June Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2024, at 7:30 P.M. at the East County Sheriff’s Station.

Topic – How to Work Amateur Satellites: Lately many CVARC members have been making contacts using the ISS repeater and other amateur radio satellites. Martin Hickey-AJ6CL will demonstrate how easy and enjoyable this can be, without using expensive dedicated equipment. Satellite contacts are also a source of extra points for Field Day, so be sure to see how we can all take part at the CVARC Field Day site this year!

Special note: if you can’t attend the meeting in person you can still participate via ZOOM, details below.

Members gather as early as 7:00 p.m. to socialize.

The East County Sheriff Station is located at 2101 E. Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks.

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It’s Time For Field Day 2024!

Field Day 2024 is upon us! Our plan this year is very similar to 2023, when we were the largest setup in the entire country. There are still some Band Captain positions open. This year we’re also looking for several people to act as team leaders for various setup tasks on Friday, like the masts, antennas, tents, parking layout, etc. As usual we have an online spreadsheet where you can see who is doing what and what positions need filling.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nAudybzc6nOwnkEl1Id9La6e3T6RJO8wAMEvbPZpcVU/edit#gid=2070526988

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May Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 7:30 P.M. at the East County Sheriff’s Station.

Topic – Field Day: CVARC Field Day Chair Keith Elliott-W6KME outlines the plans for the club’s Field Day on June 22-23. CVARC members join more than 40,000 hams throughout North America in setting up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation.

Special note: if you can’t attend the meeting in person you can still participate via ZOOM, details below.

Members gather as early as 7:00 p.m. to socialize.

The East County Sheriff Station is located at 2101 E. Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks.

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April Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 P.M. at the East County Sheriff’s Station.

Topic: Radio Tracking in Animal Conservation: Nadya Seal Faith of the Santa Barbara Zoo will be joining us via Zoom to discuss how VHF radio telemetry is used in animal conservation. Nadya will share her experiences tracking animals such as California condors and island foxes.

Special note: if you can’t attend the meeting at the Sheriff’s station you can still participate via ZOOM, details below.

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March Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at 7:30 P.M. at the East County Sheriff’s Station.

Keith Elliott-W6KME

Topic – Turning Random Metal Objects into Antennas: In this entertaining presentation, Keith Elliott-W6KME reveals the secrets of how random metal objects can be turned into effective antennas with a basic understanding of how antennas work.

Special note: if you can’t attend the meeting in person you can still participate via ZOOM, details below.

Members gather as early as 7:00 p.m. to socialize.

The East County Sheriff Station is located at 2101 E. Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks.

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February Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, February 15, at 7:30 P.M. at the East County Sheriff’s Station.

Topic – Testing Your Handheld: Ed Zimmerman-N6XEW demonstrates how you can use relatively inexpensive test equipment to evaluate the performance of your handheld. Ed will also discuss testing band pass filters. Members are encouraged to bring an HT to the meeting for testing.

Special note: if you can’t attend the meeting at the Sheriff’s station you can still participate via ZOOM, details below.

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January Club Meeting – Special Location

The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at 7:30 P.M.

Due to remodeling at the East County Sheriff’s Station, the January club meeting will be held in the Oak Room at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza/City Hall. (Those of you who are ACS members know this room as the Thousand Oaks EOC.)

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is located at:
2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

  • From the 101 freeway take the Hampshire off-ramp. 
  • Go north to Thousand Oaks Blvd.
  • Go 3/4 miles west on Thousand Oaks Blvd. to the Civic Arts Plaza on the left.
  • Go to the “theater area” on the 2nd level of the Civic Arts Plaza.
  • The EOC is in the Oak Room at the east end of the Reflecting Pool.
  • There are no events at the Fred Kavli Theater Thursday so parking should be available in the City Hall parking lot.
Alan Wolke-W2AEW

Topic – Using Test Equipment: Alan Wolke-W2AEW discusses the use of basic test equipment in your shack. He’ll focus on the practical use of VOM, DMM and analog/digital oscilloscopes.

Special note: if you can’t attend the meeting in person you can still participate via ZOOM, details below.

Members gather as early as 7:00 p.m. to socialize.

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URGENT NOTICE: New Location for November Meeting

Due to remodeling at the East County Sheriff’s Station, we had to move the location of the Thursday, November 16th club meeting. It will be held in the Oak Room at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza/City Hall. (Those of you who are ACS members know this room as the Thousand Oaks EOC.)

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is located at:
2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

  • From the 101 freeway take the Hampshire off-ramp. 
  • Go north to Thousand Oaks Blvd.
  • Go 3/4 miles west on Thousand Oaks Blvd. to the Civic Arts Plaza on the left.
  • Go to the “theater area” on the 2nd level of the Civic Arts Plaza.
  • The EOC is in the Oak Room at the east end of the Reflecting Pool.
  • There are no events at the Fred Kavli Theater Thursday so parking should be available in the City Hall parking lot.

The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at 7:30 P.M. at the Oak Room at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza/City Hall.

Topic – Gadgets For Your Shack, Radio Gifts for Yourself: The CEO of DX Engineering, Tim Duffy-K3LR, an active ham for over 50 years, will talk about new and upcoming products – everything you’ll need to complete your holiday shopping wish list!

Special note: if you can’t attend the meeting you can still participate via ZOOM, details below.

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October Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at 7:30 P.M. at the East County Sheriff’s Station.

Topic – What Makes a Repeater Tick – From the simple to the complex, Matt Lechliter-W6XC will explain how repeaters work and describe the hardware needed to keep them on the air. Matt looks after the hardware for the Rabbitt Network and other repeater groups.

Special note: if you can’t attend the meeting at the Sheriff’s station you can still participate via ZOOM, details below.

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September Club Meeting

The next regular club meeting will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at 7:30 P.M. at the East County Sheriff’s Station.

Ken Larson-KJ6RZ

Topic – The Early Days of Amateur Radio: Ken Larson- KJ6RZ talks about an exciting time in radio from Heinrich Hertz first experiments with radio waves in 1888 through Appleton’s discovery of the ionosphere in the late 1920s. This period includes Marconi’s first trans-Atlantic communications, spark gap “wireless “communications, the invention of the of the vacuum tube, and the discovery of skip distance.

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