June is Amateur Radio Month in Ventura County

Rob Hanson-W6RH received the proclamation from Board Chair Matt LaVere.

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors proclaimed June 2023 as Amateur Radio Month in Ventura County. The June 20th presentation was held in the supervisors’ hearing room in the Hall of Administration at the County Government Center in Ventura. The event was well attended by ACS volunteers, CVARC and other ham radio club members, and amateurs from throughout the county.

Volunteer Operators Needed for Two June Events

Ham radio operators are needed in support of the 45th annual Scandinavian Festival at CLU on June 4th and 5th. This is a great opportunity for a ham who may be a little tentative about volunteering for an event. Hams who have never done an event will be joined by experienced “Elmers” who want to help.

The event will have three, two-person roving groups and a two-person Net Control to provide help with lost children and other small issues. This will give operators practice with proper net operation and  procedures. It’s all on simplex frequencies so training is easy. There are two, four to five hour shifts for each day of the festival. You can do one shift or two shifts in one day.  If you do a day with two shifts, you will have time for an authentic Scandinavian lunch! If you are interested in volunteering, please email Zak Cohen at N6PK@arrl.net.

On June 5th operators are needed for a traditional charity event; helping with the Love Run in Thousand Oaks.  This includes a half marathon, 5K and 10K races.  There will be four aid stations and two or three SAG wagons.  It is a fun event that local hams have been helping with for several years.  If you’d like to volunteer, please email Zak Cohen at N6PK@arrl.net.

Preparation Begins for DYFI “ShakeOut” Event October 17

Courtesy of Oliver Dully, K6OLI, District Emergency Coordinator for ARES LAX NE from his presentation made to Ventura County ACS/ARES in July.

“Did You Feel It? (DFYI)” is a collaboration between the USGS and amateur radio operators intended to use the skills and capabilities of hams to get messages regarding the intensity of earthquakes out to first responders. The DYFI event will be held on Saturday October 17th as part of the “Great California ShakeOut 2020” CVARC members wishing to participate in the event are invited to three preparation meetings to be held on Zoom:

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Interested in Emergency Communications?

CVARC is open to anyone with an interest in amateur radio. Our members enjoy building and operating radio equipment and, perhaps most importantly, putting our skills and equipment into use to help our community when needed. 

CVARC has a very active Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) which stands ready to assist authorities by establishing communications when traditional methods become unavailable, as they sometimes do after a natural disaster.  To prepare, CVARC ACS members operate weekly nets, monthly Operational Readiness Training, and provide communications for community events, marathons, and bike rides. 

If you’re interested in training to assist with emergency communications, please contact Zak Cohen at zcohen@ieee.org