2014 VOMARC Hamfest

2014/05/02 Leave a comment

Saturday April 26th VOMARC (Valley of the Moon Amateur Radio Club) held their annual Hamfest, which included an indoor/outdoor swapmeet, exam session, breakfast, drawings for door prizes and demonstrations.

We arrived at almost 8am on the dot and business was already brisk at the swapmeet with many attendees returning to their vehicles with their new found treasures. Attendance; both sellers and buyers appeared to be down as compared to a year ago, probably because of the forecasted weather. However, while it was really cool at 8am, by 10 the air had warmed nicely and the day was gorgeous. There were good buys to be found and I enjoyed digging through various boxes of parts looking for the elusive pieces and parts I want for my spectrum analyzer project.

Breakfast, as it has been in the past, was plentiful and delicious with lots of people moving around and stopping for casual conversations. We enjoyed a leisurely meal in a relaxed atmosphere where we met and talked with Hams from outside our local area, made new friends, exchanged information about radio equipment, accessories, and programming. WARS members that attended were Bill KK6HZU and his XYL Debbie, Len WA6KLK, Don KJ6ZVR, and me.

This is the 3rd VOMARC Hamfest that I have had the pleasure of attending and I’d recommend it to anyone interested in a fun day, it’s never too early to mark your 2015 calendar for the 4th Saturday in April. It is the perfect spot and time of year to enjoy a beautiful drive out to Sonoma, find the buy you never expected, possibly take an upgrade exam, and have a meal, all hosted by friendly members of the local radio club.

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LCARS Operations Day

2014/04/09 Leave a comment

 

Do you want to learn about Ham Radio? Have questions?

Having issues with your ham radio?

We have the answers!

Bring your radio and the manual for it and we will have the people there to help you!

Lake County Amateur Radio Society Operations Day May 3, 2014 10:00 am to 3:00 Location: Lucerne Community Church in the Fellowship Hall 5870 East Highway 20 in Lucerne, CA 95458

All levels of Ham Radio Operators are welcome! Licensed or not!

For further information, contact Kristine (KI6YYW) via e-mail � ki6yyw@gmail.com

May 17th WARS Pizza Meeting

2014/04/09 1 comment

WARS (Willits Amateur Radio Society) will hold a meeting on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 11:30 am, at Old Mission Pizza, Willits in lieu of our spring seminar. All hams and their families are welcome to attend. This is a great time to visit with old friends, or meet face to face with folks you have only “met on the net”. The club will buy the pizza and you buy your drink(s) and anything special like a sandwich or salad bar.

A speaker is being sought and will be announced shortly. We will also take ideas for activities that members are interested in for future meetings so, bring your ideas and be ready to share with the rest of us.

Dues for 2014: $15.00 each or $22.50 for two in a household are now due and payable, either at the meeting or by mailing a payment to:

WARS, PO Box 73, Willits, CA 95490.


Donations are always appreciated.

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Annual St Patricks Day Luncheon

2014/02/27 Leave a comment

WARS (Willits Amateur Radio Society) has a social lunch coming up  Monday March 17, 2014  at the Willits Senior Center, 1501 Baechtel Rd.  Plenty of Corned Beef and Cabbage will be served along with lots of great conversation and  fun. $6 ($5 for seniors) and parking is limited, so it is suggested that arrival time should be no later than 11:45.

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Announcement: WARS Meeting Feb 15, 2014 in Willits

2014/02/05 2 comments

WARS (Willits Amateur Radio Society) will hold a meeting on:

Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 1130 am, at The Old Mission Pizza in south Willits.

The club will buy the pizza. You buy your own drink(s).

We will have a speaker and will take ideas for activities that members are interested in for future meetings.

Dues for 2014: $15.00 each or $22.50 for two in a household are now due and payable, either at the meeting or by mailing a payment to: WARS, PO Box 73, Willits, CA 95490. Donations are always appreciated.

In the meantime, Wednesday evenings, check into the Willits local simplex net, 146.445 at seven and then the county wide net at seven thirty 147.390 (plus offset with a PL of 103.5). The Walking Repeater net gets started at about eight on 145.555 simplex.

Thursday evenings at seven the YL net, for ladies only is held on 147.390 (the county wide linked repeater system) followed at seven thirty by the Swap net, a good place to sell/trade or just give away unused radio equipment or make your “wants” known.

Pass the word to other hams that you think might be interested in attending.

