The San Francisco Radio Club has announced its 5th annual 2 meter FM QSO Party on August 24th.https://www.sfarc.org/2019-2m-fm-qso-party.html This is a fun event — hams head to the hills in SF and try to contact as many zip codes all around SF and in the Bay Area as they can. One end of the QSO has to be in San Francisco but there are plenty of zip code “mults” out there both inside and outside of SF. 73, Mark W6IA
Where: Sunnyvale’s Baylands Park, Pickleweed Place #1
(When you get to Baylands Park, turn right after going through the main gate.)
There won’t be an evening WVARA meeting in August. Instead, we are having our annual WVARA BBQ. Our location (see map below, the reservation is under “WVARA”) includes multiple tables, grill, an AC outlet, and a covered awning for shade. There is an entry fee per car at Baylands Park, so you may prefer to carpool. We’ll have hot charcoal and condiments — please bring your own meat to grill.
Our BBQ coincides with the SSB portion of the North American QSO Party (NAQP) which means this is an ideal opportunity for a really fun portable radio operation. (NAQP Contest rules are at: http://www.ncjweb.com/NAQP-Rules.pdf). We can’t put up any big Field Day-style antennas at Baylands, but we can still string up an NVIS dipole and/or put an HF whip on top of the metal awning and have some fun in the contest. Let me know if you are interested in volunteering to be in charge of either of the following two tasks:
Setting up an HF SSB station.
Setting up a VHF station for event coordination through the WVARA repeater
As you are planning your family’s summer schedule, please keep in mind that West Valley ARA has the concession for the Electronics Flea Market on Saturday, September 14th.
We will set up the parking lot, deploy out garbage cans, set up tables and the refreshment tent, sell cold drinks, coffee and doughnuts and clean up afterwards. As such, we will need as much help as possible. Many hands spread the work around.
As many of you know, WVARA does not meet in July or August and the September meeting will be just a few days before the Flea Market, so as the time approaches, reminders will be posted and sign-ups will be solicited. This is our major fund-raising effort for the year.
Please remember, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 at Fry’s Electronics in Sunnyvale, starts early.
Once again, a photo of WVARA’s Field Day operation on Mora Hill has landed within the pages of QST. Take a look at page 88 of the May issue. (And congrats to Bill Frantz for his excellent photographic talent!)
The 70th International DX Convention in Visalia is coming up soon: April 12-14, 2019. Online pre-registration closes this Saturday, March 30th at 5:00 PM PDT. If you register before the deadline, we’ll have your nice registration packet waiting for you in Visalia and you’ll be eligible for a special pre-registration prize. Currently 558 avid DXers (and contesters) have pre-registered for IDXC, including 40 DX visitors and 79 first-time attendees. http://www.dxconvention.com/pages/attendees.html Why do folks attend IDXC? • Learn something new • See the latest ham radio gear • Get QSL cards checked • Meet a famous DXpeditoner • Take home a nice raffle prize • Operate the special event station • Experience the latest hotel cuisine : >) • Eyeball QSOs: just happy to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones Raffle prizes ? Check out this awesome list — pure Eye Candy.http://www.dxconvention.com/pages/prizes-major.html Go for it. Pre-Register now: http://www.dxconvention.com/pages/registration.html Hope to CU there ! 73, John Miller, K6MM Rich Seifert, KE1B Co-Chairs, IDXC 2019
I want to alert all of you that the Electronics Flea Market season is starting very soon.
We have received an agreement from Fry’s Electronics to hold the flea market at their Sunnyvale location again for 2019.
We have looked at the costs for 2019 and determined that the fee for this season will be $600 per event. You should use this number for planning and budgeting purposes. We will begin sending out the official invoices to the first groups early next week once the ASVARO board has approved it.
The following is the planned schedule for the flea market in 2019:
2019 Schedule – Electronics Flea Market
Flea Market – Hosted by Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association.
Flea Market – Hosted by South Peninsula Amateur Radio Klub.
Flea Market – Hosted by Santa Clara County Amateur Radio Association.
Flea Market – Hosted by Southern Peninsula Emergency Communications System.
Flea Market – Hosted by Foothills Amateur Radio Society.
Flea Market – Hosted by Silicon Valley Emergency Communications System.
Flea Market – Hosted by West Valley Amateur Radio Association.
Tonight, Wednesday February 13th, we will be having, via Zoom, Dave Casler, telling us about Digital HF Modes!
Dave’s Biography is in the Het, And he has Hundreds Of Presentations on UTUBE, covering Topics from your 1st Station, To courses on Technician, General and Extra Licenses, helpings Thousands Of People Get Their licences!
I’m Sure that we’ll All enjoy and Learn from Dave’s Presentation Tonight!
I’ll look forward to seeing you at tonight’s meeting!
Many will be at Dish-n-Dash for pre-meeting dinner.