Club Meeting Tonight – July 12th

Tonight is our club meeting at 7pm at Grace Lutheran Church. Paul Strauss WD6EBY will be giving a talk on remotely controlling an HF transceiver. We will also be going over our 2024 Field Day results. For those that cannot attend in-person, you can attend via Zoom using the information below. Dave AI6VX Topic: VCARC July 12th Club MeetingTime: Jul 12, 2024 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meetinghttps://zoom.us/j/93367524685?pwd=GOSXquXMUKHiu04zRacMeZD8aO5cVZ.1 Meeting ID: 933 6752 4685Passcode: 704705 One tap mobile+16699009128,,93367524685#,,,,704705# US (San Jose) +16694449171,,93367524685#,,,,704705# US Dial by your location Meeting ID: 933 6752 4685Passcode: 704705 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aifKRQbLC

Pres Says – July 2024

Hourglass on a beach

Time passes by differently at different stages of one’s life.  When I was still in school, there was school time, then Summer break time.  After graduating from college, there was no more Summer break time – it was work, then the weekend.  Gone were the days when I would have a large block of time off.  Lately, at least for the past 10+ years, it’s been ‘The Holidays’, then the 4th of July. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas go by in a blur, then it’s all over until ‘The 4th’.  And after ‘The 4th’, next thing I know it’s Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas again.  Another trip around the Sun, another year older. It’s all going by too fast for me. Field Day 2024 was so far in the future at the start of the year, and yet here we are already past it by 2 weeks.  What a great weekend that… Continue reading

Field Day 2024 Photos

Field Day 2024 is now in the history books. The Oxnard College location was once again was a nice place to spend 24+ hours with fellow club members and visiting hams. It was great to see everyone spreading out and setting up your stations, helping others, and watching and hearing you all operate. The food was great (thank you meals and menu planning committee folks) and big thanks to the folks at the end that helped tear down and clean up. I believe we left the place in better condition than when we arrived. If you took photos, please share them! You can either email me photos or send me a link to a file sharing location and I can get them up on the website. Meanwhile here’s photos that Robert took during Field Day 2024. Enjoy! Dave AI6VX

VCARC FIELD DAY 2024 INFO

Graphic logo with the text "K6MEP Ventura County Amateur Radio Club California USA". Image is a cartoon drawing of the islands off the coast of Ventura, with seagulls and 1 sailboat

The Ventura County Amateur Radio Club will be holding our annual ARRL Field Day event this weekend from 11am Saturday June 22nd through 11am Sunday June 23rd at Oxnard College. Club members will be setting up their equipment in the field adjacent to parking lot B (corner of Bard and Rose), and during the 24 hour period, will be making contact with as many other ham radio operators as possible. Map to event is here: https://maps.app.goo.gl/Gr8xajyJHbaCBfZn8 If you have been curious about ham or emergency communications, this would be the perfect event for you to stop by, see what is possible, and ask questions. We will even have a GOTA (get on the air) station set up where you can experience the fun of making contact with another ham operator. With the current solar cycle, we’ve had great success in reaching far away stations such as Australia with just 50… Continue reading

Slides From June 14th 2024 Club Meeting

ARRL Field Day 2024 logo

Thank you all for coming out to our club meeting Friday June 14th. We had a good working meeting to go over our Field Day 2024 plans. As promised, here is a link to the slides presented out our meeting. Slide 15 has the details on loading N3JFP logging software onto your laptop. Slide Deck A Zoom invite for our meal planning and N3FJP tutorial will be listed on our club calendar and over Groups.io Field Day 2024 is right around the corner! Dave AI6VX

President’s Message – June 2024

Boston Dynamics Spot with person

President’s Message – June 2024 Field Day 2024 is here! What seemed so far off in the distance is now a mere 2 weeks away.  Our June club meeting will be 100% focused on final Field Day planning.  To help with the planning, and to get the latest information, please try to attend this meeting in-person or over Zoom. Our HF nets are taking off!  The last few 40M nets have been amazing.  Strong signals locally and up and down California.  We even have a non-club member check in regularly from the South Western tip of Utah.  We had 16 check-ins at one of our recent 40M nets, 13 of which were from outside of our area!  If you haven’t been working the HF bands, give it a try!  And don’t be afraid of calling out CQ.  I’ve noticed there seems to be a lot of friendly folks that tune… Continue reading

VP Message – June 2024

Image of Jacques KN6VVQ

Hello Ventura County Hams, Can you believe that we are just over two weeks away from Field Day, how has the first half of this year gone by so fast? Our Field Day Committee has been busy planning all the technical aspects of handling one of the largest turnouts in the country, and we are looking forward to a fun 24 hours of operating at Oxnard College. We started the day with 12 stations last year, let’s try and make it 13 this year! Even if you haven’t attended any of the Planning Committee or General Membership meetings, that doesn’t mean you can’t participate. On the contrary, we would love to have you come out and operate with us! There will be plenty of great food, camaraderie, and on-air time for all. No rig? No problem. There will be lots of radios for you to jump on the air and… Continue reading

Field Day Planning Meeting

ARRL Field Day 2024 logo

This Sunday June 2nd at 1900 we will be holding our next Field Day planning meeting over zoom. For those of you on Groups.io, you will receive an email reminder with Zoom details 12 hours prior to the meeting. For those not on Groups.io, you can find Zoom details on our club calendar here https://k6mep.org/calendar/ or manually enter the info below. See you Sunday evening! Meeting ID: 997 3597 6541Passcode: 017004 Dave AI6VX

Field Day Survey!

Person filling out a survey form

Hi everyone! Field Day 2024 is right around the corner, and we’re buzzing with excitement! To make this year’s event even better, we need your help. Knowing how you would like to participate this year is essential in planning a Field Day that everyone will enjoy. Could you please take a few minutes to fill out our Field Day 2024 survey? Survey Link: https://forms.fillout.com/t/s12BLQBbyous Please try to complete the survey soon. Your feedback will be a huge help in making sure we all have a fantastic time. Thanks so much for your time and input. We really appreciate it and can’t wait to know your plans. 73, Dave AI6VX

Trivia – June 2024

Steampunk looking scene with an old book and magnifying lens

We ate wonderfully delicious donuts this past Saturday at our VE session. DID YOU KNOW? 1.  Bubble wrap was invented in 1961, it was intended to be wall paper. It was 1967 when it was first used for packing material.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_wrap 2.  In 1954 you could buy the first off the line transistor radio for $49.95 3.  If your cell phone battery is running low, switch to airplane mode to help save battery power. Happy field day! Dana Kg6wxe