Joyce KJ6ZVS

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Boonville Bite Hard road race (cyclists) 6/29

2013/06/16 Leave a comment

The Bite Hard is fast approaching and I could use a few more HAMs to drive a support vehicle behind a group of riders.  This is a short stint compared to slower century rides.  If I recall from last year, we had 5 staggered start groups with the pros in front and every other vehicle carried medical support.  Easy peasy as it’s once around and you stay with your pack (or the majority of your pack if they stretch out).

About Bite Hard Boonville Road Race… (from their website)

The Bite Hard Boonville Road Race is a race encompassing some of the finest tarmac in Mendocino County. The race winds through valley’s of vines, redwood shaded mountains and coastal Highway 1.

The Bite Hard is a fundraiser for Cycked (www.cycked.org), Anderson Valley’s premier bike advocacy group. Cycked is working hard to bring a 30 mile bike path from Boonville to the coast at a cost of over $25,000,000!!!

The Bite Hard is sponsored by Bite Hard Cider, Boonville’s premier cider house. Offering several varieties of cider and pressed right here in Boonville this drink is sure to become a favorite post-ride/race beverage!

The Bite Hard Road Race is promoted by and permitted through AntiGravity Cycling

They hope to get about 200 riders, but it might be a few less.  The course is tricky regarding radio coverage so we used 2 repeaters and Chuck kept an ear open in case we needed relays.

All went very well – no issues (other than 1st year organization quirks), no injuries.

Please contact me if you can help!!

73 ~ m

Volunteer Opportunity – Mendo Rally

2013/06/13 5 comments

Hello All: The 2013 Mendocino Rally will be held on two days on two different courses, July 20-21 at the locations shown in the map links. (The courses are final. There may be some changes in the number and locations of radios.)  If you plan to come please register directly at   http://www.rallydata.com    
        Your old log-in info will get you in. If you are new, you need to register.  Sign up for Saturday, Sunday, or both. Planning is coming together and we need to know who is coming. Please advise in the comments section if you only have a hand-held radio, and also if you have dual band with 440 capabilities because we may be requested to provide radio support for the timing crew.

    Here is an outline of what’s up:

    Saturday, July 20:
        Walker Ridge Road in eastern Lake County. This is about 16 miles long. The course begins immediately off Hiway 20, easy access. It is 66 miles and 1.5 hours from downtown Santa Rosa, CA. It will be run twice in each direction.
Google Map link is     https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=205644825606633376501.0004dc87efd866e235221&msa=0

    Sunday, July 21:
        South Mountain OHV area in the mountains east of Ukiah. This is about 15 miles long and will be run twice in each direction. Cars will be starting in Lakeport instead of Ukiah. However, we will have access from the Ukiah side, same as last year, which is much easier for people coming up Hiway 101.  
    Google map link is      https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=216600368620911388418.0004a3bf1dd60612c8771&msa=0&ll=39.053318,-122.98233&spn=0.232484,0.653687

    Sunday, July 7, 2013: Live practice and drill will be held at 10:00 AM at Youth Community Park, 1700 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa, CA, across from Piner High School. New radio operators are urged to attend, and all are welcome. We will review and practice the procedures that are unique to Rally radio operations.  We will also do event sign-in with wrist bands, the Comm packet, and releases to sign so you do not have that hassle on rally day. We will also have a Comm meeting Friday night at the Headquarters Hotel where you can sign-in, and Saturday morning.

    Headquarters Hotel: Rally HQ will be the Best Western El Grande hotel in Clearlake, CA.  15135 Lakeshore Drive
Clearlake, California, 95422-8106.  Reservations, CALL 1-800-780-7234     Their Website is http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/CA/Clearlake-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-El-Grande-Inn/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=05433

    A Travel Lodge is nearby, at better prices. Travelodge Clearlake, 4775 Old Highway 53, Lakeshore Dr and Old Highwy 53, Clearlake, CA 95422 
Phone: 1-707-994-1499    Website is    http://www.travelodge.com/hotels/california/clearlake/travelodge-clearlake/hotel-overview

    There will be a Friday night welcome party and a Saturday night Awards party.  Already we have car entries from Oregon, Washington, Utah and Colorado, as well as an inquiry from Ireland.

     Attached is the Passage Log procedures sheet. New Hams must know and understand this procedure. Logs for the event will be provided in the Comm packet when you sign in for the event.  Reply to me direct if there are any questions about anything.  I will keep you advised as things progress. A formal Comm plan will be out the week before the event.

    Thank you to all for volunteering. This should be fun.

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