CVARC Members in Action

April Taylor-KN6QQW volunteering at the Camarillo Christmas Parade.
David Arata-KA9WMI recently upgraded his battery box with the addition of two lithium batteries.

CVARC J-Pole Build a Success

CVARC members went home with several dual band j-pole antennas after a build was held Saturday, May 20th at the East County Sheriff’s Station. Keith Elliott-W6KME gave a great “this is how it works” talk and most importantly all involved had fun! Thanks to Tom, Audrey, Linda, and April for the photos.

CVARC Hosting J-POLE Antenna Build May 20th

The J-POLE is a dual band, 2 meter and 70 cm antenna. It’s perfect for portable operations and well suited for mounting at home. Best of all,  it takes up very little space! Primarily a dipole, the J-pole antenna exhibits a mostly omnidirectional pattern with an average gain near 2.2 dBi.

The antenna will provide a great improvement in range for repeater access and simplex contacts.

CVARC will provide everything you need, including all the materials and tools needed to complete the project. There will be easy to follow instructions and experts there to assist with soldering, assembling, and testing your new antenna. All you need to do is sign up, show up, cut, and assemble the pieces.  It’s a great project build and a lot of fun.  We even provide you with an overview on the history of the J-Pole and how it works at the build. 

Saturday May 20th 8 A.M. at the East County Sheriff Station located at 2101 E. Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks.

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Mesh Network Live Demo “Flashmob”

Tran’s mesh go-box, photo taken at the CVARC meeting November 2019

Join us for CVARC’s first mesh network “flashmob” on Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East County Sheriff’s Station’s Community Room, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks  and outside areas as appropriate.

This event is intended to give CVARC members hands-on experience setting up a wireless mesh network for a public service event or as an emergency communications activity.  

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Your Help Is Needed for Science Night Activity Wednesday Night, March 20, 2019

Just in time for the spring equinox, CVARC is participating in a science night event at Walnut Canyon Elementary School in Moorpark this Wednesday night between 6 and 8 p.m.

Bill Willcox-KF6JQO has been coordinating the club’s involvement in this educational activity. He’ll be joined by CVARC members Brett Price-KM6VFW, Mike Felio-K6MJF, Stu Forman-AD6SF and Harrison Forman-KM6VGE.

Here’s where you come in. Our team at the school will be monitoring and calling CQ on 40M (7.220 to 7.200 MHz), on the Bozo repeater and on the Amgen repeater. They’ll begin tuning up about 5 p.m. Kindergarten through 5th grade students and their parents will be participating on the air between 6 and 8 p.m. Please monitor or call our team at the school directly. Again, the call signs to listen for are: KF6JQO, AD6SF, KM6VFW, K6MJF and KM6VGE.

Please join in and help us promote amateur radio to a new generation.