan’s YouTube channel is a great teaching tool you should take a look at if you haven’t discovered it already. 

Winter Field Day was a success – we had a great turnout and lots of fun socializing, as usual. The day had its share of challenges, as it was so windy, we witnessed antennas, tables, and sandwiches taking flight across the grass, but everyone made the best of it – we’re hams! I was happy to be able to meet and talk with some of our new members and had some great discussions with many of you regarding ideas for the club. Thank you to Martin Hickey-AJ6CL for organizing another successful CVARC event!

Our February 15th meeting will feature our very own Vice President Ed Zimmermann-N6XEW discussing how to test the performance of your handheld transceiver. Bring your HT to the meeting and he’ll show you how. We’ll be back at our usual meeting location at the Sheriff’s Station, and as a reminder, there is an informal pre-meeting dinner at 5:00pm before the general meeting, to be held this month at Don Cuco Mexican Restaurant in Moorpark. I attended January’s dinner at Topper’s Pizza and enjoyed the chance to get to know some club members better.

In other news, you may know we have initiated a fundraiser to help PVTAC cover the cost of repainting the Sulphur Mountain repeater building. At the February meeting we will be making our final collection of donations to pass on to PVTAC, so please consider donating at that time if you haven’t already contributed. Thank you to those of you who have already made a donation!

Finally, I want to thank the CVARC Board for their hard work behind the scenes, and our club membership for being active, on the air, and showing up to our meetings and events. We are always open to new ideas for guest speakers, project builds, and other suggestions you may have, so let us know how this club can serve your amateur radio needs and keep you learning and active as a ham!



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